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Can You Believe?

Can you believe the tortured dances of three eyewitnesses – two senators and a Cabinet secretary – trying to deny the vile words about immigrants that Trump uttered in their presence?

Can you believe Trump following up his racist tirade by mouthing empty words about Martin Luther King, Jr. – and then spending the MLK National Day of Service on the golf course at Mar-a-Lago?

Hits and Misses – the week’s best and worst moves

Hit of the Week: Senator Jeff Flake’s passionate, eloquent Senate speech denouncing Trump’s war on the media and comparing Trump to Stalin. Runner-up: Senator John McCain’s Washington Post op-ed attacking Trump along similar lines.

Miss of the Week: Trump’s so-called Fake News Awards, which embodied everything Flake and McCain said about him.

Hot House Race of the Week

Now that Darrell Issa has announced his retirement, San Diego County’s most endangered GOP Congressman is Duncan Hunter (CA-50). A hard-right, anti-immigrant conservative, Hunter is best known for his misuse of campaign funds, including the purchase of a first-class airplane ticket for his children’s pet rabbit. He is now under investigation by a grand jury, which just issued its first subpoenas. Hunter has returned some of the funds and terminated his wife’s $3,000-per-month salary, but the damage has been done. If he stays in the race, he could well lose, even in this deep-red district. If he drops out, rumors have it that Issa might move south and jump in the race. If so, we’re ready for him.

Finally…

This weekend marks two anniversaries – one appalling, the other inspiring. On January 20, 2017, Donald J. Trump was inaugurated as the 45th president of the United States. The very next day, more than 5 million women and men across America and around the world joined in the Women’s March to show their opposition to Trump’s presidency and their determination to restore sanity and decency to our civic life. This weekend, we will march again to show that we can and will resist Trump, replace his supporters in Congress, and take back our democracy. I will out there on the streets. I hope you can join us at a Women’s March near you.