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Surrogate invents wildest Trump praise yet: ‘Donald is a combination of a Weeble and LeBron James’

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Donald Trump surrogate Steve Cortes predicted that the reality TV businessman would win the election in November because he is “a combination of a Weeble and LeBron James.”

During an interview with MSNBC’s Kristen Welker on Tuesday, Cortes explained why he expected Trump to defeat presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton even though she was dominating him in fundraising.

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“I think we’re rebounding and we’re going to be the LeBron James and Cleveland Cavaliers of campaigns,” he insisted. “They were down 3-1 and came back and won, and we’re already starting to see the same. Donald Trump is already starting to do better.”

“Despite the fact that there have been some stumbles in June, an absolute barrage of negative publicity, Donald Trump is still tied in key battleground states like Pennsylvania,” the surrogate opined. “When I was a kid, I used to play with Weebles and they would say, ‘Weebles wobble but they don’t fall down.'”

“Well, Donald Trump is a combination of a Weeble and LeBron James. And he is coming back strong and smart.”

Welker wondered if Trump would need to abandon “rhetoric that has been actually racist” if he wanted to turn his campaign around.

“I would absolutely push back on that,” Cortes replied. “And as a Hispanic who supports Donald Trump, I can tell you that there’s nothing in his record — in my opinion — that indicates that he has any racist inclinations at all.”

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Watch the video below from MSNBC, broadcast June 6, 2016.


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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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Elections 2016

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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Elections 2016

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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