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Trump’s precipitous collapse in the polls is tied to the coronavirus ‘chaos’ he is creating: columnist

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In a column for the Washington Post, “Never Trumper” conservative Jennifer Rubin points out that Donald Trump’s approval numbers are undergoing a precipitous collapse — and for good reason.

According to Rubin, who has become one of Trump’s most vocal critics, the president has done nothing but sow “chaos” since he began hijacking what were supposed to be White House task force press conferences on the COVID-19 health crisis and used them to air his personal grievances while undercutting advice from his health advisers.

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“President Trump earlier this week insisted that governors report to him and he has ‘total’ control. Neither is true. And while it is true that there is a complex, difficult task for the federal government to perform in reactivating the economy — ramping up testing and contact tracing — Trump and his administration of sycophants are entirely incapable of performing it. Hence, he talks big, as he has done throughout his career, and delivers pathetically little, also a feature of his career,” she wrote before adding that the president’s abrasiveness and fumbling of the facts are taking a toll on his approval numbers — as evidenced by his poll numbers.

“No wonder Trump’s approval numbers are dropping while those of Congress and governors are soaring. In the latest Gallup poll, Trump’s overall approval rating dropped six points, the ‘sharpest drop Gallup has recorded for the Trump presidency so far,'” she wrote before adding, “In another danger sign for his reelection prospects, “Thirty percent of Americans are satisfied with the way things are going in the U.S., marking a 12-point drop since the prior reading in early March. A monthly drop this large has only been recorded twice in the past two decades.'”

Stating the obvious, Rubin explained, “Voters increasingly understand that Trump was delinquent in his response,” before citing another poll that states: “Nearly two-thirds of Americans (65%) say Trump was too slow to take major steps to address the threat to the United States when cases of the disease were first reported in other countries.”

“Despite, or maybe because of, his manic performances at news conferences, voters finally seem to be grasping the reality of the covid-19 threat, understand our current predicament is, in part, a result of Trump’s slothful response and denial and look to those capable of action — Congress and governors — to bring us through the crisis,” she concluded.

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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" Charlotte's Spectrum Center, which holds nearly 20,000 people.

"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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