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Trump shredded for attacking struggling federal workers living without paychecks: ‘His Marie Antoinette moment’

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The President Donald Trump’s shutdown of the federal government is his “Marie Antoinette moment” as the closure continues, a MSNBC guest explained on Saturday.

Antoinette was the last queen of France before the French Revolution.

MSNBC anchor Alex Witt played two clips on the shutdown, one from Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and by Trump.

“We made a plea to the president once again — don’t hold millions of Americans, hundreds of thousands of workers, hostage,” said Schumer, the Democratic leader in the Senate.

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“I’m very proud of doing what I’m doing. I don’t call it a shutdown, I call it doing what I have to do for the benefit and safety of our country,” Trump argued.

“What about what the president said, floating bypassing Congress altogether, trying to declare a national emergency, get his border wall funding. Is that fair play?” Witt asked.

“Not only is it not fair play, it’s probably not constitutional,” Alaina Beverly replied.

Beverly served as the associate director of the White House Office of Urban Affairs during the Obama administration.

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“This is not the way that the system is supposed to work in terms of policy,” she added.

“However, I will say that I think that this government shutdown is president trump’s Marie Antoinette moment, where he’s saying, basically, ‘let them eat cake’ — while his cabinet members are receiving $10,000 annual raises, he’s saying that the 800,000 federal employees affected by this shutdown should just tell their landlords to be easy and figure it out when it comes time to paying their utilities,” Beverly explained.

“That is an interesting analogy there, first time I’ve heard that, but it certainly applies,” Witt noted.

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Antoinette was convicted of high treason, among other crimes, and was guillotined in 1793.

She was buried in an unmarked grave.

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BUSTED: Tea Party leader stole $10 million from gullible right-wing donors

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According to Politico, Kelley Rogers, a Maryland-based GOP consultant, pleaded guilty to wire fraud this week.

Rogers, who ran multiple right-wing action committees including Conservative Majority Fund and Tea Party Majority, took in $10 million from mostly small donors since 2012, but only disbursed $48,400 to politicians.

The rest of the money, according to prosecutors, was used to pay himself and his friends, as well as settle legal fees from a state lawsuit investigating his political activity — all the while sending emails to donors bragging about how much he was doing to fight President Barack Obama and illegal immigration.

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Pentagon washes hands of Turnberry incident — refers all questions to the White House

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Politico reporter Natasha Bertrand uncovered the way President Donald Trump is profiting off of military stop-overs at his Trump Turnberry golf resort. However, now it seems the Pentagon isn't interested in answering questions.

"House Oversight requested that the Pentagon turn over communications/emails relating to Turnberry. But the Pentagon referred that request to the White House," she tweeted Wednesday.

https://twitter.com/NatashaBertrand/status/1174395749188231168

Typically the Congress is in charge of Pentagon budgets and the Pentagon has information on their spending. In this case, however, the military is refusing to answer questions, telling Trump to talk to the press instead.

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Even without Shane Gillis, ‘SNL’ has always been a conservative show

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The whiplash-inducing news cycle around nonstarter “Saturday Night Live” cast member Shane Gillis got a little more juice Tuesday, with some eye opening insights from Variety.

According to writers Joe Otterson and Michael Schneider, the hiring of the Philadelphia comic and podcaster — whose lengthy and recent history of racist and homophobic remarks took exactly the length of a Google search to reveal — was no fluke. Instead, “According to sources, the long-running NBC comedy show and series mastermind Lorne Michaels were actively looking to cast a comedian for its new season who would appeal to more conservative viewers. This was meant to counteract the appearance of a liberal bias on the show.” Which is the first funny Shane Gillis-related thing I’ve heard.

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