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NYT critic pens scathing retraction of glowing Jeff Flake book review: ‘Class act with a faint heart’ that couldn’t even convince Flake

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New York Times literary critic issued a scathing retraction of her initially “kind” review of Sen. Jeff Flake’s book given the Arizona Republican’s record on Donald Trump.

“There are almost no reviews I’d take back,” columnist Jennifer Senior wrote — except of Flake’s 2017 memoir, Conscience of a Conservative.

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Senior noted that although “Flake has always been a class act,” having “good manners” cannot be the only criteria for heroes in the Trump era.

The critic noted that when his book came out in 2017, she praised him for “establishing himself as the first Republican senator to call President Trump the domestic and international menace that he is.”

“I said that Flake’s book had rhetorical power,” Senior wrote. “But looking back on it, it didn’t.”

“Jeff Flake’s book couldn’t even convince Jeff Flake,” she added. “As of this writing, he has voted with Trump 84 percent of the time.”

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The writer wondered: if Flake truly believed that Trump “posed a genuine threat to democracy,” why did he go along in near-lockstep with him and the rest of the GOP?

“In my initial review, I did note that Flake’s words wouldn’t be worth much if they weren’t matched by deeds,” Senior noted.

“He wrote of the despair he was feeling beneath the lacquered smile,” she added. “But Flake, as a sitting senator, has been in the position to do more than despair. He has been in the position to swallow his misgivings about policy and align himself with the opposition. He could have waged guerrilla warfare against Trump’s agenda at decisive moments.”

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In the year since the senator’s book was released, America has learned “that it’s Trump’s Republican Party now — one heavy with nativists, populists, protectionists, assorted supremacists.”

“Flake’s protest votes — and his repeated exhortations to return to the party’s roots, its conscience — had zero effect,” Senior wrote.

Read the entire review via the Times.

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‘Crazy as a bag of hammers’ Lindsey Graham mocked for calling Trump’s too-late sanctions on Turkey a ‘game changer’

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As Kurd civilians are slaughtered in Syria after Donald Trump opened the door for Turkey to invade, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) came under withering ridicule for happily announcing the president's agreement to levy economic sanctions of Turkey as a "game changer."

The South Carolina conservative has been harshly critical of the president's decision to move U.S. military personnel out of Syria where they have served as a bulwark againts a Turkish invasion, and now that the slaughter has begun, Graham has been seeking a way to lessen the damage as people are slaughtered.

Late Sunday, Graham tweeted, "Just spoke with President @realdonaldTrump. I applaud his decision to work with Congress to stop Turkeys aggression in Syria through crippling economic sanctions. This decision by President Trump will be a game changer -- in all the wrong ways -- for Turkey."

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Kurdish forces warned they’d go to Putin and Assad if US withdrew: Former Trump envoy

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Now that President Donald Trump has made it clear that he will abandon Kurdish resistance fighters to be persecuted and killed by Turkish forces, the erstwhile U.S. allies are moving to cut a deal with Russian President Vladimir Putin and Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad to ensure their protection — all but wiping out U.S. support in the region.

Not only was this broadly predicted by experts, but according to The Daily Beast, former anti-ISIS special envoy Brett McGurk was warned explicitly by Kurdish officials last year that this would happen if America did not secure a deal to contain Turkey and ensure the Kurds' continuing security.

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White House finally issues response to macabre video showing Trump as mass shooter

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The White House press secretary issued a terse condemnation of a macabre online video depicting President Donald Trump gunning down media figures and Democratic rivals.

The video was shown at a conservative political event hosted at a Trump-owned hotel and attended by Donald Trump Jr. and Sarah Huckabee Sanders, whose successor as press secretary was forced to comment the morning after reports about the video began circulating online.

"Re: the video played over the weekend: The @POTUS @realDonaldTrump has not yet seen the video, he will see it shortly, but based upon everything he has heard, he strongly condemns this video," said Stephanie Grisham, the White House press secretary.

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