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#1512178 --- 01/08/18 06:20 AM Re: Draining the swamp [Re: kyle585]
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https://www.yahoo.com/news/trump-mixes-apos-consequential-apos-101446473.html

Just a day after he declared himself a “very stable genius” and “like, really smart,” President Donald Trump mixed up the word “consequential” with “consensual” in an embarrassing tweet.

The screwup appeared in a Sunday night tweet in which Trump praised a supportive column in the New York Post. Writer Michael Goodwin lauded Trump’s “enormous consequential presidency,” but Trump referred to it in his tweet as an “enormous consensual presidency.”

When Trump asked readers to check out the entire piece, he also mistakenly posted Goodwin’s email address instead of a link to the column. In addition, he used an ellipsis in his tweet to conveniently skip over Goodwin’s remark about his “own frustration” over Trump’s “missteps.”

Someone quickly noticed the gaffe before it was changed (and “missteps” added). By then, Twitter had gone wild and the hashtag #consensualpresidency was born. Several tweeters called it a “Freudian slip” because of Trump’s controversial “grab ’em by the pussy” comment to “Access Hollywood.”

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A "consensual presidency" is when one grabs a country by the pussy and they let you, because you're a star. https://twitter.com/realdonaldtrump/status/950194495223730176
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MSNBC’s Joy Reid couldn’t help but notice the timing of the phrase “consensual presidency” just as women were appearing in black at the Golden Globes to protest sexual harassment.

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He also coined the soon-to-be trending term “consensual presidency,” on the night of the black dress, #TIMESUP #goldenglobes no less. Yeah this show won’t make it to season two... pic.twitter.com/CG2isRxrKI
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#1512205 --- 01/08/18 04:45 PM Re: Draining the swamp [Re: kyle585]
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What a disgusting bunch.

http://www.cnn.com/2018/01/08/politics/steve-bannon-apology-trump/index.html

The simple fact is that Bannon is running scared -- knowing that much of his professional life depends on not being enemy #1 of the president. And, he knows that the most tried and true way back into Trump's good graces is total flattery.

Word out of the White House is that Bannon's apology hasn't sated Trump, that it is too little, too late. "I don't believe there's any way back for Mr. Bannon at this point," deputy White House press secretary Hogan Gidley said on Monday afternoon en route to Nashville with the President.

Maybe. But remember that Trump's grudges aren't like other peoples' grudges. He holds them until he decides he doesn't want to anymore or that it is politically advantageous -- or good TV -- for him to end the grudge.
Need evidence? Guess who flew to Tennessee on Air Force One today with President Trump? None other than "Liddle Bob Corker," the Tennessee Republican senator who repeatedly raised questions about Trump's mental stability and fitness for office last year.

How did the two reconcile? Corker reversed course and voted for Trump's tax cut bill and the two commiserated over the alleged "fake news" surrounding the Tennessee senator's motivation for his flip flop.

Bannon's apology is his hope he can follow that same Corker character arc with Trump.
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#1512223 --- 01/09/18 03:19 AM Re: Draining the swamp [Re: kyle585]
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Oprah Winfrey added her voice to the national reckoning over sexual harassment and misconduct in a history-making speech at Sunday night’s Golden Globe Awards &#8213; but it seems some aspects of her oration were lost on President Donald Trump’s elder daughter, Ivanka.

Though Winfrey didn’t mention the names of any of the men whose alleged bad behavior has dominated headlines in the past year, she assured women and girls, as the first black woman to receive the the Cecil B. DeMille Award, that “time is up” for powerful, abusive men who have been silencing, hurting and exploiting women.

The speech brought the crowd to their feet and ignited calls for the media mogul to run for president in 2020. Winfrey’s powerful response also took direct aim at men, including the likes of the president, who have been accused of abusing their power to target women. Trump has been accused of sexual harassment, assault or misconduct by more than a dozen women.

Still, Ivanka tweeted her praise for Winfrey’s speech late Monday night, calling it “empowering and inspiring.” She then called on women and men to unite in a cause that was created, in large part, to fight against men exactly like her father.

Time’s Up Now, the cause Winfrey specifically mentioned in her speech and the initiative that prompted women on the Golden Globes red carpet to wear black, is an organization set up by women in the entertainment industry who are fighting against sexual misconduct in various fields. It includes a legal defense fund to help pay fees for women who are being sexually harassed at work and want to take action.

