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GOP senators exhausted from defending Trump as their relationship grows worse with every scandal: report

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President Donald Trump’s unprecedented leadership style is causing “intraparty” struggles as Republicans grow weary of dealing with the president’s never-ending list of scandals.

According to a report from Politico, Republicans are at “odds” with Trump.

“It’s an unusual time in Trump’s Washington, with a Senate Republican majority that’s been at odds with the president for months now — and with GOP senators increasingly comfortable in trying to ward off what they see as Trump’s worst impulses. It’s an inflection point, with Senate Republicans weighing how hard to try to contain the president,” the report said.

Senate Republicans are disagreeing with Trump on issues such as immigration, the space force, and his process of fulfilling multiple vacancies in the White House.

“We’ve been down this road so many times, it’s hard for me to measure,” Senate Majority Whip John Thune (R-SD) said. “It just happened to be issues that came to the surface at the same time.”

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Sen. Kevin Cramer (R-ND) tried to “downplay the feuds” surrounding Trump’s space force proposal.

“This moment is a little more stacked than probably most other moments,” he told Politico. “The president is very good at trial balloons and pulling back.”

Tensions between Trump and Republics have been ongoing and growing.

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“The tensions between Trump and Senate Republicans have raged for four months, an arc that intersects neatly with when Mick Mulvaney took the reins as the president’s acting chief of staff and helped goad the president into a shutdown that lawmakers loathed — and then into a national emergency declaration that a dozen Republicans voted against on the Senate floor,” the report said.

“The president has his own way of doing things and it’s unconventional and it upsets some people,” Sen. John Kennedy (R-LA.) said. “This is not Olympic gymnastics where you get style points. This is results.”

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‘Washington is no longer functional’: Brian Williams admits he’s sad to report that ‘our government is broken’

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MSNBC anchor Brian Williams on Tuesday reported that America's federal government is broken.

"This was day 908 of the Trump Administration and while there is no joy in it, one way of summing up today is this: Our government’s broken, our politics are broken, Washington is no longer functional, and the cracks in our society are deepening," Williams reported.

"Much of this day was taken up by the discussion of racist statements by the president. Then tonight came the news that had so many people thinking back to when we were different, the death just tonight of retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens at the age of 99," he said.

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Trump ignored being condemned by Congress and instead praised Republicans on Twitter for defending his racism

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President Donald Trump celebrated on Tuesday night despite the House of Representatives having voted earlier in the day to condemn his racist statements.

By a final vote of 240 to 187, Congress voted for a resolution saying, "Trump’s racist comments have legitimized fear and hatred of new Americans and people of color.”

The resolution said Congress “strongly condemns President Donald Trump’s racist comments that have legitimized and increased fear and hatred of new Americans and people of color by saying that our fellow Americans who are immigrants, and those who may look to the President like immigrants, should “go back” to other countries, by referring to immigrants and asylum seekers as “invaders,” and by saying that Members of Congress who are immigrants (or those of our colleagues who are wrongly assumed to be immigrants) do not belong in Congress or in the United States of America.”

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The tortured madness of Donald Trump: It’s clear the president is out of his mind

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Where’s Shakespeare when we need him? Only the Bard of Avon could do literary justice to the tortured madness of Donald Trump, who fluctuates between petulant self-pity and weird self-praise.

His brags are especially weird because they usually involve achievements he hasn’t made. It’s as though his saying something makes it true — even though everyone except his most naive devotees can clearly see that he’s either hallucinating or lying. In June, for example, at a rally launching his reelection campaign, he retrumpeted an old campaign promise to “drain the swamp,” assuring the adoring crowd that “that’s exactly what we’re doing right now.”

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