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Morning Joe slams ‘stupid‘ Trump’s attacks on Warren’s heritage: ‘What the hell’s wrong with them?’

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Elizabeth Warren has demonstrated a unique ability to get under Donald Trump’s skin — which she mocks as “thin” and easily permeated — and the Republican candidate has responded the only way he knows how: with obnoxious insults.

Trump repeatedly responds to the Massachusetts senator’s criticism by calling her Pocahontas, a slur against her Native American heritage — and a tactic MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” argued was both lame and insulting.

Scott Brown, who lost his re-election bid to Warren in 2012, has come to Trump’s aid by calling on the senator to prove her Native American ancestry with a DNA test.

“This is when you know you’re losing a debate,” said host Joe Scarborough. “When your opponent is talking about working class Americans, and fighting hard to bring working class Americans back into the mainstream of American economic life, and you are talking about whether someone is 1/32 Native American and suggesting DNA testing.”

Scarborough said the attacks against Warren’s racial background were a bizarre and ineffective distraction.

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“What the hell’s wrong with them — are they stupid?” he wondered. “Are they stupid?”

Co-host Mika Brzezinski said Trump had promised to act more presidential now that his campaign has pivoted to the general election — but that hasn’t happened yet.

“They say they’re going to turn the page and pivot toward the general election and have a more elegant — but, you know, you can’t if your candidate is releasing ridiculous, cartoon-like, kindergarten-like statements,” Brzezinski said.

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“If you’re going to turn the page, you turn the page — and they’re trying to turn the page, especially on the Muslim ban,” Scarborough said. “But you can’t keep turning back. Turn the page, and then keep moving forward. That’s the discipline — they’ve got to be disciplined up and down the line. This ‘Pocahontas’ nonsense, this ‘goofy’ nonsense, they’ve got to stop — it doesn’t work. It makes them look small in the general election.”


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BUSTED: CNN’s panel of women defending Trump’s racism were literally the ‘Trumpettes’

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CNN aired a panel that featured “Republican women” defending President Trump’s racist tweets, but failed to mention that they were actually part of a pro-Trump group whose members the network had interviewed in the past.

This article originally appeared at Salon.

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Ben Carson is Donald Trump’s faulty human shield against accusations of racism

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Ben Carson is back in the news — after another long absence — because Donald Trump has once again been accused of racism.

This article originally appeared at Salon.

The secretary of Housing and Urban Development is the only African-American member of the president’s Cabinet, and is often trotted out to clean up after Trump makes a mess too obviously problematic for the media to ignore. While Trump has tried to spin his recent racist attacks on four progressive freshman congresswomen as a strategic maneuver meant to manipulate Democratic infighting to his advantage, Carson's re-emergence from his stupor should be a clear indication that the president’s team recognizes the damage that can be caused by his unforced errors.

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An illegal trend could be emerging after Trump let Kellyanne Conway off the hook for breaking federal law

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Federal workplaces are supposed to be free of politics, but a Trump administration appointee used a government forum Wednesday to express support for the president’s reelection.

At a conference on religious freedom hosted by the State Department, an official told the crowd of several hundred people that “hopefully he will be reelected,” referring to President Donald Trump.

It’s illegal for federal employees to engage in political activities while they are on the job.

“It’s a violation of the Hatch Act for a federal official, to say in her official capacity, to hope that the president will be reelected,” said Kathleen Clark, an expert on legal ethics at the Washington University in St. Louis.

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