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Evangelical politics expert explains the two bizarre groups of Christians who continue to support Trump and why they do it

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Religion expert and podcaster Amy Sullivan addressed President Donald Trump’s mock-state dinner for evangelical leaders during an MSNBC interview Monday.

MSNBC host Chris Hayes explained that given Trump is slowly sinking into the quicksand of scandal, bringing those most ardent supporters is key to shoring up his base. He noted that despite the Paul Manafort and Michael Cohen convictions as well as payouts for affairs, evangelical support has not faltered.

“That’s done nothing to shatter the conviction of evangelical Christians, who seem incredibly clear-eyed about the pact they’ve made with the president,” Hayes said.

He played a clip of Dallas megachurch pastor Robert Jeffress, a close Trump ally. During a Christian Broadcast News interview, Jeffress said that regardless of Trump’s failings he’s a smart man who will always appoint far-right conservatives.

Hayes said he found the admission “striking because it is so clear-eyed and so honest about what exactly the nature of this political pact is.”

Sullivan agreed, noting that evangelicals are up-front about their relationship with Trump being transactional and not about “personal moral character.” She noted it might cause “whiplash” for those who remember in 1998 when the evangelical community attacked President Bill Clinton for the moral failing of his affair with Monica Lewinsky.

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“Then we heard a lot about how important it was to have moral leadership and how we couldn’t as a country stand for having a president who had anything less than the most sterling moral character. But this is another time and this is another political party evangelicals are working with,” she continued.

She went on to explain that, other than the transactional Christians, other evangelicals fall into two classes of people doing “theological gymnastics” to justify their support for Trump. The first group, she explained, are people who said that The Bible is filled with stories about God using an imperfect person to deliver important things to care for others.

There’s a second school of thought from evangelicals, that they can lead Trump to God so that he can become an actual Christian. She called it something of a quest for some who want to “land the white whale.”

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Melania Trump ripped for bragging about helping children while her husband runs concentration camps for kids

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Melania Trump was ripped on Monday for pushing her signature "Be Best" campaign against bullying while her husband, President Donald Trump, runs concentration camps for children along the southern border.

"Looking forward to collaborating with all of our #BeBest Ambassadors. Delighted to be working alongside so many people both inside and outside of government to better the lives of children everywhere!" Melania Trump tweeted Monday.

The response was some of the harshest since she wore an "I Don't Care" jacked to visit the border.

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Border Patrol blocking Americans from donating toothbrushes and diapers for detained children

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Donald Trump on the US-Mexico Border

On Sunday, Austin Savage and five of his friends huddled into an SUV and went to an El Paso Target, loading up on diapers, wipes, soaps and toys.

About $340 later, the group headed to a Border Patrol facility holding migrant children in nearby Clint with the goal of donating their goods. Savage said he and his friends had read an article from The New York Times detailing chaos, sickness and filth in the overcrowded facility, and they wanted to help.

But when they arrived, they found that the lobby was closed. The few Border Patrol agents — Savage said there were between eight and 10 of them — moving in and out of a parking facility ignored them.

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Michael Flynn’s legal team is making bizarre moves — signaling he’s still hoping for a Trump pardon

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When disgraced former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn recently hired a new firebrand lawyer, Sidney Powell, it suggested he could be maneuvering to change his legal strategy.

And on Monday, new signs emerged that his legal team is looking to shake things up. Flynn had another status hearing on Monday before Judge Emmet Sullivan as he awaits sentencing for charges brought by former Special Counsel Robert Mueller.

In the hearing on Monday, Powell, who had been publicly critical of the Russia investigation before joining Flynn’s team, requested a security clearance to review documents in the case. This was a surprising move, because the government said that there was no classified information in the documents it had turned over to the defense.

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