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February 10, 2020

Democratic presidential candidates are tearing each other apart, and President Trump's re-election team is loving it.

Billionaire philanthropist Tom Steyer used Friday's debate to tear up former Vice President Joe Biden over a campaign attack. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) spent the debate criticizing former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg's attempts to "buy [his] way into a nomination." And pretty much everyone was united in going after former South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg for his lack of experience.

All of that, a GOP operative tells Politico, means the Trump campaign "doesn't have to do anything but step back and watch the Democrats demolish themselves." "If you had asked me at the beginning of all of this which Democrats would be the weakest to run against from the moderate and the progressive lanes," this operative said he'd have cited Buttigieg and Sanders. That's exactly who's leading the pack coming out of the Iowa caucuses, leading to a "dream scenario" for Trump, the operative added.

Meanwhile, Biden, a candidate Trump once feared enough to try and get damaging information about from Ukraine, isn't even getting mentioned in the Trump camp anymore, Politico reports. Biden's name "is now hardly mentioned in conversations with the president's aides ... unless they're mocking him," Politico writes. And after his dismal fourth-place Iowa finish, well, "it looks like he's competing against himself," a top Trump aide said.

Read more about how the Trump campaign is viewing the Democratic melee at Politico. Kathryn Krawczyk

December 11, 2018

President Trump, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif), and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) bickered about border funding in an Oval Office meeting that turned supremely awkward. Even more awkward was the 15 times Trump interrupted Pelosi during the Tuesday meeting.

Trump, Vice President Mike Pence, and the nation's top two Democrats met to discuss the looming government shutdown. Trump has said he won't sign the bill funding the government next year unless it includes $5 billion in funding for a border wall. Democrats have so far promised Trump only $1.6 billion.

Trump started the meeting with more than five minutes of uninterrupted spinning on the supposed benefits of a border wall. Yet just 20 seconds after he invited Pelosi to speak, Trump jumped in and questioned why she was calling this a "Trump shutdown." Another 10 seconds, another interruption. And the frequency only escalated from there, reaching 15 total interruptions.

The tension came to a head when Trump launched a few more rapid-fire interruptions, and finished by saying "it's not easy for [Pelosi] to talk right now." Pelosi calmly fired back: "Please don't characterize the strength that I bring to this meeting."

Meanwhile, when he asked Schumer to speak, Trump waited 40 seconds before talking over the senator. Schumer just interrupted Trump in return, and the two devolved into something just short of a shouting match. Pence, meanwhile, spent more than 16 minutes without saying a word. Kathryn Krawczyk

September 5, 2018

Alex Jones got into a heated argument with Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) on Wednesday in the Senate hallway, with Jones repeatedly berating the senator until Rubio threatened to "take care of" him.

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey and Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg are testifying before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Wednesday, speaking about issues of election interference and misinformation on their platforms. So Jones, the Infowars founder and fringe conspiracy theorist who was recently banned from most major social media websites, decided to show up on Capitol Hill to wander around the halls ranting about being censored and claiming that the media slandered him, per CNBC.

Eventually, Jones interrupted Rubio during a gaggle, asking him to address "the Democrats purging conservatives" on social media. After attempting to ignore Jones, Rubio told him, "I don't know who you are, man." That really set Jones off, as he proceeded to call Rubio a "snake" and a "frat boy." He also put his hand on Rubio's shoulder, prompting the senator to angrily warn, "Don't touch me again, man." When Jones asked if Rubio was going to have him arrested, Rubio said that the authorities wouldn't be necessary because "I'll take care of you myself."

At that point, Rubio tried to get back on topic, taking questions from the journalists and ignoring Jones. "You guys can talk to this clown," Rubio told reporters before walking away. "Go back to your bathhouse," Jones shouted back. You can watch video of the exchange, which was streamed live on Periscope by Gateway Pundit contributor Cassandra Fairbanks, below. Brendan Morrow

August 23, 2018

The falling out between President Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions is getting increasingly public.

Trump has expressed frustration with Sessions over Twitter and reportedly to White House aides, but he has recently escalated his public comments against the attorney general.

After Trump said "Jeff Sessions never took control of the Justice Department" in a Wednesday interview, Sessions hit back in a statement. "I took control of the Department of Justice the day I was sworn in," he said, "which is why we have had unprecedented success at effectuating the president's agenda."

He also said he wouldn't be swayed by Trump's attacks, reports BuzzFeed News. "While I am attorney general, the actions of the Department of Justice will not be improperly influenced by political considerations. I demand the highest standards, and when they are not met, I take action." Trump has said he is unhappy with Sessions over his decision to recuse himself from the investigation into whether the Trump campaign was involved with Russian election interference in 2016, adding that he only gave Sessions the job in the first place out of "loyalty."

"When everybody sees what's going on in the Justice Department — I always put 'justice' now with quotes — it's a very, very sad day," Trump told Fox & Friends' Ainsley Earhardt. Trump said cooperating with the DOJ "almost ought to be outlawed" if it meant "flipping" on the boss, but Sessions said he is "proud" to work with a "dedicated group of law enforcement investigators." Fox News reports that Sessions released the statement shortly before entering a meeting with Trump at the White House. Summer Meza

May 3, 2018

James Comey defended his former agency, the FBI, on Thursday after a scathing attack by Rudy Giuliani on Sean Hannity's Fox News show Wednesday night. Giuliani not only personally attacked Comey, calling him a "disgraceful liar" and a "very perverted man," but he also skewered the FBI for raiding the home and office of Trump's personal lawyer, Michael Cohen.

"The question there was, the only possible violation there would be: Was it a campaign finance violation?" said Giuliani, referring to the $130,000 payment Cohen wired to adult film actress Stormy Daniels in October 2016. "Which usually results in a fine, by the way, not this big stormtroopers coming in and breaking down his apartment and breaking down his office."

On Thursday, Comey hit back. "I know the New York FBI," he tweeted. "There are no 'stormtroopers' there; just a group of people devoted to the rule of law and the truth. Our country would be better off if our leaders tried to be like them, rather than comparing them to Nazis." Zing. Jeva Lange

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