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GOP lawmaker mocks Homeland Security secretary’s obvious lie about family separations

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Rep. Will Hurd (R-TX) on Monday mocked Trump Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen for making a patently false claim about the Trump administration’s immigration policies.

During an interview with NPR’s “Morning Edition,” Hurd was asked about Nielsen’s claim that “We do not have a policy of separating families at the border,” despite the fact that multiple administration officials — including Nielsen herself — have gone on the record defending the administration’s family separation policy.

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According to NPR’s Steve Inskeep, Hurd laughed when he was read Nielsen’s quote — and the proceeded to tear her to shreds.

“Kids are being separated,” Hurd said. “In the last 2 months there’s been about 2,000. The previous year it was almost 700. And 100 of those kids were under the age of four.”

Hurd also said that, in addition to being cruel and inhumane, the Trump administration’s family separation policy does nothing to actually help American security.

“Taking kids from their mothers is not preventing terrorists or drugs from coming into this country,” he said.

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Trump’s chief of staff not happy as the administration engages in a ‘mindboggling’ war with itself

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At the outset of the coronavirus pandemic, the Trump administration put medical experts front and center in an effort to reassure the public that it was tackling the health crisis. Now, as NBC News' Josh Lederman points out, the administration is going to war with itself by allowing its "vicious internal power battles" to be on full public display months before an election that polls show Trump is losing.

"In the span of a few days, the White House launched an anonymous smear campaign against Dr. Anthony Fauci, the top infectious disease expert in the nation, then turned on the presidential trade adviser when he did the same thing on the record," Lederman writes, adding that the CDC and the HHS are publicly feuding over hospital data, along with Education Secretary Betsy DeVos and Vice President Mike Pence dismissing CDC warnings about children returning to school.

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‘He’s not demoted’: Trump spokesman says Brad Parscale’s ouster as campaign manager is not a downgrade

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Trump campaign spokesperson Hogan Gidley on Thursday insisted that Brad Parscale had not been "demoted" even though he lost his job as campaign manager.

After the campaign announced the decision to name Bill Stepien as campaign manager, Fox News host Sandra Smith asked Gidley to explain Parscale's demotion.

"The only thing that shifted was, Donald Trump simply asked Bill to steer the ship and Brad to man the guns," Gidley said.

"Right," Smith noted. "Parscale's not out all together, he's been demoted. He'll be in a different position."

Gidley objected: "First of all, he's not demoted. What Brad is focusing on is the digital strategy. Look, he's built something no one thought possible, raising money at historic levels."

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Conservative details 4 main reasons Trump is losing — and it has nothing to do with Brad Parscale

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President Donald Trump announced that he was changing campaign managers on Thursday evening, but many consider the move to be nothing more than changing chefs while the cruise ship is on fire.

Writing for the Washington Post on Thursday, conservative columnist Jennifer Rubin explained that there are four major reasons that Trump is losing and it has nothing to do with his campaign manager.

First, Rubin explained that Trump has lost white women. Pollsters have noted the shift over the past several weeks, linking the fall to "his treatment of women and children at the border to his incendiary language to his lack of concern for the health of schoolchildren returning in the fall." The general lack of empathy is something Trump's niece, Dr. Mary Trump, has written about in her recently released book in which she diagnoses the president with narcissism and sociopathy. By contrast, Trump's opponent, former Vice President Joe Biden, is known for his care and empathy of others.

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