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‘Walls don’t stop viruses’: Donald Trump Jr torched for exploiting coronavirus to bash immigration

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President Donald Trump’s eldest son tried to exploit concerns over the coronavirus to promote his father’s restrictive immigration policies — and things didn’t go well.

Public officials have been expressing increasing alarm over the possibility of a pandemic, and Donald Trump Jr. took a moment to stoke fears over border security and promote his father’s trade policies.

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“The coronavirus outbreak shows how important it is for us to keep our borders secure,” Trump Jr. tweeted. “It’s also why @realDonaldTrump is right to want a trade policy focused on increasing American manufacturing. He understands that it’s dangerous for our economy to be beholden to China!”

He was swiftly met with anger and ridicule.

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Trump’s COVID-19 crisis has brought out his inner authoritarian — and his corruption is about to get much worse: columnist

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In a column for the conservative Bulwark, popular novelist Richard North Patterson explained that, while Donald Trump has always exhibited authoritarian tendencies, his fading chances of being re-elected due to his bumbling response to the coronavirus pandemic have now brought out his ugliest side and that he no longer feels constrained from flouting his corruption.

According to the author, "COVID-19 debilitates democracy: confining candidates, shutting legislatures, stifling peaceful assembly, curbing voter registration, and limiting personal engagement. As the pandemic proliferates, anxiety permeates an involuntarily passive populace. Donald Trump seems resolved to exploit this paralysis by squelching dissent, politicizing relief efforts, and corrupting the November election."

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WATCH: Trump and Pence host anti-LGBTQ pastor in the Oval Office to deliver Easter blessing

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President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence hosted Bishop Harry Jackson, a virulently anti-LGBTQ activist, in the Oval Office Friday to deliver an Easter Blessing.

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Trump introduced Jackson as a “highly-respected gentleman,” and “a person that we have tremendous respect for.” Jackson in turn praised Trump for his “insightful leadership” of ensuring churches were eligible for financial support in the $2.2 trillion emergency coronavirus bill.

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BUSTED: Trump adviser Peter Navarro publicly contradicted his own dire coronavirus warnings to the White House

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White House trade adviser circulated coronavirus warnings inside the administration, even as he assured the public that everything was under control.

Navarro circulated two memos within the White House in late January and February warning that a full-blown outbreak could devastate the U.S., but he continued going on television to present a much more rosy outlook, reported CNN's KFile.

His Jan. 29 memo warned COVID-19 could infect up to 100 million Americans and kill "as many as 1-2 million souls," but he made no mention of those dire predictions when he went on CNBC that same day to promote the USMCA trade agreement.

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