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The View’s Meghan McCain flips out over COVID-19 and protests — and Whoopi Goldberg sets her straight

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“The View” co-hosts Whoopi Goldberg and Meghan McCain clashed over protests and marches during the coronavirus pandemic.

McCain complained that medical experts had not condemned Black Lives Matter demonstrations and a Pride march in Chicago, and she said that undercut their credibility — especially with conservatives who disapprove of those events in the first place.

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“I don’t trust Dr. [Anthony] Fauci in the way that I did, and we have conversations on this show about people wearing masks and being responsible, and we’re all in agreement on that,” McCain said, “and then I see a giant Pride march in Chicago, which is great that people are out marching in any other time other than a pandemic right here, and we’re not supposed to be this close together. I’m not supposed to be within six feet of people.”

“The narrative continues to confuse me,” she added. “Republicans are the devil, Fox News is the devil, but protesters for Pride and protesters for Black Lives Matter, it’s fine, and the pandemic doesn’t exist.”

Goldberg and co-host Joy Behar shook their heads in disagreement, saying no one had been saying that, and McCain continued.

“I’m the only conservative on this show, and I leave this place and all I do is pretty much consume conservative media, so I was just trying to explain what conservatives are seeing, and as much as you want to trash Fox News,” she said, “Tucker Carlson has the highest numbers in Fox News history right now, because he’s saying what I am saying right now. It’s a big conversation, and we can forget about it and talk about the Lincoln Project and say vote all Republicans out, but it’s making the culture war divide even further, and maybe that’s what we want.”

Goldberg finally got a chance to speak.

“This is not about politics,” Goldberg said. “People who are conservative, people who are Republican, people who are Democrat, they’re all getting hit the same way. People are dying, and so for me, I don’t see where the question is. It’s not about [whether] you’re right. There’s a thing in the country, there’s a poison in the country, and all we need to try to do, and we’ve said it to everybody.”

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“We said it about the beaches in Florida, and, you know, sort of shamed people into making changes. We have talked about the fact that everybody has to get on board to stop the spread of this thing. We said it to the marchers, we said it to everybody. Nobody is making a distinction.”

McCain agreed the show’s panelists were largely on the same page on coronavirus safety measures, but she said Republicans are losing trust in Fauci and Dr. Deborah Birx because they had not condemned the protests as dangerous.

“All the hosts on this show are on the same page,” McCain said, “but I do not think Americans are on the same page, and when someone like me is frustrated and when it feels like the people in place, and places of power like Dr. Fauci are not going on TV and screaming bloody murder about the dangers of this, and we’re seeing spikes everywhere, I understand why there’s frustration.”

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Kris Kobach ridiculed after losing comeback bid in Kansas: ‘Adios amigo’

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Former Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach is the projected loser of the state's Republican primary for the U.S. Senate, the Associated Press reported Tuesday.

Kobach, a longtime crusader against immigration, headed up President Donald Trump's so-called "voter fraud commission" before it was disbanded after failing to identify any widespread instances of fraud.

Kobach unsuccessfully ran for governor in 2018.

Here's some of what people were saying about Kobach's defeat:

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Maddow reveals the ‘shocking sign’ the White House may be betting Trump is going to lose in 2020

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MSNBC anchor Rachel Maddow returned from vacation to host the Tuesday evening edition of her MSNBC show.

Maddow noted, "in 91 days we all get to decide if the guy who's currently in charge of how we're responding to this epidemic should stay in the job for four more years or if Democratic candidate Joe Biden would do better at this."

"It's honestly hard to know what it will be like for a president to stand for re-election with 200,000 dead Americans as a key metric from his first term, while he asks for a second term, but we're going to talk tonight about how some of that is going to work and some of what we can see coming down the pike," she explained. "And a lot of it is very worrying, in terms of the institutions of our democracy and what we count on to keep us a constitutional republic."

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Trump may break with ‘presidential norms’ and give GOP convention speech from the White House lawn: report

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On Tuesday, The Washington Post reported that Republicans are exploring the possibility of President Donald Trump giving his presidential re-nomination speech from the South Lawn of the White House.

"The decision to stage the most high-profile political event of Trump’s reelection campaign at the national seat of presidential power would be just the latest break by Trump in presidential norms, which have historically drawn clear lines between official business of the president and campaign events," reported Michael Scherer and Josh Dawsey. "People involved in the planning said that no final decision had been made on the location of the Republican convention’s celebratory events. Trump abandoned plans to hold the full convention in Charlotte, and later Jacksonville, Fla., over concerns that large crowds could spread the novel coronavirus."

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