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MSNBC panel flabbergasted by Trump’s ‘perverse’ attack on Christine Ford

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In the past week, President Donald Trump has largely abstained from attacking Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, the woman who has accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault.

But in a pair of tweets this morning, Trump defended Kavanaugh and insinuated that if the accusations were true, Ford and her family would have reported the assault to police when she was 15 years old:

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As an MSNBC panel tried to process the president’s reaction in real time, host Stephanie Ruhle couldn’t wrap her head around how a US president could be that insensitive to teenager’s sexual assault. She observed that characterizing the president’s tweets as offensive, but “not going over the line” shows just how much our standards have shifted.

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After the first tweet, Ruhle pointed out that “binders full of women”—Mitt Romney’s ill-advised plan to increase gender diversity—was once seen as a sexist gaffe.

“Right up to the line was binders full of women a few years ago,” Ruhle said. “Just get your head around that.”

After the second tweet, an even more flabbergasted Ruhle recalled that once upon a time, President Obama’s tan suit was deemed unpresidential.

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“Just for one second. Again. I cannot believe that we’re categorizing the as ‘he’s going up to the line.’ Have things become so perverse that that hasn’t gone over the line? Remember the tan suit that got attacked?”

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CNN’s Cuomo slams Trump advisers for attacking Fauci: ‘Why doesn’t Captain Carnage tell his sycophants to shut up?’

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On CNN Tuesday, Chris Cuomo slammed President Donald Trump's aides for attacking Dr. Anthony Fauci — and their boss for allowing it to continue despite knowing Fauci is correct.

"Trump knows Fauci is a trusted source," said Cuomo. "Given what just came out of his mouth, we have to ask why is he trying to destroy Fauci? And the answer is because Fauci keeps telling you the truth about COVID-19."

"If the president isn't behind it, why is his campaign pushing out a staffer like Stephen Moore, who is openly trying to smear Fauci's decades-long service?" said Cuomo. "The guy is supposed to be an economic analyst. What about this from Peter Navarro, another Trumper? Now he's a Fauci critic? These guys want to talk about being trustworthy and records of getting things wrong, and they work for Trump and never admit his legendary lies? And Dan Scavino, deputy chief of staff for communications, he posted this cartoon, mocking the top infectious disease specialist on his Facebook page as he calls him his colleague."

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Anderson Cooper tears into Trump for lying about coronavirus death rate: ‘This is just ludicrous’

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On CNN Tuesday, anchor Anderson Cooper led his show with a searing indictment of President Donald Trump for his ongoing lies about his management of the coronavirus pandemic.

Cooper particularly took umbrage at Trump's claim, at the day's Rose Garden press conference, that "we have just about the lowest mortality rate" and only seem to have more cases because "we do tremendous testing. We have the best testing in the world."

"This is just ludicrous," said Cooper. "This is the president of the United States. More than 130,000 people dead in this country and he's continuing this ridiculous lie, it's nonsensical. It defies any belief. We shouldn't be surprised because this is what he does. This is one of president's favorite lies. The United States is not the best or close to it in deaths — it's the seventh-worst in the world. The testing doesn't discover them. According to Redfield and others, the cases we know about are probably far underestimating the actual spread of this virus."

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Trump tried to create a ‘fairy tale’ of his pandemic leadership: CNN’s Acosta

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On Tuesday's edition of CNN's "The Situation Room," chief White House correspondent Jim Acosta broke down the significance of President Donald Trump's latest press conference.

"By and large ... what you heard the president talk about is essentially what he would have talked about had he been able to give that rally in New Hampshire last weekend," said Acosta. "He decided to have it here in the Rose Garden. When the press assembles here in the Rose Garden, we expect there to be a number of questions asked of the president. There were only three or four people called on before he raced out of here."

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