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Meghan McCain accuses Donald Trump of ‘weaponizing’ her father’s legacy

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Meghan McCain, a conservative co-host of “The View,” accused President Donald Trump of “weaponizing” her late father’s legacy in the wake of reports that the White House had instructed the U.S. Navy to obscure the warship USS John S. McCain ahead of the president’s visit to Japan.

“The president’ actions have consequences. And when you repeatedly are attacking my father . . . it creates a culture in the military where people are clearly fearful to show my father’s name in one way or another. That is what started this chain of events,” McCain said Thursday morning on the talk show.

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The vessel in question was named after the father and grandfather of the late Republican Sen. John McCain, a celebrated American war hero who has repeatedly drawn Trump’s ire. The senator’s name was added to the ship in 2018.

Trump denied he had anything to do with the reported directive to move the naval vessel out of his sight, although he also said the White House official who coordinated such efforts was “well-meaning.”

The president added that he was “very angry” with the late Republican senator, because of his vote to narrowly defeat a so-called “skinny” bill that would have repealed part of Obamacare in 2017. Trump emphasized he was not a fan of the Arizona senator in “any way, shape or form,” in part because of his support for the invasion of Iraq. Still, he said, his animosity toward McCain did not mean he would ever ask the Navy to move a ship.

Meghan McCain claimed Wednesday that she has received a lot of criticism in the media “across the board” over “how often I speak of my father, how I grieve, how I do it publicly.”

However, she argued that “it’s impossible to go through the grief process when my father, who has been dead for 10 months, is constantly in the news cycle, because the president is so obsessed with the fact that he is never going to be a great man like he was.”

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“It’s a bizarre way to grieve. It’s a bizarre way to say goodbye to my dad,” she admitted, before accusing Trump of “weaponizing” her father’s legacy.

Meghan McCain also made an emotional plea to the media to have “more compassion.”

“This is very hard. I try to put on a game face every day, and I try and be as stoic as possible but grief is tricky . . . And when Trump is doing this, it makes it that much harder,” she said.

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WATCH: Saturday Night Live airs Christmas special — that’s just one giant dig at the Electoral College

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NBC's "Saturday Night Live" aired an opening skit that was just one giant attack on the electoral college.

A snowman introduced the segment, saying that we could look in on the holiday table conversation thanks to hacked Nest cams.

The skit featured a house in San Francisco, California, a second in Charleston, South Carolina and a third in Atlanta, Georgia.

Each dinner table debated impeachment, and the differences between President Donald Trump and his predecessor, President Barack Obama.

But then the snowman said that none of their votes matter.

"They'll debate the issues all year long, but then it all comes down to 1,000 people in Wisconsin who won't even think about the election until the morning of," the snowman said. "And that's the magic of the Electoral College."

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Georgia mayor being recalled for racism resigns from office: report

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Hoschton Mayor Theresa Kenerly resigned in a special city council meeting held on Saturday, the Atlanta Journal Constitution reported Saturday.

"The resignation came just days after Councilman Jim Cleveland resigned saying he‘d rather leave office on his own terms than face voters in a recall election next month," the newspaper reported. "Both resignations follow an AJC investigation launched seven months ago into claims that an African American candidate for city administrator was sidetracked by Mayor Theresa Kenerly because of his race."

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Nine 2020 Democrats unite to demand DNC Chair Tom Perez scrap debate rules: report

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The Democratic National Committee is facing a revolt for the party's 2020 presidential candidates for its restrictive debate rules.

"Nine Democratic presidential candidates, including the party's front-runners, are urging the Democratic National Committee to toss out the current polling and fundraising rules used to determine who appears in televised debates and reopen the exchanges to better reflect the historic diversity of the current field. The candidates say the rules exclude diverse candidates in the field from participating," CBS News reported Saturday evening.

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