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Tongue-tied GOP strategist crashes and burns on-air while trying to deny Trump’s racism

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Republican strategist Amy Tarkanian crashed and burned on CNN on Saturday while attempting to deny President Donald Trump’s racism.

“I do not believe that the president’s tweets were racist. I do believe they were not well thought out. He needs that extra, ‘Are you sure?’ button on Twitter,” Tarkanian argued.

“I’m a black man, I’m a Republican and a black man,” the Rev. Joe Watkins interjected. “My mother’s an immigrant, I would be angry if someone said that to my mother.”

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“Oh, it’s very offensive. But he did not say, because you are this color, go back to where you came from,” Tarkanian argued. “I’m not supporting that tweet. Was it racist? No. Was it stupid? Yes.”

“The tweet was racist,” Watkins declared.

If Tarkanian did not even view Trump’s attacks as racist, anchor Kendis Gibson attempted to find out what it would take for her to consider a comment racist.

“Let me ask you this. What is a racist comment? What would you say?” Gibson asked.

“I’m not going to make a racist comment, are you crazy?” she replied.

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“Define what is a racist comment,” Gibson said.

“Okay, I am not going to go down that direction at all,” she replied.

Watkins, a fellow Republican who served in the George H.W. Bush administration and was once the party’s nominee to be lieutenant governor of Pennsylvania, had a far different take.

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“If someone says something that’s racist, it’s racist — and you ought to call it out for what it is. Maybe they’ll hear what you’re saying and they’ll not do it anymore,” Watkins suggested.

But Tarkanian refused to take the pastor’s advice.

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“I have met the president on numerous occasions, I have even been in a house of prayer with the president and worshipped along his side. He’s not a racist, he’s not xenophobic, he’s not a religious bigot of any sort,” Tarkanian claimed.

In March, Tarkanian also struggled to defend Trump’s racism during an appearance on MSNBC.

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CNN legal analysts rip apart Jim Jordan’s ‘nonsensical’ defense of Trump witness intimidation

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CNN legal analyst Elie Honig blasted Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) for arguing that President Donald Trump hadn't engaged in witness intimidation by tweeting attacks on a former ambassador as she testified against him in the impeachment inquiry.

Jordan argued the tweet can't be witness intimidation because Marie Yovanovitch wouldn't have known about the attack if Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) hadn't read it to her, but Honig said the GOP lawmaker's claim was ridiculous.

"His point is nonsensical," Honig said. "Of course, she was going to find out about a tweet that went out to 60 million people-plus. The law covers any way you look regarding timing."

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‘Everyone he touches gets tainted’: CNN panel astonished by number of criminally convicted Trump allies

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A CNN panel on Friday stood in awe at the number of President Donald Trump's allies who have been convicted of crimes ever since his election in 2016.

During a panel discussion about Trump ally Roger Stone's conviction on seven criminal counts that included witness intimidation, perjury, and obstruction of justice, CNN host Anderson Cooper said it was astonishing how many of the people who helped the president get elected have wound up in jail.

"In your own life, how many people are you close to in your orbit who have been convicted of crimes?" Cooper asked and then listed off former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, former national security adviser Michael Flynn, former Trump campaign aide George Papadopoulos, and former personal attorney Michael Cohen.

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Marie Yovanovitch made a ‘mockery’ of Trump’s dismissal of the ‘deep state’ with her testimony: CNN’s David Gregory

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CNN contributor David Gregory used his time during a panel segment on the impeachment testimony of Marie Yovanovitch to hammer President Donald Trump for attacking the diplomat on Twitter as she spoke -- then said she had made a "mockery" of his [Trump's] dismissal of the "deep state."

According to Gregory, viewers might think he was naive to believe the president would not get personal and go after Yovanovitch, but that he was honestly stunned.

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