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Trump has already made a list of people he will blame if a recession strikes in 2020: report

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President Donald Trump knows that a recession would cripple his reelection bid in 2020 — and that’s why he’s reportedly already prepared a list of people to blame should economic disaster strike sometime over the next two years.

Republican sources tell Politico that Trump has several potential scapegoats to choose from in the event of a recession, starting with congressional Democrats and likely incoming House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

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“[Trump] is more strategic about setting up the assignment of blame than people give him credit for,” one Republican source tells the publication.

Although the president’s attacks on congressional Democrats may seem predictable, he’s also reportedly plotting to pin blame on some of his own appointees should the economy turn south.

Sources claim that Trump has already started a campaign against Jerome Powell, the current chairman of the Federal Reserve, who has taken heat from Trump over his decision to raise interest rates.

Additionally, one source tells Politico that Trump will also blame any current economic advisers who leave his administration.

“He’s going to blame Wilbur Ross for some of these problems once Ross leaves,” a Republican described as “close to the White House” tells Politico. “And if any of his advisers walk, he’ll blame them too.”

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Conservative Charlie Sykes tells Trump if he wants a pardon — he’ll have to admit he’s guilty first

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Editor and creator of The Bulwark, Charlie Sykes, told MSNBC's Joy Reid that the most "Trumpy" of things President Donald Trump could do is pardon himself ahead of leaving office in January.

After the president pardoned ret. Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, it sparked new anticipation on how Trump will protect himself from prosecution after leaving office. Trump was alleged to have committed at least ten acts of obstruction of justice by special counsel Robert Mueller. In that case, the Justice Department followed the internal rule that sitting presidents could not be indicted. Then, it stands to reason that the Justice Department would also follow a 1974 memo from the same Office of Legal Counsel that said a president could not pardon himself.

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‘It’s pathetic’: John Avlon slams Trump’s ‘delusional’ fantasy that he’s winning by ‘a lot’

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On CNN Wednesday, fact-checked John Avlon tore into President Donald Trump for his "delusional" claim that he's the real winner of the election.

"Let's not normalize that lie, because it is delusional," said Avlon. "It's the political equivalent of someone standing outside and saying that the sky is green, that the moon is made out of cheese and they're Napoleon. It's pathetic. It shows a fundamental disrespect for fact and reality, and frankly, his supporters as well. It's a symptom of an unwell person."

"We should not normalize it because it's just Trump lying trying to overturn the election as he wants to do. No, he's delusional," added Avlon. "People who follow him are being sucked into a vortex by someone who is struggling with his own soul."

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New evidence shows GOP’s David Perdue might have lied about his knowledge of stock trades: report

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On Wednesday, The Daily Beast reported that, despite Sen. David Perdue (R-GA) repeatedly claiming that his stock portfolio is managed by "outside" advisers, there is evidence that Perdue in fact personally made decisions on individual stock trades.

"On Wednesday, [The New York Times] reported that Perdue was investigated by the Department of Justice as it probed possible insider trading from a number of lawmakers over their investment activity around the coronavirus spread," reported Sam Brodey. "That investigation found that an executive at an Atlanta-based company called Cardlytics, where Perdue had previously served on the board, mistakenly sent Perdue a vague email in January saying changes were coming to the company."

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