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Trump has Republicans ‘in a vise’ as bad as Charlottesville and Access Hollywood: MSNBC’s Nicolle Wallace

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Donald Trump’s increasingly toxic rhetoric against women of color has put the Republican Party in a “vice” of choosing between loyalty to the White House and voters disgusted by the bigotry the president had been broadcasting.

“Donald Trump today has the Republican Party in a vise the likes of which they haven’t experienced since Charlottesville and before that, in the aftermath of the “Access Hollywood” tape,” Wallace explained, citing the biggest moments of Trump displaying his respective racism and misogyny.

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“Republicans — who have hardly been profiles in courage — today found just over a dozen of their members break rank and slowly, timidly, begin to call out Donald Trump’s flagrant, bellicose, racist attacks against four female members of Congress,” she reported.

The host explained her editorial decision to not even repeat Trump’s attacks.

“We made a decision on this show not to amplify Trump’s attacks by showing them or even reading them here, but it should surprise no one that they’re false and that they serve as ugly reminders of Donald Trump’s xenophobia, misogyny and racism,” she explained.

Prior to her career in journalism, Wallace was one of the top communications experts in the Republican Party.

“While it’s not news the president is a racist or the Republican Party is largely following his lead, what should serve as a warning to all Democrats is this is the terrain on which the 2020 election will be waged,” she explained. “And anyone who doubts this is central to Trump’s re-election strategy missed the Trump summit with his purveyors of fake news and baseless smears. Last week he praised the social media provocateurs who spread tension to sew racial divisions.’

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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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There are 51 votes to approve calling witnesses in Trump impeachment trial: PBS

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After pieces of John Bolton's manuscript leaked to the press confirming President Donald Trump's bribery of Ukraine, Republicans have turned to support the witnesses they once opposed.

Sens. Mitt Romney (R-UT) and Susan Collins (R-ME) both voted against witnesses and were leaning against them until Bolton's manuscript was leaked to the press after it was turned over to the White House for approval.

PBS News Hour reporter Lisa Desjardins tweeted Monday evening that the news tipped the scales and there were officially 51 votes to approve witnesses.

https://twitter.com/LisaDNews/status/1221951089647538177

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‘Give me a break’: CNN analyst explains why Trump defense of Rudy Giuliani was terrible

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While the Senate impeachment trial against President Donald Trump paused for a dinner break, CNN analysts responded to the White House's afternoon defense of the president was by blaming the Biden family.

Political commentator Gloria Borger noted that Trump lawyer, Eric Herschmann, going after former President Barack Obama just seemed desperate.

"Give me a break," she said. "What does that have to do with any of this right now? His defense boiled down to, 'He did it, so what? He did it. He was trying to root out corruption.' But if he was concerned about rooting out corruption, why haven't we seen more of that? His defense was, 'He had a reason to do it. It's OK. Therefore it was in the national interest.' This wasn't just about Joe Biden."

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