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Trump critic and former White House ethics lawyer Richard Painter may run for Franken’s Senate seat — as a Republican

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Former White House ethics lawyer Richard Painter on Wednesday announced that he’s considering running for Al Franken’s old Senate seat.

Minneapolis’ Star Tribune reported Wednesday that Painter, a never-Trump Republican fixture on the cable news circuit, is building an exploratory committee to weigh a possible run. He’s still unsure if he’ll run as a Republican, Democrat or independent.

“I need to think about whether there’s a place for me” in the GOP, Painter said during a news conference in the state’s capitol. “I’m going to be considering any and all options.”

The seat is currently occupied by Democrat Tina Smith, who was appointed to it after Franken resigned amid a sexual harassment scandal last year. Currently, only one Republican, state Sen. Karin Housley, is running — and she and Painter appear to have bad blood between them.

Earlier this month, Painter revealed Housley had blocked him on Twitter, saying “she’s upset that I asked her to talk about serious issues rather than blame 20 minute lines at DMV on her opponent Tina Smith.”

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“That wait at DMV is 20 minutes more than it takes to register an AR-15,” the former White House ethics lawyer under President George W. Bush said, continuing his criticism of his potential opponent.

 

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Cop says Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez should be shot following Trump’s racist targeting of The Squad

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Following racist attacks on members of The Squad by President Donald Trump and his supporters, a police officer in Louisiana reportedly said that one of the congresswomen of color should be shot.

Trump has been lashing out at the four first-term congresswomen, who include Representatives Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), Ilhan Omar (D-MN), Ayanna Pressley (D-MA), and Rashida Tlaib (D-MI).

"A Gretna police officer posted a comment on his Facebook page this past week calling U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez a 'vile idiot' who 'needs a round, and I don't mean the kind she used to serve,'" NOLA reported Saturday.

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Internet piles on ABC reporter for lavishing praise on Trump for allowing press to ask questions

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ABC News reporter Kyra Phillips on Saturday heaped praise on President Donald Trump for his treatment of the press.

Despite the White House no longer holding daily press briefings, Phillips praised the "access" she receives from the administration.

"No matter what your politics are, I have to say that I appreciate the access ?Trump? gives us on a regular basis and the ability to ask any question," she said.

She tagged Stephanie Grisham in her tweet, who is Trump's latest press secretary. She also tagged her husband, John Roberts, who does not work in the White House, but works for Fox News.

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The real problem wasn’t the racism — it was the Trump taking ‘the Lord’s name in vain’ twice: supporter

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President Donald Trump was widely condemned after supporters at a campaign rally in West Virginia turned his racist "go back" message into a "Send Her Back" chant against one of a woman of color in Congress.

One Trump supporter in West Virginia also criticized the speech, but not for the racist targeting of Rep. Ilhan Omar.

State Senator Paul Hardesty, a Democrat, wrote to the White House to complain about Trump's use of the word "goddamn."

The letter was republished by the Montgomery-Herald.

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