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GOP strategist hilariously nails why Laura Ingraham stepped in it with Parkland teens: ‘She has the right to be stupid’

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The advertising boycott roiling Fox News over personality Laura Ingraham was a self-inflicted mistake, a MSNBC panel explained on Saturday.

“Laura Ingraham is taking a week-long hiatus from her Fox News show, which she says was a preplanned Easter vacation,” MSNBC anchor Alex Witt reported. “This as advertisers take a more permanent break from her program after Ingraham mocked Parkland survivor David Hogg.”

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Witt put a graphic on screen showing companies who had ceased advertising on the Ingraham Angle, including Office Depot, Expedia, Nestle, Johnson & Johnson, Hulu and Trip Advisor.

“This is not the first time that Ingraham has courted controversy,” Witt reminded. “She told LeBron James just to shut up and dribble.”

“So why even pick a fight with a school shooting victim?” Witt asked Republican strategist Evan Siegfried.

“Well, the First Amendment gives Laura Ingraham the right to be stupid and pick fights that she shouldn’t be picking,” Siegfried admitted. “I don’t think she should have made that tweet, I don’t think she should have been picking that fight with LeBron James.

“This is a pattern that many right-wing hosts have undertaken,” former Hillary Clinton aide Adrienne Elrod suggested. “They’ll go out, say something to the extreme that generates excitement and enthusiasm among the right-wing base in their viewers and then they apologize and they basically get to go back on air and move forward as if nothing happened.”

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“The thing that we’re finally seeing now is that advertisers are coming forward and saying, ‘You know what? We don’t care if this impacts our bottom line, we’re pulling our ads from this program because we absolutely cannot stand with the host who will say this sort of extreme things,'” she continued. “That’s where you’ll see the trajectory of this pattern change.”

“People like Laura Ingraham, propping up the Second Amendment and propping the NRA for decades are now realizing, ‘oh my gosh, these 17-year-old kids are far more effective messengers than we are!’ I think they’re having a difficult time coming to terms with it and that’s why you’re seeing them say this extreme things,” Elrod concluded.

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A whopping 14 percent of new US COVID-19 cases are coming from Texas

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With the daily number of new coronavirus infections in Texas now exceeding that of most other states, experts say Texas has become a hot spot of the global pandemic and that more aggressive measures are needed to slow the virus’ spread.

Texas’ new confirmed cases of the coronavirus now make up around 14% of the U.S. total — measured by a seven-day average — a significantly higher proportion than its 9% share of the nation’s population. Since July 1, the U.S. has reported 358,027 new infections. Of those, 50,599 were in Texas.

On Tuesday, the Texas Department of State Health Services reported more than 10,000 new cases — representing nearly 20% of the nation’s new cases for the day. It could be a “catch-up” from the July 4 holiday, DSHS spokesman Chris Van Deusen said, noting that numbers reported Sunday and Monday were lower.

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Devastating new ad uses Ronald Reagan’s words against Trump to stunning effect

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The Lincoln Project is not the only right-wing group that has been creating attack ads slamming President Donald Trump. Another is Republican Voters Against Trump, which uses the words of President Ronald Reagan in its latest video to illustrate Trump’s failures as president.

In the ad — which lasts one minute and 40 seconds — RVAT contrast Reagan’s words with images of the U.S. during the Trump era. The message is not subtle: Under Trump, the United States is a long way from Reagan’s vision for the country.

The ad isn’t aimed at liberals and progressives, many of whom would argue that Reagan’s economic policies were bad for the American working class during the 1980s. It asks Republicans: “Has your party left you?”

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The sheep-like loyalty of Trump supporters is starting to backfire

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Donald Trump thinks his voters are morons. This universal truth was once again demonstrated this week by a Facebook ad working Trump’s new statue-oriented campaign strategy. The ad declared, “WE WILL PROTECT THIS” and featured a photo of … no, not some racist-loser Confederate general astride a horse but “Cristo Redentor,” the famous statue of Jesus Christ that sits atop Mount Corcovado in Rio de Janeiro, which, for those keeping track, is not in the United States but in Brazil, a sovereign nation in a different continent.

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