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‘Downward spiral’: Farmer describes ‘complete peril’ on CNN after COVID-19 shuts down meat-packing plants

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The closure of meat-packing plants throughout the United States due to the COVID-19 pandemic has left many farms absolutely devastated — and one farmer told CNN’s Jim Sciutto on Tuesday that her industry is in “complete peril.”

Jen Sorenson, the president-elect of the National Pork Producers Council, painted a dire picture of the virus’s impact on farmers, and she said farms across the country are in desperate need of financial assistance.

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“We’re losing about $70 per hog right now, and we’re in a downward spiral,” she said. “If we don’t do something quickly, we’ll see further consolidation and loss of thousands of family farms… we’re in complete peril.”

Sorenson also said that farmers are now looking at “euthanizing a large number of hogs” because there are not enough processing facilities to handle them.

“Our hogs have been backing up for over four weeks now, which means that we have no place to market our hogs to,” she said. “We’re exhausting every plan, every resource, from having to prevent farmers from euthanizing our hogs.”

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Trump threatens to pull RNC out of North Carolina unless Dem governor caves to allow mass gatherings

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President Donald Trump on Monday threatened to pull the Republican National Convention out of North Carolina if the state's Democratic governor didn't bow to his demands to allow mass gatherings.

"Democrat Governor Roy Cooper is still in Shutdown mood & unable to guarantee that by August we will be allowed full attendance in the Arena," the president wrote on Twitter. "In other words, we would be spending millions of dollars building the Arena to a very high standard without even knowing if the Democrat Governor would allow the Republican Party to fully occupy the space."

Trump then issued an ultimatum to Cooper: Let the RNC fill the arena to full capacity or lose the 2020 RNC.

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Trump White House ‘flailing’ because they see election slipping away: AP reporter

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On Monday morning, MSNBC "Morning Joe" regular Jonathan Lemire claimed that Donald Trump's manic spree of ugly tweets aimed at his critics -- combined with White House attacks on presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden -- shows that the president and his campaign are "flailing" because they know the election is likely lost.

With host Joe Scarborough asking, "What is going through the president's mind? What is his state of mind? Why does he seem even more unbalanced and unmoored today than he has over the past three and a half turbulent years?" Lemire stated the combination of the coronavirus pandemic with its mounting death toll and the collapsing economy is more than the president can handle.

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‘Damaged’ Trump too cowardly to make his Twitter attacks face to face: MSNBC contributor

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MSNBC's Mike Barnicle hammered President Donald Trump for tweeting out "cruel" attacks against political enemies he would never confront face to face.

The president spent much of Memorial Day weekend tweeting insults and murder accusations at his perceived enemies, including "Morning Joe" host Joe Scarborough, and Barnicle called Trump out for cowardice.

"Is it really shocking that he did this?" Barnicle said. "This is a cruel, damaged human being, who goes out of his way to harm people. He goes out of his way without seeing these people. He would never utter a single negative response to any of the people that he attacked on Twitter over the weekend if it were eye-to-eye contact. He is afraid of that, he is afraid of the repudiation. But he is afraid of the physicality of it, he is afraid of looking at someone in the eye and saying what he says on Twitter to them. He would never, ever do that."

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