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CNN’s Gupta rips Trump-loving Florida governor for taking COVID-19 ‘victory lap’ just before cases surged

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CNN medical analyst Dr. Sanjay Gupta on Tuesday slammed Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis for prematurely declaring victory over the novel coronavirus weeks ago just before cases in his state started to surge.

During a panel discussion about COVID-19, Gupta outlined all the reasons why Florida is particularly vulnerable to the virus, and he expressed dismay that DeSantis still doesn’t seem to be taking it seriously.

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“So you know, I do remember Governor DeSantis not being too concerned about this virus early on, even sort of taking a victory lap at the White House with President Trump in the Oval Office,” he said. “And the reality is that the virus hasn’t changed. The virus is still out there. It’s very contagious.”

Florida for the last week has been recording record numbers of new COVID-19 cases, and the state has now blown past 100,000 confirmed infections.

Jeanne Marrazzo, the director of the Division of Infectious Diseases at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, chimed in to similarly warn about Florida’s vulnerability to a COVID-19 spike.

“What people keep forgetting is that there are time lags between the peak numbers we’re seeing reported and the consequences that get people into the ICU,” she said. “So you’re looking at this two-to-three-week period. so what makes me very concerned is that we are already seeing a spike in ICU admissions in a place like Florida, which, as Sanjay said, is relatively ready for a very scary outcome, especially with older people.”

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‘It’s like Kindergarten’: CNN’s Anderson Cooper tears into Trump’s juvenile attacks on Kamala Harris’ name

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On CNN Monday, anchor Anderson Cooper played clips of President Donald Trump making fun of Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) and deliberately mispronouncing her name.

"By the way, you know who's further left than Bernie is Kamala," said Trump in the clip. "She's the most liberal senator in America. Kamala. Kamala. Senator Kamala Harris is a sponsor of the Green New Deal, Biden's running mate, Kamala Harris. You pronounce her name wrong, she will go crazy. Kamala, like a comma. You like Kamala?"

"Obviously, not something he's done once or twice," said Cooper. "It's like Kindergarten, remember? When everyone used to make fun of people's names. It happens again and again and again, much like how, to this day, he still emphasizes President Obama's middle name, Hussein."

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Trump’s DHS prepares to send federal agents to cities for election: ‘We have teams ready to go’

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Homeland Security agencies are preparing for civil unrest as tensions climb leading into the last week of the presidential election.

"We have teams ready to go as needed ...  we don't have any specific intelligence that suggests any particular threat of violence," said Ken Cuccinelli, the senior official performing the duties of the Homeland Security deputy secretary.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is putting personnel on standby through next week's election, according to a senior ICE official who spoke with CNN. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has been regularly training personnel -- an extension of the deployments this summer, an agency official said.

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Trump has become ‘The Incredible Shrinking President’ as Americans tune him out: Pennsylvania AG

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On Monday, Pennsylvania's Democratic Attorney General, Josh Shapiro, hit back at President Donald Trump's threats that he would be "watching" the state for signs of voter fraud.

"What's your response to the president, who made those allegations without any evidence at all in your state?" asked anchor Wolf Blitzer.

"He says he's watching, about the only thing I have seen here in Pennsylvania is that Donald Trump has gone 0-5 in court challenges against us here," said Shapiro. "Court challenges where he has alleged widespread voter fraud, and yet never was able to back it up with a shred of evidence. That's why courts have dismissed these baseless lawsuits that he's filed. Apparently, now that he's lost in court time and time again, he's gone into the public square to spin a tale and tell these lies and attack our governor."

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