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MSNBC’s Nicolle Wallace blames Trump for American disasters: ‘He alone broke it’

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“Deadline: White House” host Nicolle Wallace (screengrab)

MSNBC host Nicolle Wallace brought up the theme of President Donald Trump’s 2016 Republican Convention speech, which was “I alone can fix it.” This year, Trump intends to paint himself as the only one attempting to save the country.

Her Thursday panel noted that while Vice President Mike Pence was speaking, California was burning, Texas and Louisiana were bracing for a destructive hurricane, the US was reaching 180,000 dead from the coronavirus, unarmed people of color are still being shot by police, and a radicalized right-wing Trump supporter was in prison for assassinating two protesters. But according to Pence, everything is going great in the United States.

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Democratic strategist Aisha Mills explained that Sen. Kamala Harris’ (D-CA) address Thursday afternoon refused to lie about the reality of what Americans are facing. While both sides, she said, are talking to undecided voters, at the very least, Democrats refused to ignore the reality of what Americans were facing.

“A programming note,” Wallace interrupted. “When you hear Donald Trump talk about how scary things will be if Joe Biden takes over, things are scary now because Donald Trump has lit the match and thrown it into these raw, painful wounds of systemic racism, that’s why the things that are happening in the streets are happening, and it’s a 17-year-old with a long gun who shot two people and then walked by police, the very same police who held a black man by his t-shirt and shot him seven times. That’s why there’s violence and that’s why things are happening in Donald Trump’s America. We can hope they get better in Joe Biden’s America should he win, but the truth and the fact right now is they’re happening in Donald Trump’s America. Is there anyone that has — I don’t know the word to use anymore — awareness of the reality of the moment or have they all left us, left planet earth for the trump distortion field?”

NBC News reporter Jonathan Lemire recalled the “I alone can fix it line,” noting that this time around Trump intends to “paint himself as a singular barrier, the one force left, sort of defending the American way from these forces of radicalism. That’s going to be his closing argument tonight. I expect we’re going to hear that a lot between now and Election Day.”

“The audacity of it is breath-taking,” said Wallace. “He, alone, broke it.”

Watch the exchange below:

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Outrage against Dianne Feinstein as potential Judiciary chair comes out against Senate reform

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Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) received harsh criticism on Monday after coming out against Senate reform of the filibuster.

“I don't believe in doing that. I think the filibuster serves a purpose," Feinstein argued.

"It is not often used, it's often less used now than when I first came, and I think it's part of the Senate that differentiates itself," Feinstein falsely claimed.

https://twitter.com/sahilkapur/status/1308169580658012160

Feinstein is in line to chair the Senate Judiciary Committee if Democrats regain the Senate, despite never attending law school or having ever tried a case.

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Lindsey Graham announces embattled Sen. Joni Ernst will vote for whomever Trump nominates to replace RBG

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The chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee on Monday announced that GOP members of the body would be united in voting for whomever President Donald Trump nominates to replace Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the U.S. Supreme Court.

“The nominee’s going to be supported by every Republican in the Judiciary Committee," Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) said, as reported by The Washington Post's Aaron Blake.

https://twitter.com/AaronBlake/status/1308223330357518336

If Graham is correct, that would mean that Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA) would be backing the nomination, despite trailing Democratic challenger Theresa Greenfield.

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A Never-Trump Republican changed her mind — then crumbled when she tried to explain why

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In a recent op-ed for the Washington Post, Republican Danielle Pletka declared that despite the fact that she refused to vote for Donald Trump in 2016, she now feels compelled to support him in 2020. The piece quickly caught fire online, inspiring ridicule and sympathy from differing corners and triggering a surprising amount of discussion.

In one sense, it’s hard to see what the big deal was. The Post publishes opinion pieces in support of Trump frequently, and this one was not particularly special. Pletka herself is not a particularly notable figure. Like many op-eds, it was sloppy and unpersuasive, making huge leaps of reasoning and glossing over critical points in the argument. It didn’t take seriously any compelling counterarguments. It was, in other words, a mere display of partisan loyalty from a Republican who would prefer to be inside the tent than outside of it.

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