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CNN commentators laugh at GOP strategist’s pathetic rationale for why Trump’s Hispanic comments aren’t racist

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On Tuesday’s edition of CNN’s “OutFront,” Mitch McConnell adviser and GOP strategist Scott Jennings offered a feeble defense of President Donald Trump’s demand of his Hispanic adviser Steve Cortes at a rally in New Mexico that he say whether he prefers “the country or the Hispanics”

“Of course it masks racism, and he doesn’t do a good job of masking it,” said Democratic strategist Maria Cardona. “These comments were racist, ignorant and downright stupid. We shouldn’t be surprised from what we’ve seen this president spew, from the moment he came down the escalator when he announced his campaign when he called Mexicans rapists and murderers and what else can we expect from this man? … In the latest Univision/Latino Decisions poll, you have 71 percent of Latinos who said they will vote for the democratic candidate. 15 percent maybe will vote for Trump. He’s in dire straits for Latinos.”

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“Scott, I’ll give you a chance to respond,” said host Erin Burnett. “Is there a way for it not to be racist when the president asks ‘who do you like more, the Hispanics or America,’ to someone who is Hispanic?”

“Look, I think if Steve Cortes is not outraged by his interaction with the president, and it doesn’t sound like he is, then there’s no reason for us to be outraged,” said Jennings, as Cardona burst out laughing incredulously. “Is it awkward, is that what Steve said, well, sure.”

“Oh, wow, okay,” chuckled Cardona.

“Mr. Cheadle, who was, you know, the quote, unquote, ‘my African-American,'” said Burnett. “You know, the guy Trump called ‘my African-American’? He wasn’t offended. And now he is, and he says, ‘actually, I realize it was racist.’ So I mean — sure, that’s what Steve Cortes says now. I have no idea what Steve Cortes is going to say in a year.”

“I mean, I think he’s on CNN later tonight so maybe somebody can ask him,” said Jennings. “But, I mean, Maria and Julián Castro and all of the Democrats are perpetually outraged at Trump. This is how the guy talks. And I don’t know how well he’s doing with Hispanics, but I know how they’re doing with him. The Hispanic unemployment is a record low and more people in the minority community according to the polls are getting job in this country and that’s good when Hispanics and African-Americans and minorities can all share in a good economy. We can be outraged about the phrasing, but the results of the economy are pretty good for Hispanics and other minority groups.”

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Fox News lying to defend Trump makes it a threat to US national security: CNN contributor

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Fox News a threat to American democracy and national security, a CNN contributor explained on Saturday.

Garrett Graff was interviewed by CNN's Ana Cabrera about a new piece he wrote for Wired titled, "Fox News Is Now a Threat to National Security."

"Monday’s split-screen drama, as the House Judiciary Committee weighed impeachment charges against President Trump and as the Justice Department’s inspector general released a 476-page report on the FBI’s handling of its 2016 investigation into Trump’s campaign, made one truth of the modern world inescapable: The lies and obfuscations forwarded ad infinitum on Fox News pose a dangerous threat to the national security of the United States," he wrote.

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Lindsey Graham admits nothing will change his mind on Trump impeachment: ‘I’m not trying to pretend to be a fair juror’

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In an interview with CNN International's Becky Anderson at the Doha Forum in Qatar, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) admitted he has no plans to look at the evidence compiled against Donald Trump from the House impeachment inquiry when it is referred to the Senate.

The chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee explained that he wants the trial to be quick and that expects nothing to come of it, with the GOP solidly behind fighting impeachment of the president.

During the interview Graham stated, "This thing will come to the Senate, and it will die quickly, and I will do everything I can to make it die quickly."

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GOP strategist walloped for urging Dem lawmakers to leave Trump alone and worry about being re-elected instead

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On CNN Saturday, Democratic strategist Maria Cardona and Republican strategist Doug Heye clashed after the latter suggested Democrats should value their re-election over holding President Donald Trump accountable for wrongdoing.

"We have to remember, this is not a trial as we think of trials in courtroom," said Heye. "This is a political process. It is designed to be a political process, and that's why this whole process is played out the way that it has so far. I would say to Maria, the Republicans aren't spending money to shore up Republicans per se. They're spending money to go after vulnerable Democrats who are going home and then coming back and telling Nancy Pelosi and Democratic leadership, I'm getting killed back home."

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