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Dem senator smacks down Wolf Blitzer for comparing recount to Trump’s voting fear-mongering

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Sen. Chris Coons (D-Del) Monday engaged in a contentious back-and-forth with Wolf Blitzer pointing out the false equivalency between claims that both Donald Trump and Jill Stein are undermining the democratic process.

“Jill Stein is taking advantage of existing state laws that allow you to request a recount within a certain period and pay for the costs,” Coons told Blitzer, adding it’s “perfectly reasonable” for the Green Party candidate to request a recount, but ultimately unlikely to change the outcome of the election.

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“On the other hand, President-elect Trump is undermining the whole confidence that the American people have in the election by recklessly tweeting that there are millions of illegal votes that have been cast, something for which there is no credible evidence,” Coons added.

Blitzer pressed Coons on whether Stein’s recount “undermines the credibility of this election.”

“If Hillary Clinton would have won, the Democrats were afraid that Donald Trump wouldn’t accept it, he would demand recounts and this would go on and on and on,” Blitzer said, insisting it sounds “hypocritical” for Democrats to support Stein.

“To be clear again, Jill Stein is taking advantage of an existing provision in law that allows you to  ask for a recount and pay for it within a certain period of time,” Coons countered. “Donald Trump is undermining the whole concept that this was a free and fair election by suggesting that literally millions of illegal votes were cast, for which there is absolutely no evidence.”

Blitzer said he’s “still having trouble understanding” why Democrats are agreeing with the recount, insisting they “would have been adamantly opposed to it if Donald Trump had lost the election.”

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Coons said Stein is operating “within the boundaries of the law.”

“That’s following the law, that’s following our electoral process,” Coons added. “That’s not undermining confidence in the entire election across the country by spreading false rumors as president-elect Trump is.”

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‘There is no managing Donald Trump’: White House Republicans blasted for their myth of ‘adults in the room’

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Republicans who thought they could manage Donald Trump were taken down in The New Yorker on Tuesday.

The Susan Glasser article was titled, "The spectacular failure of the Trump wranglers."

"On Tuesday, nearly seven hours into the marathon third day of public impeachment hearings, Kurt Volker tried to explain to the House Intelligence Committee what it was like to carry out the nearly impossible task of wrangling U.S. policy toward Ukraine during the Presidency of Donald Trump," Glasser wrote. "Volker, a veteran Republican diplomat who had been serving, since 2017, as Trump’s Special Representative to Ukraine, said that he realized last spring that he had a 'problem,' and that it was Trump himself.

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BUSTED: Trump’s White House sent out anti-Vindman talking points — trashing their own staffer

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President Donald Trump's war on his own employees escalated on Tuesday when the White House spread talking points designed to result in a coordinated attack on a decorated active-duty Army officer.

"The Trump White House has taken the extraordinary step of distributing talking points to allies of the president trashing one of its employees," The Daily Beast reported after obtaining a copy of the document.

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Don Lemon notes the GOP panic after their own witnesses gave testimony harming Trump: ‘Worried much?’

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CNN anchor Don Lemon explained how witnesses called by Republicans in the impeachment inquiry destoryed the defenses employed by President Donald Trump and his allies.

"Now, let's just be honest, the shakedown -- that's exactly what it is -- the shakedown is exposed, people," Lemon said.

"And the evidence comes from the Republican's own witnesses," he noted. "The former envoy to Ukraine, Kurt Volker -- who resigned just one day after the release of the whistleblower's report -- telling the president's defenders exactly what they did not want to hear."

"They called him apparently expecting him to say what he said in his closed-door testimony, that he saw no evidence of a quid pro quo, or let's call it for what it is again -- a shakedown," he continued. "Well, now he says he was wrong."

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