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Joy Reid: Trump is surrounded by white nationalists like Bannon who keep him ‘believing in conspiracy theories’

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During an AM Joy panel on Donald Trump’s allegations that he he’s being wiretapped by Barack Obama, host Joy Reid pointed out that the president is kept in a state of constant paranoia by his closest advisers who are feeding him conspiracy theories as facts so they can push their agenda.

After law professor Rosa Brooks suggested that Trump is either “nuts” or is only dimly aware of what is going on around him, the MSNBC host said there was more to it, adding the “Bannonites” are behind Trump’s wild claims.

“I think actually that is a very important point to make because you do have a president who is surrounded by sort of an alt-state and that is Bannonites — I don’t know what you call them,” Reid explained. “They want this Christian white nationalistic ethno-state, I guess. And people like Steve Bannon, people like Sebastian Gorka, and Stephen Miller. There is a core of people around Donald Trump who want him to keep believing conspiracy theories, who want him to essentially believe President Obama can wiretap him from Hawaii or wherever he happens to be.”

Security analyst Malcolm Nance took it a step further, pointing out how dangerous it is having a “conspiracy theory president.”

“We have a conspiracy theory president and I’m not even sure whether you can put those three words together in a tangible sentence and use the word president,” Nance stated.  “He seems to be buying every crazy idea that’s out there. Now, granted, the man can’t seem to tell the truth about anything.”

“This is dangerous and, as much as is sounds amusing, he controls 4,000 atomic weapons,” Nance continued. “He controls the levers of power in the United States. if he’s going out with Steve King and other in Congress and saying that the president of the — the former president of the united states wiretapped a conversation he had a few weeks ago with the president of Australia, I mean we have got a very serious problem here.”

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CNN panelist stumps host with Trump logic: ‘You can statistically say anything but I don’t see it’

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A Trump supporter on Thursday brushed off statistics showing that hate crimes have been rising since President Donald Trump's election by claiming that he has not personally seen any additional hate crimes.

During a CNN voter panel, host Alisyn Camerota quoted from official statistics showing a significant increase in hate crimes committed since Trump's upset victory in 2016.

Trump supporter Darrell Wimbley, however, wasn't buying it and he cited his own personal experiences to prove his point.

"You can say that, but I truly don't believe it because I don't see it," he said. "I can statistically say anything but I don't see it."

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Andrew McCabe rains hell on ‘insanely stupid’ Trump in epic rant before calling for impeachment hearings

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Appearing on CNN's "New Day" on Thursday morning, former acting FBI director Andrew McCabe unleashed hell on President Donald Trump for launching yet another unprovoked attack on him, saying the president says lots of "stupid things."

On Wednesday evening, the president smeared McCabe, with Trump calling him "terrible" and saying he couldn't do anything -- including go to the bathroom -- without former FBI Director James Comey's permission.

Given a chance to respond by CNN's John Berman, McCabe didn't hold back.

"You know, I've been listening to the president say insanely stupid things for years now about me personally, about my organization, and about the investigation, we undertook to find out if the president posed a threat to national security," McCabe began. "I won't get down in the weeds with the president and exchange insults on Twitter or TV or anywhere else, but the question we should be asking is: why do we have a president who feels necessary to attack individuals? Individuals -- private citizens, individuals who serve in our government -- to attack personally when he's scared of the truth that they have to offer."

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‘Come heavily armed’: Oregon GOP lawmaker threatens state troopers over dispute with Dem governor

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On Wednesday, The Oregonian reported that GOP state Sen. Brian Boquist threatened to kill state troopers if they try to keep him in the Senate chamber to debate climate change legislation.

"I'm quotable, so here's the quote. This is what I told the [police] superintendent," said Boquist to reporters outside the Senate chamber. "Send bachelors and come heavily armed. I'm not going to be a political prisoner in the state of Oregon. It's just that simple."

Democratic Gov. Kate Brown has made passing a climate change bill one of her top priorities. While Democrats control Oregon's legislature, Senate Republicans have enough votes to block legislation by walking out and denying a quorum — which they have done to stonewall this legislation.

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