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‘He’s trying to be a dictator!’: Democratic Congressman demolishes Trump over being soft with Kim Jong-un

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Rep Joe Kennedy III (D-Mass) and Rep. Ruben Gallego (D-AZ) sat down with SiriusXMRadio host Dean Obeidallah to talk about President Donald Trump’s meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

Kennedy said that President Trump basically played right into Kim Jong-un hands.

“Trump has ceded a lot and got no specifics and guarantees in return and that’s a big problem,” Kennedy said. “Apparently, he has reframed our military exercises with South Korea…as provocative which no American President, Democrat or Republican, has ever done. He has handed a rhetorical weapon to the North Koreans. He has ceded ground here and the big winner here is China. It was compelling television, but much like everything else with this administration, there is nothing there.”

President Donald Trump defended Kim Jong-un’s oppressive action by saying: “Yeah, but so have a lot of other people … have done some really bad things.”

Gallego asserted that President Trump has a dictator like qualities.

“Let’s not be surprised. Given power, this President would actually try to be a full dictator. You have seen him trying to destroy the norms and checks and balances that exist. He has basically kowtowed the Republican Congress to do their constitutional duties to keep the executive in check,” Gallego said.

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Gallego continued: “This guy could unravel everything that we have fought for to make this country the modern democracy that it is. And the fact that he says this about Kim Jong-un the fact that he basically is in love with Putin. These are people that are “strong men.” The natural tendency for a democratically elected president is to see them as aberrations to governance not as someone you look up to.”

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Lawrence O’Donnell throttles Donny Deutsch for saying Elizabeth Warren can’t beat Trump: ‘This is pure guesswork’

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Lawrence O'Donnell and Donny Deutsch had quite the exchange in the post-debate conversation on MSNBC Wednesday.

Deutsch tried to say that Sen. Elizabeth Warren's outstanding debate performance doesn't matter because Warren can't win in a match-up against President Donald Trump.

"I do not believe Elizabeth Warren, on stage with Donald Trump, beats him," he told the MSNBC panel. "And I think if we're honest with ourselves and we look hard at ourselves, I think a lot of people agree with me. It's — and I also think when you can label somebody a socialist, 57 percent of this country thinks that word is un-American. I'm not saying it's fair. When he can blanket Elizabeth Warren as a socialist, and he's on stage with her, the Democrats lose."

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Father and daughter drowning at the border fuels anger at Trump immigration policies

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A shocking photograph of a Salvadoran man and his baby daughter drowned in the Rio Grande fueled a surge of emotion around the world Wednesday -- as US Democrats furiously denounced Donald Trump's immigration policies.

"Trump is responsible for these deaths," said Beto O'Rourke, one of several Democratic White House hopefuls who took to Twitter to lash out at the president.

Former vice president Joe Biden, who is also seeking the presidency in 2020, called the image "gut-wrenching."

"History will judge how we respond to the Trump administration's treatment of immigrant families & children -- we can't be silent," he said.

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Senator Elizabeth Warren leads Democrats in spirited first 2020 debate

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Ten Democrats clashed in the first debate of the 2020 presidential race Wednesday with Elizabeth Warren cementing her status as a top-tier candidate and several underdogs using the issue of immigration to clamor for the limelight.

The biggest American political debate since the 2016 presidential campaign is occurring over two nights in Miami, climaxing Thursday with former vice president Joe Biden squaring off against nine challengers, including number two candidate Bernie Sanders.

But Wednesday's first take was a spirited encounter between Democrats like ex-congressman Beto O'Rourke, Senator Cory Booker, former San Antonio mayor Julian Castro and New York Mayor Bill de Blasio on subjects as varied as health care, economic inequality, climate action, gun violence, Iran and immigration.

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