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WATCH: Katrina Pierson says liberal journalists ‘literally beat Trump supporters’

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Donald Trump campaign spokeswoman Katrina Pierson said in a Fox News interview Monday that the liberal media “literally beat” Trump supporters, showing that she either does not know the meaning of the word “literally” or that the campaign is ratcheting up its anti-press rhetoric another notch.

Voters, Pierson said, “are tired of seeing left-wing reporters literally beat Trump supporters into submission for supporting policies they don’t agree with. It just shuts them down and that’s not what they’re seeing in this campaign.”

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On Saturday night at a rally in Fairfield, CT, Republican presidential nominee Trump went on a no-holds-barred rant against “the media” for its failure to portray him in an adequately flattering light. He threatened to pull the New York Times‘ press credentials and called journalists “disgusting.”

Journalists at Trump rallies say that they feel increasingly threatened at the events. More and more, as the candidate demonizes reporters and journalists, rally goers stop by the “press pen” — a barricaded square in the middle of the room — to jeer at them, give them the finger or to make threats.

Independent Journal‘s Congressional reporter Joe Perticone posted this segment from the Pierson interview on Twitter Monday morning:

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Pierson’s willingness to tie herself in logical knots defending Trump has made her a favorite target among liberal bloggers and others looking for some comic relief during this grim campaign season.


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What is China doing to stop Beijing’s new coronavirus outbreak?

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Over 1,000 flights have been cancelled, schools shut and residents urged not to leave Beijing, as Chinese authorities race to contain a fresh outbreak linked to the capital's largest wholesale food market.

The number of confirmed cases in the capital has shot up to 137 within the last week after two months of no cases, and four other provinces have revealed cases linked to the Beijing cluster.

How did the outbreak begin, and what measures are Beijing taking to contain it?

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Beijing had turned into a virtual fortress at the height of the pandemic, with people arriving from other regions or countries required to undergo quarantines.

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Democrats and Never-Trumpers gaming out ‘doomsday scenarios’ if president refuses to leave office: report

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According to a report in the New York Times, Democratic strategists and Never-Trumper conservatives fear Donald Trump will refuse to leave office should he lose in November and are making plans and figuring out their legal options should such an unprecedented state of affairs come to pass.

The report, by the Times' Reid Epstein, begins with one such possible scenario.

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‘Retaliation plain and simple’: Vaccine agency top Doc fired by Trump administration files whistleblower complaint

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Dr. Rick Bright has retained an attorney and will be filing a whistleblower complaint after the Trump administration fired him from his position as head of the federal agency charged with developing a COVID-19 vaccine. Dr. Bright was moved to a different agency with a narrower focus after he raised concerns over President Donald Trump's obsession with promoting hydroxychloroquine, a malaria drug recent studies found doubles the death rate in coronavirus patients.

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