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MSNBC’s Nicolle Wallace calls out Trump for exploiting Kelly’s son — and asks if he can go any lower

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MSNBC anchor Nicolle Wallace upbraided President Donald Trump for trying to politically exploit the slain son of his chief of staff as rationalization for the president’s false claims about his Oval Office predecessors.

“I started this show one day by saying that the bottom was calling, it wanted to know if we were there yet,” MSNBC anchor and former George W. Bush White House communications director Nicole Wallace reminded. “It feels like the right time to re-up the question.”

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“Is anything sacred?” Wallace wondered, in disbelief over Trump continuing to question how previous presidents contact families of those who make the ultimate sacrifice.

“Covering a man for who scandals and mistruths are served up in Costco-sized portions overwhelms the circuits, but here are some of the previous moments that we thought represented the bottom at the time they occurred,” Wallace explained, while introducing a video montage of some of Trump’s most embarrassing efforts to find the bottom.

“So it turns out, with this president, there’s always a lower rung from which to swing,” Wallace said angrily, explaining Trump invoked of Kelly’s son, Marine 1st Lt. Robert Kelly, who was killed in Afghanistan in 2010.

Trump apparently finally called the widow of US Army Sgt. La David Johnson, who was killed in Niger.

Sgt. Johnson’s widow was told, “he knew what he signed up for.” Johnson’s widow is pregnant with their third child.

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Watch Nicole Wallace attempt to answer if anything is sacred:


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New Zealand epidemiologist: ‘We look at Trump’s behavior and we’re horrified’

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To learn how New Zealand has largely eliminated COVID-19, we continue our extended interview with Michael Baker, an epidemiologist who is a member of the New Zealand Ministry of Health’s Technical Advisory Group and advising the government on its response to the COVID-19 pandemic. He describes how the country’s response compares to the government actions in the United States and worldwide.

This is a rush transcript. Copy may not be in its final form.

AMY GOODMAN: This is Democracy Now!, democracynow.org, The Quarantine Report. I’m Amy Goodman, with Juan González, as we bring you Part 2 of our discussion of New Zealand.

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Trump White House hammered for covering up their own economic projections as jobs vanish

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The Trump White House has decided against releasing midyear economic projections this summer, breaking precedent at a time when unemployment is expected to top 20 percent.

The Washington Post reports that the administration is not releasing updated economic projections that "would almost certainly codify an administration assessment that the coronavirus pandemic has led to a severe economic downturn" with massive job losses that have topped 36 million in just two months.

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Joe Scarborough can sue for defamation — and ‘it could require Mr. Trump to pay substantial punitive damages’: Legal expert

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MSNBC's Joe Scarborough may have a defamation case against President Donald Trump, according to one legal expert.

Peter Schuck, an emeritus professor of law at Yale and visiting professor at the University of California, Berkeley, laid out the case against the president in a new column for the New York Times.

"Trump’s wantonly cruel tweets about the tragic death in 2001 of Lori Klausutis are distinctive," Schuck writes. "They may constitute intentional torts for which a civil jury could award punitive damages against him."

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