Unsurprisingly, acidic responses to Ivanka’s tweet came pouring in, as public figures, celebrities, journalists and advocates pointed out the hypocrisy of the message and called on the president’s daughter to support the women accusing her father of harassment, misconduct and assault.
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#1512241 --- 01/09/18 11:50 AM Re: Draining the swamp [Re: kyle585]
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I can't believe that an American president is in first place here. How can any American support him? He may destroy our democratic way of life.

https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/tru...kushpmg00000009

POLITICS 01/09/2018 09:47 am ET

Trump Named The World’s No. 1 Oppressor Of Press Freedom
A journalism group named the president among repressive leaders who “have gone out of their way to attack the press” and undermine free speech.

President Donald Trump, who recently said he would announce the “MOST DISHONEST & CORRUPT MEDIA AWARDS OF THE YEAR,” has been awarded the title of the world’s most oppressive leader toward press freedom by the Committee to Protect Journalists.

Trump claimed the journalism organization’s top prize for “overall achievement in undermining global press freedom,” and joins four other leaders, including strongmen like Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdo&#287;an and Russian leader Vladimir Putin, who “have gone above and beyond to silence critical voices and weaken democracy,” the Committee to Protect Journalists said Monday.

The group said its awards were for “recognizing world leaders who have gone out of their way to attack the press and undermine the norms that support freedom of the media.” Though CPJ determined that countries like Russia and China hold the tightest grip on their national media, it declared Trump the winner for “overall achievement.”

Trump’s disrespect for the First Amendment is his most obvious offense, CPJ noted, and is so flagrant that leaders in other countries have adopted his “fake news” term for unflattering coverage.

In addition, “under Trump’s administration, the Department of Justice has failed to commit to guidelines intended to protect journalists’ sources, and the State Department has proposed to cut funding for international organizations that help buttress international norms in support of free expression,” CPJ said. “As Trump and other Western powers fail to pressure the world’s most repressive leaders into improving the climate for press freedom, the number of journalists in prison globally is at a record high.”


Trump was named runner-up in CPJ’s “Most Thin-Skinned” category, losing to Erdo&#287;an. Trump’s attacks on the media are vicious and frequent, and he has responded to criticism by threatening lawsuits and the removal of broadcast licenses.

“CPJ research shows that when public figures and political leaders lob insults at the media, they encourage self-censorship and expose journalists to unnecessary risk,” the organization said.

Trump’s latest media attacks have focused on journalist Michael Wolff, whose new book Fire and Fury has sent the president and his administration into a tailspin. Though Trump has frequently denigrated CNN, he had adviser Stephen Miller appear on the network’s “State of the Union” broadcast Sunday in an attempt to defend Trump in the face of the book.

Miller was escorted off set after host Jake Tapper cut short the disastrous interview. “I think I have wasted enough of my viewers’ time,” Tapper told Miller. Trump, meanwhile, contended that Tapper “got destroyed” in the interview.

Trump tweeted that he will present his supposed media awards, which he renamed the “Fake News Awards,” on Jan. 17.



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#1512246 --- 01/09/18 01:42 PM Re: Draining the swamp [Re: kyle585]
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Trump spiritual advisor wants you to send her up to 1 month's pay or face 'consequences'
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#1512247 --- 01/09/18 01:52 PM Re: Draining the swamp [Re: kyle585]
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LOL, well if she's clairvoyant, her gift should tell her that no funds are headed in her direction.

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#1512259 --- 01/09/18 07:07 PM Re: Draining the swamp [Re: Formermac]
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You don't need to be a psychologist or a psychiatrist to know Trump has some sort of mental problem. It should be obvious to all by this time. The evidence increases with each passing day.

http://www.cnn.com/2018/01/09/politics/donald-trump-immigration-contradictions/index.html

Trump contradicts self repeatedly in immigration meeting

By Tal Kopan, CNN Updated 6:32 PM ET, Tue January 9, 2018

President Donald Trump appeared to contradict himself multiple times in a meeting on immigration with a bipartisan group of lawmakers Tuesday -- a reflection of growing frustration from Capitol Hill about the lack of direction from the White House on the issue.

The President at times suggested he would be looking to sign everything from a stand-alone fix for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program -- set to expire in March -- to comprehensive immigration reform, often appearing to being guided by lawmakers in the room to modify his positions.

The comments came during a nearly hour-long conversation between the roughly two dozen lawmakers, the President and White House staff that the press was allowed to record -- a window into the difficult negotiations that still surround the issue of replacing DACA, which protected young undocumented immigrants who came to the US as children from deportation, and border security.

