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John Bolton likely thinks Trump is a ‘moron’ and he has to stop him from ruining everything: Ex-aide

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Mark Groombridge, a former aide to current Trump national security adviser John Bolton, says that his former boss is likely staying on his job to stop President Donald Trump from making what he views as horrific strategic errors.

In an interview with The New Yorker, Groombridge said that Bolton probably doesn’t have a very high view of the president’s intellect, which is why he feels he’s desperately needed to coordinate the White House’s national security policy.

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“John is thinking, To the extent I can modify or mollify the President’s actions, I will,” he explained. “He is truly a patriot. But I wonder how he goes into work every day, because deep in his heart he believes the President is a moron.”

Given this, Bolton tailors his messaging to the president in ways that are best suited to hold his short attention span.

“Bolton gets to the point very fast,” a senior Administration official told The New Yorker. “He’s very brief, and the President appreciates that.”

Although Bolton is a much more aggressive hawk than Trump when it comes to using military force, the two of them nonetheless have a shared contempt for international treaties and institutions that they believe constrain American power, one official tells the publication.

Read the whole report here.

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Trump said he ‘loved’ the fact that America is more divided than ever: ex-GOP congressman

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President Donald Trump bragged about increasing divisions in America during a White House meeting, a former Republican congressman explained on MSNBC on Monday.

Former Rep. David Jolly (R-FL) told host Joy Reid that "Donald Trump has intentionally tried to create the anxiety" that Americans are explaining.

"Garry Kasparov, the Russian freedom activist, has said the point of disinformation isn't to manipulate the truth, it's to exhaust your critical thinking," Jolly explained. "To exhaust your critical thinking, that's what we're experiencing as voters."

"I had a colleague that was in a meeting in the Roosevelt Room and he said he heard Trump say, 'Have you ever seen the nation so divided?' My colleagues and others said, 'No, we haven't.' Trump said, 'I love it that way.' This is the currency that he's peddling as political strategy, but it's not one we have to accept," Jolly explained.

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Bloomberg and Biden attack Sanders supporters’ ‘Trump-like’ tactics

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On Monday, The New York Times analyzed the state of the Democratic presidential primaries heading into the Nevada caucuses. One of the key new developments is a fresh volley of attacks on the behavior of supporters for Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), which is being characterized as "Trump-like" by former Vice President Joe Biden and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

"Former Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg’s presidential campaign, which has largely focused its attacks on President Trump, on Monday mounted a frontal offensive against one of his Democratic rivals for the first time, comparing Senator Bernie Sanders’s campaign tactics with those employed by the president," wrote Thomas Kaplan, Kate Conger, and Reid Epstein.

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Some Tea Party Republicans are voting for Bernie Sanders — and not for the reasons that you think

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Some Democratic primaries are only open to registered Democrats; others allow all registered voters to participate regardless of party affiliation — including South Carolina’s Democratic presidential primary. Registered Republicans will be free to vote in that primary and vote for Sen. Bernie Sanders, former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Sen. Elizabeth Warren or any one of the other candidates. And Jane Coaston, in Vox, explains why some Tea Party Republicans in South Carolina are voting for Bernie Sanders.

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