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Trump is to conservatives what the prosperity gospel is to Christianity: columnist

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A Bulwark columnist noted that after President Donald Trump’s display at the National Prayer Breakfast, it has become clear that he is to conservatives with the “prosperity gospel” is to Christianity.

The idea, he said, came from a friend he was texting with about Trump’s bizarre speech.

“It is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven, so Christ said,” the friend told Bulwark editor Jonathan V. Last. “I don’t know if Trump is going to heaven, or even if he’s actually all that rich, but clearly some people think he’s both.

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“The president seems equally bullish about his appeal to religious voters, especially conservative Christians. As with women so with votes: the thrice-married magnate grabs what he likes, supremely confident it’s his for the taking.”

The prosperity gospel is the belief that true Christians turn all of their money over to the church because it ultimately came from God. Some of the top preachers who believe in the prosperity gospel have been caught using their church’s funds to buy lavish homes, private jets and expensive cars. Pastors like Kenneth Copeland, Jesse Duplantis, Franklin Graham, Pat Robertson and Jim Bakker are some of the greatest offenders of those who use the teachings of Jesus Christ to score hefty profits to fund their expensive lifestyle, a USA Today list said.

Trump is selling something similar.

“God wants you to have what you want! I should know, because I have it! Come get yours too, for a small contribution!” Bulwark assessed. “Prosperity hucksters offer a relentlessly simple logic: You, the audience, tell them what you want. And they’ll tell you that you can have it. If you get it, that’s on them—no one else would have delivered for you. But if you don’t? Well, that’s on you. Maybe you just need to give a little more.”

And the cash keeps rolling into Trump’s coffers. And just like a pastor thanking Jesus for his private jet, Trump is funneling his campaign dollars and taxpayer funds into stays or events at his own properties, and to pay for his own expenses.

“No, the people who invite him to breakfast and clap and Amen are people who do not at all think that they are choosing the lesser of two evils. Those folks are all in,” wrote Last. “Like the devil quoting scripture in the desert, Trump offers more than a deal for judges: he promises what isn’t his, and offers justification for what you really want. Like a preacher with a Rolex and a private jet, he beckons you to believe in his vision.”

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Trump is deploying national guardsman to provide pandemic support without any health benefits: report

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The National Guard are an essential part of the fight against the coronavirus pandemic, and thousands of them have potentially been exposed to infected civilians, making it a particularly dangerous and important time to serve.

But according to The Daily Beast, the guard has been deployed in a way that prevents them from being eligible for the military's health care system.

"The approximately 20,000 guardsmen who have been called up to help states around the country deal with the spread of the coronavirus are federalized on what’s called Title 32 status, which puts them in command of their various state governors but with the federal government paying costs," wrote senior national security correspondent Spencer Ackerman. "But according to the National Guard’s advocates and the U.S. governors’ association, the guardsmen are activated on orders that last 30 days. That puts them one single day shy of the requirement allowing the military health insurance system known as TRICARE — think of it as Medicare For All In Uniform — to cover them."

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Vaccine researchers grew ‘alarmed’ as Trump’s CDC wasted weeks of their time with a flawed coronavirus test: report

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According to a report from the Washington Post, in the early days as health officials became concerned about the possibility of the COVID-19 pandemic blossoming out of China, researchers sat and wasted days they could have used to start developing a vaccine because they were assured by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) that a testing kit was on its way.

As it turned out, that test was flawed.

Relying on emails and interviews, the Post is reporting, "On a Jan. 15 conference call, a leading scientist at the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention assured local and state public health officials from across the nation that there would soon be a test to detect a mysterious virus spreading from China. Stephen Lindstrom told them the threat was remote and they may not need the test his team was developing 'unless the scope gets much larger than we anticipate,' according to an email summarizing the call."

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Lawmakers need to step up and stop Trump from ‘killing Americans’ with his ‘incompetence’: Ex-prosecutor

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On Saturday, former federal prosecutor Glenn Kirschner excoriated President Donald Trump's mismanagement of the national health care system on Twitter — and called on elected leaders to "stop letting Trump kill Americans."

Trump’s mixture of incompetence and exploitation for political purposes of our national health emergency is costing lives. The most pressing question at this moment is: at what point do our elected politicians stop letting Trump kill Americans?

— Glenn Kirschner (@glennkirschner2) April 4, 2020

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