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Joy Reid blasts James O’Keefe’s Project Veritas as ‘Bannon turned into a scam’ — and ‘Trump is their Mussolini’

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MSNBC’s Joy Reid spoke with Chris Hayes about the latest failed “sting” from James O’Keefe’s Project Veritas attempting to take down The Washington Post.

Hayes noted that it makes him wonder what’s “really going on” in their offices.

“Well, what’s going on is two things: One, they’re making money,” Reid began. “Among the donors is — in addition to the billionaires who are giving money to this guy who couldn’t get hired at a college newspaper for free, let alone a normal newspaper organization — are the marks in his email list. Project Veritas is constantly fundraising.”

Reid noted that they also use Amazon smile, which allows people to give a percentage of their purchase to charity.

“He’s managed to rack up a six-figure salary for himself doing that,” Reid continued. “So, one motivation is that he’s a grifter. And his second motivation is that he usually peddles his wares to Breitbart. He did that with the ACORN, where they took down a 40-year-old organization that registered black people and poor people to vote, just because they hated them and hated Barack Obama.”

Reid also noted that the group is nothing more than a wager of an ideological war.

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“They’re Steve Bannon turned into a scam,” Reid said.

Hayes was particularly shocked that staffers were living in Airbnb rooms with allies to former President Obama. “There is something that strikes me as sort of creepily authoritarian when people who lie with the president are renting your Airbnb to spy on you.”

Reid explained that in many ways, “Donald Trump is their Mussolini. He’s their customer.” She found it more frightening that Trump is also a consumer of the product. “He’s actually consuming the WorldNetDaily. He’s consuming the InfoWars, the Breitbart. He is as duped by it as their average person on that email list sending them $25… Donald Trump is purchasing this stuff and that’s scary because nobody around him can reacquaint him with reality either.”

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Lawrence O’Donnell throttles Donny Deutsch for saying Elizabeth Warren can’t beat Trump: ‘This is pure guesswork’

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Lawrence O'Donnell and Donny Deutsch had quite the exchange in the post-debate conversation on MSNBC Wednesday.

Deutsch tried to say that Sen. Elizabeth Warren's outstanding debate performance doesn't matter because Warren can't win in a match-up against President Donald Trump.

"I do not believe Elizabeth Warren, on stage with Donald Trump, beats him," he told the MSNBC panel. "And I think if we're honest with ourselves and we look hard at ourselves, I think a lot of people agree with me. It's — and I also think when you can label somebody a socialist, 57 percent of this country thinks that word is un-American. I'm not saying it's fair. When he can blanket Elizabeth Warren as a socialist, and he's on stage with her, the Democrats lose."

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Father and daughter drowning at the border fuels anger at Trump immigration policies

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A shocking photograph of a Salvadoran man and his baby daughter drowned in the Rio Grande fueled a surge of emotion around the world Wednesday -- as US Democrats furiously denounced Donald Trump's immigration policies.

"Trump is responsible for these deaths," said Beto O'Rourke, one of several Democratic White House hopefuls who took to Twitter to lash out at the president.

Former vice president Joe Biden, who is also seeking the presidency in 2020, called the image "gut-wrenching."

"History will judge how we respond to the Trump administration's treatment of immigrant families & children -- we can't be silent," he said.

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Senator Elizabeth Warren leads Democrats in spirited first 2020 debate

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Ten Democrats clashed in the first debate of the 2020 presidential race Wednesday with Elizabeth Warren cementing her status as a top-tier candidate and several underdogs using the issue of immigration to clamor for the limelight.

The biggest American political debate since the 2016 presidential campaign is occurring over two nights in Miami, climaxing Thursday with former vice president Joe Biden squaring off against nine challengers, including number two candidate Bernie Sanders.

But Wednesday's first take was a spirited encounter between Democrats like ex-congressman Beto O'Rourke, Senator Cory Booker, former San Antonio mayor Julian Castro and New York Mayor Bill de Blasio on subjects as varied as health care, economic inequality, climate action, gun violence, Iran and immigration.

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