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Mitch McConnell resorting to internet trolling to rebrand himself

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) is the most powerful person in the Senate — and the most hated. Even in his own state, he polls in the low 30s.

It’s not hard to see why. Aside from the fact that the six-term senator is everyone’s first image of a career politician, party leaders make easy punching bags — he’s the face of obstruction for Democrats, and the scapegoat for inaction for Republicans.

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A new profile by The Daily Beast reveals how McConnell is handling this toxic image moving forward into his re-election campaign for 2020. The short answer is: He is rebranding himself as an internet troll.

In April, McConnell’s campaign website adopted an image of Merrick Garland as its 404 error page, fully embracing liberal outrage over his infamous move to block the judge for a Supreme Court seat in 2016.

He also released a video of himself smiling as GOP accomplishments appear on screen, set to DJ Khaled’s “All I Do Is Win.”

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McConnell has been testing this strategy for months.

Last year, convicted criminal and former coal baron Don Blankenship ran a Senate primary campaign in West Virginia primarily by attacking McConnell, calling him “Cocaine Mitch” — a reference to how cocaine was found on board a vessel owned by McConnell’s father-in-law, shipping magnate James Chao. After Blankenship lost the primary, McConnell’s campaign tweeted out a picture of McConnell superimposed on a dramatized image of drug kingpin Pablo Escobar from the Netflix series “Narcos,” surrounded by billowing clouds of cocaine:

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McConnell evidently hopes that if he can make conservatives laugh, he will be home free.

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GOP will be ‘aided and abetted’ by Russian bots and trolls defending Trump: Former FBI counter-intel chief

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The former assistant director for counterintelligence at the Federal Bureau of Investigation warned Americans to "hunker down" because Russian intelligence will be repeating Republican talking points.

Frank Figliuzzi was interviewed Thursday by MSNBC's Brian Williams on "The Last Word."

"Frank, Fiona Hill -- who richly deserves it -- has been awarded front page status tomorrow morning on the front page of The New York Times, and I imagine newspapers and websites across this country," Williams noted.

"It was extraordinary today when she -- in effect, begged -- asked, certainly, members of the committee to stop supplying Russian talking points, to stop advancing Russian propaganda in the Congress of the United States," he continued.

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Trump has committed 6 impeachable offenses: Harvard Law’s Laurence Tribe says ‘the evidence is all there’

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Constitutional law expert Laurence Tribe broke down the six impeachable offenses President Donald Trump has committed during a Thursday appearance on MSNBC's "The Last Word" with Lawrence O'Donnell.

Tribe has argued 36 cases before the United States Supreme Court and taught at Harvard Law for 50 years. He co-authored the 2018 book To End a Presidency: The Power of Impeachment with Joshua Matz.

"Everyone was in the loop, it was no secret. That was the testimony from Ambassador Gordon Sondland yesterday as he implicated the president, Secretary of State, White House chief of staff, and former National Security Advisor John Bolton and other administration officials in the plot to bribe the president of Ukraine to publicly launch an investigation into Joe Biden in exchange for U.S. military aid to Ukraine that was authorized by Congress and that the president was withholding," O'Donnell reported.

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Rachel Maddow breaks down how public opinion is catching up with the facts of Trump’s impeachment

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MSNBC anchor Rachel Maddow on Thursday broke down how the details from the televised impeachment hearings are being reported in local newspapers.

The host read the headlines from multiple newspapers following the damning testimony by Ambassador Gordon Sondland.

The Los Angels Times headlined, "Sonland implicates president." "Envoy says Trump directed effort," was The Wall Street Journal headline.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch headlined, "'Everyone was in the loop. It was no secret': Defiant Sondland says he followed Trump's orders."

"Trump directed pressure on Ukraine, ambassador says," headlined The Kansas City Star.

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