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MSNBC pundit ‘Trump can’t bring the country together because he’s the one who tore it apart’

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While covering the El Paso, Texas rally opposing President Donald Trump’s racism, MSNBC noted former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) both gave profound speeches that called out the racism of the president and called for the country to listen to their better angels.

When President Barack Obama was in office, he would attend church services, vigils, comfort family of victims, and support survivors. Trump, by contrast, treated his Ohio event like a campaign rally, posting photos of Trump supporters worshiping him.

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MSNBC host Nicolle Wallace said that today’s event seemed like it “was all about the size of your — whatever — hands” than it was about the victims.

Former Justice Department Spokesperson Matthew Miller noted that the nation is “reeling” from these mass shootings and are desperate for someone capable of helping them heal.

“The nation is reeling from these tragedies — these communities and the entire nation is,” Miller said. “They’re looking to see what it is that has gone wrong. What is the problem here? What is the problem we need to solve? What Joe Biden said today, the problem is Donald Trump. It’s not just [that] there’s a scourge of racism and white supremacy around the country that’s leading to an increase in hate crimes. It’s the leader of this country [that] sits in the office and fans those flames and encourages those racists and uses the same language when carrying out these attacks.”

He noted that it was one of Biden’s most important speeches because the contrast between him and Trump were stark.

“I think it’s the most important speech he’s given so far in his, and when you contrast the way the president is behaving on this trip, his Tweets from Air Force One attacking not just Joe Biden but elected officials in Ohio who were there, showing up and not giving a public speech but showing up behind closed it’s important he saw the victims and I’m glad he did it but that’s not enough,” Mille explained. “He needs to be the person that brings the country together. But he can’t bring the country together because he’s the one that tore it apart in the first place.”

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Masks take center stage in presidential race as Biden slams Trump for ‘costing people’s lives’

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In an interview with CNN's Dana Bash on Tuesday, former Vice President Joe Biden laid into President Donald Trump for his comments belittling his decision to wear a mask at the Memorial Day events at the beginning of the week.

"He's a fool, an absolute fool to talk that way," said Biden. He added that "This macho stuff ... It's costing people's lives."

Trump has frequently refused to don a mask while speaking to the media, even when he is in public places where masks are required.

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“He’s a fool, an absolute fool to talk that way,” Biden to @DanaBashCNN about Trump belittling his wearing of a mask. “This macho stuff ... It’s costing people’s lives.”

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1 in 5 teachers—citing COVID-19 concerns—likely won’t return to US schools this fall: survey

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While most U.S. schools have ended in-person instruction for the rest of this academic year because of the coronavirus pandemic, polling results published Tuesday show that the majority of parents and teachers expect classrooms to reopen in the fall and worry about what that will mean for safety and education.

In mid-May, Ipsos conducted a pair of online polls for USA Today of K-12 teachers and parents of school-aged children. Pollsters found that if schools reopen in the fall—with strict new rules to limit Covid-19 infections—nearly six in 10 parents would consider not sending their kids back and one in five educators likely would not return to teaching. Among teachers 55 and older, that figure was one in four.

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Trump says he can ‘absolutely’ force governors to reopen churches if he decides to do so

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At Tuesday's coronavirus press briefing, President Donald Trump was pressed on whether he really has the authority to force governors to allow houses of worship to reopen amid the coronavirus pandemic. "Can you explain what authority you had in mind when you said that you would do that?" asked a reporter.

The president emphasized that he does have the power — but did not elaborate on how specifically he would do so, and added that he doesn't think he will have to.

"I can absolutely do it if I want to," said Trump. "I don't think I'm going to have to, because it's starting to open up. We need our churches and our synagogues and our mosques. We want them open, churches, synagogues, mosques, and other — we want them open and we want them open as soon as possible."

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