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Trump is walking away from his ‘wartime president’ narrative and returning to putting his head in the sand: op-ed

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As the coronavirus pandemic raged in mid-March, President Trump declared himself to be a “wartime president” and issued statements lionizing his alleged commitment to facing the outbreak head-on. This week, Trump announced that he was “winding down” the coronavirus task force’s duties, before slightly walking back his statement and saying the task force would carry on “indefinitely,” but will now be focused on reopening the economy.

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According to Greg Sargent writing for the Washington Post, Trump is basically “walking away from the very fight that he sought to project engagement in only six weeks ago … But this also reveals something important about the true nature of his new stance.”

“Trump’s new posture is best seen as a reversion,Sargent writes. “What we’re seeing now is Trump vaulting back to the position he held throughout the early weeks of this crisis: That he could make the coronavirus disappear simply by pretending it didn’t pose the dire threat it actually did pose.”

Trump is defending his decision to wind down the task force based on the “tremendous progress” that has been made, but Sargent contends that Trump is simply trying to create the appearance that groundbreaking progress has been made.

“Seen this way, that imperative also explains why Trump and Pence have been spending so much time lately holding events without masks and proper social distancing,” Sargent writes. “Trump sat at close quarters with the New Jersey governor and crowded together with small business owners for a photo shoot. Pence toured a facility without a mask.”

All this raises an important question, according to Sargent: “Are Trump and Pence going through these events in the full knowledge that sending this message of normalcy will induce more people who lack the benefits of testing that Trump and his entourage enjoy to put themselves in harm’s way?”

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Read his full piece over at The Washington Post.


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Former pal Piers Morgan blisters Trump for ‘hiding in his bunker’ as America burns

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British presenter Piers Morgan criticized President Donald Trump for "hiding in his bunker" instead of leading America out of a dark period in its history.

In an op-ed for The Daily Mail, Morgan addressed the police killing of George Floyd and the protests that followed.

"I understand the rage of the protesters," Morgan wrote. "Yet the one person who could most powerfully effect change is doing the complete opposite."

The op-ed continued:

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‘We are leaderless right now!’ Trump supporters despair that he’s doing nothing as riots erupt across America

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Several supporters of President Donald Trump are very upset that he is not doing enough to crack down on the violence that has swept the country ever since the killing of George Floyd last week.

As reported by the conservative Daily Wire, many conservatives who have otherwise been supportive of Trump are growing exasperated that he spent the weekend hunkered down in the White House and only sending the occasional angry tweet.

"Does Trump have dementia or something?" asked pro-Trump political pundit Mike Cernovitch. "Because sitting on his fat ass right now isn't the right move."

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Desperate and ‘out-of-control’ Trump might prompt violent insurrection to stay in office: columnist

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Writing for the Daily Beast, columnist Michael Tomasky made a strong case that Donald Trump has removed any doubt that he is "morally unfit" to be president and, faced with the possibility he may not be re-elected, could resort to encouraging his followers to take up arms in his defense.

"Naively, I always thought that even Donald Trump would stop short of actually inciting violence. I mean, he’s the president of the United States," Tomasky began before adding, "History means nothing to him, and the future means even less. Presidents—all presidents, even ones I didn’t like—think about the office, the future implications of their actions, the future of our institutions."

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