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Shep Smith slams anti-refugee ‘political extremists’ : ‘We cannot resort to the tactics of barbarians’

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Fox News host Shepard Smith on Nov. 16, 2015. [YouTube]

Fox News host Shepard Smith stood up on Monday for the rights of refugees to seek asylum in the US in a short commentary.

“Today we mourn, but we cannot allow ourselves to become like those who want to destroy us. We cannot resort to the tactics of the barbarians,” he said. “We must fight for what we believe in and who we are. Guard our freedoms faithfully for the generations to follow, and we must not let the rhetoric of potential and political extremists among us lead us to self-destruction.”

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Smith’s remarks came after many conservatives quickly stated that they did not support letting refugees into the country. That sentiment has spread to at least 13 states with Republican governors, which have stated that they would not take them in.

While the “shining city on a hill” is vulnerable, Smith said, refusing to accept those fleeing terrorists would denigrate what he described as the country’s “unique experiment in freedom, tolerance, openness, and equality.”

“When there’s panic, we show resolve. When there’s call for extremism, we resist,” he argued. “We are America. We must lead.”

Watch Smith’s commentary, as posted online on Monday, below.

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Conservative Charlie Sykes tells Trump if he wants a pardon — he’ll have to admit he’s guilty first

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Editor and creator of The Bulwark, Charlie Sykes, told MSNBC's Joy Reid that the most "Trumpy" of things President Donald Trump could do is pardon himself ahead of leaving office in January.

After the president pardoned ret. Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, it sparked new anticipation on how Trump will protect himself from prosecution after leaving office. Trump was alleged to have committed at least ten acts of obstruction of justice by special counsel Robert Mueller. In that case, the Justice Department followed the internal rule that sitting presidents could not be indicted. Then, it stands to reason that the Justice Department would also follow a 1974 memo from the same Office of Legal Counsel that said a president could not pardon himself.

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‘It’s pathetic’: John Avlon slams Trump’s ‘delusional’ fantasy that he’s winning by ‘a lot’

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On CNN Wednesday, fact-checked John Avlon tore into President Donald Trump for his "delusional" claim that he's the real winner of the election.

"Let's not normalize that lie, because it is delusional," said Avlon. "It's the political equivalent of someone standing outside and saying that the sky is green, that the moon is made out of cheese and they're Napoleon. It's pathetic. It shows a fundamental disrespect for fact and reality, and frankly, his supporters as well. It's a symptom of an unwell person."

"We should not normalize it because it's just Trump lying trying to overturn the election as he wants to do. No, he's delusional," added Avlon. "People who follow him are being sucked into a vortex by someone who is struggling with his own soul."

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‘The triple crown of counterintelligence concerns’: Andrew McCabe details how Flynn concealed ‘contacts with the enemy’

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On Wednesday's edition of CNN's "The Situation Room," former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe outlined the seriousness of former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn's criminal offense — and the implications of outgoing President Donald Trump's pardon.

"It's important to remember at one point, Flynn was cooperating with Robert Mueller's investigation, but he stopped. That is unusual," said anchor Jim Acosta. "What do you make of the comment that we were discussing ... that the president appears to be trying to pardon people who were central to this Russia investigation. Is he trying to rewrite the history of the Russia investigation through these pardons?"

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