At the end of the session, Trump suggested that ultimately, he would sign whatever he was presented with.

"I think my positions are going to be what the people in this room come up with," Trump said. "If they come to me with things I'm not in love with, I'm going to do it. Because I respect them."

Sens. Jeff Flake and James Lankford after the meeting both said the meeting was surprisingly helpful and they appreciated the President adding some clarity to the discussions, while noting hammering out the details remains to be worked out.

Lankford acknowledged that the meeting got "confusing," saying though Trump at the beginning defined "DACA" as a deal that included DACA plus border security and two other areas of reform, it was unclear during some parts of the meeting.
"It got confusing at times, in fact he said later, 'I just want a clean DACA and we'll do a comprehensive later,' and some of us said, 'Whoa, what do you mean by that?' And he came back to those four items," the Oklahoma Republican told reporters afterward.
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#1512260 --- 01/09/18 07:22 PM Re: Draining the swamp [Re: kyle585]
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https://www.politico.com/story/2018/01/09/trump-immigration-dreamers-congress-330981

Dreamer talks still jumbled after Trump’s freewheeling summit

Lawmakers were divided over whether a meeting at the White House had narrowed immigration negotiations.

By SEUNG MIN KIM, HEATHER CAYGLE, TED HESSON and RACHAEL BADE

01/09/2018 08:03 PM EST

President Donald Trump’s freewheeling, televised — and, at times, incoherent — immigration meeting with lawmakers Tuesday accomplished one thing at least, according to attendees: They agreed on what they would try to agree on.
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#1512264 --- 01/10/18 02:02 AM Re: Draining the swamp [Re: kyle585]
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Trump probably approves of Russian immigrants?

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A growing number of Russians are coming to the U.S. to give birth. These kids will have the right to live and work here, receive social services and, when they turn 21, will have the right to sponsor their parents for an American Green Card. Read more: http://nbcnews.to/2qKRueN
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#1512269 --- 01/10/18 06:51 AM Re: Draining the swamp [Re: kyle585]
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https://www.thedailybeast.com/democratic...europe?ref=home

Russian meddling in Western democracies throughout Europe is worsening, a new 200-page report released Wednesday by Sen. Ben Cardin (D-MD) warns. The report is the first of its kind from Congress, and it details Russian attempts to undermine governments in 19 European nations following alleged Kremlin interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

“Never before has a U.S. president so clearly ignored such a grave and growing threat to U.S. national security,” the report says of President Trump, who has taken little action in the wake of such evidence.

The report was not signed by any Republicans. Cardin, the top Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said he commissioned the paper so that American citizens can view for themselves the “true scope and scale” of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s work to undermine democracy globally.
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#1512381 --- 01/13/18 04:38 AM Re: Draining the swamp [Re: kyle585]
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https://www.yahoo.com/news/thanks-no-tha...-142638563.html

OSLO (Reuters) - Many Norwegians rejected on Friday a suggestion by U.S. President Donald Trump that they would be more welcome to move to the United States than immigrants from "shithole countries" such as Haiti or African nations.

The Nordic country, one of the richest in the world by GDP per capita, was last year named the happiest nation on the planet and is known for a cradle-to-grave welfare state funded in part by large reserves of oil and natural gas.
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#1512385 --- 01/13/18 10:50 AM Re: Draining the swamp [Re: kyle585]
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https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/car...her-job-n836261

INDIANAPOLIS — It was raining in Indiana's capital city on the day Renee Elliott and millions of other blue collar Americans stunned the world by helping to elect a Manhattan real estate mogul the 45th president of the United States.

But all Elliott saw that day was sunshine.

As she waited patiently in line to cast her vote, Elliott said she was buoyed by the belief that Donald Trump would make good on his campaign pledge and prevent her job at the Carrier plant — the job that she said allowed her to escape an abusive marriage and live a modest but comfortable life — from being sent to Mexico.

Now, very soon, Elliott will be standing in another line — the unemployment line.

Elliott, 44, was one of the 215 workers at the Indianapolis plant who were given pink slips on Thursday. And to say she is disappointed by Trump would be an understatement.

“We all voted for him,” she said of herself and her Carrier co-workers. “We just thought he was going to protect our jobs. It sounded really good. And then, boom.”

Elliott doesn't know what she is going to do next. She has only a high school diploma to go along with the hairdresser license she earned before she got the job five years ago at Carrier, when she was studying to be a nurse.

