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Fox News’ Melissa Francis claims Cory Booker left the presidential race because ‘he’s lazy’

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On Monday, Sen. Cory Booker became the latest Democrat to leave the 2020 presidential race. And Fox New’ Melissa Francis used Booker’s departure to take a cheap shot at the New Jersey senator, claiming he left the race because “he’s lazy.”

Addressing co-hosts Harris Faulkner, Jeanine Zaino and other co-hosts of Fox News’ “Outnumbered,” Francis claimed, “We’ve had Democrats on the couch who’ve worked with him who say that he’s lazy.”

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Zaino, sounding surprised, responded, “Cory Booker?” — to which Francis responded, “Yeah.”

Zaino, however, didn’t buy Francis’ explanation but did assert that Booker lacked a strong message as a presidential candidate.

“I would not suggest that Cory Booker is lazy,” Zaino stressed, “but I do think the campaign, from the beginning — he could not find his footing.”

Fox News contributor Lawrence Jones had similar thoughts, saying, “Well, he really did not have a message to begin with. He talked about a lot of progressive ideas, but he kind of was under the radar, most of the debates. He did not have a breakout.”

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Fox & Friends floats impeachment conspiracy theory about GAO findings of Trump crimes against Ukraine

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"Fox & Friends" assured viewers they could ignore a federal watchdog agency's findings that President Donald Trump broke the law by withholding Ukraine aid.

The nonpartisan the Government Accountability Office found the White House Office of Management and Budget violated the law by freezing $400 million in congressionally approved military aid, but the Fox News hosts suggested the agency was only trying to hurt the president.

"Do you think it's just a coincidence that that news would drop exactly the same day the (impeachment) trial started?" said co-host Steve Doocy.

Co-hosts Pete Hegseth and Ainsley Earhardt agreed, and accepted administration denials at face value.

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GOP senators are questioning allegiance to Trump as impeachment becomes a reality: Morning Joe panel

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According to members of MSNBC's "Morning Joe" panel, Donald Trump may see more defections by previously supportive Republican senators now that the impeachment of the president has become a reality and their conduct will be scrutinized by voters back home.

Speaking with columnist David Ignatius, host Joe Scarborough noted that multiple Republican senators -- including several who are retiring -- are going soft on defending the president and may be inclined to allowing multiple witnesses who could damage the president.

"David Ignatius, you know, we've known Sen. Pat Roberts (R-KS) and Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) both of us, for a long time. and as they coming to the end of their careers," Scarborough began. "I would think [Senate Majority Leader] Mitch McConnell would be concerned that these gentlemen would vote their conscience and not just blindly follow Donald Trump and would vote to have a fair, open hearing and trial and get this new evidence that's coming in, that's come in since the House impeached."

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Iran’s supreme leader says Trump is a ‘clown’ who will betray Iranians

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Iran’s supreme leader said President Donald Trump is a “clown” who only pretends to support the Iranian people but will “push a poisonous dagger” into their backs, as he struck a defiant tone in his first Friday sermon in Tehran in eight years.

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said the mass funerals for Iran’s top general, who was killed in a US airstrike earlier this month, show that the Iranian people support the Islamic Republic despite its recent trials. He said the “cowardly” killing of Soleimani had taken out the most effective commander in the battle against the Islamic State group.

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