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‘This is the moment I warned of’: Johns Hopkins doc horrified at Trump’s desire to end social distancing as pandemic spreads

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A prominent medical expert is sounding the alarm about President Donald Trump’s stated desire to end social distancing measures by the end of next week.

Caitlin Rivers, an epidemiologist and assistant professor at the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security, took to Twitter this week to warn against “restarting” the economy at a time when COVID-19 is still spreading rapidly throughout the United States.

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“This is the moment I warned of — we have sacrificed so much already, but it feels like nothing is working,” Rivers writes. “That’s because it takes weeks to see results. We must stay committed and trust that the social distancing we are enduring now will save thousands of lives.”

In a tweet from last week, Rivers explained how social distancing measures never show immediate results, especially with a virus like COVID-19 where people who contract it may not start showing symptoms for several days.

That has been the case in Italy, where coronavirus cases initially kept increasing for days after the country implemented a nationwide lockdown. But Chico Harlan, the Washington Post’s Rome bureau chief, reports that Italy has started recording a drop off in the number of new coronavirus cases over the last two days, showing that the benefits of social distancing might finally be kicking in.

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Your election angst is real: Trump’s gonna cheat and it could be total hell

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During the presidential campaign of 1988, "Saturday Night Live's" Dana Carvey played then-Vice President George H.W. Bush as a lovable oddball and Jon Lovitz portrayed Democratic candidate Michael Dukakis as an emotionally detached technocrat, musing out loud during a debate, "I can't believe I'm losing to this guy."

Even though it was a comedy sketch, that line has been thrown in Democrats' faces ever since as an example of their arrogant elitism and failure to understand Real America. Don't you know that the average voter wants a president they can have a beer with, not some egghead know-it-all?

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Trump preparing to question legitimacy of results if he loses 2020 election: Michigan lieutenant governor

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Lt. Gov. Garlin Gilchrist, D-Mich., has accused President Donald Trump of sowing doubt about November's election months before voting even begins in an attempt to question the "legitimacy of an election that he is looking to lose."

Gilchrist criticized Trump for pushing debunked conspiracy theories about voting by mail after the state sent absentee ballot applications to every registered voter amid the coronavirus pandemic.

"I think that the president wants to set us up so that there can be a conversation about the legitimacy of an election that he is looking to lose," Gilchrist told MSNBC over the weekend. "That is a really unfortunate thing. That's not how we do democracy here in the United States, and we need to be ready to respond to that forcefully."

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Trump economic task force member once called minimum wage law the ‘Black Teenage Unemployment Act’

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Art Laffer, a member of President Donald Trump's coronavirus economic task force who last year was honored with a Presidential Medal of Freedom, once referred to the federal minimum wage law as the "Black Teenage Unemployment Act" on Fox News while he attempted to claim that it made "no sense whatsoever."

"The minimum wage makes no sense whatsoever to me," Laffer told host Jenna Lee on the since-canceled Fox News show "Happening Now." "Honestly, it's just the teenage — 'Black Teenage Unemployment Act.' And this is the very group that we need to have jobs — not be put out of work because of a minimum wage. So, I'm very much in favor of, at least for teenagers, getting rid of the minimum wage."

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