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Trump Jr being groomed to run for president as family seeks a White House ‘dynasty’: report

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Donald Trump Jr. is said to be eyeing a 2024 presidential run in an attempt to create a family “dynasty” in the White House.

In an interview with the Times of London, Eric Trump said that although he has no political ambitions himself, he believes his older brother does.

When asked if there could be a Trump family dynasty, Eric replied, “Oh sure.”

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In 2018, The Guardian reported that Trump Jr. had not only become a skilled fundraiser for his father’s reelection campaign — he also has been regularly called upon by supporters to run for president himself.

“Away from the firestorm that is the ongoing Robert Mueller Russia investigation, the president’s eldest son is building a considerable conservative fanbase,” The Guardian‘s David Taylor reported. “This constituency sees him as an authentic figure with a political future.”

“From the Republican party standpoint, he very much is the guy,” Republican strategist and former congressional chief of staff Boyd Matheson told the newspaper. “He can be the face, he can go out with the hunters.”


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What we know — and don’t know — about possible coronavirus treatments promoted by Trump

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President Donald Trump’s excitement about decades-old anti-malarial drugs to treat the coronavirus has touched off widespread interest in the medications, hoarding by some doctors, new clinical trials on the fly and desperation among patients who take them for other conditions.

Many experts say there isn’t enough evidence that the drugs work for the coronavirus, but at least a few say there’s little to lose in giving hydroxychloroquine to patients who are severely ill with coronavirus.

“It’s unlikely to worsen COVID-19, and given that it might help ... we have literally nothing else to offer these patients other than supportive care,” said Dr. David Juurlink, an internist and head of the division of clinical pharmacology and toxicology at the University of Toronto in Canada.

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An epidemiologist explains how the GOP laid the foundation for America’s coronavirus catastrophe

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In many ways both obvious and subtle, Donald Trump is precisely the wrong person to be president of the United States during the coronavirus crisis. Almost everything he does makes matters worse and imperils lives.

This article was originally published at Salon

Over the weekend, Trump threatened to instigate civil war, if perhaps only through his own ignorance, by suggesting he might quarantine New York, New Jersey and parts of Connecticut. Of course the president has no such power under the law, and his administration pivoted instead to issuing a travel advisory. This is but another example of the way Trump, like other authoritarians, tests the norms and limits of law and society before finding a way to shatter them.

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Another Trump screw-up: Food may ‘rot in the fields’ — and our distribution system may collapse

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Early signs show that the systems that get fresh fruit and vegetables to American homes is strained and may experience major failures. The Trump administration is only making matters worse, allowing his racism against Mexicans to inflict damage on American farms that depend on legal labor from south of the border.

In Florida, winter crops are rotting in the fields because the prime products like blemish-free squash, spinach and lettuce—sold to restaurants—lack buyers, according to the Florida Fruit & Vegetable Association. It offers members extensive advice on how to stay in business during the pandemic.

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