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Ted Cruz ridiculed for claim impeachment is not about Ukraine: ‘Congrats on hitting Hannity Caller Bingo’

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Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) has been one of President Donald Trump’s staunchest defenders on Capitol Hill — despite all of the disparaging things Trump said about “Lyin’ Ted Cruz” during the 2016 GOP primary.

On Friday, Texas Republican claimed that the impeachment trial was not about Ukraine.

“The Democrats’ Articles of Impeachment are not about Ukraine,” Cruz argued.

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“Impeachment for the Democrats is a partisan political game they are playing. They are mad at the American people for electing President Trump and are trying to undo the election through their sham impeachment,” Cruz argued.

In fact, the American people did not elect Trump, who lost the 2016 election by 2,868,686 votes. He was installed as president by only 304 members of the Electoral College.

Cruz was harshly criticized for his claims.

Ron Brownstein, a senior editor at The Atlantic, said congressional Republicans, “are coming closer to saying explicitly what has been increasingly apparent during #impeachment: they flatly reject the authority of Democrats from blue America to scrutinize or sanction a president representing red America.”

“It is an ominously separatist vision,” Brownstein concluded.

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WATCH: Fox News host grills WH spokesman on why Trump is ignoring Barr’s call to stop tweeting

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During an appearance on Fox News this Wednesday, White House deputy press secretary Hogan Gidley addressed reports of tension between President Trump and Attorney General Bill Barr over comments Barr made suggesting that he's fed up with Trump's tweeting. According to Gidley, the relationship between the two is strong.

Gidley was then pressed by America's Newsroom anchor Ed Henry on reports that Barr is considering resigning over Trump's tweets about the Roger Stone case.

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‘Didn’t Trump want the death penalty for drug offenses?’: White House mocked for claim Blagojevich was freed to combat ‘aggressive sentencing’

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During an appearance on Fox News this Wednesday, White House deputy press secretary Hogan Gidley addressed President Trump's recent pardons and commutations, specifically the commutation of Rod Blagojevich, suggesting it was done in an effort to clamp down on "aggressive sentencing" by prosecutors.

"The fact is, the president is clearly against excessive sentencing," Gidley said. "Whether it's Rod Blagojevich or Alice Johnson, he's focused on making sure people who serve time in prison, who have rehabilitated, who show regret and show remorse, don't have to rot away in a jail cell their whole life."

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Will Wednesday’s debate finally prove that Bloomberg is not Batman?

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After months of highly repetitive Democratic primary debates that, with pointless inevitability, turn into tedious squabbles over different health care plans that will never actually be passed in their proposed forms, there's finally going to be some real tension going into a debate again. That's because information billionaire and former New York City mayor Mike Bloomberg is expected to show up tonight in Las Vegas, having purchased his way into the debate by infusing the airwaves and our very bloodstreams with a series of ads that are as inspiring as Bloomberg the man is not.

This article was originally published at Salon

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