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Reprinted with permission from Alternet

In the book “A Warning” — written anonymously by someone described as a Trump Administration senior official — one of the author’s many concerns is that President Donald Trump has a poor memory: Trump, according to the author, “genuinely doesn’t remember important facts” and often “can’t remember what he’s said or been told.” And this week brought a perfect example of what the author is talking about: Trump didn’t remember meeting Britain’s Prince Andrew, a.k.a. The Duke of York.

This week, the president is spending three days in the U.K. and attending a summit for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). At a news conference on Tuesday, Trump said of Prince Andrew, “I don’t know Prince Andrew.” But in fact, Trump spent time with Prince Andrew during a visit to the U.K. in June 2019 — and there are photos of the two of them walking side by side.

On June 4, 2019, Andrew used his Twitter account, @TheDukeOfYork, to post a photo of him walking with Trump. In another photo that Andrew tweeted, Trump is seen shaking hands with former U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May while Andrew stands to the side.

Tuesday on Twitter, comedy writer James Felton, @JimMFelton, tweeted some photos of Trump and Andrew together back in June and asserted, “Here he is not knowing him at Westminster Abbey, taking a nice stroll.”

Andrew is the second oldest son of Queen Elizabeth II, who is now 93 and has been serving as queen of the U.K. since the early 1950s. Andrew has recently stepped down from his royal duties following an allegation from an American woman, Virginia Roberts Giuffre, that he had sex with her when she was only 17. Giuffre alleged that she met Andrew at properties owned by Jeffrey Epstein, the wealthy financier and convicted sex offender who was found dead in a jail cell in New York City in August.

At the news conference in London on Tuesday, Trump was asked about Andrew stepping down from his royal duties and responded, “I don’t know Prince Andrew, but it’s a tough story. It’s a very tough story.”

One of the photos that @JimMFelton tweeted showed Trump and First Lady Melania Trump with Andrew at a social gathering, with Epstein in the background.

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Reprinted with permission from DailyKos

The latest right-wing "antifa" hoax—namely, the claim that leftist arsonists have been secretly behind the wildfires that have swept the West Coast this month—is now being broadcast to millions of people. It bubbled up from the fever swamps of the far right, broadcast widely by key figures atop the media food chain: Donald Trump, Joe Rogan, Fox News, and leading Republican political candidates.

Trump retweeted an alt-right-flavored anti-Biden video suggesting he was ignoring antifa arsonists threatening the suburbs. Rogan, a wildly popular podcast host, told his audience that "left-wing people" were responsible for the fires (and apologized for it the next day). Fox News appeared especially eager to blame antifa for the wildfires as a way of denying the role of climate change. And in Washington state, where the fires have hit hard, the Republican nominee in the governor's race joined in spreading the claims through a campaign video.

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