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GOP follows Trump’s lead — and smears McRaven as an alleged shill for Hillary

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The official Republican Party Twitter account on Monday followed President Donald Trump’s lead by echoing his attacks on retired Navy Adm. William McRaven, the man who orchestrated the raid that killed terrorist mastermind Osama bin Laden.

After the president falsely accused McRaven of being a supporter of Hillary Clinton over the weekend — despite the fact that the retired admiral never endorsed her during the campaign — the GOP said that McRaven doesn’t deserve to be seen as a non-political figure because he was purportedly on Clinton’s short list of vice presidential nominees in 2016.

“Retired Adm. William McRaven was reportedly on Hillary Clinton’s short list for Vice President in 2016,” the GOP wrote. He’s been critical of President Donald Trump — even dating back to the 2016 campaign. He’s hardly a non-political figure.”

Of course, being on someone’s short list doesn’t mean you’ve chose to ally with them politically. Rather, it just means you’re being considered as a potential candidate who might be asked if you’re willing to serve.

Additionally, many Republicans — including Sens. Ted Cruz (R-TX), Marco Rubio (R-FL), and Lindsey Graham (R-SC) — were all harshly critical of Trump and his behavior during the 2016 presidential campaign, but that didn’t mean they were pawns for the Democrats.

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The reaction to the GOP’s tweet was almost uniformly negative — check out some of the top replies below.

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Progressive reformer claims victory in fiercely-contested Queens DA race

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Progressive reformer Tiffany Cabán has declared victory in her campaign versus Melinda Katz in the Queens District Attorney race.

With 99% of precincts reporting, Cabán held a lead of 1,090 votes, The New York Times reports.

Cabán was backed by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT).

Katz was backed by Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-NY), who chairs the Queens Democratic Party, and Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY)

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New 2020 poll shows Trump trailing all Democrats — some by double-digits

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President Donald Trump trails all of his Democratic rivals in hypothetical matchups of the 2020 presidential race, according to the result of a new poll released Tuesday.

This article originally appeared on Salon.

The survey, conducted by Emerson Polling, found that the president lags behind former vice president Joe Biden and Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., by 10 points nationally — 45 percent to 55 percent. He also trails Sen. Elizabeth Warren by six points — 47 percent to 53 percent —and Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., and South Bend, Ind. Mayor Pete Buttigieg by four points — 48 percent to 52 percent.

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Beto O’Rourke’s ‘war tax’ policy proposal is straight out of ‘Starship Troopers’

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Amid an overcrowded Democratic presidential candidate field, it's hard to distinguish yourself from the pack if you don't slot easily into the scale that runs from "pro-corporate centrist" to "left-populist." If you're former Texas congressman Beto O'Rourke —  who falls somewhere in the middle, politically, and somewhere towards the top, looks-wise — you pull a militaristic policy proposal out of your hat that recalls some of the most campy pseudo-fascist sci-fi ever written.

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