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MSNBC’s Nicolle Wallace chuckles after Times reporter explains why Trump has no hope of pivoting to an empathetic campaign

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MSNBC host Nicolle Wallace struggled to stifle a chuckle in a conversation about President Donald Trump’s struggle to run a campaign that can contend with most Americans’ needs in a horrific pandemic.

“I think to Nick [Confessore’s] point earlier, there should be a sense of nervousness in the Trump camp,” began Democratic strategist Basil Smikle. “You don’t see — you talked about enablers. You don’t see Republicans engaged in their obsequious behavior with respect to the president at this juncture. He’s the president of the United States. They should be more allied with him, but instead, they’re focused on local campaigns. The president has lost several cases at the Supreme Court, the Affordable Care Act case notwithstanding. There’s a lot of things they should be rallying around, but they can’t.”

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Wallace noted that poll numbers aren’t merely about the horse races, but looking at how Americans “feel” about their leadership, which can be greater indicators of the rationale behind their support for a given candidate. In the campaign of former presidential candidate Mitt Romney in 2012, former President Barack Obama was miles ahead of Romney when it came to questions about which of them “understands the problems of people like me.”

“There’s no scenario where Donald Trump even competes with Joe Biden — who drips empathy,” said Wallace.

“Right,” agreed Confessore. “Well, it would certainly be hard for him at this stage of the game.”

Wallace couldn’t help but laugh.

“If you look at his strategy, what strikes me about his strategy, it’s to tweet pictures of black people rioting to stoke fear and racial resentment,” Confessore’s continued. “It’s not because that’s the best possible strategy for him. It’s because it’s the only strategy he’s capable of executing with any consistency over time. The problem is a majority of Americans are sick of what he’s doing on Twitter and elsewhere. They want something different. It was possible to paint Hillary Clinton as out of touch. It wasn’t necessarily true. She had a long history of issues. Joe Biden doesn’t have those problems. He hasn’t settled on an effective message against Biden. If he has, it’s not sticking. I think Biden has this level of trust. He doesn’t have the rich, target-rich environment that Hillary Clinton provided for Donald Trump. So, it’s not going well for the president.”

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If Trump loses two more states it’s ‘ballgame over’: AP reporter

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Appearing on MSNBC's " Morning Joe," Associated Press White House correspondent Jonathan Lemire explained Donald Trump's chances of being re-elected have reached the point where, if he loses the electoral votes of one more, he will be out of luck and out of office.

Speaking with co-host Joe Scarborough, Lemire was asked where Trump stands in the battleground states he so desperately needs.

"Both campaigns agree that there are six battleground states to decide this election: Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Michigan, Arizona, North Carolina, Florida," he began. "Now the president has to play defense and has had to spend resources and had to go the past week to places like Ohio, Texas -- Georgia is another one where he has to play defense. We don't see, outside of perhaps New Hampshire, a place where Democrats have to do the same now that the Trump campaign has ceded Michigan."

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Trump’s executive orders are confusing and unconstitutional — and likely to hurt his own voters. He doesn’t care.

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As we went into the weekend, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell had washed his hands of the negotiations over the vitally necessary COVID-19 relief package, leaving Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin and former Tea Party zealot turned White House chief of staff Mark Meadows to try to hash out a deal. Word was that the Democrats had come down from their demand for $3 trillion in various relief programs to $2 trillion, while the White House stuck to its offer of $1 trillion and not a penny more. By Friday, the Senate was going home and the talks had irretrievably stalled.
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Trump administration says US would share COVID vaccine with world after America’s needs are met

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On Monday, Fox News reported that Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar is offering to share any potential COVID-19 vaccine with other countries, after it stabilizes public health in the United States.

"The U.S. will share any coronavirus vaccine it develops with the globe after American needs are met, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said Monday during a visit to Taiwan," reported Evie Fordham.

"Our first priority of course is to develop and produce enough quantity of safe and effective FDA-approved vaccines and therapeutics for use in the United States," said Azar. "But we anticipate having capacity that, once those needs are satisfied, those products would be available in the world community according to fair and equitable distributions that we would consult in the international community on ... After our departure from the WHO, we will work with others in the world community to find the appropriate vehicles for continuing to support, on a multilateral and bilateral basis, global public health on the order that the United States has done in the past."

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