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Trump surrogate on CNN scrambles to defend him from media ‘trap’ after he attacks Army hero’s dad

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Donald Trump surrogate Scottie Nell Hughes said Sunday on CNN’s New Day that Trump has been “set up” for attacks after his comments about a heroic Muslim American Army captain who died serving in Iraq.

Hughes was talking about an interview with George Stephanopoulos on ABC News, in which Stephanopoulos questioned Trump about comments at the Democratic National Convention by Khizr Khan, father of fallen soldier Humayun Khan. Khan had criticized Trump for comments saying he would ban Muslims from entering the country.

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“I think I’ve made a lot of sacrifices,” Trump said in the interview. “I work very, very hard. I’ve created thousands and thousands of jobs, tens of thousands of jobs, built great structures. I’ve had tremendous success. I think I’ve done a lot.”

Hughes said the interview was edited to make Trump look bad.

“But now that I’ve read the questions and the Trump campaign and others have released the full transcript, you can see what a set up this is,” she said. “Which was nothing but to trap Mr. Trump going forward.”

New Day host Victor Blackwell asked how Stephanapoulos asking, “What would you say to that father” was a set up. He also pointed out her reading of the transcript was inaccurate.

Watch the back-and-forth, as posted to Twitter, here:

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After Trump: No free pass for Republicans — they own this nightmare

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With the impeachment inquiry leveling up this month as public hearings begin, and with an election that might actually be the end of Donald Trump now less than a year away, the campaign to let Trump's Republican allies — even the most villainous offenders — move on and pretend this never happened is already underway.

This article first appeared in Salon.

Sadly, the clearest articulation of the let-bygones-be-bygones mentality has come from a Democrat — unsurprisingly, former Vice President Joe Biden.Biden, who is still, somehow, the frontrunner in Democratic primary polling, spoke at a chi-chi fundraiser on Wednesday, and dropped this pearl of wisdom: "With Donald Trump out of the way, you’re going to see a number of my Republican colleagues have an epiphany."

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As climate crisis-fueled fires rage, fears grow of an ‘uninhabitable’ California

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As activist Bill McKibben put it, "We've simply got to slow down the climate crisis."

With wildfires raging across California on Wednesday—and with portions of the state living under an unprecedented "Extreme Red Flag Warning" issued by the National Weather Service due to the severe conditions—some climate experts are openly wondering if this kind of harrowing "new normal" brought on by the climate crisis could make vast regions of the country entirely uninhabitable.

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‘A profound emoluments clause violation’: Andrew Napolitano slams Trump’s hosting the G7 at Doral

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In the wake of acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney's announcement this Thursday that next year's G7 summit will be hosted at President Trump's Doral golf club, Fox News senior judicial analyst Andrew Napolitano pointed out that Trump would be violating the emoluments clause if he were to go through with the move.

At the outset of the segment, Fox Business Network anchor Neil Cavuto said that the announcement is "effectively saying the president has given himself this contract."

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