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WATCH: Russia expert explains how Trump’s anti-Semitic rhetoric is ‘straight out of Putin’s playbook’

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President Donald Trump’s anti-Semitic conspiracy theories about George Soros are “straight out of Putin’s playbook,” explained a journalist who fled the U.S.S.R in fear of anti-Semitism under Communism and has extensively reported from Russia.

Julia Ioffe, a correspondent for GQ magazine, joined MSNBC’s “Hardball” on Monday to add context to the mass shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburg.

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“The reason we came to the United States from the Soviet Union — we came as refugees, fleeing anti-Semitism — was because in the summer of 1988, my mother was stuck in the Russian countryside with me,” she noted. “I was 5, my little sister was six months old, there was no phone, no connection to the outside world and very persistent rumors going around about a pogrom, anti-Jewish pogrom and riot.”

“She realized she lived in a country where the political climate had become so permissive that it was completely extremely plausible and that she didn’t want to raise her kids in a country like that,” she continued. “And watching my parents’ response to — and their hearts break watching what happened at Squirrel Hill, my father actually called it an old-fashioned pogrom — has been frankly heart-breaking.”

Ioffe also examined Trump’s rhetoric from her experience reporting from Russia.

“The one thing I would add about George Soros, when I was a reporter in Russia, I heard about George Soros’s ‘pernicious’ political influence all the time. That he was not Russian, he was nefariously controlling all these people and controlling Russian affairs with all his money — that was in Russia,” Ioffe noted. “I never expected to see it here.”

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“I feel like it was plucked straight out of Putin’s playbook,” she added.

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Here are the two Trump claims that the Pentagon chief refused to vouch for

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The White House meeting Wednesday afternoon didn't go well for either party, according to their counterparts. Both sides are dishing on details, including a Democratic aide who said that there were two of President Donald Trump's claims that his own Pentagon chief wouldn't vouch for.

At the onset of the meeting, Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) began by reading a quote from Gen. James Mattis, who briefly served in Trump's administration.

"But POTUS cut Schumer off," reported PBS News correspondent Lisa Desjardins. Trump then "said that Gen Mattis was: 'the world’s most overrated general. You know why? He wasn’t tough enough. I captured ISIS. Mattis said it would take 2 yrs. I captured them in 1 month."

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Former Clinton lawyer scolds Trump’s White House counsel on impeachment: ‘we never considered’ behaving this way

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On Tuesday, Lanny Breuer, a special counsel who worked for President Bill Clinton's White House, wrote an open letter in the Washington Post to President Donald Trump's White House Counsel Pat Cipollone — telling him that, while he understands an impeachment is a horrible thing for an administration to go through, Clinton and his lawyers would never have behaved the way Trump is now.

"In 1998, we felt under siege," wrote Breuer. "We argued at the time, as you do in your letter, that Congress should provide additional procedural protections to the president ... For example, instead of conducting its own investigation, the committee relied almost exclusively on [independent counsel Ken] Starr’s report, which had serious flaws. The House took only three months to adopt articles of impeachment, and we had only two days to present our witnesses. The president’s personal lawyer, David Kendall, had only 30 minutes to question Starr. We felt this was deeply unfair and a derogation of the House’s constitutional duty to investigate thoroughly whether impeachment was warranted."

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White House leaked ‘insane letter’ to Fox host — that makes Trump look ridiculously ‘dumb’

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President Donald Trump was ridiculed on Wednesday after a letter was leaked that President Donald Trump sent to Turkish President Recep Erdo?an.

The letter was sent a week ago, on October 9th.

A copy of the letter, where Trump warned Erdo?an not to be a fool, was obtained by Fox Business personality Trish Regan.

https://twitter.com/trish_regan/status/1184559361638748161

Commentary on the letter was swift -- and brutal.

Here's some of what people were saying:

https://twitter.com/chrislhayes/status/1184570895043571713

Can’t tell if parody of dumb guy trying to cover his tracks or real dumb guy who is covering tracks

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