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White House officials struggle to stop GOP stampede away from accused child molester Roy Moore

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With President Donald Trump far away on another continent and grappling with a public relations mess of his own, White House officials have been left on their own to try and halt the stampede of Republicans away from accused child molester Roy Moore.

The New York Times said that White House legislative director Marc Short said that Moore should be allowed to defend himself against the accusations, which appeared this week in a bombshell story in The Washington Post.

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After a tumultuous first year in office, Trump’s slate of achievements is still woefully blank. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) is still the law of the land and Congress showing little support for Trump’s promised border wall with Mexico, the administration is desperately hanging its hopes on a Republican majority in the Senate to push through its already wildly unpopular tax reform package.

“I think the president’s obviously on a very important trip, and when he returns I think we’ll have that conversation,” said Short on Sunday’s “Meet the Press.”

Like many Republicans, Short said the allegations should disqualify Moore if they’re true, but declined to say what would convince him further after 30 sources confirmed Moore’s predilection for underage girls in the well-researched Post story.

“If more evidence comes out that can prove that he did this, then sure, by all means he should be disqualified,” he said. “But that’s a huge ‘if.’”

Senior White House adviser Kellyanne Conway bristled under questioning by ABC’s Martha Raddatz on Sunday, refusing to be pinned down on whether or not she believes Moore’s accusers are telling the truth.

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“(I)t would be a very dangerous precedent for any of us, for any person in this country to just be cast aside as guilty because of press reports,” said Conway.

Nonetheless, many in the GOP are trying to create distance between themselves and Moore, including Sen. Pat Toomey (R-PA), who said he finds the accusations against Moore “more credible than the denial” and said it would be best if Moore withdrew from the race.

Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-LA) called on Moore to remove his name from all campaign materials and withdrew his endorsement. Senators Mike Lee (R-UT) and Steve Daines (R-MT) withdrew their Moore endorsements on Friday.

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Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC) said, like Toomey, he finds the accusations against Moore more persuasive than Moore’s denials.

Some Republicans have called on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell not to seat Moore even if he does win Alabama’s special election.

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The special election takes place on Tuesday, Dec. 12.


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George Floyd’s brother tears up discussing condolence phone call from Trump: ‘It hurt me’

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The brother of George Floyd described the condolence phone call he received from President Donald Trump during a Saturday interview on MSNBC.

Philonise Floyd was interviewed by the Rev. Al Sharpton on "Politics Nation."

While Derek Chauvin has been arrested and charged with third degree murder, the other three officers involved in the killing remain free.

"They all need to be convicted of first degree murder and given the death penalty," Floyd said.

"What was the conversation with President Trump like?" Sharpton asked.

"It was so fast," Floyd replied.

"He didn't give me an opportunity to even speak. It was hard, I was trying to talk to him, but he just kept like pushing me off, like 'I don't want to hear what you're talking about.' And I just told him I want justice. I said that I couldn't believe they committed a modern-day lynching in broad daylight."

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Bill Barr slammed by ex-FBI official for ignoring the right-wing ‘Boogaloo Bois’ infiltrating protests

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Attorney General Bill Barr was slammed by the former assistant director for counterintelligence at the Federal Bureau of Investigation on Saturday for misleading Americans about the source of violence at the protests over the killing of George Floyd while in police custody.

"There's evidence developing, Brian, that the organization we're seeing of the most violent protesters is coming from a couple of disturbing places," both, by the way, there's disparate in terms in being from the right or the left. here's what those who monitor these groups and sites are seeing.

"We're seeing a far-right group, one group for example known as the Boogaloo Bois, who on their private Facebook page and social media outlets are calling for violence, calling for people to show up," Frank Figliuzzi told MSNBC's Brian Williams.

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Trump is the ‘greatest troll in the history of the internet’ and Twitter needs to ‘pull the plug’: NYT columnist

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President Donald Trump would face an existential crisis if Twitter were to enforce it's own rules and hold him accountable -- and one New York Times columnist wants to see it happen.

"C’mon, @Jack. You can do it," Maureen Dowd wrote, referring to Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey with his username on the platform.

She urged Dorsey to "just pull the plug on him."

"You could answer the existential question of whether @realDonaldTrump even exists if he doesn’t exist on Twitter. I tweet, therefore I am. Dorsey meets Descartes," she explained. "All it would take is one sweet click to force the greatest troll in the history of the internet to meet his maker."

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