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CNN’s Rick Santorum excuses Trump’s blatant lying to Americans: ‘It’s the president’s shtick’

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CNN’s John Berman on Tuesday confronted former Republican Senator Rick Santorum with a list of blatant, easily disprovable lies that President Donald Trump had told this week alone — and Santorum brushed them off with a shrug.

During a panel discussion, Berman pointed out that Trump admitted he had no proof to back up his claim that Middle Eastern men were part of the migrant caravan walking through Mexico; that Trump blatantly fabricated the number of jobs created by arms sales to Saudi Arabia; and that he concocted a fantasy middle-class tax cut proposal entirely out of thin air.

Given all these demonstrable falsehoods, Berman asked Santorum if it was helpful to Republicans to have a president who repeatedly tells lies to the American public.

“No,” Santorum admitted. “But it’s sort of the president’s schtick. He sort of uses hyperbole a lot and he exaggerates things. He tries to take credit for things that aren’t necessarily going to happen.”

Despite this, Santorum said that the president’s efforts to gin up fear among his base by using bogus facts was successful because “the unsettling caravan and the unsettling mobs around Kavanaugh have really struck a chord with moderates and independents.”

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Angela Rye pounds CNN’s Steve Cortez for suggesting Ocasio-Cortez should resign

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CNN turned into a shouting match on Tuesday after a Trump supporter attempted to defend the president's concentration camps along the southern border.

Conservatives panicked on Tuesday after Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) referred to Trump's tent city detention centers as concentration camps.

Republican Steve Cortes argued against Ocasio-Cortez was wrong to correctly use the term concentration camps.

"AOC should apologize at least and probably resign," Cortez argued.

Progressive analyst Angela Rye shut down Cortez, explaining to viewers that Ocasio-Cortez was correctly using the term.

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‘He wants the spotlight back’: CNN commentator says Trump is jealous of all the attention Democrats are getting

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On Tuesday, President Donald Trump held a rally in Orlando, Florida to formally kick off his re-election campaign for 2020.

And as CNN's Gloria Borger explained to John Berman, Trump desperately needed this event — because he was jealous of how much coverage the Democratic presidential candidates are getting.

"One source told CNN campaign officials are hoping this event will satisfy the president's thirst for the spotlight and reset the campaign's efforts," said Berman. "This is the 60th campaign rally for the president. So is there any reason to think that this event could move the needle?"

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Scaramucci: Trump will ‘flip out on you’ if you lick your finger and touch something on his desk

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On Tuesday's edition of CNN's "OutFront," anchor Erin Burnett talked to former White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci about President Donald Trump's hysteria over chief of staff Mick Mulvaney coughing in his presence.

"Does behavior like that from him, from the top, send a message about how he treats people or how others should treat people, or do you not have any concern?" asked Burnett.

"I — well, listen, I sort of think it's unfair. Every one of us have been temperamental from time to time," said Scaramucci, who was fired after just 10 days in the White House for extremely obscene comments about Steve Bannon. "I think it's very unfair to pick and choose these — clearly caught on camera. We're in the world of social media now. Many of us have said things that they've regretted saying, myself included especially, Erin. But what happens in the social media and our fishbowl — and the White House isn't even a fishbowl, it's a full-blown aquarium."

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