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Ivanka Trump blasted as ‘America’s Marie Antoinette’ after she tells unemployed workers to ‘eat cake’

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President Donald Trump’s eldest daughter — and White House adviser — Ivanka Trump sounds like Marie Antoinette as she lectures out-of-work Americans to “find something new” for themselves to do.

Financial Times columnist Edward Luce compared Ivanka Trump’s remarks to the French queen’s infamous — and likely apocryphal — quote, “let them eat cake,” and said she and other U.S. elites shared many characteristics with France’s doomed aristocracy.

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That the initiative was announced on July 14 — which France marks as Bastille Day to commemorate the anniversary of peasants storming a fortress to free political prisoners in the early days of its revolution — only heightens the comparison to King Louis XVI’s wife.

“The awkward part for many of America’s anti-Trump elites is that the first daughter and first son-in-law are not so far removed from who they are,” Luce wrote. “Ms. Trump and her older brother, Donald Jr., were admitted to the University of Pennsylvania after her father had pledged a $1.4 million gift. Both were legacy students — their father went to the same school.”

Ivanka Trump’s husband — also a White House senior adviser — Jared Kushner was admitted to Harvard after his father donated $2.5 million, and a recent study showed 43 percent of that Ivy League university’s white undergraduates were legacy students, children of donors or staff or athletics scholars.

“America’s hereditary meritocracy spans all elites — liberal and conservative,” Luce wrote. “What marks Ms. Trump out is the scale of her platform to offer life advice to the world.”

Ivanka Trump, despite her scanty qualifications, has a platform to deliver inanely well-intentioned advice — be kind to strangers, practice meditation, pray or find another outlet for your talents — to the public, while also advising her father, the president.

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“Her role extends far beyond U.S. workforce training,” Luce wrote. “After the tear gas had cleared from Lafayette Square last month, Ms. Trump took a Bible from her $1,540 Max Mara handbag and handed it to her father. Amid America’s most tense racial protests in years, the photo-op captured an administration that had no grasp of how to address the country’s divisions.”


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Trump-Biden race could hinge on how this one Florida county swings

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Betty Jones voted for President Donald Trump in 2016, but the lifelong Republican has her doubts she will do it again this year.

The federal response to the coronavirus pandemic that has killed about 200,000 Americans and forced older adults to restrict their activities has her contemplating a leadership change.

It “makes me unsure,” said Jones, 78, of Largo, in Pinellas County, Florida. Before COVID-19, she said, she would have definitely voted for Trump.

Polls show that many people will have the pandemic and its public health and economic consequences on their minds when they cast their votes — whether by mail or in person — this fall. Early in-person voting starts Oct. 19 in most Florida counties, including Pinellas.

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Cindy McCain crosses party lines to endorse Joe Biden

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The widow of late U.S. Sen. John McCain plans to endorse Joe Biden on Wednesday, giving the former vice president another boost from a prominent Republican.Biden leaked Cindy McCain’s political plans during a fundraising call Tuesday evening.“Maybe I shouldn’t say it,” Biden told campaign donors, “but I’m about to go on one of these Zooms with John McCain’s wife, who is first time ever, is endorsing me.”The last straw for McCain was a report from The Atlantic saying Trump told staff that American soldiers killed in combat were “suckers” and “losers,” according to Biden.“Because of what he talk... (more…)

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‘They’ll get away with it’: Strategist explains how GOP federal judges will help Trump steal election

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President Donald Trump will remain in power if he narrowly loses the 2020 presidential election, with conservative judges poised to help him "steal" the election, a longtime Democratic Party strategist warned on Tuesday.

MSNBC anchor Brian Williams interviewed James Carville about the Supreme Court vacancy and how it could impact any legal wrangling about counting the votes.

"James, that's a pretty neat trick, the president is gaslighting out in advance voter fraud that he is promoting, ergo the need for nine justices on the court, which doesn't exist in law. The court has functioned just fine with eight during times of a death or a recusal," Williams noted. "Be that as it may, if Trump fills this seat before the election, in your view, how does that change the dynamic of the election?"

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