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Conservative writer blasts ‘boot-licking’ Republicans for letting Trump abuse his executive powers

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Many Democrats have been quick to attack President Donald Trump for declaring a national emergency on the U.S.-Mexico border, asserting that he is abusing his executive powers. But some conservatives pundits have been highly critical as well, including MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough. And in her latest Washington Post column, conservative Jennifer Rubin takes some prominent Republicans to task for giving Trump a pass on executive overreach — denouncing them as everything from “sycophants” to bootlickers.

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Rubin opens her column by noting how unprepared Stephen Miller (a Trump senior advisor) was when Fox News’ Chris Wallace grilled him aggressively about Trump’s emergency declaration. Miller, Rubin notes, was totally caught off guard by how combative Wallace was.

“Here was the architect of the emergency declaration unprepared and unable to defend President Trump’s actions as much to do about nothing,” Rubin writes. “We are unsurprised, however, that Trump’s most loyal and dogged anti-immigrant advocate, once outside the cocoon of a White House populated by yes men, should find it hard to present factual answers to legitimate questions.”

Rubin goes on to attack “the pathetic conduct of Republican senators who seem thoroughly incapable of defending their power of the purse”—for example, Sen. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin. The columnist explains that when NBC’s Chuck Todd interviewed Johnson about Trump’s emergency declaration, he had no problem with executive overreach.

“Republicans had a meltdown when President Barack Obama issued an executive order to protect ‘dreamers,’” Rubin observes. “Now, they are copacetic with an even larger power grab, one that preempts Congress’ spending power.”

Rubin adds that “no one bests Sen. Lindsey O. Graham” of South Carolina “in the boot-licking department.” Describing a hypothetical Democratic president of the future, Rubin stresses that any journalist who interviews Graham should pose the following question: “When President (Elizabeth) Warren or President (Kamala) Harris declares an emergency, takes money from the military and uses it for measures necessary to protect the country from the cataclysmic effects of global warming, will you give her your approval?”

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Rubin concludes her column by stressing how badly she misses Sen. John McCain in 2019.

“At times such as this, one really misses the principled, consistent voice of the late Sen. John McCain,” Rubin asserts. “He didn’t undergo torturous confinement for five years to see Graham and the rest trample on the rule of law and give license to an authoritarian bully. Unfortunately, the GOP is the party of Trump and his sycophants, not of constitutional conservatism, limited government or any other defining principle. And it’s certainly not McCain’s GOP.”

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House Republicans have 3 key defenses of Trump’s Ukraine extortion campaign — and they’re all terrible

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To any halfway objective observer, the first day of public hearings in House Democrats’ impeachment inquiry, which are ongoing as of this writing, have not gone well for Trump’s defenders.

Bill Taylor, the top US ambassador in Kyiv, and veteran State Department official George Kent came off as principled and non-partisan as they delivered damning testimony about the Trump regime’s multifaceted campaign to coerce the Ukrainian government to announce an investigation into fringe right-wing conspiracy theories designed to deflect blame for interfering in the 2016 election from Russia and onto Ukraine.

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Progressives hilariously ridicule Donald Trump Jr.’s new book with their own Trump triggers #TriggerDonaldTrumpJr

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President Donald Trump's eldest child and namesake has published a book about liberals he says are "triggered" by conservatives. Ironically, it seems Donald Trump Jr. is the one who seems to be triggered by the reception he's getting from some on his book tour.

The hashtag, #TriggerDonaldTrumpJr has nothing to do with Jr's new book, rather it's progressives using his book title to mock the Trump child. Internet users were torn between mocking the young Trump for desperately trying to get his father's attention, scrambling to seem relevant, trying to launch his own political career, trying to make his own money and so much more.

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‘Blather and hysteria’: Conservative columnist explains why GOP anti-impeachment ‘antics’ just crashed and burned

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Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio, Rep. Devin Nunes of California and other House Republicans were clearly trying to rally the Trumpian base on Wednesday, when the impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump offered its first public testimony. Jordan and Nunes aggressively tried to discredit the inquiry and the two witnesses who testified: diplomat William B. Taylor (U.S. ambassador to Ukraine) and Deputy Assistant Secretary of State George P. Kent. But conservative Washington Post opinion writer Jennifer Rubin, in a Wednesday column, stressed that House Republicans — for all their “antics and conspiracy theories” — failed to show why Trump shouldn’t be impeached, while House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff and other House Democrats showed why he should.

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