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Trump has rolled out a ‘new scam’ amid internal turmoil over Fauci: op-ed

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Writing in the Washington Post this Thursday, Greg Sargent takes a look at the Trump’s administration’s recent walkback of its attempts to undermine its top infectious disease expert, Dr. Anthony Fauci, after they discovered that it wasn’t being received by the public so well.

According to Sargent, President Trump’s “new scam” is to present the image that his administration actually respects Fauci’s advice while continuing to undermine him behind the scenes.

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“What’s really going on here is a kind of two-step, a double game,” Sargent writes. “Trump and his advisers want him to reap the political benefits of appearing to harbor general respect for Fauci’s expertise, while simultaneously continuing to undermine Fauci’s actual claims about the threat the novel coronavirus will continue to pose — because those claims badly undermine Trump’s reelection message.”

Trump motivation for undermining his top infectious disease expert is clear: Fauci doesn’t hold back when communicating how serious the ongoing pandemic is — a hard truth that undermines Trump’s reelection message. According to Trump, America is roaring back to greatness, and that’s the storyline that Fauci is dramatically undercutting. According to Sargent, we can expect to see this “double game” continue.

“Trump and his advisers will keep working to create the general impression that he respects the expertise of his health officials, while continuing to cast doubt on what those experts are actually saying about what the future holds, and how terribly dark it now looks.”

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


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Mask-hating Trump supporter refuses to leave DMV building even though she has no reason to be inside

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A video is circulating on social media showing a maskless Trump supporter refusing to leave a Ohio DMV building, saying that she wants to accompany her boyfriend.

The woman, identified as Anna Peric, was asked to leave by employees and customers because she wasn't wearing a mask. In a post to her Facebook page, Peric said that an employee of the DMV had no right to enforce the state's mask mandate.

"I told him that he CAN NOT TELL ME WHAT TO DO WITH MY BODY. He then said I need to leave bc me being inside with Marc exceeded the space available," Peric wrote. "I asked to see the occupancy permit. I left the building and stood outside. The mob-crowd outside then began to yell things at me. One guy inside his truck called me a b*tch. Another younger guy said 'I dont care about the facemask, why do you have to be an expletive'."

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Here’s the excuse the NRA’s Wayne LaPierre used for covering up his luxury yacht trips in the Bahamas

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The New York State Attorney General Office's lawsuit against the National Rifle Association contains a number of allegations involving fraud and self-dealing at America's largest gun rights group.

One such allegation involves NRA chief Wayne LaPierre's frequent stays in the Bahamas on a luxury yacht owned by the principal stakeholder of several businesses that have done business with the group.

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Dem challenger says ‘Lindsey Graham is scared’ as new poll shows a virtual tie in Senate race

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The person running to take Republican Senator Lindsey Graham's seat this November is feeling pretty confident, WACH Fox57 reports.

"Even in this current crisis, that folks realize that Lindsey Graham has been in Washington, DC for well over 25 years and he's not addressing the issues that are really important," former South Carolina Democratic Party chairman and Senate candidate Jaime Harrison said.

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