WATCH: CNN’s Erin Burnett Takes GOP Rep. Nicole Malliotakis Apart Over Election Fraud Claims

It is not too often that a GOP lawmaker appears on CNN or MSNBC. So it was a bit of a surprise to see New York Freshman congresswoman Nicole Malliotakis appear on Erin Burnett’s CNN show.

Malliotakis came on to talk about her hopes to work with Democrats in a bi-partisan manner. This came off as disingenuous, though, as the New York Rep. challenged the election results on January 6th. read more

For the First Time in 20 Years Both MSNBC and CNN Beat Fox News in Ratings

Last week had a number of major political events. On Monday, Donald Trump made a stump speech in Dalton Georgia. On Tuesday, Americans eagerly awaiting the results of the Georgia senate race.

On Wednesday, viewers tuned in to see the election challenge being mounted by Trump loyalists in the House and Senate. As the fight began, though, a mob of Trump supporters stormed the US Capitol. read more

Historian Douglas Brinkley: Trump is Jealous of the Power Mitch McConnell Wields

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It has been very obvious over the last 4 years that Donald Trump does not enjoy the job of president. It has been equally obvious, though, that Trump very much enjoys the power of the job.

And Trump has exercised that power over the last few weeks in the form of pardons for his political allies and friends. This week, however, Mitch McConnell showed Trump what real power was. read more

CNN’s Berman: It’s a Good Day to Be a “Corrupt Republican Congressman”

Donald Trump is slowly coming to the realization that he will not be the president come February. He will only retain the power of the White House for the next couple of weeks.

And he certainly exercised that power on Tuesday night. Trump not only pardoned war criminals, he also gave former GOP lawmakers a free pass. Ex Congressman Duncan Hunter and Chris Collins were given a reprieve by the president. read more

John Bolton Says Mike Pompeo has Eviscerated his International Credibility

Donald Trump may or may not be attempting a coup to reverse the American election results. At times the threat seems to be a complete joke like Rudy Giuliani‘s Four Seasons press conference.

At other times, Trump‘s election interference seems deadly serious. Following his firing, former Defense Secretary Mark Esper said that he prayed he wouldn’t be replaced by a yes-man.

During a Tuesday press conference Secretary of State Mike Pompeo may or may not have been joking when he said that he expects a smooth transition to Trump‘s second term.

Whether the comments were made in jest or not, former National Security Adviser John Bolton argued that Pompeo had just eviscerated his international credibility.

Bolton made the comments while speaking with CNN‘s Wolf Blitzer.

Well, I think it’s delusional for Mike to say that, and I must say, I think he has eviscerated his credibility internationally because I think there are very few people, even in the United States government read more

CNN’s Jake Tapper Says Exit Polls Favor Joe Biden

Exit polls are going to be a bit different this year. Most years, the exit polls matter much more. But this year, the vast majority of Americans have already voted. So the exit polls have to be taken with a grain of salt.

That doesn’t mean, though, that the exit polls can’t still help to inform Americans of where voters are leaning. And according to CNN’s Jake Tapper, those exit polls favor the campaign of Joe Biden.

Tapper told viewers, “When we talk about reading the tea leaves, again, here I am seeing an electorate based on the early, early exit poll results — not definitive — that suggest an electorate that one could say is more amenable to the Biden message.”

The CNN anchor continued, “It is a more female electorate. It is a less white electorate. It has more older voters and seniors that are in favor of Biden according to polls, and a more college educated. Early results and looking at what I am seeing here, that is what I am taking away.”

Dana Bash, who joined Tapper during the segment, largely agreed. She told the host:

“The country is less white, but it’s not the Republican party,” Bash noted. “This is why broadly before Trump came on the scene you saw the Republican party nationally trying so hard to expand beyond a white base. And then came Donald Trump, and everything that came with the Trump campaign and the Trump presidency. It has been a lot harder for him to reach out beyond, and in order to keep the Republican party from being a really shrinking party.” read more

WATCH: John Bolton Wants GOP Leadership To Condemn Trump’s “Fraudulent Strategy” To Steal The Election

John Bolton had a special insight to how Donald Trump’s presidency and how he operates. He was more than willing to spill secrets about the 45th president in his book, The Room Where it Happened.

When the former National Security Adviser had the ability to talk about Trump to congress, he refused. But Bolton is again condemning his former boss for what he says is a “fraudulent strategy” to win the 2020 election.

