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MSNBC contributor calls Joe Walsh out for abortion comments

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MSNBC contributor Joy-Ann Reid hammered Rep. Joe Walsh (R-IL) on Hardball Friday during a discussion on the Republican party’s positions on women’s health issues.

“This is a guy who won’t even take responsibility for the births that he is directly responsible for producing,” Reid told host Chris Matthews, referring to allegations that Walsh refused to pay $117,000 in child support. “Birth control has just become yet another part of the culture wars, and you have guys like Walsh who have taken this hard and fast position, which is anti-abortion.”

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Walsh, who is running for re-election, said Thursday abortion wasn’t medically necessary to save a woman’s life because “with modern technology and science, you can’t find one instance.”

ABC News reported Friday that Walsh, who reached a settlement in the child support case earlier this year, attempted to walk back his allegation in a statement sent to the media.

“Let me very clear [sic] that when I say I am pro-life, I mean that I am pro-life for the mother and I am pro-life for the unborn child. For me, there is no distinction between the two,” the statement said. “While, I do not support abortion, I do of course support medical procedures for women during their pregnancies that might result in the loss of the unborn child. When such an occurrence takes place, that decision on whether to perform that procedure is a very difficult one and one that should be left up to the mother and her family.”

Reid cited a 2010 study ranking the U.S. 39th globally in maternal mortality rates.

“Albania has a better rate, in terms of maternal death, versus places like, let’s say, Houston,” said Reid, the managing editor of The Grio.

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Reed’s discussion with Matthews and actress Kathleen Turner, aired Friday on MSNBC, can be seen below.

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Ex-GOP senator hammers lawmakers quaking in their boots out of fear of Trump: ‘Why are you there?’

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Appearing on CNN on Wednesday morning, retired Sen. William Cohen (R-ME) hammered members of his own party still sitting in the Senate who refuse to take on Donald Trump, saying they are failing the country and themselves by standing by in fear.

Speaking with CNN hosts Poppy Harlow and Jim Sciutto, Cohen said kowtowing to the president is nothing new, but has grown worse over the past ten years.

"Some of it has to do with external pressures, that of social media, talk radio, specific channels that have a particular view and then hammer that view home to the constituents who then pressure the members of Congress," he explained. "But you have to ask yourself: Why are you a senator? Why are you there? Are you acting out of sheer fear that if you speak up and take a position that's controversial you'll be punished?"

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Nancy Pelosi blisters Trump’s latest ‘anemic’ response to Coronavirus: ‘What he’s doing is too late’

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) lashed out at President Donald Trump on Wednesday over his response to the Coronavirus.

While speaking to reporters at the U.S. Capitol, Pelosi slammed the president after he promised the epidemic "is going to go away."

"This is shameful," Pelosi said. "He puts forth a proposal now that is meager, anemic in terms of addressing this. Ebola, we did $5 billion. And now they're trying to take the ebola money and spend it here."

"What he's doing is late, too late, anemic," she added. "Hopefully we came make up for the loss of time but we have to have professionals in place, resources that are adequate and not use scare tactics about people coming back to our country."

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MAGA hat-wearing South Carolina voter casts ‘chaos’ vote for Bernie Sanders: ‘The best worst candidate’

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A Republican voter in South Carolina told Fox News that he voted for Sen. Bernie Sanders in the Democratic Primary to help President Donald Trump's reelection chances.

The man, who was wearing a Make America Great Again hat, made the comments at a diner in Columbia Wednesday morning.

"I'm a Republican and a Trump supporter," he said. "But we have an operation chaos going on and all over the state we're encouraging Republicans to go vote for Bernie because we believe Bernie is the best worst candidate in contrasting his socialism against President Trump and his capitalism."

Watch the video below from Fox News.

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