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White House rolling out ‘crazy town’ narrative to push back against coming Democratic onslaught

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President Donald Trump’s allies are hoping the growing field of Democratic primary challengers will do more damage to each other than the White House.

Democrats are expected to unfurl a list of investigations into the president, his family and his business after taking control of the House of Representatives in the coming days, and the White House is hoping to stoke outrage fatigue, reported McClatchy.

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“How far to crazy town will this group go,” said a former Trump official who remains in close contact with the White House. “It’s going to be a really interesting dynamic. Everyone is going to be trying to constantly outdo one another, and that is going to drive a lot of headlines. It’s just unavoidable.”

Republicans close to the White House understand the president is going to come under attack, but they believe that could ultimately shift in Trump’s favor if voters can be convinced congressional Democrats have overreached.

“I think a lot of different things are going to happen,” said GOP strategist Scott Jennings. “None of it is going to be all that fun if you’re in the Trump administration, but some of it may inure to Trump’s benefit if the Democrats can’t control themselves.”

Jennings believes an effort to impeach Trump would backfire, and he said the Democratic Party’s crowded primary could undermine congressional opposition to the president.

“I see a lot of the same kind of stuff,” he said, “and it all wound up that an incumbent president was able to put something together to take advantage of a fractured opposition that just couldn’t find itself in time to pull together a campaign to beat an incumbent president.”

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But progressive strategist Jeff Hauser, doesn’t think Democratic primary candidates will lose their focus on opposing Trump.

“The Democratic candidates are basically going to eviscerate Trump with each other,” Hauser said, “just like in the way that late night hosts compete for the best jokes at Trump’s expense. That will hurt Trump.”

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Trump panicked that bumbling US response to coronavirus could derail his re-election campaign: report

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According to a report from Politico, the White House has become gravely concerned that the so-far bumbling response to the coronavirus could have a long term effect on Donald Trump's drive to remain in the White House beyond 2020.

The report notes that "The Trump administration is bracing for a possible coronavirus outbreak in the United States that could sicken thousands — straining the government's public health response and threatening an economic slowdown in the heat of President Donald Trump’s reelection campaign."

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Donald Trump snarls at ‘loser shows’ on Fox News: ‘In the old days, it was better for us’

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President Donald Trump blasted the "loser shows" on Fox News after a guest on the right-leaning network gave his performances in the 2016 debates abysmal reviews.

This article first appeared in Salon

The president told the audience at his Thursday night rally in Colorado that Fox News programs which "like Trump" do better in the ratings than shows than those which do not. That list includes the shows hosted by: Sean Hannity, Laura Ingraham, Tucker Carlson, Lou Dobbs, Jesse Watters, Judge Jeanine Pirro and others.

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New poll shows Bloomberg’s favorability took a catastrophic hit after a grueling debate

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Most commentators viewed Wednesday night’s Democratic presidential primary debate as a resounding defeat for the newcomer to the stage, billionaire and former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg. And on Friday, new polling released by Morning consult backed up that conventional wisdom.

Bloomberg, who has shot up in the polls in recent weeks due, apparently, to his unprecedented spending on campaign ads, fell three points in his national standing since the debate, the polling firm found.

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