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Ex-Bush press secretary: GOP is doomed in the midterms if Trump continues to only cater to his base

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According to a Politico report on how President Donald Trump manipulates the press, a former White House press secretary under President George W. Bush worries that the president is too focused on appealing to his base — and that could hurt Republicans in the 2018 midterms.

The report begins by noting that Trump avoids interviews with all the news networks — except for Fox News, where he knows he will get kid-glove treatment.

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“Trump has done just a single solo press event since taking office — an impromptu 80-minute appearance last February in the East Room days after firing his former national security adviser Michael Flynn,” writes Politico’s Jason Schwartz, who adds that Trump has engaged reporters in 115 short press availabilities where he spends a few minutes answering questions.

According to former White House Press Secretary Ari Fleischer, “The informality of it helps the president, and the fact that it’s typically three, four, five questions at a time helps the president. It’s easier for the president to walk away when he wants to.”

Martha Joynt Kumar, a retired political science professor from Towson University who tracks presidential appearances, added, “Short Q&A’s are valuable because they get the president’s initial impressions of something that’s breaking. Solo press conferences are important because they represent a time when reporters can delve into events and issues in a deeper way.”

She added that those brief encounters allow Trump to avoid “complexities” that he may not be capable of dealing with.

What is problematic for the president is his avoidance of television interview appearances which are limited to Trump-friendly Fox News — meaning the president seldom speaks directly to voters who are not hardcore supporters and never reaches voters who may be on the fence.

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That problem, according to Fleischer, means that GOP candidates seeking re-election or running for the first time  get virtually no help from the president’s bully pulpit.

“I do worry that, for Trump’s sake and for the Republicans’ sake in the midterms, Donald Trump’s appeal remains largely limited to his base,” Fleischer lamented. “He must grow that, and the way to grow it is talk to other media outlets, talk to people who he otherwise won’t reach.”

You can read the whole report here.

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WATCH: Seth Meyers goes after ‘sociopath’ Jared Kushner for America’s coronavirus failures

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The host of "Late Night with Seth Meyers" on NBC harshly criticized senior White House advisor Jared Kushner for America's COVID-19 testing failures.

"More than 155,000 Americans have now died from the coronavirus pandemic," Meyers noted. "Cases are rising in more than 20 states. The U.S. now accounts for one-quarter of all coronavirus deaths in the world."

"And in some parts of the country, people are waiting as long as two-weeks to get their test results -- which is insane. The whole point of testing is to find cases, isolate them and trace their contacts. If it takes two weeks, it's pointless."

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Virologist rips Deborah Birx: ‘She’s ignored the evidence’ with her ‘willful disregard for the science’

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The White House coronavirus coordinator continues to lose support among the medical community, according to a new report in The Washington Post.

The report noted Dr. Deborah Birx has also been undermined by Trump, who attacked her on Twitter.

So Crazy Nancy Pelosi said horrible things about Dr. Deborah Birx, going after her because she was too positive on the very good job we are doing on combatting the China Virus, including Vaccines & Therapeutics. In order to counter Nancy, Deborah took the bait & hit us. Pathetic!

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Trump is trying to twist the census to fit his ‘politics of greed and fear’: Black lawmakers

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On Monday, writing for The Washington Post, Rep. Karen Bass (D-CA) and former Georgia House Minority Leader Stacey Abrams condemned President Donald Trump's latest push to rewrite the rules of the census for partisan and racial reasons.

"To tell the story of America, we must see who lives within her borders," wrote Bass and Abrams. "The census is the constitutionally protected tool wielded every 10 years to take stock, assess the accuracy of our national narrative, and ensure a fair and equitable distribution of political power and money to the places where people live. The mandatory decennial count is laid out in the founding documents of our nation. Over time, we have bettered its process from its original horrific approach. For nearly a century, for every five black Americans, only three were included in the count — the despicable Three-Fifths Compromise built on the assumption that each Black person was subhuman, three-fifths of one. After the Civil War, the 14th Amendment eliminated this practice and, now, the Constitution guarantees an enumeration of 'whole' persons."

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