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Lawrence O’Donnell claims the Dems can beat Trump using just this one ‘West Wing’ strategy

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MSNBC anchor Lawrence O’Donnell played a clip from the award-winning television show “The West Wing” on MSNBC’s “The Last Word” to illustrate the political strategy he believes Democrats will need to beat President Donald Trump in 2020.

O’Donnell began by showing a clip of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio Cortez (D-NY) grilling Trump “fixer” Michael Cohen about Trump trying to avoid paying local property taxes owed by his golf courses.

O’Donnell then explained how that exchange reminded him of a scene from “The West Wing.”

The clip was from the season seven episode “The Debate” where Jimmy Smits portrays Matt Santos in a presidential debate against Arnold Vinick, played by Alan Alda.

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The episode is one of sixteen “West Wing” episodes O’Donnell wrote.

In it, the fictional Democratic Party nominee offers a vigorous defense of being a liberal.

“When Donald Trump throws the word socialism at the Democratic presidential candidate on the debate stage, that candidate cannot hide, cannot duck cannot run away from that word,” O’Donnell noted.

“That candidate has to tell the audience that’s what Republicans said about Social Security when they opposed it in 1935 and that’s what Republicans said about Medicare when they opposed it in 1965,” he continued. “And it’s true that those are socialistic programs. but they’re programs that work well and make millions of people’s lives much better.”

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“The Democratic candidate is going to have to be brave enough to honestly talk about socialism to that national TV audience and tell them that there is good socialism — like Social Security and Medicare — and there is very, very bad socialism,” he said.

“And the worst socialism in America is Trump-golf socialism — Donald Trump’s socialism,” he concluded.

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Donald Trump: ‘My life has always been a fight’

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The full interview with President Donald Trump finally aired on ABC Sunday, revealing the shocking way that he views his life.

Trump lamented that he's had such a hard life, as the son of multi-millionaires who paid to get him out of trouble multiple times.

"You're a fighter. You, you, it feels like you're in a constant kind of churn--" host George Stephanopoulos began.

"Yeah, uh, my life has always been a fight," Trump said. "And I enjoy that I guess, I don't know if I enjoy it or not, I guess -- sometimes I have false fights like the Russian witch hunt. That's a false fight. That's a made-up, uh, hoax. And I had to fight that."

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The right-wing scored more in years of Trump than eight years of George W. Bush: report

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President George W. Bush oversaw eight years that restricted rights, banned LGBTQ equality, appointed anti-choice judges and so much more. But under Donald Trump's presidency, social conservatives have managed to roll back any progress made by President Barack Obama's leadership.

A new Axios report listed out any anti-LGBTQ, anti-women and anti-poor policies.

“He campaigned saying that he would be a good friend to LGBT people,” James Esseks, director of the ACLU’s LGBT and HIV Project, told VOX. "Actions speak far louder than words. And what he's done has been a wreck."

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Israel’s Netanyahu just christened a building named after Trump — that doesn’t even exist

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spent his Father’s Day dedicating a new Trump Tower-type building that hasn't been built in a town that doesn't exist.

Standing in front of a large sign saying "Trump Heights," Netanyahu, who is being forced back into another election, announced the building before planning even began, Axios reported.

A great day on the Golan. PM Netanyahu and I had the honor to dedicate “Trump Heights” — first time Israel has dedicated a village in honor of a sitting president since Harry Truman (1949). Happy Birthday Mr. President!! @POTUS pic.twitter.com/fdYWzokFLK

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