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Right-wing pundit scorched for claiming zero Republicans challenged Obama’s legitimacy

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On Monday, right-wing commentator Ben Shapiro made a head-turning claim: That President Donald Trump deserves respect because no Republicans ever questioned President Barack Obama’s legitimacy:

Confronted with the fact that Trump himself promulgated the “Birther” conspiracy theory that Obama wasn’t born in the United States, Shapiro pled No True Scotsman, insisting that Trump didn’t really count as a “Republican figure” back in the early 2010s when he was spreading Birther lies — and that Republican officeholders at the time didn’t agree with the delegitimization of the president.

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Unfortunately for Shapiro, the internet was quick to pile on and point out that he was still wrong on both counts. Numerous elected Republican officials parroted Trump’s Birtherism, with dozens of GOP representatives cosponsoring a bill to force Obama to release his birth certificate in 2009. And far from being a “fringe figure,” a number of Republicans also expressed support for Trump running for president in 2012, including Shapiro himself.

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Turkish president snubs Pence ahead of meeting: ‘When Trump comes here I’ll be talking’

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Turkish President Tayyip Erdo?an thumbed his nose at President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence.

Pence had been scheduled to meet Thursday with the Turkish president in Ankara to urge an immediate ceasefire in Syria and work toward a negotiated settlement, but Erdo?an abruptly snubbed the U.S. vice president.

Erdo?an told Sky News that his own vice president, Fuat Oktay, would instead meet with Pence.

“When Trump comes here," Erdo?an said, "I’ll be talking.”

Turkey's president @RTErdogan tells @AlexCrawfordSky he will not speak with the US Vice President about a ceasefire in Syria during his visit - adding that he will only talk to President @realDonaldTrump.

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Trump delivers crazed tweet against ‘illegal and absurd impeachment’: ‘Pelosi and Schiff should be impeached for fraud!’

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President Donald Trump claimed Democrats are trying to impeach him because they can't beat him in an election.

Trump, who won the first political campaign he'd ever run but now finds himself trailing several Democratic candidates in early polling, said he didn't see anyone onstage at Wednesday's debate who could beat him in 2020.

"You would think there is NO WAY that any of the Democrat Candidates that we witnessed last night could possibly become President of the United States," Trump tweeted. "Now you see why they have no choice but to push a totally illegal & absurd Impeachment of one of the most successful Presidents!"

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Never-before-seen tax docs show Trump’s businesses made themselves seem more profitable to lenders and less profitable to tax officials

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Documents obtained by ProPublica show stark differences in how Donald Trump’s businesses reported some expenses, profits and occupancy figures for two Manhattan buildings, giving a lender different figures than they provided to New York City tax authorities. The discrepancies made the buildings appear more profitable to the lender — and less profitable to the officials who set the buildings’ property tax.

For instance, Trump told the lender that he took in twice as much rent from one building as he reported to tax authorities during the same year, 2017. He also gave conflicting occupancy figures for one of his signature skyscrapers, located at 40 Wall Street.

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