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Even Lindsey Graham realizes Trump is shooting himself in the foot with his latest tantrum over Democrats’ investigations

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He once called Donald Trump a “kook,” “crazy,” and “unfit” for the presidency. Now, South Carolina Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham has become one of the president’s staunchest defenders, often treating criticisms of Trump as absurd.

That’s why it’s significant that even Graham indicated Wednesday that he thinks Trump’s newly displayed belligerence, demonstrated in his torpedoing a meeting on infrastructure with Democratic leaders on Wednesday because the House of Representatives is investigating him, is a bad move.

Graham sugarcoated his message to the president, arguing weakly that he understands “how the president feels” and that the investigations should have ended after the Mueller report (even though the report itself clearly suggests that Congress is the only body empowered to act on his damning findings).

But he was also clear that Trump is miscalculating by going all in on self-pity.

“I have a lot of sympathy for President Trump. I’ve never seen anybody treated this way,” he said in a Twitter thread, ignoring the endless investigations of Hillary Clinton and the impeachment (!) of her husband, which Graham himself voted for. “All I would say is try to rise above it if you can. The country is looking for leadership. We need leadership.”

He continued:

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It was framed as advice, but given Graham’s willingness to bow to the political winds, blatantly lie and abandon principles to support Trump, there was a clear urgency to the message. You’re losing the messaging, battle, Graham is essentially saying. Back down.

And it’s clear that, from a public relations perspective, Graham is clearly right. While some of Trump’s base will buy into his playing the victim, “Democrats are mean so I can’t work with them” is clearly not a winning message. Trump is overplaying his hand, and he’ll end up shooting himself in the foot.

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QAnon authors in a fight over doing an audiobook — because they think their followers can’t read

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On Monday, The Daily Beast reported that the authors of a popular book for believers in the QAnon conspiracy theory are in a bitter fight over whether or not to release an audiobook version.

QAnon: An Invitation to The Great Awakening came out last year and peaked near the top of the Amazon bestseller list in March. One of the book's co-authors, Dustin Nemos, is publicly attacking another co-author, who goes by the name of "JoeM," for his "petty and hostile and paranoid" refusal to help produce an audiobook, and notes that it is necessary because a disproportionate number of QAnon believers are elderly, have bad eyesight, and may not be able to read the book as text. JoeM, for his part, has accused Nemos of being a "grifter" who is trying to make a buck off of true believers.

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Missouri governor appoints judge who fundraised for crisis pregnancy center to help decide Planned Parenthood’s license

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On Monday, the Associated Press reported that Gov. Mike Parson (R-MO) has appointed former Macon County Associate Circuit Judge Philip Prewitt to the Administrative Hearing Commission, a state agency that oversees disputes between the state and organizations seeking licensure.

Prewitt, a former Republican candidate for office, once fundraised on Facebook for Ray of Hope Pregnancy Care Ministeries, a "crisis pregnancy center" that masquerades as a health care facility in order to trick women seeking abortions into listening to anti-abortion propaganda. In 2015, the Missouri Supreme Court reprimanded Prewitt for the post encouraging people to donate, saying that it violated judicial ethics rules.

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Trump being a ‘compulsive liar and erratic ignoramus’ is why he failed on Iran: Conservative columnist

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President Donald Trump's highly-criticized decision to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal has resulted as was warned, with the country reviving its nuclear program, a conservative columnist explained in The Washington Post on Monday.

Conservative Max Boot took a victory lap in the hard-hitting column, reminding that he had signed a March 2016 letter by 121 Republican foreign policy analysts warning about Trump's approach.

"I wish we had been wrong, but we were all too right," Boot wrote.

"Trump has shown no ability to grow in office; but then it’s hard to learn if you all you read is Fox News chyrons. He is today the same compulsive liar and erratic ignoramus he was at the start of the 2016 campaign," Boot said. "Only now, the stakes are much higher."

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