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Hannity’s latest meltdown shows the ‘cult of Trump’ now thinks speaking truth amounts to ‘Trump hatred’: op-ed

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In a piece published at the Washington Post this Wednesday, Greg Sargent writes that the “Cult of Trump” now deems any Republican who “dares to acknowledge the relevance of facts outside the disinformation bubble that President Trump and his propagandists have constructed in his defense” can only be motivated by “Trump hatred.” Case in point: Fox News host Sean Hannity.

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Sargent cites Hannity’s “spectacular meltdown” over the fact that Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT) has expressed openness to hearing testimony from former national security adviser John Bolton.

“Hannity’s performance illustrates how preposterously weak Trump’s defenses have become, and how heavily they depend on insulating Trump’s extraordinary corruption, and the lies justifying it, from contrary facts and legitimate outside scrutiny,” Sargent writes.

According to Sargent, Hannity’s panicking is the result of news that there are potentially four GOP senators who will vote to allow more witnesses at Trump’s impeachment trial — a development in which Mitch McConnell reportedly doesn’t have the votes to stop.

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“What this really means is that, if GOP senators vote against hearing new information, they’ll be carrying Trump’s coverup through to completion,” Sargent writes. “This is what Hannity is actually raging at Romney for failing to facilitate.”

Read his full piece over at The Washington Post.

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Here are 3 winners and 3 losers from the 2020 Democratic presidential primary debate

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Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg joined the other leading Democratic presidential primary candidates Wednesday night in the fieriest evening of the race so far.

His presence on the stage drew fire from the other candidates, but it also seemed to change the overall tone of the debate, with more attacks, counter-attacks, and passion than was generally seen earlier in the campaign.

Here’s a (necessarily subjective!) list of the winners and losers from the fray:

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Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) — Warren hit her stride right as the debate started by attacking Bloomberg for his record on the mistreatment of women, racist policies, and his tax returns. She repeatedly came back to skewer the former mayor, making herself the biggest and most notable presence in the debate. But importantly, she also continuously brought the discussion back to the issues she cares about — like expanding health care, environmental justice,  and consumer protection — while getting in digs at the other candidates on the stage.

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Michael Bloomberg ‘lost everything’ in Las Vegas: MSNBC analyst

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Senior editor for "The Root," Jason Johnson, concluded that the biggest loser of the Democratic debate in Las Vegas Wednesday was Michael Bloomberg, but not merely because of his debate performance.

"The big new name was going to be Michael Bloomberg," he said. "This was probably the most expensive night in Vegas I've ever seen. He lost everything. This guy has spent $320 million. He had the opportunity to stand on stage, and appear to be an equal, and he looked bored. He looked disenchanted. He stumbled over obvious questions that anybody would have anticipated about sexual harassment and stop and frisk. I thought it was a bad night for him."

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Pro-immigration protesters interrupt Joe Biden’s closing statement at debate

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Former Vice President Joe Biden's closing statement was interrupted by protesters at Thursday night's Democratic presidential debate.

As Biden began his remarks, demonstrators began shouting about the Obama administration's record on deportations.

WATCH: Protesters interrupt the #DemDebate as the debate nears end. pic.twitter.com/TKCn6eIEsN

— NBC News (@NBCNews) February 20, 2020

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