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Conservative commentator pounds Trump for turning GOP into the party of ‘white nationalism and racism’

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Conservative columnist Max Boot on Monday expounded on his decision to leave the GOP — and said it had a lot to do with the party’s pivot to “white nationalism” under Donald Trump.

“It’s utterly transformed from what it was when I was growing up in the 1980s,” Council on Foreign Relations fellow Max Boot told CNN’s Anderson Cooper. “I can’t recognize this Republican Party, which is why I can’t be a part of it.”

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The GOP is now “a cult of personality built around Donald Trump,” Boot added — a move that’s made the party more interested in “white nationalism,” “racism,” and “xenophobia” than its original values. 

The commentator added that that new party line is visible in the way Trump “is fearmongering and conspiracy-mongering, trying to pretend that this small number of impoverished Latin American refugees are somehow ‘Middle Eastern terrorists’ who are going to invade America.”

“Most Republicans approve of that,” Boot said.

Indeed, at a Texas rally just before the conservative commentator went live on CNN, Trump boasted that he is a “nationalist” — an admission many believe is a direct reference to the white nationalists who support him.

Watch Boot’s interview with Cooper below, via CNN:

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A nurse in New York City who had been infected with the coronavirus told CNN's Poppy Harlow on Friday that he and his colleagues are being sent to work in dangerous situations where they don't have sufficient protective equipment.

Thomas Riley, a registered nurse at New York's Jacobi Medical Center, told Harlow that the stories that have been reported about equipment shortages are very real and that medical workers' lives are being endangered because of it.

"It feels like we're in a war, and like we're soldiers in a war, being sent out without camouflage, without Kevlar," he said. "We have no defenses against this, and they're giving us very little."

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Speaking with host John Berman, the mayor said urgent action needs to be taken by the federal government if hospitals have any hope of keeping up with the exploding demand for additional life-saving health equipment.

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Trump administration battered by doctor for creating bureaucratic nightmare to get patients on USNS Comfort

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Appearing on CNN on Friday morning, two doctors harshly criticized Donald Trump's administration for sending the Navy hospital ship U.S.N.S. Comfort to New York City with so many restrictions regarding the coronavirus epidemic that it is hardly being used.

Speaking with "New Day" hosts John Berman, who called the inability to fully utilize the ship as a "bureaucratic mess," one doctor said the ship is basically worthless because no COVID-19 patients will be allowed on -- but no one can be sent to the ship until they have been tested and there are few test kits available.

With host Berman pointing out only 20 patients are currently residing on the 1,000=bed Comfort, Dr. James Phillips of George Washington University Hospital admitted it was frustrating.

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