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MSNBC contributor: ‘Rick Santorum is a homophobe and a bigot’

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A regular MSNBC contributor says people should stop beating around the bush and just call Rick Santorum what he is.

In a discussion on Tuesday about who would win the Iowa caucuses, United Republic senior strategist Jimmy Williams lashed out at the Republican presidential candidate for being “a homophobe and a bigot.”

“I find it utterly fascinating when white people think they know how black people think,” Williams explained, referring to a recent controversy where Santorum said he didn’t “want to make black people’s lives better by giving them” welfare.

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“I find it absolutely fascinating when men think they know how to tell women what to do with their bodies,” Williams added. “What in God’s name are these people thinking?”

“This is taken completely out of context,” conservative political commentator S.E. Cupp objected. “He talks about how conservative social policies are better for white people and for black people.”

“I take great offense to that as a gay man making plenty of money,” Williams interrupted. “I can’t go raise a kid as well as a mom and a dad can?”

“That’s not what he — you’re taking things out of context,” Cupp insisted.

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“That’s what he says all the time!” Williams shot back. “Rick Santorum is a homophobe and a bigot. Let’s call it what it is.”

“He absolutely isn’t!” Cupp exclaimed. “He talks about the economics of these policies and these social issues that we talk about. It’s so theoretical without ties to anything concrete. That’s what he does.”

MSNBC host Alex Wagner pointed out that in his latest remarks, Santorum was “singling out black folks in particular.”

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“What it speaks to is a contention and an idea in the back of some people the Republican Party’s heads, which is: ‘The people taking from the makers are people of color and they don’t deserve these handouts anymore,'” she said.

“Well, that is not Rick Santorum’s point,” Cupp replied. “I know him well. That is not his belief.”

Speaking to Fox News host Sean Hannity Monday night, Santorum said that he condemned “all forms of racism.”

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“[T]here’s nobody who has done more as a Republican in the United States Senate to bring African Americans into the party,” he explained. “Go ask J.C. Watts. Ask Michael Steele. I’ve worked with historically black colleges. I’ve done a ton of stuff. This is just someone trying to cause trouble.”

Watch this video from MSNBC’s Now with Alex Wagner, uploaded Jan. 3, 2012.

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Here are 7 wild, bizarre and pathetic moments from Trump’s ‘campaign launch’

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On Tuesday night, President Donald Trump held a rally that was billed as the official launch his re-election campaign — though he has never really stopped holding campaign rallies.

As expected, the president ranted, lied, and engaged in the raucous attacks that are central to his connection with Republican voters. Some of it was actually just sad, such as his continued obsession with Hillary Clinton.

Here are seven of the wildest, disturbing and pathetic moments from the rally:

1. He said Democrats "want to destroy our country as we know it."

Trump casually accuses Democrats of "want[ing] to destroy you and they want to destroy our country as we know it." pic.twitter.com/4K79KlbEeR

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British PM candidates clash over Brexit as Boris Johnson skips debate

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Candidates to become Britain's next prime minister clashed over Brexit strategy at their first debate on Sunday but the frontrunner, Boris Johnson, dodged the confrontation.

The 90-minute debate on Channel 4 featured the five remaining candidates and an empty podium for Johnson, the gaffe-prone former foreign secretary and former mayor of London.

In sometimes ill-tempered exchanges, four of the five candidates said they would seek to renegotiate the draft Brexit divorce deal agreed with Brussels even though EU leaders have repeatedly ruled this out.

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Michael Cohen ordered back to Congress on March 6

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President Donald Trump's so-called "fixer" is being asked to return to Congress for more questioning on March 6.

Outside of the closed-door committee hearing Thursday, Cohen said that the House Intelligence Committee is seeking further information, according to Washington Examiner writer Byron York.

Michael Cohen finished closed-door testimony before House Intel Committee, says he's coming back for another session March 6. Again: No reason for secrecy. Transcripts should be released ASAP.

— Byron York (@ByronYork) February 28, 2019

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