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‘That’s really ignorant’: Anderson Cooper destroys Las Vegas mayor as she argues to reopen casinos

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Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman on Wednesday struggled in a CNN interview to defend her desire to immediately reopen casinos.

During the interview, CNN host Anderson Cooper seemed mystified by the push to reopen the Las Vegas strip without the necessary measures to mitigate the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

At one point, Goodman disagreed with a study which found that one person at a restaurant in China infected at least nine other people who were eating nearby.

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“This isn’t China!” Goodman exclaimed. “This is Las Vegas, Nevada.”

“Wow,” Cooper shot back. “Okay, that’s really ignorant… That’s an ignorant, ignorant statement. That’s a restaurant. And yes, it’s in China but they are human beings too.”

The CNN host went on to castigate Goodman as “irresponsible” for her call to reopen casinos.

“It just seems really irresponsible,” Cooper advised. “You’re not out there doing anything about trying to improve testing… or improve contact tracing. You’re simply sitting there and saying, ‘Get back to work, get these casinos open again.'”

“And you have no idea or plan,” he added. “You’ve done nothing to try to figure out what’s the best way to make that happen. How far apart should a dealer be from the people? I mean, you’re offering nothing other than being a cheerleader.”

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Watch a portion of the interview below.


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Trump has been a ‘catastrophic failure’ and GOP lawmakers know it: columnist

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In a Memorial Day column for the Washington Post, Paul Waldman writes that it is time for Republicans to quit pretending Donald Trump is fit to be president and that his latest unacceptable behavior should be the tipping point for any honest lawmaker.

Under a headline that pointedly asks, "Can we stop pretending Trump is fit to be president?" the liberal columnist began, "At various times over the past three and a half years, many of us have asked what would happen if President Trump truly went over the edge or if his behavior became so frightening that his unfitness for the most powerful position on Earth could no longer be denied."

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NC governor’s office ‘relying on science and data’ — not Trump — to set rules on RNC convention

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North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper's (D) office on Monday responded to President Donald Trump's threat to move the Republican National Convention out of Charlotte if the state does not allow full attendance in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.

In a series of tweets on Monday, Trump suggested that the convention would be moved unless the party is allowed to "fully occupy" the Charlotte Coliseum.

"Unfortunately, Democrat Governor, @RoyCooperNC is still in Shutdown mood & unable to guarantee that by August we will be allowed full attendance in the Arena," Trump said. "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."

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Right-wing militia spokeswoman defends lynching of Kentucky governor in effigy: Protesting ‘is not the answer any longer’

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A group of right-wing protesters held a demonstration in front of the house of Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear's mansion this Sunday, at one point hanging an effigy of the governor on a tree in what looked to be a mock lynching. According to CNN, the protest was advertised on Facebook as a Patriot Day Rally to exercise Second Amendment rights.

The backlash against the group's actions was swift, with even Mitch McConnell slamming the move as "unacceptable."

"There is no place for hate in Kentucky," he tweeted.

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