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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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Rick Santorum smacked down for claiming Sondland testimony helped Trump

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On Wednesday's edition of CNN's "Cuomo Prime Time," former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA) tried to argue that the testimony of E.U. Ambassador Gordon Sondland actually helped President Donald Trump — and was promptly challenged.

"I think the Democrats had a good morning. I don't think they had a good afternoon," said Santorum. "I think what when the Republicans actually started questioning Sondland about the details, I think it fell apart a little bit."

"How so?" asked Chris Cuomo.

"He said the president never said any of these things to him," said Santorum. "In fact, what the president said, he quoted what the president said is, no, there's no quid pro quo. What he says is, well, I'm surmising, this is what I'm just sort of gathering. Did anything come from the president? No, it came from Rudy Giuliani."

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Dem lawmaker demolishes GOP defense that Trump still did more for Ukraine than Obama

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During the impeachment testimony of State Department officials Laura Cooper and David Hale, Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA) used his time to dismantle a growing defense of President Donald Trump's apparent use of Ukrainian foreign aid for an extortion scheme: that Obama didn't give Ukraine aid either, so Trump didn't even have to.

"Now as to the justification," said Swalwell. "The justification is that the Obama administration only provided blankets, so the Ukrainians should be grateful, even after being shaken down, that the Trump administration provided more, but the truth, Ms. Cooper, is that under the Obama administration and the European Reassurance Initiative, $175 million were provided from U.S. taxpayer dollars to the Ukrainians, is that right?"

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Trumper Scott Jennings slams Devin Nunes for ‘being caught totally flat-footed’

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It's clear the morning testimony didn't go as well as Republicans had wanted. The concern was evident on the face of House Minority Leader Devin Nunes (R-CA), who exchanged glances with the GOP counsel.

Republican Scott Jennings is quick to defend the White House and the GOP, but Wednesday even he was forced to concede his party wasn't prepared for what EU Ambassador Gordon Sondland testified.

CNN host John King noted that the Republican counsel brought up Rudy Giuliani and his business relationships in Ukraine, outside of his work for President Donald Trump.

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