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Republican senator admits he didn’t know about Bolton’s confirmation of Trump’s bribery — but still doesn’t care

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Sen. Mike Braun (R-IN) still doesn’t necessarily believe that President Donald Trump should be convicted, even though former national security adviser John Bolton revealed a first-hand account in his unpublished manuscript.

“Well, didn’t know that until a little bit ago,” Braun told MSNBC’s Kasie Hunt. “I think that’s a discussion we’ll have have to contend with and it’ll be here in a couple of days. When it comes to additional information, I think for many of us — and I need to cite this because where I’m from, as much as president infuriates maybe half the country, it would be the opposite. And it is a tricky combination like I told Chuck Todd this morning, between using your conscience and having to decide what the people in your state are wanting.”

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He went on to say that the senators are more interested in looking at the whistleblower report and how it first surfaced than the days of facts that the House managers outlined. When Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) gave his final speech, he explained that if the senators returned to the whistleblower report, they would see that it all has been confirmed by the investigation.

“People are still riled up that they were after him from the get-go,” Braun said. It’s an ironic excuse, given Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) proclaimed his greatest goal was to make former President Barack Obama a one-term president.

Braun also said senators care more about the fact that there is about to be an election where people can decide whether they want to remove Trump through an election. It’s this election that the Democrats have explained is being hacked by Trump again with a propaganda campaign about Ukraine being responsible for the 2016 election hack and a case of corruption involving potential opponent Joe Biden.

“Do you not have a higher responsibility?” Hunt asked, describing the Senate as the piece of government that is supposed to be the saucer that holds the cup of the masses.

He brushed it off, saying that more senators are concerned about the way Trump was painted by Democrats.

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“The part that lost many Republicans is when you’re saying things like tyrant, monarch, boisterous, carnival barker,” Braun said. “Schiff’s comments about bringing up — and none of us heard that in terms of if you buck the president, you’d have your head on a pike. That’s the kind of stuff that most people look at, and, sadly, that kind of controls the dynamic.”

It’s unclear why Braun is continuing to deny the CBS News report that quoted a Trump confidant, or why he’s trying to twist Schiff’s words to say that Trump was saying that to senators. In fact, the report was a Trump ally who said if senators crossed Trump, their heads would be on a pike. Senators denied it was true, and began to flip out about the comments, using it as an excuse for why they refused to believe the entire case presented to them.

Braun has already agreed that Trump is guilty, he just won’t vote to convict.

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‘Gaslighting on a massive scale’: Doctor warns Trump is lying us into a COVID disaster

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On CNN Friday, Dr. Celine Grounder tore into President Donald Trump's ongoing falsehoods about the coronavirus pandemic.

"No matter how many times public health officials, especially like Anthony Fauci, speak the truth, what does it do, Doctor, when the president continues to lie to the public in face of a public health crisis?" asked anchor Kate Bolduan.

"This is gaslighting on an enormous scale, and means until people eventually get sick or their family members get sick, the communities hit hard, they won't believe it, and then it will be too late," said Grounder. "The problem is there's a lag period from the time that somebody's infected and starts to develop symptoms a couple days later. We don't see people get severely sick and need to be hospitalized and in ICUs until a week into disease, and talking about probably one to two weeks of lag time from the time somebody's exposed at least before you start to see hospitalizations and then another couple weeks before you start to see deaths."

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Republicans ‘anxious’ as campaign aides observe ‘a sudden alertness’ in Trump that he is losing: report

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Republican are growing increasingly worried about President Donald Trump’s re-election campaign, according to a new report in Politico.

“I’d say Republicans are feeling anxious, and there’s a real sense of urgency for the president to precisely define his second term agenda. What are we running on? His answers on that have been lacking and he needs to show people why he wants four more years,” Scott Jennings, a top political adviser in the George W. Bush White House, told the publication.

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Trump campaign spokesperson pushes Mt. Rushmore meme that adds president to monument

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Would adding President Donald Trump to the famous Mt. Rushmore monument to four of  America's greatest president's make it better?

A spokesperson and Trump re-election campaign "Rapid Response" official seems to think so.

Just hours before President Trump is set to travel to South Dakota's famous 60-foot tall 80-year old carving, Abigail Marone posted a widely-circulated meme of the 45th President's image, not only added to Mt. Rushmore, but in front of Presidents Washington, Jefferson, Roosevelt, and Lincoln.

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