Bolton told Jake Tapper, “I think he is trying to set up a fraud, a con on his own supporters and the entire electoral system to justify actions he is contemplating taking after the polls have closed. And he is playing on the popular misconception when they hear TV networks announce that state X has been carried by candidate A, that, in fact, things are decided on the night of the election, which is not true and almost never is on the same day.”

The long-time Republican then turned his concerns towards other GOP officials.

As I say, I think it’s a character test,” Bolton continued. “That (Republican’s Florida actions during the 2000 election) was a fraudulent strategy then and it’s a fraudulent strategy for Trump today. I think it’s important for Republicans to separate themselves from Trump on this very quickly because looking forward, if Trump loses, this is just one more problem for the party, one more albatross around our neck caused by Trump.”

Watch a clip of the segment below courtesy of CNN:

“I think he’s trying to set-up a fraud… on his own supporters and the entire electoral system to justify actions that he's contemplating taking after the polls have closed,” John Bolton says on Pres. Trump possibly prematurely declaring victory before all ballots are counted. pic.twitter.com/uDE5Xd7Ede read more

Report: Dr. Deborah Birx Has Stopped Attending Task Force Meeting Because of Scott Atlas

When Donald Trump was tasked with beating back the coronavirus in early March, he failed spectacularly. At that point, he was backed by experienced doctors like Deborah Birx and Anthony Fauci.

The COVID pandemic is once again growing in America. While Trump has behaved as if the country has put it behind them, the US is close to hitting 100,000 new cases a day.

And voices like those of Birx and Fauci have been silenced within the White House. They’ve been replaced by that of Scott Atlas, an unqualified doctor who is often willing to tell Trump whatever he wants to hear.

And because of the presence of Atlas, Birx has reportedly stopped attending task force meetings and hasn’t been to one since the summer.
CNN’s Kate Bennett says,I hate to use the term doctor shopping, but it almost feels like if this is what President Trump did until he found someone in the medical field that agrees with him.”

A colleague of Birx, Dr. Jerome Kim, told host Jake Tapper:

“I’ve known Debbie a long time. She really is completely driven by getting things done and being effective, and I think she’s frustrated. If she can’t get it done in the White House, the way to do it is go into the field and use personal diplomacy to convince politicians there is a right way to do this and a right way to approach things, and the consequences of failure are significant. Without an authority coordinating things centrally, the only thing you can do is make people aware of the facts and the truth, and my guess is this is her solution.” read more

WATCH: CNN’s Berman Says Trump is Committing Political Suicide

Donald Trump has entered the very end stages of his 2020 campaign. And the numbers don’t look good. It is incredibly important for the Republican to reach outside to voters who are outside of his base.

Instead, Trump has leaned into his base, desperate for adoration. He has been making comments that are likely to hurt his standing with women and independent voters. According to CNN’s John Berman, it is as if the president is committing “political suicide.”

The CNN host was particularly focused on Trump’s relentless attack on Dr. Anthony Fauci. On Monday afternoon, the president tweeted, “Tony should stop wearing the Washington Nationals’ Mask for two reasons. Number one, it is not up to the high standards that he should be exposing. Number two, it keeps reminding me that Tony threw out perhaps the worst first pitch in the history of Baseball!”

Berman responded to Trump’s COVID denial, “

You have a pandemic where thousands and thousands of Americans have died and cases are rising. And the president’s image is, instead of fighting that reality, enforce it when he’s speaking at large rallies with unmasked people, when he’s staging these super-spreader events, and when he’s attacking governors who are trying to battle the pandemic.” read more

Dr. Fauci Says Now Is the Worst Time for Trump To Be Holding Rallies

This has been a wild couple of weeks when it comes to the Coronavirus. While his advisors wanted to change the subject to anything but COVID-19, Donald Trump put it front and center by contracting the virus.

And the president has continued to downplay the seriousness of the pandemic. Despite cases being on the rise in multiple US states, Donald Trump is now ready to resume holding rallies. Dr. Anthony Fauci says that this is the worst time for him to be doing so.

The top immunologist made the comments while appearing on CNN. He was asked by host Jake Tapper if the Trump campaign was asking for trouble by holding rallies.

We know that is asking for trouble when you do that,” he responded. “We’ve seen that when you have situations of congregate settings where there are a lot of people without masks, the data speak for themselves. And now is even more so a worse time to do that.”

Dr. Fauci continued:

“It’s going in the wrong direction right now, so if there’s anything we should be doing, we should be doubling down in implementing the public health measures that we’ve been talking about for so long, which are keeping a distance, no crowds wearing masks, washing hands doing things outside as opposed to inside, in order to get those numbers down.” read more