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Conservative Rick Tyler rains hell on Trump for lying to poor people being crippled by his tariffs

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During an MSNBC “Morning Joe” segment on Donald Trump’s latest pronouncements on tariffs, one guest bluntly stated it was obvious the president has no idea what he is talking about while a conservative panelist called Trump’s pretense that he understands their impact on American consumers a “charade.”

Speaking with fill-in host Willie Geist, contributor Sam Stein got right to the point, saying “Either he doesn’t know what he’s doing and doesn’t have the coherent strategy,” which brought knowing laughter from the off-screen panel.

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“My suspicion is that because of political pressures, eventually he’s going to want and will probably craft a deal with China,” he suggested. “And he’ll do it because of electoral implications and he’ll do it whether regardless of the outcome of the deal is significantly better than we started. And the volatility that will come along the way will have a tangible impact on the economy. ”

“He measures his success by the Dow, and I think that is what he saw and the past week the Dow took a tumble and he wanted to juice it up again,” he added. “This is the type of economic philosophy that we’re working under and it’s incredibly volatile.”

Former Ted Cruz aide Rick Tyler took a harsher view of the president.

“This president’s completely inconsistent all the time,” he began. “On one hand, he’s complaining because the Chinese are manipulating their currency, which they currently now are because they have let the yuan fall to below 7 and yet he complains that our Federal Reserve won’t manipulate our own currency.”

“Look, tariffs are just a loser all the way around,” he continued. “They either cost investors money, and you can’t sustain that in the long run because they have to ultimately pass costs on to customers. If you’re wealthy, tariffs don’t bother you. 25 percent on whatever you’re buying at the store, that’s no big deal to you. But if you’re poor, that’s the difference between eating today and not eating today.”

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“It’s a terrible tax, and who does it hurt the most? It hurts poor people the most,” he continued. “And this idea that we have some ability — if we had an ability to tax China, why wouldn’t we tax China? I would tax China for everything, and then we wouldn’t have to pay for anything. There’s no ability for a sovereign nation to tax another nation.”

“It’s a charade designed to confuse people so they don’t know, up from down,” he said of the president’s comments.

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Trump and the GOP have become the party of the dead

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There are few morbid topics subject to greater speculation than the religious loyalty of President Donald Trump's "base." Why an alarmingly large amount of Americans refuse even to entertain any criticism of Trump deserves scrutiny from political scientists, psychologists and perhaps horror novelists working in the school of Edgar Allan Poe.

This article first appeared in Salon.

What is abundantly clear is that no matter who votes for Trump, he and the Republican Party on the national level have no interest in governing on the behalf of living human beings — with the exception of ensuring that a tiny minority of billionaires and multimillionaires enlarge their investment portfolios. Trump evinces no concern for Americans dying of the coronavirus, racist violence or any other malady or injustice. He demonstrates no regard for health care professionals courageously trying to save their patients from dying, and appears cruelly indifferent to the struggles of millions of workers whose livelihoods have been destroyed by COVID-19. Needless to say, Trump also shows contempt for Black Lives Matter, immigrants and anyone who opposes his re-election, which at this moment (and throughout his presidency) is more than half of the American public.

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As coronavirus seizes the state, Florida hospitals are in panic mode

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As Florida experiences a surge in coronavirus cases, the residents of the state are facing obstacles like overwhelmed hospitals and a looming shortage in beds.

This article first appeared in Salon.

There are 47,663 hospital beds in the state right now with 11,782 available (meaning a remaining capacity of 19.82 percent) and a total staffed bed capacity of 59,445, according to the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration's Hospital Bed Capacity Dashboard. The state Department of Health also reported on Friday that, out of 95,300 individuals who received coronavirus test results over the course of the previous day, 11,433 tested positive for COVID-19 (all but 90 of whom were Florida residents), meaning that more than 12 percent of the new cases had positive test results. The state also reported 93 new deaths due to COVID-19. (Salon reached out to the Florida Department of Health for comment on this story.)

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The GOP is a suicide cult

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Welcome to another edition of What Fresh Hell?, Raw Story’s roundup of news items that might have become controversies under another regime, but got buried – or were at least under-appreciated – due to the daily firehose of political pratfalls, unhinged tweet storms and other sundry embarrassments coming out of the current White House.

Back in March, we argued that Donald Trump had become the charismatic leader of the dumbest suicide cult ever. There were fewer than 500 confirmed cases of Covid-19 at the time, but it wasn't difficult to see the trajectory we were on at even that early date. At the time, we were commenting on the President's* repeated claims that the whole thing was a big hoax and polls showing that Democrats were twice as likely as Republicans to say they were taking steps to avoid becoming infected.

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