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‘Ron Johnson is lucky he’s not up for reelection’: Democratic analyst

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Former Hillary Clinton spokesperson Philippe Reines noted during an appearance on MSNBC that Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) is lucky he’s not up for reelection in 2020 after the bad interview he had on “Meet the Press.”

Johnson not only refused to answer any questions about President Donald Trump and Ukraine, he started by spouting off dispelled conspiracy theories touted by the president. Typically passive host Chuck Todd shouted the senator down for trying to lie on air to make Trump feel better.

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“I’m not a fan of Ron Johnson,” Reines confessed. “He is typically level-headed, although what he says isn’t something, I see is often accurate. But you almost feel sorry for him, but if I said I were I’d be lying. This is a situation of his own making. To answer your question, the reason that they shift, to give him a little more credit than I should especially on live TV and social media — they’ll come after me — he seems to have had the right instinct when he heard about what had happened and called Trump and said, ‘What’s up with this?'”

Today he finds himself in the difficult position other Republicans also do, Reines continued.

“This is not an excuse, but Chuck Todd hit the nail on the head. He put on a clinic when he said what exactly are you going on and on about? If he doesn’t want to answer questions and try to explain what he was concerned about, then he should stick to Fox and rant and rave about Peter Strzok. This is someone who is lucky that he’s not up for whatever four years because he will not be on another Sunday show outside of Fox for quite some time.”

If Republicans, and indeed President Trump, were concerned about Strzok and his involvement in the Mueller report, Trump’s allies likely wouldn’t be in Italy trying to dig up dirt to discredit the Mueller investigation.

Watch the exchange below:

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On Thursday, Axios reported that during a reception at the Oval Office, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdo?an — who has come under international scrutiny for his brutal treatment of Kurdish freedom fighters — whipped out his iPad and made President Donald Trump and several GOP senators watch a video describing Kurds as terrorists.

Commenters on social media were quick to excoriate the president for allowing a notorious strongman to bring propaganda into the White House and make U.S. officials watch it on his personal tablet:

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GOP’s best defense of Trump’s ‘corrupt schemes’ may doom him in 2020 election: conservative columnist

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Conservative columnist Eli Lake thinks that House Republicans may have done a good job of defending President Donald Trump during Wednesday's opening impeachment hearings -- but he also thinks they undermined his chances of winning the 2020 election.

In his latest Bloomberg column, Lake argues that Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY) made a smart argument in favor of not impeaching the president: Namely, that his attempt to extort Ukraine into investigating former Vice President Joe Biden fell apart before it could be fully executed.

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Trump flying in for last-ditch rally to save Louisiana GOP governor candidate with ‘really bad’ vote returns

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Republicans suffered a major blow in Kentucky after Gov. Matt Bevin, a firm ally of President Donald Trump, was defeated by Democratic state Attorney General Andy Beshear — despite the president's efforts to help the GOP, culminating in a massive rally in Lexington on the eve of the election.

Now, according to Politico, GOP strategists are worried that a similar outcome could happen in Louisiana, where conservative Democrat John Bel Edwards will stand for re-election on Saturday against Trump-loving businessman Eddie Rispone.

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