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Rove questions Palin’s ‘gravitas’ for presidential bid

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The former senior adviser to George W. Bush and Republican strategist Karl Rove told a British newspaper that Sarah Palin may not be presidential material.

In an interview with the Telegraph, Rove said voters were unlikely to see someone who has her own reality TV show as a good candidate for president.

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“With all due candor, appearing on your own reality show on the Discovery Channel, I am not certain how that fits in the American calculus of ‘that helps me see you in the Oval Office,'” he said.

The documentary series “Sarah Palin’s Alaska” will be premiering on TLC on November 14. The TV show is produced by Mark Burnett, who has produced shows such as “Survivor” and “The Apprentice.”

Rove also noted a promotional clip for “Sarah Palin’s Alaska” could be damaging in any future political campaign.

In the clip, Palin states she “would rather be doing this than in some stuffy old political office,” between scenes of kayaking and dog-sled excursions in Alaska.

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Rove’s comments come amid news that Palin is considering a presidential run.

In an interview to air on CBS’s “Entertainment Tonight” on Thursday, Palin said she will consider running if “there’s nobody else to do it.”

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“It’s going to entail a discussion with my family [and] a real close look at the lay of the land, to consider whether there are those with that common sense, conservative, pro-Constitution passion, whether there are already candidates out there who can do the job,” Palin added.

Rove also implied that Palin lacked the stomach for the rigors of a presidential primary campaign.

“You can make a plausible case for any of them on paper, but it is not going to be paper in 2011,” continued Rove. “It’s going to be blood, it’s going to be sweat and tears and it’s going to be hard effort. Being the vice-presidential nominee on the ticket is different from saying ‘I want to be the person at the top of the ticket.'”

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“There are high standards that the American people have for it [the presidency] and they require a certain level of gravitas, and they want to look at the candidate and say ‘that candidate is doing things that gives me confidence that they are up to the most demanding job in the world.'”

This is not the first time Rove has questioned the ability of a candidate in his own party to run for office.

In September, Rove claimed that Christine O’Donnell, who received an endorsement from Palin, could cost Republicans a chance to take the Senate seat in Delaware because of the “nutty things” she had said and done in the past.

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Rove was criticized by conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh and Fox News host Mike Huckabee for his comments.

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‘Go look at President Trump’s Twitter’: Portland right-wing rally organizer claims ‘mission success’

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The organizer of a far-right rally in Portland, Oregon claimed the event was a "success" after President Donald Trump attacked Portlandiers protesting the group.

"A confluence of protesters on opposite ends of the ideological spectrum merged on Portland’s waterfront Saturday in a tense but relatively uneventful face-off that brought national attention, including a tweet in the hours before the protest by President Trump decrying the city’s signature anti-fascist movement," the Oregonian reported Saturday.

When a similar right-wing rally in Charlottesville, Virginia killed Heather Heyer, Trump argued there were "fine people" on both sides of the "Unite the Right" rally.

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Why was Jeffrey Epstein buying size 5 women’s panties — while in jail?

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The Miami Herald has another bombshell report on Jeffrey Epstein, who died in a Manhattan jail while waiting to stand trial on federal sex crimes charges.

"A decade ago, during a brief stint in Palm Beach County Jail, convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein made an odd purchase at the facility’s store: two pairs of small women’s panties, size 5," the Herald reported Saturday night.

The newspaper noted, "the panties raise questions about why a childless male inmate, accused of sexually abusing girls as young as 14, would be allowed to buy female undergarments so small that they wouldn’t fit an average-sized adult woman."

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White nationalist Republican ridiculed after only 2 people show up for his town hall meeting

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Embattled Rep. Steve King (R-IA) suffered further humiliation on Saturday when only two people showed up for his town hall meeting with Iowa constituents.

King, who was stripped of all committee assignments for his white nationalism, was been an embarrassment for Republicans with his constant racism and misogyny.

A photo of the town hall meeting was posted on Twitter by Reuters photo editor Corinne Perkins.

https://twitter.com/corinne_perkins/status/1162806565109473280

Rep. King was quickly mocked in the comments.

Here's some of what people were saying:

https://twitter.com/sedespres/status/1162811223186006018

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