Cable news is a rough and tumble game of shade, wit and knowing your politics. That said, if anyone is going to share the screen with some of the most intelligent women on television, you better know what you are talking about. Many commentators learned the hard way in 2018 when they tried to spar.

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Whether it is fact checking on Trump, reminding people of the legacy of Barack Obama, or shutting down pure ignorance, these women are the voices for many of us. It has been a pleasure to see them lay down the law with grace and class. Most importantly, it is crucial that there are people who are doing the work to deliver the truth, especially in a time when the truth is easily dismissed by a president who functions very close to a  dictator and demonizes the press. These are women who are documenting history, holding people accountable and making sure the record is corrected in 2018, even in the face of blatant lies.

April Ryan, Joy-Ann Reid, Abby PhillipSymone Sanders, Angela Rye, Yamiche Alcindor, Nina Turner and the journalists, correspondents and commentators we need in 2018 and beyond.

See their greatest and most epic moments below:

1. Joy-Ann Reid Destroys Pastor Mark Burns

2. Angela Rye Lays Down The Law In Cornrows

3. April Ryan Owns Paris Dennard

4. Abby Phillip Fact-Checking Trump

5. Angela Rye Checks A Commentator Insulting April Ryan

6. White House Correspondent Yamiche Alcindor Asking Trump About His Racism

7. Nina Turner Annihilates Panelist On Racism In America

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