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It’s glancingly rare that anyone actually on the left gets booked on a cable news show like CNN’s The Lead, but when it happens, they generally shake shit up and leave the other talking heads agog. Today’s case: Mehdi Hasan, host for Al Jazeera and columnist for the Intercept, distilling the whole Trump/anti-Semitism/Israel flap into its simplest form in just one minute.

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Here are some of the best lines, with Hasan repeatedly making a strong case that Trump has always been an anti-Semite, punctuated by some of my favorite reaction shots of the other people on the panel, all of whom looked, at turns, absolutely stone-faced or deeply uncomfortable.

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“I just think we need to deal with this very dangerous idea that says being pro-Jewish means you have to be pro-Israeli, or being pro-Israeli means you’re automatically pro-Jewish and you’re immunized from the charge of anti-Semitism,” Hasan said. “Lots of anti-Semites support Israel.”

All of Chris Cillizza’s brain cells firing at once.
All of Chris Cillizza’s brain cells firing at once.
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“He’s always been an anti-Semite,” Hasan said about Trump, recalling instances of him making anti-Semitic remarks about his casinos, taking an anti-Semitic jab at Jon Stewart, and more. “This is not a controversial opinion.”

When you are so far out of your depth that you forget which way is up.
When you are so far out of your depth that you forget which way is up.
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“It goes on, and on, and on, I don’t know how much more evidence we need that he’s an anti-Semite, and it’s amazing that not a single Republican today has called him out for it,” Hasan concluded.

They kept this split screen going—she never looked up!—for an uncomfortably long time.
They kept this split screen going—she never looked up!—for an uncomfortably long time.
Screenshot: CNN
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