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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.

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“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.”

“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.

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“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.

“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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Rudy Giuliani accuses majority of US Jews of ‘disloyalty to Israel’ — and gets torn to pieces

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Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani on Wednesday tried to clean up President Donald Trump's declaration that "any Jewish people" who vote for Democrats have "a total lack of knowledge or great disloyalty."

Writing on Twitter, Giuliani explained that Trump wasn't saying Jewish Democrats were disloyal to America -- rather, he was saying they were being disloyal to Israel.

"Really disappointed a rep of ADL would feign confusion about [Trump's] statement," Giuliani said. "POTUS is referring to disloyalty to Israel."

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‘Where’s Steve?’ Trump notices a right-wing ally missing from CNN — and wants him back on TV

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President Donald Trump has been asking some of his administration officials why one of his favorite boosters has disappeared from CNN's airwaves.

Steve Cortes, a member of the Trump 2020 advisory board and a paid on-air CNN contributor, has reportedly been banished by the network's executives, and the president doesn't like it, reported The Daily Beast.

“Where’s Steve?” the president has repeatedly asked, according to two officials who overheard him in the White House.

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‘Was Ivanka not available?’ Internet ridicules ‘dweeb’ Sean Spicer’s new gig on ‘Dancing With the Stars’

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On Wednesday, Good Morning America reported that Sean Spicer, former White House Press Secretary to President Donald Trump, will be appearing on "Dancing With the Stars."

This show is not new to giving a lighthearted platform to controversial political figures — it famously hosted former Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who now heads up the Department of Energy. Moreover, Spicer — who attracted controversy for lying about Trump's inauguration crowd size and claiming that Hitler never gassed people, has sought credibility as a political veteran, with Harvard's Kennedy School giving him a fellowship.

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