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‘The election is over’: Michigan Trump voters tell him to ‘lose the ego’ and grow ‘tough skin’

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President Donald Trump only won Michigan by less about 11,000 votes — and it looks like his supporters there may already be getting cold feet.

John and Brenda Skantze, who describe themselves as “moderate Republicans,” told CNN’s Miguel Marquez that Trump’s ego appears to be getting in the way of his ability to govern.

When asked if Trump’s “credibility issues” were self-made, John, a former auto industry manager, said he believes they are — and come from the isolating “wall” he puts up around himself.

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“I think he put up a wall around him and he’s only letting a select few enter that wall,” John said.

His wife agreed — and had even harsher terms for the president she voted for.

“He needs to listen to his cabinet members who he hired,” Brenda said. “He can’t run the show by himself.”

“I think he needs to lose a little bit of his ego and get some tough skin,” she continued, adding that “the election is over.”

Watch the Skantzes discuss their criticisms of the man they voted for below, via CNN.

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There are 51 votes to approve calling witnesses in Trump impeachment trial: PBS

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After pieces of John Bolton's manuscript leaked to the press confirming President Donald Trump's bribery of Ukraine, Republicans have turned to support the witnesses they once opposed.

Sens. Mitt Romney (R-UT) and Susan Collins (R-ME) both voted against witnesses and were leaning against them until Bolton's manuscript was leaked to the press after it was turned over to the White House for approval.

PBS News Hour reporter Lisa Desjardins tweeted Monday evening that the news tipped the scales and there were officially 51 votes to approve witnesses.

https://twitter.com/LisaDNews/status/1221951089647538177

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State Department retaliated against NPR by kicking reporter off Mike Pompeo’s plane: report

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The U.S. State Department appears to be retaliating against National Public Radio (NPR) after Secretary of State Mike Pompeo suffered a caught-on-tape meltdown following an interview with NPR "All Things Considered" co-host Mary Louise Kelly.

According to PBS "Newshour" reporter Nick Schifrin, the State Department kicked NPR diplomatic correspondent Michele Kelemen off of Pompeo's jet.

"State Department removes NPR’s Michele Kelemen from Sec. Pompeo plane--where she was scheduled for a pool radio rotation--during upcoming trip to London, Kiev," Schifrin reported.

AFP State Department correspondent Shaun Tandon blasted the move on behalf of the State Department Correspondent's Association.

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Trump lawyers ripped for pushing ‘conspiracy theories written by Russia’ to distract from impeachment trial facts

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President Donald Trump's impeachment defense team was harshly criticized for pushing debunked conspiracy theories to distract from the facts.

Pam Bondi and Eric Herschmann pushed the conspiracy theory, which originated from Russian intelligence, on Monday.

The pair were harshly criticized for the distraction.

Here's some of what people were saying:

https://twitter.com/CharlesPPierce/status/1221919362220724226

https://twitter.com/CharlesPPierce/status/1221916896632745989

https://twitter.com/chrislhayes/status/1221914655376859137

https://twitter.com/WajahatAli/status/1221920598558957569

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