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‘It’s all up to Republicans’: Columnist wonders when the GOP will stand up to Trump

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Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) speaking to CPAC 2013. Photo by Gage Skidmore.

President Donald Trump’s burgeoning scandal with Ukraine has one columnist wondering when Republicans will put country before party.

“I was going to write today about how House Democrats are handling the impeachment question. But the truth is, it’s largely irrelevant. As long as Republicans are united in opposition, President Donald Trump will stay in office,” Bloomberg Opinion columnist Jonathan Bernstein wrote. “That’s not to say that there aren’t bad and worse choices for Democrats, but they’re not the ones who have the real decision to make.”

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“Because the truth at this point is pretty obvious: If they could be assured of even a smattering of Republican votes, Democrats would almost certainly impeach the president. If they had enough votes to ensure his removal in the Senate, you could remove that ‘almost – Trump would be gone very rapidly,” he argued. “It’s all up to the Republicans.”

“Republicans have been okay with all this, presumably because they’re getting what they want on policy. Or perhaps out of pure partisanship. Or maybe because they’re so deep in the conservative information-feedback loop that they’ve convinced themselves none of it is real. But they should be taking stock now of just how much lawlessness they’re willing to tolerate,” he noted.

“As long as Republicans choose to stay relatively united, either in denying evidence of Trump’s malfeasance or claiming that there’s nothing wrong with it, then Democrats will be unable to generate enough constituent pressure to change their minds. Whatever evidence is turned up, Republicans probably can brazen it out if that’s what they really want, regardless of the damage it does to U.S. democracy. So that leaves one question for them: Is this really what you want?” he wondered.

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WATCH: Violence flares at Trump rally as woman rants about the N-word

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A disgraced talk radio host helped stir up a violent Massachusetts clash between President Donald Trump's supporters and some protesters.

Trump supporters gathered Saturday afternoon to wave "Make America Great Again" flags and cheer the president in Natick, and a group of protesters showed up to confront their demonstration, reported Patch.

Diana Ploss, a former conservative radio host, recorded Facebook Live video of herself confronting protesters when one of them played the song, "F*ck Trump," by YG and Nipsey Hussle.

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WATCH: Pro-Trump Maine Senate candidate cuts up face masks with scissors during debate

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During a debate in Maine on Monday between the four candidates for U.S. Senate, Independent candidate Max Linn took a pair of scissors and cut up a handful of face masks in a repudiation of the state's mask mandate.

Linn, who is a self-professed Trump supporter, said that he wanted to be the first senator in the United States "to say I protest government telling us what we have to wear and telling us what our businesses are necessary and what are unnecessary."

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Brad Parscale faces investigation for ‘stealing’ $40 million from Trump campaign: report

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Embattled former Trump campaign manager Brad Parscale has been accused of "stealing" up to $40 million from President Donald Trump's campaign and $10 million from the Republican National Committee.

The Daily Mail first reported that Parscale is suspected of pocketing the money.

According to the Daily Mail:

A Trump insider explained to DailyMail.com that Parscale went into a tailspin after he was demoted in July and replaced by his former number two, Bill Stepien, as he's worried about the 'gravy train' ending and keeping up with his lavish lifestyle.

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