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Republican staffers run for their lives from reporters asking for comment on Trump’s racism

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Republicans on Sunday struggled to answer questions about nativist tweets by President Donald Trump that have been widely condemned as the “textbook definition of racism.”

“On Sunday, representatives for Republican House leaders did not respond to emails seeking comment on Mr. Trump’s remarks,” The New York Times reported Sunday.

House Republicans aren’t the only ones without an answer.

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Senate Republicans also ducked the issue on Sunday, which earned them an impassioned rebuke on MSNBC from PBS host Alexander Heffner.

“During the 2016 campaign, whenever Trump made racist or xenophobic comments there was a small but reliable chorus of Republican office holders who spoke out. Today, there’s silence, nine hours later,” Washington Post White House bureau chief Phil Rucker reported.

“However, the most ridiculous response to Trump’s tweets likely came from his re-election campaign.

Matt Wolking, the Trump campaign’s deputy director of communications for rapid response for Trump’s 2020 re-election campaign, attempted to gaslight voters by denying what Trump had said — while including a screengrab disproving his claims.

Wolking’s effort was described as “an incredible self-own.”

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While Trump’s comments were impossible to defend, they did signal the direction he has chosen for his re-election efforts.

“Delivered on the day he had promised widespread immigration raids, Mr. Trump’s comments signaled a new low in how far he will go to affect public discourse surrounding the issue. In a week in which he waged a fight about putting a citizenship question on the 2020 census and hosted incendiary right-wing internet figures at the White House, Mr. Trump appeared resigned to force 2020 voters to choose between the white, native-born America he and his supporters have romanticized and the diverse and increasingly foreign-born country he is presiding over,” The Times reported.

The newspaper noted the White House did not respond to requests for comments.

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Democrats believe they left GOP reeling after first day of impeachment hearings: They ‘were grasping at straws’

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According to a report at Politico, Democratic leaders believe the first day of Donald Trump impeachment hearings went very well and that the Republican Party is already back on its heels after some devastating testimony from two diplomats with knowledge about Donald Trump's dealings with Ukraine.

As the report notes, "House Democrats’ attempts to present a damning case of alleged abuses by President Donald Trump finally went their way."

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NBC News torched for complaint that impeachment hearings lacked ‘pizzazz’: ‘Were they expecting a wardrobe malfunction?’

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During the first day of public impeachment hearings, diplomats William Taylor and George Kent painted a chilling picture for the American people of how Ukraine was dependent on U.S. military aid to protect its citizens from Russia, and the evidence that led them to worry President Donald Trump was suspending that aid to extort them into helping him smear a domestic political rival.

But according to NBC News, the problem with the hearing was that it didn't have enough "pizzazz" for the American people to follow it:

Analysis: The first two witnesses called Wednesday testified to President Trump's scheme, but lacked the pizzazz necessary to capture public attention. https://t.co/1UfkaeZ3I4

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Impeachment Day One: Republicans weaponized nihilism by trying to defend Trump and destroy reality

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Watching the incoherent, 52 Pickup-style performance of Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee on Wednesday — which seemed less calculated to defend President Trump for his obvious crimes than to convince onlookers that President Trump is a fictional character, crimes are not crimes and that nothing, strictly speaking, can be said to exist at all — I was reminded of two things. Neither of them was directly relevant, but that’s where we are.

I started thinking about “Dialectic of Enlightenment,” the 1947 philosophical treatise by Max Horkheimer and Theodor W. Adorno that pretty much launched the field now known as “cultural studies.” A lot of semi-educated right-wingers, not coincidentally, appear to believe that the “Frankfurt School” (to which Horkheimer and Adorno belonged) essentially ruined liberal arts education in America in the ensuing decades and turned it into a system of indoctrination in “cultural Marxism.” It’s a better-developed anti-Semitic conspiracy theory than most (and yes, that’s exactly what it is), which falls apart mostly because the people who believe it are relying entirely on Glenn Beck’s SparkNotes versions of the books in question and have no idea what they’re talking about.

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