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‘I thought he was joking’: CNN’s Cuomo didn’t buy Spicer’s humble brag about being a ‘staunch Christian’

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During the Tuesday night “hand-off” between CNN’s Chris Cuomo and Don Lemon, the two chuckled about former White House press secretary Sean Spicer, who made his “Dancing with the Stars” debut Monday night. Spicer bragged about being a “staunch Christian,” as the reason for why he won’t win “Dancing with the Stars.” But Cuomo chastised Spicer for trying to score votes.

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The conversation between Lemon and Cuomo began as they discussed the cadre of right-wing judges Trump has appointed since taking office. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell refused to allow a vote for any of former President Barack Obama’s judges, including a Supreme Court justice.

“The people he appoints as judges, it shows you the kind of people they want appointed, the kind of people they want in leadership roles,” said Lemon. “But actually the support that he has among Christians and evangelical Christians is always very surprising to me. And in that interview, I saw your eyes when he said, ‘Because I am a staunch Christian.’ I thought your eyes were going to pop out of your head because we all know that not to be true.”

“I thought he was kidding!” Cuomo exclaimed.

“I did too!” Lemon agreed.

“Like I thought he was going to start laughing, and he didn’t,” Cuomo said.

“He’s audited because he’s a staunch Christian,” Lemon laughed.

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“Play the same card. He knows it matters to people on the right. It matters to a lot of people on the left. I mean this country is highly faith-based in its orientation. But to hear them say it with a straight face, I mean it was just as impressive as that lime limbo outfit,” Cuomo explained.

Cuomo blasted so-called Christians who claim that “character counts” when they refuse to promote good morals when they’re getting the politics they want.

“They surrendered character for the courts. That’s what they did,” Cuomo said.

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‘They offered him no humanity’: Floyd family attorney rips Minneapolis for adding ‘insult to injury’

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On Friday's edition of CNN's "Anderson Cooper 360," Ben Crump, the attorney for the family of George Floyd, expressed his outrage at how local officials are handling the case — and demanded harsher prosecution of the officers responsible.

"The family does not trust the Minneapolis Police Department or anybody affiliated with the Minneapolis Police Department, Anderson," said Crump. "Remember the first report that came out, they gave so much false information in that report, talking about George was resisting. George was threatening, saying that he died of a medical condition. Never once mentioning the fact that this officer had his knee on his neck, not just for one minute, two minutes, three minutes, four minutes, five minutes, six minutes, seven minutes but for eight minutes ... people need to understand, the last eight minutes of his life he was struggling to breathe, telling them I couldn't breathe, and they offered him no humanity."

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WATCH: Protester scales Secret Service building to spray-paint profane anti-Trump message

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On Friday, protests around the country continued against the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

As CNN covered shots of protests in Washington, D.C., one demonstrator could clearly be seen scaling a Secret Service building, before taking out a can of spray paint and writing "F**K TRUMP" on the edifice.

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Some commenters on social media noticed, and tweeted their support for the protester.

Just watched this white boy hero climb these bars & spray paint "FUCK TRUMP" on live TV. #BlackLivesMatter @CNN pic.twitter.com/89nLCK52fc

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CNN’s Jim Acosta walks through all the times Trump has ‘thrown gasoline’ on racial tension

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On CNN Friday, following President Donald Trump's abrupt exit from a press conference following a racially charged tweet, chief White House correspondent Jim Acosta broke down President Donald Trump's history of stoking racial tensions during moments of crisis.

"He is trying to clean up this tweet that he posted last night," said Acosta. "First, just what the president said a few moments ago. He said the looters in Minneapolis should not be able to drown out the voice of so many peaceful protesters. That, obviously, is a very mild version of what he was trying to say or he claims he was trying to say last night when he tweeted, "when the looting starts, the shooting starts." That obviously is an expression steeped in all kinds of ugliness. The Miami Police chief back in 1967, when there was unrest in that city, used that expression. George Wallace, the segregationist, used words like that in 1968."

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