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Trump supporters know he’s ‘a flawed human being’ — but ‘we just don’t care’

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Supporters are well aware of President Donald Trump’s personal flaws, but they freely admit they “don’t care.”

The Financial Times spoke to voters in Macomb County, Michigan, which was crucial in getting Trump elected, and found support for him there was as strong as ever.

“I am the ‘forgotten man’ that thrust Donald Trump into office, and the media elite and the hard left cannot stand it,” said Nelson Westrick, a 42-year-old autoworker. “I think there’s more Trump support now than before the election.”

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Westrick has given up on watching sports to back Trump’s attacks on athletes protesting racism.

“I am a very passionate sports fan, but I have cancelled the NFL network, I blocked ESPN, I don’t listen to sports radio now — and that’s all I used to listen to,” said Westrick, who has tattoos of several local sports teams on his calves.

Brian Pannebecker, a 58-year-old autoworker and anti-union activist, said he recognizes Trump’s character flaws but simply doesn’t care.

“(He is) a flawed human being, a narcissist, an egomaniac, he exaggerates, embellishes, but we true Trump supporters don’t care, we just don’t care, because … they are all liars and perverts and sex maniacs,” Pannebecker said. “Congress is full of them.”

Pannebecker, who has praised former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke, is confident that tax cuts and a promised infrastructure bill will get Trump re-elected in 2020.

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“He may not get 50 percent of the vote again, but he will get re-elected,” Pannebecker said. “The only thing that could derail it is a moderate Republican candidate.”

Another autoworker, Chris Vitale, told the newspaper he had no regrets about the Trump presidency.

“Last year at Christmas I was flying high because I felt like I got a present that I couldn’t believe, and I’m still flying high on that present,” he said.

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‘Completely out of control’: China says ‘US epidemic’ has become a threat to rest of the world

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A Chinese state-controlled newspaper has blamed the Trump administration's mishandling of the COVID-19 pandemic to cause the spread of the virus to go "completely out of control."

Describing the disease as a "U.S. epidemic", the paper warned that the administration's failure poses a threat to the rest of the world. "Lies are dominating US society's recognition of the epidemic," the Global Times wrote.

The dramatic spike in the numbers of US COVID-19 infections continues this weekend. New coronavirus cases in Florida on Sunday exceeded 10,000 in a day for the third time in the past week, after the state posted a record high of 11,458 the previous day. And Texas on Saturday reported 5,815 more coronavirus cases, the state’s sixth straight day above 5,000

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The surprise idea proposed by Donald Trump over the July 4 holiday weekend

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A new national park populated with statues of "American heroes"?

The surprise idea, proposed by President Donald Trump over the July 4 holiday weekend, hardly seems likely to calm the partisan passions deeply dividing the American people.

And it raises questions about what exactly such a park might look like, and whom it will celebrate upon its aspirational opening date of July 4, 2026.

Coming just four months before November's presidential election, the proposal reinforces the image of a president who has given up any pretense of uniting the country, instead choosing to play one voting bloc against another.

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British pubs and US beaches reveal summer virus dilemma

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Drunken celebrations on English pub reopening night and US beach closures prompted a global rethink on Sunday of coronavirus measures during the summer holiday season.

Hopes of the sun making the new disease go away are fading as the United States racks up record daily infection numbers and quarantines return to parts of Europe.

Cases are also rising fast in India while Iran recorded its highest single death toll and Madagascar was forced to lock down its capital because of a new spike.

The latest batch of bad news is confronting governments with the pains of calibrating a response that is both safe and sufficient to get stalled economies going and mentally exhausted people out of their homes after months of lockdown.

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