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Maxine Waters scorches Trump: ‘I don’t honor him, I don’t respect him and won’t be involved with him’

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Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) didn’t hold back on Tuesday as she explained why she was boycotting Donald Trump’s presidential inauguration ceremonies.

“After I discovered who Trump is in the way that he conducted himself, I was never going to go to the inauguration,” she explained to MSNBC host Tamron Hall. “I never planned, I never contemplated even going near any of those activities or those events.”

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“I don’t like the way he has misled people, the way that he has lied,” she continued. “I don’t like the way he has disparaged folks. I don’t like the way he mimicked and mocked a disabled man. I don’t like the way he talked about women and grabbing their private parts.”

“And so there’s nothing about him I would want to be involved with. And certainly the inauguration is a way of welcoming in someone to the presidency and honoring them and respecting them. I don’t honor him, I don’t respect him and I don’t want to be involved with him.”

Waters said that she was troubled by information she learned in intelligence briefings about Russia’s connections to the new president.

“Trump is a danger,” she insisted. “Even though it is not verified, we are told that there is a dossier that was put out by a well-known spy out of London who has revealed some things about what the Russians are holding over the head of Trump.”

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While Waters was speaking about Trump on the House floor last week, a C-SPAN broadcast of her speech was briefly overtaken by a signal from the Kremlin-sponsored Russia Today network.

“I just think it’s strange,” Waters said at the time. “At a time when our intelligence agencies are very confident and basically have confirmed that Russia hacked the DNC and other political interests, and then we have, while I’m on the floor of the House, talking about Trump and Russia, I get interfered with and interrupted by Russia Today.”

Watch the video below from MSNBC, broadcast Jan. 17, 2017.

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Betsy DeVos, Ben Carson send anti-trans signals to Trump’s evangelical base

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While Trump grabs headlines, his Cabinet members quietly use transphobia to shore up white evangelical support

The white evangelical vote is almost certainly a lock for Donald Trump in 2020, but it appears the president is taking no chances of losing this critical voting block. One major part of that strategy appears to be quietly deploying his Cabinet members, especially those associated with the Christian right, to generate stories highlighting the Trump administration's overt bigotry toward trans people, and its eagerness to deprive trans Americans of basic rights.

Just this week, both Education Secretary Betsy DeVos and Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson snagged coverage by making community visits that were ostensibly for noble purposes, but were clearly meant to signal to Christian right voters their hostility to trans rights.

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Intelligence official directly contradicts Trump administration’s excuses for suppressing whistleblower

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A top official in the intelligence community has disputed the factual basis for the Trump administration’s suppression of a whistleblower complaint believed to regard the potential misconduct of the president himself, a new letter released Thursday revealed.

The letter was made public by House Intelligence Committee Chair Adam Schiff (D-CA). He is locked into a fierce and potentially explosive dispute with an array of forces within the administration to obtain the complaint, which was made through proper channels by an intelligence official last month to the community’s inspector general. Intelligence Community Inspector General Michael Atkinson determined that the complaint was “credible” and “urgent,” and subsequent reporting from the Washington Post found that it concerns a “promise” made by Trump in communication with a foreign leader.

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Longtime GOP strategist explains why his party is getting crushed in the war of ideas

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Republican strategist Stuart Stevens on Wednesday warned the GOP that Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) might not be a pushover candidate against President Donald Trump in 2020.

Writing on Twitter, Stevens admitted that he had "no idea" if Warren would beat Trump next year, but he did say that "Trump and supporters are destroying [the] credibility of any center-right argument" thanks to Trump's "corrupt and unstable" governance.

When one of Stevens' followers said that Warren would not be able to fulfill her promises just by taxing the wealthy, he countered that this idea is still more popular than anything Republicans are championing.

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