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‘Incredibly simple and easy to manipulate’: Rick Wilson torches ‘Trump’s vast, empty black hole of need-to-be-praised’

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With growing evidence of a continuing pattern of Obstruction of Justice by the Donald Trump White House, one Republican strategist is pointing the finger at Fox News for pushing conspiracy theories.

“I think it’s significant to look at the trajectory…the Republican Party is more unified behind Donald Trump as time has gone on than it ever has been,” MSNBC anchor Chris Hayes noted. “My theory is that it shows how much the party has fall in line behind him.”

“Absolutely,” Washington Post columnist Jennifer Rubin agreed.

“They have allowed themselves to be led around by the nose by the likes of not only Donald Trump but Devin Nunes,” Rubin said with a look of distaste.

Republican strategist Rick Wilson doesn’t think that Republican leaders are sincere in their public statements about Trump.

“There’s such a deep cynicism among them, if you speak to them privately, they’ve learned this trick of playing Donald Trump’s ego,” Wilson explained.

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“They’ve learned this trick of stroking Donald Trump’s vast, empty black hole of need-to-be-praised and patted on his fuzzy little head … and they recognize that they can get Trump to do virtually anything they want,” Wilson noted. “He’s incredibly simple and easy to manipulate.”

“They’re desperate to feed the monster of the Fox audience right now, that is so hyped up and motivated about this conspiracy theory and desperate to make sure that they do everything they can to protect Donald Trump even at the cost of compromising national security and sending a terrifying signal there will be no accountability, no oversight, Donald Trump can kill a live baby on national TV and they will do nothing,” Wilson suggested.

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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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Here are 4 winners and 9 losers from the first 2020 Democratic primary debate

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With ten candidates on stage Wednesday, the opening debate of the 2020 Democratic primary in Miami was a packed mess. And this was only the first course in a two-part event — 10 more candidates will debate on the following night.

A crowded field makes it difficult to stand out, and that means that even after a big night like a debate, the most likely result is that not much changes. But the debate was still significant, giving candidates the chance to exceed, meet, or fall below expectations for their performances.

Here's a list — necessarily subjective, of course — of the people who came out on the top when the dust was settled, and those who came out on the bottom.

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Here are 3 ways Julián Castro stood out in the first Democratic Debate

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There were many predictions going into the first Democratic debate on MSNBC, but no one predicted that Julián Castro would break out from the crowd.

Check out the top three ways Castro stood out from the crowd.

Immigration:

The former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development was the outright winner of the immigration section of the debate

It should "piss us all off," Castro said about the father and his little girl who were found face-down in the shores of the Rio Grande River this week. “It’s heartbreaking."

Castro is a second generation American who got into specifics on immigration policy, calling for an outright "Marshall Plan" style of action for Guatemala and Honduras. He joined with other Democrats calling for an end to President Donald Trump's family separation policy, but he then suggested ending the "metering" of legitimate asylum seekers.

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