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Trump cold-calling friends to launch ‘woe-is-me’ monologues during summer of death and turmoil: report

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President Donald Trump has been moaning about his political misfortunes in calls with friends, as the coronavirus pandemic, nationwide racial protests and widespread unemployment threatens his re-election chances.

The president doesn’t even bother with pleasantries anymore, friends told the Washington Post, and instead launches immediately into “woe-is-me” monologues.

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“The president rants about the deadly coronavirus destroying ‘the greatest economy,’ one he claims to have personally built,” the newspaper reported. “He laments the unfair ‘fake news’ media, which he vents never gives him any credit. And he bemoans the ‘sick, twisted’ police officers in Minneapolis, whose killing of an unarmed black man in their custody provoked the nationwide racial justice protests that have confounded the president.”

The president always places himself as a blameless victim at the center of these public crises, the paper reported, just as he does in his yelped tweets about “PROSECUTORIAL MISCONDUCT!” and “POLITICAL WITCH HUNT!”

Longtime acquaintances say his self-victimization is nothing new, but they say those tendencies have really been cranked up during a summer of turmoil and death.

“Whatever bad happened, no matter what it was, it was always against him, always directed at him,” said Barbara Res, a former executive at the Trump Organization. “He would say, ‘Why does everything always happen to me?’”

“It was as if the world revolved around him,” she added. “Everything that happened had an effect on him, good or bad.”

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Even some of the president’s allies are uncomfortable with the president’s self-pitying phone calls while Americans are ravaged by the deadly virus, economic hardship and racial turmoil.

Some associates are urging him to adopt a less egocentric approach to boost his approval ratings, and advisers such as Hope Hicks and Dan Scavino have tried to cheer him up with events featuring truckers or social media videos featuring crowds of supporters.

Advisers also show the president internal polling that shows him in a stronger position than public polls, which all show him losing to Joe Biden.

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However, some senior officials insist the president does not see himself as a victim but instead cares only about the victims of the pandemic.

“The United States of America did not ask for this plague and every American has been affected from the closure of our economy to caring for the sick and mourning those tragically lost, but under the leadership of President Trump our Transition to Greatness has already begun, and the American people are showing tremendous courage to defeat the virus, responsibly open the economy, and restore law and order to our streets,” White House spokesman Judd Deere told the Post in an email statement. “The President’s message has been consistent: resilience, hope, and optimism.”

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Trump’s ‘herd immunity’ advisor has been spreading his quackery behind the scenes for quite a while

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This is not Dr. Scott Atlas’ first rodeo.

It might seem like Atlas came out of nowhere after getting recruited by Stephen Miller at a QAnon meeting. Or you might have him confused with the Atlas who tried to kill Superman in #677 of the superhero series.

Atlas wasn’t famous until he got plucked by Trump from the farthest right reaches of the universe as a pandemic adviser carrying the flag for herd immunity. That, of course, is the theory that says, in effect, that saving the economy in an election year is certainly worth losing a few million lives.

But it turns out Atlas has been on the political scene as a foe of government health care for quite a while. As a creature of the Hoover Institution, a conservative think tank uneasily affiliated with Stanford University, Atlas has left a bit of a paper trail.

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WATCH: Trump supporter cries discrimination during Starbucks mask meltdown

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An argument that erupted between a barista and her customer at a Santee, Calif. Starbucks has gone viral.

The incident occurred when the barista, Alex Beckom, 19, asked her customer to pull her mask up from her chin. The customer was a White woman wearing a Trump 2020 mask. The customer's response was that she was being discriminated against because of her support of President Donald J. Trump.

“F— Black Lives Matter,” the customer told Beckom, who is Black.

The woman then asked for a straw and sugar packets before they parted ways.

Watch the video below.

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You are part of Trump’s callous and covert science experiment — you just don’t know it yet

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It’s understood the president has not done nearly enough to combat the spread of the new coronavirus. It’s understood he’s gotten in the way of states trying to protect residents. What’s not understood, however, is the United States government, under Donald Trump’s leadership, seems to be conducting a science experiment on the American people without telling us, one informed by ideology, not medicine. All things being equal, a second term for the president will not only coincide with a permanent pandemic; it will cause hundreds of thousands more people to die.

This article was originally published at The Editorial Board

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