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Nicolle Wallace rips Trump for leaving ‘allies to die’ because they didn’t storm the beaches at Normandy

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The panel on MSNBC’s “Deadline: White House” with Nicolle Wallace was flabbergasted to learn President Donald Trump attempted to minimize expected ethnic cleansing of the Kurds by Turkey because they weren’t our allies in World War II.

“The president was still speaking to the reporters at the White House,” AP correspondent Jonathan Lemire said. “And he unleashed this puzzling quote. He said that the Kurds didn’t help America as much as possible. He’s pushing against saying we betrayed them. He said, ‘they didn’t help us in the second world war, they didn’t help us with Normandy.'”

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Trump was harshly criticized for his statement on the Kurds and Normandy, especially given the fact Trump also called for “humane” ethnic cleansing of the Kurds.

“I still can’t believe that we have a president who is so ignorant of basic history and literally he believes that,” GOP strategist Elise Jordan said.

“His ignorance is staggering,” Wallace said. “We started the show talking about former Republican Sen. Corker’s determination that after seeing him up close, he lacked the fitness and the competence for the office he holds. I think the quote you just read proves the point.”

“But I — yes, but I also go back to, did we not know this in 2016?” Democratic strategist Basil Smikle asked.

“Well, he wasn’t America’s commander-in-chief, leaving American allies to die and saying the justification is they weren’t on the beaches of Normandy,” Wallace noted.

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The host suggested that former generals and administration officials have an obligation to speak out.

“Where is Jim Mattis? Where is H.R. McMaster? Where is Dina Powell? Where is John Kelly?” she wondered.

“Where are the generals who have stood on battlefields and hear a president say something this stupid, where are they?” Wallace asked.

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Here’s how Democrats can make Trump’s race-baiting blow up in his face in the 2020 election

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Writing for The New York Times on Wednesday, columnist Thomas Edsall broke down how President Donald Trump's racist rhetoric galvanizes conservative white voters — and what evidence shows is the best way Democrats can neuter it.

"A forthcoming paper by Desmond King and Rogers M. Smith, political scientists at Oxford and the University of Pennsylvania, 'White Protectionism in America,' makes a strong case that Trump, unlike his Republican predecessors in the White House, has gone far beyond rhetoric and token gestures to substantively address the concerns of his anti-immigrant and socially conservative supporters," wrote Edsall.

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Trump administration kills endangered species — and there’s a $2.3 million Bill Barr connection, too

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Ticking time bomb: Coronavirus pandemic could strike at the heart of America’s health care crisis

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“If I actually had to go the doctor, it would absolutely drain my savings and change everything," Banta said. "I wouldn’t be able to get married this fall, wouldn’t be able to contribute to a down payment on a house, and I’d probably have to sell my car and cash out my 401k from a previous job.”

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