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Watch: Mitch McConnell brags about his most cynical power grab to date



Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is up for reelection in Kentucky in 2020, and his new ad features the Republican power broker bragging about one of his most extreme violations of precedent and Constitutional norms yet.

The video replays the aftermath of the death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia near the end of President Barack Obama’s last term. When Obama nominated Judge Merrick Garland — by all accounts, a moderate and accomplished jurist — to fill Scalia’s place, the majority leader refused to ever take up a vote on his nomination. After Trump was elected, McConnell blew up the Senate filibuster for Supreme Court nominations to ram through the controversial appointment of Neil Gorsuch.

This power grab has only risen partisan tensions in the country and raised the furor around every Supreme Court nomination. It also drove a push in the Democratic Party for expanding the Supreme Court to dilute the perceived ill-gotten influence of the conservatives.

The fact that McConnell chose to focus on this breach of norms as a selling point for his candidacy shows just how cynical and snide he is. So too does the fact that, as one Twitter user pointed out, McConnell’s campaign website used a picture of Garland as his “404 error” page.

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WATCH: Civil rights icon John Lewis drops the hammer on Trump — and has no qualms about calling his remarks racist



On Tuesday, the fallout continued from remarks President Trump made telling four freshman congresswomen -- and women of color -- that they should go back to their own countries.

While some prominent Republicans criticized the president, they stopped short of calling his comments racist.

MSNBC reported Tuesday that Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) -- a civil rights icon -- deemed Trump's remarks racist.

"This is not any, any way for the president of the United States of America to be attacking to be saying what he's saying about these young women," Lewis said.

"It's just dead wrong. We must use everything in a nonviolent way to say that it's wrong."

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Trump believes white nationalism is a winning strategy — because Fox News tells him so



Donald Trump thinks white nationalism is going to win him the 2020 election. This much is clear. Trump's racist Twitter rant on Sunday — in which he suggested that four nonwhite congresswomen, three of whom were born in the United States, are "originally" from somewhere else and should therefore "go back" — might have seemed at first like a spontaneous eruption of racist rage from the simmering bigot in the White House.

Soon, however, it became clear that this was strategic. Trump thinks it's a winning move to echo the claims of David Duke and other white nationalists who believe the United States is for white people. He justified his racism by saying that "many people agree with me," and by continuing to rave on Twitter about how the real purveyors of "racist hatred" are those who look askance at his embracing the rhetoric of Stormfront and the KKK.

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‘White supremacy is a hell of a drug’: columnist explains the GOP’s garbled response to Trump



On Tuesday, President Donald Trump addressed comments he'd made telling four freshman congresswomen -- all American citizens and women of color -- to go back to their countries.

The comments set off a furor that the president was being outwardly racist.

“It's up to them. They can do what they want. They can leave, they can stay, but they should love our country,” the president told reporters Tuesday when he was asked about his remarks.

On CNN Tuesday, New York Times columnist Wajahat Ali explained how Donald Trump's comments -- and his Republican counterparts' refusal to call them racist -- is rooted in a dangerous white supremacy, or terror at the "browning of America."

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