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Conservative commentator pounds Trump for turning GOP into the party of ‘white nationalism and racism’

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Conservative columnist Max Boot on Monday expounded on his decision to leave the GOP — and said it had a lot to do with the party’s pivot to “white nationalism” under Donald Trump.

“It’s utterly transformed from what it was when I was growing up in the 1980s,” Council on Foreign Relations fellow Max Boot told CNN’s Anderson Cooper. “I can’t recognize this Republican Party, which is why I can’t be a part of it.”

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The GOP is now “a cult of personality built around Donald Trump,” Boot added — a move that’s made the party more interested in “white nationalism,” “racism,” and “xenophobia” than its original values. 

The commentator added that that new party line is visible in the way Trump “is fearmongering and conspiracy-mongering, trying to pretend that this small number of impoverished Latin American refugees are somehow ‘Middle Eastern terrorists’ who are going to invade America.”

“Most Republicans approve of that,” Boot said.

Indeed, at a Texas rally just before the conservative commentator went live on CNN, Trump boasted that he is a “nationalist” — an admission many believe is a direct reference to the white nationalists who support him.

Watch Boot’s interview with Cooper below, via CNN:

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CNN’s Bakari Sellers schools Rick Santorum over claim Trump is not part of the ‘extreme hard right’

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During a panel discussion on CNN's State of the Union, contributor Bakari Sellers set fellow panelist Rick Santorum straight after he tried to claim that Donald Trump doesn't take far-right positions.

Following a discussion on Sen. Bernie Sanders' Nevada caucus win, Santorum tried to note the major differences between Trump and Sen. Bernie Sanders.

Responding to conservative commentator Linda Chavez who called both Sanders and Trump "two angry people," Santorum remarked, "I wanted to take issue with what Linda said: two angry folks representing the extremes, and I would agree with that, with Bernie Sanders, and he is representing, no question, the extreme of the Democratic Party and he says that he is a socialist and he is angry, I agree."

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Justice Dept officials worry Bill Barr will fall quietly in line behind Trump after Stone interference: report

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According to a report from CNN, longtime Justice Department officials are concerned that Attorney General Bill Barr will do all he can to stay out of Donald Trump's sight and not interfere now that he was caught up in a squabble with the president over the sentencing of Trump associate Roger Stone.

CNN notes that Barr had previously watched Secretary of State Mike Pompeo be swept up in the president's Ukraine scandal -- damaging the State Department official's reputation -- and hoped to keep a low profile in the president's public disputes.

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Internet heaps praise on CNN’s Anderson Cooper for his ‘must watch’ destruction of Rod Blagojevich

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CNN's Anderson Cooper received near-universal praise across the board for what one commenter called his "fiery rebuke" of recently paroled former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich on Friday night that culminated in the CNN host telling him excuses for why he should not have been in prison were "bullsh*t."

During the highly-contentious interview, Cooper came armed with facts and did not let Blagojevich get away with comparing himself to political prisoner Nelson Madel a which drew a smirk and rebuke from the CNN host.

Many on Twitter were quick to point to the interview as one all cable hosts should look at as a way to stop guests who go on shows to lie with no pushback.

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