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Trump spokesman crashes and burns when CNN’s Chris Cuomo asks him to explain candidate’s sarcasm

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Less than an hour after his boss backtracked on fingering President Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton as the “founders” of the Islamic State militant group, a Donald Trump surrogate went on CNN to pick up the pieces.

Michael Cohen, an executive vice president in the Trump Organization, appeared on CNN less than an hour after his boss tweeted that his claims, which he repeatedly insisted were serious, were actually just a mystifying attempt at sarcasm.

CNN’s Chris Cuomo asked Cohen to explain Trump’s comments, and the campaign spokesman accidentally betrayed that he’d been sent to appear on “New Day” with no idea of what his boss wanted him to say.

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“I think the best thing would be if Mr. Trump called in (and) had the conversation with you himself,” Cohen said.

Cuomo quickly interjected, saying he welcomed the Republican presidential nominee’s explanation “anytime” — which seemed to surprise Cohen.

“I mean, there’s nobody better to answer Mr. Trump than Mr. Trump,” Cohen said.

Cuomo asked if the candidate’s strange explanation for his conflicting claims about a deadly serious topic should sow any doubts in voters’ minds about Trump’s trustworthiness.

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“I think you do take him at his word for everything,” Cohen said.

“But that’s how we got into this situation,” Cuomo responded.

After a pause, Cohen said he watched Cuomo grill another campaign surrogate Thursday on Trump’s claims about Obama, Clinton and ISIS.

“I watched your show yesterday with Mayor (Rudy) Giuliani, and what he was talking about is how the mainstream media wants to pick on every single word,” Cohen said. “Again, I think Mr. Trump will answer this question better than anybody else.”

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Trump, according to a follow-up tweet posted more than an hour later, seems to prefer being inscrutable.

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Lock him up? Democrats are pushing prosecution for Trump — but those calls alarm some law enforcement vets

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President Donald Trump -- whose rallies are still punctuated with "lock her up" chants" -- may face turnabout from his Democratic rivals.

Some Democratic candidates are openly threatening Trump with prosecution once he's out of office, and those taunts are alarming to some law enforcement veterans, reported Politico.

“Presidents aren’t supposed to suggest there be investigations or prosecutions of particular people, let alone their political rivals,” said Matt Axelrod, a former Justice Department senior official under Obama. “President Trump has flagrantly and repeatedly violated that norm, but that doesn’t mean the norm has been obliterated.”

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WATCH: Alabama GOP official berates reporter about Sodom and Gomorrah after she questions his anti-LGBT rant

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Republican Mobile County Treasurer Phil Benson defiantly told a reporter from a local news station to read the biblical story of Sodom and Gomorrah when she came to ask him about his recent anti-LGBT rant that he posted on Facebook.

The controversy surrounding Benson started when he reacted angrily to a story about a bakery getting sued for refusing to serve an LGBT wedding.

"Freaking queers have gotten too much sympathy," Benson wrote on Facebook in response to the story.

Local news station NBC 15 sent out reporter Andrea Ramey to question him about his remarks, and he tried to insist that she read Chapter 19 of Genesis, which details the destruction of the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah over their tolerance of homosexuality.

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Charitable giving drops after GOP tax ‘cut’: report

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On Tuesday, the Washington Post reported that charitable giving dropped 1.7 percent last year, adjusted for inflation, even as the economy surged.

The likely culprit? The GOP tax law, according to a report from Giving USA.

Although corporate donations rose 2.9 percent and foundation gifts rose 4.7 percent in the previous year, charitable donations from individuals — which is where the bulk of actual charity takes place — dropped 3.4 percent, the first time this has happened since the financial crisis.

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