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CNN panel bashes Trump for dragging orphaned baby back to hospital for El Paso photo-op

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On Friday morning, a CNN panel had nothing good to say about Donald Trump’s hospital visits in Dayton and El Paso to visit mass shooting victims. The panel expressed disgust that a 2-month-old baby whose parents were slaughtered by a white nationalist was brought back for a photo-op.

Speaking with host John Berman, former White House adviser Joe Lockhart seemed visibly appalled.

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“It is really an unprecedented situation,” he began. “I think we’ve become numb to the phenomenon of Donald Trump. I worked for President Clinton and we went through Columbine and a shooting in Oregon. The families of the victims would gather, in one case in a school cafeteria, the other case, a gym, and the president went family by family and heard their stories, put their arms around them and comforted them and did what a president is supposed to do.”

“There is a question whether he’s capable or doesn’t want to do it,” he added. “Who cares — it is his job. The video out of Dayton was sickening, it looked like a campaign ad. I don’t think he met with any of the families of the victims who died.”

“This is not the first time he’s been this callous and unaware,” conservative CNN contributor Tara Setmayer added. “He just isn’t capable and people that support him seem to be okay with that and make excuses.”

“The president is standing there with a thumbs up,” she added while discussing photos released from the White House. “They owe everyone who has ever been a victim, an apology. They disrespect the memory of these people being so flippant making campaign videos, complaining about crowd sizes.”

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WATCH: CNN uses video to bust Trump for lying and stealing credit for veterans program signed by Obama

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Reacting to Donald Trump's abrupt departure from his Saturday press conference after he was pressed by a CBS White House correspondent Paula Reid for lying and taking credit for a veterans bill signed into law by former President Barack Obama, CNN's Victor Blackwell shared clips of the former president announcing the signing in 2014 and Trump attempting to steal credit yesterday.

According to Blackwell, "One of President Trump's go-to lies is his role in passing Veterans Choice. You saw it at the end of the news conference when he walked away. Well that was when he was faced with a question why he said that he passed Choice and Accountability for the V.A."

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Trump’s refusal to bail out cash-strapped cities will blow up in his face at election time: economist

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On CNN Saturday, University of Michigan economist Justin Wolfers said he was "baffled" by President Donald Trump's flat refusal to allow coronavirus stimulus to go to city governments, ostensibly because they are being mismanaged by Democrats and don't deserve more money.

"I took calls from journalists throughout the last two or three years saying, what is it Trump is going to do in late 2020 to artificially goose the economy to get re-elected? And people were thinking of all sorts of ideas," said Wolfers. "The Democratic Congress has sent him a $3 trillion bill and he's refused to sign it."

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GOP strategist shut down by CNN’s Blackwell for fear-mongering about deficits after Republicans handed out tax cuts to the rich

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On CNN Saturday, Republican strategist Brian Robinson tried to claim the Democratic coronavirus stimulus proposal was a nonstarter because of deficit spending — and was immediately smacked down by anchor Victor Blackwell, who reminded him his party forced through a 12-figure unpaid-for tax cut for corporations and billionaires in 2017 over Democratic objections.

"$3.4 trillion dollars is where [Democrats] started. That's not a place we can start," said Robinson. "We have to fix our short-term problems. We've got to help people in need. We've got to help people not be evicted from their homes. Those are all important. But, it's not the only consideration. We already added $3 trillion to our national debt in the last few months. That's never happened in our nation's history. There is a limit to how much we can do. Republicans aren't pinching pennies, they're trying to use common sense."

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