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Chris Cuomo mocks Trump’s ‘flip-flop’ on border wall: ‘It was always about playing to the crowd’

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When President Donald Trump told his supporters that Mexico would pay for his expensive border wall, it wasn’t entirely accurate. In fact, according to CNN’s Chris Cuomo, it has become “a BS situation.”

After playing a series of clips with Trump leading his supporters in chants about building a wall that he promised would be paid for by Mexico, the panel discussion revealed the truth.

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“When he says Mexico will pay for the wall — what he really means is the Pentagon,” Cuomo said. “Now, the president, distancing himself from the campaign rallying cry. The president has a new idea. Let the Pentagon pay for his wall. The president even discussed it in a private meeting with with with House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI).”

Daily Beast editor John Avlon noted that to Trump and others the wall is about “security,” but he said it will ultimately be taken out of the budget that would normally help military service members.

“We all remember the call from the campaign who will pay for the wall? The troops,” Avlon answered. “Look, it’s just a flip-flop. It is about bit of hypocrisy. That line about Mexico paying for it was always about playing to the crowd.”

He said the president was actually frustrated that the new budget bill doesn’t fully fund his border wall. Instead it only has $1.6 billion for shoring up fencing. There will be no actual wall.

“In this kind of BS situation that we’re in about the wall,” Cuomo began. “You’ve got to remember where it came from. This was never a signature promise until they gave it to him.”

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Cuomo was referencing the campaign pledge that allies Roger Stone, Rick Gates and Steve Bannon crafted for him. It proved to be successful, but political experts agreed it was never going to happen. Mexican leaders also attacked Trump multiple times for the claim they’d pay for it, assuring it would never happen.

“The idea of a concrete new wall that the vice president is out there reinforcing, cementing the idea, if you will, that’s what they want,” Cuomo continued. “The end run is $1.6 billion or whatever it is, but not for this new wall. So, I guess, they will reinforce the old wall and then build the new one.”

Experts and those familiar with the border noted it never made sense to build a wall across the Mexico border.

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Even evangelical groups were disgusted by Trump’s Bible stunt: former White House faith adviser

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On CNN Tuesday, former Obama White House faith and race adviser Joshua Dubois said President Donald Trump's Bible photo-op in front of the church near the White House could backfire on him with his most critical voting bloc.

"I thought it was farcical. And it is kind of blowing up in his face even in the faith community and communities that support, him like some conservative evangelical communities," said Dubois. "The reason is Jesus stood up for everyday people, including the vulnerable, and didn't believe in false displays of piety, and yesterday President Trump ordered — or was okay with — everyday people being gassed and shot with rubber bullets in order to make his way to a false display of piety."

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Former NBA player overcomes ‘crippling anxiety’ for protests: ‘We are tired of the tyranny of police’ and Donald Trump

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Former NBA player Royce White overcame his anxiety to lead protests over the weekend in Minneapolis.

Speaking to CNN Tuesday, White noted that if only people listened to football star Colin Kaepernick, who peacefully protested by taking a knee during the "National Anthem" sung at games, this would not have happened. He was trying to raise awareness about police brutality and the disproportionate attacks on people of color at the hands of police. At the time, conservatives, including President Donald Trump, blasted him for the protest, ignoring the reason for doing it and focusing instead on how he refused to stand for the song.

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1960s segregationist George Wallace would ‘smile’ at seeing Trump teargas protesters for a photo op: CNN’s Bakari Sellers

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CNN political commentator Bakari Sellers said on Tuesday that watching President Donald Trump teargas a group of peaceful protesters so that he could have a photo opportunity reminded him of something he'd see segregationist Alabama Gov. George Wallace do.

"Yesterday, the president of the United States used teargas, he used the military against peaceful protesters," Sellers said. "The the only thing I could think of is George Wallace is looking over him with a smile."

Sellers then said he was "thoroughly pissed off" at conservative evangelicals who are remaining silent even as Trump continues to pour gasoline on the fire of racism while wrapping himself in the flag and the cross.

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