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CNN conservative schools Republican who boasts of Trump’s popularity: ‘Women are fleeing’ the GOP

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Conservative Amanda Carpenter on Monday schooled a Trump-loving GOP operative who tried to claim that President Donald Trump is actually popular.

During an appearance on CNN with Trump 2020 campaign operative Marc Lotter, Carpenter tried to make the case that the president was significantly hurting the Republican Party heading into the 2020 presidential election.

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Lotter, however, insisted that Trump was beloved by members of his own party, who would rush to the polls in 2020 to guarantee him a victory.

“The president has record-high approval with Republicans,” he said. “They’re not going to stay home because they see the results that this president is getting.”

Carpenter, however, countered by saying that Trump’s popularity in the GOP stems in part because the party has been losing voters.

“It’s a shrinking party,” she said. “Look at the 2018 midterms, particularly with the suburban Republican women who are fleeing the party because Donald Trump is not someone that they can be proud of.”

Later in the segment, Carpenter asserted that Republican lawmakers are “privately horrified” by Trump’s behavior, particularly his attacks on the late Sen. John McCain. However, she said they largely keep quiet about it because they recognize the party’s base will vote them out if step too far out of line.

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’Let ‘em go’: Ex-police commissioner lays into Buffalo cops who quit Emergency Response Team

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On CNN Friday, former Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey slammed the 57 Buffalo police officers who resigned from the city's Emergency Response Team in solidarity with a pair of officers investigated for shoving an elderly man to the ground and then lying about it.

"If they want to resign, they should resign from the department," said Ramsey. "They don't have a vote in what unit they're in or the running of that department. They would not be allowed to step down from those positions. If they want to resign from the police department, let 'em go, and I would not bring them back, it just means you have some slots you have to fill. That kind of stuff is ridiculous and can't be tolerated."

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Trump accused by ex-Defense Secretary of putting US on ‘the trail toward a dictatorship’

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During an appearance on CNN on Friday morning, former Defense Secretary William Cohen - who also served in the U.S. Senate as a Republican -- denounced Donald Trump in no uncertain terms, saying his use of military personnel against anti-police brutality protesters is a sign he has set the country on the path to a dictatorship.

To emphasize his point, he later called Trump the "dictator-in-chief."

Speaking with host Jim Sciutto, Cohen didn't mince words after the CNN host noted that the president and his former attorney called the protesters "terrorists."

"What does it mean for you to hear a sitting president dismissing a whole range of protesters, who in fact were largely peaceful around the White House, dismissing a whole range of them as terrorists? What does that mean to you?" the CNN host asked.

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Richmond mayor schools white lawmaker complaining removal of Confederate statue strips her of her history

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Appearing on CNN's "New Day" on Friday morning, the mayor of Richmond, Virginia set a white state lawmaker straight over her comments that the imminent removal of a statue commemorating Confederate General Robert E. Lee was erasing her history.

Speaking with host John Berman, Mayor Levar Stoney expressed pleasure at the upcoming removal of the massive statue, saying it was a long overdue -- before the interview turned to comments made by State Senator Amanda Chase (R) made in a Facebook post.

Noting that the white lawmaker complained, "Let's be honest here, there is an overt effort here to erase all-white history," Stoney had a few words for the lawmaker.

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