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Trump voters tell CNN they’re rattled by president’s praise of Manafort — and his implicit offer of pardons

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A group of Pennsylvania Trump voters told CNN this week that they were disturbed to see President Donald Trump heavily praising former campaign chairman Paul Manafort, who was convicted this week on multiple counts of tax fraud.

While most Trump voters who talked with CNN said they still back the president, they also said that pardoning Manafort might be something of a red line that could cost him their support.

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“The pardons — I don’t agree with it,” said barber shop owner Aldo Sartorio, who said that the president pardoning Manafort could make him change his mind about backing him in 2020.

“The president better watch about the pardons,” concurred Aldo’s relative, Peter Sartorio. “With the pardons, if he does that, it looks like it was set up by him with the last couple of tweets that he had, where he sticks up for… Manafort, thinks he’s a great guy. He’s kind of sending a message that, ‘If you stick with me, I’ll pardon you.'”

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‘Have you ever heard someone whine as much as this man?’ CNN’s Anderson Cooper tears into Trump’s COVID excuses

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On CNN Tuesday, anchor Anderson Cooper slammed President Donald Trump after his Axios interview in which he said of coronavirus deaths, "It is what it is."

"For a man who seems to have strength and power, have you heard someone as allegedly powerful and strong as he claims to be — have you ever heard somebody whine as much as this man?" said Cooper. "'It is what it is.' Let me play the last portion of that first exchange again, because he says something telling."

"It is what it is," said Trump in the clip. "But that doesn't mean we are not doing everything that we can. It's under control, as much as you can control it."

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‘You’re saying a bunch of crap’: CNN host battles Trump adviser Mercedes Schlapp on mail-in voting

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CNN's Brianna Keilar on Monday tangled with Trump campaign adviser Mercedes Schlapp on the issue of mail-in voting.

In an appearance on CNN, Schlapp opposed the idea of mail-in voting even though President Donald Trump had declared earlier in the day that "all" people should vote by mail in Florida.

Schlapp insisted that mail-in voting would lead to "fraud."

"It's statistically insignificant," Keilar pointed out. "It's not fraud, Mercedes. There is no evidence of fraud."

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‘Who cares!?’ Axios reporter erupts on CNN over Trump’s strange obsession with crowd sizes

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Jonathan Swan of Axios said Tuesday that he had tried to ask Donald Trump about the public health implications of his rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma -- but the president misperceived the question as an attack on his crowd sizes.

During his interview, which aired in full on Monday night, Swan questioned Trump about his decision to hold a campaign rally in Tulsa amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

“We had 19,000-seat stadium. First of all we had 12,000 people, not 6,000, which you reported and other people reported,” Trump said. “You couldn't even get in -- it was like an armed camp.”

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