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CNN hosts crack up over ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas’ parody mocking Trump and Giuliani

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CNN’s John Berman mocked President Donald Trump with a parody of the holiday poem, “A Visit From St. Nicholas.”

The “New Day” anchor opened Monday’s episode with a roundup of the weekend’s news set to the meter of the iconic Christmas poem written in 1823 by Clement Clarke Moore.

“‘Twas the week before Christmas and all through the house, everything was under investigation, including the mouse,” Berman said. “Mouse was all I could think of to rhyme with house. His White House, his campaign, his presidential transition, and inauguration and charity and, yes, his personal life.”

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“What is the president doing about all this?” he continued. “As zero lawyers would advise, he’s rage tweeting. He calls his former attorney, Michael Cohen, a rat. Despite the fact that FBI agents obtained a search warrant from a federal judge showing probable cause to look into his office, the president is inventing the notion that they broke in. That is made up.”

“The president’s lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, spent the weekend in an aggressive campaign to move the goalposts on the president’s accountability,” Berman added. “He’s saying collusion is not a crime and that it’s possible the president was involved in discussions about building a Trump Tower in Moscow much, much deeper into the campaign than anyone knew.”


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WATCH: Conservative analyst scrambles after calling Ginsburg death a ‘gift’ to Trump and McConnell

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Conservative political analyst Margaret Hoover had an awkward moment on Saturday after she described the death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg as a "gift" to Donald Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), quickly catching herself and asserting it was a "political gift" instead.

Speaking with host Anderson Cooper and former White House counsel John Dean, Hoover first stated that Republican voters won't care that GOP lawmakers once stated they would not agree to confirm a Supreme Court nominee in an election year, before admitting the Republicans would take full advantage of the opportunity with the passing of Ginsburg.

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GOP facing nightmare Ginsburg replacement hearings with Kamala Harris grilling Trump nominee: Dem strategist

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It is not yet clear whether Republicans have locked down the votes to force through a Supreme Court confirmation in the remaining time before the 2020 election, or the lame duck session afterward, although President Donald Trump and GOP leaders have signaled their intent to try to do so.

However, on CNN Saturday, former Hillary Clinton strategist Jess McIntosh outlined one obstacle for Republicans: vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris.

"Kamala Harris sits on the Judiciary Committee," said anchor Anderson Cooper. "Potentially she could be questioning a nominee as a vice presidential pick?"

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Democrats will stop at nothing to ‘pay Republicans back’ if they force vote on Ginsburg replacement: Election forecaster

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On CNN Saturday, Center for Politics director Larry Sabato said that Democrats would be "hopping mad" over the Supreme Court issue — and would exact revenge on Republicans if they fill Ruth Bader Ginsburg's seat by expanding the size of the Supreme Court.

"Are you saying that, should the Republicans be successful in getting a nominee approved, and perhaps then Joe Biden is elected president, you think there would be a serious effort to expand the court, so as to offset that which just took place?" asked CNN host Michael Smerconish.

"Yeah, as long as the Democrats also control the Senate and House," said Sabato. "It's just an act of Congress. So, yes, that will happen. And Democrats are already saying they want an extra one for what was done to Merrick Garland. And they want one now for what's being done to the Ginsburg seat. And they want one for a spare. They want a spare. They want three."

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