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GOP congressman: Trump’s wall for immigrants is ‘same idea’ as wall around my house to ‘keep the critters out’

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Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) on Tuesday suggested that illegal immigrants are like animals that encroach on his property.

During an interview on MSNBC, host Katy Tur asked Kinzinger if politicians were having trouble ending the government shutdown because the rhetoric around immigration had become “ugly.”

“I think we have to look at all immigrants as human beings made in God’s image,” Kinzinger agreed. “But that doesn’t mean we don’t have a right to defend our territory and our borders and set an immigration policy for legal immigration.”

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“Consider the way the president of the United States talks about it,” Tur implored. “He calls them criminals and rapists and he says that everybody that comes across the border is going to try to hurt you or your family.”

Kinzinger argued that Trump’s rhetoric about immigrants being racist is like House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) calling a border wall “immoral.”

“I mean, we look at that and go, ‘How is a wall immoral?'” the congressman opined. “I mean, I have four walls around my house and they keep bad people out and critters out.”

“So that’s the same idea,” he added. “We’re just not talking to each other and using the right language to say, ‘We all mean well.’ Democrats mean well, Republicans mean well. Let’s just get our well-meaningness together and do something.”

Watch the video below from MSNBC.

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Rick Santorum smacked down for claiming Sondland testimony helped Trump

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On Wednesday's edition of CNN's "Cuomo Prime Time," former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA) tried to argue that the testimony of E.U. Ambassador Gordon Sondland actually helped President Donald Trump — and was promptly challenged.

"I think the Democrats had a good morning. I don't think they had a good afternoon," said Santorum. "I think what when the Republicans actually started questioning Sondland about the details, I think it fell apart a little bit."

"How so?" asked Chris Cuomo.

"He said the president never said any of these things to him," said Santorum. "In fact, what the president said, he quoted what the president said is, no, there's no quid pro quo. What he says is, well, I'm surmising, this is what I'm just sort of gathering. Did anything come from the president? No, it came from Rudy Giuliani."

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‘The cost of acquitting Donald Trump just went up’ for the Republicans: MSNBC’s Joy Ann Reid

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MSNBC host Joy Ann Reid explained during the post-hearing wrap-up that things aren't looking good for Republican senators up for reelection in 2020.

In the wake of EU Ambassador Gordon Sondland's testimony, things are getting more difficult for Republicans faced with a vote on impeachment.

"Even if [the numbers] don't move, the problem is going to be a lot of these people have to run for re-election, letting the president off the hook when it's pretty clear what happened," Reid said. "This is pretty simple, and if I'm Cory Gardener (R-CO), I'm not feeling great."

Brian Williams noted that Rep. Will Hurd (R-TX) is one of the many Republicans "who's leaving town on a fast horse." If anyone could be pealed off by Democrats, Williams thinks it is Hurd.

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Indicted Giuliani associate helped Nunes arrange meetings during his overseas trips to discredit the Russia investigation

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On Thursday, The Daily Beast reported that Lev Parnas, the Rudy Giuliani associate currently under federal indictment for campaign finance violations, helped Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) arrange meetings in Europe as part of his efforts to discredit the investigation of Russian contacts within President Donald Trump's campaign.

According to congressional records, Nunes, in his capacity as then-House Intelligence Chairman, visited Europe from November 30 to December 3, of last year, during which he was accompanied by three staffers — Derek Harvey, Scott Glabe, and George Pappas — at a taxpayer expense of over $63,000.

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