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Morning Joe guest: ‘Unelectable’ Ted Cruz is the Sarah Palin of this election — ‘He’s a sideshow’

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With Texas Senator Ted Cruz (R) holding a rally at Jerry Falwell’s Liberty University in Virginia today, the panel on MSNBC’s Morning Joe took up the subject of the controversial senator’s electability with one panel member calling him the Sarah Palin of this election.

Cruz announced his candidacy on Twitter last night, launching a 30-second video that will be played for free on national TV throughout the day.

Following a live remote broadcast from the Liberty University — with Kasie Hunt noting that all students at the school are being required to attend Cruz’s announcement — Morning Joe host Mika Brzezinski posed the question: “Is he the Herman Cain, the 9-9-9 of this election? Is he the, I don’t know, the Rick Perry?”

Guest Donny Deutsch jumped in immediately with “He’s the Sarah Palin.”

“He’s a sideshow. Listen, he’s unelectable, okay?” Deutcsh said over Brzezinski’s protests. “It’s very very simple. When you look at the swing states and the way demographics are moving in Ohio, the way they are moving in Colorado, a character like this who says…”

“Character?” Brzezinski said, interrupting him.

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“Character. Exactly,” Deutsch replied. “There’s no such thing as climate change… basically his first few years in the Senate is basically no legislation, this is a complete obstructionist, this is not what this country is all about. You’ve done nothing but run for president. I find him offensive. I find him completely against the grain of where this country wants to go.”

Brzezinski replied, “I wouldn’t underestimate him. I think he’s really really smart,” before adding, “I don’t agree with a single thing he says.”

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Ocasio-Cortez: ‘We’re going to fight to repeal the Hyde Amendment’

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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) started a petition Saturday seeking to repeal the Hyde Amendment, which bars the use of federal funds for abortions, arguing the restriction overwhelmingly harms low-income Americans and women of color. AOC emailed her supporters:

“Since 1976, our government has banned federal funding for abortion care — specifically, for Medicaid recipients. Countless studies have shown that due to this amendment, millions of women have been forced to go through with pregnancies that, given the funding, they would have otherwise terminated. "

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Florida man’s own family blasts him after he was arrested for racist threats: ‘This isn’t how we were raised’

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After a Florida man was arrested for trying to start a race war, a member of his own family slammed his values.

"A Florida man’s social media posts that threatened violence against African-Americans, Jews and homosexuals and that urged his followers to start a race war netted him a $1 million bond," the Miami Herald reported Saturday. "And then there’s another $100,000 bond he would have to pay to get out of Lee County Jail because of a weapons charge."

Joshua Leff, 40, is being held in the Lee County Jail.

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‘Weakness doesn’t win elections’: Indivisible co-founder explains why members are holding #ImpeachTrump rallies

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The growing support to commence impeachment proceedings by House Democrats is driven by their need to fire up grassroots support to hold control of the chamber, an Indivisible co-founder explained on MSNBC.

"The call for impeachment continues. this as protesters are hitting the street in more than 140 rallies planned across the country. Organizers say the "Impeach Trump" event is a day of action urging House Democrats to start impeachment proceedings," MSNBC's Richard Lui reported Saturday.

"A new survey from the indivisible project finds 80 percent of their respondents say the House should start impeachment proceedings," he noted. "Right now in the House, 63 Democrats and one Republican support impeachment."

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