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‘We want respect!’: Trump supporters whine that everyone mocks them in pity-soaked NPR interview

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NPR this week reached out to some top Trump supporters to get a feel for their current emotional state — and it found that they are as angry and aggrieved as ever, despite controlling all three branches of the federal government.

Talking with NPR, Trump supporter Kurt Schlichter complained that liberals keep making fun of him instead of taking him as seriously as he deserves.

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“We want to be treated with respect and we will not tolerate anything less which is just unacceptable for this to continue,” he told NPR. “I’m tired of Hollywood spitting on us. I am tired of academia spitting on us. I’m tired of the news media spitting on us.”

John Hawkins, the founder of Right Wing News, similarly tells NPR that Trump supporters often feel sad when they see comedians making fun of the president on late-night shows.

“He turns on a TV show where he’s insulted, and then he’s like, well, maybe I’ll just unwind and watch an awards show — the Oscars or something — where he gets trashed all day long,” Hawkins said. “He goes to Twitter and he’s got some you know guy calling him in a-hole… this is sort of like a pervasive all out attack if you’re a conservative. And it’s all the time sort of thing.”

Conservative columnist Matt Lewis, who is not a strident Trump backer, said that Trump supporters’ grievance is fueled by the fact that they keep losing cultural battles on issues such as same-sex marriage.

“I do think that it’s true that conservatives have lost in many ways the culture,” he said. “There is a sense on the right that is apocalyptic and fearful.”

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Sondland is in ‘tremendous trouble’ no matter how he tries to change his testimony tomorrow: NYT columnist

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On Tuesday, in the wake of testimony from several witnesses in the impeachment hearing that broadly implicated EU Ambassador Gordon Sondland in improper backchannel foreign policy, New York Times columnist Wajahat Ali suggested that Sondland is in "tremendous trouble" — and that no testimony he could give tomorrow will get him out of this mess:

No. He will be trying to save himself. The perjury plus multiple stellar witnesses paint a damning portrait. He's in tremendous trouble. https://t.co/CxN5w0EErb

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Even the Republican witnesses make Donald Trump look like a depraved criminal

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The second half of Tuesday's hearing offered something new in the Donald Trump impeachment inquiry: Witnesses called by the Republican minority on the House Intelligence Committee. It's understandable why Republicans would want these two men.

One of them was Tim Morrison, a former National Security Council aide who is among the few people directly exposed to Trump's famous phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky who claims to believe there was nothing wrong with it. The other was Kurt Volker, a former special envoy to Ukraine, who appears to have been a major actor in Trump's extortion scheme in that country. Indeed, Volker was deemed one of the "three amigos" — along with Energy Secretary Rick Perry and Trump donor/EU ambassador Gordon Sondland — who Trump entrusted with Ukrainian relations as he exerted increasing pressure on the country's leaders to give into his extortion scheme.

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Impeachment: Trump’s ‘hearsay’ defense just crashed and burned

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In the panoply of contradictory and incoherent defenses of Donald Trump, a favorite of Republicans has been to harp on the claim that witnesses to Trump's extortion scheme against Ukraine were all "second-hand" or "third-hand." This has always been confounding, as the official summary readout of the famous phone call between Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky shows Trump clearly conditioning military aid and U.S. support on Zelensky giving a public boost to Trump's conspiracy theories about former Vice President Joe Biden and other Democratic leaders. The witnesses so far have simply affirmed what the written record demonstrates amply.

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