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‘You’ve taken it to a place it didn’t need to be’: CNN panel lectures Lord over MLK-Trump comparison

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Neither Anderson Cooper nor Democratic consultant Bakari Sellers could handle Jeffrey Lord’s excuse for why he compared Donald Trump to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

“You’ve taken it to a place it didn’t need to be,” Sellers said. Later he said that this is where our culture has gone with people like Lord and Sean Spicer can rewrite history. “People died so I could sit here. It is an affront and I dare not let it go.”

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“Jeff, the notion that Dr. King is creating a crisis, I mean, I know you isolated that line from his writing, the crisis, it seems to me, existed long before Dr. King,” Cooper explained. “The crisis was about the treatment of black Americans in this country. It wasn’t a crisis manufactured by Dr. King.”

Sellers said that Trump is working to create a culture of anti-intellectualism and ignorance and the comparison that Lord made “perverted” one of the greatest pieces of literature of the last 150 years.

“The fact is that Donald Trump is trying to bring Democrats to the table to gut a piece of legislation which has insured many and saved lives,” Sellers went on. “If he is successful, people will die and rural hospitals like the one I use to represent will close.”

He went on to explain that Dr. King’s goal was to create equality with all races.

“I am not using a race card,” Sellers said after Lord made a blanket accusation. “I’m a black-American citizen who stands on the shoulders of people like Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr… The fact that you want to compare Donald Trump, who is trying to meet some political promise is astounding and even more it’s astoundingly absurd. The fact is this, Jeffrey, in our political discourse we have to remove these Hitler and Nazi comparisons. Donald Trump is not Martin Luther King, Jr. We’ve taken this to a place where it doesn’t need to be.”

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BUSTED: Trump said no one saw pandemic coming — but his own officials admitted it kept them up at night

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President Donald Trump has tried to claim that the coronavirus pandemic came out of nowhere and that his administration couldn't have possibly been better prepared for it.

However, CNN reports that past statements from his own administration's officials show that the threat of a pandemic hammering the United States was long seen as a danger that the country was not equipped to handle.

"Of course, the thing that people ask: 'What keeps you most up at night in the biodefense world?' Pandemic flu, of course," said Trump HHS Secretary Alex Azar nearly one year ago.

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Arkansas church vows to continue services: ‘Jesus died with COVID-19 so that you didn’t have to bear it’

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An Arkansas church intends to hold church services despite recommendations from state officials to limit gatherings as part of the fight against the coronavirus.

Awaken Church, in Jonesboro, vowed in a Facebook post to continue holding services in defiance of a Health Department directive banning gatherings of 10 or more, and after churches in other parts of the country were the source of community outbreaks, reported Newsweek.

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Trump’s path to re-election ‘smashed to splinters’ as his only achievement is swallowed up by the pandemic: report

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In a piece for Politico, Ben White writes that Donald Trump was going into November's election with only one achievement under his belt -- a healthy economy -- and now he has nothing left to run if he wants to be re-elected.

With all of the gains made in the stock market long gone due to the coronavirus pandemic and the collapse of oil prices, White claims that the president's campaign strategy lies in tatters.

"The fundamental pillars of Donald Trump’s presidency — a hot economy, strong job growth and a rocking stock market — are all being smashed to splinters by the ravaging coronavirus, which has shuttered much of the nation and now officially ended a streak of 113 months of job gains dating back to the end of the Great Recession a decade ago," he wrote before noting the explosion of unemployment claims -- over ten million so far -- that has the country reeling.

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