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Lifelong South Carolina Republican turns on Trump: ‘I’m disgusted and impeachment is warranted’

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In an MSNBC clip on the changing voting patterns in the South, which saw voters in a South Carolina district go for Donald Trump in 2016 only to elect a Democrat to represent them in the House in 2018, support, even among some Republicans, for impeachment seems to be growing.

According to MSNBC reporter Shaquille Brewster, the North Charleston district is a classic example of change, where rock-ribbed Republicans are holding fast to their party, but moderate Republican voters are wavering on the president.

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“Our team has been focused on this South Carolina district that flipped from Republican control in 2016 to Democratic control in 2018, represented by Congressman Joe Cunningham,” Brewster explained. “And we’re hearing that Democrats support impeachment more than ever, however there are hints that some moderate Republicans may be increasing their support as well.”

“I’ve been a Republican my whole life and I’m frankly quite disgusted with what is going on right now,” South Carolina voter Carl Johnson admitted.

“How do you feel about impeachment?” Brewster inquired.

“It’s warranted based on all the recent news,” Johnson replied, before loosely quoting President Trump with, “I mean Constitution, what Constitution? I do what I want.”

Another voter, who was not identified and gave no party affiliation, added, “I think [House Speaker] Nancy Pelosi is doing what needs to be done. I trust her,” with yet another adding it was the “constitutional responsibility” of Congress to go through with impeachment proceedings.

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Brewster went on to add, “If there is any shift, it is that phrase that you just heard, ‘constitutional responsibility.’ Democrats who weren’t on board before now see it as an obligation for the Democrats in Congress to investigate the president and hold him accountable. But it remains to be seen if the support extends across party lines especially as you hear Republicans still defending the president largely.”

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Trump aide told investigators Paul Manafort began spreading Ukraine conspiracy theories as soon as DNC server hack was revealed

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On Friday, a new batch of documents recording the interviews former special counsel Robert Mueller's prosecutors held with aides to President Donald Trump was released, as part of a Freedom of Information Act request by BuzzFeed News.

One of the revelations in the interviews with Rick Gates, who served as an aide to former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, was that Manafort began pushing conspiracy theories about Ukraine at the same time that the Russian hack into the Democratic National Committee became publicly known.

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Joe Biden takes on Trump’s rhetoric during racial justice crises: ‘The words of a president matter’

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Former Vice President Joe Biden talked about the importance of a president's words and accountability during times of crisis during a Friday appearance on MSNBC.

Biden was interviewed by Craig Melvin, who noted the protests tearing apart cities and asked where he would start if elected president.

"I start by talking about what we must be, making no excuses, talking about our obligation to be decent," Biden answered. "Our obligation to take responsibility, our obligation to stand up when we see injustice."

"Look, the words of a president matter -- no matter how good or bad that president is," he explained. "A president can, by their words alone no matter who they are, make it rise or fall, take us to war, bring us to peace. The words of a president matter."

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South Carolina Republicans gather for an ‘active rejection’ of social distancing measures: report

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On Friday, The New York Times reported on a gathering of Republicans in Conway, South Carolina that appeared to be an "active rejection" of social distancing measures and other public health guidelines.

"The outdoor gathering here on Thursday was a send-off event for Cleo Steele, a longtime Republican Party operative in Horry County, who is retiring to Ohio," wrote Astead Herndon. "Speakers shared the same microphone. Local and state political candidates greeted voters with handshakes and squeezed tight for pictures. Of all the people gathered outside the county Republican office — many of them senior citizens — fewer than a dozen wore masks."

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