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GOP in disarray: Trump’s Virginia state chairman fired for staging protest in front of RNC headquarters

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The internecine war between GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump’s campaign and the leadership of the Republican Party burst into public view on Monday with Trump’s Virginia state chairman getting booted from the campaign for heading up a protest outside the headquarters of the Republican National Committee.

On Monday, RNC head Reince Priebus and House Majority Leader Paul Ryan both conducted conference calls with GOP lawmakers and party activists, trying to hold things together following another disastrous Trump debate performance.

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However Trump partisans, egged on by Trump attacking Ryan on Twitter, showed up across the street from RNC headquarters holding signs and chanting.

In pictures posted online, one protester can be seen holding a sign reading: “Better to grab a p***y than to be one.”

Showing that Trump still needs the support of the RNC just as much as Republican Party leadership fears overtly turning their back on their presidential nominee will be devastating come election time, the Trump campaign fired Virginia State Chairman Corey Stewart.

According to a statement from the campaign, “Former State Chairman Corey Stewart is no longer affiliated with the Donald J. Trump campaign” effectively immediately.

“Corey made this decision when he staged a stunt in front of the RNC without the knowledge and approval of the Trump campaign.”

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Embattled campaign manager Kellyanne Conway, added, “We have a tremendous working relationship with the RNC. Chairman Reince Priebus has been an engaged mad incredibly supportive ally to Mr. Trump throughout the campaign.”

The stunt protest comes on the heels of news that REpublicans candidates were told to feel free to keep their distance from the toxic Trump if they feel he may hurt their reelection chances.


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There’s no respite from Trump’s vindictiveness and foolishness

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As we know, even in the midst of a national emergency, Donald Trump could find time and bandwidth to continue his retribution campaign.

He dismissed Michael Atkinson, the inspector general for the intelligence agencies, for doing “a terrible job,” satisfying his own thirst for vengeance for anyone who actually adhered to law and practice over blind loyalty to Trump himself. Indeed, asked about it the next day, Trump underscored his action by saying, Atkinson “was no Trump supporter, that I can tell you.”

It was an act that we once would have labeled corruption, by Democrats and Republicans – that is using the office for personal purposes – if Congress and too many Americans had not since become inured by so many like instances.

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This is how Taiwan and South Korea bucked the global lockdown trend

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As the coronavirus pandemic sparks global lockdowns, life has continued comparatively unhindered in places like Taiwan, South Korea and Hong Kong after their governments and citizens took decisive early action against the unfolding crisis.

At first glance Taiwan looks like an ideal candidate for the coronavirus. The island of 23 million lies just 180 kilometres (110 miles) off mainland China.

Yet nearly 100 days in, Taiwan has just 376 confirmed cases and five fatalities while restaurants, bars, schools, universities and offices remain open.

The government of President Tsai Ing-wen, whose deputy is an epidemiologist, made tough decisions while the crisis was nascent to stave off the kind of pain now convulsing much of the rest of the world.

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Republican ex-lawmaker with coronavirus scolds Wisconsin GOP for forcing voters to risk their health

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On CNN Tuesday, former Rep. Charlie Dent (R-PA), who is himself dealing with a bout of COVID-19, chastised the Wisconsin GOP for doing everything in their power to block the state elections from being moved — and forcing many voters to stand in line and risk exposure to the virus to cast their ballot.

"I have to tell you, here in Pennsylvania we have a Democratic governor and Republican legislature," Dent told host Don Lemon. "They postponed the election here from April 28 until June 2. Without any controversy. Everybody agreed it was the right thing to do and they moved on. I'm surprised Wisconsin took this risk, knowing they don't have to."

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