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‘Who does that sh*t?’: Twitter can’t believe Trump told a shelter full of Harvey victims to ‘Have a good time’

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On Saturday afternoon, President Donald Trump made his second trip to Houston, TX in a week, perhaps hoping for a “do over” on his first visit, at which his performance was so desultory and lackluster that it was entirely overshadowed by his wife’s choice of shoes for the outing.

On his second visit, Trump touched actual Texas children, handed out styrofoam containers of food — but not without getting in a dig at the media — and did his best to play the role of a strong and competent leader who wouldn’t rack up a perfect score on the “Are You a Sociopath?” test.

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And it would have worked, too, if he hadn’t stopped on the way out the door to tell everyone huddled in the shelter with the few meager belongings they have that aren’t soaked in mud, poop and toxic chemicals to “Have a good time.”

Business Insider pointed out that at current count 43 people have died from causes related to Hurricane Harvey and dozens more injured. A number of highly toxic industrial cleanup sites were inundated in the storm and cataclysmic flooding but the EPA currently admits that is has no idea how that may affect the environment or the people and wildlife in the region.

Cleaning up after Harvey will take billions of dollars and years to accomplish. Losses to local residents and businesses have been catastrophic, but the president wants everyone to “have a good time.”

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Twitter was not amused.

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Trump-Biden race could hinge on how this one Florida county swings

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Betty Jones voted for President Donald Trump in 2016, but the lifelong Republican has her doubts she will do it again this year.

The federal response to the coronavirus pandemic that has killed about 200,000 Americans and forced older adults to restrict their activities has her contemplating a leadership change.

It “makes me unsure,” said Jones, 78, of Largo, in Pinellas County, Florida. Before COVID-19, she said, she would have definitely voted for Trump.

Polls show that many people will have the pandemic and its public health and economic consequences on their minds when they cast their votes — whether by mail or in person — this fall. Early in-person voting starts Oct. 19 in most Florida counties, including Pinellas.

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Cindy McCain crosses party lines to endorse Joe Biden

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‘They’ll get away with it’: Strategist explains how GOP federal judges will help Trump steal election

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President Donald Trump will remain in power if he narrowly loses the 2020 presidential election, with conservative judges poised to help him "steal" the election, a longtime Democratic Party strategist warned on Tuesday.

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