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MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell explains why Trump’s ‘big lie’ just ‘collapsed’

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President Donald Trump’s admission that Mexico will not be paying for his wall marks a defining moment in the government shutdown — and his presidency — MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell explained on “The Last Word” on Thursday.

“On this date, January 10th, 2019, the big lie of the Trump presidency collapsed,” O’Donnell reported. “And it collapsed in public.”

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“The big lie of the Trump presidency was in Donald Trump’s presidential campaign announcement, three-and-a-half years ago,” he noted.

The host played Trump’s promise from his campaign kickoff, which went on to be chant at his rallies.

“I would build a great wall. And nobody builds walls better than me, believe me. And I build them very inexpensively,” Trump promised. “I will build a great, great wall on our southern border and I will have Mexico pay for that wall — mark my words.”

At rally after rally during the 2016 campaign, the crowd chanted that “Mexico” would pay for his wall.

“That big lie — Mexico will pay for the wall — was carried into the Trump presidency,” O’Donnell noted. “And it immediately became a problem for President Trump in his first conversation as president with the president of Mexico on the telephone. Donald Trump begged the president of Mexico to stop saying Mexico would not pay for the wall.”

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“And now Donald Trump himself is finally saying Mexico will not pay for the wall,” he continued.

The host played a clip of the president at his photo-op along the southern border.

“When I say Mexico — excuse me — when I say Mexico’s going to pay for the wall, do you think they’re going to write a check for $20 billion or $10 billion or $5 billion or 2 cents? No,” Trump claimed.

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“Not even 2 cents,” O’Donnell observed.

“Mexico’s not going to pay 2 cents for the wall,” he repeated. “That’s not going to work as the new chant.”

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“And so is the new chant going to be Mexico will pay for the wall indirectly?” he wondered. “It is impossible for Mexico to pay for the wall indirectly. Impossible.”

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GOP governor blasts Trump for delivering ‘bitterness, combativeness, and self-interest’ amid nationwide unrest

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Republican Gov. Charlie Baker (R-MA) blasted President Donald Trump after the president had a call with governors and mayors Monday.

The president blasted the leaders as "weak" for refusing to strike back at protesters, jail them for a decade and deploy the National Guard to shoot at them.

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Legal expert admits he was wrong to argue Trump wasn’t the worst president in history

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Fordham Law School Prof. Jed Shugerman confessed on Twitter that he was wrong, President Donald Trump really is the worst president in American history.

He explained that in the past he's tried to explain that previous presidents like Millard Fillmore, Franklin Pierce, James Buchanan and Andrew Jackson were the worst American presidents given what they did to persist the Civil War, the genocide of Native Americans and other acts. They were "openly siding [with] white supremacy and causing a civil war," which he said he thought was "far worse than anything Trump could do."

https://twitter.com/jedshug/status/938449020233580544

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Trump’s dangerous mental condition grows worse as America faces devastating crises: Yale psychiatrist

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