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Maddow reveals the mind trick Trump is using to convince some people he can’t be corrupt

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MSNBC anchor Rachel Maddow warned her audience on Monday of the mind trick Trump is using in an attempt to convince voters that he is not corrupt.

Maddow reminded how Russia’s 2016 election interference included “counterfeiting of the news process” with fake news.

“So that became part of our national discussion about what Russia had done, what Russia harnessed to try to interfere in our election in order to benefit Donald Trump. And the term that was most easily and specifically and conveniently applied to that phenomenon, the phrase ‘fake news,’ because these were, in fact, fake news stories generated for political purposes,” she explained.

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“That phrase was soon adopted by President Trump and his campaign,” she noted. “And then ultimately by all Republicans basically so that that phrase became theirs. And the way they used it, the phrase ‘fake news’ no longer described the thing for which that phrase had been coined. It no longer described this specific aspect of the foreign interference in our election,” she said.

“The Trump campaign and ultimately Republicans converted that phrase so it would be used as an epithet against all journalists. Any real journalism, particularly journalism critical of President Trump, would be fake news,” she continued. “It was also just an easy undermining epithet for all types of reality-based journalism, all real media is fake news, all journalism is fake news, all reporters do fake news.”

“And that had two effects,” Maddow explained. “Number one, it undermined journalism and the whole idea of objective facts being the basis for political discussion and policy-making. But it also took away that phrase for a specific and legitimate use. I mean, them taking that phrase, ‘fake news,’ and using it this new way sort of rendered mute, rendered linguistically impossible any analysis of that very real, very specific initial problem for which that phrase was coined.”

“That’s what they did with fake news. That is what they’re doing now with the word corruption,” she warned.

“As with their adoption and perversion of that phrase, ‘fake news,’ they’re trying to make us basically linguistically incapable of characterizing the very thing for which the president is being impeached. The president saying corruption as if he’s a force for anti-corruption, given what he’s being impeached for right now, I believe we’re on a short time frame, before which we won’t be able to use the word anymore to talk about this scandal for which the president is being impeached because by his sheer repetition of it and the adoption of it by his supporters and by the conservative media for it to mean the opposite of what the real English use of that word, the word will become meaningless,” she warned.

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“It will become something that is no longer available to us. It means both its real meaning and its opposite. An unusable part of this political drama,” Maddow concluded.

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Here are 3 winners and 3 losers from the 2020 Democratic presidential primary debate

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Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg joined the other leading Democratic presidential primary candidates Wednesday night in the fieriest evening of the race so far.

His presence on the stage drew fire from the other candidates, but it also seemed to change the overall tone of the debate, with more attacks, counter-attacks, and passion than was generally seen earlier in the campaign.

Here’s a (necessarily subjective!) list of the winners and losers from the fray:

Winners

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) — Warren hit her stride right as the debate started by attacking Bloomberg for his record on the mistreatment of women, racist policies, and his tax returns. She repeatedly came back to skewer the former mayor, making herself the biggest and most notable presence in the debate. But importantly, she also continuously brought the discussion back to the issues she cares about — like expanding health care, environmental justice,  and consumer protection — while getting in digs at the other candidates on the stage.

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After bombing in #DemDebate internet changes Mike Bloomberg’s ‘death’ date on Wikipedia

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Someone online changed former Mayor Michael Bloomberg's information on Wikipedia during the Wednesday debate to say that he died on Feb. 19.

After being ripped to shreds during the MSNBC Democratic debate, it became clear that Bloomberg wasn't quite as prepared as the other Democratic candidates.

The Wikipedia article was also changed to indicate that his cause of death was Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA).

https://twitter.com/joshrobin/status/1230333066280886273

Bloomberg had several unfortunate moments, namely his refusal to release female accusers from nondisclosure agreements, he came out in favor of fracking, he blamed India for China's involvement in climate change, and many many more things.

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Internet slams ‘cringe-worthy elitist’ Mike Bloomberg for saying he’s too rich to use TurboTax

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At the Democratic presidential debate in Nevada, former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg stumbled after being asked when he will release his tax returns, when he suggested that he "can't go to TurboTax" because he's too wealthy.

Moderator: "You've said you'll release your tax returns, but why do Democrats have to wait?"

Bloomberg: "We do business around the world. The document will be thousands of pages. I can't go to TurboTax."

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