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CNN panel goes off the rails when Trump surrogate calls sexual assault nothing but ‘guy talk’

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Donald Trump supporter and CNN commentator Andre Bauer had a bad night as a pundit, after the news broke about 2005 statements Trump made about groping and grabbing women. Republicans have been lining up to denounce Trump’s comments and most of the CNN pundits from the right have also said that the comments are deplorable, but Bauer decided it was just “guy talk.” Democratic strategist Jonathan Tasini lost it and went off on Bauer.

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“It creates an uncomfortable situation,” Bauer said, trying to dimish the tape. “And it’s not a healthy thing to happen 34 days out before an election, and two days away from a debate. I think he will move forward from this. It’s definitely an obstacle. And all of us have said things that we wish we could take back. This was many years ago. I’m not excusing it in any way. And it was guy talk.”

Bauer then went on to blame the media for recording the sound rather than Trump for being a predator. “And quite frankly, it should have never — a TV station should have never been recording. And furthermore, shouldn’t have released it. But where we are is now that it has been released, he has apologized. Hopefully, he’ll be able to move forward and get into debate mode.”

That’s when Tasini lost his mind. “Guy talk is — assault against women is not guy talk,” he began. “Saying ‘I’m going to grab your p*ssy’ and assaulting women is not guy talk. That is a crime. And for you to sort of say, it’s an obstacle, and not sit here and say that Donald Trump must step down and not be president because he’s a deranged individual is astonishing to me.”

He went on to say that these comments from Trump aren’t new, citing the way that Trump has talked about his own daughter. “Let’s go back and remember that Donald Trump didn’t just use the words that Jim Johns recited that Tim Kaine talked about, fat, bimbo, pig, Donald Trump objectifyied his own daughter. I want every man, every father of a daughter to think about this. Donald Trump talked about his daughter, talked about her being hot, talked about her in sexual terms. This man is deranged.”

Liberal commentator Karine Jean-Pierre was right there with him in the smackdown of Bauer’s statements. After Bauer tried to blame former President Bill Clinton and pivot to statements he may or may not have made or done Jean-Pierre was quick to conclude that his name isn’t on the ballot.

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“What we saw today is that Donald Trump is indeed a sexist, misogynistic pig, period!” She exclaimed. “Then you look at the definition of ‘deplorable,’ you’re going to see a picture of Donald Trump. It is unbelievable — it is unbelievable what we have to listen to and hear for the last several hours. I mean, I wouldn’t want our sons or our daughters to see that. He is not fit to be president of the United States. He should not get anyone near the Oval Office. And to be quite honest, this is beyond partisan politics. The Republicans really have to seriously think about this right now. It’s not just saying, hey, he shouldn’t have said this, it’s really thinking about, hey, this guy cannot be president. They need to unendorse him. he is not fit.”

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Vietnamese women strive to clear war-era mines

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More than 6.1 million hectares of land in Vietnam remain blanketed by unexploded munitions -- mainly dropped by US bombers -- decades after the war ended in 1975.

At least 40,000 Vietnamese have since died in related accidents. Victims are often farmers who accidentally trigger explosions, people salvaging scrap metal, or children who mistake bomblets for toys.

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Trump’s next 100 days will dictate whether he can be re-elected or not — here’s why

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According to CNN pollster-in-residence Harry Enten, Donald Trump's next 100 days -- which could include an impeachment trial in the Senate -- will hold the key to whether he will remain president in 2020.

As Eten explains in a column for CNN, "His [Trump's] approval rating has been consistently low during his first term. Yet his supporters could always point out that approval ratings before an election year have not historically been correlated with reelection success. But by mid-March of an election year, approval ratings, though, become more predictive. Presidents with low approval ratings in mid-March of an election year tend to lose, while those with strong approval ratings tend to win in blowouts and those with middling approval ratings usually win by small margins."

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