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MSNBC’s Hallie Jackson shuts down Corey Lewandowski’s defense of Trump’s constant lying

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Former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski in a Monday MSNBC appearance tried to defend Trump’s constant lying, and got shut down at every turn by host Hallie Jackson.

Jackson noted that the president has been telling lie after lie on the campaign trail, from his tax cuts, to the migrant caravan, to the bipartisan efforts to fight the opioid epidemic, and asked “Why hasn’t he told the truth?”

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Lewandowski began with the president’s claim that he would pass a tax cut by November 1, saying “there will be an opportunity following the midterm elections to vote on potentially a second portion of that tax cut.”

“But that’s not what the president said,” Jackson interjected. “He said by November 1st he would have that tax cut thing going, and that is just one example of some of these other things that the president has said that are simply not backed up by the facts. Why is he doing that, does he think voters don’t care or don’t know?”

Jackson asked about Trump’s “misinformation campaign” about the 7,000 migrants heading to the United States from Central America. Lewandwoski replied with a non sequitur about securing the border, which Jackson caught.

“That’s different from what the president is saying. We have a series of fact checkers that have said there is no evidence to support the claims that the president is making,” she said. “So let me go back to that question just one more time. He keeps saying things that aren’t true. Why?”

Lewandowski responded with an unsubstantiated claim that people were being paid to join the caravan, which Jackson also shot down. “I’m asking a broader question that, respectfully I haven’t heard a great answer, or any answer from you,” she said. “Why can’t the president just tell the truth?”

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Ultimately, Lewandowski had no answer, truthful or otherwise.

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There’s no respite from Trump’s vindictiveness and foolishness

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As we know, even in the midst of a national emergency, Donald Trump could find time and bandwidth to continue his retribution campaign.

He dismissed Michael Atkinson, the inspector general for the intelligence agencies, for doing “a terrible job,” satisfying his own thirst for vengeance for anyone who actually adhered to law and practice over blind loyalty to Trump himself. Indeed, asked about it the next day, Trump underscored his action by saying, Atkinson “was no Trump supporter, that I can tell you.”

It was an act that we once would have labeled corruption, by Democrats and Republicans – that is using the office for personal purposes – if Congress and too many Americans had not since become inured by so many like instances.

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This is how Taiwan and South Korea bucked the global lockdown trend

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As the coronavirus pandemic sparks global lockdowns, life has continued comparatively unhindered in places like Taiwan, South Korea and Hong Kong after their governments and citizens took decisive early action against the unfolding crisis.

At first glance Taiwan looks like an ideal candidate for the coronavirus. The island of 23 million lies just 180 kilometres (110 miles) off mainland China.

Yet nearly 100 days in, Taiwan has just 376 confirmed cases and five fatalities while restaurants, bars, schools, universities and offices remain open.

The government of President Tsai Ing-wen, whose deputy is an epidemiologist, made tough decisions while the crisis was nascent to stave off the kind of pain now convulsing much of the rest of the world.

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Republican ex-lawmaker with coronavirus scolds Wisconsin GOP for forcing voters to risk their health

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On CNN Tuesday, former Rep. Charlie Dent (R-PA), who is himself dealing with a bout of COVID-19, chastised the Wisconsin GOP for doing everything in their power to block the state elections from being moved — and forcing many voters to stand in line and risk exposure to the virus to cast their ballot.

"I have to tell you, here in Pennsylvania we have a Democratic governor and Republican legislature," Dent told host Don Lemon. "They postponed the election here from April 28 until June 2. Without any controversy. Everybody agreed it was the right thing to do and they moved on. I'm surprised Wisconsin took this risk, knowing they don't have to."

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