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MSNBC’s Morning Joe explains why Mitch McConnell suddenly changed his tune on wearing masks

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) joined the growing chorus of Republicans who are breaking ranks with President Donald Trump on wearing masks — and MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough explained why.

Even the president himself backed off a bit, saying Wednesday that he was “all for masks,” but he’s spent the past two months questioning the science about their effectiveness against coronavirus — but his stance is widely unpopular with most voters.

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“A Republican operative that has worked on Mitt Romney’s campaign, Jeb [Bush]’s campaign,” Scarborough said. “I don’t even want to say his name, but basically [he was] saying that masks were superstitious, that you were a member of a cult if you wore a mask.”

Although GOP voters are more likely to reject masks or question their effectiveness, the majority still agrees they should be worn to halt the spread of COVID-19, and the issue is starting to drag down other Republican candidates.

“This sort of talk, maybe it was acceptable by Donald Trump supporters, those that leaned Republican, when most of the infections, most of the hospitalizations, most of the deaths were in New York City, but they’re not now,” Scarborough said. “They’re in Arizona, they’re in Texas, they’re in Florida, they are in California. They’re in states, though, outside of New York City, that are hitting a lot closer to home for Trump supporters, and they’re having a big impact not just on the president’s numbers but also on the numbers of the key Senate races that will determine if Mitch McConnell is the majority leader next year or not.”


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Trump knew how bad COVID-19 was in January — but called it ‘good’ because he could avoid shaking ‘disgusting’ voters’ hands: ex-Pence aide

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Olivia Troye, a former White House aide who worked for Vice President Mike Pence's office, is sounding off with more details about the Trump administration's early knowledge about the severity of the coronavirus.

Troye appeared on "The Today Show" on Tuesday where she discussed the weeks leading up to the World Health Organization declaring the coronavirus a global pandemic. Although Pence and President Donald Trump have repeatedly claimed they had no way of knowing how bad the pandemic could be, Troye suggests otherwise, reports The Hill.

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‘Completely shameless’: Pompeo faces backlash for violating his own guidelines on political activity

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President Donald Trump's secretary of state has been increasingly "brazen" about appearing at political events, in apparent violation of his own directive to the department's employees.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo wanted to accept the president's invitation last year to speak at a campaign rally, but a congressional aide said he backed down after being told that would violate existing rules, reported Politico.

However, that's all changed this year.

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Trainer for anti-COVID lockdown group caught on camera telling supporters how to break the law

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A signature-gathering trainer for a Michigan group working to overturn Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's pandemic restrictions has been caught on camera advising the group's supporters on how to break the law.

The Detroit Free Press, which obtained a copy of the video, reports that trainer Erik Tisinger instructed supporters for Unlock Michigan in assorted nefarious practices for illegally collecting signatures.

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