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CNN’s Cuomo calls the GOP a ‘national security threat’ for still pushing Trump’s ‘ignorant’ Ukraine conspiracies

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Prior to Congressional testimony by Fiona Hill — an ex-aide to former national security adviser John Bolton — CNN host Chris Cuomo scorched Donald Trump for standing by disproved Ukraine conspiracy theories, saying believing such nonsense makes him a “national security threat.”

Speaking with contributor Susan Glassner, the CNN legal analyst Ross Garber suggested, “Ultimately it will be interesting to see how the Republicans handle Hill today. Will they push back on the notion of Ukraine actually interfering in 2016?”

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“We know this answer,” Cuomo excitedly interjected. “They are going to say to him, to her, ‘The black book. we don’t really know it was authentic.’ She going to say no. And they’ll say ‘it was authentic, but aren’t they corrupt? And Manafort, a lot of stuff they had on him was weird and weren’t these people named Chalupa, not the Taco Bell one, but the other one — she went in and tried to get help for [Hillary] Clinton.”

“How do you deal with that when these are things you’ve dismissed? ” he asked.

“Fiona is a key fact witness in addition to making the point the entire U.S. government has already made over and over again that it was Russia responsible for the intervention,” Glassner stated. “In the deposition, the Republicans went down the road of arguing about conspiracy theories with her and that was a very sharp moment. You can read that transcript and she challenged them. I’m not sure they will pursue an extended debate about the facts of the matter because I think, frankly, she’d annihilate them on the facts.”

“She is a key witness because John Bolton, her former boss, the former national security adviser, because he has refused to testify so far, she’s the one who produced, I think, the really eye-popping disclosure in her early deposition that he was — that national security adviser was so alarmed about what the president and his advisers were doing. he told her to go to the lawyers,” she continued. “He said I don’t want to be a part of any drug deal that they’re cooking up. He called Rudy Giuliani a hand grenade. So Fiona is a very important witness when it comes to the alarm inside the White House with the president’s own advisers as far as what was going on here, and so i wouldn’t discount that.”

‘You’re counting on it,” Cuomo suggested before adding, “It’s still an abuse of power, even if you believe something like this because it was so ignorant to believe it that it actually makes you a national security threat.”

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The View’s Meghan McCain turns on Fauci after blaming him for resurgence of COVID-19 — then gets schooled by Whoopi Goldberg

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"The View's" Meghan McCain confessed that she has "turned" on Dr. Anthony Fauci.

During Thursday's show, the co-hosts addressed the new InStyle profile on Fauci, who has been barred from appearing on TV. Joy Behar loved the photo because it showed off his Italian heritage and how tough he is.

"I thank god every day that there are some adults left who are looking out for us," she said. "So, I thank Fauci. I thank even Mitt Romney for standing up when every coward in that Republican leadership has said nothing. Radio silence about every sin committed by [Trump]. I thank Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi. I'm so happy there are a few adults left, and Fauci is one of them, and I want him to speak out more. Let's not -- this is worth repeating: Are you going to trust an ivy league educated epidemiologist like Fauci or somebody who tells you to drink bleach and face the sunlight to kill the virus? I mean, really."

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Trump ‘knows he’s losing’ – but can’t entirely fire Brad Parscale because ‘he knows too much’: report

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President Trump demoted his campaign manager Brad Parscale as new polling shows him losing in five swing states. According to an analysis from Axios, it's a significant development because it signifies that Trump knows that he's losing.

Parscale played a large role in Trump's 2016 win as the architect of his digital strategy. According to Axios' report, there's a reason that Parscale will remain on Team Trump despite his demotion.

"Trump really can't fire Brad: He knows too much, and he built the digital infrastructure the campaign relies on," Axios states.

As Axios points out, Bill Stepien, a Trump loyalist and longtime GOP operative, will be taking Parscale's place. "Stepien worked on Trump's 2016 campaign, then was White House political director before moving to the campaign."

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Anti-maskers bombard Marco Rubio with rage after he debunks their conspiracy theories

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Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) on Thursday did his best to debunk false claims about face masks being made by conspiracy theorists -- but he wound up getting bombarded by angry anti-maskers anyway.

In a tweet posted in the morning, Rubio declared that "mask wearing isn’t some novel idea they came up with to control us," referring to a popular refrain among conspiracy theorists that masks are the New World Order's way of asserting dominance over a pliant population.

He went on to say that "surgeons, nurses and dentists have used them forever to protect patients and themselves," and then asked his followers rhetorically, "If it doesn’t work, what’s the harm?" and "And if it has a 10% chance of getting us back to school,sports and life why not do it?"

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