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WATCH: Angela Rye slams Ben Carson’s ‘severe misunderstanding of what American slavery really was’

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Ben Carson has a history of comparing things to slavery, Democratic consultant Angela Rye recalled on CNN’s “AC360.” Today, Carson told his staff at the Department of Housing and Urban Development that slaves are “immigrants” who came here to “pursue prosperity and happiness.”

“I cannot tell you how this moment struck me particularly,” Rye told Republican pundit Paris Denard. “Where so many things about black history, including our last black president have been trivialized. Maybe he just had a gap in his judgment and in his memory. He’s also compared Obamacare to slavery. This is an analogy that Ben Carson tosses around. He may have a severe misunderstanding of what American slavery really was, and how it impacted lives including those of us who sit here today.”

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Denard said that Carson should have chosen better words, but went on to misquote Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., who he claimed said, “We may have all come on different ships, but we’re in the same boat now.” (The quote actually comes from A. Philip Randolph.) He was using the quote to illustrate the point that Randolph was not belittling slavery when he made the comment. Denard also claimed that too many rush to judge any Republican who tries to talk about slavery and Carson is no different.

“I think at some point we all have to be accountable for the extemporaneous words we use as well,” Rye said of Carson speaking off the cuff at the speech. “Ben Carson said black people worked for less. I have breaking news: we built this joint for free. We didn’t build it for less.”

Cooper asked Rye if it was possible Carson was being sarcastic with his comment and Rye seemed insulted by the very concept.

“Do you think it’s a good idea to be sarcastic about slavery?” she countered.

Rye noted that just days ago she found out that she descended from a woman brought to the United States from Senegal as a slave. She explained that it was a humbling moment for her and she hoped Carson would refrain from trivializing such things.

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Trump impeachment trial: 4 stories from first day spell doom for Mitch McConnell

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If the score was kept for the first day of the impeachment trial, it would show hefty losses for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

As Former Special Counsel for the Department of Defense, Ryan Goodman, pointed out, four major headlines perfectly reflect the cracks in the strangle-hold McConnell has had on his party.

First, McConnell was forced to change the impeachment hearing rules. After a huge uprising by Americans demanding to be able to watch the impeachment trial during normal human hours, senators told McConnell he'd lost the votes to hold proceedings after midnight.

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‘Disease fanboy’: Internet slams NBC conservative for ‘rooting for pandemic’ to distract from Trump impeachment trial

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Hugh Hewitt is once again under fire, this time for almost appearing to be glad a deadly SARS-related virus has been diagnosed in a patient in Washington state – saying additional diagnoses will take the focus away from the Senate's historic impeachment trial. Hewitt is a conservative Washington Post columnist, radio host, MSNBC and NBC contributor, and law professor who went from being a "Never-Trumper" to all-in for President Donald Trump.

"People care much more for their health than theater," said Hewitt via Twitter, referring to Trump's impeachment trial. The SARS-related virus, known as the Wuhan coronavirus, is named for an area of China where it was first found. It "has infected more than 300 people and killed six in an outbreak that has struck China, Thailand, South Korea, Japan and now the US," CNN reports.

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Greece elects first woman president

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Greece's parliament on Wednesday elected the first woman president in the country's history, a senior judge with an expertise in environmental and constitutional law.

A cross-party majority of 261 MPs voted in favour of 63-year-old Ekaterini Sakellaropoulou, parliament chief Costas Tassoulas said.

"Ekaterini Sakellaropoulou has been elected president of the republic," Tassoulas said.

The new president, until now the head of Greece's top administrative court, the Council of State, will take her oath of office on March 13, he added.

The daughter of a Supreme Court judge, Sakellaropoulou completed postgraduate studies at Paris's Sorbonne university.

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