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Top GOP operative reveals why Trump is in such a hot mess: It’s ‘not a real presidential campaign’

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On Monday morning, Dan Senor — former Iraq Coalition Provisional Authority spokesman and key advisor to the George W. Bush administration and Gov. Mitt Romney (R-MA)’s 2012 presidential campaign — slammed Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, saying it has descended into “chaos.”

Media Matters said that Senor was appearing on CBS News when he made the remarks to anchor Norah O’Donnell.

“Donald Trump saying he is going to finally give this major speech on Wednesday,” O’Donnell said, regarding the conflicting messages coming out of the Republican nominee’s campaign on immigration.

“Right,” said Senor.

“Supposedly clarifying this, but isn’t this muddling of the issue just bringing more attention what is a divisive issue for someone who’s trying to gain Hispanic voters?” O’Donnell asked.

“Absolutely,” Senor said. “Look, I don’t think they believe they’re actually going to reach significant numbers of Latino voters. I think they’re trying to reach white educated suburban middle class, upper middle class in the suburbs and exurbs where they’re suffering and Republicans can’t win without those voters.”

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He continued, “So they’re trying to calm those voters down to say, ‘Look, we’re not as crazy and xenophobic as the media or our opponents say we are.’ But it also — just this uncertainty about his position. You guys just showed earlier on the show clips of his surrogates on TV all over the weekend. No two of them said the same thing about his immigration plan. It just speaks to the strains of not having a real presidential campaign. When you have a real presidential campaign, you have surrogates, you roll out policy, you coordinate. There’s none of that going on and it’s chaos.”

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Mississippi fast food cashier ‘terminated immediately’ for ugly racist slur on customer’s receipt

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The owner of a fast food restaurant in Mississippi "terminated immediately" an employee after a racist and misogynistic slur of patrons.

When Lex Washington visited Who Dat's Drive-Thru in Oxford with her roommate, the cashier listed them on the receipt as "black b*tches in a silver car."

A manager reportedly refused to apologize at the time, and instead "laughed in her face."

A photo of the receipt then spread on social media.

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Dem lawmaker serves notice to Hope Hicks that Trump won’t be able to save her when he grills her during Wednesday’s hearing

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On Saturday, Rep. Ted Deutch (D-FL) gave MSNBC's Alex Witt a brief rundown of what he wants to learn from former White House Communications Director Hope Hicks at her closed-door testimony next week — and warned that if Hicks tries to use executive privilege as a shield, Democrats will not stand for it.

"Let's talk about Hope Hicks," said Witt. "What do you expect to hear from her that she has not already offered in testimony?"

"Here's what's important about Hope Hicks," said Deutch. "She was a key part of the Trump campaign, which is a large part of the report is focused on. She was a key part of the Trump Administration in the early days, and that's the reason that she's a prominent figure in the Mueller report."

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Furious Dem lawmaker blows up on Trump over his Iran war escalation: ‘What the hell did he think was going to happen?’

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On Saturday, Rep. Tim Ryan (D-OH), a 2020 candidate for president, told MSNBC's Alex Witt that the rapidly escalating tensions between the United States and Iran are President Donald Trump's fault — and explained how he would do things differently if he is elected.

"Before we get to the debate, I just want to ask you, if you were the president right now, how would you be addressing the situation with Iran?" asked Witt. "Do you think you would try to de-escalate the tensions and move forward in some fashion? Have you given some thought to that?"

"Of course you want to de-escalate it," said Ryan. "The war in the Middle East at this point, in addition to what's going on in Iraq and Syria and all of the other activity there, would be a disaster."

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