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Trump’s favorite pollster finds many of his own voters don’t want him campaigning in their district

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Rasmussen Reports, the Republican-friendly pollster that is frequently cited by President Donald Trump, has found that a plurality of voters think Trump would hurt local candidates by campaigning for them in their districts.

According to the pollster, 40 percent of likely voters think Trump campaigning in their district would hurt the candidate he’s trying to help, while just 28 percent said it would help the candidate. 21 percent of likely voters, meanwhile, said his presence in their districts would have no impact.

Although Rasmussen does not break down these numbers by party affiliation for non-subscribers, it does say that while “most Republicans plan to vote for a member of Congress who supports President Trump’s agenda… they have reservations when it comes to the president joining candidates on the campaign trail.”

Earlier this month, Trump campaigned for Republican Rick Saccone, a congressional candidate in Pennsylvania’s 18th congressional district. Despite the fact that Trump had won the district by 20 points in 2016, his presence was not enough to drag Saccone over the finish line, as he narrowly lost the race to Democratic challenger Conor Lamb.

According to FiveThirtyEight, Trump’s current average approval rating stands at 40.8 percent, while Democrats have an average lead of over nine points on the congressional ballot.

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BUSTED: CNN’s panel of women defending Trump’s racism were literally the ‘Trumpettes’

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CNN aired a panel that featured “Republican women” defending President Trump’s racist tweets, but failed to mention that they were actually part of a pro-Trump group whose members the network had interviewed in the past.

This article originally appeared at Salon.

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Ben Carson is Donald Trump’s faulty human shield against accusations of racism

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Ben Carson is back in the news — after another long absence — because Donald Trump has once again been accused of racism.

This article originally appeared at Salon.

The secretary of Housing and Urban Development is the only African-American member of the president’s Cabinet, and is often trotted out to clean up after Trump makes a mess too obviously problematic for the media to ignore. While Trump has tried to spin his recent racist attacks on four progressive freshman congresswomen as a strategic maneuver meant to manipulate Democratic infighting to his advantage, Carson's re-emergence from his stupor should be a clear indication that the president’s team recognizes the damage that can be caused by his unforced errors.

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An illegal trend could be emerging after Trump let Kellyanne Conway off the hook for breaking federal law

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Federal workplaces are supposed to be free of politics, but a Trump administration appointee used a government forum Wednesday to express support for the president’s reelection.

At a conference on religious freedom hosted by the State Department, an official told the crowd of several hundred people that “hopefully he will be reelected,” referring to President Donald Trump.

It’s illegal for federal employees to engage in political activities while they are on the job.

“It’s a violation of the Hatch Act for a federal official, to say in her official capacity, to hope that the president will be reelected,” said Kathleen Clark, an expert on legal ethics at the Washington University in St. Louis.

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