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Paris Dennard defends Trump’s Memorial Day self-praise: Soldiers died ‘so we can live in a free enterprise system’

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Republican strategist Paris Dennard on Monday suggested that soldiers had died to give President Donald Trump the right to praise himself on Twitter.

In a tweet on Monday, Trump marked Memorial Day morning by asserting that dead soldiers would be proud of his presidential accomplishments.

Dennard later told CNN’s Brooke Baldwin that “the soldiers who fought, bled and died did so for the freedoms of America.”

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“They did so so we can have the opportunity to live in a free enterprise system, where we do have a strong economy,” he continued. “They did so so that we would live under American rule and law and not under rule of communism or socialism or under the Islamic state.”

“And so because of their sacrifices and because of people who serve right now, fighting for us and protecting us, we have had the freedoms and free enterprise system and capitalist system that allows us to have an amazing economy,” Dennard said. “So the president’s remarks via Twitter and his remarks there at Arlington were heartfelt and were appropriate.”

Baldwin pressed Dennard over Trump’s decision to tweet about “this spy conspiracy and Russia before going to Arlington and laying that wreath.”

“Why go there, today of all days?” Baldwin asked.

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“The president is able to tweet and talk about multiple things,” Dennard insisted. “I think the president has a right — we all have freedom of speech, which is one of those things that those soldiers protect us for the Constitution — for us to be able to tweet and speak how we want to freely.”

Watch the video below from CNN.

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‘Train-wreck of a witness’: Analysts nail ‘obstructive’ Corey Lewandowski for proving the Democrats’ case

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Political commentator Catherine Rampell disagreed with New York Times columnist Frank Bruni that the Democrats faltered during the hearing with Corey Lewandowski Tuesday. Former state and federal prosecutor Elie Honig called Lewandowski a "train-wreck of a witness."

She explained that Democrats had an extremely low bar: they had to prove Trump obstructed justice and that Corey Lewandowski gave one of the examples of such obstructions. In that sense, Rampell said they accomplished their goals.

"I don’t think this was a great day for Corey Lewandowski," she began. "This is a guy who went on TV and announced to the world -- apparently at the same time he is also trying to fundraise for Senate -- that he lies most of the time. Except when he's under oath."

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WATCH: Ana Navarro keeps shouting down Trump booster — even as CNN host cuts to commercial

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President Donald Trump cheered on his top Hispanic advisor Steve Cortes, who appeared before a New Mexico audience. Trump asked Cortes which he loved more, Hispanics or America, which prompted CNN's Ana Navarro to blast the president for racism. Meanwhile, Trump's latest CNN shill cried "political correctness."

"Look, I suspect he didn't want to offend Steve Cortes and I suspect Steve Cortes was not offended," Navarro said. "But really what a stupid thing to say. Right? To somehow ask the question about whether you love the country more than you love Hispanics -- they are one and the same."

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‘I thought he was joking’: CNN’s Cuomo didn’t buy Spicer’s humble brag about being a ‘staunch Christian’

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During the Tuesday night "hand-off" between CNN's Chris Cuomo and Don Lemon, the two chuckled about former White House press secretary Sean Spicer, who made his "Dancing with the Stars" debut Monday night. Spicer bragged about being a "staunch Christian," as the reason for why he won't win "Dancing with the Stars." But Cuomo chastised Spicer for trying to score votes.

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