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CNN pundit rips conservative black pastor: You’re OK with Trump making you his ‘political pawn’

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CNN commentator and former Blaze TV co-host Tara Setmayer laid into Pastor Darrell Scott on Friday for defending Donald Trump’s remarks regarding a black supporter.

“You’re trying to act like you’re not aware of the racial climate in America,” Scott said during a discussion on Out Front with Erin Burnett. “The only reason I stand out as a Donald Trump supporter is because I’m black.”

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“Apparently,” she shot back. “According to Donald Trump.”

The exchange concerned a speech by the GOP candidate on Friday, in which he told supporters, “Look at my African-American” to start an anecdote describing what he said was a positive reaction among black voters.

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Scott, who was part of a group of black pastors that endorsed Trump earlier this year, described the statement as Trump’s attempt as a “term of endearment,” while Setmayer, who is also black, accused conservative Trump sympathizers of succumbing to “Stockholm Syndrome.”

“Don’t try to act like we’re in America but we don’t understand the racial climate of this country,” Scott told her.

“So you’re acknowledging that it’s OK for Trump to parade you out as a political pawn,” Setmayer countered.

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“I still have my ear to the ground in the black community,” Scott said. “There’s so many blacks who hope they don’t get white judges.”

“So, you’re OK with racism,” Setmayer responded.

Watch the discussion, as posted online, below.

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White House adds 20 percent increase to ‘best case’ projection of coronavirus deaths

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The White House is moving the goal posts once again. Instead of taking drastic action, like asking every state's governor to mandate a quarantine to reduce the spread of coronavirus, it is quietly upping its projected death toll, just one day after stunning Americans with a six-digit death rate.

On Sunday President Donald Trump told Americans he thinks if 100,000 Americans die from coronavirus he will have done "a very good job."

On Monday Dr. Deborah Birx announced the White House is projecting 100,000 to 200,000 deaths.

Tuesday evening, the number increased 20 percent.

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Olympic athletes in ‘impossible position’ – Canada

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Canadian Olympic chiefs said Monday the health and safety of athletes had prompted the country's decision to withdraw its team from the Tokyo Olympics amid the coronavirus pandemic.

A day after Canada became the first team to announce its withdrawal from the July 24-August 9 Games, Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) chief David Shoemaker said athletes had been left in an "impossible position."

With public health authorities urging individuals to stay inside to curb the spread of COVID-19, athletes had been caught between a desire to heed health and safety advice while trying to minimize disruption to training programs.

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Vietnamese women strive to clear war-era mines

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Inching across a field littered with Vietnam war-era bombs, Ngoc leads an all-women demining team clearing unexploded ordnance that has killed tens of thousands of people -- including her uncle.

"He died in an explosion. I was haunted by memories of him," Le Thi Bich Ngoc tells AFP as she oversees the controlled detonation of a cluster bomb found in a sealed-off site in central Quang Tri province.

More than 6.1 million hectares of land in Vietnam remain blanketed by unexploded munitions -- mainly dropped by US bombers -- decades after the war ended in 1975.

At least 40,000 Vietnamese have since died in related accidents. Victims are often farmers who accidentally trigger explosions, people salvaging scrap metal, or children who mistake bomblets for toys.

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