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Conservative columnist: Republicans ‘concerned about their survival’ as long as Trump is president

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On Monday, Republican Martha McSally conceded defeat to Kyrsten Sinema in Arizona’s U.S. Senate race, declining to challenge the results of the close contest.

Writing in the Washington Post, conservative columnist Jennifer Rubin pointed to Sinema’s victory as yet another bad sign for Republicans aligned with Donald Trump.

“The race was notable on multiple levels,’ Rubin writes. “First, what was a reliable red state is now very much in play for Democrats in 2020.”

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She also pointed to McSally’s graceful concession as a win for civility and democratic norms. “Second, while the National Republican Senatorial Committee’s conduct in casting doubt on the vote-counting process was reprehensible, Ducey, Cindy McCain and McSally behaved appropriately, refusing to join in the anti-democratic process of delegitimizing elections that don’t go their way.”

She points out that the midterms brought more bad news for Republicans linked to Trump.

“Third, the Democrats’ win reveals just how miserably Republicans performed in a year in which Democrats held on to or flipped Senate seats in seven states that Trump won in 2016 (Montana, Arizona, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania).”

In even more bad news for Trump Republicans, “The Post reports, “McSally lost the race after abandoning the moderate profile she had nurtured in her 2014 congressional race and allying herself with Trump,” Rubin noted.

“The lesson here for Republicans should be that unless you are in deep-red states, waving the bloody flag on immigration is a loser,” Rubin writes.

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The demographics are also not in their favor. “Fifth, exits polls in the race showed Sinema hung on to a high percentage of white voters (44 percent) and won big with Hispanics (69 percent), white college graduates (53 percent), white college-educated women (55 percent), voters 18 to 44 years old (59 percent), and voters who ranked health care as the most important issue (77 percent).”

In conclusion, Rubin notes, Republicans should think twice about following Donald Trump’s lead.

“In sum, a week after the midterms, the Democrats’ wins look more impressive — and the GOP looks more like a party in decline. Republicans outside the Deep South should be concerned about their survival so long as Trump is president.”

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‘Downward spiral’: Trump ripped by prominent conservative for turning America into ‘a pitiful, helpless giant’

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Writing in the Washington Post this Wednesday, columnist George Will contends that President Trump's "rhetorical mustard" is starting to lose its flavor. "The entertainer has become a bore, and foretelling his defeat no longer involves peering into a distant future," Will writes.

"Never has a U.S. election come at such a moment of national mortification. In April 1970, President Richard M. Nixon told a national television audience that futility in Vietnam would make the United States appear to the world as 'a pitiful, helpless giant.' Half a century later, America, for the first time in its history, is pitied."

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‘That’s Peter Navarro’: Trump excuses trade adviser’s op-ed smearing Dr. Fauci as ‘wrong about everything’

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President Donald Trump on Wednesday waived off concerns about an op-ed by White House trade adviser Peter Navarro which took aim at Dr. Anthony Fauci, the top infectious disease expert in the United States.

In a Tuesday USA Today op-ed, Navarro accused Fauci of being "wrong about everything."

The White House later suggested that Navarro had gone rogue by publishing an unapproved column.

But on Wednesday, Trump declined to admonish his trade adviser.

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WATCH: Woman storms off Walmart parking lot after employees laugh at her tantrum over face masks

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A woman in Florida was caught on camera throwing a tantrum over having to wear a face mask in her local Walmart.

Local news station WESH reports that the woman tried to enter the Walmart in Winter Springs, Florida over the weekend without wearing any kind of face covering.

When she refused to wear a mask after being asked by employees to do so, she began yelling at them.

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