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Van Jones slams fake GOP populism: Your policies are called ‘patriotism’ ours are called ‘socialism’

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Democratic pundit Van Jones was amazed when speaking with his CNN panelists Thursday night that President-Elect Donald Trump is promoting democratic policies that were once killed by Republicans in Congress.

Democratic consultant Paul Begala noted that Trump is entering office with the lowest approval rating of any recently elected president in history. When George W. Bush was elected after the recount in Florida he even entered office at 59 percent favorability. Trump, by contrast, is at a mere 42 percent.

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While the Democrats on the panel celebrated the work Trump did to save 1,000 jobs at the Carrier plant, Begala noted it was Democrats who tried to save these jobs years ago.

“I’ve spoken to several [Congessional Democrats] and they keep coming back to infrastructure and Medicare on the two polls,” Begala began. “If he really wants an infrastructure bill, the Democrats have wanted one for years. Guess what, there was a bill that Debbie Stabenow had, a Democrat from Michigan, in 2014 that was called the Bring Jobs Home Act and it taxed corporations that shipped jobs overseas and rewarded corporations that brought jobs home. Exactly the carrier deal today. And Republicans killed it.”

Begala said that if Trump wants to succeed, he should reach out to Democrats who have proposed the bills he wants to see pass.

“Why is it when Democrats propose that stuff, it’s called socialism, and when you propose it, it’s called patriotism,” Jones broke in, asking former Rep. Jack Kingston.

Host Anderson Cooper noted that Wednesday night in an interview, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) argued that Democrats should do to Trump exactly what Republicans did to Obama for his presidency.

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“She was saying, no, Democrats should be the resistance. Republicans did it to then President Obama when he first came in. Democrats should — it’s payback, essentially,” Cooper said.

Begala said that what Cooper cited was the argument among every Democrat in the Beltway currently. “Should it be obstruction, war to the knife, stop this guy everywhere, or should there be a more constructive opposition to help the country,” Begala said.

Time will tell.

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Trump advisors futilely trying to get him to stop ranting about statues as his re-election prospects collapse: report

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According to a report focusing on Donald Trump's rally at Mt. Rushmore on the evening before the 4th of July, advisors to the president ate attempting to get him to start focusing on bread and butter issues that will get him re-elected instead of harping on statues being pulled down by protesters across the country.

As the Daily Beast report illustrates, their efforts appear to be futile based upon his Friday night speech.

With the president trying to fire up the crowd by insisting, “Angry mobs are trying to tear down statues of our founders. They think the American people are weak, and soft, and submissive,” the Beast reported that Trump, "decided to focus heavily Friday evening on protesters and Black Lives Matter activists who want various American monuments, including those honoring Confederate, white-supremacist, and slave-owning figures of history, torn down and destroyed for good. "

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Trump’s a traitor — and the Russian bounty scandal is the final straw

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The first story of the rest of Donald Trump's life was published last Friday in the New York Times, revealing that the Russian intelligence agency known as the GRU has been paying bonuses to Taliban fighters to kill Americans, and that this intelligence had been reported to Trump and had been known at least since March. The story was subsequently confirmed by the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal and the AP.

This article first appeared in Salon.

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GOP scrambling to pay for Jacksonville convention after Trump yanked it from North Carolina: report

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According to a report from the New York Times, Republican officials are having difficulties getting donors to pay for the Republican National Convention to be held in Jacksonville, Florida after Donald Trump yanked the gathering out of Charlotte, North Carolina in a fit of pique over COVID-19 health restrictions.

At issue, the report notes, is that millions of dollars were spent in North Carolina where a smaller event will now be held, and now the party is, in essence, forced to pay for a second convention.

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