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Columnist mocks Trump for his misunderstanding of coronavirus tests: ‘Truth is what your mind makes it’

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On Friday, writing for The Washington Post, columnist Alexandra Petri roasted President Donald Trump’s remark that “When you test, you have a case … If we didn’t do any testing, we would have very few cases.”

“One of the depressing things about testing for the novel coronavirus is that if you do too many tests, you will start getting more positive results,” wrote Petri. “In fact, sometimes people who once tested negative will test positive! This is the downside to testing, as the president has so wisely observed. It is time we improved it, regarding both the coronavirus and the many other areas of life in which too-good testing leads to misery and general unease.”

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Petri then mockingly suggested other kinds of tests that Trump might want to improve this way.

“Canary in a coal mine: Why keep wasting canaries just to find out whether hazardous gas is leaking around you?” she wrote. “What a depressing thing to discover about your mine! With the E-Z Canary, you need never worry about losing a bird again. This canary is plastic and will never die. It will also not give you information about whether your mine has a dangerous leak, which is good. What you don’t know won’t hurt you, probably!”

“Spedometer: This only goes to 0. Now, you’re never speeding, no matter how fast you’re going!” she continued. “Burned-out headlights: Don’t you hate when you see something in the road that you’re about to hit? Now you will never have to worry about that again. What a weight off your mind! Thermometer: Having a fever can be bad. That could indicate that something is wrong inside your body! Good thing this thermometer stops at 98.6. You will never have a fever again. The lower numbers are still there, though, so watch out for hypothermia! Pregnancy test: Guaranteed to say ‘not pregnant.’ Wow!”

“Annual physical results: This is just a piece of paper saying that your body is the best body ever and has no flaws,” she continued, referencing Trump’s suspicious letters from his doctor. “Is it true, at all? Sure! Truth is what your mind makes it.”

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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.

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

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Soledad O’Brien scolds Tomi Lahren on Twitter after she calls people ‘sheep’ for Memorial Day

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"I gotta hand it to COVID-19, you sure did expose the sheep among us," Lahren wrote in a tweet over the Memorial Day weekend.

I gotta hand it to COVID-19, you sure did expose the sheep among us.

— Tomi Lahren (@TomiLahren) May 24, 2020

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Trump’s policies could come back to haunt him as he struggles to save his presidency from COVID-19: columnist

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With close to 40 million Americans now unemployed and the president's administration pumping trillions into the economy to keep the country afloat as businesses shutter, Kim suggested that Trump is in a major bind of his own making that could cost him re-election.

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