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Conservatives on MSNBC Battle Over How Many Lies and How Much Racism They Can Take in Support of Trump



‘Trump Is the New Conservative Movement’

Conservative broadcaster Charlie Sykes hammered former Fox News host Eric Bolling for joining the “cult of personality” around President Donald Trump.

The pair returned Tuesday to MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” to resume the previous day’s fiery debate, and Sykes challenged Bolling over his claim that Trump’s election win justified any actions he took as president.

“The question is, what is the price?” Sykes said. “In this bargain you get a lot of what you like, but it turns out the price is more than you expect.”

Sykes blamed the president and his apologists for warping the conservative movement.

“It is making it dumber, crueler, more dishonest, more disconnected with reality, more extreme,” Sykes said. “I think they’re going to pay a price. The Republican Party and the conservative movement need to be more than a cult of personality and a slogan on a hat.”

“I think this is the balancing act,” he added. “How much are you willing to give up? How many of your principles, how many lies are you willing to accept, how many outrages are you willing to enable and rationalize? What sort of behavior are conservatives willing to accept?”

Host Joe Scarborough challenged Bolling to denounce Trump’s equivocation on David Duke and the neo-Nazi rally in Charlottesville, and the conservative TV host stopped short.

“He’s not a fluffy, soft president,” Bolling agreed. “Joe, you and I both know Donald Trump personally — I will tell you unequivocally — the man is not racist. The man is not racist, he is not a racist. We can paint him with a racist brush if we don’t like his policy, but that’s not who the man is. When you dig deep into the guy, when you dig into his heart, we know he is not racist.”

Sykes repeated his challenge to Bolling.

“What are you willing to accept?” Sykes said. “You know, how much of the racism, how much of the xenophobia, how much of the anti-Muslim bias, how much of the treatment of women. I remember when conservatives said character matters. I remember when conservatives would have united behind, you know, taking a hard line on the Russian attack. If Barack Obama had behaved the way Donald Trump behaved last week, Eric Bolling’s head would have exploded.”

Bolling interrupted and argued that Obama had assured Russian president Vladimir Putin he would go softer on him if he won a second term, and Sykes called him out.

“Can you let me finish once, Eric?” Sykes said. “We criticized that. It’s the reversal of the position. It’s the reversal of positions on free trade, on American leadership, on character, on corruption, because this cult of personality. Look, I understand that Donald Trump won, I understand you are getting a lot of what you want, but the transformation of the conservative movement, what he is doing to american political culture. — we’re paying for this.”

Bolling happily glugged the metaphorical Kool-Aid.

“Charlie, you’re right,” Bolling said. “There’s a new conservative movement in town, and guess what? Get used to it. Elections have consequences and Trump is the new conservative movement.”

Sykes agreed, and again challenged Republicans to decide for themselves how much they were willing to tolerate.

“There’s no question about it, the Republican Party is Donald Trump’s party,” Sykes said. “There’s no request about it. Those of us who are conservative Trump critics are very much in the wilderness, no question about it. This is a party that has moved from being, you know, the party of ideas to being the party of ‘Fox & Friends.’”


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Rubio Ridiculed for Blasting Warren’s Same-Sex Marriage Remarks While Appearing to Encourage ‘Fighting Back’



Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) over the weekend blasted Senator Elizabeth Warren‘s (D-MA) viral remarks about those who oppose same-sex marriage. He also appeared to encourage “fighting back, even in a crude or vulgar way” by  “Americans with traditional values.”

The Democratic Senator from Massachusetts who is enjoying months-long momentum that has currently placed her close to tied with frontrunner Joe Biden slammed Americans who oppose same-sex marriage during an HRC/CNN town hall last week.

Asked what she would say to someone who tells her, “Senator, I’m old-fashioned, and my faith teaches me that marriage is between one man and one woman,” Warren served up a one-two punch.

“I’m going to assume it’s a guy who said that,” Warren replied. “And I’m going to say, ‘Then just marry one woman.”

That was followed by her quip suggesting it would be challenging for that person to find someone who would want to marry him.

Senator Rubio concocted a tweet that framed the right of same-sex couples to marry as something only “elites” support, which is false. Studies find six out of 10 Americans support same-sex marriage, while just three out of 10 oppose it.

The Senator from Florida in 2016 literally used the massacre of 49 LGBTQ people and their allies, many of whom were also people of color, at Orlando’s Pulse nightclub as a reason to revoke his promise to not run for re-election.

Related: Marco Rubio Just Hired a New Chief of Staff: The CEO of a Powerful Anti-LGBT Activist Organization

Rubio reposted a clip of Warren’s remarks that frames them as “the best thing you’ll see today,” but offered a very different response.

