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Idaho Republican caught spreading lie about 45-year-old nurse who died from COVID-19

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A Idaho Republican legislator is taking some heat thanks to a Facebook post where she tried to cast doubt on the details surrounding the death of a pediatric nurse practitioner who died from complications from the coronavirus, the Idaho Statesman reports.

Rep. Tammy Nichols shared a post from another Facebook user who theorized that the death of 45-year-old Samantha Hickey, an employee of St. Luke’s Health System, was being misrepresented by the media in order to inflate infection rates. The post included an Idaho Statesman story that pointed out Hickey’s death was due to cardiac issues brought on by the virus.

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According to Hickey’s husband, she endured a wide range of symptoms, but when doctors discovered how the virus was affecting her heart, it was too late, saying that “the virus had set up shop in the muscle of her heart (and caused) myocarditis. It just attacked the muscles and the cells of the muscles. … She just could not come past that.”

When screenshots of Nichols’ post where shared on Twitter, people slammed Nichols’ for sharing what they saw as misinformation.

“I am at a loss for words right now except the ones I can’t say in front of my son,” said St Luke’s spokesperson Anita Kissée.

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Retired St. Luke’s CEO David Pate said, “I don’t think I have said a bad word this year … until now.”

Speaking to the Idaho Statesman, Nichols said that it’s her understanding that “dying from Covid is that there were no other underlying health issues or circumstances, dying with Covid is that there were other health issues or circumstances involved.”

The post is no longer on her page, although Nichols denies deleting it.

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Trump made an ‘implicit threat of violence’ when he refused to say he’d leave peacefully: CNN’s Berman

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CNN's John Berman on Thursday accused President Donald Trump of implicitly threatening the use of violence if he loses the 2020 presidential election.

While discussing Trump's refusal to commit to a peaceful transition of power should he lose the 2020 election, Berman said that this was the kind of thing he'd expect to hear from leaders in foreign countries without long traditions of upholding democracy.

"To be clear, the refusal to commit to a peaceful transfer in and of itself is an implicit threat of violence," he said.

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Here’s how Trump intends to create ‘chaos and deadlock’ to steal the election from voters

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The author of a new piece outlining how President Donald Trump could steal the election from voters explained just how that might happen.

The Atlantic's Barton Gellman revealed the Trump campaign is exploring a strategy to pressure Republican-led state legislatures to appoint electors, instead of letting voters choose, and he told MSNBC's "Morning Joe" how that would work in practice.

"The only other time in history we had a debacle like this with possibility of the multiple competing slates of electors where two groups of people said, 'I'm the state elector for the state of Pennsylvania,' for example, it's supposed to go to Congress," Gellman said. "Congress is supposed to decide who are the legitimate electors, if any, from the state, and the problem is the electorate count act is one of the most garbled statutes ever passed by Congress, which is saying a lot."

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Trump apologist thinks president made ‘huge mistake’ by admitting he won’t peacefully give up power

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A conservative who usually defends President Donald Trump admitted to CNN on Thursday that the president made a "huge mistake" when he refused to commit to having a peaceful transfer of power should he lose the 2020 election.

During a panel discussion on the president's latest controversial remarks about the upcoming election, liberal guest Bakari Sellers argued that Americans should be "very terrified" about Trump implicitly encouraging violence in the event that he loses.

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