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Billionaire activist says Democrats need ‘a positive message’ — but he’s running ads attacking them

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Billionaire activist Tom Steyer has spent millions to push an impeachment message since long before special counsel Robert Mueller completed his investigation. But now he’s going after Democrats.

In an interview with MSNBC Kasie Hunt, Steyer said that Democrats could impeach President Donald Trump without political consequences because it worked for Republicans in the 1990s. While Republican Speaker Newt Gingrich lost his and his Congress, Republicans continued to regain seats and win the presidency in 2000.

It’s for that reason Steyer wants to see Democrats prove to Americans that they’re ready to stand up to Trump.

“We should stop worrying about what Republicans think and start thinking what the American people, the overwhelming number of whom agree with us think and make sure that they hear something strong and positive about who we are and the values that we stand for,” Steyer said. “That’s what a winning solution is in 2020.”

Steyer, however, has begun running anti-Democrat ads attacking the party for not holding a vote for impeachment. It’s unknown who is advising Styer, but the billionaire seems to have forgotten that voting for impeachment doesn’t mean Trump is thrown out of office. Voting to impeach means the U.S. Senate gets to hold a “mock” trial where they will find Trump did nothing wrong. Holding impeachment proceedings without having the support of the American people is a fool’s errand, CNN editor-at-large Chris Cillizza wrote.

Trump is desperate for impeachment because it would fit his narrative that Democrats are incapable of doing the work of the people, and it wouldn’t end in the Democrats’ favor.

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Instead of Steyer attacking Democrats, he could be working to inform Americans about what the Mueller report said. According to recent polling, the majority of Americans (63 percent) haven’t read the report and few know what it actually said. Indeed, many elected leaders haven’t read it either. Only 5 percent of Americans said that they had read the Mueller report in its entirety.

If American opinions can be changed to support impeachment, particularly in states where senators are up for reelection in 2020, it might be helpful. Doing a blanket attack and sowing disagreement in the Democratic Party is only fracturing Democrats, while Republicans remain united.

Steyer did say, however, that he doesn’t plan on running attack ads against specific Democrats and he hasn’t talked to advisors about setting Democrats up with primary opponents.

Watch Steyer below:

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Trump flips out and threatens ‘obliteration’ after Iran calls him retarded

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President Donald Trump on Tuesday angrily hit back at Iran after the nation accused him of being "retarded."

Writing on Twitter, the president accused Iran of making a "very ignorant and insulting statement" against him, which he said "only shows that they do not understand reality."

The president then threatened the nation with "obliteration" if it didn't wise up.

"Any attack by Iran on anything American will be met with great and overwhelming force," he wrote. "In some areas, overwhelming will mean obliteration. No more John Kerry & Obama!"

....Iran’s very ignorant and insulting statement, put out today, only shows that they do not understand reality. Any attack by Iran on anything American will be met with great and overwhelming force. In some areas, overwhelming will mean obliteration. No more John Kerry & Obama!

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Condo owner sends recording of monkey noises to prospective renter — and repeatedly calls her the N-word

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Giulia Ozyesilpinar, the owner and operator of the Ocean Five Condo Hotel in Miami Beach, went on a racist tirade this week against a prospective renter because she didn't promptly respond to her WhatsApp messages.

The Miami New Times reports that London resident Monifah Brown had booked a condo at Ocean Five with some friends who were planning to go with her to a summer vacation in Miami.

However, after booking the condo, Ozyesilpinar sent her messages saying that she was having problems processing her credit cards. After Brown didn't initially respond to those messages, Ozyesilpinar sent her a racist message telling her that she was hurting the reputations of other black people.

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‘Incoherent’ Trump blistered by ex-National Security Council member for acting as Putin’s unwitting stooge

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In a ferocious column for Politico, a former member of the National Security Council who served under both President George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton called out Donald Trump for what he called the president's "incomprehensible" policies when it comes to Russia.

According to Andrew S. Weiss, vice president for studies at the Carnegie Endowment, the American president is likely the best friend Russian President Vladimir Putin could wish for.

Pointing out that Trump's meeting with Putin in Osaka is only days away, Weiss, who worked on Russian affairs in the State Department, said the get-together is happening just as three government officials with the most experience dealing with Russia -- Chairman of the Joint Chiefs General Joseph Dunford, the NSC’s in-house Russia expert Fiona Hill, and U.S. Ambassador to Russia Jon Huntsman -- are leaving the administration.

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