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Lincoln Project ‘Trump virus’ ad leads to outpouring of stories about what the president’s bungling has cost Americans

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US President Donald Trump says there is "nothing wrong" with listening to foreign governments offering dirt on his political opponents. (AFP / SAUL LOEB)

Using a new ad from the Lincoln Project that reminds viewers what they have lost because Donald Trump bungled the government’s response to the coronavirus pandemic, Rick Wilson — one of the founders of Never Trumper PAC — asked his Twitter followers to share how the deadly health crisis has impacted their lives.

Re-labeling the novel coronavirus as the “Trump virus” Wilson asked, “Share your stories of what COVID has taken from you,” which led to a flood of stories about not being with loved ones when they passed, inability to visit elderly parents and one person having to decide whether to put a beloved pet down early over fears of not being able to be there at the end due to COVID-19 restrictions.

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You can see the ad that spurred the comments as well as some responses — many of them heartbreaking — below:

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New filings reveal Trump’s campaign and the GOP are in dire financial trouble

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On Tuesday, The New York Times reported that new filings show President Donald Trump's campaign — and the Republican Party itself — are teetering on the brink of financial oblivion.

"New filings with the Federal Election Commission showed the extent of Mr. Trump’s cash troubles, which are severe enough that he diverted time from key battleground states and flew to California on Sunday for a fund-raiser with just over two weeks until Election Day," reported Shane Goldmacher and Rachel Shorey. "The president ended September with just over half as much money as he had at the beginning of the month."

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University of Florida students get threatening emails warning them to vote for Trump — or else

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On Tuesday, the Miami Herald reported that University of Florida students are receiving threatening emails with the subject line "Vote for Trump or else!"

"Alachua County officials were made aware of the emails on Tuesday morning. In one of the emails, the sender told a voter to 'vote for Trump on Election Day or we will come after you,' according to a copy obtained by the Miami Herald," reported Ana Ceballos and Carli Teproff. "'Change your party affiliation to Republican to let us know you received our message and will comply,' the email said. 'We will know which candidate you voted for. I would take it seriously if I were you.'"

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Trump may strip supposed ‘anarchist’ cities of federal COVID relief funding: report

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A report uncovered Tuesday night shows federal funding potentially being slashed in sanctuary cities like New York, Portland, Ore., Washington, D.C. and Seattle, Wash.  The areas on the chopping block include coronavirus relief, HIV treatment, newborn screenings, and other programs that regularly help the middle and lower class residents of these states.

In the new documents obtained by Politico, President Donald J. Trump referred to the sanctuary cities as “anarchist jurisdictions."A month earlier in a Sept. 2 order, Trump called on federal agencies to limit funding to jurisdictions that “disempower” police departments and promote “lawlessness" -- a move that stemmed from protests over systemic racism and police violence.

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