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NYT columnist annihilates the myth of shameless self-serving Trump supporters being decent people

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In a column sure to infuriate supporters of President Donald Trump who bristled when former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton labeled them “deplorables,” a New York Times columnist pointed out that, for some, Trump worship is less rooted in conservative ideology and more because they are just awful opportunistic people.

According to Michelle Goldberg, “It’s not exactly a secret that politics is full of amoral careerists lusting — literally or figuratively — for access to power. Still, if you’re interested in politics because of values and ideas, it can be easier to understand people who have foul ideologies than those who don’t have ideologies at all.”

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While citing opportunistic Trump groupies like former White House adviser Steve Bannon and “Anthony Scaramucci, a political cipher who likes to be on TV,” Goldberg went on to focus on self-promoting Trump voters who set aside the deeply held beliefs that conflict with Trump’s views, for a moment in the spotlight.

What set Goldberg off was a New York Times feature about a gay couple — Bill White and his husband, Bryan Eure — headlined “How a Liberal Couple Became Two of N.Y.’s Biggest Trump Supporters” who claimed to also once support Hillary Clinton.

“Trump is hardly the first politician to attract self-serving followers — White and Eure, after all, used to be Clintonites,” Goldberg wrote. “But Trump is unique as a magnet for grifters, climbers and self-promoters, in part because decent people won’t associate with him.”

“With the exception of national security professionals sticking around to stop Trump from blowing up the world, there are two kinds of people in the president’s orbit — the immoral and the amoral,” she continued. “There are sincere nativists, like Bannon and senior adviser Stephen Miller, and people of almost incomprehensible insincerity.”

Goldberg then laid out her case.

“In many ways, the insincere Trumpists are the most frustrating,” she wrote. “Because they don’t really believe in Trump’s belligerent nationalism and racist conspiracy theories, we keep expecting them to feel shame or remorse. But they’re not insincere because they believe in something better than Trumpism. Rather, they believe in very little.”

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Goldberg concluded by citing one Trump supporter who has the president’s ear — possibly to push his own personal agenda in a search for more power — who doesn’t work directly for Trump.

“Senator Lindsey Graham, another insincere Trumpist, once justified his sycophantic relationship with the president by saying, ‘If you knew anything about me, I want to be relevant.'” she wrote before accusing, “Some people would rather be on the wrong side than on the outside.”

You can read the whole piece here.

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Trump’s new plan for covering COVID-19 patients has administration officials scrambling once again: report

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According to Politico, President Donald Trump's decision not to reopen the Affordable Care Act's health insurance exchanges, and to instead pay hospitals to treat uninsured coronavirus patients, blindsided not just insurance companies, but his own health officials — and left everyone scrambling to implement his orders.

"The rollout of the new hospital pay program capped a frenetic several days within the administration, prompted by a White House official’s confirmation Tuesday that there would be no reopening of the Obamacare markets," wrote Adam Cancryn, Nancy Cook, and Susannah Luthi. "That declaration surprised even some officials in the Health and Human Services Department, who believed the concept was still under consideration. And amid a crush of criticism from Democrats led by 2020 front runner Joe Biden, it worried officials who viewed the verdict as an unforced error in the middle of a historic pandemic."

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Trump is preparing the ground for a totalitarian dictatorship

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We're all going to know someone who has died of the coronavirus when this is over. The tragic news is all over Facebook and Twitter already. My friend Patricia Bosworth, the actress and biographer, died on Friday of the virus. Everyone has friends and acquaintances who have the virus, family members who have died, favorite musicians or actors and friends of friends who are sick and dying. The virus has taken them from us, but so has Donald Trump with his inaction and lying and childish finger-pointing and failure to take responsibility.

This article first appeared in Salon.

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HBO’s Bill Maher returns to rip Trump over the pandemic — and blast his fans who are rallying around ‘the guy who made it worse’

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HBO's Bill Maher returned on Friday night via YouTube to blast Donald Trump's response to the coronavirus pandemic and took on fans of the president who are rallying around him, calling their response "irrational."

Speaking from what appeared to be his backyard, the "Real Time" host noted that Americans tend to rally around their leaders in times of crisis but that this president is not deserving of support.

"Was the current crisis preventable? " he asked. "Not all of it, of course. But we could have done what South Korea did, their nightmare started the day our's did. But while Trump shut up experts, happy-talked and lied his ass off, South Korea put a strong testing program into place, tracing people, and today they have twenty-0ne times the cases and thirty times fewer deaths."

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