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Defensive Trump says he still wants to win: ‘I don’t care about the brand, I care about the country’

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Donald Trump has seemed distracted lately from his campaign, which appears to be hurting his family’s brand name.

The Republican presidential nominee hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony Wednesday at his new hotel in Washington, D.C., despite falling behind in the polls — as bookings plunge at Trump hotels and women eschew his daughter’s clothing brand.

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Despite all that, the Trump family told ABC News that business could hardly be better.

“I think we have the hottest brand in the world right now, and I think buildings like this are a testament to what we do every day,” Eric Trump said.

Residents of Trump Place in New York are signing a petition to have the GOP presidential nominee’s name taken of their apartment building, and a new Trump-owned hotel chain will bear the name Scion, rather than his own surname.

“I think the brand is much more than New York City,” said Donald Trump Jr. “This is a global brand. I mean, when you look at the people that he’s touching. The presidency, the fixing of America, is so much bigger.”

Trump also struck a positive tone, although he defensively denied that his business success mattered as much to him as his patriotic duty to “make America great again.”

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“I think the brand is hotter than it’s ever been, but it doesn’t matter to me,” Trump said. “I don’t care, it doesn’t matter. I don’t care about the brand, I care about the country.”

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How Lindsey Graham keeps lowering his standards for Trump

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As the coronavirus pandemic spread and death tolls increased across the United States over the last three months, Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., repeatedly raised the number of deaths he would find acceptable in defense of President Donald Trump's botched response.
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White woman pulls gun on Black woman after allegedly almost hitting her with her car

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On Wednesday, a viral video showed a white woman in Auburn Hills, Michigan, pulling a handgun on a Black woman in an altercation in a parking lot.

According to the woman taking the video, the white woman nearly hit the Black woman while backing up her van, and the argument escalated quickly.

"Get the license plate!" the Black woman can be heard shouting.

"Don't you f**king jump behind my car," replied the woman with the gun. "Get the f**k back! Get the f**k back! Back the f**k up!"

According to the poster, the woman who brandished the gun has been arrested.

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July 4 re-opening still on after employee at private sports club owned by billionaire governor tests positive for coronavirus

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After at least three complaints alleging lax reopening practices at West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice’s luxury resort hotel, a kitchen employee has tested positive for the coronavirus at a residential and sports club affiliated with The Greenbrier.

Local Health Department officials directed a 14-day quarantine for potentially exposed employees at The Lodge, a restaurant at the Greenbrier Sporting Club, and the venue will remain closed until July 10. Festivities planned at the club for July 4 will go on, but with food from other facilities.

"While the events of the past few days certainly have thrown us a curve ball, we have reached out to our friends and colleagues in the area to pull together a festival that will have something for everyone," the director of operations at the sporting club, Allen Wills, told its 400 members in a Tuesday night email, obtained by ProPublica.

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