“Vividly captures the condescension of elites & their incessant ridicule of Americans with traditional values. It elicits glee among celebrities & blue check brigade,” he claimed, speaking of those on Twitter whose accounts have been “verified.”

“But for the millions sick of being disrespected it elicits support for fighting back,” Sen. Rubio continued, “even in a crude or vulgar way.”

Rubio’s remarks were quickly panned.


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‘Chutzpah’: Liz Cheney Dragged for False Claim House Democrats ‘Enable Anti-Semitism’



U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY), the powerful Chair of the House Republican Conference, is under fire once again, and once again it’s for her actions surrounding anti-Semitism.

Cheney is just the latest Republican to take Democratic Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib’s recent remarks out of context.

Tlaib’s remarks were, perhaps, not well expressed, but they were not anti-Semitic, as Jonathan Chait at New York Magazine expressed, in, “Republicans Call Tlaib Anti-Semitic for Saying Something Nice About Israel.”

Take a look for yourself – and read carefully:

There’s always kind of a calming feeling I tell folks when I think of the Holocaust, and the tragedy of the Holocaust, and the fact that it was my ancestors — Palestinians — who lost their land and some lost their lives, their livelihood, their human dignity, their existence in many ways, have been wiped out, and some people’s passports. And just all of it was in the name of trying to create a safe haven for Jews, post-the Holocaust, post-the tragedy and the horrific persecution of Jews across the world at that time. And I love the fact that it was my ancestors that provided that, right, in many ways. But they did it in a way that took their human dignity away and it was forced on them.

Republicans, like Cheney, are taking this out of context. Cheney, repeatedly:

But Cheney is getting dragged for her hypocritical remarks, as Americans remind her how upset they were when she, herself, voted against a House resolution condemning anti-Semitism, Islamophobia, and hate speech against minorities. And that her father is, they say, a war criminal.

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Newly Uncovered Videos Reveal the Mortifying Hypocrisy of Top Republicans on Impeachment



Republicans have a problem: They want to claim that impeaching President Donald Trump is completely ridiculous, but just a few short decades ago, they were driving the push for impeaching President Bill Clinton.

And in that process, they said a lot of things that will likely come back to haunt them.

Take Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), for instance, who said Monday that it’s time to “move on” from Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation — even though we only got the exhaustive 448-page report last week. He seems to think the extensive case for obstruction of justice laid out in Volume II of the report should just be ignored.

But MSNBC’s “Hardball with Chris Matthews” showed that, in 1998 when it was Clinton under investigation, McConnell was, by contrast, deeply concerned about the integrity of the presidency.

In a speech at the impeachment hearings, McConnell said he wanted to draw attention to a “serious and deeply troubling crisis” in the country. “This is a crisis of confidence, of credibility, and of integrity. Our nation is indeed at a crossroads: Will we pursue the search for truth, or will we dodge, weave and evade the truth.”

At the time, Clinton was under fire for lying to investigators about his sexual relationship with Monica Lewinsky, which was, undoubtedly, wildly inappropriate. But now that Trump stands accused of obstructing a national security investigation, McConnell appears unable to muster up any indignation or outrage.

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), who has become one of Trump’s closest congressional allies, similarly seems to have lost his passion for restoring the dignity of the White House.

“You don’t even have to be convicted of a crime to lose your job in this constitutional republic if this body determinates that your conduct as a public official is clearly out of bounds in your role,” said Graham in 1998. “Because impeachment is not about punishment. Impeachment is about cleansing the office.”

In another clip from the time period, Graham made clear that what he was concerned with was Clinton’s obstruction of justice — precisely the charge Trump faces:

“I’m telling you momentum is shifting toward impeachment, because people are looking at facts and coming to realise the President committed serious crimes and it is not just about sex. The idea that this is an accusatory function here. We are not the trial, the trial is in the Senate. Our job is to find credible evidence if there is warning impeachment from that evidence; grand jury perjury, obstruction of justice by the President, I think are high crimes and misdemeanours. The only thing to change my mind would be direct, honest candour on his part. The President has to earn censure.

Of course, it’s not just Republicans who will be embarrassed. Democrats such as Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-NY)  who in 1998 attacked the impeachment push against Clinton may now find themselves contradicting their prior claims. But they, more credibly, can point to an important difference. While Clinton was impeached over his obstructive lies about a consensual, though wrongful, sexual relationship, Trump’s conduct relates much more directly to an issue of national importance: Russia’s attack on American elections and the investigation into that matter.

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