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Ted Cruz and Sean Hannity talk pot on the ‘Magical Mystery Hannity Hour’ at CPAC

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Probable presidential candidate Texas Senator Ted Cruz did his best to claim the mantle of Ronald Reagan at CPAC on Thursday with a fiery speech about how he was not all talk, but all action.

But things got really interesting at the end of his talk and then the q&a session afterwards. In the video segment we’ve embedded below, you’ll see Ted ask people to text the word “constitution” to a telephone number. Why? Who knows. He didn’t say. But it seemed patriotic as all get out.

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He thanked the crowd, and then Fox News host Sean Hannity joined him on stage to ask him questions.

Earlier in the day, when Laura Ingraham had done the same with New Jersey governor Chris Christie, she did a pretty good job asking somewhat challenging questions, which Christie handled with some flair.

Hannity, however, lofted the friendliest softballs imaginable to Cruz in what quickly turned into a Lloyd and Harry routine.

Hannity started out by daring Cruz to reveal, how had he bravely survived criticism for helping to shut down the government in 2013?

Cruz’s response: Kill Obamacare.

Hannity: Tell us how much you hate the Republican leadership in Congress.

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Cruz: I want to disrupt politics like I was Uber.

Hannity: Kill ISIS?

Cruz: Kill ISIS!

Hannity: Liberal birthers?

Cruz: “Look, I was born in Calgary, my mother was an American citizen by birth. Under federal law, that made me an American citizen by birth. The Constitution requires that you be a natural born citizen.”

Hannity: President Cruz?

Cruz: Kill Obamacare. Kill the IRS. Put IRS agents on the southern border. Kill the EPA. Constitution! Shining City on a Hill!

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Yadda, yadda. But then, Hannity finally asked an interesting question: What did Cruz think about Colorado legalizing marijuana?

Cruz joked that Colorado had supplied CPAC brownies, and he and Hannity then indulged in a little stoner humor as Cruz kidded about being on the ‘Magical Mystery Hannity Hour.’ Mr. States Rights then had to admit that if Colorado wanted pot, it was OK with him, even though he doesn’t favor legalization himself.

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And so it went. It was definitely the most entertaining segment of the first half of CPAC’s first day. Here’s the video…

 


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Rick Wilson: ‘Lil Dictator’ Trump’s church and tear-gas photo-op was a ‘pathetic’ failure

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In his typically scathing style, conservative campaign consultant Rick Wilson wrote that a "humiliated" Donald Trump tried to make all the mockery of his hiding in a bunker go away with his photo-op church visit late Monday and it flopped in a big way making him look "pathetic."

In his Daily Beast column, Wilson dropped the hammer on the president for flailing away because he is overwhelmed by the George Floyd protests and hoped to change the narrative by looking resolute with his nationally televised publicity stunt-- and failed badly in the process.

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Senior official ‘sickened’ by Trump’s ‘victory lap’ at DC church after cops gas protesters: Report

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At least one senior official was sickened by President Donald Trump's photo opportunity at St. John’s Episcopal Church.

U.S. Park Police and National Guard troops used tear gas to clear Lafayette Park of peaceful protesters Monday afternoon so the president, Ivanka Trump, Jared Kushner, William Barr and other administration officials could walk from the White House to the historic church to pose for a photo.

"There were some aide that is thought this was an instantly iconic photo," Axios co-founder Mike Allen told MSNBC's "First Look." "They were very proud of themselves, but there were others that took a look at this picture, and you pull back the camera, Republicans I was talking to and texting with last night, they took a look at this, you pull pack the camera, and you have the president standing kind of alone in front of this boarded-up church, boarded up because of the violence that had been going on there. Someone had tried to set a fire in the basement. Is that really the story they wanted to tell?"

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Former Minneapolis mayor reveals ‘racism permeated’ his city’s police department

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A former mayor of Minneapolis says that his city's police department has a systemic racism problem that has been going on for years.

R.T. Rybak, who served as Minneapolis mayor from 2002 through 2014, writes in Politico that "racism permeated" his city's police department during his tenure, and he admits that his own efforts to change the department's culture "failed badly."

"These failures will haunt me for the rest of my life, and it should," Rybak writes. "As each of us sees and acknowledges our own part it can be paralyzing. It was for me."

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