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Trump apologist stammers when asked by CNN’s Chris Cuomo about Trump’s California fire conspiracy: ‘I don’t always support the president’

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President Donald Trump blamed California Governor Jerry Brown for the raging fire burning through the state. President Trump’s former campaign aide was at a surprising loss of words when asked by CNN’s Chris Cuomo about the president’s reaction.

“California is on fire. Nobody’s going to dispute that fact if they know what they’re talking about,” Cuomo said. “But our president is blaming environmentalists and California’s Democratic governor.”

Cortes said he knew nothing about fires.

“I have to say first, I have enormous empathy for the victims of this awful tragedy and great admiration for the people who are fighting it,” Cortes said.

“I’m a city boy. I know very little about forests, even less about forest fires. you’d have to ask the White House.”

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He continued: “I think you might think and certainly a lot of your viewers think that I always just instinctively back the president on everything. I don’t back him on this nor am I criticizing. I’m just saying I frankly don’t know. I’m not a scientist. I’m certainly not a forest management person. So I don’t know the answer.”

Watch the video below via CNN.

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News flash: Trump’s no racist!

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The gap that Donald Trump continually shows us between word and deed is remarkable. He lets words hurt while ignoring the substance of what the words mean.

That public words that various people, from both in and out of government or politics, say about him seem to matter a whole lot more than actual events, scandals or bad governmental behavior reflecting on his presidency. We’re used to it by now, numb really, so, it seems useful to step back and look at the pattern.

Even so, his tweets on Sunday telling four rebellious first-year congresswomen, citizens who are all of color, that they should return to where they came from “to go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came” is an insult that crosses all borders. As it happens, three of the four are American-born, and Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Mich.) has been a naturalized citizen since age 12.

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Morning Joe panel brutally dismantles Lindsey Graham for doubling down and backing Trump’s extreme racism

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MSNBC's Joe Scarborough was left speechless by Sen. Lindsey Graham's impassioned defense of President Donald Trump's racist attacks on four Democratic congresswomen.

The "Morning Joe" host sat in stunned silence after rolling video of the South Carolina Republican defending Trump's tweets, and doubling down by hurling his own slurs against the first-year lawmakers.

"You call Americans in Congress communists?" Scarborough said, after gathering his thoughts, "and you say they hate America? And then your punch line to that is aim higher?"

Scarborough, who served alongside Graham as a Republican congressman, said the episode was a shameful new low for the veteran lawmaker.

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Trump administration reopens dangerous ‘longline’ fishing off California

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The Pacific leatherback sea turtle, at up to 2,200 pounds the largest turtle on earth, could disappear from our oceans, yet Trump regulators have OK’d a type of fishing that could wipe out the massive animals.

Pacific leatherback sea turtles are one of eight turtle species the Fisheries Service has identified as most at risk of extinction. The number of West Pacific leatherback sea turtles declined about 6% a year from the 1980s through 2011.

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