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NYT’s Tom Friedman slams Trump’s ‘flat-out stupid’ gambit to make his supporters ignore coronavirus safety

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On Wednesday’s edition of CNN’s “The Situation Room,” New York Times writer Tom Friedman laid into President Donald Trump for his attempts to politicize coronavirus safety measures.

“The fact that the president won’t do the easy stuff, the known stuff, is positively devilish,” Friedman told anchor Wolf Blitzer. “I heard you quote his White House spokesman as saying, masks are recommended at the White House but they’re not required. You really want to ask her, are brains recommended and not required? What are you people possibly thinking?”

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“By the way, Wolf, how does this work for Trump? Because the average person actually isn’t that stupid,” said Friedman. “They’re not going to go to the restaurant. They’re not going to go to work. They’re not going to go to a rally if they think they’ll get sick or transfer the virus to someone who is vulnerable. Most people will not do that. So the economy won’t even come back the way Trump hopes. It is just flat-out stupid.”

“Why do you think, Tom, the president is so set on moving forward with this potentially very dangerous campaign rally in Tulsa?” asked Blitzer.

“It is literally beyond me, Wolf,” said Friedman. “He thinks that this will somehow appeal to his base by defying the supposed liberal consensus that you should wear a mask and social distance and prevent super spreader events. There is nothing liberal about this. Mother Nature is not interested in liberal or conservative. She has no clue where the border is between Oklahoma or Texas.”

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Trump Organization planning ‘high-end’ retirement community — with 225 properties — on foreign soil: report

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The Trump Organization is planning a massive real estate development, according to a new report by Martyn McLaughlin in The Scotsman.

"In what would be one of the most ambitious and expensive foreign projects undertaken by Donald Trump’s family business since he assumed the presidency, his company has commissioned a detailed masterplan to develop as many as 225 properties, as well as leisure facilities and shops, on an expanse of rolling farmland adjacent to Turnberry’s lauded Ailsa course, a four-time host of golf’s Open Championship," the Scottish newspaper reported.

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WATCH: Video shows how Trump makes his caddie hang on to the back of the golf cart

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Despite the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and economic catastrophe, the leader of the free world spent the weekend golfing at his private, for-profit golf course in Virginia.

For the second day in a row, Donald Trump's presidential motorcade traveled to Trump National Golf Club in Sterling, Virginia.

"Today marks the president’s 86th day trip to Sterling," reported HuffPost correspondent S.V. Dáte, who was the White House pool reporter for print covering the day's events.

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NRA slammed for saying AR-15 rifles are just ‘an everyday gun for everyday citizens’

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The debate over firearms in America heated up over the weekend as AR-15 trended nationwide on Twitter.

The discussion followed a tweet by the National Rifle Association praising firearms platform, which are widely referred to as assault rifles.

"The AR-15 is the modern day musket," the NRA tweeted. "An everyday gun for everyday citizens."

David Hogg, who co-founded "A March for Our Lives" after surviving a mass shooting at his high school in Parkland, Florida was one of man people who slammed the NRA.

6 minutes 20 seconds Is all it took for the shooter at my high school to fire over 100 rounds from his AR-15 to shoot 34 people.

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