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Lincoln Project slams NC TV station’s ‘overt cowardice’ for refusing to run ad criticizing Trump supporters’ ‘Flag of Treason’

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On Sunday, The Lincoln Project—a political action committee comprising anti-Trump Republicans backing Joe Biden—digitally released an ad called “The Flag of Treason,” which takes aim to President Trump’s not-so-casual embrace of racial divisiveness and his alliances with Confederate sympathizers.

It’s a provocative ad, for sure—and too provocative, it seems, for ABC11-WTVD.

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In a tweet today, The Lincoln Project said that ABC11, in what it called an act of “overt cowardice,” declined to air the ad on the grounds that it was “inflammatory.”

According to the PAC’s communications director, Keith Edwards, ABC11 told The Lincoln Project’s ad buyer that it didn’t want to further inflame “the situation on the ground,” an apparent reference to this weekend’s unrest in Raleigh.

The ad began running today in nine markets in six swing states, each market including Republican-leaning counties. While the region’s stations are housed in the solidly Democratic Triangle, they also cover the Republican-friendlier Fayetteville.

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ABC11 was the only station in the country to reject the ad, Edwards says. Other local TV stations will air it.

ABC11 general manager Carolyn Welch did not immediately respond to a voicemail seeking comment on the station’s decision.

The Lincoln Project—headed by GOP operatives George Conway III (the husband of White House adviser Kellyanne Conway), Steve Schmidt, John Weaver, and Rick Wilson—has demonstrated a knack for renting space in the president’s brain. Its previous ad, “Mourning in America,” quickly garnered more than 1 million views and drove the president into a Twitter frenzy.

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“We have a team of lifelong conservatives that understand the Republican brain probably better than Trump does,” Edwards says.

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Trump ripped as a ‘traitor’ by veterans for his mask photo-op at Walter Reed Hospital

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The veteran advocacy organization Vote Vets on Sunday blasted President Donald Trump for holding a photo-op at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.

After a round of golf on Saturday, Trump traveled to the hospital to be photographed by the press pool wearing a mask, which was a first since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Vote Vets, which says it has raised over $120 million since being founded in 2006 and made over 50 million voter contacts, released a new video on Trump's visit.

The ad says it shows "what wounded warriors see when Trump comes for a photo-op."

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Trump’s push to reopen schools prematurely is an assault on states’ rights that may prove deadly

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It’s hard to avoid a sense of déjà vu as the Trump regime threatens to withhold federal education funding from states that refuse to re-open their schools this fall. The contours of the “debate,” such as it is, perfectly align with the one we had a couple of months ago about re-opening businesses in the midst of a pandemic.

Then, as now, conservatives tried to frame the issue as a choice between re-opening and staying stuck in quarantine indefinitely. Those less moored to reality, including the President, insisted that proponents of quarantines were only motivated by a desire to undermine Trump’s prospects for re-election. The real divide at the time was between those of us who wanted to follow the science, build up adequate testing and contact-tracing capacity and re-open safely once the rate of infection had declined, and those, mostly on the right, who wanted to re-open prematurely either because they believed we’d achieve herd immunity if we let the outbreak run its course or because they thought Covid-19 was a “hoax” that was no more serious than the seasonal flu.

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How 68,000 COVID-19 survivors created a world-class patient resource group in just four months

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Diana Berrent was one of the first people in her hometown of Port Washington, New York, to get COVID-19. Back then, in early March 2020, only immunocompromised and seniors were believed to be high-risk; hence, as a 46-year-old yoga practitioner and runner, Berrent was "shocked" when she woke up with a 103-degree fever and respiratory infection — symptoms that strongly suggested she had coronavirus, which was later confirmed by a test.

This article first appeared in Salon.

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