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Trump used to play Elton John at ‘eardrum-rupturing decibels’ on campaign plane for a bizarre reason: AP reporter

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MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski mocked President Donald Trump’s fixation on singer Elton John.

The rock legend reportedly rejected his longtime fan’s invitation to perform at his January 2017 inauguration, and Trump has bitterly fixated on breaking John’s attendance records at arenas where he holds campaign rallies.

“The saddest part of this story was when Donald Trump asked his staff members had anybody been writing about the Elton John attendance records that he supposedly broke,” Scarborough said. “They said no, and he was angry and upset for days about that, also claiming that it was one more example of how, in the immortal words of Rodney Dangerfield, he don’t get no respect.”

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Associated Press reporter Jonathan Lemire recalled that Trump frequently played John’s music on campaign trips to prevent his staffers from sleeping.

“It was known on the campaign plane during the 2015-2016 campaign that he would play Elton John at eardrum-rupturing decibels on the plane,” Lemire said, “sometimes late at night when staffers were trying to sleep coming back to New York late from an event in Wisconsin or Michigan, wherever it may be, and he would play Elton John loudly on the plane, in part, because he thinks sleeping is a sign of weakness, according to staffers that were subjected to ‘Tiny Dancer’ again and again and again.”

“On a personal note,” he added, “as someone who has covered more than a hundred rallies on the campaign and since, the Elton John stuff is a major part of a playlist. But ‘Funeral for a Friend’ is one song on the playlist I haven’t gotten tired of. I still really like it.”

Analyst Mike Barnicle joined in the ridicule.

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“This is a sad story because the president clearly has been jilted by Elton John,” he said, “and maybe they should play ‘Candle in the Wind’ because of the end of this relationship.”

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‘Hard to overstate’ how badly Taylor’s testimony damaged Trump: Ex-federal prosecutor

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On Wednesday, former federal prosecutor Renato Mariotti wrote for Politico Magazine that the testimony of Ukraine envoy William Taylor was devastating for President Donald Trump — and that if he keeps trying to deny wrongdoing, it will only get worse and maybe even force Senate Republicans' hand against him.

"It’s hard to overstate how much damage the testimony of Ukraine envoy William Taylor inflicted on President Donald Trump’s defense in the ongoing impeachment inquiry," wrote Mariotti. "On its face, Taylor’s testimony Tuesday established the quid pro quo that Trump has denied for weeks. But more importantly, Taylor’s detailed notes of the 'highly irregular' policy-making that he witnessed over the summer provide a roadmap to future testimony that could be even more harmful. Republicans have already begun to retreat from their 'no quid pro quo' line, but they will have to keep retreating because Taylor has almost single-handedly decimated the few witnesses who have provided some testimony that is favorable to Trump."

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‘How much did you get for your soul?’ Internet dogpiles Lindsey Graham after he walks back criticism of SCIF raid

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On Wednesday, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) appeared to have reached the limit of his capacity to defend his own party when a gang of House Republicans raided a sensitive, compartmented information facility where an impeachment hearing was taking place and illegally bringing in recording equipment. Initially Graham criticized the Republicans behind the stunt, calling it "nuts."

Later, however, he changed his mind and decided the demonstration was fine with him, offering this explanation:

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I was initially told House GOP took the SCIF by force – basically like a GOP version of Occupy Wall Street.

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‘We lost New Mexico to Mexico’: Internet breaks into hysterics over Trump wanting to build border wall on Colorado

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The president of the United States indicated he accidentally forgot where the state of Colorado was during his speech to an energy conference of fracking companies Wednesday.

Trump told the audience he was building a "wall" in Colorado, which is the state just north of New Mexico. If Trump was referring to his U.S.-Mexico border wall, it's the southern New Mexico border on which he intends to build the wall.

It prompted many to wonder if the president whipped out his fact-changing Sharpie yet again.

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