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Don Lemon laughs out loud at Trump’s claim homeless people are dangerous because they have guns

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All CNN host Don Lemon could do was laugh after playing a clip of President Donald Trump speaking Thursday.

“Part of the problem is we used to have mental institutions, and I said this yesterday,” Trump said, his arms crossed. “We had a mental institution where you take a sicko like this guy — he was a sick guy, so many signs — and you bring him to a mental health institution, those institutions are largely closed because communities didn’t want them.”

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As many pointed out, the communities do actually want them, rather the funding for such facilities have been slashed since the 1980s. Currently, many prisons have been forced to serve as mental institutions to protect the public.

“You can’t put them in jail because he hasn’t done anything yet but you know he is going to do something,” Trump continued. “So, whether it be talking seriously about opening mental health institutions again, in some cases reopening. I can tell you in New York, New York did a very, very bad thing when they closed our mental institutions, so many of them. You have these people living on the streets. And I can say that in many cases throughout the country, they’re very dangerous. They shouldn’t be there.”

“I’m glad he brought that up,” Lemon said smirking as he spoke to New York Times columnist Frank Bruni. “The people living on the streets in New York City, guess what they don’t have access to?”

“Homes,” Bruni said.

“Homes and guns,” Lemon noted.

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“There is so much wrong with what the president just said there,” Bruni continued. “There is so much that kind of misunderstands reality or misrepresents it. First of all, it’s not easy to involuntarily commit someone. He makes it sound like it would be the easiest thing in the world to take someone who showed signs of danger and just stow them in a mental institution. That’s not something we do in this country for very good reasons. Also, he’s conflating mental illness and the anger and other impulses that have motivated these school shooters. Some of them probably fit the definition of mental illness, others don’t. He’s stigmatizing mental illness with what motivates some of these shooters, and that’s irresponsible.”

Trump’s budget cuts funding to mental health institutions.

Watch the full conversation below:

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GOP will be ‘aided and abetted’ by Russian bots and trolls defending Trump: Former FBI counter-intel chief

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The former assistant director for counterintelligence at the Federal Bureau of Investigation warned Americans to "hunker down" because Russian intelligence will be repeating Republican talking points.

Frank Figliuzzi was interviewed Thursday by MSNBC's Brian Williams on "The Last Word."

"Frank, Fiona Hill -- who richly deserves it -- has been awarded front page status tomorrow morning on the front page of The New York Times, and I imagine newspapers and websites across this country," Williams noted.

"It was extraordinary today when she -- in effect, begged -- asked, certainly, members of the committee to stop supplying Russian talking points, to stop advancing Russian propaganda in the Congress of the United States," he continued.

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Trump has committed 6 impeachable offenses: Harvard Law’s Laurence Tribe says ‘the evidence is all there’

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Constitutional law expert Laurence Tribe broke down the six impeachable offenses President Donald Trump has committed during a Thursday appearance on MSNBC's "The Last Word" with Lawrence O'Donnell.

Tribe has argued 36 cases before the United States Supreme Court and taught at Harvard Law for 50 years. He co-authored the 2018 book To End a Presidency: The Power of Impeachment with Joshua Matz.

"Everyone was in the loop, it was no secret. That was the testimony from Ambassador Gordon Sondland yesterday as he implicated the president, Secretary of State, White House chief of staff, and former National Security Advisor John Bolton and other administration officials in the plot to bribe the president of Ukraine to publicly launch an investigation into Joe Biden in exchange for U.S. military aid to Ukraine that was authorized by Congress and that the president was withholding," O'Donnell reported.

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Rachel Maddow breaks down how public opinion is catching up with the facts of Trump’s impeachment

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MSNBC anchor Rachel Maddow on Thursday broke down how the details from the televised impeachment hearings are being reported in local newspapers.

The host read the headlines from multiple newspapers following the damning testimony by Ambassador Gordon Sondland.

The Los Angels Times headlined, "Sonland implicates president." "Envoy says Trump directed effort," was The Wall Street Journal headline.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch headlined, "'Everyone was in the loop. It was no secret': Defiant Sondland says he followed Trump's orders."

"Trump directed pressure on Ukraine, ambassador says," headlined The Kansas City Star.

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