From "I'm not going to cut Medicare or Medicaid" to hell yes I'm coming for your social safety net. In an interview with CNBC, [Donald] Trump was asked, "Entitlements ever [going to] be on your plate?" To which the man who said "I'm not going to cut Social Security like every other Republican and I'm not going to cut Medicare or Medicaid" responded, "At some point they will be. We have tremendous growth. We're going to have tremendous growth. This next year I"it'll be toward the end of the year. The growth is going to be incredible. And at the right time, we will take a look at that. You know, that's actually the easiest of all things, if you look, cause it's such a big percentage." Asked specifically about Medicaid, Trump told host Joe Kernen, "We're going to look" and then launched into a typical speech about how hes done so much for African Americans, who despise him, and failing to give his predecessor any credit whatsoever for the numbers:
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"The GOP needs to elect Trump, then impeach him," wrote Jonathan Ashbach, a conservative writer for the Federalist, a right-wing online magazine, in October of that year. Ashbach enjoined the Republicans to impeach Trump off the blocks, as soon as he took his presidential oath. He admitted this was a "desperate measure," but the times, he wrote, called for such Hail Marys. He went on: "If Republicans take the lead in removing Trump from office, the party might regain some of its lost credibility in parts of the electorate that it is anxious to attract."
Democratic presidential candidate Rep. Tulsi Gabbard filed a defamation lawsuit Wednesday against Hillary Clinton seeking $50 million in damages, claiming the former Democratic presidential nominee "carelessly and recklessly impugned" her reputation when she suggested in October that one of the 2020 Democratic candidates is "the favorite of the Russians." The lawsuit, filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, says it aims to hold Clinton and other "political elites" accountable for "distorting the truth in the middle of a critical Presidential election." It also says Gabbard suffered an economic loss to be proven at trial.
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