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Republicans in revolt over Trump’s plan to force schools to reopen during pandemic: report

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According to a report from Politico, Donald Trump’s rush to force schools to reopen is getting pushback not only from teachers but also from Republican allies who worry that he is putting kids at risk when the coronavirus pandemic is on the rise again.

On Friday, the president tweeted that schools must open and, along with Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, threatened federal funding for schools would be withheld if school districts did not comply.

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According to Joy Hofmeister, the Republican state superintendent of schools in Oklahoma, Trump’s “Threats are not helpful,” adding, “We do not need to be schooled on why it’s important to reopen.”

As Politico’s report notes, “An overwhelming alignment of state and even Republican-aligned organizations oppose the rush to reopen schools. The nation’s leading pediatricians, Republican state school chiefs, Christian colleges and even the U.S. Chamber of Commerce have all challenged parts of Trump’s pressure campaign.”

Trump’s desire to get back to school is reportedly influenced by his re-election hopes, with his campaign believing that getting kids back in school will help him with suburban moms. However, the president’s plan is bumping up against the American Academy of Pediatrics which issued a statement on Friday calling it “misguided.”

According to Oklahoma’s Hofmeister, “Educating our kids shouldn’t be about politics — it’s about focusing on what’s needed.”

She is not alone among Republicans in going public with criticism of the president’s plan.

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“In Indiana, the home state of Vice President Mike Pence, the Republican state schools chief also responded to threats to cut funding to schools amid the pandemic in a tweet on Friday. ‘Students deserve an unprecedented federal investment in resources not cuts or diversion of funds,’ said Jennifer McCormick,” Politico reports.

The report goes on to note that the president’s additional plan to force schools to open or face seeing foreign students sent home also has come under criticism from his traditional allies.

 “The U.S. Chamber of Commerce blasted the plan as ‘ill-conceived’ and harmful to businesses. On Friday, a coalition of Christian groups, including the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities, the National Association of Evangelicals and Bethany Christian Services, said that international students shouldn’t be expelled from U.S. campuses during the pandemic,” the Politico report states.

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Facebook removes network of fake accounts that posed as Trump supporters

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Facebook said Thursday it took down accounts running a deceptive campaign out of Romania pretending to be Americans supporting US President Donald Trump ahead of the coming election.

The leading online social network removed 35 Facebook accounts, three pages, and 88 Instagram accounts as part of an ongoing fight against "coordinated inauthentic behavior," according to security policy head Nathaniel Gleicher.

"The people behind this network used fake accounts to pose as Americans, amplify and comment on their own content, and manage pages including some posing as President Trump fan pages," Gleicher said.

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Brace yourself for months of lawlessness — ‘Election Night’ likely will not end until 2021

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There’s nothing wrong with treating American politics like a sport as long as everyone involved in the competition is playing the same sport by the same rules. There’s nothing wrong as long as both sides agree the rules are legitimate, both commit to obeying them and both accept the consequences when they break them.

This article was originally published at The Editorial Board

But there is a problem with treating American politics like a sport when one side is playing soccer and the other is playing football while neither can agree to the rules, because one side won’t commit to obeying them. There is something wrong when one side not only refuses to accept the consequences of rule-breaking but sets out to undermine the idea of rules altogether. In that case, treating politics like a sport, as the Washington press corps habitually does, isn’t helpful. It’s harmful. Even dangerous.

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2020 Election

‘Deranged’ Trump pummeled for lying that ‘practicing Catholic’ Joe Biden will ‘hurt God’

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President Donald Trump used a supposedly non-political event Thursday afternoon to attack his Democratic opponent with a lie, saying former Vice President Joe Biden will "hurt God" if elected.

In the strange pronouncement on the tarmac in Cleveland, Ohio, Trump falsely claimed that Biden will "take away your guns. Destroy your Second Amendment. No religion. No anything. Hurt the Bible. Hurt God. He’s against God. He’s against guns. He’s against energy."

A completely deranged Trump claims Joe Biden will "hurt God" if elected president pic.twitter.com/cJ8fbghmAm

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