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Russia ‘the political equivalent of 9/11’ — and Trump might ignore it: Democratic Congressman

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One Democratic Congressman called the Russia invasion of the 2016 election “the political equivalent of 9/11,” during a CNN interview Wednesday.

“A continued attack on the rule of law,” Rep. Mike Quigley (D-IL) told Wolf Blitzer. “I have often said, what the Russians did was the political equivalent of 9/11. When this is all over, I’m worried that the president’s reaction to what the Russians did will have a longer term, more lasting impact on the rule of law and our country.”

He went on to say that a big concern he has is that former acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker and the president were sharing information about what the Justice Department was doing on the investigation.

“Did he share with him information about the investigation? This goes from being unethical to extraordinarily illegal,” he said.

Quigley said that Whitaker should have been aware of investigations in the Southern District of New York and that the president was potentially implicated.

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“From what he said his knowledge of the case,” Quigley continued. “So he is now using his office to help someone implicated in the case with — no other way to describe it. With the defense of their case. Again, it’s not just unethical. It’s illegal. It’s an extraordinary broadside on the rule of law.”

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‘White nationalists will never love you’: Hispanic Trump supporter goes down in flames during CNN debate

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CNN's Anderson Cooper struggled to control a segment about President Donald Trump's racism while interviewing a former member of Trump’s Hispanic Advisory Council.

Cooper interviewed Steve Cortes about the president's racist outburst at the four young women of color in Congress that are known collectively as "The Squad."

The host read the dictionary definition of a demagogue.

"A leader that makes use of popular prejudices and false claims and promises to gain power," Merriam-Webster published.

"Is Donald Trump a demagogue? Isn’t this exactly what he is doing here?" Cooper asked.

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Gold Star father blasts Trump for failure to govern while refusing to ‘defend and protect’ America

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On Monday's edition of CNN's "Anderson Cooper 360," Gold Star father Khizr Khan eviscerated President Donald Trump for his latest racist attack on congresswomen of color.

"To Donald Trump I say, sir, have you no sense of decency with this racism and division for political purposes?" Khan told anchor Anderson Cooper. "Donald Trump has nothing to offer. Therefore, he is going to create division and hate for political expedience. I am saddened but not surprised because, as you explained, he is a demagogue and will continue to use hate and division for his political expediency purpose."

"This is a man without any shame," agreed Cooper. "He doesn't have a health care policy. He doesn't have — he's not able to make progress on immigration in any sort of policy that actually solves the problem long term. And so he does these things and it is largely in times to distract, but it's not just distracting people, it's distracting people in the worst possible, bigoted, divisive way. It's distracting us by turning us against each other and viewing each other as other."

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Racism drives Trump ‘like rocket fuel’ — but even for him, this is ‘shocking and disgraceful’: WaPo journalist

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On Monday's edition of CNN's "The Situation Room," Washington Post reporter David Swerdlick told anchor Wolf Blitzer that there's nothing truly new about President Donald Trump's racist social media assaults on Democratic congresswomen of color — but that there is something uniquely horrible about the latest episode.

"People are suggesting what the president has said in the past day or two represents a new low," said Blitzer. "But when you look at the president's history ... the president claiming Barack Obama wasn't born here in the United States, his comments about Charlottesville. This clearly isn't a one-off."

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