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‘If he goes down, they go down with him’: GOP won’t abandon Trump while his base holds, says journalist

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Washington Post journalist Ayesha Rascoe said on Saturday that Republicans in Washington will never abandon President Donald Trump as long as he remains popular with the GOP base, who have remained faithful to the president in spite of his many scandals and missteps in office.

In an MSNBC panel discussion of whether fired FBI Director James Comey’s testimony on Capitol Hill Thursday damaged Trump’s support with Republicans, Rascoe said that the rank and file GOP will remain loyal to the president no matter what he does so long as his support remains firm among Republican stalwarts.

“I think what Republicans are looking at is that they’re obviously right now tied to Trump,” Rascoe said, “and if he goes down, basically, they will go down, too. So, I think at this point, as long as the base stays with President Trump, the Republican Party will stay with President Trump.”

Unease is spreading among some elected Republicans that the administration’s ineptitude will damage their prospects for re-election in 2018. Current polls show that Trump’s popularity continues to fall with most Americans, scraping historic lows at 37 percent approval. However, his report among most Republicans remains strong.

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‘None of this is normal’: Maddow revolted by child sex trafficking charges against Trump pal George Nader

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MSNBC anchor Rachel Maddow connected the dots between the President Donald Trump's administration and George Nader, who served time for child pornography prior to Trump's 2016 campaign and has subsequently been arrested on child sex trafficking charges.

"In what is an astonishingly scandal-ridden presidency, populated by an astonishingly strange cast of characters, he remains one of the most unsettling figures in all of Trump world. Again, to be clear, to disambiguate here, we are not talking about Jeffrey Epstein, seen here with the president, who is also now in custody awaiting child sex trafficking charges," Maddow explained. "No, this is a whole different guy who you can see in this picture with the president who is now in federal custody awaiting a different set of sex trafficking charges as well as serious child porn charges and not for the first time."

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Trump ‘will get worse’ because he does not fear Democrats impeaching him: Chairwoman Maxine Waters

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Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) predicted on Friday that President Donald Trump "will get worse" because of the lack of impeachment proceedings.

Waters, who chairs the House Financial Services Committee, was interviewed on MSNBC by Chris Hayes.

"I want to switch gears on the last question here, just to talk about what’s happened over the last several days with the president’s attacks on your colleagues, the chants of 'Send her Back,' which the president sort of very, very tepidly and meekly sort of disavowed yesterday, but then essentially reavowed today when given an opportunity to talk about it, he sort of reembraced his supporters who were chanting that," Hayes noted.

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Fox News hires former Trump spokesman as Senior Vice President: report

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The revolving door between the White House and Fox News was spinning on Friday as a former spokesman for President Donald Trump was hired by Fox News.

"A bit of news: Raj Shah, the former spokesman in the White House, is joining Fox as a senior Vice President," Washington Post White House correspondent Josh Dawsey reported on Friday.

https://twitter.com/jdawsey1/status/1152374273522241537

After Hope Hicks left her job as White House communications director, she was hired to lead corporate communications for New Fox, the parent company of Fox News.

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