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CNN guest makes bizarre comparison between Trump’s Muslim ban and MLK civil rights marches

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CNN contributor Jeffrey Lord closed out a segment on Anderson Cooper 360 on Monday by straining to try to compare Donald Trump’s proposed ban on Muslim entry into the US to Martin Luther King Jr’s. activism during an argument with colleague Van Jones.

“You are now supporting — and I can’t believe you’re doing this — the worst possible strategy to actually increase our enemies,” Jones said.

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As Cooper tried to send the show to commercial, Lord replied, “This is like saying if Martin Luther King led these marches that we were gonna increase the number of white segregationists. That’s crazy.”

The Republican front-runner has been ripped by not only Democrats, but several fellow GOP presidential candidates after releasing a statement earlier in the day calling for a “total and complete shutdown” on Muslim immigration until legislators “can figure out what is going on.”

“Jeffrey, it’s painting with a very broad brush,” Cooper told Lord. “It’s not trying to distinguish radical Islamists from computer programmers who are going to work in Silicon Valley.”

“What he’s suggesting is to have a pause, have a better understanding of what’s going on,” Lord replied. “As I say, Franklin [Delano] Roosevelt did some version of this. This is very old stuff. This has nothing to do with Japanese-American internment camps, which were immoral.”

“What does that even mean?” Cooper asked. “To put out a policy statement saying, ‘We should stop this until we figure out what’s going on.’ What does that mean?”

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“I’ll tell you what it means,” Jones said, interjecting. “It’s a completely unworkable fear tactic. This is exactly what ISIS wants. ISIS and Trump are now playing off of each other. What ISIS wants is for all Americans to turn against all Muslims.”

Watch the discussion, as posted by Media Matters on Monday, below.

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Intel official who briefed lawmakers on latest Russian meddling targeted for ouster by Trump White House: CNN

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During a discussion on the war on the intelligence community being waged by the Donald Trump's White House, CNN host Victor Blackwell stated that sources speaking with the network stated that the intel official who briefed lawmakers for both parties on new efforts by Russia to meddle in U.S. elections could be on the way out.

Speaking with contributor Lynn Sweet, Blackwell asked about the so-called "purge" being conducted by the White House.

"It sends the signal once again that President Trump is not a respecter of the United States intelligence services with the bigger issue that a permanent director has not been in that office since last summer when Dan Coates was forced out," Sweet explained. "This is a key position, subject to Senate confirmation and Trump hasn't seen fit to have a permanent director for months now."

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MSNBC’s Chris Matthews suggests four more years of Trump might be better for Democratic Party

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As Sen. Bernie Sanders appeared headed for a decisive victory Saturday in the Nevada caucuses, MSNBC host Chris Matthews pondered whether President Donald Trump's re-election might be better for the Democratic establishment than the Vermont senator's multiracial, multigenerational movement taking over the party.

"I'm wondering if Democratic moderates want Bernie Sanders to be President?" said Matthews. "Maybe that's too exciting a question to raise. Do they want Bernie to take over the Democratic Party in perpetuity? Maybe they'd rather wait 4 years and put in a Democrat that they like."

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‘Fox & Friends Weekend’ co-host says Democrats and the media are ‘the agents of Russia’ — not Trump

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"Fox & Friends Weekend" co-host Pete Hegseth falsely claimed Friday that the media and Democrats are agents of Russia, because they are allegedly attempting to delegitimize President Donald Trump.

"Every single media member in that clip, every single Democrat that parrots what they are saying — they're working together. They are the agents of Russia," Hegseth told "Fox & Friends."

His comments came after the president's favorite morning show aired a montage of media outlets and Democrats discussing a recent report that Russia was trying to help Trump get re-elected.

"This is what Russia wants," Hegseth said. "They want to sow discord, and misinformation and delegitimize our republic — destabilize it — because they are not our friends. And they know that when we're strong, they are in a worse position."

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