With the mid-term elections a day away, one state that’s turned out to be a surprise is bright red Tennessee, where Democrat Phil Bredesen is way ahead with women voters. MSNBC’s Chris Jansing interviewed one longtime Republican woman voter who said she was driven to vote for the Democrat by President Trump.
Noting that Trump won Tennessee by 26 points in 2016, Jansing asked a woman named Denise, a lifelong Republican, why she voted for “a straight Democratic ticket”.
“I’m so disheartened with the Republican party as it exists today,” she said, placing the blame squarely on Trump’s language about women and immigrants. “I think our nation took such a step backward in 2016.”
Denise wasn’t sure if other Tennessee Republican women felt the same way, but said she was “encouraged by the early voter turnout”. She added that, if nothing else, Trump had done one good thing for the nation.
“If there’s anything good that he could do for this country, and I haven’t seen it yet, it might be that he’s galvanized more people,” Denise said, noting that her opposition to the president had forced her own political transformation. “I mean, I voted for Bob Corker.”
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Russia and China blast US missile test
Russia and China warned Tuesday that a new US missile test had heightened military tensions and risked sparking an arms race, weeks after Washington ripped up a Cold War-era weapons pact with Moscow.
The US and Russia ditched the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) treaty this month after accusing each other of violating the accord.
Washington said the agreement also tied its hands in dealing with other powers such as China.
The US Department of Defense announced on Monday it had tested a type of ground-launched missile that was banned under the 1987 INF agreement, which limited the use of nuclear and conventional medium-range weapons.
Leaked audio shows oil lobbyist bragging about success in criminalizing pipeline protests
"We've seen a lot of success at the state level, particularly starting with Oklahoma in 2017," said Derrick Morgan of American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers
As a growing number of states move to pass laws that would criminalize pipeline protests and hit demonstrators with years in prison, an audio recording obtained by The Intercept showed a representative of a powerful oil and gas lobbying group bragging about the industry's success in crafting anti-protest legislation behind closed doors.
Trump’s latest attempt to smear Scaramucci dunked in mockery
At least one White House or campaign staffer apparently helped President Donald Trump attack his short-lived communications director Anthony Scaramucci -- and he was met with mockery.
The president tweeted out a supercut video late Monday of Scaramucci defending Trump before his recent public disavowal, and attacked his former staffer as a "dope" who's seeking fame.
Nobody ever heard of this dope until he met me. He only lasted 11 days! pic.twitter.com/RzX3zjXzga
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 20, 2019