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CNN host skewers Tucker Carlson for sugarcoating racism: ‘It’s not a hoax when you have a body count’

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CNN host John Avalon took on Fox News host Tucker Carlson, who recently called white supremacy a “hoax.”

Following the racist mass shooting in El Paso, Carlson insisted to his audience that it was wrong to focus on white supremacy, calling it a “hoax.”

“Do you hear that?” CNN’s Avalon asked on Sunday. “That’s the deafening silence from Fox News and its board of directors following the false claim that the white supremacy problem in this nation is a hoax.”

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“Here is a fact,” Avalon continued. “Since 9/11, there have been more murders by white wing extremists in America than Islamic terrorists. If you judge a comment by the company it keeps, Tucker’s message was praised by the former KKK leader David Duke.”

Avalon wondered how much of Carlson’s former “preppy persona” was an indication that he had white supremacist tendencies.

“I’m not sure that is a persona,” CNN’s S.E. Cupp replied. “That is how he was. That’s how he grew up. He went to prep school.”

“What you do with the camera, what you do with the microphone you are accountable for,” Avalon insisted.

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White nationalism expert Jane Costin said that the white supremacy movement should not be judged by the number of people who followed it.

“You know, the number of people involved should not be how we consider or view the impact of white nationalist terror,” she explained. “The people who were murdered by a white nationalist terrorist who drove more than 600 miles to target Mexicans, in his own words, that happened, you know, burials are still taking place and it is absolutely inconceivable to me to be having this entire conversation that’s rooted in whether or not white nationalism is real when we see the body count that it’s caused.”

“That’s exactly why it appropriately sparked a firestorm,” Avalon agreed. “It is not a hoax when you have a body count.”

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The Republican Party is a ‘cult’ that isn’t even letting its own voters have a say anymore: Joe Walsh

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On CNN Monday, former Rep. Joe Walsh (R-IL) blasted the GOP for shutting down state primaries to block him from mounting a challenge to President Donald Trump.

"Look, we can’t be numb to this," said Walsh. "I know it’s difficult because this president seemingly every day attacks our democracy, but we have to be outraged. I always want to pinch myself and remind myself that this isn’t Russia. I do not live in Russia. I refuse to live in Russia. We can’t just cancel elections in this country. That’s what Donald Trump is doing. He’s literally canceling elections, and it’s very easy to be pissed off at Trump, but we’re used to this with Trump. He is a would-be dictator. He would like this to be Russia. I’ve got to tell you, I’m blown away in my disappointment with the Republican Party who is in cahoots with this president, and again, literally eliminating elections."

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Trump is ‘hate-tweeting’ about polls because he is in an ‘unprecedented position of weakness’: CNN’s Avlon

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On CNN Monday, fact-checker John Avlon broke down why President Donald Trump is attacking the polls — and what it signals for his re-election efforts.

"President Trump's been hate-tweeting a lot lately about polls, calling them all fake news," said Avlon. "Which means they're probably not looking too good for him. But that's despite a CNN poll from June that found a majority of Americans think Trump will win re-election and there's a lot of confidence coming from the White House. They point to the power of incumbency, a huge money advantage and at least to date strong economy."

"But go back to the data and you'll see that there is real reason for Trump to be nervous," continued Avlon. "First, he's the only president in the history of the Gallup poll never to hit 50 percent approval. That's despite the lowest unemployment rate in nearly 50 years. That's not all. A new CNN poll shows a stunning six in ten voters say that Trump doesn't deserve a second term, with a dismal 39 percent approval rating. Dig deeper and you will see a stark enthusiasm gap — a recent Washington Post/ABC poll found 27 percent of folks strongly approve of Trump's performance, while 48 percent strongly disapprove. Another poll, 53 percent of registered voters say they would definitely vote against him."

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‘RIP GOP’: Polling expert predicts devastating Trump 2020 electoral wipeout

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Democratic pollster and strategist Stanley Greenberg went on CNN Monday to explain why he believes President Donald Trump and the Republican Party are headed toward a historic and humiliating defeat in the 2020 elections.

In an interview with CNN's John Berman, Greenberg discussed his new book called "RIP GOP" in which he makes a case that Trump's presidency has shifted public opinion in Democrats' favor while repelling moderate voters from the Republican Party.

"I think what happened going into 2016 is Donald Trump took over the Tea Party base of the party, allied it with evangelicals and took the party to a very extreme end," he said. "I believe... Donald Trump's election will speed the defeat of the Republican Party because of its dominance by the Tea Party and evangelicals, which won't consider compromise, which won't consider a multicultural America in a part of our future. And I also thought it would speed up the resistance and also people's consciousness of what they believe and their values, and all of that has happened."

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