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Republican lawmaker ramps up attack on Trump for trashing losing GOP candidates: They lost because of him

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Appearing on CNN on Thursday morning, outgoing GOP House member Rep. Ryan Costello (PA) continued his tirade against Donald Trump for dumping on Republicans who lost on Tuesday, by explaining how hard it was for them to do their jobs under the blustery president.

Speaking with host Alisyn Camerota, Costello was asked about his Wednesday tweet that was critical of Trump and accused the president of “piss[ing]” on them.

“I think that there is a quote that talks about what it takes to be a good leader and that a good leader shares credit when things go well and shoulders the blame when things don’t,” Costello began. “And the president has decided that he often takes credit for things that he didn’t do and blames others when he should be taking the blame.”

“Those members lost because the president’s unfavorability in those districts was so sky high,” he continued. “It was impossible to differentiate yourself from him, so he’s just not correct with what he says.”

“I also think it is a little bit embarrassing to have a Republican president attack Republican members of Congress who really have been the offensive line for a lot of legislative successes,” Costello complained. “I’m a Republican, okay? I am mindful that many of the viewers this morning might be Democrats and voted for Democrats rather than Republicans. But as a Republican congressman who voted in favor and advanced an agenda which I think has largely been positive legislatively, to have the president say that about some of my colleagues is, I think, very disrespectful.”

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Trump’s ‘aberrant’ Omar excuse is the same ‘two-step’ he did when former Ku Klux Klan Grandwizard endorsed him: CNN contributor

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On Thursday's edition of CNN's "The Situation Room," contributor Ron Brownstein reacted with outrage to President Donald Trump's attempts to disown his supporters' racist chants of "Send Her Back!" regarding Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) while at a rally in Greenville, North Carolina.

"Let me read a tweet that generated a lot of reaction, a tweet that you posted," said anchor Wolf Blitzer. "It goes like this. 'If 20 high school students chanted this at a classmate how many would be expelled? If 20 employees yelled this at a colleague how many would be fired? If 20 Army soldiers aimed this at a platoon mate how many would be discharged? How much of US will accept this as a new standard?' You got a lot of reaction from that."

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CNN’s Jim Acosta on ‘Send Her Back’ chants: Trump is trying to ‘gaslight his way out of this mess’

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On Thursday's edition of CNN's "The Situation Room," chief White House correspondent Jim Acosta gave Wolf Blitzer a harsh assessment of President Donald Trump's attempts to disown the chants of "Send Her Back!" directed at Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) at his rally in North Carolina the previous day.

"President Trump is now gaslighting his way out of the mess he started with his racist tweets," said Acosta. "Today, the president claimed he tried to put a stop to the 'Send Her Back!' chants coming from his crowd in North Carolina last night, but that's not true. Unlike the president, the video doesn't lie."

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Former House Speaker John Boehner thinks his Republican Party has ‘changed’

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In a Thursday panel discussion on CNN, former House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) lamented that it seems his political party has changed a lot since he left office just four years ago.

When asked about Trump's racist tweets that attacked four Congresswomen of color, he said there isn't room for this in America.

"People can describe them any way they want, I don’t think there’s room in America, society for these kinds of chants, this kind of conversation, it doesn’t belong in our politics," Boehner said. "It’s reflective of how divided America has become. I was brought up it doesn’t cost anything to be nice. You can disagree without being disagreeable."

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