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Corey Lewandowski defends Trump’s complete lack of a ‘ground game’: ‘You can do this over the internet’

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During Wednesday night’s Anderson Cooper 360, Democratic and Republican panelists duked it out over the importance of grassroots work on campaigns. Democratic consultant Jonathan Tasini pointed to this being one reason why his party is leading in early voting this year.

“In close states, in a close election,” he says, “the ground game the Democrats have is good for at least two or three points in those races. Hillary Clinton has 80+ offices in Florida. Donald Trump has almost nothing.”

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Tasini also explained that part of why Trump didn’t put his own ground game together was due to the GOP nominee’s continued feud with the Republican party.

Cooper turned to Trump surrogate Scottie Nell Hughes for some input. “It depends on what kind of ground game you’re talking about,” she started. “This just shows the difference between the two campaigns.”

She suggested the difference in strategy was largely due to Clinton basing her ground game on politicians, whereas Trump built his around his supporters.

Former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski didn’t pass up the moment to say something inflammatory. “Have you ever walked into Amazon and bought something?,” he asked. “Of course not.”

Lewandowski suggested that the notion of having campaign offices was simply outdated. He said, “You know what they have now? They have cellphones. They have phones, you can call from home. You can do these things over the Internet. You don’t need to bring all these people in 80 offices around the state. It’s ridiculous.”

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That’s when MoveOn spokesperson Karine Jean-Pierre chimed in — and she was not happy.

“As someone who worked on the 2008 and 2012 campaigns, that is insulting what you just said because it’s just not true,” Jean-Pierre explained, before adding, “Having a face to face program and knocking on doors and talking to voters actually works.”

She then dropped some knowledge on what a battleground state is and why polling numbers would be close in those states. Hint: they’re battleground states for a reason, they’re neither blue nor red.

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Everything went even further down the rabbit hole, however, when Republican strategist Jeff Lord started questioning whether Democratic early voters were voting for Clinton.

“Why do you assume they are all voting for Hillary?,” he asked.

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Tasini, who was clearly exasperated at that point responded, “Come on. Now we’re dealing at the UFO kind of level.”

Watch the full exchange below.


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LISTEN: Mourners sing ‘Amazing Grace’ outside the Supreme Court to celebrate Ruth Bader Ginsburg

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Heartwarming videos were shared on social media on Friday night showing the spontaneous gathering at the Supreme Court following the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

The large crowd, with many people wearing masks, sang the hymn "Amazing Grace."

Here are some of the videos of the scene:

A moving moments as dozens join in to sing “Amazing Grace” on the steps of the Supreme Court. pic.twitter.com/NGZyZi4YR4

— Mike Balsamo (@MikeBalsamo1) September 19, 2020

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Here’s how Mitch McConnell could lose his leverage to replace Ginsburg after November

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According to a report in AZCentral, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's plan to rush through a replacement for the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg could encounter an unexpected roadblock if he tries to hold a confirmation vote after the election.

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WATCH: Trump reveals how he can manipulate Democrats to help him put Ted Cruz on the Supreme Court

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President Donald Trump spoke about his plans for the Supreme Court during a Friday night campaign rally in Bemidji, Minnesota.

Trump took the stage before news was announced that Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg had died and appeared to not know of the Supreme Court vacancy.

Trump explained to his audience why he had put Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) on his shortlist for a Supreme Court nomination.

“I said, you know, I have to have someone that we’re going sure we get approved and the only one I could think of is Ted, because he’s going to get 50 Republican votes and he’s going to get 50 Democrat votes — they’ll do anything to get him out of the Senate," Trump said.

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