“My five-year plan was to finish out nursing school and work on the line and take classes at night,” she said.

What Elliott does know is that it will be hard to find anything that will match the $18-an-hour she made as a press operator at Carrier — and that whatever savings she had were eaten up raising two now-grown kids. Her 73-year-old mother, who had also been living with her, has moved in with her brother, who still has a job at Carrier.

“Being a paycheck away from being homeless is terrifying,” she said.

Then there is the other psychic toll that Elliott is bracing for. That job was her life for five years. She fears she will never find the kind of camaraderie she found working at the plant.
"“Being a paycheck away from being homeless is terrifying.”"

“We weren’t just people who worked in a factory, we were a family,” she said. “Everyone would go to Sully’s or hang in the parking lot, and everyone will be playing dice or cards and drinking and talking about the day.”

Elliott’s fate was sealed long before she voted for Trump. The Carrier Company announced on Feb. 10, 2016, that it was closing its plants in Indianapolis and Huntington, Indiana, and moving the operations to Monterrey, Mexico.

It was during the first presidential debate with Hillary Clinton that Trump gave Elliott and her co-workers some hope that their lives and livelihood would be spared.

“We have to stop our companies from leaving the United States and, with it, firing all of their people,” Trump declared. “All you have to do is take a look at Carrier air-conditioning in Indianapolis. They left — fired 1,400 people. They’re going to Mexico.
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#1512386 --- 01/13/18 11:06 AM Re: Draining the swamp [Re: kyle585]
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Drain the swamp, hell Trump has turn the country into a Florida everglade containing every foul creature existing on this earth. As it was stated, the Republicans will pay dearly for protecting this vile man and the party while leading the citizens of this country and the world into devastation like none seen in the last 80 years.

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#1512406 --- 01/13/18 02:24 PM Re: Draining the swamp [Re: Formermac]
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No, you’re not getting past the “Shithole” remark.

Ever.

You racist coward.

Your presidency is over. Have a grown-up explain it to you.
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#1512412 --- 01/13/18 04:12 PM Re: Draining the swamp [Re: kyle585]
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Donald Trump is not the first mediocre president of the United States, Krugman reminds weary Americans in his Tuesday column. The problem, however, is not only that Trump feels the need to refer to himself as a "very stable genius," but that the president lacks two of the key factors that prevented the previous generations of mediocre men from laying waste to our democracy: first-rate advisers and a functioning system of checks and balances. Congress and the Supreme Court have historically been safety valves protecting the country from the president's worst impulses. Unfortunately, Krugman writes, "under the Very Stable Genius in Chief, the old rules no longer apply."

Ronald Reagan's official Alzheimer's diagnosis came five years after he left office, but the disease may have taken hold during his second term. It's an alarming thought, but Krugman notes, "with James Baker running Treasury and George Shultz running State, one didn’t have to worry about whether qualified people were making the big decisions." Also, he continues, "while we’ve probably had chief executives who longed to jail their critics or enrich themselves while in office, none of them dared act on those desires."

Under Trump, this may no longer be true. Just look at the people he brought into the White House with him. Even though the likes of now-indicted former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn are gone, we're still left with Steven Mnuchin, the thought of whom, Krugman believes, "has Hamilton rolling over in his grave." And that's only one of the higher-profile appointments. In a particularly chilling reminder of what we're dealing with, Krugman writes:
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#1512419 --- 01/13/18 05:54 PM Re: Draining the swamp [Re: kyle585]
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Fortunately Trump was golfing during the Hawaii false alarm.

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#1512428 --- 01/14/18 04:23 AM Re: Draining the swamp [Re: Top Dog]
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Fortunately Trump was golfing during the Hawaii false alarm.
If we put him on a permanent golf vacation we would be better off. It is amazing how much he criticized Obama for golfing a fraction of what he is doing.
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#1512436 --- 01/14/18 01:42 PM Re: Draining the swamp [Re: kyle585]
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https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/donald-...ssaging-n837516

WASHINGTON — Last summer, President Donald Trump publicly pinned much of the blame for his administration’s woes on its communications efforts.

The White House and his broader administration could do better at communicating his agenda in one unified voice, he conceded in a Fox News interview, giving himself a “C or a C plus” on messaging.

But Trump’s leaked remarks during an immigration meeting Thursday calling Africa a bunch of “shithole countries,” coupled with his contradictory tweets that same day about a House bill authorizing foreign surveillance on U.S. soil, underscored his administration’s continued struggle with public messaging nearly one year into his presidency.

