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Trump’s decision to take off his mask was ‘disappointing’ — but not surprising: Gov Gretchen Whitmer

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On MSNBC Thursday, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D-MI) weighed in on President Donald Trump’s refusal to follow state directives and wear a mask during his speech at the Ford plant.

“Per your executive order in the state, anybody who is medically able to do so has to wear something that covers their face in enclosed spaces,” said host Rachel Maddow. “The whole country watched today, as the president sort of personally, gleefully flouted that when he visited your state and visited a plant and didn’t wear a mask, at least for most of the visit, and photos did surface apparently in other parts of the plant wearing a mask, but talking to the press, he was sort of bragging about the fact that he wasn’t doing so. I just wanted to ask your response to that.”

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“Well it’s disappointing. It wasn’t surprising but it was disappointing,” said Whitmer. “I think that our Big Three have just started the re-engagement, right? They are phasing in re-engaging, after what has been a stay-at-home order, and the UAW members are concerned about their safety.”

“It’s really important that anyone with a platform has a responsibility to make sure that they model precisely what we’re asking everyone else to do,” said Whitmer. “This is about public health, not one person or another. This is about all of us. And anyone in a position of power, and responsibility, I hope, emulates and does precisely what they’re asking everyone else to do.”

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A historian details Trump’s surprising and peculiar relationship with America’s Puritan legacy

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Whatever one feels about it, the ‘Trump phenomenon’ is often described as the US version of a populist trend that has impacted on many areas of contemporary global politics.  However, despite the global political similarities, Donald Trump’s success is also rooted in a peculiarly American experience, since a very large and influential part of his support base lies among Christians of the so-called ‘evangelical right’.

The presidential inauguration, in 2017, featured six religious leaders, more than any other inauguration in history.  Since then many evangelical leaders have (controversially) claimed that God has placed Trump in the White House, despite his character flaws, because he is the man who will get God’s work done at this – in their  view – critical point in US and world history. As a result, the influence of evangelical Christians on American politics has never been more pronounced. From the appointment of Supreme Court judges to US relations with Israel, from support for ‘The Wall’ to abortion legislation, the power of this extraordinary lobby is seen in the changing politics and policies of the nation. A veritable culture war appears to be occurring over the future direction of the USA; a battle for the ‘soul of America’.

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Trump supporters desperately grasp at a new ‘gotcha’ to discredit a national social justice uprising

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Unable to defend the extrajudicial killing of black people by the police or the viciousness of police assaults on peaceful protesters, conservatives are grasping desperately at a new gotcha to discredit the recent national uprisings: Liberals are a bunch of hypocrites. This time, however, it's got a coronavirus twist, as progressives are being accused of hypocrisy for supporting the protests while allegedly opposing all other social gatherings in the name of "public health."

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One out of three Americans used bleach ‘in non recommended high-risk practices’ to battle coronavirus: CDC report

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One third of Americans used bleach or other household disinfectants "in non-recommended high risk practices" in attempts to reduce the spread of the deadly coronavirus, a new CDC survey finds.

Among the non-recommended practices were using “bleach on food products, applying household cleaning and disinfectant products to skin, and inhaling or ingesting cleaners and disinfectants,” the CDC says, as The Daily Beast reports.

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