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Trump biographer explains how the sitting president is a ‘pariah’ among ex-presidents — and how it could harm America

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Donald Trump biographer Michael D’Antonio noted one of the bad things the president has done for the country is turn himself into a pariah among the ex-presidents.

In a conversation about the funeral Wednesday for former President George H.W. Bush, D’Antonio explained that the group of former presidents is an extremely exclusive club that Trump doesn’t seem to be invited into.

“It was an incredibly awkward moment, and you almost see that in this very small club of presidents, there’s one who is a pariah, and that’s a terrible thing for President Trump, but it’s also a terrible thing for the country,” the biographer said. “So, you have really just these five men who are part of this exclusive group. Obviously, the Obamas had discussed with each other what their response was going to be, and they were gracious. I think, you know, President Trump had an opportunity to actually work his way down that line and greet each person if he had the courage to do so.”

Unlike Trump, former President George W. Bush did walk down the line and thank each former president and their spouses for attending.

Ironically, the people in the row and the row behind them, who are accustomed to dancing the “political dance” didn’t do it today for Donald Trump. The president likely doesn’t even understand it.

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MSNBC guest ridicules Trump-fan Steve Cortes as possible Sarah Sanders replacement: ‘He’s a nut — have you seen him on TV?’

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Discussing the departure of Donald Trump's spokesperson Sarah Sanders from the White House, an MSNBC panel surveyed her possible replacements with one ridiculed for his appearances on TV defending the president.

Speaking with "AM Joy" fill-in host Jonathan Capehart, The Beat DC editor Tiffany Cross shot former Trump associate Stever Cortes -- a regular on CNN -- down as a possible candidate.

"There are names that are out there," Capehart suggested. "[Meliania Trump spokesperson] Stephanie Grisham and Hogan Gidley and Steve Cortes."

Pointing out that Grisham is the most likely contender, and the Trump would probably prefer a woman, Cross called out Cortes for his TV appearances.

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‘It’s voter discouragement’: Jake Tapper says Trump efforts to curb Dem votes doesn’t count as ‘suppression’

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CNN host Jake Tapper on Sunday disagreed with the notion that President Donald Trump and Russians tried to "suppress" Democratic votes by engaging in what he called large-scale voter "discouragement."

During a panel discussion on CNN, Democratic analyst Jennifer Granholm slammed Trump's campaign for "voter suppression."

"The thing that concerns me about the launch, Jake, of this new — of his re-election [campaign], he has already raised $100 million," Granholm said of Trump. "His campaign manager, Brad Parscale, who ran the digital campaign last time around, said that this time this campaign is going to be bigger, better and badder."

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Conservative columnist Max Boot: ‘It’s reality that’s pushing for impeachment’

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Max Boot, a conservative columnist for The Washington Post, argued on Sunday that "reality" is "pushing for impeachment."

On CNN's Reliable Sources program, host Brian Stelter asked if it is the media's fault that the possible impeachment of President Donald Trump has become a topic of discussion.

"Journalist are doing their jobs and reporting the facts," national security analyst Samantha Vinograd insisted. "I don’t think that putting the press in one basket is helpful. Trump does that, but we shouldn’t do that."

Boot said that attacking the media over impeachment amounts to "blaming the messenger."

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