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‘It’s God’s will’: Conservative George Will lays out Mike Pence’s twisted religious justification for serving Trump

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Conservative commentator and ex-Republican George Will appeared on MSNBC with Chris Matthews Monday to discuss the bizarre relationship between Vice President Mike Pence and President Donald Trump.

Will noted that the mind-boggling “love story” between Trump and Pence is notable because it only goes one way. While Pence shows complete admiration and devotion to Trump, the president shows little loyalty in return. Other vice presidents, Will argued, have been able to fulfill their roles without debasing themselves — but not Pence.

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Matthews played a series of clips showing Pence’s relentless subservience and excessive praise of Trump, pointing out how odd the dynamic is given the pair’s divergent histories.

“I think of the culture of these two gentlemen: One is totally secular in his life. And his lifestyle is not pious and religious in any form. The other one seems very pious, very evangelical, I would think moral by his terms. What do they got in common these two guys?”

“Nothing,” said Will, drawing laughter from Matthews. “Nothing whatever. If you believe as Mr. Pence might, and some people say he does believe, that he’s in constant communication with God ask that God wants him to be president. Therefore, anything Mr. Pence does that advances his presidential prospect pleases God. If you have that line of reasoning, then you could see why nothing he does is really degrading. It’s God’s will.”

“Well, his career has been lickety-split,” said Matthews. “He went from U.S. Congress to governor of Indiana to vice president of the United States. It’s almost Nixonian in his speed. Maybe he has something we don’t know, maybe he knows something we don’t know — I’m kidding, George, but he must reasonably believe he’s been selected here?”

“He might have known getting on the ticket with Mr. Trump was a way of avoiding a race in 2016 that he might have lost,” said Will.

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“What do you think the vice president is going to do — stick around for as many terms as he can get?”

Will responded: “Of course.”

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Here are 3 winners and 3 losers from the 2020 Democratic presidential primary debate

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Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg joined the other leading Democratic presidential primary candidates Wednesday night in the fieriest evening of the race so far.

His presence on the stage drew fire from the other candidates, but it also seemed to change the overall tone of the debate, with more attacks, counter-attacks, and passion than was generally seen earlier in the campaign.

Here’s a (necessarily subjective!) list of the winners and losers from the fray:

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Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) — Warren hit her stride right as the debate started by attacking Bloomberg for his record on the mistreatment of women, racist policies, and his tax returns. She repeatedly came back to skewer the former mayor, making herself the biggest and most notable presence in the debate. But importantly, she also continuously brought the discussion back to the issues she cares about — like expanding health care, environmental justice,  and consumer protection — while getting in digs at the other candidates on the stage.

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Michael Bloomberg ‘lost everything’ in Las Vegas: MSNBC analyst

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Senior editor for "The Root," Jason Johnson, concluded that the biggest loser of the Democratic debate in Las Vegas Wednesday was Michael Bloomberg, but not merely because of his debate performance.

"The big new name was going to be Michael Bloomberg," he said. "This was probably the most expensive night in Vegas I've ever seen. He lost everything. This guy has spent $320 million. He had the opportunity to stand on stage, and appear to be an equal, and he looked bored. He looked disenchanted. He stumbled over obvious questions that anybody would have anticipated about sexual harassment and stop and frisk. I thought it was a bad night for him."

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Pro-immigration protesters interrupt Joe Biden’s closing statement at debate

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Former Vice President Joe Biden's closing statement was interrupted by protesters at Thursday night's Democratic presidential debate.

As Biden began his remarks, demonstrators began shouting about the Obama administration's record on deportations.

WATCH: Protesters interrupt the #DemDebate as the debate nears end. pic.twitter.com/TKCn6eIEsN

— NBC News (@NBCNews) February 20, 2020

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