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‘He’s either lying or has magic’: CNN panel catches Trump red-handed making up job numbers from Saudi arms deal

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President Donald Trump has consistently inflated the number of jobs created by the sale of arms to Saudi Arabia — and a CNN panel on Tuesday documented how Trump’s estimate over the last few days has climbed from 40,000 to over a million.

After playing a supercut of Trump progressively raising the number of jobs supposedly creating by Saudi arms deals — from 40,000 to 450,000 to 500,000 to 600,000 to a million — host John Berman was utterly flabbergasted by how shameless the president is about making up facts.

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“Unreal!” Berman exclaimed. “He’s either lying or he has magic.”

“That was the anatomy of a fabrication,” host Alisyn Camerota replied. “His last claim wasn’t good enough anymore, so he keeps upping the ante.”

“It’s a flat-out lie,” Berman said. “Because he knows that [only] one of those numbers is true.”

Panelist David Gregory then chimed in and called it “unseemly” that Trump was talking about jobs numbers at all when discussing arms sales to a country whose agents killed a journalist in their own consulate.

Pivoting back to Trump’s fabrications, Camerota wondered why the president’s voters were so untroubled by the way he lies about a seemingly endless array of topics.

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“Doesn’t that make voters think, ‘Hm, maybe that 40,000 number is also made up whole cloth?'” she asked.

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‘What the hell does that mean?’ CNN’s Berman buries Tucker Carlson’s non-apology for employing racist lead writer

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Fox News host Tucker Carlson on Monday night acknowledged that his former lead writer, Blake Neff, had been let go after it was revealed that for years he had posted racist messages in a chat room under a pseudonym.

Oliver Darcy, the CNN reporter who broke the story about Neff, told hosts John Berman and Alisyn Camerota on Tuesday that it was notable that Carlson never said he was sorry for employing a straight-up racist to write for his show.

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Why is the stock market soaring amid a pandemic? Because Trump thinks that may save him

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Donald Trump isn't a smart man, but he knows how to manipulate the stock market. Not only is he allegedly engaging in market manipulation while president, but it's a Trump con that goes back decades.

Back in October 2018, the New York Times published a Pulitzer Prize-winning profile of Trump's extensive tax fraud schemes, and in the process of that reporting uncovered one of the ways Trump screwed with the financial markets. Journalists David Barstow, Susanne Craig and Russ Buettner reported that Trump would routinely engage in a scam known colloquially as "greenmailing." It involved Trump, along with his father, Fred, as his "wing man," exploiting the news media to pump up the price of a stock by planting rumors, devised by Trump himself, about a takeover. This would drive up the price of the stock, only for Trump to either sell or to demand "lucrative concessions from the target company to make him go away."

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‘Not even Nixon rewarded his henchmen this way’: CNN’s Avlon lists off all the criminals Trump sprung with pardons

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On CNN Tuesday, fact-checker John Avlon broke down the pattern of President Donald Trump rewarding criminals in his orbit with pardons and commutations.

"The Trump orbit has far more than the fair share of felons, many of them out of prison only after sucking up to the president," said Avlon. "Roger Stone is a felon and just the latest beneficiary of the presidential gift to loyalists. A commutation of his 40-month sentence. Even though one of the prosecutors testified they had pressured to go easy on Stone because of the relationship with president. He tampered with witnesses, he was the campaign's primary conduit to Wikileaks, and had hoped to be rewarded for not rolling over on Trump. Not even Nixon rewarded the henchman this way."

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