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Rachel Maddow: ‘The federal government is just abandoning ship’ on stopping the coronavirus

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MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow described the “dystopian” world that the United States has been thrust into as the federal government has decided they’re done dealing with the problem.

The United States just had the worst day on record for coronavirus cases, but President Donald Trump hasn’t met with the coronavirus task force in weeks. Meanwhile, Vice President Mike Pence told elected officials on Capitol Hill today that there were only a few counties in the country having spikes, which is false.

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“If the federal government isn’t going work on this thing that killed 121,000 Americans in 16 weeks with no signs of stopping and we are breaking records all around the country — if the federal government is not going to work on it we will form new smaller subgroups of United States to try to work on it together since the federal government is just abandoning ship,” said Maddow, suggesting states are going to have to fend for themselves.

“So you have got the tri-state area that went through hell and high water and is coming out of it and has bent their curve all the way down,” she continued. “You see those states now banding together and say well we are going to try to protect ourselves from the states where this thing is out of control. Today in Virginia, for example, it looks like that’s going to be the first state in the country to issue their own statewide binding workplace safety rules for what companies have to do to keep workers safe from coronavirus in the workplace.”

She noted that it’s “weird” to see states trying to solve the crisis by themselves without the help of the U.S. government, which usually swoops in during national problems.

“This is the sort of thing that the federal government does, the Occupational Safety and Health Association — safety and health administration in the federal government is in charge of doing this,” said Maddow. “But in the Trump administration, they are just not. They are just not working on it at all. Since the federal government isn’t doing anything at all on that score while lots and lots of people are going back to work in the face of the threat of getting infected at work, well, yeah, states are going to have to start making up these rules themselves, for themselves. because the president has just decided that the federal government won’t do it.”

The failure of the federal government to address the coronavirus crisis will likely “start to pull the states apart from one another and to pit the states against each other in some ways,” Maddow predicted. “And if we have good leadership in the states, we can all hope and pray that the states will try to work together cooperatively and collectively to advance their mutual interests.”

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“It’s at least all on a theme. You know? It is all dystopia,” Maddow lamented. “It’s all on a theme of how disastrously bad American governance, perhaps the worst American governance in the history of this country, how that manifests in terms of rule of law, in terms of health and safety of the people, in terms of the la-la land nonsense from the people who are supposed to be leading this country during this dark time.”

See her opener below:


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What will we tell future generations — and future Republican presidents — if Trump gets away with everything?

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If the nation manages to oust Donald Trump from the presidency in November — and he actually agrees to leave in January — the new administration and the Congress will have its hands full just trying to keep the country from falling even deeper into a depression and halting the death toll from the pandemic. Foreign policy will have to be dealt with immediately, as will the assessment of the damage to the administrative state. Our failed public health response to the coronavirus is a deadly wakeup call: The federal government has atrophied under the insane fiscal and political priorities inflicted upon it over the past couple of decades by nihilist Republicans and impotent Democrats. And that's just for starters.
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‘It’s a disgrace’: Conservative torches Trump and the GOP — saying they’ve betrayed voters

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In 2012, Stuart Stevens served as the chief strategist for Republican Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign and tried to prevent President Barack Obama from winning a second term; in 2020, he is a Never Trump conservative who is rooting for former Vice President Joe Biden, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee. And when Stevens appeared on MSNBC’s “The 11th Hour” on Thursday night, August 6, he stressed to host Brian Williams that many GOP incumbents — from President Donald Trump to members of Congress — could be in trouble in November.

Promoting his new book, “It Was All a Lie: How the Republican Party Became Donald Trump,” Stevens told Williams, “This is a very negative environment for Republicans…. There are external forces out there that make this a very tough race for incumbents in the Republican Party.”

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Mask-hating Trump supporter banned from local store after she ‘rammed someone with a cart’: report

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A woman who was permanently banned from entering a local hardware store for refusing to wear a face mask tells Vox that she's proud that her defiance of public health standards got her kicked out.

In an interview, a Wyoming resident named Jacqueline says that her local Menards home and garden store has told her that she is no longer allowed to shop there for refusing to wear a face mask on two separate occasions.

Although she was still allowed to shop at the store after the first time she came in without a face mask, she was permanently given the boot when she got into a physical altercation with an employee during her second trip to the store.

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