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Lindsey Graham begs Trump not to back off COVID-19 containment as reports emerge that he’s growing impatient

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Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) on Monday begged President Donald Trump to not prematurely give up on the encouragement of social distancing in an effort to restart the American economy.

Writing on Twitter, Graham tried to convince Trump that social distancing was still the right response and the best way to contain the disease’s damage to both the economy and public health.

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“We are fighting a two-front war — trying to destroy the virus while keeping the economy afloat,” Graham wrote. “As Dr. Fauci has consistently said, we should always err on the side of doing more — not less — when it comes to containment. President Trump’s best decision was stopping travel from China early on. I hope we will not undercut that decision by suggesting we back off aggressive containment policies within the United States.”

Multiple reports on Monday suggested that Trump is already growing impatient with medical experts’ strategy of promoting social distancing, and the president himself has signaled on Twitter that he wants to end social distancing within the next two weeks to send people back to work.


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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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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.

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