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Trump can’t handle being bested by a woman — so he’s going after Nancy Pelosi like he went after Hillary Clinton

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has clearly gotten under President Donald Trump’s skin this week and deeply rattled the commander in chief. And on Thursday, Trump really revealed how much it’s getting to him.

He called the speaker “crazy” on Thursday at a White House press event. He also insisted that, despite her and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer’s claims, he wasn’t angry and didn’t throw a tantrum the previous day when he torpedoed talks for an infrastructure overhaul because of the Congressional inquiries of his administration and finances. Trump may have thought this was the ultimate power move, but Pelosi clearly ended up with the better argument out of the blow-up — the president looked petty while Democrats appeared ready to work for a better country. And Pelosi’s claim that Trump was conducting a cover-up was both obviously true and apparently deeply offensive to the president.

So on Thursday night, he tweeted out a heavily edited video in an attempt to insinuate that Pelosi has been slurring her words and that her mind is failing. It appeared to be a part of a wider attack against Pelosi from the right wing, which has included sharing bogus videos of the speaker on social media.

It also followed a familiar pattern. Back in the late summer and early fall of 2016, Trump and his supporters began fueling rumors that Hillary Clinton was deathly ill and hiding it from the country. (She did catch pneumonia and faint at a public event, but the claims that she was terminally sick were obvious nonsense, given that she’s alive to this day.)

During the race for House speakership, Trump actually endorsed Pelosi, apparently thinking she’d make for a suitable adversary. But now, he can’t stand that a woman has power over him, can essentially veto his legislative priorities, and oversee investigations into his past. It seems he’s coming to feel just as much animosity toward her he felt toward Clinton. So it’s unsurprising that he would glom on to rumors that she’s secretly weak.

CORRECTION: This story initially indicated that the video of Pelosi was “doctored”; however, while the video was heavily heavily edited to give a distorted impression of Pelosi’s performance in the press conference, it does not appear the audio was altered. Other videos shared of Pelosi during the day were, in fact, showed down to distort her voice, as the Washington Post reported.

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Republican lawmakers ask judge to destroy smoking gun documents proving GOP’s white supremacy

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Republicans on Monday sought a court order to block damning documents from being used against them in a lawsuit.

"North Carolina Republican lawmakers on Monday asked a court to make sure the files of the now-deceased GOP strategist Tom Hofeller are destroyed, or at least kept secret, instead of being used in a high-profile gerrymandering lawsuit," the Raleigh News & Observer reported.

"The filing comes after the groups behind the lawsuit, including Common Cause, accused Republican lawmakers of making false statements in court in a previous gerrymandering case, when the state’s 2011 maps were ruled unconstitutional," the newspaper noted. "That blockbuster accusation made national headlines and was, it said, based on Hofeller’s files which had been secret until recently."

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Trump angrily demands newspaper reveal unnamed sources behind bombshell report on his Russia policy

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President Donald Trump on Monday evening again lashed out at The New York Times for reporting on his Russia policy.

"The story in The New York Times about the U.S. escalating attacks on Russia’s power grid is fake news, and the failing New York Times knows it," Trump argued in a tweet sent after 10 p.m.

"They should immediately release their sources which, if they exist at all, which I doubt, are phony," he continued.

"Times must be held fully accountable," he demanded.

https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/1140804748423118848

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Trump seethes and calls Fox ‘fake news’ after seeing a story that made him mad

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Trouble appears to be brewing between President Donald Trump and the cable news station he loves: Fox News.

In a tweet Monday night, the president lashed out at the network over its polling and called it “fake news’ — an epithet he usually reserves for mainstream outlets:

https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/1140768516288782336?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw

Media Matters for America Senior Fellow Matthew Gertz, who has previously noted that Trump appears to record news segments and watch them a few hours later, suggested that the president appeared to be reacting to an earlier segment from Special Report with Bret Baier. The segment showed that, even according to Fox News’ polling, Trump trails every single leading candidate in the Democratic field in head-to-head matchups.

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