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Here’s how polls show Trump is in mortal danger of losing GOP support

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Although President Donald Trump has faced a barrage of new scandals over the past few weeks and is now staring down the prospect of impeachment for the Ukraine whistleblower affair, polls taken in recent days do not reveal any noticeable drop in the president’s approval rating.

But according to CNBC reporter John Harwood, Trump should not take that as a good sign. In fact, he argued, the polls reveal something more subtle has shifted in the Republican electorate — something that could threaten to derail his chances of re-election, if not outright defeat him in a Senate impeachment trial.

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“Last week’s Monmouth University poll showed signs of movement within a broader portrait of stability. Buoyed by backing from 86% of Republicans, Trump’s approval rating remained unchanged: 41% of Americans approved of his job performance, 53% disapproved. At the same time, the share of Republicans backing a House impeachment inquiry doubled to 16% from 8% in August,” wrote Harwood. “A CBS News poll found 23% of Republicans backing an impeachment probe. In a USA Today survey, 30% of Republicans called it “an abuse of power” for Trump to ask Ukraine to investigate Biden.”

These numbers imply that even a sizeable fraction of Republicans who approve of the job Trump is doing are willing to take an impeachment proceeding seriously, and listen to the evidence against the president. And that, Harwood, wrote, could spell disaster for him.

“Even if they haven’t broken with their party’s president, those Republicans pose a particular danger to Trump, who once bragged that he could shoot someone on Fifth Avenue in New York without losing support,” wrote Harwood. “‘The willingness to hear this out is a sign that you’re not a Fifth Avenue Republican,’ says GOP strategist Liam Donovan.”

Also worrisome for Trump, Harwood noted, is that even Republicans who do not believe the president committed an impeachable offense are accepting the premise that he still acted improperly. For example, Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH), while disputing the idea impeachment was necessary, said Trump’s comments about Biden were “not appropriate.”

“The fact that mainstream Republicans entertain the discussion while watching the polls underscores Trump’s heightened peril,” concluded Harwood.

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Trump’s attacks on Biden’s mental fitness just draw attention to his own problems: Joy Reid panel

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MSNBC host Joy Reid gave some helpful advice to President Donald Trump and his children, who frequently attack former Vice President Joe Biden for his mental health: It makes you look worse.

Speaking to her closing Wednesday panel with Jason Johnson and Howard Fineman, Reid showed a super-cut of Trump's knack for getting words wrong, not knowing how to pronounce simple things, slurring his words, stumbling down the stairs, not knowing where to go, dragging his feet and more.

"Well, you know, my pretext for all my students this fall will be: person, woman, man, camera, tv, and if they can do that, I know they're at least as smart as the president," joked Johnson. "Here's the thing. Joe Biden demonstrated that he literally can ride a bike and do something else at the same time. Like, I have always thought the argument that Joe Biden has lost a step or has some sort of mental deficiency was a complete lie. It's Republicans just projecting. What's important to remember is that no matter how much they spout this nonsense, every single time Donald Trump opens his mouth, he looks worse. There is nothing Joe Biden can say that is more foolish or incoherent than Donald Trump in the middle of a substantive interview."

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Here’s how Trump’s ‘nasty’ jab at Kamala reveals his misunderstanding of women

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President Donald Trump has reprised one of his most common attacks on women — "nasty" — to describe Joe Biden's running mate, Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA).

On Wednesday, writing for The New York Times, Katie Rogers broke down how the president's continual attacks on women in politics — combined with his characterization of women voters — reveals a fundamental misunderstanding of modern gender norms.

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Congresswoman criticizes Republican press guy for claim Black folks don’t care about Kamala Harris: Does he know any?

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Rep. Karen Bass (D-CA) hilariously mocked former press secretary Ari Fleischer, who worked for former President George W. Bush's White House. Fleischer claimed Black people won't be that excited about Sen. Kamala Harris on the ticket.

"She's just not that historically exciting to African-Americans," said Fleischer speaking to Laura Ingraham during a Fox News appearance after the announcement.

During a conversation with MSNBC's Joy Reid, the host called Fleischer "a sort of a bygone era Republican voice" and asked Bass to listen to his comments.

"I wonder how many African-Americans," asked Bass, chuckling.

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