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Meghan McCain rips Trump for claiming to support vets while nominating Ronny Jackson — ‘worst abomination’ yet

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"The View" co-host Meghan McCain

Republican commentator Meghan McCain is no stranger to issues facing veterans. That’s why she’s so horrified by the nominee President Donald Trump has put forward to lead the Department of Veterans Affairs.

In the Wednesday episode of “The View,” McCain noted that Trump tried to pretend he was a great admirer of the troops, but has shown vets anything but since taking office. She cited poll numbers from the Afghanistan and Iraq Veterans of America that showed only 29 percent of veterans support nominee Ronny Jackson.

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It’s a complete mess,” McCain quoted her friend Paul Rieckhoff, the CEO of the group.

“Our veterans and the VA deserve so much better than this on so many different levels,” she said. She wondered how the man was nominated to begin with. Long before it was revealed that he has concerning past behaviors, McCain said he wasn’t qualified to lead the department.

Co-host Sunny Hostin quoted Trump saying, “I know there’s an experience problem, because lack of experience. But there’s an experience problem — the Veterans Administration is very important to me.”

“What does that even mean?” Sara Haines asked. “Like, I don’t even understand that quote.”

Whoopi Goldberg cut in to point out that a number of Trump’s cabinet members lack the experience.

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“Rick Perry, who wanted to dismantle the Department of Energy is now running it. Scott Pruitt, who is a climate change skeptic, who’s been funded by the fossil fuel industry, is head of the EPA. Ben Carson, a medical doctor. Maybe someone who actually could have done some good in the VA, where is he? He’s in charge of Housing and Urban Development because one time he passed a project. Jim Bridenstine, who has no background in science what so ever, is the new head of NASA. So, this is normal.”

McCain noted that during the election Trump even skipped a presidential debate because he said he wanted to raise money for veterans.

“He has attacked veterans and claimed to be the soothsayer of all things — regardless of the fact that he never served. And for him to put this man up after, by the way, 200 veterans died in Phoenix at the VA that I went to school down the street from. And we’re still doing nothing,” McCain said. “This is, for me, one of the worst abominations of the administration.”

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Watergate’s John Dean thinks Trump wrote part of his legal team’s brief — because it’s so terrible

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Former White House counsel for Richard Nixon, John Dean, explained that the legal brief out of President Donald Trump's White House was so bad that it had to have been dictated by Trump himself.

Saturday evening, Trump's legal team, chaired by Trump lawyer Jay Sekulow and White House counsel Pat Cipollone, filed their own form of a legal brief that responded to the case filed by Democrats ahead of Tuesday's impeachment trial.

The document called the proceedings “constitutionally invalid” and claims House Democrats are staging a “dangerous attack” with a “brazen and unlawful attempt to overturn the results of the 2016 election and interfere with the 2020 election.”

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WATCH: Prince Harry explains why he and Meghan are leaving the royal family — but promises ‘a life of service’

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Prince Harry posted a video from an HIV/AIDS fundraiser his mother once supported, where he explained his methodology for leaving his profile role as a royal.

"I will continue to be the same man who holds his country dear," said Harry.

He went on to say that he doesn't intend to walk away and he certainly won't walk away from his causes and interests. "We intend to live a life of service."

In the speech, he thanked those who took him under their wing in the absence of his mother

"I hope you can understand that it's what it had come to," he said for why their family intends to step back.

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‘You cannot expect anything but fascism’: Pedagogy theorist on how Trump ‘legitimated a culture of lying, cruelty and a collapse of social responsibility’

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The impeachment of Donald Trump appears to be a crisis without a history, at least a history that illuminates, not just comparisons with other presidential impeachments, but a history that provides historical lessons regarding its relationship to a previous age of tyranny that ushered in horrors associated with a fascist politics in the 1930s.  In the age of Trump, history is now used to divert and elude the most serious questions to be raised about the impeachment crisis. The legacy of earlier presidential impeachments, which include Andrew Johnson and Bill Clinton, provide a comparative historical context for analysis and criticism. And while Trump’s impeachment is often defined as a more serious constitutional crisis given his attempt to use the power of the presidency to advance his personal political agenda, it is a crisis that willfully ignores the conditions that gave rise to Trump’s presidency along with its recurring pattern of authoritarian behavior, policies, and practices.  One result is that the impeachment process with its abundance of political theater and insipid media coverage treats Trump’s crimes as the endpoint of an abuse of power and an illegal act, rather than as a political action that is symptomatic of a long legacy of conditions that have led to the United States’ slide into the abyss of authoritarianism.

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