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CNN’s Republican anchor rips GOP for allowing Trump’s racism: ‘What a load of crap’

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CNN anchor S.E. Cupp on Saturday blasted the Republican Party for enabling President Donald Trump’s racism.

“Welcome to ‘Unfiltered,’ in what might be the ugliest week of his presidency so far, Donald Trump went from dipping a toe in the pool of white nationalism to bathing in it,” Cupp declared.

First, there was the racist tweetstorm he told four women of color, elected representatives no less — to go back to their own countries. Then his followers took his cues and responded, chanting “Send her back” about Congresswoman Ilhan Omar (D-MN) at a rally in North Carolina,” she reported.

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“After initially pretending he did not endorse that vile rhetoric, here he is yesterday tripling down on his attacks,” she continued, playing a clip of the president.

“I can tell you this, you can’t talk that way about our country. Not when I am the president,” Trump declared.

“A handful of elected Republicans have said — rather politely — they disagree with the president. Leadership, however, is just fine with it,” she noted.

“Here is tonight’s headline, you break it, you own it. The Republican Party is now fully and totally responsible for these racist, divisive, un-American ideas,” Cupp said. “They are yours as much as any policy is. In fact, it is the policy.”

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“This idea that Republicans can compartmentalize Trump into categories is the lie of the century. Trump is not a buffet where you can take what you like and leave what you don’t, it doesn’t work that way,” she explained.

“Trump voters don’t separate his economic from his cultural agenda. Evangelicals don’t get to dismiss his naked immorality just because he panders to them,” Cupp said. “And Republican lawmakers can’t pretend what they are really purchasing is the legislation and the racist rhetoric is just a free staple that comes with it.”

“Through every racist flare-up, Republicans have been willing to hold their noses and continue to support Trump,” she reminded.

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“There are no compartments, there is only all of Trump or none of Trump,” she concluded. “The Republican Party chose all. ”

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CNN’s John Berman tears apart leaked GOP anti-impeachment talking points piece by piece

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CNN's John Berman on Tuesday tore apart Republicans' new anti-impeachment talking points and expressed astonishment that this was the best they could come up with to defend President Donald Trump.

Referring to talking points first reported by Axios, Berman went over the GOP's arguments line by line and showed why they are unlikely to convince anyone of the president's innocence.

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White House aides want Trump to stop saying his Ukraine phone call was ‘perfect’: CNN’s Jim Acosta

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On Monday's edition of CNN's "Anderson Cooper 360," chief White House correspondent Jim Acosta said President Donald Trump's aides were frustrated with the president's defense of his phone call with Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky, in which he apparently tried to use military aid to extort political dirt on former Vice President Joe Biden.

Furthermore, there is fear in the White House that some Republicans may defect and vote to impeach the president — which would wreck their narrative.

"I just spoke with a source close to the White House a short while ago who objected to the president continuing to say that his phone call with the leader of the Ukraine was 'perfect,'" said Acosta. "Nobody really is echoing that message on behalf of the president. It doesn't seem that anybody here in Washington, except for the most partisan of partisans feels, that the president's phone call with the leader of Ukraine was perfect."

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House Democrat smacks down Trump’s claim of ‘doctored’ transcripts: ‘Those transcripts are reviewed by those witnesses’

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On Monday's edition of CNN's "OutFront," during a discussion of acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney's legal situation, Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-VA) trashed President Donald Trump's claim that the transcripts from the impeachment hearings were somehow falsified.

"I will say that the craziness continues," said Connolly. "For the president today to assert, based on nothing, the transcripts were doctored and don't really reflect the deposition of the witnesses we heard from — and by the way, those transcripts are reviewed by those witnesses and their attorneys before they're released for accuracy — but secondly, of course, to have the chief of staff of the president actually suing his own White House to get a decision about whether or not he's required to respond to congressional demand for testimony or the White House directive really brings us into all-new territory in terms of craziness. And it's really disturbing to watch."

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