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OC Democrat breaks down why impeachment is smart politics in tough districts

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Impeaching Donald Trump in spite of perceived electoral risks is smart politics for Democrats in conservative districts, a new member of Congress explained on CNN.

Rep. Katie Porter (D-CA) was interviewed by Van Jones on Saturday.

“Speaking of progress, you are from Orange County, California. This is — this is not Hollywood, okay. This is — we call it Calibama, this is the conservative — this is where Nixon and Reagan… Your seat hasn’t been held by a Democrat since 1953,” Jones noted.

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“You are saying you’re ready now to impeach him. How is that playing in Orange County where — you still have, you know, half-red, half-blue in your district,” he said.

“Yeah, there is a lot of concern about Donald Trump’s behavior even among the Republicans in my district,” Porter replied. “Many of the people are traditional Republicans. They believe in the values, frankly that are across our country. Values of patriotism, making sure we are supporting our troops, making sure we’re responsible with tax dollars. I don’t think those are Republican values, those are American values Donald Trump is repudiating with his actions.”

“For me, this is about making sure we are signaling that nobody is above the law — and that includes Donald Trump,” she added.

“With the election — listen, that’s all tough strong talk with the election coming up, what do you do with the fact you are now looking at an election we have never had — an impeachment during the election?” Jones asked.

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“When I thought about what to do, I looked at the evidence and I concluded that I had to do what was right. Not what necessarily was going to get me re-elected. I think I got elected because I’m willing to do what’s right, because I wasn’t worried about my re-election,” she replied.

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‘The wheels are coming off’: MSNBC panel says Trump told his chief of staff to ‘walk the plank’

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Two MSNBC anchors discussed Thursday's whirlwind day of breaking news in scandals involving President Donald Trump.

The host of "The Rachel Maddow Show" joined Brian Williams on "The 11th Hour" to discuss Trump holding the G7 Summit at his Trump National Doral Miami golf course and the White House acting chief of staff, Mick Mulvaney, confessing that there was a quid pro quo with Ukraine -- before attempting to walk back his confession.

"Did things change today, do you think?" Williams asked.

"I do feel like the wheels are coming off," Maddow said.

"For the Energy Secretary [Rick Perry] to resign, you've had two cabinet secretaries resign during the impeachment proceedings already, one of whom, the current one resigning tonight, the Energy Secretary, does appear to be involved in the scheme, at least on a couple of different levels. We have got the White House Chief of Staff who was sent out today, not only to make the, 'Yes, it was quid pro quo. Yes, we did it. What are you going to make of it?' article -- which was bracing, but then to take it back, simultaneously announcing this self-dealing, which is something more blatant than we’ve ever seen from any president in U.S. history," she explained.

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Rick Wilson rips Trump for holding G7 meeting at his ‘South Florida House of Bed Bugs Hotel’

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Republican strategist Rick Willson blasted President Donald Trump after the administration announced that the G7 meeting of world leaders would be held at his Trump National Doral Miami golf course.

Chief of staff and Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney announced the severely under-performing resort would receive the lucrative contract during a contentious White House briefing.

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Trump impersonated a CNN anchor — and a US president — during epic meltdown at Texas speech

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President Donald Trump offered multiple impersonations during a campaign rally in Dallas, Texas on Thursday.

Trump showed the crowd his impersonation of a president of the United States -- and a CNN anchor.

"No guns. No religion. No oil. No natural gas," Trump said. "Abraham Lincoln could not win Texas under those circumstances. Couldn’t do it."

In fact, Abraham Lincoln could not win Texas when he ran for president as the state refused to print any ballots with his name.

He then showed the audience two impersonations as part of his 87-minute speech.

"I used it to say, I can be more presidential. Look," Trump said, as he shuffled awkwardly on stage.

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