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Kayleigh McEnany smacks boss for sex tape tweet: ‘I don’t think Donald Trump needs to be doing that’

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One of Donald Trump’s surrogates excused the candidate’s continuing obsession with a former Miss Universe he bullied years ago by arguing that the woman possibly deserved the humiliating treatment she endured.

Kayleigh McEnany admitted Friday morning on CNN’s “New Day” that she and other campaign advisors have urged the Republican presidential nominee to drop his attacks on Alicia Machado, the 1996 Miss Universe pageant winner, but she justified Trump’s early-morning tweet storm.

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“I do think that’s important — when you’re on the defense, move to the offense,” McEnany said, echoing a directive sent the day before by campaign officials to surrogates.

Trump has continued insulting Machado all week after Hillary Clinton mentioned her during the debate, and McEnany said she understood why her boss had urged voters to watch a sex tape in which the woman allegedly appears — although there’s no evidence that it’s actually her.

“I understand his inclination to want to bring this up,” McEnany said. “He’s been accused of saying these horrible things about her. It’s important to look into this lady’s past. Go on CNN Español, you’ll find an article on how a witness accused her of having a child with a drug lord. On her own airwaves, she was asked about threatening the life of (a Venezuelan judge), and she said, well that was 20 years ago.”

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McEnany suggested that baselessly shaming Machado for appearing in pornography — which there’s no evidence she’s done — was exactly the same as criticizing Trump for repeatedly and recently mocking the pageant winner’s weight on television.

“I think when Hillary Clinton brings this up and presents her words as fact, that is to say Miss Universe’s words as fact, it’s important for Donald Trump to explain his side of the argument,” McEnany said.

But McEnany, who this week compared Machado to a terrorist and accused Clinton of shaming women for their weight, said baseless claims were best left to surrogates.

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“That being said, I think surrogates can do that, I don’t think Donald Trump needs to be doing that in interviews and via Twitter,” she said.

McEnany suggested that Trump might have been the victim of media mendacity, saying her boss was actually being kind by making Machado, who was his employee at the time, exercise in front of reporters on television.

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“I know how frustrating it is, we played the clip of that workout video, for instance,” McEnany said. “I went in and looked and looked at the full context last night, and Donald Trump actually says, ‘I eat a lot, too.’ A lot of Americans have issues like this. He offered to work out with her. There’s more to the story than I think has been reported, and I think he wants to get that out there.”

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‘Sit this one out’: Ivanka Trump’s complaint about ‘elites’ hilariously backfires

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Ivanka Trump complained about coastal elites to defend her father -- and was swiftly met with furious mockery.

The White House adviser and eldest daughter of President Donald Trump shared a video clip of former Republican strategist Rick Wilson ridiculing the president's "credulous boomer rube" supporters, and complained the attack was derogatory and unfair.

"You consistently make fun of half the country and then complain that it is divided," Ivanka Trump tweeted. "The arrogance, mocking accents and smug ridicule of this nation’s ‘Real Elites’ is disgusting."

You consistently make fun of half the country and then complain that it is divided.

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Republicans are being ‘torn and squeezed’ after Bolton’s book disrupts their anti-impeachment efforts: columnist

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On Tuesday, conservative columnist Matt Lewis wrote for The Daily Beast that former National Security Adviser John Bolton's book is a "game changer" that "puts the squeeze" on Senate Republicans who were hoping to dispose of the impeachment trial quickly.

"If you don’t think the bombshell revelation that John Bolton’s book will say Donald Trump wanted to withhold Ukraine aid until their government agreed to investigate Democrats has the potential to move the needle, consider the developments that ensued in its wake," wrote Lewis. "Susan Collins suggested she would vote for witnesses, and Mitt Romney said it’s 'increasingly likely' other Republicans would join them. Meanwhile, Sen. Lindsey Graham abruptly canceled a press conference (later, he left open the possibility that he would subpoena Bolton’s manuscript, even as he remained opposed to having Bolton testify), and Pat Toomey proposed a 'one-for-one' witness swap. By the end of the day Monday, Independent Sen. Angus King of Maine told NPR that he expects as many as 10 Republicans to vote for witnesses."

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GOP senators furious at White House counsel Cipollone for not alerting them about Bolton manuscript: report

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John Bolton's book manuscript have blown up Republican hopes for a speedy impeachment trial, and President Donald Trump's defense team conceded it was "a complication."

The former national security adviser claims Trump explicitly tied Ukraine aid to an investigation of Joe Biden, and Senate Republicans are furious the White House apparently knew about the allegations but didn't prepare for the possibility they would leak before the trial ended, reported Axios.

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