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CNN host opens her show by tearing Trump’s latest tax return excuses to shreds

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CNN’s Brianna Keilar opened her show on Monday by mocking President Donald Trump’s latest excuse for refusing to release his tax returns -Congress isn’t “smart enough” to understand them- noting that ten members of Congress are in fact trained in tax analysis.

“It’s tax day and the White House has come up with a new reason to refuse to release the president’s tax returns,” Keilar said, ticking off the shifting reasons.

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“The president has repeatedly blamed being under audit, even though there’s no proof that he is, even though an audit wouldn’t prevent him from releasing those tax returns,” she said.

“Then he and his acting chief of staff said the public doesn’t care to see the returns anyway,” Keilar continued. “Now press secretary Sarah Sanders says members of Congress, both Democratic and Republican, just aren’t smart enough to understand them.” She cut to a clip of a red-faced Sanders shouting at the top of her lungs her opinion of Congress’s combined intelligence.

“Here is where I should probably point out this,” said Keilar with a mischievous smirk. “Ten members of Congress are accountants, three Democrats, seven Republicans and two of those accountants/lawmakers sit on the House Ways and Means Committee, the tax writing committee, which is asking for the president’s tax returns.”

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Trump suffering an ‘erosion’ of his base — and it spells disaster for his campaign: CNN analyst

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On Thursday, CNN political director David Chalian broke down one of the most ominous numbers for President Donald Trump in the new polls showing him down double digits to former Vice President Joe Biden.

"So in the approval, I think we see that down to 84 percent among Republicans," said Chalian. "Obviously, still, most Republicans are with the president ... but it's this little slippage that is actually significant. In the horserace, in the Biden versus Trump matchup, he gets 84 percent of Republican support. Joe Biden is in the 90s."

"So there's a little bit of erosion from key constituencies here, his fellow Republicans," said Chalian. "And just a little bit of an erosion in your base when your entire strategy for three and a half years has been all about jazzing up that base, not about trying to win the middle — the middle is gone for Donald Trump right now — but now we're seeing, because of his handling of the virus, this chipping away at the core supporters as well. That's a problem, given the way he's built his entire approach for the last three and a half years."

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The problem isn’t the campaign manager — it’s Trump: Republican analyst

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Switching up the campaign manager four months before the election when the latest poll shows you 12 points down has nothing to do with the campaign's leadership, Republican analyst Amanda Carpenter explained on CNN Wednesday.

"The problem isn't that Donald Trump has a bad campaigner," said Carpenter in an interview with CNN's Don Lemon. "They're raising tons of money. They have a boatload of surrogates. The problem is that he has a bad presidency. And no one -- no one, no spin master, not Kellyanne Conway, not Brad Parscale can spin the most important number of this election, and that's -- at present, 137,000 dead and rising. And so what we need to see if Donald Trump wants to turn this around is to turn around his white house. And I have four words of advice: More Fauci, less Kayleigh."

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‘Are you kidding me?’ CNN’s Cuomo lays into Trump for hawking Goya products during a pandemic

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On CNN Wednesday, Chris Cuomo exploded with outrage over the image of President Donald Trump promoting Goya food products from the Oval Office — just a day after his daughter did the same.

"The pandemic is in full effect," said Cuomo. "You tell me how a president, in the middle of a pandemic, has got time for this bullsh*t. Are you kidding me? Hawking products? Goya, I don't care who it is. Resolute Desk? This is what he's resolute about? Pandemic priorities? His daughter Ivanka, top White House adviser, are you kidding me? Marketing for a brand following calls for a boycott after Goya's CEO heaped praise on Trump last week. On your dime, in the middle of a pandemic, they're selling beans. Are you kidding me?"

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