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Trump ‘doesn’t mind’ if Ilhan Omar gets death threats — attacking her is a ‘political winner’: WaPo reporter

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Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) has reported getting a major uptick in death threats after President Donald Trump posted an incendiary video linking her to the 9/11 terrorist attacks — but no one should expect him to stop anytime soon.

During an appearance on CNN Monday, Washington Post White House reporter Toluse Olorunnipa said that the president believes that it’s good politics to demonize Omar and other young Democratic lawmakers because it distracts from the multiple other scandals plaguing his White House

“This is an opportunity for the president to change the narrative and not have people talking about his tax returns or investigations or the Mueller report,” he said. “He seizes on every opportunity he gets to shine the spotlight on progressive members of congress and paint them as the other.”

In fact, Olorunnipa went so far as to say that Trump doesn’t care if he’s putting Omar’s personal safety at risk.

“The president doesn’t mind that there are people are making death threats based on the video — he sees it as a political winner for him,” he said. “He can stand next to the flag and say, ‘We’ll never forget 9/11 and look at the Democrats who are downplaying the tremendous loss that happened that day.’ This is clearly a political move by the president.”

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Mitch McConnell busted on CNN as the ‘ringmaster’ leaving the door open for more Russian election interference

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On Tuesday, CNN's John Avlon broke down how Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) is every bit the obstacle to secure and safe elections as President Donald Trump is.

"There should be things that transcend petty politics, and towards the top of that list is stopping foreign powers from interfering in our elections," said Avlon, playing a clip of former special counsel Robert Mueller warning about the dangers. "Robert Mueller's warning is again, falling on willfully deaf ears. We know that foreign powers continue to try to meddle in our elections. Trump's FBI director and Director of National Intelligence have made this crystal clear."

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CNN panel destroys Trump’s mass arrest threat of millions as a wildly unrealistic Orlando rally stunt

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The panel on CNN's New Day cast a jaundiced eye at a threat Donald Trump made on Monday night where he threatened mass arrests of millions of immigrant families as part of an ICE operation.

On Twitter, the president wrote: "Next week ICE will begin the process of removing the millions of illegal aliens who have illicitly found their way into the United States. They will be removed as fast as they come in. Mexico, using their strong immigration laws, is doing a very good job of stopping people."

According to one panelist on CNN, the president's threat was timed as a political stunt, with the contributor Jackie Kucinich calling it "rally-fodder" before his Orlando campaign kickoff.

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CNN’s Cuomo demands Scott Jennings admit if he’ll ever be tired of Trump lying — but he refuses to say

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On Monday, CNN's Chris Cuomo clashed with Republican adviser Scott Jennings over President Donald Trump's decision to fire pollsters that showed him losing to former Vice President Joe Biden.

"I don't want to get too in the weeds for people especially this far out," said Cuomo. "But the word of one of the reasons that there's some resonance and relevance of the internal polls that the president lied to the American people about in terms of what they say is his lying, Scott, that it's a problem. It's a problem for him across the country. It makes people wonder whether or not they can count on his word. When you see a scenario like this one, don't believe the polls, they were your own polls, Scott, from inside the campaign. How damaging is that to this president?"

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