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MSNBC panel knocks ‘public hanging’ Republican senator for using the ‘Trumpian playbook’

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Interim Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-MS) was ridiculed on MSNBC on Tuesday for using a “Trumpian playbook” to refuse to accept accountability after joking about public hangings.

Hyde-Smith’s comments were made in a U.S. Senate special election in Mississippi — while campaigning against a black opponent in a state infamous for lynchings.

Anchor Kasie Hunt played video of Hyde-Smith refusing to answer questions about the scandal, instead repeatedly falling back on a statement and insisting that is all she is going to say.

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“So this is a situation where she’s almost using a Trumpian playbook of — never apologize or back down or anything like that. But of course, her opponent in this runoff is an African-America man, former cabinet secretary out of Bill Clinton’s administration, Mike Espy.”

“In the Trump era, there is both a permission structure to say things that are perceived as inflammatory and that offend people, and there’s an expectation you don’t apologize if you’re on that side, because he has morphed that into a sign of weakness rather than a sign of what might otherwise be perceived as simple decency,” noted Bloomberg national reporter Sahil Kapur.

“It’s just stunning to me how … President Trump has tried to change the standards by which we judge this kind of speech,” Hunt concluded.

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Yale psychiatrist on what the whistleblower scandal reveals about Trump’s ‘self-defeating pathology’

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On Thursday, information emerged that a whistleblower in the intelligence community had officially submitted a complaint suggesting that President Donald Trump had had a compromising discussion with a foreign leader.

As the news circulated Friday, commentators raised the possibility that Trump had offered the president of Ukraine a stronger relationship in exchange for dirt on Joe Biden.

Raw Story spoke with Yale psychiatrist Bandy X. Lee, who has studied the president's erratic behavior.

Lee is a forensic psychiatrist and violence expert at Yale School of Medicine. She has been consulting with the World Health Organization since 2002, has taught at Yale Law School since 2003, and is author of the textbook, “Violence.” In 2017, she held an ethics conference that led to the public-service book, “The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump,” and the World Mental Health Coalition. She also convened a panel to assess the president’s mental capacity and chairs a working group on a panel for performing presidential fitness-for-duty tests. She is hosting discussions on the need to speak about a president’s mental health at the Yale Law School and the School of Medicine this week.

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‘Impeachment time’: Conservative columnist says Pelosi must end her caution if Trump-Ukraine scandal is true

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Conservative columnist Max Boot, like fellow anti-Trump conservative Rick Wilson, had long supported House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's (D-CA) cautious approach when it comes to impeaching President Donald Trump.

But in his latest column, Boot argues that Pelosi cannot simply ignore the latest Trump scandal that involves allegedly strong-arming the Ukrainian government to help him dig up dirt on former Vice President Joe Biden.

"If the new scandal involving President Trump and Ukraine is as bad as it seems -- and that is, of course, a very big if at this early stage -- the House will have no choice but to impeach, consequences be damned," he writes.

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Pelosi warns Trump ‘stepping into a dangerous minefield’ if Ukraine allegations are true

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi warned President Donald Trump was "stepping into a dangerous minefield" if he had offered U.S. military aid to Ukraine in exchange for damaging information about Joe Biden.

The California Democrat said the administration was violating federal law by blocking a whistleblower complaint against the president from congressional review, and she said Trump and his acting director of national intelligence must end their "stonewalling."

"If the President has done what has been alleged, he is stepping into a dangerous minefield with serious repercussions for his Administration and our democracy," Pelosi said.

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