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Would Trump be cruising to re-election if Ivanka had married Sean Penn instead of Jared Kushner?

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MSNBC anchor Lawrence O’Donnell on Friday presented what he described as a “Friday night thought exercise” on the 2020 presidential election.

“If Ivanka Trump had married Sean Penn, would Donald Trump be on his way to a re-election victory tonight?” O’Donnell asked.

“Okay, stay with me here, this will only take a minute,” he continued. “And Sean, if you are watching, don’t worry — you are going to be okay with where this ends up.”

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He then laid out his case for why Ivanka should’ve married the actor, who has been married to Madonna and Robin Wright.

“We have a coronavirus testing crisis in this country tonight because Ivanka Trump married Jared Kushner, who history will surely judge to be the second-worst human being working in the Trump White House, second only to Donald Trump and, yes, worse than Stephen Miller because Jared Kushner’s wedding ring gives him more power than Steven Miller.”

“Jared Kushner should be one of the millions of private citizens with no medical training who has no idea what to do who is just watching the coronavirus battle from the civilian sidelines. Sean Penn is a private citizen with no medical training who has done more than any other private citizen with no medical training to get people tested for coronavirus in this country,” he explained.

“Sean Penn started with one pilot program close to home for him in California, and his organization, CORE, is now running 44 testing sites throughout the country, including mobile units within the Navajo Nation,” he continued. “But because Ivanka Trump married Jared Kushner, there is no national testing program and because of that Donald Trump is far behind Joe Biden in the polls.”

Watch O’Donnell make his full case:

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‘Incompetent moron’ Chuck Todd ripped for letting Trump official claim Democrats want more COVID-19 deaths

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Instead of pushing back the NBC host known for his lack of follow-up questions let the comment slide by responding, "I take your point."

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Mike Pence praised by evangelical conservative for being ‘like a very supportive, submissive wife to Trump’

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In a deep dive into how Donald Trump has managed to hang onto Christain evangelicals despite his multitude of moral failures, one Christian conservative told the New York Times' Elizabeth Dias that Vice President Mike Pence doesn't get enough credit for being supportive of the president.

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Trump facing massive electoral vote wipeout as campaign continues to flounder: MSNBC election analyst

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Based upon current state-by-state polling, which is naturally subject to change, MSNBC's resident election analyst predicted Donald Trump will suffer an embarrassing defeat in November unless his campaign can come up with something to stop his collapsing approval numbers.

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"What we have here is our first look from NBC at what the electoral map looks like right now," he explained before adding, "Things could change."

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