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‘They seem gleeful in their ignorance’: CNN’s Lemon panel tries to understand Republican lies on Ukraine scandal

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CNN’s Don Lemon and his Wednesday night panel were struck by the GOP resistance to hold a legitimate investigation into President Donald Trump’s actions.

“He has invited foreign election interference; he has misused his power for personal political gain,” Washington Post conservative columnist Max Boot said. “If any Democrat had done this, every single Republican would be calling not just for impeachment but for capital punishment, but they just have no principles when it comes to Trump. I’m prepared to be pleasantly surprised, and I would be if you see even a handful of Republican members in either chamber voting for impeachment. But I think the vast majority of Republicans are just utterly spineless in standing up for the rule of law. They’re just going to give Trump whatever he wants.”

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Lemon noted that it’s the main reason that Boot left the GOP.

“Right, because they have no principles,” Boot agreed.

Democratic strategist Kirsten Powers noted that this is an “open and shut case,” and Trump very obviously violated the law. Indeed, Trump admitted to the crime on television, saying that it doesn’t matter that he asked Ukraine to investigate a conspiracy theory about his political opponent. He then went on to ask another country to do the same.

“That’s why what you’re saying about Republicans is so accurate but also so concerning because it’s just something that there’s just no question that Trump did something absolutely outside the bounds of what a president should be doing,” said Powers. “And it’s absolutely an impeachable offense. There’s just no question.”

Boot noted that if Republicans aren’t willing to impeach Trump for this, or even for the obstruction of the inquiry, “what would they consider to be impeachable.”

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In the 1990s, the GOP found it abhorrent that a Democratic president had an extra-marital affair in the Oval Office and impeached him for lying about it.

“Well, I wanted to ask, as I see the apologists for the president, especially on conservative media, they seem gleeful in their ignorance,” Lemon noted. “What is so gleeful about being ignorant or about misleading the public?”

“Well, that’s — I mean, that’s the reason why they’re promulgating these crazy conspiracy theories and saying things that are flat-out untrue,” said Boot. “They’re repeating Trump’s claim that the transcript of the phone call refutes the whistle-blower’s account, which is false. It actually confirms the whistle-blower’s account in every point. They can’t argue on the facts because the facts are against them, and so they’re just making things up. They’re just making things up out of thin air just to say stuff, and basically, you know, trying these schoolyard taunts like, you’re not going to impeach me. I’m going to impeach you.”

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‘It’s not a both sides thing’: CNN host battles Trump aide over hydroxychloroquine misinformation

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CNN host Jim Sciutto took on White House trade adviser Peter Navarro on Monday about his evangelism of the drug hydroxychloroquine.

During an interview with Navarro, Sciutto noted that Assistant Health and Human Services Secretary Brett Giroir had recently said that there is no benefit in taking hydroxychloroquine to prevent or treat COVID-19.

"Given your past public support for it," Sciutto said, "is it time for the administration to focus on proven treatments for COVID rather than one that has not been proven?"

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Oklahoma teacher threatened by COVID-19 regrets vote for Trump — and blasts his ‘failure of leadership’

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On Monday, CNN spoke with Nancy Shively, an Oklahoma special education teacher who wrote for USA TODAY that she regrets her 2016 vote for President Donald Trump.

"You spoke strongly and with feeling in this editorial," said anchor Jim Sciutto. "You said you fear now with the pandemic, you may have 'signed your own death warrant.' That's a remarkable thought to express."

"Well, just watching the failure of leadership in our country, beginning with the president, over the course of this pandemic, it's not just my death warrant I might have signed, but there's 150,000 Americans who are dead because of this," said Shively. "I have to take responsibility for my personal vote that enabled that."

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‘It was pure BS’: CNN busts Trump for fabricating a health care plan ‘out of thin air’

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CNN's John Avlon and John Berman on Monday busted President Donald Trump for promising that he would sign a mysterious new health care plan that still has never come to fruition.

In his latest "Reality Check" segment, Avlon noted that Trump has been promising to replace the Affordable Care Act with a "great" health care plan for the last four years, but that he still hasn't come up with anything.

In fact, as Avlon documented, Trump has only sought to undermine the law in court with his push to have the Supreme Court strike it down entirely.

"This is the old arsonist-as-a-firefighter routine, with possibly your life on the line," he commented.

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