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CNN’s Fareed Zakaria explains why Trump’s border wall standoff is really about avoiding impeachment

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The federal government shutdown caused by President Donald Trump’s fight over his proposed border wall may not just be a distraction from his legal troubles, but a way to shore up his base ahead of a possible impeachment trial, CNN analyst Fareed Zakaria said Thursday.

Appearing with CNN host Don Lemon, Zakaria said that Trump’s support of the wall was what separated him from the rest of the GOP pack at the beginning of his political career.

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“What separated him from all those 16 Republican candidates was immigration, was the wall, was that he was going to be tougher than anyone else,” said Zakaria. “That is the heart of his campaign. That is why the base loves him.”

Trump is now pursuing a “base-only strategy” Zakaria said.

“Part of me thinks that this is the anti-impeachment strategy,” he said. “What he’s doing is locking in a base so strongly that no Republican would dare cross it because they would worry about being primaried.”

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‘There are some women who’d beg to differ’: Watch CNN anchor’s epic response to sexism in politics

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On Saturday, CNN anchor S.E. Cupp gave a passionate lecture about the sexism female politicians face during political campaigns.

The host read a quote from a "top" advisor to former Vice President Joe Biden.

“I don't know of anybody who has taken as sustained and vitriolic a negative pounding as Biden ...really the most vicious press I think anyone's experienced,” the Biden advisor told Politico.

"Come again? What's that now?" Cupp asked in disbelief.

"I think there are some women who beg to differ," she noted.

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‘What was he talking about?’ CNN’s Angela Rye baffled by Joe Biden’s ‘victim-blaming’ rant about black families

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The former executive director of the Congressional Black Caucus was baffled by an exchange during the third Democratic debate.

"I’ve seen a lot of criticism of former Vice President Joe Biden over this exchange," CNN's Jake Tapper said, playing a clip.

"What responsibility do you think that Americans need to take to repair the legacy of slavery in our country?" moderator Linsey Davis asked Biden on Thursday.

"We bring social workers into homes and parents to help them deal with how to raise their children. It is not they don’t want to help. They don’t know quite what to do. Play the radio. Make sure the television — excuse me make sure that you have the record player on at night, the phone —" Biden said.

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Pennsylvania Trump voter shreds president for breaking promises to Rust Belt: ‘He pulled a Houdini on us’

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A Pennsylvania man who voted for President Donald Trump in 2016 told CNN on Friday that he's bitterly disappointed in how he's seen no progress in manufacturing jobs returning to his community.

John Golomb, a retired steel worker who backed the president in 2016 because of his promises to bring back good paying jobs to the Rust Belt, explained to CNN that Trump gave his community false hope about an economic revival during his first presidential campaign.

"We had Donald Trump come here and profess about reviving American steel," he said. "That's just what all of us steelworkers wanted to hear!"

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