In using Twitter as a main vehicle for communicating — often unsupervised and free from the protocol that typically goes into official statements — Trump frequently undermines his staffers, contradicts their public statements and sends heated tweets that often derail efforts to stay on message.

Trump defends his use of Twitter, saying that it offers him a chance to communicate directly with the American people in an open and honest way. But the president, who often takes his cues from cable news — he frequently tags Fox News to his tweets — or from the last adviser to brief him, has proven that in many cases, his views are flexible and subject to influence.
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#1512442 --- 01/14/18 04:34 PM Re: "the mood is ugly" [Re: kyle585]
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FLAKE 2020!

https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/congres...-speech-n837556

WASHINGTON — Sen. Jeff Flake is planning to slam President Donald Trump's attacks on the press on the Senate floor this week in a speech that will compare the president's use of the term "enemy of the people" to describe the media to Soviet dictator Josef Stalin.

"When a figure in power reflexively calls any press that doesn't suit him ‘fake news,’ it is that person who should be the figure of suspicion, not the press," Flake, R-Ariz., will say, according to excerpts of the speech provided to NBC News.

Trump called the media the "enemy of the people" in a February tweet. "The FAKE NEWS media (failing @nytimes, @NBCNews, @ABC, @CBS, @CNN) is not my enemy, it is the enemy of the American People!" the president wrote on Twitter.

"Mr. President, it is a testament to the condition of our democracy that our own president uses words infamously spoken by Josef Stalin to describe his enemies," Flake plans to say in the Senate remarks.

"It bears noting that so fraught with malice was the phrase 'enemy of the people,' that even (later Soviet leader) Nikita Khrushchev forbad its use, telling the Soviet Communist Party that the phrase had been introduced by Stalin to for the purpose of 'annihilating such individuals' who disagreed with the supreme leader," Flake will say.

"This alone should be a source of great shame for us in this body, especially those of us in the president's party. For they are shameful and repulsive statements."

The speech from one of Trump's fiercest Republican critics comes as the president has promoted his "Fake News Awards" on Twitter, saying that the awards, expected to be on Wednesday, will go to "the most corrupt & biased of the Mainstream Media."

Since the 2016 election, Flake has emerged as a sharp critic of Trump, writing a book challenging the president earlier this year.

Flake, who is not running for re-election, explained his rationale for the upcoming Senate speech in an interview with NBC News' Kasie Hunt for Sunday night's "Kasie DC" on MSNBC, urging fellow GOP lawmakers to resist the temptation to "retreat into camps" when dealing with Trump.

"What I'm trying to do with this speech is basically trying to nudge the president back where I think that we, as elected officials, ought to be. And I think that that's a role that I should have as a member of the Senate," Flake told Hunt in the interview.

"We have a balance of power, separated powers here. We shouldn't all be afraid to criticize the president when we think he's wrong," he added.

In the Senate speech, Flake plans to label Trump's attacks on the press as "unprecedented" and "unwarranted."

"2017 was a year which saw the truth — objective, empirical, evidence-based truth — more battered and abused than any other time in the history of our country, at the hands of the most powerful figure in our government," Flake will say, according to the excerpts.

In an interview with Hunt, Flake reiterated his opposition to labeling the media the "enemy of the people."

"I don't think that we should be using the phrase that's been rejected as too loaded by a Soviet dictator," Flake said.
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#1512446 --- 01/14/18 07:18 PM Re: "the mood is ugly" [Re: kyle585]
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http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/analysis-...ory?id=52339439

Republican strategists have turned decidedly pessimistic about their prospects for the 2018 midterm elections.

Prominent Republicans are now saying privately that Democrats are virtually certain to win control of the House of Representatives.

As one senior Republican on Capitol Hill told ABC News, “If the election were held today, the House would be gone. Fortunately, the election is not today.”

Another prominent Republican strategist working on the midterm elections went further, telling ABC News point-blank that Republicans will lose the House and that this prospect unlikely to change.

“The only question is whether Democrats win narrowly by picking up 25 seats or whether it is a blowout of more than 35 seats,” the strategist told me.

Allies of President Donald Trump are convinced the president will quickly face impeachment hearings if Democrats take control of the House.

One Republican close to Trump predicted that not only will there be impeachment hearings but that the prospects for the president would be grim.

“Consider what happened with Bill Clinton,” the Trump ally said. “Clinton was disciplined; he had a strategy and still he was impeached.”
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