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‘Utterly damning’ coronavirus timeline shows Trump’s total lack of leadership: columnist

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Writing for the Washington Post this Monday, Greg Sargent contends that 2020 presidential candidate Joe Biden is showing a “stark contrast” to President Trump in leadership skills when it comes to the growing coronavirus pandemic.

According to Sargent, this stark contrast could define the 2020 presidential campaign, especially since Democrats are starting to run ads that highlight Trump’s failure in the days of the virus’ emergence in the headlines. Trump is countering that he’s “leading the nation” in the “war against coronavirus,” even claiming that Biden is a hindrance to that leadership, but Sargent says the record shows something different.

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Sargent compiled a timeline that chronicles public statements by Biden and Trump throughout the early days of the crisis, starting out with Trump’s January 22nd claim that “we have it totally under control,” contrasted with a top Biden adviser co-writing an op-ed calling Trump’s dismissals of the virus’ threat “a cause for great concern.”

Sargent cites other examples of Trump spreading the message that the virus was under control, such as a rally in Michigan on January 30. The very next day, Biden told reporters in Iowa that “science” must “lead the way,” adding: “We have, right now, a crisis with the coronavirus.”

Then there were Trump’s February 10 comments where he predicted the virus would dissipate in the summer and the U.S. was in “great shape.” The next day, Biden went on MSNBC’s Morning Joe and slammed Trump for claiming the coronavirus will disappear in the warm weather. “You couldn’t make it up,” Biden said.

Read Sargent’s full timeline over at The Washington Post.


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WATCH: John Oliver exposes Trump’s lies about vote-by-mail — and the Fox News ‘cult’ claiming the election is already ‘rigged’

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"Last Week Tonight" host John Oliver's main story Sunday refuted President Donald Trump's latest crusade against vote-by-mail. Trump announced on Twitter that the more people who vote in an election, the more Republicans tend to lose. So, he wants fewer people to have access to the ballot in November, even if people are too scared to go out during the coronavirus crisis.

Oliver called out Missouri Gov. Mike Parson (R-MO), who outright told people not to vote if they were too afraid to vote in the local elections next week.

"Well, hold on there," Oliver interjected. "Voting is a right. It has to be easy to understand and accessible to anyone."

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John Oliver rips Fox News’ Tucker Carlson for urging ‘order’ from people of color — but never demanding it of police

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John Oliver opened his Sunday show, shredding Fox News host Tucker Carlson for uring "order" among protesters, but refusing to urge "order" to police and "wannabe police" who can't stop killing people.

It's a lot, Oliver explained. "How these protests are a response to a legacy of police misconduct, both in Minneapolis and the nation at large and how that misconduct is, itself, built on a legacy of white supremacy that prioritizes the comfort of white Americans over the safety of people of color."

While some of it is complicated, Oliver conceded, most of it is "all too clear."

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Cars set on fire blocks from White House as DC protests turn violent

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The Washington, D.C. protests turned violent as the city approached the 11 p.m. curfew the mayor instituted Sunday afternoon.

The policy of D.C. police is that when they are attacked, they advance forward. So, when fireworks were fired, the line of officers began pushing the protesters back further from the White House. Behind the line of police officers also stand a line of National Guard troops that President Donald Trump has demanded stand watch in the city.

Lights that normally shine on the White House have also been turned off, reporters revealed.

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