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Congratulations, America! You Taught CNN a Lesson Last Night – Did They Bother to Listen?

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The next time CNN tries to pull this stunt, don’t play along by watching. Turn the channel again.

Congratulations, America!

CNN tried to re-create its 2015-2016 game plan of giving Donald Trump as much free airtime as possible, airing his hate rallies live, with little to no fact-checking or commentary, which some say helped land him in the White House.

Some, like The Huffington Post, initially refused to cover The Donald as a serious candidate when he announced. HuffPo ran their Trump coverage in the Entertainment section for six months, until December of 2015 when the editor-in-chief of The Atlantic called Trump “an actual threat to national security.”

CNN this year is treating Howard Schultz like a serious candidate – even though he hasn’t even announced.

Howard Schultz has repeatedly refused to give actual answers to actual questions, said he won’t respond to hypotheticals, and has attacked the Democratic Party and liberal positions – all while pretending he’s not a candidate for office.

Schultz was gifted with an hour-long CNN Town Hall Tuesday night. Possibly the biggest news to come from it wasn’t his imbecilic remarks about gun control, but the fact that (pretty much) no one watched.

RELATED: FRED GUTTENBERG, FATHER OF PARKLAND SHOOTING VICTIM, SLAMS HOWARD SCHULTZ’S GUN CLAIMS, TELLS HIM TO ‘SHUT UP’

CNN’s Howard Schultz Show “finished third in the cable news ratings race, according to early numbers from Nielsen Media Research,” The Hill reports. “Both Fox News and MSNBC drew more viewers.”

MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell was only too happy to gloat about Schultz’s Folly.

“If you think Howard Schultz gets too much TV attention, please note Cory Booker got about 2 million more viewers with Rachel Maddow last night than Schultz got on CNN,” O’Donnell said on Twitter. “And I beat Schultz in the same time slot without a presidential candidate with 1.2 million more viewers.”

The question now becomes, did CNN learn its lesson, or will it try its hand once more at shaping a presidential race by using its tremendous resources to create a candidate out of almost nothing?

The next time CNN tries to pull this stunt, don’t play along by watching. Turn the channel.

 

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Trump Calls the US Senate ‘Our Turf’ – Accidentally Admitting He Knows the House Will Vote to Impeach Him

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Making perfectly clear just how corrupt he is President Donald Trump went on yet another morning “executive time” tweetstorm Thursday morning. The President went after the Intelligence Committee chairman while amplifying his belief he has the U.S. Senate in his back pocket – and accidentally admitting he knows the House will vote to impeach him.

“Corrupt politician Adam Schiff’s lies are growing by the day,” the President of the United States tweeted. “Keep fighting tough, Republicans, you are dealing with human scum who have taken Due Process and all of the Republican Party’s rights away from us during the most unfair hearings in American History.”

Literally not one word of those statements is true.

“But we are winning big, and they will soon be on our turf,” Trump declared.

That statement is telling.

If he were “winning big,” the House would not pass the Articles of Impeachment that are expected to be presented before Christmas.

Calling the U.S. Senate “our turf” means he knows he will be impeached – and believes he controls Senate Republicans.

Trump very well may be right. Senate Republicans refuse to challenge him. They are among his top defenders. But every day it becomes increasingly clear just how corrupt this president is.

And when voters finally accept this fact and Trump’s stranglehold on the GOP becomes untenable, when Republican Senators realize they won’t be able to keep their jobs if they keep backing Trump, they will start to say, “Donald who?”

 

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‘What Two People Keeping a Story Straight Might Look Like’: Why Are Trump’s ‘I Want Nothing!’ Mad Pad Remarks Going Viral?

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President Donald Trump’s remarks to reporters Wednesday are going viral, and one might wonder what level of co-ordination it takes to make that happen.

The President appeared on the White House lawn Wednesday with notes scratched on a pad in big black marker during the damning, bombshell testimony of his Ambassador to the European Union, Gordon Sondland.

Trump’s words were clear and direct, and he read from his notes to reporters – an extremely rare event given this president who generally talks off the top of his head with the press several days a week.

“I WANT NOTHING, I WANT NOTHING, I WANT NO QUID PRO QUO,” his notes read, and the president said those words in front of reporters.

Trump was speaking about Ukraine, and his bribery scheme for which he currently is speeding toward being impeached.

It’s important to note, as CNN’s Marshall Cohen did, that this new “script” is totally in conflict with Trump’s comments that the White House released from the July 25 call summary:

Attorney, commentator, and writer for Yahoo News and Just Security, Luppe Luppen, posted a copy of the photo a reporter took of the president’s notes.

Luppen offers this insight, apparently suggesting Sondland and Trump might be trying to keep their stories straight.

Those words also made their way into a Trump tweet:

And in comments during the impeachment hearings – courtesy of top Trump defender Rep. Jim Jordan and another Republican.

And then in a Fox News segment – which Trump just happened to see and tweet out almost immediately:

The White House press secretary also tweeted out the same script:

But many are clear: Trump wanted something.

 

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For Texas Governor Greg Abbott Protecting ‘Religious Liberty’ Appears to Apply Only to Anti-LGBTQ Hate

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Governor Greg Abbott is a strong proponent of religious liberty. The Texas Republican in May signed a bill protecting religious liberty, announcing, “I will always fight to preserve our religious liberty as Americans, and as Texans.”

Over the summer when the local government of San Antonio wanted to ban the Christian chicken chain Chick-fil-A from its airport food court over the company’s long history of supporting anti-LGBTQ charities, Gov. Abbott signed into law the “Save Chick-fil-A” bill. Twice.

“Texas protects religious liberty,” Gov. Abbott declared. “No business should be discriminated against simply because its owners donate to a church, the Salvation Army, or other religious organization.”

“The Save Chick-fil-A legislation that I’m about to sign is a victory for religious freedom in Texas,” he claimed.

But for Governor Abbott that religious liberty is effectively a one-way street.

On Monday Chick-fil-A announced it would narrow the number of recipients its charity donates to, to focus on hunger, homelessness, and education. As a result it will no longer donate to anti-LGBTQ non-profits including the Salvation Army and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

Related: Mike Huckabee: It’s ‘Tragic’ Chick-fil-A Will Focus Its Charitable Giving on Causes That Aren’t Anti-LGBTQ – Like Hunger

Abbott isn’t having it, and made clear he apparently will boycott Chick-fil-A as a result.

Retweeting the news of Chick-fil-A’s decision to help reduce hunger and homelessness and help improve education, the Texas governor posted a tweet Monday night announcing he would be dining at a Texas barbecue restaurant Bill Miller’s,

Abbott was willing to go all out to support and protect Chick-fil-A when the company was supporting anti-LGBTQ hate. When they stopped, he pulled his support – in a very public way.

In other words, Abbott’s desire to protect “religious liberty” only applies if that “liberty” is being used to attack LGBTQ people.

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WATCH: Fox & Friends Celebrates Signing of New Texas Anti-LGBT Law by Eating and Defending Chick-fil-A

 

 

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