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‘The man is dead!’ Trump supporter trashes president’s feud with the late John McCain as ‘beyond cringeworthy’

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Trump supporter Scott Jennings admitted on CNN Thursday that President Donald Trump’s continuing feud with the late Sen. John McCain was an utterly pointless and self-destructive pattern of behavior.

Responding to Trump’s angry rant against McCain Thursday, in which the president lamented that he was never properly thanked for allowing McCain’s state funeral to take place, Jennings said that Trump was only hurting himself by rehashing so many petty grievances against a man who died six months ago.

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“It’s not a good idea for him to continue to go down this rabbit hole,” he said. “It doesn’t help him, it doesn’t help the Republican Party, I think it offends a lot of veterans.”

Jennings then tried to excuse Republican lawmakers for not speaking out against the president’s attacks on their late colleague by pointing out it wouldn’t change his behavior no matter what.

“If I speak out against him, if I say stop, is this going to modify his behavior?” Jennings asked rhetorically. “And I think most Republicans… have concluded that it would not modify his behavior.”

Nonetheless, Jennings said he wouldn’t make any excuses for Trump’s latest actions.

“It’s beyond cringeworthy to to hear someone speak of an American hero like John McCain in the way Donald Trump is,” he said. “The man is dead, the man sacrificed for our country, there’s every reason to leave this alone!”

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White House lawyers were desperate not to talk about Rudy Giuliani — or Trump’s other conspiracy theories: CNN analyst

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On Saturday, CNN analyst Gloria Borger noted a key piece of the timeline that was conveniently missing from the defense presented by President Donald Trump's legal team: The involvement of Trump's private lawyer Rudy Giuliani.

"The one person that Jay Sekulow didn't mention is Rudy Giuliani, because this is Rudy Giuliani's theory of the game here," said Borger. "They were very careful not to bring up Rudy Giuliani because they know that he is not well regarded in the United States Senate, but if you again look at this summary of the transcript of the president's phone call, the president talks about CrowdStrike, he talks about a lot of things that went on. 'I would like to have the attorney general call you or your people, I would like to have you get to the bottom of it,' this whole nonsense, he talked about Bob Mueller and said a lot of it started with Ukraine."

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Pompeo ridiculed by CNN panel for his ‘phony mock outrage’ response after being outed as a foul-mouthed bully

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Responding to a statement from Secretary of State Mike Pompeo issued through the State Department accusing an NPR journalist of being "shameless" for going public with an encounter she had with him in his offices where he cursed at her, a CNN panel all but rolled their eyes at his "phony" outrage.

Speaking with host Anderson Cooper, CNN legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin called out the blustery Pompeo as well as many Republicans who took "umbrage" at Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) mentioning a report that the Donald Trump would have their heads on "on a pike" if they crossed him.

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White House lawyers’ Trump defense ‘deteriorated’ as they tried to make the case for the president: CNN’s Toobin

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As President Donald Trump's legal team put forward their defense of the president's Ukraine scheme at the impeachment trial on Saturday, CNN chief legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin weighed in on the effectiveness of what they had presented.

"There was information put forth today that would allow Republicans to vote against witnesses and to vote for an acquittal," acknowledged Toobin, offering as an example that the team did a good job at creating doubt over when the Ukrainians knew the foreign aid was cut off. However, "after that I thought it deteriorated."

"I was surprised that Jay Sekulow, who I think is a very fine lawyer, seen him argue in the Supreme Court several times, wandered in the wasteland of the Mueller report, that didn't seem relevant," said Toobin. "Mr. Philbin, who is not a spellbinding performer, went on about how it was legitimate in their view not to respond to subpoenas, not to provide any witnesses by the Trump administration. I thought that was a particularly weak performance. But, you know, if you are inclined to the defense point of view, there were facts and arguments to justify your position this morning."

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