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Trump can see his failures — but he still prioritizes his needs over protecting Americans from COVID-19: op-ed

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President Donald Trump speaking on the 4th of July (screengrab)

In his column for the Washington Post this Wednesday, Greg Sargent writes that the idea that President Trump’s failures are a result of him being in “denial” isn’t entirely accurate. Ultimately, Trump knows the consequences of his actions.

Yet he “still continues not just to downplay the severity of the virus’s continuing toll, but also to actively discourage current efforts to mitigate the spread — by failing to set an example through mask-wearing, for instance — and to urge the very sort of rapid reopening that has already contributed to catastrophic outcomes,” Sargent writes.

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As coronavirus continues to spike around the country, “Trump has shown zero signs of even trying to grapple with the cause and effect behind these new circumstances.”

“Instead, he continues to lie about them, falsely claiming we have the lowest mortality rate in the world, falsely claiming that ’99 percent’ of cases are ‘totally harmless,’ and absurdly claiming the virus will ‘disappear,'” he continues.

This is not Trump being in “denial,” as some people say.

“Trump made an active choice to prioritize his own perceived political needs over what experts — including his own — recommended as in the best interests of the country.”

Read the full op-ed over at The Washington Post.

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Trump blew his big chance — and now the next two debates really won’t matter

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Donald Trump went into the first debate with a gargantuan challenge: He had to do something that turned around his sagging poll numbers to bring in voters, some of whom he lost to Joe Biden and desperately needs.

This article was originally published at The Signorile Report

Joe Biden’s challenge was simply surviving the onslaught, in tact. He more than achieved that while Trump more than failed at his challenge. Trump alienated everyone with his ugly interruptions and meltdowns — even though most of his own supporters will vote for him nonetheless.

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WATCH: Sacha Baron Cohen pranks Pence in upcoming ‘Borat’ sequel

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Comedian Sacha Baron Cohen pranked Vice President Mike Pence as part of a bit in his forthcoming sequel to the 2006 film "Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan."

The long-rumored comedy will premier Oct. 23 on Amazon Prime Video, and features a scene filmed at the 2020 Conservative Political Action Conference held back in February, just before the coronavirus lockdowns, reported The Daily Beast.

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Court rules the Trump administration policing panel broke the law — and must halt its work

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U.S. District Judge John Bates ruled Thursday that one of President Donald Trump's "blue ribbon panels" broke public meetings laws, reported Politico.

The law enforcement panel violated the Federal Advisory Committee Act, according to the federal court judge, by only allowing law enforcement on the commission and by holding meetings in secret.

"The commission’s final report was set to go to Attorney General William Barr later this month, but Bates said no recommendations can be submitted until the panel remedies the legal violations," Politico reported.

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