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‘It’s an alternate universe right now’: CNN analyst says Trump is pretending the pandemic doesn’t even exist

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On CNN Wednesday, analyst Gloria Borger tore into President Donald Trump’s unwillingness to deal with the basic reality of the coronavirus pandemic.

“Not only cases, but hospitalizations and deaths in the United States, certainly doesn’t support the president’s proclamation that we’re, quote, ‘after COVID,'” said anchor Wolf Blitzer. “So what does it tell you that the president is taking that stance so publicly?”

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“Well, it’s political, Wolf,” said Borger. “He wants it gone. He doesn’t want to talk about it. He wants to talk of the world post-pandemic. He wants to talk about, as he calls it, a transition to greatness. He wants to move forward. But that is living in an alternate universe right now. He is in complete election mode. And his COVID task force people, they’re not very visible right now.”

“Tony Fauci’s willing to talk to anybody who wants to ask serious questions about this,” added Borger. “But the routine task force meetings, the routine public briefings about this have all been disappeared, Wolf, as if the pandemic has disappeared, as if the virus is gone. Well, it’s not gone. But what’s going on is an election. And the president doesn’t want to talk about the pandemic anymore. So, it’s an alternate universe right now.”

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Internet buries Betsy DeVos for ‘total trainwreck’ CNN interview: ‘Why is she in charge of ANYTHING?’

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Education Secretary Betsy DeVos both stunned and appalled Twitter commentators on Sunday morning after she spent nearly 24 minutes sparring with CNN host Dana Bash over reopening the schools during a pandemic while misrepresenting the health risks to children that led the "State of the Union" to fact-check her.

With Bash closing the contentious interview by smirking at another non-answer from the Trump administration official, Twitter commenters flooded the social media platform with comments over what one called a "total trainwreck" cable news appearance.

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Trump melts down over media reporting he’s playing golf: ‘I play VERY fast, get a lot of work done’

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Donald Trump kicked off his Sunday morning complaining about the media reporting on the massive amount of time he spends on the golf course, tweeting that he plays "VERY fast" and he gets "a lot of work done on the golf course."

According to the president, "I know many in business and politics that work out endlessly, in some cases to a point of exhaustion. It is their number one passion in life, but nobody complains. My 'exercise' is playing, almost never during the week, a quick round of golf. Obama played more and much longer rounds, no problem. When I play, Fake News CNN, and others, park themselves anywhere they can to get a picture, then scream 'President Trump is playing golf.' Actually, I play VERY fast, get a lot of work done on the golf course, and also get a 'tiny' bit of exercise. Not bad!"

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Trump fears his base will turn on him if he flips and calls for nationwide mask guidelines: CNN

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On CNN Saturday, analyst Ron Brownstein outlined the key reason President Donald Trump is struggling to adapt his message to proper public health guidance on the coronavirus pandemic.

"Ron, there is a retail trade group that has asked President Trump to institute federal, nationwide mask guidelines at stores across the country as the country continues to re-open," said anchor Alex Marquardt. "Experts are saying that masks could save thousands of lives in the coming months. Do you see a scenario in which — any chance in which he would issue that?"

"I think the short answer is no, and for a revealing reason," said Brownstein. "He is in a trap of his own construction. On coronavirus, we talk all the time about how President Trump's base is bonded to him, immovably. He's also bonded to the base in the other direction, that he is very reluctant to get out crosswise with a base that includes the kind of people that showed up at the Michigan capital to protest lockdown without wearing masks and waving Confederate flags and carrying automatic weapons."

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