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‘We as a country are making him look like an *ss’: Trump voters defend president one year after election

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As part of an investigation into how voters who chose Donald Trump to become president feel about him one year after the election, MSNBC host Nicolle Wallace found few regrets and blame for Trump’s failures assigned elsewhere.

In an interview with Katy Tur, the Deadline: White House host explained that she went back and tracked down Trump voters she interviewed before the election last year to see how they feel about their votes now.

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“I was out on Sunday and I went back to Pennsylvania, which is one of my favorite spots, and talked to Dave Lock and Judy Phelps who are two Trump voters who were life-long Democrats,” Wallace explained while setting up the clips to be run. “Dave was a Bernie Sanders supporter and voted for Trump. I pressed them on what they think we in the media are doing wrong and they think that we should cover up the instances in which Trump looks bad.”

Pointing out to Phelps that Trump’s poll numbers have plummeted, the Pennsylvania woman replied, “It hasn’t dropped in my house.”

Phelps admitted that Trump makes her cringe at times, saying, “When I knew that he was going to go on a 12-day tour of China and Japan, I was just keeping my fingers crossed that he was diplomatic.”

“Are you nervous when he talks,” Wallace asked.

“A little bit,” she confessed.

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Speaking with Lock, she noted that he was laid off from his job with General Electric and had once backed Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders but switched to Trump because he thought he would bring about change.

“We always see the Harrison Fords that play the president who is tough, punches the bad guy in the face. Now we have one of those people and he is going to get things done and I think it is good,” Lock explained.

“Now he is fighting with members of his own cabinet, former presidents, Republican senators,” Wallace pressed.

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“I think they would go away if we quit advertising them,” Lock, who is still unemployed, rationalized. “We as a country are making him look like an ass, he needs to try to defend himself.”

“Do you think he does anything to make himself look like an ass?” the MSBC host asked.

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“He helps, absolutely,” Lock conceded. “Maybe he is not doing it the appropriate way or with the most appropriate of words, but leave him alone and let him do his job and see what he can do.”

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A mysterious SARS-like virus has killed a third person and spread around China -- including to Beijing -- authorities said Monday, fuelling fears of a major outbreak as millions begin travelling for the Lunar New Year in humanity's biggest migration.

The new coronavirus strain, first discovered in the central city of Wuhan, has caused alarm because of its connection to Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), which killed nearly 650 people across mainland China and Hong Kong in 2002-2003.

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US bank JPMorgan Chase on Sunday said it had purchased a new building in the heart of Paris capable of holding 450 people, the latest step in its plans to move out of London following Brexit.

The newcomers will join the 260 employees already working in the French capital, the bank said in a statement.

"After multiple government reforms and given the intrinsic nature of Parisian infrastructure, this is the ideal time to invest here and for more of our staff to settle here," said Kyril Courboin, the bank's managing director in France.

The move "will give the bank the opportunity to pursue growth in France, in line with its strategy to continue to serve its European clients seamlessly from the continent's major cities, including Frankfurt, Luxembourg and Dublin," the statement added.

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Chief Justice John Roberts is far from the impartial savior Democrats are hoping he’ll be: PBS host

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During an MSNBC panel discussion Sunday evening, Alexander Heffner, PBS host of "The Open Mind," cautioned against putting faith in Chief Justice John Roberts.

In an interview with Rev. Al Sharpton, Heffner outlined why Roberts' impartiality isn't exactly what Democrats think it is.

"But I'm tired of hearing about Chief Justice Roberts impartiality, this idea that he's some kind of paragon of constitutional order," Heffner said. "The proof is in the pudding. The reality is this Supreme Court had an opportunity to review the cases about whether the public should have access to Trump's business and personal tax returns, whether the public should have the testimony of [John] Bolton and company."

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