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‘She wants to be a dictator!’ Trump goes after Michigan governor who was target of kidnapping plot

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Angry Donald Trump yells at reporters at the White House following Robert Mueller's testimony (screen grab)

President Donald Trump on Thursday compared Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer to a “dictator” just one week after it was revealed she was the target of a kidnapping plot by far-right militants.

While appearing on Stuart Varney’s show on Fox Business, the president once again attacked Whitmer for not being fast enough to reopen her state during the novel coronavirus pandemic.

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“Michigan, she has to open up,” the president fumed. “She wants to be a dictator in Michigan and the people can’t stand her!”

Despite Trump’s ranting, however, Whitmer is not hated by Michigan voters, and a recent poll conducted by the Glengariff Group showed that she had a 59 percent approval rating in the state, as well as a 61 percent approval on her handling of the coronavirus pandemic.

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Trump supporters disrupt CNN’s live report from Michigan

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During a live report from Michigan this Monday, CNN's Dianne Gallagher tried to relay developments in Lansing regarding certification of the state's election results, a group of Trump supporters in the background began drowning her out by chanting slogans, some using a bullhorn.

At one point, network anchor Brianna Keilar told Gallagher to hold her microphone closer so the audience could hear her words over the disruption.

Towards the end of the segment, the crowd started chanting, "CNN sucks!"

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Trump surgeon general: ‘I’m begging’ White House staffers to avoid large holiday gatherings

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Surgeon General Jerome Adams on Monday pleaded with all Americans -- including White House staffers -- to avoid large holiday gatherings this week.

Per CNN, Adams appeared on ABC's "Good Morning America" this week to discuss the dangers of mass family gatherings during Thanksgiving due to the novel coronavirus pandemic, which so far has killed more than 250,000 Americans in just nine months.

"I'm asking Americans -- and begging you -- hold on just a little bit longer," Adams said. "Keep Thanksgiving and the celebration small and smart this year."

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There’s one word that can probably stop Trump from pardoning himself: Constitutional expert

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President Donald Trump's authority to pardon himself may hinge on the arcane meaning of a single word.

The Constitution grants wide powers to a president to pardon, but the verb conferring those powers has a specific meaning that may render it impossible for Trump to issue one for his own crimes, according to constitutional law expert Eric Muller in a new column for The Atlantic.

"Article II of the Constitution says that the president 'shall have Power to grant Reprieves and Pardons for Offenses against the United States, except in Cases of Impeachment,'" Muller writes. "Did you catch that? The president has the power not to pardon people, but 'to grant … Pardons' (emphasis added). So the question is not whether Trump can pardon himself. It’s whether he can grant himself a pardon."

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