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Trump’s new lawyers are a ‘big middle finger’ to America: MSNBC Morning Joe panel

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Alan Dershowitz and Ken Starr

MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough can’t believe President Donald Trump hired a billionaire sex predator’s attorneys to represent him in the impeachment trial.

The “Morning Joe” host can’t think of another president that would hire Alan Dershowitz and Ken Starr to defend him in the Senate, and he can’t believe those two attorneys are taking the opposite stance on impeachment than they did more than 20 years ago.

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“Let’s talk about the selection of a legal team, and talk about a president who has such trouble finding legal representation that he actually got the legal team that helped put together the plea deal and helped represent Jeffrey Epstein, one of the most disgraced figures in modern American popular culture,” Scarborough said. “I can’t imagine another president at any time having to select a team that would be associated with a pedophile who, according to recent reports, trafficked young girls as young as 11 years old.”

Benjamin Wittes, editor in chief of Lawfare and a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, said the pair was hired to send a message.

“This is a legal team that was chosen not for its legal acumen, though it certainly has some skills and, you know, no lack of talent,” Wittes said. “It’s a group composed in order to make a statement, and the statement is one of unswerving loyalty in public to the president, no matter how awful the circumstances, and the statement is also a big middle finger stuck up to people who care about #MeToo issues.”

Scarborough just couldn’t believe that Trump would underline his own association with Epstein by hiring the lawyers who helped him cut a sweetheart plea agreement.

“Why in the world would the president of the United States, after being caught in videos with Jeffrey Epstein at Mar-A-Lago and after saying really nice things about Jeffrey Epstein in the early 2000s, why would Donald Trump then get Jeffrey Epstein’s lawyers that allowed this pedophile to continue to roam free and prey on young women?” he said.

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“Is anybody concerned in the White House concerned about this?” Scarborough added. “These guys would never, ever, be selected by any other president to do anything after their association with Jeffrey Epstein, one is a friend and a running buddy, and the other is a guy that was part of a plea agreement that allowed this serial rapist of girls to be on some lax house arrest inside his mansions, and then set free?”


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Things are so bad for Republicans the GOP had to send money to Texas

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In 2016, then-anti-Trump Republican Sen. Linsey Graham proclaimed, "If we nominate Trump, we will get destroyed.......and we will deserve it." It seems his prediction is coming closer to fruition.

Financial reporting reveals that the Republican Party was forced to send $1.3 million to ruby-red Texas as the election nears.

It was something spotted by ProPublica developer and ex-reporter Derek Willis Sunday.

"That's never happened before," he tweeted.

He noted that the Texas GOP raised $3.3 million in August, but nearly half of that came from their national parents.

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What the London ‘Blitz’ reveals about how much pain and tragedy people can handle in 2020

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It's hard to imagine how 2020 could possibly get worse. "If we lose Betty White," a friend said on a drive to the Supreme Court to lay flowers.

So many Americans have lost friends or family members to COVID-19. Thousands of Americans survived the virus only to desperately needed organ transplants and forever will struggle to breathe the way they once did. Others are still suffering without smell or taste even three months after having the virus. Millions of Americans are out of work. Debt is stacking up for those trying to survive in the COVID economy. A lack of health insurance can mean hospitalizations from the virus are putting people into bankruptcy.

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Stop trying to convince people you’re right — it will never persuade anyone: expert

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MSNBC host Joshua Johnson noted that this year has been full of strife, with Americans having a lot to stand up about. Whether the slaying of unarmed Black men and police brutality, or healthcare, and the coronavirus, Americans are lining up to protest.

Johnson asked if people try to start tough conversations, how do they keep it productive, and when it's time to give up. In her book, We Need to Talk, Celest Headlee explains tools that people can use to have productive conversations about tough issues that help move the needle.

"Keep in mind that a protest isn't a conversation, right?" she first began. "That's a different kind of communication. The first thing is that our goal in conversations is not always a productive one. In other words, oftentimes, we go into these conversations hoping to change somebody's mind or convince them that they are wrong. You're just never going to accomplish that. There's no evidence. We haven't been able to -- through years and years of research we haven't been able to find evidence that over a conversation somebody said, 'You're right, I was completely wrong.' You've convinced me. So, we have to stop trying to do that. We have to find a new purpose for those conversations."

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