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Trump is like ‘Elvis in the final days’: Steve Schmidt

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On MSNBC Thursday, former Republican strategist and anti-Trump conservative Steve Schmidt discussed the latest ad put out by his group, The Lincoln Project, highlighting the obscene amounts of money being made by the president’s campaign manager Brad Parscale.

“You guys are great at trolling, but I wonder how this ends up polls,” said host Joy Reid. “People like celebrities, right? Him being around Beyonce, that’s great for him, right? Will this kind of portrayal of Trump’s people as feeders raking in money, will that move voters away from him?”

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“I don’t know that it will move voters specifically to that ad, Joy, but the ad is true,” said Steve Schmidt. “Stuart Stevens made the point, when you look at Trump, it’s like Elvis in the final days, trying to get as much money out of the deal as possible, giving him as many sandwiches as they can get into him. That’s what this is. It’s all a giant scam.”

“Donald Trump, the great businessman, got taken by his IT guy, right?” said Schmidt. “We have the IT guy in charge of the campaign buying Ferraris, condos, yachts. A lot of people are getting rich by doing wrong to the American people. We have Fox hosts make millions a year, telling people to go out, stop social distancing, open up your businesses while they’re ensconced on their estates. You know, it’s just outrageous hypocrisy, and one more piece in the mosaic of hypocrisy, the mosaic of the great con that the country has been subjected to by a reality show pretend businessman, who has done tremendous damage through his incompetence and ineptitude.”

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Fresno city councilman accuses colleague of ‘bullying and abusive behavior’ over rule mandating COVID-19 masks

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During a press conference on Thursday, a Fresno City Council member railed at one his colleagues for a proposal -- since passed -- that would require members to wear masks during meetings.

According to Councilmember Garry Bredefeld he finds the masks -- used to stem the spread of the deadly COVID-19 virus -- "uncomfortable" and he feels he is being bullied by fellow Councilmember Miguel Arias.

Addressing the resolution to mandate wearing masks, Bredefeld told reporters that Arias, "Put on the agenda was it just the latest example of a pattern for him that includes bullying, abusive, belligerent and bullying behavior."

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‘No benefit’ from hydroxychloroquine for virus: UK trial

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A major British clinical trial has found hydroxychloroquine has "no benefit" for patients hospitalized with COVID-19, scientists said Friday, in the first large-scale study to provide results for a drug at the centre of political and scientific controversy.

Hydroxychloroquine, a decades-old malaria and rheumatoid arthritis drug, has been touted as a possible treatment for the new coronavirus by high profile figures, including US President Donald Trump, and has been included in several randomized clinical trials.

The University of Oxford's Recovery trial, the biggest of these so far to come forward with findings, said that it would now stop recruiting patients to be given hydroxychloroquine "with immediate effect".

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Biden hammers ‘despicable’ Trump for saying how happy George Floyd would be looking down on America

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Presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden on Friday hammered President Donald Trump for saying that late police brutality victim George Floyd was probably smiling as he looked down on the United States right now.

In addressing Trump's comments about Floyd being happy for America less than two weeks after dying at the hands of police officers, Biden said Trump showed little understanding about why Floyd's death was so significant for the country.

"He was speaking of a man who was brutally killed by an act of needless violence, and by a larger tide of injustice that has metastasized on this president's watch," Biden said. "He's moved to split us based on race, religion, and ethnicity."

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