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Republican strategist who once idolized Laura Ingraham now thinks the Fox News host ‘hates America’

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On Wednesday, Fox News host Laura Ingraham dropped the pretenses around her normally lightly coded racist rants and said that “the America we know and love doesn’t exist anymore” because of “massive demographic changes.”

On Thursday night, CNN’s Don Lemon took on the subject with a panel that included Van Jones and Republican commentator Amanda Carpenter.

Jones said that Ingraham had “dropped the dog whistle” when it came to racism and picked up a megaphone.

“I was appalled by her comments and I’m more appalled by her attempt to try to walk them back today, as if we didn’t hear what she said,” Jones said. “If she wanted to do what they usually do, what they usually do is they say ‘We don’t like undocumented immigrants or illegal immigrants because it’s not safe for the country, it’s about the rule of law.’ She did not say that. I was shocked because she dropped all the pretense last night. She said this is about demographic changes. I’m sorry, that means race and ethnicity. Look it up. So for the first time in a while, she came with no kind of pretense and she said her problem with the changes is race.”

Carpenter, who once worked as a staffer for Ted Cruz, said that as a young Republican woman she had idolized Ingraham.

No longer.

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“I know I’m not the only youngish Republican woman who feels disillusioned and here’s what really grates me about Laura’s comments last night,” she said. “Her favorite thing to do is go on the air and lecture people about how liberals hate America. I have a lot of policy difference with liberals like Van. I know he loves America. I know we can agree that America’s ideals are based on anybody can come here if you share our values, work hard, and get ahead. She said the opposite last night… and so, Laura, I want to know, who is the one who really hates America?”

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CNN panelist stumps host with Trump logic: ‘You can statistically say anything but I don’t see it’

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A Trump supporter on Thursday brushed off statistics showing that hate crimes have been rising since President Donald Trump's election by claiming that he has not personally seen any additional hate crimes.

During a CNN voter panel, host Alisyn Camerota quoted from official statistics showing a significant increase in hate crimes committed since Trump's upset victory in 2016.

Trump supporter Darrell Wimbley, however, wasn't buying it and he cited his own personal experiences to prove his point.

"You can say that, but I truly don't believe it because I don't see it," he said. "I can statistically say anything but I don't see it."

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Andrew McCabe rains hell on ‘insanely stupid’ Trump in epic rant before calling for impeachment hearings

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Appearing on CNN's "New Day" on Thursday morning, former acting FBI director Andrew McCabe unleashed hell on President Donald Trump for launching yet another unprovoked attack on him, saying the president says lots of "stupid things."

On Wednesday evening, the president smeared McCabe, with Trump calling him "terrible" and saying he couldn't do anything -- including go to the bathroom -- without former FBI Director James Comey's permission.

Given a chance to respond by CNN's John Berman, McCabe didn't hold back.

"You know, I've been listening to the president say insanely stupid things for years now about me personally, about my organization, and about the investigation, we undertook to find out if the president posed a threat to national security," McCabe began. "I won't get down in the weeds with the president and exchange insults on Twitter or TV or anywhere else, but the question we should be asking is: why do we have a president who feels necessary to attack individuals? Individuals -- private citizens, individuals who serve in our government -- to attack personally when he's scared of the truth that they have to offer."

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‘Out of his depth’: Trump holding back on Iran because he understands it’s harder than ‘swinging’ at a primary foe

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During a discussion on news that Iran has shot down a U.S. drone over international airspace on CNN, New York Times White House correspondent Maggie Haberman explained that Donald Trump is in no rush to respond militarily because, for once, he knows he's "out of his depth."

Speaking with hosts John Berman and Alisyn Camerota, Habermann said that the president will likely get advice from national security adviser John Bolton to push back militarily, but that Trump doesn't seem interested in taking on as large a task as going to war.

"He usually responds to a provocation when it's a smaller thing that he can punch and knock down," Haberman explained. "He's pretty aware he can't actually do that with Iran. So I don't think you're going to see the typical, you know, as if he were swinging back at a primary foe. I think he is going to actually be a little more careful in what he says."

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