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‘Really?’ CNN’s Dana Bash rattles a confused Rudy Giuliani after he calls James Clapper and John Brennan ‘clowns’

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Rudy Giuliani, a lead attorney for President Donald Trump, called former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper and former CIA Director John Brennan “clowns” on Sunday because they have spoken about Russia’s interference in the 2016 U.S. elections.

During an interview with Giuliani on CNN, host Dana Bash noted that the former federal prosecutor had “worked closely with intelligence agents throughout your decades in public life.”

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“You really believe that people like Brennan and Clapper are part of a deep state conspiracy?” Bash asked.

“I don’t know what you want to call it,” Giuliani replied. “But I have no regard for all for Clapper and Brennan. I think they’re two clowns. Clapper is talking about spying, which he doesn’t realize it’s spying on the Trump campaign. He’s [had] an obligation to tell them.”

“Brennan was chief torturer in charge,” he added. “Then he disowned it, then I don’t know what he did for the CIA. He’s the most political CIA director I have ever met.”

Giuliani continued, muttering under his breath: “Clapper, well, yeah. They’re not civil servants as far as I know.”

“Really?” Bash countered. “All those decades of service in the military.”

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“Hey, there are a lot of people with decades of service,” Giuliani shrugged. “Some are good, some bad and some men get consumed with power and some begin to lie. And in the case of Brennan, he’s a political guy. He was Obama’s chief defender. I’m not sure about Clapper. I haven’t watch him as well. But watching him, he’s sure not impressive.”

Clapper, who was in the CNN studio, responded to Giuliani calmly.

“In the space of a week, I’ve progressed from being the dumbest foreign intelligence officer on the planet — according to President Trump — and now a clown,” Clapper observed. “It’s just more in the narrative here.”

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GOP Leader un-endorses Republican candidate for ‘hateful rhetoric’ on social media

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On Monday, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) announced he was revoking his endorsement of Ted Howze, the Republican candidate for California's 10th Congressional District, per Politico.

“In light of Mr. Howze’s disappointing comments, Leader McCarthy has withdrawn his endorsement," said McCarthy spokesperson Drew Florio. "As the Leader has previously stated, hateful rhetoric has no place within the Republican Party."

Howze's support within the Republican Party leadership has collapsed after a series of racist Facebook posts were unconvered, in which he called Black voters "political slaves," compared young immigrants to pedophiles, and said Muslims are incapable of being good American citizens.

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President roasted for ‘a lie of colossal Trumpian proportions’ by St. Louis newspaper

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President Donald Trump's attempts to blame former President Barack Obama for America's COVID-19 response were fact-checked in a new editorial by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

"Woe is Donald Trump. The long-suffering, misunderstood president just can’t make the world understand what a raw deal he got," the newspaper wrote.

The article noted the president has attempted to blame China, the World Health Organization and Obama for America's response.

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WHO halts study of ‘coronavirus’ drug touted by Trump

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The World Health Organization said Monday it had temporarily suspended clinical trials of hydroxychloriquine as a potential treatment for COVID-19 being carried out across a range of countries as a precautionary measure.

The decision came after publication last week of a study in The Lancet which indicated that using the drug on COVID-19 patients could increase their chances of dying, WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told a virtual press conference.

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