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MSNBC historian rips Trump’s ‘reality show’ pandemic press conferences — and urges everyone to ignore the president

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A very agitated Jon Meacham dropped the hammer on President Donald Trump on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” on Friday morning for his lie-filled appearances at the daily coronavirus pandemic press conferences, — and advised the public to ignore the president because he has nothing useful to offer.

Speaking with host Mika Brzezinski, the historian was asked to compare Trump’s efforts to rally the country — and industry — into a war footing to battle the exploding health crisis with the efforts of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt during World War II.

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“The doctors, nurses, medical personnel, the testing people, they are the soldiers in this war — we’re all part of it, obviously, because we could all be victims, or carriers of it, but they are really the classic idea of the soldier,” he explained. “Imagine how you would feel if we were in a traditional shooting war, and the commander in chief failed to put bullets in the rifles of our soldiers — that’s where we are.”

“It’s not even as complicated, I don’t think, as making a bullet,” he continued, describing the medical mask shortage. “As Joe Biden likes to say, this is the United States of America. We have defeated communist tyranny. We’ve defeated Nazi Germany. We’ve carried the idea, if not the reality, of the quality throughout the world for 240 years and we can’t make masks? Really?”

“With this concentration of wealth, with this concentration of skill, we’re going to isolate and watch these now sort of hour and ten, hour and fifteen minutes of this Trump reality show he does at midday, which is fine if it is a reality for him, but it is our reality,” he exclaimed. “It is unconscionable. The private sector, citizens need to step forward. At this point, we cannot rely on the president to be a good and effective actor in this time of crisis — that’s my historical view.”

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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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