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MSNBC’s Morning Joe mocks ‘confused’ Trump over shutdown boasts: ‘Voters are blaming him’

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MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough mocked President Donald Trump for insisting furloughed federal employees supported shutting down the government to force congressional Democrats to fund a border wall.

The president claimed some of those workers assured him they were willing to give up their paychecks in exchange for the wall, but the “Morning Joe” host claimed Trump was simply fabricating those conversations.

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“That’s kind of like his friend Jim, who he always said went to Paris and kept saying, ‘Well, Jim is saying Paris doesn’t even look like Paris anymore,'” Scarborough said. “It seemed like he was making it up, right? That was President Trump claiming that federal employees were telling him keep the government shutdown.”

Trump on Thursday tweeted out a threat, claiming most of the furloughed workers were Democrats, and Scarborough said the president’s position was perilously weak.

“He’s confused, what a surprise,” Scarborough said. “Just 17 days ago, President Trump, remember this, he said that he would take the mantle of a government shutdown, that he would take the blame of a government shutdown, and there were a lot of Republicans on Capitol Hill who were upset because they knew how the president’s reckless words, they knew that the president being baited and looking foolish in front of Chuck Schumer would end up hurting them in the end.”

Polling showed that Trump did, in fact, own the shutdown.

“Voters are blaming him for the shutdown,” Scarborough said.

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Trump supporter accused of voter fraud invited to apply for a pardon — in gratitude for proving ‘how hard voter fraud is’

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The case centers on a man in Forty Fort, Luzerne County, who allegedly filled out an absentee ballot application for his deceased mother with the intention of casting a second ballot for President Donald Trump, in her name. He faces up to 10 years in prison if found guilty.

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‘The election wasn’t stolen — he blew it’: Michigan Republican says Trump ‘did everything possible to lose’

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President Donald Trump insists the election was stolen from him in Michigan, but Republicans there haven't been willing to indulge his fantasy.

The president has zeroed in on the state, which he narrowly won in 2016, in his effort to overturn his election loss to Joe Biden by claiming widespread fraud and pressuring legislators to overrule the will of the voters, but few Republicans are buying in, reported Politico.

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