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‘Out of his mind or stupid?’ MSNBC’s Mika destroys Trump’s increasingly frantic ‘no collusion’ denials

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MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinski said President Donald Trump is either “stupid” or mentally ill if he believes he can talk his way out of the gathering threat from special counsel Robert Mueller and other investigators.

The president was named as an unindicted co-conspirator in his attorney Michael Cohen’s sentencing documents, and he’s under investigation by state and federal authorities for a variety of allegations.

“I feel like Donald is sort of lost in this parallel universe that used to work, when what he said 100 times could finally become — partially, maybe — what people thought, and now he’s in Washington with a special counsel breathing down his throat and he thinks he can say ‘no collusion,’ and that means no collusion,” Brzezinski said.

MSNBC contributor Donny Deutsch said the president’s denials had become “laughable and pathetic,” and the “Morning Joe” co-host said there were really only two explanations for his behavior — neither of them good.

“The other option is that he’s lost his mind or he’s completely, completely — what’s the word for stupid that’s more polite?” Brzezinski said.

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Deutsch said both options were correct.

“I think it’s a little bit of both,” he said. “We’ve talked ad nauseam on this show about this. This is a man who has lived his entire life without checks and balances, and he’s living in a town that was built on checks and balances and Madisonian principles. I think we’re going to see up close and personal a guy, a man, a president completely unravel.”

“We have a guy who, at best, is not playing with a full deck and now is under a pressure he’s never seen his entire life — and it’s just the beginning,” Deutsch added.

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Here’s the ugly racist history behind tipping — and how it still persists today

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On Saturday, writing for Politico, minister and civil rights activist Rev. Dr. William Barber applauded House Democrats' plans to not only raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2024, but eliminate the much lower "tipped wage" of $2.13 an hour and require tipped workers to also be paid at least the minimum.

This is important, wrote Barber, because the roots of businesses forcing their workers to rely on tips for a proper wage is deeply rooted in America's history of racial tension.

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Black GOP strategist called on the carpet by Joy Reid for trying to sidestep Trump’s racist rally as ’empowering’ voters

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An "AM Joy" panel on MSNBC descended into talking over each other as host Joy Reid confronted a black GOP consultant over Donald Trump's racist rally in North Carolina.

Presenting the conservative point of view, Republican strategist Lenny McAllister was asked point-blank by the host, "Lenny, hold on a second, because you as a man of color yourself -- do you feel comfortable in a party that does rallies like that?"

McAllister pushed back saying he had walked away from just those type of events, before admitting, "To the greater point. They're using racism as an avenue through which people feel empowered, they lend you the loyalty, they give you the vote. What Republicans need to do is continue to empower people, but not by using racism and not by using phobia."

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Dershowitz and Trump should both be worried what Jeffrey Epstein will reveal when he looks to cut a deal: ex-prosecutor

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On Saturday, Georgetown Law professor and former federal prosecutor Paul Butler discussed the Jeffrey Epstein sex trafficking case with MSNBC's Joy Reid, and the conversation turned to Harvard Law professor Alan Dershowitz's increasingly furious battle with David Boies, a prominent lawyer representing some of Epstein's alleged victims. Dershowitz has been accused by one of the women of also abusing her at one of Epstein's parties, a claim he categorically denies.

"I've had sex with one woman since the day I met Jeffrey Epstein," said Dershowitz in a Fox News clip Reid played for her viewers. "I challenge David Boies to say under oath that he's only had sex with one woman during that same period of time, he couldn't do it. So he has an enormous amount of chutzpah to attack me and to challenge my perfect, perfect sex life during the relevant period of time."

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