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Racism drives Trump ‘like rocket fuel’ — but even for him, this is ‘shocking and disgraceful’: WaPo journalist

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On Monday’s edition of CNN’s “The Situation Room,” Washington Post reporter David Swerdlick told anchor Wolf Blitzer that there’s nothing truly new about President Donald Trump’s racist social media assaults on Democratic congresswomen of color — but that there is something uniquely horrible about the latest episode.

“People are suggesting what the president has said in the past day or two represents a new low,” said Blitzer. “But when you look at the president’s history … the president claiming Barack Obama wasn’t born here in the United States, his comments about Charlottesville. This clearly isn’t a one-off.”

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“No, it’s not a one-off,” agreed Swerdlick. “And a couple points here, Wolf. Yes, it’s not a one off in the sense that President Trump, for years and years, flirted with running for president. It wasn’t until he latched on to a racial conspiracy, Birtherism, that his political rise was like with rocket fuel. And he finally had an issue he latched onto that got him his base of support. So in that sense this goes way back, it goes back even further in the president’s history. you can talk about Charlottesville as well.”

“I still think, though, this is a new, in this sense — For those who can remember the movie “Do the Right Thing,” there’s the famous scene where John Turturro’s character ends his monologue with, “Go the F back to Africa,” said Swerdlick. “That’s all that was missing from those tweets from the president yesterday. It’s shocking and disgraceful and in that sense, it is new.”

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CNN panel cracks up laughing at Trump lawyers trying to make Rudy Giuliani into ‘the coffee boy’

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President Donald Trump's legal team fought Monday to try and claim that Rudy Giuliani had nothing to do with the president's efforts in Ukraine.

It's a claim that flies in the face of the documents, testimony, text messages and more that have been revealed throughout the course of the investigation that hangs the albatross around Giuliani's neck.

In fact, Giuliani crafted his own letter to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky saying that he was authorized to speak on behalf of President Donald Trump as a "private attorney." If the president cared so much about corruption in Ukraine, why would he be doing a shadow foreign policy using Giuliani instead of through Congress, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, the United Nations, the European Union, the International Monetary Fund or a slew of other international groups interested in the issue.

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Legal analyst mocks Alan Dershowitz for admitting he has a ‘minority view’: It’s ‘because he’s wrong’

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Following former Harvard Law professor Alan Dershowitz's defense of President Donald Trump in the impeachment trial on Monday, CNN chief legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin had harsh criticism.

"Alan Dershowitz, to his credit, said that his own view was very much a minority view of what the impeachment provision means," said Toobin. "To his discredit, the reason why it's a minority view is because he's wrong."

"The idea that you can only impeach a president because he committed an actual crime or, as he says, a criminal-like behavior, which I don't even know what that means," said Toobin. "Abuse of power, obstruction of Congress, are impeachable offenses, and that's why we're here. Because these are legitimately impeachable."

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Trump lawyer cites former GOP senator to discredit impeachment — but leaves out he supports convicting the president

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During the Senate impeachment trial on Monday, White House lawyer Robert Ray attempted to contrast the impeachment of President Donald Trump with that of President Richard Nixon, by arguing that unlike in the former case, Republicans came together with Democrats to call for removing Nixon. As part of the comparison, he brought up then-Rep. William Cohen, who went on to become a U.S. senator from Maine and Secretary of Defense for President Bill Clinton.

"Together these six Republicans made history," said Ray. "They did so with no sense of triumph and no fist bumps."

What Ray chose not to mention, however, is that Cohen has specifically weighed in on the Trump case, and said that he should be impeached and removed over the Ukraine scheme.

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