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Trump allies furious at president for ‘wasting their time’ and then caving on Census immigration question: report

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According to a report at Axios, conservative proponents of Donald Trump’s citizenship question on the Census are privately furious after they spent weeks helping the president promote it — only to watch the president wave the white flag and surrender to the courts.

During an announcement on Thursday, the president conceded that the proposed question about citizenship status would not be included on the 2020 Census after its legality was questioned by the Supreme Court.

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According to Axios, one anonymous supporter of Trump called the president’s betrayal a “punch in the gut,” despite the president insisting that he is still “fighting” for it — or at least some alternative way to gather the data.

Noting that “Federalist Society stalwarts were shocked and floored by how weak the decision was,” Axios spoke with one supporter who was disgusted by the cave by Trump.

“What was the dance … all about if this was going to be the end result?” one conservative leader complained.

Another added that Trump may lose support for other initiatives because he can’t be trusted to see them through.

“A total waste of everyone’s time. … It’s certainly going to give people pause the next time one has to decide how far to stick one’s neck out,” was the complaint.

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Officials in the White House are also upset after the Justice Department worked on it, failed, then saw the president try and override them — only to then turn around and abandon the whole project.

“What’s sad is the President has been right on this since Day 1, but he’s being told it’s too hard and too long a road legally,” a senior White House official confided. “Washington lawyers too often bow to the courts and treat them like a higher branch, when this is ripe for a fight, with American people in full support.”

You can read the whole report here.

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Trump made a ‘huge mistake’ talking to reporters about impeachment: Mueller prosecutor Andrew Weissmann

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One of former special counsel Robert Mueller's top prosecutors explained on MSNBC how President Donald Trump made a "huge mistake" on Wednesday.

Andrew Weissmann, who is now an MSNBC legal analyst, was interviewed by Chuck Todd on "Meet the Press Daily."

The former federal prosecutor says Trump committed a blunder by denying a call with a Gordon Sondland staffer.

"Why is that?" Todd asked.

"Because he now can’t rebut it," Weissman replied.

"He has now said I don’t remember that phone call. So you’re going to have Sondland testifying to it. You’re going to have a staffer testifying to it," he explained. "If [Trump] doesn’t like their testimony, he’s going to have to say, 'Oh, now I remember that I didn’t say that.'"

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Republicans want Americans to believe Trump cared deeply — about something he never mentioned

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One of the main points made by Republicans during the House hearings on the impeachment claimed that President Donald Trump cared so deeply about corruption in Ukraine that he was holding back the funding. It wasn't bribery because it was all about legitimate foreign policy, according to Trump and the Republicans in Congress.

Their greatest problem is that Trump has never held back speaking out about something he cared for. As the Washington Post noted, the argument doesn't stand up.

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‘He can’t understand why what he did is wrong’: George Conway says Trump is incapable of being president

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Prominent Republican attorney George Conway ripped President Donald Trump on MSNBC on Wednesday.

Conway, the husband of White House counselor Kellyanne Conway, spent his day with MSNBC to provide live analysis on the first day of televised impeachment hearings.

"It’s also striking, George, that every defense falls apart almost before the end of a single news cycle," anchor Nicolle Wallace reported. "Everything that people have said in an effort to defend him has collapsed under the weight of the president’s conduct."

"What we just heard the president say is delusional," Conway replied. "And it’s debilitating."

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