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American voters know who lied to them about the coronavirus — and it wasn’t the Democrats: conservative columnist

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It has become clear that President Donald Trump and Republicans knew full well just how dangerous the coronavirus was. They simply cared more about hurting Trump’s feelings than they did acting in the benefit of the American people.

Writing for the Washington Post, conservative columnist Jennifer Rubin wrote Thursday that the American people are very clear on the seriousness of the virus and their fears are growing. The Pew Research Center revealed that “70 percent of Americans say the COVID-19 outbreak poses a major threat to the nation’s economy and 47 percent say it is a major threat to the overall health of the U.S. population.”

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A mere 27 percent don’t find it to be a threat and might be partying on Miami Beach.

“Even still, after listening to President Trump and right-wing media for weeks, only 33 percent of Republicans and Republican leaders think the virus is a threat to the nation’s overall health,” wrote Rubin.

Trump only managed to get a 45 percent rating for confidence in him and Vice President Mike Pence bested him but just by three points.

“Should Trump find out Pence is getting more credit, the latter’s days on the ticket might be numbered,” Rubin suspected.

“The more voters know about the threat, the more concerned they become,” Rubin explained.

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The Pew Survey shows “78 percent of those following news very closely say the coronavirus outbreak is a major threat to the U.S. economy, compared with 65 percent of those following news fairly closely and just 46 percent of the relatively small share of the public that’s following the news not too or not at all closely.”

“Politicians should be aware that public opinion is shifting quickly as voters realize the magnitude of the problem,” said Rubin. “If and when mass casualties occur, concern may well morph into widespread panic.

“When that occurs, those most affected are likely to remember who understood the threat and acted swiftly to protect them. Given that there is growing recognition the virus is a very big deal, perhaps the media will regain some trust and credibility with Americans. After all, Americans are getting a steady diet of reliable, factual information not from Trump but from the people Trump just days ago was excoriating as hysterics and liars,” she closed.

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Read the full column at the Washington Post.


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Trump uses coronavirus briefing to tout pastor who said 9/11 attack was God punishing America

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During a press briefing today to address the nation's response to the coronavirus pandemic, President Trump was asked about certain Christian pastors who plan to defy state lockdown orders and hold Easter church services this Sunday.

"I've had talks with the pastors, and most of the pastors agree ... that they are better off doing what they are doing, which is, distancing," Trump said, adding that the pastors want to "get back to church so badly."

Trump then referred to a notorious pastor who sits on his religious advisory council.

"I'm going to be watching Pastor Robert Jeffress, who's been a great guy," Trump said. "He's a great guy and I'm going to be watching on a laptop."

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Trump slammed for ‘ridiculous’ ad trying to link Biden to the Chinese government

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On Friday, writing for The Washington Post, Greg Sargent tore apart President Donald Trump's "ridiculous" new attack ad trying to claim that Vice President Joe Biden is beholden to Chinese interests.

"The ad clips Biden’s words out of context to misleadingly imply that Biden criticized Trump’s decision to restrict travel from China, when that’s not what Biden did," wrote Sargent. "Second, the ad relies on numerous past quotes from Biden to demonstrate he’s supposedly been soft on China. But those quotes were mostly boilerplate diplomatic language — and Trump has repeatedly praised China in language very close to what Biden has used ... And third, the Asian man that Biden bowed to turns out to be Gary Locke, a former Washington governor and U.S. ambassador to China, an American."

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Trump rambles about ‘genius’ coronavirus during long-winded briefing: ‘The germ has gotten so brilliant’

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The leader of the free world rambled about his "brilliant enemy" during a coronavirus briefing that lasted over two hours.

Allies of the White House had been quoted in the press urging President Donald Trump to keep his remarks short, but that advice has apparently been ignored.

"When critics (and allies) make suggestions to him and they become public - such as the briefings ought to be shorter - POTUS often prefers to do the opposite. We're well past 90 minutes on this briefing," New York Times White House correspondent Maggie Haberman noted on Twitter as the briefing wore on.

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