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GOP strategist Tara Setmayer says Republicans will defend Trump until he uses the N-word

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Republican strategist Tara Setmayer told a CNN panel that the only way the GOP is going to be willing to stand up to President Donald Trump is if he uses the N-word.

In a panel discussion with CNN’s Jake Tapper, Setmayer said that the Republicans in office will bend over backward trying to defend everything the president says and does.

“I think we’re at the point where I think anything short of the N-word they will make excuses for because at that point there is really no question about it, right?” she said. “So, it is obvious to everyone else, it is amazing to me how many of the Republicans are going out there and I said this yesterday, try to white-splain to people of color what racism is and what it feels like to deal with that every single day.”

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She said that she doubted Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) has ever been told to go back to “wherever the hell he came from” and she doubted Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has either. However, McConnell’s wife, who is Chinese-American, likely has had the experience, Setmayer continued.

“These people are trying to trip over themselves and change the subject and deflect from the fact that the president of the United States is racist,” she said.

Then cited George Conway’s op-ed in the Washington Post where he talked about being half Filipino and what his experience was like when he was a kid. She said that it was something that truly resonated with her.

“This is a very powerful thing and I think the Republicans trying to sweep this under the rug, thank God for a few that came out,” she said, wishing more would. “But the rest of them trying to act like this is about ideology is ridiculous. We’re talking about a president that doesn’t know what western-style liberalism is and you expect us to believe this is about ideology. This is about race.”

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Tribe demolishes Dershowitz for claim Trump can do no wrong: ‘He’s selling out for attention’

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On Monday's edition of CNN's "Anderson Cooper 360," Harvard Law professor Laurence Tribe excoriated his former colleague Alan Dershowitz's argument that President Donald Trump's conduct cannot be impeachable without specific crimes.

"We've got a president who was shaking down a foreign government for his own benefit, for his own re-election. He was using taxpayer money to do it," said Tribe. "He is engaged in the kind of abuse that Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, any of our framers would have said requires that we end the presidency, especially when the abuse goes to meddling in the next election. And when Alan Dershowitz or anybody, although I don't know anybody else who really does it, comes up and says, well, it's an abuse but it's not a crime or crime-like, and therefore we can't remove him for it. That really — that's disgusting. There is no basis in the Constitution or in our history for that."

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Angry Alan Dershowitz goes off on ‘two bullies’ Anderson Cooper and Jeff Toobin when confronted with his hypocrisy

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On Monday's edition of CNN's "Anderson Cooper 360," former Harvard Law professor Alan Dershowitz went on the defensive as Cooper and legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin confronted him with his prior statements that impeachment doesn't require a criminal act for President Bill Clinton — which he now says is required for President Donald Trump.

"Back then you said that it certainly doesn't have to be a crime if you have somebody who completely corrupts the office of president, who abuses trust, and who poses great danger to our liberty, you don't need a technical crime," said Cooper.

"Well, that's true. You don't need a technical crime. That's my position today," said Dershowitz. "I've said right from the beginning you need criminal-like behavior akin to bribery and treason."

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Trump is counting on Americans not watching and being too stupid to understand impeachment: Ex-White house aide

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During a panel discussion about the recent decision by Senate Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) to hide much of the impeachment from the American people. It flies in the face of Republicans saying they wanted to follow the "Clinton model" of impeachment.

Trump left the country the night before the impeachment proceedings were slated to begin. He refused to say a word to reporters, who he normally answers questions from when headed to board Marine One.

Former White House press secretary Joe Lockhart explained that in theory, a president would want to do something huge and important to distract from the impeachment. Trump, however, has a tendency to take any progress and blow it with a tweet.

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