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Charles Blow nails Bannon’s ‘puppet’: ‘Trump isn’t a reasonable person or even a particularly smart one’

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President Donald Trump’s relentless attacks on the media are assaults on truth itself, according to New York Times columnist Charles Blow.

And that’s how Trump’s “boss,” Steve Bannon, wants it.

“One must always remember that Trump isn’t a reasonable person or even a particularly smart one, which makes him the perfect vessel for Bannon’s pseudo-intellectual vanities,” Blow wrote in Monday’s column.

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Bannon, and then his “puppet” Trump, delivered attacks on “fake news” and “globalist media” during last week’s Conservative Political Action Conference to divert attention from their incompetent malevolence, Blow wrote.

“Trump and Bannon spin their folksy tale of media corruption to give Trump a needed enemy in his perpetual campaign and a needed diversion from the enormity of his disasters,” he wrote. “This fits Trump perfectly because not only does he have a gnawing insecurity, he also views the confrontational nature of news as maleficently targeted.”

Blow said the president hates the press because it holds him accountable for the “overwhelming majority of things he gets wrong” rather than “pat Trump on his head and give him a gold star for the few things he gets right.”

“The fact is that Trump simply wants the truth not to be true, so he assaults its quality,” Blow wrote. “He wants the purveyors of truth not to pursue it, so he questions their motives.”

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#ILeftTheGOP: Former Republicans reveal why they fled the party in wake of Trump’s latest coverup

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Leaked contents from former national security adviser John Bolton's upcoming book sent shock waves through Washington, D.C. on Sunday and raised the possibility that Senate Republicans will be seen as engaging in a blatant coverup if they don't agree to have him testify.

In the wake of the Bolton bombshell, several former Republicans took to Twitter to explain why they left the party by using the hashtag "#ILeftTheGOP."

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Adam Schiff: GOP senators should allow Bolton to testify or face the music when his book comes out

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Appearing on CNN's "New Day," Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) -- who is leading the impeachment prosecution of Donald Trump on the Senate floor -- said Republicans can now either agree to let former national security adviser John Bolton to testify about the president's Ukraine scandal or face the wrath of voters when the former White House aide's book comes out.

Late Sunday the New York Times reported, "President Trump directly tied the withholding of almost $400 million in American security aid to investigations that he sought from Ukrainian officials, according to an unpublished manuscript of a book that John R. Bolton, Mr. Trump’s former national security adviser, wrote about his time in the White House." 

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GOP senators privately demanding to know why White House set them up to take the fall over Bolton: report

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As of Monday morning, Republican senators have made no direct comments yet about the bombshell New York Times report revealing former National Security Adviser John Bolton's allegation that President Donald Trump directly told him he had tied military aid for Ukraine to a public announcement of an investigation into former Vice President Joe Biden's family.

However, according to Times reporter Maggie Haberman, some Republicans are privately angry with the White House for boxing them into a political corner, with some demanding to know what they knew and when about the manuscript Bolton was going to release:

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