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Ed Schultz challenges striking truckers: ‘What in the hell have Republicans done for you?’

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MSNBC host Ed Schultz accused right-wing talk hosts of co-opting “the very people that they’ve done nothing more” in encouraging a group of truck drivers in their attempt to blunt traffic around Washington D.C. on Friday in the “Ride For The Constitution” demonstration.

“If you’re a trucker, may I ask you tonight: What in the hell have Republicans done for you?” Schultz said. “They’ve let subsidies run wild to the oil companies. They’ve done nothing to reel in the speculation on Wall Street because they don’t want any regulation whatsoever. They want all deregulation. Tell me, what have the Republicans done for you independent truckers out there on your own, the entrepreneurs of America, what have they done for you? I’ll tell you — nothing.”

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After speculating that “probably most” of the demonstrators will be armed, Schultz described them as angry people with a barrage of complaints, but directed at the wrong source in President Barack Obama.

“They’re upset about high fuel prices,” Schultz pointed out. “Really? What have the Republicans done about that? Not a damn thing. In fact, I think these truckers, they ought to find out who exactly is in favor of big oil subsidies.”

It was also easy, Schultz argued, for conservative elements to make “low-information” voters upset about issues like regulations or the debt limit.

“This is one angry and disturbed bunch of folks,” Schultz said. “And they have been listening to radio [hosts] all across the country who have been encouraging them to think that they really can do this and get away with it.”

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Watch Schultz analyze right-wing radio’s egging on of the striking truckers, aired Tuesday on MSNBC, below.

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‘There are some women who’d beg to differ’: Watch CNN anchor’s epic response to sexism in politics

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On Saturday, CNN anchor S.E. Cupp gave a passionate lecture about the sexism female politicians face during political campaigns.

The host read a quote from a "top" advisor to former Vice President Joe Biden.

“I don't know of anybody who has taken as sustained and vitriolic a negative pounding as Biden ...really the most vicious press I think anyone's experienced,” the Biden advisor told Politico.

"Come again? What's that now?" Cupp asked in disbelief.

"I think there are some women who beg to differ," she noted.

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WATCH: Protesters shut down 5th Ave near Trump Tower to protest Microsoft working with ICE

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Protesters in New York City shut down 5th Avenue on Saturday to protest Microsoft working with Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

The tech giant contracts with ICE to provide the technology used to enact President Donald Trump's immigration policies.

The thoroughfare was blocked only blocks from Trump Tower.

"Close the Camps NYC coalition led hundreds of protestors to peacefully march on the premiere retail location of Microsoft on 5th Avenue in Manhattan, staging a sit-in to demand that the tech giant stop allowing Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to use its technology in the racist campaign against immigrants and legal asylum seekers," the group said.

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Here is Joy Reid mocking Trump’s ‘smoking hot beauty tips’ that likely pushed him over the edge into rage-tweeting

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Since Donald Trump launched his attack on MSNBC's Joy Reid long before her "AM Joy" show was broadcast, internet sleuths wondered what set him off and led him to pretend he didn't know who she as he smeared her reputation.

On Saturday morning, Trump wrote, “Who the hell is Joy-Ann Reid? Never met her, she knows ZERO about me, has NO talent, and truly doesn’t have the 'it' factor needed for success in showbiz. Had a bad reputation, and now works for the Comcast/NBC losers making up phony stories about me. Low Ratings. Fake News!”

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