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Rick Wilson sounds the alarm: ‘Spineless’ congressional GOP will do nothing to save Mueller

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Anti-Trump Republican strategist Rick Wilson believes that President Donald Trump is about to cripple special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation — and he thinks congressional Republicans are going to sit on their hands.

Writing in the Washington Post, Wilson explains that the GOP has had plenty of opportunities to put limits on Trump’s actions over the past year and has declined to do so every time.

“With few exceptions, congressional Republicans are cowed by this president,” he writes. “They’re accustomed to making excuses for him, and if they were going to stand up to him, they’ve already had plenty of chances… Nothing they’ve done up to now suggests that they’ve got the requisite backbone.”

Wilson points out that Republicans in Congress have publicly stood by Trump even as he said that some of the torch-carrying white nationalists who marched last year in Charlottesville, Virginia were “very fine people.”

In fact, writes Wilson, the only times congressional Republicans are ever willing to take on the president come when they are granted anonymity by reporters.

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“What you can find in Congress are any number of Republicans willing to trash-talk the president off the record,” he says. “GOP members I’ve spoken to in the last year have repeatedly told me they loathe and fear the president. One anonymous member told me he thinks of Trump as the Russian submarine captain from ‘The Hunt for Red October.'”

However, Wilson believes those off-the-record gripes are unlikely to ever translate into concrete action to keep Trump in check, which means Trump will continue to do whatever he wants.

Read the whole piece at this link.

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Will Hurd becomes first GOP lawmaker to condemn Trump’s ‘racist and xenophobic’ attacks on Dems

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Rep. Will Hurd (R-TX) on Monday became the first Republican lawmaker to unequivocally condemn President Donald Trump's racist attacks against four Democratic lawmakers.

When asked by CNN's Christiane Amanpour about Trump's weekend tweets, in which he told Reps. Ilhan Omar (D-MN), Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), Ayanna Pressley (D-MA) and Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) to “go back” to their countries despite the fact that all four are American citizens, Hurd did not hold back on repudiating the president's statements.

"Those tweets are racist, and xenophobic," he said. "They’re also inaccurate. The four women he’s referring to are actually citizens of the United States."

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Opponents of Fox News’ racism are ignoring the most important target: columnist

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Over the weekend, Fox News host Tucker Carlson went on a rant against Congresswoman Ilhan Omar (R-MN), claiming that she poses a danger to America and is the reason U.S. immigration laws should be changed.

Writing in The Intercept, columnist Peter Maas points out that while it's important to call out Carlson's racism, journalists shouldn't lose sight of the fact that the real culprits are the Murdoch family, which funds the xenophobia and racism of Fox News.

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Trump says his racist attacks were ‘not at all’ racist as Pelosi preps resolution condemning him

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President Donald Trump on Monday said his racist attacks on four Democratic lawmakers were "not at all" racist, even as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) announced a congressional resolution to condemn him for his "disgusting" smears.

While taking questions from reporters, the president was asked if he believed his attacks on Reps. Ilhan Omar (D-MN), Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), Ayanna Pressley (D-MA) and Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) -- whom Trump told to "go back" to their countries despite the fact that all four are American citizens -- were racist.

"Not at all," the president replied.

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