Trump Complains After CNN’s Don Lemon Asks Dem Candidates About President’s ‘Bigotry’

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President Trump took aim at CNN’s Don Lemon for his role as a moderator in the latest Democratic debate on Wednesday, calling the host “the dumbest man on television.”

The president took issue with a question that Lemon asked Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar during Tuesday night’s debate. During that event, Lemon asked the lawmaker, “What do you say to those Trump voters who prioritize the economy over the president’s bigotry?”

Trump complained that Lemon “insinuated last night while asking a debate ‘question’ that I was a racist, when in fact I am ‘the least racist person in the world.'” In a second tweet, he said that CNN’s ratings have “gone down the tubes and will stay there until they bring credibility back to the newsroom.”

In response to Trump, Beto O’Rourke — who was on the debate stage on Tuesday night — quoted the president’s tweet and wrote, “Donald Trump is a racist.” O’Rourke included a video of him saying on stage, “We’ll call his racism out for what it is.”

The former Texas congressman went on to talk about specific examples of Trump’s racism, including his attacks on Rep. Ilhan Omar, Mexican immigrants, and his Muslim ban. He also noted that hate crimes are escalating in the United States.

Candidates were asked several questions about race relations last night, including how they’ll heal the racial divide and what they will do about the rising tide of white supremacy. Though Trump insists that he isn’t racist, American’s don’t seem to agree with that assessment — the latest Quinnipiac poll shows that 51% of Americans believe the president is racist, with 45% saying he isn’t.

Meanwhile, Trump was surprisingly quiet online during the debates. Earlier on Tuesday, he told C-Span that he would be watching the debates, saying, “I would like to know who I’m going to be running against.”

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Phyllis Softa
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General, I saw your list of 5 Republican Reps retirements yesterday online. It omits Rob Woodall who announced his retirement in February and Susan Brooks who announced her retirement in June. My count is 7. Of note, is no mention of Duncan Hunter, whose trial is scheduled for Sept, 2019 and Chris Collins, who trial is scheduled for Feb, 2020. Hunter’s wife has agreed to testify against him. Being that they were both under a federal indictment from Trump’s DOJ at the time they were reelected in 2018, one can assume if they are imprisoned at the time of the… Read more »

General Confusion
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Yes, my dear banstan, Republican Reps are a minority in the House only because there are fewer Republican Reps representing. And, as I miserably failed to point out to you, it looks as if there will be fewer Republican Reps representing in the near future because fewer Reps want to represent.

I hope that didn’t represent too much confusion for you.

Phoenix
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Sigh… its really too bad Klobuchar isn’t doing well in the polls. I like that she could answer that question without alienating people who voted for Trump.

And for the author – why bother writing an article about a question asked if you aren’t even going to cover the answers. Who cares about the presidents stupid tweets.

General Confusion
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In an unusually early string of early GOP retirements…

Rep. Mike Conaway of Texas
Rep. Paul Mitchell of Michigan
Rep. Martha Roby of Alabama
Rep. Pete Olson of Texas
Rep. Rob Bishop of Utah

all announced that they are moving on. Bye bye!

The rash of early, early retirements are being blamed on King Donald The Loser’s tweets causing them constant headaches having to (barf) explain or justify them to their constituents, and the fact that being in the minority isn’t so much fun because now the GOP Reps actually have to work for the first time in years. That must confuse them.

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