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Senate Republicans have to stay in the Trump cult to survive: conservative columnist

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In a piece published at the Washington Post this Tuesday, columnist Jennifer Rubin referred to Rep. Adam Schiff’s (D-CA) closing argument in President Trump’s impeachment trial, writing that it’s “heart-wrenching” to know that his “appeals to truth and decency, and his insistence on the difference between right and wrong, are foreign and unintelligible to a Senate Republican majority that has convicted itself of intellectual and moral sloth.”

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Schiff made one last ditch appeal to Republicans, telling them not to convict Trump “because truth or right or decency matters nothing to him, but because we have proven our case, and it matters to you.”

“Truth matters to you,” Schiff said, addressing Senate Republicans. “Right matters to you. You are decent. He is not who you are.”

But Rubin thinks Schiff is “dead wrong” in that characterization.

“Senate Republicans think their seats, their position of power, their earning potential, their friendships and their futures require them to align themselves with Trump,” Rubin writes. “Jettisoning all that to do the right thing and vindicate truth and decency is unimaginable.”

“Simply put, their entire self-worth and career aspirations depend upon staying firmly within the cult,” she continues. “These are not inner-directed people, needless to say.”

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Read her full piece over at The Washington Post.


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‘Last chapter in The Godfather’: Watergate prosecutor tears into Trump’s ‘continuing coverup’ of his associates’ Russia misdeeds

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On CNN Wednesday, former Watergate assistant special prosecutor Nick Akerman tore into outgoing President Donald Trump for his pardon of ex-National Security Adviser Michael Flynn — and warned that a larger coverup is looming.

"I think you have to look at the big picture here," said Akerman. "The big picture is that this is part of the continuing coverup of Donald Trump's efforts to conceal what happened between his campaign in 2016 with the Russian government. It started with Jim Comey, his firing because he refused to basically give an oath of loyalty to Donald Trump. It continued when Robert Mueller was appointed, the continuing threats of firing Mueller and his staff. It continued with Roger Stone, who was — his sentence was commuted."

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Conservative Charlie Sykes tells Trump if he wants a pardon — he’ll have to admit he’s guilty first

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Editor and creator of The Bulwark, Charlie Sykes, told MSNBC's Joy Reid that the most "Trumpy" of things President Donald Trump could do is pardon himself ahead of leaving office in January.

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‘It’s pathetic’: John Avlon slams Trump’s ‘delusional’ fantasy that he’s winning by ‘a lot’

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On CNN Wednesday, fact-checked John Avlon tore into President Donald Trump for his "delusional" claim that he's the real winner of the election.

"Let's not normalize that lie, because it is delusional," said Avlon. "It's the political equivalent of someone standing outside and saying that the sky is green, that the moon is made out of cheese and they're Napoleon. It's pathetic. It shows a fundamental disrespect for fact and reality, and frankly, his supporters as well. It's a symptom of an unwell person."

"We should not normalize it because it's just Trump lying trying to overturn the election as he wants to do. No, he's delusional," added Avlon. "People who follow him are being sucked into a vortex by someone who is struggling with his own soul."

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