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The View’s crowd goes wild as Newt Gingrich gets dismantled for excusing Trump’s infamous Charlottesville remarks

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The View‘s Sunny Hostin on Monday repeatedly busted former House Speaker Newt Gingrich for excusing and defending President Donald Trump’s response to the Charlottesville neo-Nazi riots, after the president’s statements condemning anti-Semitism in the wake of the Chabad at Poway shooting this weekend.

“There’s this myth on the left that’s not true,” said Gingrich. “If you go back and look at what Trump said, Trump says clearly that he was opposed to white supremacists, that he’s opposed to Klansmen, that he’s opposed to nazis. He says it clearly.”

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“It’s not that clear,” interjected co-hosts Joy Behar and Sunny Hostin.

“It’s not. I have what he said right here,” Hostin continued. “His first statement he said that ‘there was violence on many sides.’ Two days later, after all the backlash, is the first time he mentioned the KKK and neo-Nazis. And then the following day he still said, Newt, ‘you had some very bad people in that group, you also had some very fine people on both sides.'”

“If by ‘both sides’ — look, this is an interesting topic,” Gingrich replied shiftily.

“The statement is very interesting,” Hostin shot back, sarcastically.

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“Are we going to say if you are somebody who thought Robert E. Lee was a decent person, which by the way would be a high percentage of white Virginians –” Gingrich tried feebly, but got hit from both sides.

“Wasn’t he a traitor to the country,” asked Behar.

“And a slave holder?” added Hostin. “And a horrible person?”

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“Now you’re going to say everybody in the South who thinks that anybody was a reasonable person was, you know,” Gingrich mumbled weakly, abruptly erasing Lee and history as a traitor and a slaveholder from the conversation.

“If you’re going to march with these folks, if you’re in the picture with them, it looks like you’re part of the problem,” added Whoopi Goldberg. “Even if you say they were good people, you have to understand that’s not what people see.”

“You figure if you’re a good person and you’re marching for the monument,” she continued, “you’re not going to let people say, ‘well, you know, we’re not going to let Jews take over our lives,’ and ‘no more Jews,’ and ‘no more blacks’ and all of that stuff.”

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Gingrich tried to change the subject, saying that anti-fascist street protestors were just as bad as the neo-Nazis, but the panel wasn’t having it.

“That’s not what we’re talking about, let’s stick with Charlottesville,” Goldberg said. Gingrich then tried to hide Trump’s racism behind the fact that his daughter Ivanka had converted to Judaism after marrying Jared Kushner. That also flopped.

“No one said that,” said Hostin, her voice dripping with disdain. “What we said, Speaker Gingrich, is that he said ‘you had some very bad people in that group. You also had some very fine people on both sides.’ The suggestion somehow that he did not say that is intellectually dishonest.”

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“If you are marching with people wearing signs that say ‘Down with Jews, Jews are not going to take over our lives,'” Goldberg said, speaking slowly as if to a dull-witted child, “and you don’t step away because that’s not how you feel, you’re going to lumped into that group.”

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‘This was the smoking gun!’ MSNBC’s Morning Joe explains why Mulvaney ‘confession’ could end Trump presidency

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MSNBC's Joe Scarborough said White House acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney had offered "smoking gun" evidence in a stunning confession to the crime at the heart of the impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump.

The "Morning Joe" host said Mulvaney had made a stunning "confession," but he said the president had on the same day endorsed the ethnic cleansing of the Kurdish allies he had betrayed to Turkey.

"There's so much to talk about, we joke for a few minutes at the top of the show, Mika likes do that, me, I like to get straight into the news," said Scarborough, who frequently annoys his wife and co-host by bantering about sports at the start of the show. "But there's so much going on that if somebody just woke up this morning they might not think that yesterday was not one of the most significant news days in, during the Trump presidency, and I may even argue one of the most significant news days over perhaps the last decade, just in terms of volume."

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Vote-splitting fears raised in final days of Canada election

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In the dying days of what Justin Trudeau described as one of the "nastiest" election campaigns in Canadian history -- with plenty of mudslinging, attack ads and misinformation -- he played up fears on Thursday of vote-splitting handing victory to his rival Andrew Scheer and the Conservatives.

Policy announcements gave way to calls to vote strategically to keep Trudeau's Liberals in power and prevent a rollback of his progressive policies by the Tories.

Pollsters predict a minority government -- either Liberal or Conservative -- resulting from the October 21 ballot.

Attack ads accused Liberals of seeking to legalize hard drugs and the Tories of allowing assault rifles on Canadian streets -- claims that are flat out wrong or exaggerated, respectively.

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Japan emperor to proclaim enthronement in ritual-bound ceremony

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Japan's new Emperor Naruhito will formally proclaim his ascension to the throne next week in a ritual-bound ceremony, but the after-effects of deadly typhoon will cast a shadow over proceedings.

Naruhito officially assumed his duties as emperor on May 1, a day after his father became the first Japanese monarch to abdicate in 200 years.

But the transition will not be complete until his new role is officially proclaimed on Tuesday, in a series of events expected to be attended by foreign dignitaries from nearly 200 countries.

The event will come just over a week after Typhoon Hagibis slammed into Japan, killing nearly 80 people and leaving a trail of destruction.

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