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Trump campaign freaks and threatens legal action against ad that used the president’s own words on coronavirus

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President Donald Trump’s campaign is freaking out after the group Priorities USA used the president’s own words against him on his response to the coronavirus.

The president was slow to act on the crisis, thinking that barring anyone from China from coming into the United States somehow saved the county. The virus didn’t observe borders, however. People beyond China contracted the virus and those came in contact with Americans or flew to the United States where the virus continued to spread.

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Still, Trump refused to act, saying that it was nothing more than a flu. Even during a briefing yesterday, Wednesday, March 24, Trump, again, compared it to the flu and to car accidents.

“We have a lot of people dying from the flu, as you know,” Trump told reporters. “It looks like it could be over 50,000,” he said about the current flu season. He later had to clarify that he was talking about deaths from the flu, “not cases, 50,000 deaths, which is a lot.”

“[W]e don’t shut down our economy because tens of thousands of people die on the highways. It’s a risk we accept so we can move about,” Trump also said.

And yet, the Trump campaign are trying to block people from hearing the president’s own words on the coronavirus with a cease and desist order to Priorities USA.

“The Trump campaign is trying to bully TV stations into taking our ad down,” said Josh Schwerin, communications strategist at the org. “They are not going to be successful because it is literally Trump in his own words. Let’s make sure as many people as possible see this ad.”

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It may serve to work against Trump in the end. Trying to block the video seems to have inspired more people to share it.

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Woman allegedly involved in Central Park scandal placed on leave from job: ‘We do not condone racism’

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Video circulated on social media on Memorial Day of a woman in Central Park claiming she was calling 911 to falsely claim an "African-American man" was threatening her life.

It reportedly started after he filmed her walking her dog without a leash.

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Internet sleuths worked to identify the woman. During the day on Monday, rumors of her identity spread online.

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Scientists fight online coronavirus misinformation war

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With cat photos and sometimes scathing irony, Mathieu Rebeaud, a Swiss-based researcher in biochemistry, has nearly tripled his Twitter following since the coronavirus pandemic began.

With 14,000 followers, he posts almost daily, giving explanations on the latest scientific research and, in particular, aims to fight misinformation that spreads as fast as the virus itself.

He is among a growing number of doctors, academics and institutions who in recent weeks have adapted and amplified their scientific messaging in hopes of countering what has been termed an infodemic -- a deluge of information, including widespread false claims, which experts say can pose a serious threat to public health.

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Ted Cruz doesn’t want people shamed with body bags for going to beach: ‘Please stop the hate’

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In early May, Florida attorney Daniel Uhlfelder made news by dressing up as the Grim Reaper in an attempt to scare people from crowding beaches during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Days later, he escalated by laying out body bags on the steps of the Florida capitol building in Tallahassee.

He escalated further on Saturday by announcing he would be handing out body bags to Florida beachgoers and started a fundraiser with the funds going to two progressive Political Action Committees.

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The effort caught the eye of Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX).

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