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Soldiers who testified against Trump-pardoned war criminal describe ‘nightmare’ of seeing him released

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President Donald Trump last year pardoned 1st Lt. Clint Lorance, a convicted war criminal who was found guilty of two charges of second degree murder and one charge of obstruction of justice.

The Washington Post has now written a lengthy profile of the men who served with Lorance and who described the “nightmare” of watching him being portrayed as a hero by the president of the United States.

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Among other things, the Post has obtained text messages between former specialist Lucas Gray and Staff Sgt. Mike McGuinness on the day that Trump issued a pardon for the man they testified against.

“I feel like I’m in a nightmare,” Gray wrote to McGuinness. “There’s literally no point in anything we did or said. And now he gets to be the hero.”

“And we’re left to deal with it,” McGuiness replied.

Soldier Zach Thomas, who also testified against Lorance at his trial, tells the Post that his “blood just started boiling” when he first heard Fox News’ Sean Hannity talk about pardoning Lorance, so much so that he called up Hannity’s producer and told him to stop portraying his former commanding officer as a hero.

“I’m a big fan, but y’all are being led the wrong way,” he told the producer. “This isn’t some innocent guy.”

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The story also tells of the horrific costs serving in Afghanistan has had on soldiers in Lorance’s unit, as many of them have struggled with PTSD and alcoholism related to their service. A total of five members of Lorance’s unit have died since returning to the United States, which has led surviving members to refer to themselves as the “Cursed Platoon.”

Read the whole profile here.

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2020 Election

Trump’s Supreme Court gambit killed his last chance of defeating Joe Biden: Conservative columnist

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On Thursday, writing for The Washington Post, anti-Trump conservative columnist Jennifer Rubin outlined how the president blew his final, best chance to turn around the public perception of the presidential race, and define it on his terms rather than Joe Biden's.

"With a president whose performance is as rotten as Trump’s (Gallup also shows him with a 43 percent job approval rating), his only hope was to make his opponent even more unappealing than himself," wrote Rubin. "Trump, however, never settled on an effective attack on Biden and, in any case, cannot stand ceding attention to anyone else. Trump’s performance, his lies, his antics, his insults, his crackpot conspiracy theories, his attacks on the media and his financial scandals have remained front and center. In other words, Trump’s raging narcissism has prevented him from doing what was necessary to give him a reasonable chance to win reelection."

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2020 Election

Fox News host predicts impeachment for President Biden — right after inauguration

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Fox News' host Greg Gutfeld ranted on Thursday that the day after Vice President Joe Biden is inaugurated that Republicans should impeach him.

Yelling into the camera, Gutfeld ranted that Trump got rid of ISIS and stopped North Korea from setting off nuclear weapons, both of which aren't true.

"So, now we're all talking about are "words, words, words' as opposed to Joe Biden's deeds," he continued. "There's a foreign policy issue we should discuss. He has compromised himself. And to Jesse's point, once -- If he actually wins, impeachment proceedings start the day after inauguration."

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2020 Election

Nicolle Wallace blasts Trump’s fake ‘manliness’ for refusing to protect his key supporters

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MSNBC host Nicolle Wallace blasted President Donald Trump for not caring about his staff much less "his own godd*mn supporters."

Speaking with conservative Charlie Sykes and Democratic strategist Basil Smikle, Wallace showed a new Lincoln Project ad with Sam Elliott about fathers and sons and what it means to be a "man of family and faith."

"Above all they taught us to own up to it when we did something wrong," the ad says before showing a video of Trump saying he doesn't accept responsibility for the failures of the coronavirus.

https://twitter.com/ProjectLincoln/status/1319247130809278464

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