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Trump vs. 'the Squad' makes watershed moment in racial politics

Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump emerged into the sweltering heat of a mid-July afternoon Monday not to apologize for his own racist instincts, but to justify them and enshrine them in his reelection campaign.Hours later, the women who he is painting as the America-hating, Communist-loving face of the Democratic Party appeared together on Capitol Hill to answer his assaults -- and chose not to meet his demagoguery in kind.Their news conference represented an extraordinary moment of the post-civil rights era, as a new generation of young political leaders -- elected in 2018 in a backlash to Trump's 2016 victory -- publicly began to confront Washington's oldest curse of political racism."I want to tell children across this country ... t ...