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WATCH: GOP strategist thoroughly destroyed on national TV after claiming Trump is ‘the chosen one’

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Republican Alice Stewart was shut down on CNN after making the extraordinary claim that President Donald Trump is “the chosen one” and ordained by God.

CNN’s Laura Coates played a clip of Energy Secretary Rick Perry made such a claim and asked Stewart, a former top advisor to Mike Huckabee and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) for reaction.

“He’s 100% correct,” Stewart replied.

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“Really?” Coats asked.

Stewart said God, not the Electoral College, had actually determined the last four presidents.

“I truly believe, as a Christian, this was God’s divine choice at this time and this is what God wanted,” she argued.

But New York Times columnist Wajahat Ali was having none of it.

“God’s plan was also to give Democrats a blue wave in the House and impeachment hearings,” Ali joked.

But he quickly got serious about why certain religious leaders are making the claim that Trump’s election was the result of divine intervention.

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“We should see the ideology underpinning this, because Jerry Falwell, Jr. — one of the many of the white evangelical leaders who supports Trump — in an interview said in January, ‘I will support Trump no matter what. franklin graham recently said he also believes that Trump is God’s chosen one and those who oppose him are demonically possessed — that means a majority of Americans are demonically possessed,'” he noted.

Ali said it derived from “Christian nationalist ideology” and “end of times theology.”

“And I say, what are we doing as a nation when we see white evangelical leaders say he can do no wrong,” Ali added.

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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.

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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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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.

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