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‘Demented’: Historian blasts Trump for being ‘proud as a rooster’ over Arpaio pardon

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In a Monday night panel on CNN, one presidential historian used harsh terms to describe President Donald Trump’s bizarre defense of the timing of his pardon for racist ex-sheriff Joe Arpaio.

Earlier in the evening, Trump told a crowd of Finnish media that he announced his pardon as Hurricane Harvey made landfall in Houston Friday night on purpose.

“In the middle of a hurricane, even though it was a Friday evening, I assumed the ratings would be far higher than they would be normally,” Trump said during his joint press conference with Finland’s President, Sauli Niinistö. “You know, the hurricane was just starting.

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Rice University professor and presidential historian Douglas Brinkley said he was “incredulous” that the president would bring up “ratings” when discussing a deadly hurricane.

“He pardoned someone who was seen as a race-baiter, anti-Latino, somebody who is really the kingpin of racial profiling,” Brinkley said. “And he pardons him in the middle of a catastrophic category four storm slamming into the Texas coast and has the gall in the East Room of the White House to say that he did it for TV ratings.”

Regardless of the reasoning behind the pardon, Brinkley continued, Trump failed at the optics of doing so during a hurricane.

“Clearly Friday wasn’t the right time, but he’s proud as a rooster over it,” he concluded. “And I find it a bit demented.”

Watch the entire segment below, via CNN.

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Impeachment hearing explodes with applause as Jackie Speier highlights Trump’s daily lies

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Texas Republican Rep. Mike Conaway on Thursday argued that it was not illegal for Republicans to "out" the White House whistleblower.

Conway cited a Washington Post "fact-check" that gave "Three Pinocchios" to the claim that the whistleblower has a statutory right to anonymity.

Following his time, Ambassador Gordon Sondland was questioned by Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA).

During Speier's questioning, she was interrupted by Conaway, who brought up The Post giving "Three Pinocchios."

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Conservative attorney dismantles GOP arguments against impeachment: ‘Trump’s abuse threatens your freedom’

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A conservative attorney knocked down Republican arguments against impeachment one by one in a viral tweet, and urged others to support the removal President Donald Trump.

Bryan Gividen, an appellate attorney from Dallas, touted his conservative bona fides by describing himself as a "pro-religious liberty, pro-life, would snort Cocaine Mitch’s judicial confirmations" if he could -- but still said he supports Trump's impeachment.

"At this point, there is no question that President Trump directed U.S. officials to withhold security funding to the Ukraine so Ukraine would investigate the Bidens," Gividen began. "That is the kind of abuse of the President’s authority we should not tolerate."

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Trump turns bizarre handwritten notes into all-caps Twitter rage spasm: ‘I WANT NOTHING! I WANT NO QUID PRO QUO!’

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President Donald Trump on Wednesday wrote down his impeachment inquiry talking points in sharpie marker.

While leaving the White House for a visit to Texas, Trump read his notes to reporters, but refused to take questions.

During the flight, Trump then tweeted out his notes to his 66.9 million Twitter followers.

https://twitter.com/samstein/status/1197200696044654593

....”I WANT NOTHING! I WANT NOTHING! I WANT NO QUID PRO QUO! TELL PRESIDENT ZELENSKY TO DO THE RIGHT THING!” Later, Ambassador Sondland said that I told him, “Good, go tell the truth!” This Witch Hunt must end NOW. So bad for our Country!

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