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Watch CNN’s Don Lemon bursts out laughing at president’s cabinet officials and staff who once hated Trump

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CNN anchor Don Lemon on Monday delighted in recounting comments from cabinet secretaries and key White House staff on Donald Trump — stated prior to joining the Trump administration.

“A terrible human being, that’s what Mick Mulvaney called then-presidential candidate Donald Trump during the 2016 election,” Lemon noted. “But now there could be no way Mick Mulvaney still thinks that, because he is now the incoming acting chief of staff for President Trump.”

“He must have changed his mind once Trump was elected, because he’s been busy as a director of the White House Office of Management and Budget.”

“A spokeswoman for Mulvaney says his comments are old news and he now both likes and respects the president and now he’s going to be acting chief of staff in the Trump White House.”

“But imagine stating on the record that someone is a terrible human being or disagreeing with what they stand for or objecting to their morals and then willingly working for that person,” Lemon suggested. “When it comes to Donald Trump, a few people besides Mick Mulvaney have done exactly that.”

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Lemon played a clip from Rick Perry.

“He offers a barking carnival act that can best be described as Trumpism — a toxic mix of demagoguery and mean-spiritedness and nonsense that will lead the Republican Party to perdition if pursued,” Perry said. “Let no one be mistaken, Donald Trump’s candidacy is a cancer on conservatism and it must be clearly diagnosed, excised, and discarded.”

“A cancer, a barking carnival act, well, the cancer must have been cured because Perry now works for Trump as the Secretary of Energy,” Lemon joked.

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The host also played hilarious clips from Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Sen. Ted Cruz (T-TX).

“He says he’s for the little guy, but he’s actually built a lot of his businesses on the backs of the little guy a lot of them through eminent domain or through not paying contractors who built something,” noted Kellyanne Conway. “Little guys have suffered.”

“That was Kellyanne Conway, that was in early 2016, but later that same year she went on to become campaign manager for Donald Trump,” Lemon noted. “Now she is a counselor to the president in the White House.”

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“So much for little guys,” he added.

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On Friday, the Washington Post published excerpts from a damning series of emails released in a landmark case in Cleveland around the irresponsibility of drug manufacturers and suppliers in contributing to the opioid crisis.

In one email exchange, Victor Borelli, an account manager for pharmaceuticals corporation Mallinckrodt, told KeySource Medical vice president Steve Cochrane that 1,200 bottles of 30mg Oxycodone tablets had been shipped, to which Cochrane replied, "Keep 'em comin'! Flyin' out of there. It's like people are addicted to these things or something. Oh, wait, people are..." and Borelli responded, "Just like Doritos keep eating. We'll make more."

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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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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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