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MSNBC panelists bash Trump’s ‘crazy’ flag-hugging speech: ‘He’s clearly a mental patient’

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MSNBC’s ‘Morning Joe’ panel was pretty much in agreement with regular guest Eugene Robinson, whose Washington Post op-ed Trump’s unhinged CPAC speech should concern us all, dropped on Monday: President Donald Trump’s two-hour speech to the Conservative Political Action Conference sounded more like the deranged ramblings of “a mental patient,” the panelists agreed — and his fans, who ate it up, were no better.

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“It was insane,” Robinson said. “It was two hours and 20 minutes of rambling, self-serving, self-justifying or at least an attempt to be self-justifying nonsense. If you heard grandpa talking like that, you’d be concerned.”

“It was a greatest hits show is what it was,” agreed host Willie Geist, noting some of Trump’s familiar themes like “Crooked Hillary” and his inaugural crowd before asking conservative guest Thom Nichols if he’d seen the “elevation of conservative ideas” that typically marked CPAC in Trump’s address.

“No,” replied Nichols, who mocked the president for hugging the flag. “This whole thing was so scary that Republicans are now in ‘Weekend at Bernie’s’ territory, just sort of putting him up there and saying ‘let’s see what happens and hoping no one notices.'”

“After a week of real defeat for this president, the public relations defeat with the Cohen testimony, and then obviously the failure to reach an agreement in Vietnam,” the Associated Press’s Jonathan Lemire said, “he needed an outlet, he needed some sort of release.” He reminded that panel that after Trump’s assault on the Affordable Care Act blew up in his face, he’d turned in a similar performance in an address to the Boy Scouts of America.

Mike Barnicle, however, stole the show and had the panel in stitches when he described what a tape of the speech would look like if someone “clipped out the introduction that he’s the president.”

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“You would look at it as if, ‘uh-oh, thankfully the guy doing the act out here is fully clothed, he’s not wearing paper slippers, he’s clearly a mental patient and somebody in his family had better hopefully come on stage and take him off,'” he said. I mean, it’s that crazy.” Barnicle wasn’t impressed with Geist’s suggestion that Trump was just playing to his fans, who he said were just as bad.

“That is a crowd that applauded the death of John McCain,” he said. “I mean, c’mon!”

Watch the video below.

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New York’s coronavirus crisis tracked back to European travel — not China: scientists

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The New York Times reported Wednesday that scientists have tracked the cases of coronavirus in New York back to travel from Europe.

The Times explained that genomes show the link to those who came down with the virus back in February.

President Donald Trump has been celebrating his decision to shut down some travel from China, though not all travel. A whopping 430,000 people have traveled from China to the United States since the coronavirus crisis.

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Warrant for journalists from Jerry Falwell Jr. came from Liberty University’s own police

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A right-wing commentator interviewed Jerry Falwell Jr. during his show Wednesday, where Falwell said that there were two arrest warrants open for reporters who came onto Liberty University's campus.

Upon further examination of the warrant, the police officer who signed the warrant was Detective/Sgt. A.B. Wilkins 206 LUPD. The LUPD is not the Lynchburg Police Department nor is there a Sgt. or Detective A.B. Wilkins. It's the police department under the authority of Liberty University.

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Trump defenders Diamond and Silk locked out of Twitter for spreading COVID-19 misinformation

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Fox Nation hosts Lynnette Hardaway and Rochelle Richardson, better known as Diamond & Silk, were temporarily locked out of Twitter on Wednesday for urging people to go outside and develop immunity against the coronavirus.

“The only way we can become immune to the environment; we must be out in the environment. Quarantining people inside of their houses for extended periods will make people sick!” the pair tweeted from their joint account.

A spokesperson for Twitter told Mediaite their account was locked over the tweet.

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