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GOP Sen admits Trump’s ‘losers’ rhetoric is part of the problem that induces violence

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Rep. Jake Flake (R-AZ) told MSNBC’s Chuck Todd that Democrats are not the only ones to blame for so-called “toxic rhetoric” his party has been quick to blame on liberals.

“We’ve got to lead by example, frankly, we got to do the same, tone down the rhetoric and the language that we use, and I do hope the president will do the same,” Flake said.

Flake’s comments come just 24 hours after his colleague Rep. Chris Collins (R-NY) told reporters that Democrats are responsible for incidents like the shooting in Alexandria, Virginia Wednesday. He argued that they’re so filled with “angst” and “anger” that it provokes people. He was then inundated with examples of Republicans using threatening and harsh behavior for the past nine years about former President Barack Obama.

While President Donald Trump’s response to the shooting was a calm measured one, the GOP call for unity ended when the president spent his afternoon railing against former Secretary Hillary Clinton.

“We saw a campaign where on all sides it was frankly pretty ugly,” Flake continued. “And we’ve got to change it.”

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He went on to say that he believes both sides must refrain from “ascribing the worst motives to our opponents, and debate ideas.”

Todd asked for specifics for how Trump could lead. Flake acknowledged that Trump’s rhetoric could be toned down and that he’s in a unique position to set a standard and lead by example.

“Well, there’s things that he could stop doing, you know, referring to others in the other party as losers, and using language that isn’t becoming,” Flake said.

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Trump’s racism is ‘disqualifying’ for him to remain as president: former White House lawyer

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Former acting Solicitor General Neal Katyal explained on MSNBC on Thursday why he viewed President Donald Trump's racist attacks on four women of color in Congress as disqualifying.

Anchor Brian Williams read a quote from Susan Glasser of The New Yorker.

"Half of the country is appalled but not really sure how to combat him; the other half is cheering, or at least averting its gaze. This is what a political civil war looks like, with words, for now, as weapons," Glasser wrote.

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Lawrence O’Donnell reports on the growing movement for the impeachment of President Donald Trump

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Anchor Lawrence O'Donnell reported on the growing movement for the impeachment of President Donald Trump during Thursday evening's "The Last Word" on MSNBC.

"The House of Representatives conducted a symbolic vote on a hastily written impeachment resolution by Democratic Congressman Al Green in reaction to the president’s tweeted comments that the House of Representatives voted to condemn as racist," O'Donnell reported. "The impeachment resolution had nothing to do with the [Robert] Mueller investigation and referred only to the president being unfit for office because of the language that he has used recently about members of Congress and immigrants and asylum seekers."

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Video proves how far the Trump’s GOP has gone from the era of Ronald Reagan and HW Bush

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The immigration policies of Donald Trump’s presidency would have no room for his GOP predecessors Ronald Reagan or George H.W. Bush—who both embraced work visas, family unification, easy border crossings and a better relationship with Mexico.

That counterpoint can be seen in a very short video clip from the 1980 presidential election where Reagan and Bush—who became Reagan’s vice president for two terms before winning the presidency in 1988—were asked about immigration at a campaign debate in Texas. Their responses show just how far to the right the Republican Party’s current leader, President Trump, and voters who have not left the GOP to become self-described political independents, have moved on immigration.

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