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Coronavirus surging in Trump-loving counties as states reopen: analysis

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The coronavirus pandemic is raging through counties that voted for President Donald Trump in the 2016 election.

Counties with a high prevalence of COVID-19 cases for the past four weeks were more likely to have backed Trump over Hillary Clinton in the last presidential election, reported the Brookings Institute.

The virus has been spreading southward and westward from the northeast since the end of March, and counties with new high prevalence of cases — that is, at least 100 cases per 100,000 people — are much less urban and racially diverse.

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Among those counties, Trump won 151 compared to 25 that backed Clinton, and they favored the former reality TV star by a 12-percent margin.

The think tank also found that 80 of the counties with a high number of cases last week were in the South, while 68 were in the midwest, and 159 of the 176 newly identified high-prevalence counties are located in outer suburbs, small metropolitan areas or outside of metropolitan areas.

Of course, the number of new cases will rise as states conduct more testing, which can give a false impression of worsening outbreaks.

But some of the states with a high number of new cases — including Arkansas, North Carolina and North Dakota, all of which backed Trump in 2016 — also showed a high percentage of positive results among all coronavirus tests.

In the seven weeks between March 29 and May 17, the Brookings Institute found the share of the U.S. population living in high-prevalence counties jumped from 8 percent to 79 percent.

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‘Nazi Nuremberg defense’: Buffalo police ripped for defending cops who pushed elderly man

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The Buffalo Police Department Emergency Response Team was harshly criticized online after all 57 officers resigned from the team in solidarity with officers who were suspended for shoving an elderly man during protests against police violence.

Video went viral on Thursday that showed police shoving 75-year-old Martin Gugino, who bled from the ear after his head hit the concrete with a thud.

“Fifty-seven resigned in disgust because of the treatment of two of their members, who were simply executing orders,” Buffalo Police Benevolent Association president John Evans said in a statement.

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Minneapolis store faces boycott over Hitler-praising social media posts written by owner’s daughter

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On Friday, the Star Tribune reported that a number of businesses in the Twin Cities are cutting ties with Holy Land, a Mediterranean restaurant and grocery store, following the emergence of racist and anti-Semitic past social media posts from an employee.

"Majdi Wadi, CEO of Holy Land Brand Inc., which operates a Middle Eastern grocery store, restaurant and deli in northeast Minneapolis, apologized for the 2016 posting and revealed that it was written by his daughter, Lianne Wadi, the company’s catering director. She was fired," said the report.

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57 Buffalo cops resign to support suspended officers who pushed down elderly man

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The entire Buffalo Police Department Emergency Response Team -- a total of 57 officers -- has resigned from the team in support of the two officers who pushed 75-year-old Martin Gugino to the ground, seriously injuring him.

They are still employed, but no longer on ERT.

According to Buffalo Police Benevolent Association president John Evans, the cops who pushed Gugino down were just following orders.

“Fifty-seven resigned in disgust because of the treatment of two of their members, who were simply executing orders,” Evans, said in a statement.

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