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Regretful Trump voters tell CNN why they’ve turned on ‘the dictator in White House’: ‘All he’s done is surround himself with crooks’

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A panel of independent voters discusses President Donald Trump on CNN (Screen cap).

A panel of former Trump voters on Monday told CNN’s Alisyn Camerota that they deeply regret their decision — and now they’re going to back Democrats in the 2018 midterm elections.

Independent voter Anthony Miles, who was attracted to President Donald Trump’s outsider status in the 2016 election, said he was hugely disappointed in the president getting caught up in one corruption scandal after another.

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“He said the system was rigged, and he said he was going to be a new sheriff in town,” Miles said. “And all he’s done is surrounded himself with crooks. How many people have been indicted who are in close cahoots with him?”

Miles also referred to Trump as “the dictator in the White House.”

Trump voter Rahul Blokhra similarly pointed out that the Trump administration’s Russia policy is wildly contradictory, as he noted it seems like Trump’s administration is leveling sanctions against the Kremlin despite Trump’s wishes.

“I’m not sure who is running the country right now!” he said.

And lifelong Republican Stephanie Martin said that she was “embarrassed” to have backed Trump after the way he’s behaved in the Oval Office.

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“I consider myself part of the religious right,” she said. “And now the values I see coming from the White House just don’t mesh up with what I believe.”

She said she was particularly disturbed by the way Trump has continued to be just as divisive as president as he was as a candidate.

“There does not seem to be any effort to unite the country,” she said. “It’s always us against someone, or these people against someone else.”

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CNN host threatens to end interview after Trump spokesperson smears the New York Times

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CNN host Poppy Harlow lost patience with a White House spokesperson on Monday afternoon after he deflected questions about the New York Times reporting on Donald Trump's taxes by trying to smear the paper and the reporters behind the bombshell report.

After White House Deputy Press Secretary Brian Morgenstern tried to smirk his way through an attack on the report and the journalists who compiled it, Harlow warned him the interview would end immediately if he didn't stick the subject and answer her questions.

"In 2017, Brian, in 2017, according to all of these documents, it appears the president paid more in taxes to Panama, India, and the Philippines than he did to Uncle Sam. How is that America first?" the CNN host pressed.

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‘This is the smoking gun’: Carl Bernstein claims Trump’s taxes expose his ‘grifter presidency’

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Appearing on CNN on Monday morning, Watergate reporter Carl Bernstein called revelations exposed in the New York Times report on Donald Trump's taxes the "smoking gun" that could end his presidency.

Speaking with "New Day" hosts Alisyn Camerota and John Berman, the author and journalist declared the current administration is the "first grifter presidency."

"The two numbers that jump off the page, the $750, that's what the president paid in taxes his first two years in office, but then, Carl, the other number that I think people need to know is $421 million. this is what the president owes," Camerota prompted. "These are the loans that will come due over the next four or five years. So when you see this article, Carl, what's your major takeaway?"

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Former GOP governor slams Trump over ‘disturbing’ tax revelations — and throws his support behind Biden

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On CNN Monday, former Pennsylvania Republican governor and inaugural Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge — one of many Republicans who has come out in endorsement of Joe Biden — reacted with outrage to the bombshell New York Times report that President Donald Trump has paid virtually no taxes and papered over financial losses for years.

"The fact that he has paid $750 annually in income tax is revealing of many, many things," said Ridge. "Most of all, I think, it kind of reveals the lack of transparency, the lack of honesty, and his inability ultimately, I think, to connect with people who scramble, maybe two household incomes, scramble to pay $1,000 or two in taxes, and speaks to not only the lack of transparency but I think historically he's shown a tremendous lack of empathy and appreciation for those people who struggle with limited income. He certainly doesn't live the lifestyle of limited income, although he's paying taxes as if he has limited income, and professes to be different, but he has no empathy and no transparency there. That's probably more disturbing than anything else."

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