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Dem blasts ‘most homophobic senator’ Rubio for ‘exploiting’ Orlando shooting to run for re-election

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A Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate is accusing Florida Republican Marco Rubio of cynically using the Sunday morning mass shooting at a gay night club in Orlando as an excuse to run for re-election after losing his presidential bid, the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Senate candidate Patrick Murphy condemned Rubio for announcing on Monday — a day after a shooter killed 49 people at Pulse night club — that he would reconsider running for Senate even after previously saying he was leaving. Murphy said Rubio was one of the country’s most homophobic senators.

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“I cannot tell you how many phone calls I’ve received just in the last 48 hours about how appalled people are, especially, especially my friends — our friends — in the LGBT community,” Murphy said when asked by reporters whether he thought Rubio was exploiting the tragedy. “Many of which are actually Republican, right now calling me and saying, ‘this is atrocious, this is despicable’ that a senator who is one of the most homophobic senators in this country, someone who voted to keep this terrorist gun loophole open, who has a 100 percent voting record with the NRA, I think — and now all of a sudden is going to use this horrific mass shooting, this act of terrorism, this hate crime to decide to run for the U.S. Senate? ”

Rubio’s spokesman did not respond to requests for comment from the Times.

“Look at his voting record,” Murphy continued. “But what’s appalling is not that he’s the most homophobic senator but that he’s now using this tragedy, targeting the LGBT community … as an excuse, an epiphany now, that he’s going to run for the Senate.”


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A new report from The Atlantic's McKay Coppins reveals that some conservative Trump supporters are intentionally defying recommended social distancing protocols as a way to stick it to their political foes.

In his article, Coppins interviews Georgia resident Geoff Frost, who says that older conservatives who play at his local country club have made a habit of blowing off recommendations against shaking hands and sharing golf carts during the worst public health crisis the United States has faced in decades.

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Welcome to another edition of What Fresh Hell?, Raw Story’s roundup of news items that might have become controversies under another regime, but got buried – or were at least under-appreciated – due to the daily firehose of political pratfalls, unhinged tweet storms and other sundry embarrassments coming out of the current White House.

Epidemiologists model how an infectious disease outbreak may spread within and between communities. The computer models are based on research into past epidemics, the virulence of a pathogen,the  severity of the illness it causes and various other factors. But these scientists assume that leaders will offer a coherent response to the crisis, and that people will modify their behavior appropriately. Trump, the conservative press and the Republican base are upending those assumptions.

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The doctor who said this continues to show up daily, caring for patients in need. Her health — and that of millions of other doctors, nurses, their families and the patients they care for — is put at risk when our leaders de-fund the health system that protects us all. She and other front line health workers, covering extra shifts and working overtime in this historic pandemic, tap into reserves of strength and resilience in hopes that the long overdue staff, equipment, space and systems arrive before the cases of COVID-19 surge out of control.

This article was originally published at Salon

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