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‘He needs senators’: Conservative pundit Bill Kristol says shutdown debacle could get Trump impeached

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President Donald Trump risking a partial government shutdown is a political blunder that will backfire on the White House, a panel on MSNBC’s “Deadline: White House” explained on Thursday.

Bill Kristol, the former editor of The Weekly Standard, warned Trump’s actions may haunt him during an impeachment trial.

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“It’s a terrible miscalculation for this reason: what does he really need to stop impeachment? He needs senators,” Kristol explained. “Last night the Senate, by unanimous consent, voice voted this bill.”

“I think if you are a serious conservative Trump-supporting senator right now, you think this guy is totally out of control,” he predicted. “He’s responding to three people on Twitter and two talk radio hosts and two random Republican congressmen?”

“And I just think the degree to which — he might pick up a little with some of the people listening to Rush Limbaugh out there — among actual people in Washington who follow this who have been disposed to at least give him the benefit of the doubt, people we’ve criticized all these months and years for giving him so much benefit of the doubt,” he explained.

“This is a moment of, ‘Are you kidding me?’ I just voted for this last night and you’re pulling the rug out from under me?” he added.

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Sam Stein, the politics editor at The Daily Beast, also questioned Trump’s political acumen.

“I could not think of a more asinine legislative strategy than what Donald Trump has done here,” Stein said. “And to top it off, his big innovative solution to all of this to get this through is not to reach out to lawmakers but to brand it steel slats — because that, according to him, will give lawmakers the cover they need … a lot of actual Republican lawmakers will be like, ‘this is a little crazy, maybe we should rethink this.'”

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“It reminds these senators they aren’t dealing with someone who is getting more rational, whose getting easier to work with, who is watching out a little bit for them occasionally,” Kristol added. “It’s just the opposite.”

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Trump ‘puppet master’ Stephen Miller: 21 things you need to know

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Even among the right-wing ideologues doing the actual presidenting in this administration, Stephen Miller stands out for the copious amounts of Kool-Aid he mainlines. Speaking to the New York Times, a Trump team colleague described Miller as “fiercely loyal” to the president, “a true believer in every sense of the word.” Though he joined the campaign in its early days, penning many of the apocalyptic speeches that won fear-drunk Republican hearts and minds, Miller recently got a lot more visibility after a string of television appearances in defense of the Muslim ban. At each stop, Miller showed a flair for the dramatic: he lied, he dodged, he put on his best tyrant’s voice and proclaimed the executive branch above the law. It seemed contrived and forced, like a politically precocious, weasley teenager’s idea of how to command a crowd. According to those who know Miller’s history, that’s not so far off the mark.

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Watch: Trump bluntly busted by FEC chair for pushing phony voter fraud accusations

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Appearing on CNN on Monday morning, the head of the Federal Election Commission had harsh words for President Donald Trump for continuing to push election fraud accusations, saying their investigation found absolutely no evidence to back up the president's claims.

Speaking with host John Berman, Ellen Weintraub, a Democrat who had been nominated in President George W. Bush's administration, got right to the point.

"Facts matter," Weintraub said of the president's accusations that he continues to repeat at his rallies. "And people of America need to be able to believe what their leaders tell them. It is damaging to our democracy to spread information that as you yourself just described as baseless."

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Trump explodes at ‘mental wreck’ Scaramucci after blistering CNN segment — and then mocks his divorce

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President Donald Trump exploded with rage on Monday after former White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci once again hammered him during a CNN segment in which he said he wanted to gather together former Trump cabinet officials to denounce the president.

"Anthony Scaramucci is a highly unstable 'nut job' who was with other candidates in the primary who got shellaced (sic), and then unfortunately wheedled his way into my campaign," the president wrote. "I barely knew him until his 11 days of gross incompetence-made a fool of himself, bad on TV."

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