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Al Franken to Dem senators: Call Trump ‘racist’ to his face for Elizabeth Warren ‘Pocahontas’ slur

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Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) suggested on Sunday that Democratic senators should have stood up to President Donald Trump and accused him of racism when he recently used the racial slur “Pocahontas” to refer to Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA).

In a so-called “listening session” with 6 Democratic senators and four Republicans* last week, Trump reportedly got no pushback when he repeatedly called Warren “Pocahontas” while making the point that she had become the face of “your party.”

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“I heard this from a couple of my colleagues who were there,” Franken told CNN’s Jake Tapper on Sunday. “And I — I would have said something.”

“I would have said, ‘Mr. President, with due respect, that’s racist. Please stop doing that. I’m on Indian Affairs [subcommittee]. This is completely unacceptable. You really should stop doing this. It doesn’t serve anybody.'”

Watch the video below from CNN, broadcast Feb. 12, 2017.

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*A previous draft of this article described the group as 10 Democratic senators. Raw Story regrets the error.


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Trump praises ‘amazing warrior’ Sean Hannity for saying impeachment hearings are a ‘phony showtrial’

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President Donald Trump thanked Fox News personality Sean Hannity for his over-the-top defense the evening before impeachment hearings begin.

According to Trump's quoting, Hannity said Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) was a, "corrupt, compromised, coward and congenital liar."

Hannity called the Schiff's Intelligence Committee hearings a "phony showtrial" -- despite the reality that an impeachment trial would occur in the GOP-controlled Senate.

Still, Hannity lashed out at the inquiry as "another fraudulent hoax conspiracy theory" and "witch hunt."

Trump thanked, "Sean the amazing warrior!"

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Rudy Giuliani harshly mocked after admitting Trump’s guilt in new WSJ column

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President Donald Trump's defense attorney took to the pages a Rupert Murdoch's newspaper to make "the case for the impeachment defense" on the eve of televised inquiry hearings.

Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani lashed out enemies while clinging to conspiracy theories in his Wall Street Journal op-ed.

Giuliani began by attacking the press for reporting on Trump's solicitation of foreign election interference.

"If your only sources of news the past two months have been CNN and MSNBC, you probably think President Trump has committed some heinous act that is deserving of being drawn, quartered and carted out of the White House," Giuliani argued. "That’s a false narrative built on selectively leaked testimony from Rep. Adam Schiff’s closed-door Intelligence Committee hearings."

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CNN’s Cuomo hammers GOP lobbyist for saying Trump can fire the inspector general

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On Tuesday's edition of CNN's "Cuomo Prime Time," anchor Chris Cuomo pushed back on GOP lobbyist and American Conservative Union director Matt Schlapp for saying President Donald Trump has the right to fire Intelligence Community Inspector General Michael Atkinson for transmitting the whistleblower complaint.

"Why would it be okay for the president to go after the inspector general for dealing with the whistleblower?" said Cuomo.

"Because he serves at the pleasure of the president. The president can get rid of them at any time," said Schlapp. "At the State Department during Obama's presidency, during the whole time Hillary was at the State Department, he didn't bother to pick an IG."

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