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CNN’s Rick Santorum smacked down after claiming Christine Ford is ‘complicit’ in Democratic plot to tank Brett Kavanaugh

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Rick Santorum got an early-morning schooling Friday on CNN’s “New Day”, when he tried to claim Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s accuser was “complicit” in a Democratic plot to destroy Kavanaugh’s confirmation.

In the wake of President Trump’s Thursday night swipes at Ford, Santorum suggested the president was responding to “the way Dianne Feinstein and the way the Democrats handled it.”

“When you look at how it was handled and the complicity potentially of Ms. Blasey-Ford,” Santorum began when host John Berman cut him off.

“‘Complicity’? I’m sorry, ‘complicity’?” asked a stunned Berman as Santorum, suddenly aware he was cornered, began stammering.

“She first raised this when he was a candidate and not even the nominee,” Berman reminded Santorum. “She told her therapist six years ago that this happened. I’m not sure what her complicity is when once her name leaked she said ‘yes, this happened’. Complicity, what?”

Santorum responded by impugning Ms. Ford’s character saying, “she obviously came forward because she wanted to have an impact on the process.”

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“She told the story anonymously earlier because she wanted the senators to know. She came forward publicly because she was getting calls to her house and they were coming by her door and her life was being turned upside down,” Berman reminded Santorum for a second time. “If you are a victim of sexual assault, which she says that she is, you have a right to come forward and tell your story.”

Santorum said she had a right to tell her story, but insisted that she had no right to remain anonymous.

With Santorum frantically filibustering, a visibly unimpressed Berman reminded the conservative pundit for a third time, “you do know often sexual assault victims are scared for their safety and that’s why they don’t come forward, and they are embarrassed. There are myriad reasons.”

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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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‘It’s voter discouragement’: Jake Tapper says Trump efforts to curb Dem votes doesn’t count as ‘suppression’

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CNN host Jake Tapper on Sunday disagreed with the notion that President Donald Trump and Russians tried to "suppress" Democratic votes by engaging in what he called large-scale voter "discouragement."

During a panel discussion on CNN, Democratic analyst Jennifer Granholm slammed Trump's campaign for "voter suppression."

"The thing that concerns me about the launch, Jake, of this new — of his re-election [campaign], he has already raised $100 million," Granholm said of Trump. "His campaign manager, Brad Parscale, who ran the digital campaign last time around, said that this time this campaign is going to be bigger, better and badder."

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Conservative columnist Max Boot: ‘It’s reality that’s pushing for impeachment’

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Max Boot, a conservative columnist for The Washington Post, argued on Sunday that "reality" is "pushing for impeachment."

On CNN's Reliable Sources program, host Brian Stelter asked if it is the media's fault that the possible impeachment of President Donald Trump has become a topic of discussion.

"Journalist are doing their jobs and reporting the facts," national security analyst Samantha Vinograd insisted. "I don’t think that putting the press in one basket is helpful. Trump does that, but we shouldn’t do that."

Boot said that attacking the media over impeachment amounts to "blaming the messenger."

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