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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.

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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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WATCH: Doctor laughs at Trump’s bizarre boast about passing a cognitive test

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Arthur Caplan of New York University School of Medicine, who holds seven honorary degrees from colleges and medical schools, couldn't help but chuckle when discussing President Donald Trump's recent comments about passing a cognitive test.

"I actually took one very recently when, you know, the radical left was saying, 'Is he all there? Is he all there?' I proved I was all there, because I aced it,” Trump told Fox News host Sean Hannity on Thursday night. “I aced the test... I took it at Walter Reed Medical Center in front of doctors and they were very surprised. They said, ‘That’s an unbelievable thing. Rarely does anyone do what you just did.'"

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Trump’s New Hampshire rally is an act of ‘biological warfare’: Portsmouth police commissioner

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President Donald Trump's planned rally in Portsmouth, New Hampshire has been postponed -- and one public official in the city says that holding it would have been an act of "biological warfare."

Appearing on CNN with host Kate Bolduan, Portsmouth Police Commissioner Stefany Shaheen outlined her concerns about having a large crowd of rowdy Trump supporters gathered into a tight space this weekend.

"I definitely took notice when you called the rally that is set for tomorrow as 'biological warfare,'" Bolduan said. "What is your biggest concern with the president holding a rally in your city tomorrow?"

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‘I hear from psychiatrists weekly’ who warn about the president’s ‘mental incapacity’: Trump biographer

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Trump biographer Michael D'Antonio told CNN on Friday that he's been in regular contact with professional psychiatrists who believe President Donald Trump lacks the mental capabilities to handle his job.

During a panel discussion about the president's mental health, D'Antonio spilled the beans about what some experts are telling him they see in the president's behavior and speech patterns.

"I hear from psychiatrists on a weekly basis about a different measure of the president, and that's whether he suffers from mental incapacity," D'Antonio explained. "That's a very different category and goes to whether he can perform his job."

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