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‘Those briefings are useless’: MSNBC’s Mika urges reporters to walk out on Sarah Sanders’ lies

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MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinski urged reporters to stop attending White House press briefings to hear Sarah Huckabee Sanders tell harmful lies in service of a dishonest president.

The “Morning Joe” co-host broadcast Tuesday live from Alabama ahead of a special U.S. Senate election, and the gathered crowd cheered “preach” as she lashed out against Sanders.

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“My god, how can they keep a straight face in the White House briefing room?” Brzezinski said. “I would literally laugh hysterically. How do you even listen to her say those things and not just walk out? At this point those briefings are useless. She does not say anything that is truthful, and she does not intend to when she walks out there. It’s incredible.”

Sanders insisted Monday that reporters purposefully spread misinformation damaging to the president, and co-hosts Joe Scarborough and Willie Geist agreed the media had been hostile toward President Donald Trump since he announced his candidacy.

“There was a new aggressiveness that was instituted a couple of years ago when President Trump started to run for office,” Geist said. “But look, the last week or so the press has made a number of embarrassing mistakes — that’s a fact — and Sarah Sanders is right about that. But the idea that there are members of the mainstream press that are purposely misleading — are there people with biases? Of course, there are. Does that find its way into some of their reporting sometimes? Of course, it does. But the idea that they sit down with the idea of taking false information, which is what she said, and presenting it to the public is untrue.”

Brzezinski said the press secretary’s claims propped up the president’s lies and were harmful to American democratic institutions.

“What makes it even worse, what makes it incredibly bad and dangerous, quite frankly, a danger to our republic, is that she’s the one protecting a president who does that every day, who watches TV every day and tweets stupidity, lies, conspiracy theories, bullies people,” Brzezinski said. “He tweeted a conspiracy theory about Joe last week that would have made headlines in any other administration, but people are so desensitized to his lies that her role is incredibly important. Her role is to promulgate the lies coming out of the White House. I think what she’s doing is helping damage this republic, I’m sorry.”

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GOP senator knows Trump lost but thinks it would be ‘political suicide’ to admit it: report

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Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) is still spouting conspiracy theories about the election being "stolen" from President Donald Trump -- but according to one former Wisconsin Republican official, Johnson understands that Trump lost.

Mark Becker, the former Chairman of the Brown County Republican Party, writes at The Bulwark that he had a conversation with Johnson after the election in which the senator acknowledged Trump's defeat.

However, Johnson said that he was loath to admit it publicly because of the strong support the president had received from Wisconsin GOP voters, despite the fact that the president narrowly lost the state this year.

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‘Dumbest senator ever’: Morning Joe mocks Republican Ron Johnson

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MSNBC's Joe Scarborough mocked Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) for demanding proof of something that doesn't exist.

Attorney General William Barr announced the Department of Justice had found no evidence of voter fraud, as President Donald Trump has claimed, and Johnson called on Barr to "show everybody" the proof that the election had not been stolen.

"The man Guinness Book of World Records has called the dumbest senator to ever be sworn in in this constitutional republic," Scarborough said. "I'm speaking, of course, of Ron Johnson, who said that William Barr must show his evidence that he has no evidence."

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‘Whiny kid’ Trump’s tantrums over election loss getting ignored by Pennsylvania swing county voters

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President Donald Trump's attempts to overturn the results of the 2020 election are being met with shrugs in a key Pennsylvania swing county that helped deliver the state to President-elect Joe Biden this year.

The New York Times reports that many Biden voters in Bucks County say they aren't worried about Trump's frantic efforts to get hundreds of thousands of Pennsylvania votes tossed out.

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