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‘Flat out voter intimidation’: Trump supporter with barking German shepherd parks outside Virginia polling place

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A “known, excited” Donald Trump supporter was parked outside a Virginia Beach, Virginia polling precinct on Election Day, with his barking German shepherd dog on the roof of his pickup truck.

CBS News affiliate WFMY reports some voters are telling them he is making them uncomfortable, but “election officials tell 13News Now the man wasn’t violating any laws.”

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“What the heck is happening in Virginia Beach??” Norfolk, Virginia City Councilwoman Andria McClellan asked in a Facebook post, with the photo attached (below). “There’s a German Shepherd standing on top of a pick up angrily barking at voters as they approach the ARE voting precinct (sporting a Taylor button and Trump banner). This speaks volumes. If this isn’t voter intimidation, I don’t know what is,” she adds.

The Virginia Beach Republican Party doesn’t have a problem with what several are calling voter intimidation.

WFMY reporter Steven Graves reports a GOP party official “says the man is a known, excited Trump supporter who would do no harm.”

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The Virginia Beach Democrats, however, “say it was blatant intimidation,” he adds.

The German shepherd is “wearing” a large sticker in support of GOP Rep. Scott Taylor, who is running for re-election.

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Others agree it’s voter intimidation.

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UPDATE: 4:35 PM ET –

The Virginian-Pilot reports the man was outside the polling facility for about 45 minutes, and “was asked to leave by a police officer.”

The Trump supporter “told campaign workers that he worked for Homeland Security and that he had ‘200 of those dogs’ and he was headed to the border.”

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Joe Biden takes on Trump’s rhetoric during racial justice crises: ‘The words of a president matter’

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Former Vice President Joe Biden talked about the importance of a president's words and accountability during times of crisis during a Friday appearance on MSNBC.

Biden was interviewed by Craig Melvin, who noted the protests tearing apart cities and asked where he would start if elected president.

"I start by talking about what we must be, making no excuses, talking about our obligation to be decent," Biden answered. "Our obligation to take responsibility, our obligation to stand up when we see injustice."

"Look, the words of a president matter -- no matter how good or bad that president is," he explained. "A president can, by their words alone no matter who they are, make it rise or fall, take us to war, bring us to peace. The words of a president matter."

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South Carolina Republicans gather for an ‘active rejection’ of social distancing measures: report

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On Friday, The New York Times reported on a gathering of Republicans in Conway, South Carolina that appeared to be an "active rejection" of social distancing measures and other public health guidelines.

"The outdoor gathering here on Thursday was a send-off event for Cleo Steele, a longtime Republican Party operative in Horry County, who is retiring to Ohio," wrote Astead Herndon. "Speakers shared the same microphone. Local and state political candidates greeted voters with handshakes and squeezed tight for pictures. Of all the people gathered outside the county Republican office — many of them senior citizens — fewer than a dozen wore masks."

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Paul Krugman: A stronger GDP won’t help Americans if they’re dead

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Liberal economist Paul Krugman, in his New York Times column, has been stressing that the better a job the United States does with social distancing policies now, the better off the U.S. economy will be in the long run. In his Thursday column, Krugman warns that a premature reopening could hurt the U.S. both economically and from a health standpoint.

“America is now engaged in a vast, dangerous experiment,” Krugman writes. “Although social distancing has limited the spread of the coronavirus, it is far from contained. Yet despite warnings from epidemiologists, much of the country is moving to open up for business as usual.”

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