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‘He’s playing the prosecutors!’ Desperate Trump fans try to spin Manafort cooperation deal as good news

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Paul Manafort formally entered into a plea deal with special counsel Robert Mueller on Friday that included a cooperation agreement to help with the Russia probe.

This was not welcome news for President Donald Trump, who had previously praised Manafort as a “brave man” for not “breaking” under pressure from the special counsel’s office.

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The news for Trump was so potentially perilous, in fact, that even regular Trump booster Jack Posobiec couldn’t bring himself to downplay it.

“Paul Manafort is required to cooperate with prosecutors in the Mueller investigation as part of this plea deal,” he wrote on Twitter. “Sentencing is going to be deferred based on his successful cooperation. Andrew Weissman (sic) is handling this himself so clearly this is not a small deal.”

Many of Posobiec’s Twitter followers, however, remained convinced that Manafort’s cooperation deal was all part of a larger scheme to eventually convict Hillary Clinton or her political allies.

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Similarly, some followers of “Fox & Friends'” Twitter account believed that Manafort’s cooperation deal meant that the walls were closing in on the president’s enemies.

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MSNBC’s Nicolle Wallace chuckles after Times reporter explains why Trump has no hope of pivoting to an empathetic campaign

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MSNBC host Nicolle Wallace struggled to stifle a chuckle in a conversation about President Donald Trump's struggle to run a campaign that can contend with most Americans' needs in a horrific pandemic.

"I think to Nick [Confessore's] point earlier, there should be a sense of nervousness in Trump's camp," began Democratic strategist Basil Smikle. "You don't see -- you talked about enablers. You don't see Republicans engaged in their behavior with respect to the president at this juncture. You're starting to see them not nationalize he's the president of the United States. They should be more allied with him, but instead, they're focused on local campaigns. The president has lost several cases at the Supreme Court, the Affordable Care Act case notwithstanding. There's a lot of things they should be rallying around, but they can't."

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Here’s how bad things are for Trump after the Supreme Court ruling: columnist

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In a piece for Vanity Fair, columnist Eric Lutz addressed the degree to which President Donald Trump is in trouble after the ruling by the Supreme Court on his financial records.

Trump has spent the better part of four years fighting any transparency about his finances and taxes, which many have suspected might reveal illegal activity.

"He's not going to release his tax returns," said senior adviser Kellyanne Conway in 2017. "We litigated this all through the election. People didn't care."

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Trump gets advice from golfing buddies and right-wing Twitter as America faces a ‘crisis of truth’: op-ed

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Writing in the Washington Post this Thursday, columnist Michael Gerson contends that President Trump is running the country through the prism of the "right-wing information bubble."

"Trump is not only using this right-wing information bubble to exploit his supporters," Gerson writes. "He also seems, increasingly, to have taken up residence there. As his failures have multiplied, his hold on political reality has loosened. Trump has become our boy in the bubble, with an intellectual immune system too weak for him to survive exposure to reality."

All sources of dissent and critical thinking have been removed systematically removed from his administration -- — posts formerly held by Rex Tillerson, James Mattis and Dan Coats, have now been replaced by sycophants, according to Gerson.

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