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WATCH: MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow explains Trump’s ‘one big Hail Mary pass’ to ‘fix all of his problems at once’

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MSNBC anchor Rachel Maddow

MSNBC anchor Rachel Maddow on Tuesday suggested that President Donald Trump had attempted one big “Hail Mary” pass following the midterm elections.

“The White House — the Trump administration more broadly — appears to be in a kind of rattly phase,” the host noted. “Some of today’s wobbles appear to be the inevitable product of investigatory pressure on ethically challenged high-ranking individuals.”

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“So, some of it, I think, is driven by the way ethics scandals tend to end up, which is not good for the ethically challenged official,” she continued.

“A lot of this, though, appears to be driven by the political pressure that the White House is newly under in the wake of last week’s elections results,” she observed. “Democrats appear on-track to gain 37, if not 38, seats in the House of Representatives from these elections — which would be their largest congressional gains in a midterm election since the immediate aftermath of Watergate, right after Richard Nixon resigned.”

“So there is a lot going on right now in the news; there is a lot of pressure on this White House in this administration and from everything we have seen thus far, this is a president who does not handle pressure particularly well,” Maddow noted.

Maddow said firing Attorney General Jeff Sessions and attempting to install Matt Whitaker as acting Attorney General may be Trump’s big “Hail Mary” pass.

“His one, big, desperate, probably-won’t-work effort to try to fix all of his problems all at once by trying to fix law enforcement so it starts to help him out instead of continuing to threaten both him and senior members of his administration,” she continued.

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“And ‘Hail Mary’ passes occasionally do work, right? That’s why it’s still a play that people try in football,” she reminded. “There are reasons tonight to think that this one is probably not going to work.”

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Trump attacks 2 GOP governors on flight to Georgia rally: ‘Republicans will NEVER forget this’

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Republicans have been "working frantically behind the scenes" to keep President Donald Trump on message during his Saturday campaign rally in Georgia, but the efforts do not seem to be working.

GOP strategists hoped Trump would make the case for the two GOP senators in the January runoff elections that will decide control of the U.S. Senate, but Trump has continued to fixate on his delusions that he won the presidential election.

Aboard Air Force One on the flight to the rally, Trump attacked two GOP governors: Brian Kemp of Georgia and Doug Ducey of Arizona -- and seemed to threaten political retribution for the pair not going along with the president's debunked conspiracy theories about the election.

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Trump holds large rally in Georgia — one day after the Peach State set a new coronavirus record

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President Donald Trump departed the White House on Saturday for an evening campaign rally in Georgia -- despite the coronavirus pandemic.

Trump is ostensively making the trip to support Sen. David Perdue (R-GA) and interim Sen. Kelly Loeffler (R-GA) in the January runoff elections that will decide control of the U.S. Senate. However, Republicans fear Trump will use his speech to continue bashing GOP Gov. Brian Kemp.

Trump's visit also comes against the backdrop of the coronavirus pandemic.

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Panicked Republicans ‘working frantically behind the scenes’ — but Trump just keeps attacking GOP Gov Brian Kemp

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Republicans are worried that President Donald Trump will pour gasoline on the intraparty inferno burning in Georgia.

Trump is officially traveling to the Peach State for a rally in support of the two Republican senators in January runoff elections that will decide control of the U.S. Senate.

Republicans worry Trump will continue to attack Republican Gov. Brian Kemp as he has on Twitter.

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"Trump is to headline a campaign rally for Sens. David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler in the state Saturday night — his first major political event since before the Nov. 3 election. GOP officials are working frantically behind the scenes to try to keep the president on script at the rally, worried that he will use the forum to attack Kemp and other state GOP officials who have resisted his pressure, according to a person familiar with the discussions," The Washington Post reported Saturday.

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