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Soccer superstar Megan Rapinoe has the perfect answer for Trump’s claim America can’t be criticized

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As President Donald Trump continued his racist targeting of four women of color in Congress, he attempted to excuse his racism by claiming it was justified as the lawmakers had criticized America.

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

Soccer superstar Megan Rapinoe was asked about her take on patriotism during an interview with CNN’s Van Jones that aired Saturday evening.

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“I think I’m super patriotic. I do consider myself extremely patriotic,” Rapinoe said.

“I think, like, we love in America to talk about, you know, how good we are, and how like we want to save the world, and always intervening in places because they’re not doing it right. Meanwhile, at home, we’re not even doing that oftentimes for our own people,” she explained.

“If we want to be considered the best in the world — which I think we certainly consider ourselves best in the world for good reason — why can’t we always be better? Why does criticizing or looking within, why is that weakness?” she asked.

“To me, that’s not weakness, that’s identifying a problem and saying, ‘I know it’s a problem, I’m going to fix it and make it better’ and then it’s not a weakness anymore and then you’re stronger,” she explained.

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“Maybe that’s how you get to become a champion,” Jones replied.

“Yeah,” Rapinoe replied.

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CNN buried in scorn for asking final debate question on Ellen DeGeneres and George W. Bush’s friendship

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Viewers lambasted CNN on Tuesday for using its time with Democratic presidential candidates to bring up Ellen DeGeneres' friendship with former President George W. Bush, who is considered to be a war criminal by some Democratic voters.

CNN asked about the friendship at Tuesday night's Democratic presidential debate, where moderator Anderson Cooper put the question to the entire field of candidates -- even though no questions had been asked about climate change or China.

Watch the video and read some of the Twitter responses below.

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Julián Castro says Atatiana Jefferson’s name on debate stage: ‘Police violence is also gun violence’

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Democratic presidential candidate Julián Castro said on Tuesday that he would not support the mandatory buyback of assault-style weapons because it could be lead to more police violence.

At Tuesday night's Democratic presidential debate, Castro was asked if he supported Beto O'Rourke's plan to buy back assault weapons.

Castro argued that unless police go "door-to-door" then the buyback program "is not truly mandatory."

"But in the places I grew up in, we weren’t exactly looking for another reason for cops to come banging on the door," he said, pointing to the recent shooting of Atatiana Jefferson by an officer in Fort Worth.

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Tom Steyer slams corporate power: We’ve seen ‘a 40-year attack on the rights of working people’

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At Tuesday night's presidential debate in Ohio, billionaire investor and political activist Tom Steyer — for whom this was the first debate he had qualified — gave an impassioned defense of worker rights and a call to dismantle the political power of big corporations.

"First of all, let me say this. Senator Sanders is right," said Steyer. "There have been 40 years where corporations have bought this government and those 40 years have meant a 40-year attack on the rights of working people and specifically on organized labor. The results are as shameful as Sen. Sanders says, both in terms of assets and in terms of income. It's absolutely wrong. It's absolutely undemocratic and unfair. I was one of the first people on this stage to propose a wealth tax. I would undo every Republican tax cut for rich people and major corporations."

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