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Florida’s ‘red wall of resistance’ to the blue wave is disintegrating — thanks to Trump

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According to a report from Politico, Donald Trump is seeing his support in Florida slowly disappear which could cripple his chances of winning re-election in 2020.

At issue for the President — who has made attacks on people of color a central theme of his administration — is the fact that new voter sign-ups in the state are overwhelming non-white and the president’s rhetoric is not helping him sway them.

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As Politico’s Marc Caputo, writes, “He publicly doubted Hurricane Maria’s death toll in Puerto Rico and spread conspiracy theories about it. He reportedly called Haiti a ‘shithole.’ He balked at the idea of allowing Bahamians displaced by Hurricane Dorian into the U.S., explaining that it risked bringing in ‘some very bad people,” before adding, “Since taking office as president, Donald Trump has alienated what looks like a mini-United Nations of voters with deep connections to other countries, tens of thousands of whom live in the state that’s essential to his re-election — Florida.”

The report goes on to note that the new voters are overwhelmingly registering as Democrats and that, “42 percent of the new voters who have registered are nonwhite. For the same period in the last presidential cycle, the percentage was 38.”

One demographic is particularly bad news for the President — Haitian Americans.

“Trump’s support among Haitian Americans has also taken a beating since he last campaigned in their community in 2016 and pledged: ‘I want to be your greatest champion.’ Instead, Trump has threatened to remove the Temporary Protected Status, commonly called TPS, of 56,000 Haitian immigrants who came to the U.S. after a 2011 earthquake rocked the country. And he allegedly called Haiti a ‘ shithole’ behind closed doors,” the report states.

According to one activist — Trump comments and actions have not gone unnoticed.

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“Bad words are bad words. Nobody likes to hear their home country called a shithole,” explained Hans Mardy, a Republican Haitian-American activist. “As a Republican, I would like to see a better collaboration with our government.”

University of Florida political science professor Dan Smith said Trump’s actions are definitely problematic, saying, “Haiti-born Florida voters turned out in 2018, higher than any other naturalized citizens. Probably didn’t really care for their country being called a shithole.”

Trump also is facing problems with Floridians of Venezuelan descent, Bahamians and Puerto Ricans who also fill out the voter rolls.

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New Zealand may postpone general election after 4 test positive for COVID-19: PM Jacinda Ardern

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New Zealand locked down nursing homes nationwide Wednesday after a 102-day streak without the coronavirus ended, as Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said the outbreak could force her to postpone next month's general election.

Ardern said authorities were scrambling to trace anyone who had been in contact with four Auckland residents who tested positive Tuesday, ending the dream run in which the virus had been contained at New Zealand's borders.

A three-day stay-at-home order for Auckland, New Zealand's biggest city with a population of 1.5 million, was announced on Tuesday night and went into force at lunchtime on Wednesday.

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Android phones to get ‘ShakeAlert’ earthquake warnings — and phones may double as tremor detectors

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Android phones will receive warnings triggered by a "ShakeAlert" earthquake early-warning system implemented on the West Coast by the US Geological Survey and partners.

ShakeAlert uses signals from hundreds of seismometers across the state to trigger warning messages that "an earthquake has begun and shaking is imminent," according to the system's website.

"We saw an opportunity to use Android to provide people with timely, helpful earthquake information when they search, as well as a few seconds warning to get themselves and their loved ones to safety if needed," principal software engineer Marc Stogaitis said in a blog post.

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‘Don’t talk about racism, racist’: Trump scorched after claiming Biden-Harris campaign has a ‘racism problem’

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President Donald Trump continued to lash out at Kamala Harris after the California Democrat was chosen to join the 2020 Democratic Party ticket as presumptive nominee Joe Biden's running mate.

At a news conference following the selection, Trump complained about Harris being "nasty."

After 10 p.m. on Monday, Trump tweeted out an attack ad claiming "Joe Biden has a racism problem."

Here's some of what people were saying about Trump's line of attack:

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