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CNN’s Ana Navarro corners Kavanaugh defender: ‘Is sexual assault disqualifying?’

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Former South Carolina lieutenant governor turned CNN contributor Andre Bauer found himself on the wrong side of Ana Navarro, when he tried to defend Republican handling of the sexual assault accusations facing Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. Accuser Christine Ford has said she wants the FBI to investigate those charges -as it did when Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas was similarly accused by Anita Hill- but so far Republicans on the Senate Judiciary committee have refused to do so.

“You have a stepdaughter,” host Brooke Baldwin asked Bauer. “How would you feel if this is how she was treated?”

Bauer responded by misrepresenting how the allegations were brought to light, placing the blame for Mr. Kavanaugh’s problems on Senator Dianne Feinstein. That was immediately smacked down by host Brooke Baldwin. “She was asked not to,” Baldwin reminded him. “Let’s always remember, Professor Ford didn’t want to come forward, and [Feinstein] was respecting her wishes.”

Bauer tried another tactic: attacking Ms. Ford. “It’s very clouded, her memory or anyone else’s memory of this,” he said, without providing evidence. “I hate to make it more partisan, but everybody wants to give her the benefit of the doubt and they say, ‘look, come before Congress. We’ll come to you. Let’s get the facts.'”

But while Bauer claimed to want to get to the truth of the allegations, he also saw no need for an actual investigation to determine that truth. That did not go over well with a visibly irritated Navarro, who earlier in the interview said Kavanaugh himself should be clamoring for the FBI to clear “the taint of suspicion above him.”

“If at 17 years of age and drunk he sexually assaulted this woman, is it disqualifying to sit on the Supreme Court?” she asked Bauer.

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Bauer, already in a hole, seemed determined to keep digging. “It is definitely a question,” he said. “But Ana, my understanding, and I could be wrong, my understanding is he never sexually assaulted her. my understanding is her accusation is, he made an attempt to grab a garment she was wearing and pull it off of her–”

“With a hand on her mouth, she felt that her life was at stake, she felt that she was sexually harassed,” objected Baldwin. “He was too drunk, according to her, you know, thank goodness, to do anything more.”

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‘The president’s in major trouble’: CNN polling analyst reveals how Trump dug himself a massive hole for 2020

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President Donald Trump should be coasting to reelection given that unemployment is under four percent -- but poll after poll shows that the president is significantly down compared to prospective Democratic rivals.

In fact, polling data from the president's own reelection campaign leaked last week and showed him trailing former Vice President Joe Biden significantly in multiple key swing states, which infuriated the president and resulted in the firing of staff pollsters.

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MSNBC guest ridicules Trump-fan Steve Cortes as possible Sarah Sanders replacement: ‘He’s a nut — have you seen him on TV?’

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Discussing the departure of Donald Trump's spokesperson Sarah Sanders from the White House, an MSNBC panel surveyed her possible replacements with one ridiculed for his appearances on TV defending the president.

Speaking with "AM Joy" fill-in host Jonathan Capehart, The Beat DC editor Tiffany Cross shot former Trump associate Stever Cortes -- a regular on CNN -- down as a possible candidate.

"There are names that are out there," Capehart suggested. "[Meliania Trump spokesperson] Stephanie Grisham and Hogan Gidley and Steve Cortes."

Pointing out that Grisham is the most likely contender, and the Trump would probably prefer a woman, Cross called out Cortes for his TV appearances.

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