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Trump ‘wins in a reality show and loses in reality’: Democrats’ endgame is coming into focus

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Following the public release of special counsel Robert Mueller’s report, the different endgame strategies Democrats will employ against President Donald Trump are coming into focus.

On Friday, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) became the first 2020 candidate to call for the House of Representatives to initiate impeachment proceedings against Trump. Former HUD Secretary Castro told MSNBC’s Ali Velshi on Saturday he thinks it would be “perfectly reasonable” for Congress to pursue impeachment.

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“Now that the dam has broken, now that Elizabeth Warren has taken this step, crossed the Rubicon — whatever metaphor you want to use — how many others will now follow?” NBC News national affairs analyst John Heilemann wondered while being interviewed by Nicolle Wallace on Friday.

“We could well now see a rush — not of all the Democratic candidates — but now that she’s taken that position, you can quickly see a lot of them in this position because it’s not a coordinated thing,” Heilemann explained. “All of these candidates are acting in their own interest because she’s taken a position that will get her traction with a large segment of the nominating electorate and a lot of people are going to feel a lot of pressure over this weekend to follow on that path.”

Meanwhile, House Democrats are stepping up their messaging efforts against Trump, The Washington Post reported Saturday.

“House Democrats, meanwhile, plan to take on the separate task of trying to distill and publicize the most alarming parts of the Mueller report in hopes of making the president’s behavior in office feel consequential for more voters,” The Post noted. “They are preparing a rival reality show of their own through hearings with Attorney General William P. Barr and others. Democrats privately say their models are the Watergate hearings into President Richard M. Nixon’s misdeeds and the Republican hearings about the 2012 Benghazi attack, which were designed to damage Clinton’s reputation.”

“Donald Trump wins in a reality show and loses in reality,” Democratic strategist Jesse Ferguson said. “If he is able to brand things like a reality show host, he will win the debate. But that only works until people start to see the consequences.”

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“Conduct a follow-through investigation out of the committees that is really just an attempt to enter into the record that which most of the public will never read in the Mueller report. Turn it into something that gets played out on a very public stage,” Democratic strategist Brian Fallon suggested.


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Woman allegedly involved in Central Park scandal placed on leave from job: ‘We do not condone racism’

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Video circulated on social media on Memorial Day of a woman in Central Park claiming she was calling 911 to falsely claim an "African-American man" was threatening her life.

It reportedly started after he filmed her walking her dog without a leash.

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Internet sleuths worked to identify the woman. During the day on Monday, rumors of her identity spread online.

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Ted Cruz doesn’t want people shamed with body bags for going to beach: ‘Please stop the hate’

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In early May, Florida attorney Daniel Uhlfelder made news by dressing up as the Grim Reaper in an attempt to scare people from crowding beaches during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Days later, he escalated by laying out body bags on the steps of the Florida capitol building in Tallahassee.

He escalated further on Saturday by announcing he would be handing out body bags to Florida beachgoers and started a fundraiser with the funds going to two progressive Political Action Committees.

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The effort caught the eye of Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX).

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