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Michael Steele on the passing of his buddy Herman Cain: ‘We cannot stop you from being stupid’

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Herman Cain at Trump's Tulsa rally (Twitter)

The former chair of the Republican National Committee had harsh words for followers of President Donald Trump after the passing of Herman Cain.

Cain attended Trump’s controversial rally in Tulsa that was held in defiance of public health guidelines and subsequently died of COVID-19.

“Look, Herman Cain was a buddy of mine,” Steele said. “I appreciated every moment I got to spend with him and my heart goes out to him and his family for this loss.”

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“The reality of it is for those who don’t think this is serious, those who think this is some made-up China virus that was imported into the country, you know, live in that bubble and you will die in that bubble. That’s all that can be said.”

“Folks, we cannot — we cannot stop you from being stupid,” he continued. “We put the information out there. We’ve tried to educate and inform. We’ve got the best and brightest scientists in the country summarily dismissed by this administration and particularly the president. You know what the realities are, you’ve had family members and friends that have been sick and dying since it began. I can’t help your stupidity at this point, that’s your risk, it won’t be mine.”

Wear the damn mask,” Steele instructed.

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“Amen to that,” anchor Joy Reid replied.

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NRA tax filing alleges Wayne LaPierre used the group’s funds for ‘personal benefit and enrichment’: report

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According to a new IRS tax filing from the National Rifle Association (NRA), current and former executives used the nonprofit group’s money for personal benefit and enrichment, the Washington Post reports.

"The NRA said in the filing that it continues to review the alleged abuse of funds, as the tax-exempt organization curtails services and runs up multimillion-dollar legal bills," the Post's report states. "The assertion of impropriety comes four months after the attorney general of New York state filed a lawsuit accusing NRA chief executive Wayne LaPierre and other top officials of using NRA funds for decades to provide inflated salaries and expense accounts."

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Trump and Bill Barr’s ‘bloodthirsty execution spree’ in his final months in office is unprecedented: op-ed

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In an op-ed for Slate this Tuesday, Austin Sarat says that the Trump administration's announcement that it would continue to carry out executions in the days and weeks leading up to the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden is a "bloodthirsty decision" that defies "the norms and conventions for modern presidential transitions."

"The Death Penalty Information Center reports that the last time an outgoing administration did anything remotely similar was more than a century ago, in 1889," Sarat writes. "At that time Grover Cleveland, the first Democrat to be elected president after the Civil War and the only president ever to have served as an executioner (when he was the sheriff in Erie County, New York), permitted three executions to proceed in the period between his electoral defeat and Benjamin Harrison’s inauguration in March 1889."

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‘I’m in tears’: Americans grateful after watching Biden deliver more presidential speech than Trump

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President-elect Joe Biden addressed the nation about the Thanksgiving holiday, encouraging Americans to keep wearing their masks and stay away from people outside of your bubble because there is a light at the end of the COVID-19 tunnel of terror.

There are reports of vaccines possibly being available to healthcare and nursing home workers by the end of the year, which could help with over-crowding in hospitals.

Biden spoke about his family's large Thanksgivings and how hard it will be for him this holiday season without the crowd of Bidens. But he, like many Americans, are doing the right thing, he said, not just for his family but for every other family in the community.

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