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CNN’s Costello lauds Trump’s dad as working class hero — and forgets he was a horrible slumlord

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Viewers of CNN Newsroom may have been shocked to find out this morning that Fred Trump was a friend of the working man — or he was, at least according to Carol Costello, anchor during the 9:00 a.m. (EDT) news hour. While speaking with Larry Sabato — director of the University of Virginia Center for Politics — and Trump surrogate Boris Epshteyn, viewers may have found themselves wondering if the three were mixing up the phrases “blue collar” with “blue blood” in their analyses of how Trump “resonates.”

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Costello’s tone became treacly when she broached the concept of unification. “Let’s talk about unifying. One demographic he is unifying is blue collar Americans. That term ‘blue collar billionaire’ came up again.”

Sabato responded: “Fact. When Donald Trump was talking about his father, Fred, he talked about how his father would mingle with the people who worked with him.”

After playing a clip of the acceptance speech where Trump referred to the elder Trump’s love for bricklayers and electricians (Trump’s history as a slumlord is well-documented), Costello reacted to the speech clip as if Trump had been speaking of his father as a working class hero. Fred Trump gave his son a sizable inheritance from the millions he earned from ripping off the FHA and enforcing the color line against black renters. Costello’s elision of any of those facts was shocking given what she was about to say.

“He went on to say, Larry, that that group of people have been the forgotten people in America. and I think that does really resonate with that particular demographic.”

“His base is non-college blue collar,” Sabato agreed.  “And that’s why if he breaks through anywhere with Republicans, it will be in the Rust Belt States. So, I think that’s absolutely true. That’s where he draws this support. Where he loses support …  is among the college educated. He is drawing a lower percentage among college-educated Americans than any modern Republican.”

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At that point, Sabato and Epshteyn got into an argument about whether pointing out that Trump is not supported by the college-educated is a “liberal narrative,” but the “fact” of Fred Trump turning into the “working man’s friend” was allowed to stand.

 

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WATCH: Franklin Graham tells Jeanine Pirro coronavirus pandemic is because of people sinning

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Franklin Graham blamed sinners for the COVID-19 coronavirus epidemic during a Saturday night appearance on Fox News.

Host Jeanine Pirro noted the growing death toll and wondered how God could let that happen.

"Well, I don't think it's God's plan for this to happen," Graham said.

"It's because of the sin that's in the world, judge," he argued.

"Man has turned his back on God, we have sinned against him, and we need to ask for God's forgiveness and that's what Easter's all about," he continued.

"This pandemic, this is the result of a fallen world that has turned its back on God," he added.

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Drought causing water shortage amid coronavirus crisis in Chile

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Years of resource exploitation and lax legislation have allowed most reservoirs in that part of the country to run dry.

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Trump warns of ‘tough week’ ahead — after the United States surpassed 300,000 coronavirus victims

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US President Donald Trump warned Americans on Saturday to brace for a "very horrendous" number of coronavirus deaths in the coming days as the total number of global fatalities from the pandemic soared past 60,000.

As confirmed COVID-19 cases in the United States surpassed 300,000 with more than 8,300 deaths, there was some encouraging news in Italy and Spain.

Europe continues to bear the brunt of the epidemic, however, accounting for over 45,000 of the worldwide deaths, and Britain reported a new daily high in fatalities.

There are now more than 1.17 million confirmed coronavirus cases around the world and there have been 63,437 deaths since the virus emerged in China late last year.

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