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Trump campaign tries to profit off of military dog in Baghdadi’s death

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On Monday, President Donald Trump “declassified” an image of the dog wounded in the raid that resulted in the death of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

On Tuesday, the Trump campaign began raising campaign funds “in honor of all the great dogs who serve our country.”

Campaign manager Brad Parscale announced the campaign would be selling $15 “USA camo dog bandanas” because the 2020 re-election campaign “salutes our 4-legged heroes!”

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USA Camo Dog Bandana on the Trump re-election campaign website (screengrab)

Trump’s campaign has made merchandising a centerpiece of its fundraising effort.

“The Trump campaign’s success in churning out merchandise partly reflects its streamlined nature,” Politico reported in July. “Parscale, a relative political newcomer who spent nearly two decades in the marketing and advertising industry, has assembled a tight-knit operation designed to execute quickly. It has given the Trump team the ability to seize moments in real-time.”

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Watch MSNBC’s Katy Tur explain how the Trump campaign uses merchandise sales for data mining:

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‘An entire nation is suffering’ from Trump’s ‘narcissistic incompetence’: Ex-New Hampshire GOP chair

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Jennifer Horn, the former chairwoman of the New Hampshire Republican Party, has written a scathing denunciation of President Donald Trump's leadership ahead of his planned rally in the Granite State this weekend.

In an editorial in the New Hampshire Union Leader, Horn lays into the president's response to the novel coronavirus pandemic that so far has killed more than 132,000 Americans in just four months.

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New Hampshire Republicans baffled by Trump rallying in state he probably can’t win

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President Donald Trump is fixated on winning two states he narrowly lost in 2016, but other Republicans wish he would focus more on states he has a better chance of winning.

Maine and New Hampshire were once considered pickup opportunities for the president to expand his electoral map in November, but Republicans and Democrats seem to agree those prospects are growing dim, reported The Daily Beast.

“If you asked me six months ago, I think there was a real possibility of people who didn’t like Trump, but may have voted for him anyway because the economy was so good,” said political scientist Dante Scala, of the University of New Hampshire, said. “Now that chunk of voters is a real danger for him.”

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Young people really don’t like Donald Trump — and that spells big trouble for the future of the GOP

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Pew Research published a national poll this week that showed Biden with a ten point lead over Trump, much as we’ve seen from other polls. But when they broke the responses down by age, the most startling result was that with 18-29 year-olds, Biden’s lead is 40 points (68-28). That might not be surprising. But here is a comparison to previous Democratic candidates.

Pew also found that for Biden supporters, 67 percent said that their choice is more about opposition to Trump. I’m sure that is probably true for the subset of voters under 30 years of age. In other words, young people really don’t like Donald Trump.

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