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Trump is ‘confused, rattled, angry, ignorant’ — and completely ‘checked out’ on COVID-19 crisis: MSNBC’s Morning Joe

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President Donald Trump appears during a rally Dec. 10, 2019. (Matt Smith Photographer/Shutterstock.com)

MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough was alarmed by President Donald Trump’s interview with Fox News anchor Chris Wallace.

The “Morning Joe” host returned from two weeks off Monday and expressed dismay that the president didn’t seem to understand the severity of the coronavirus pandemic that has killed more than 137,000 people, wrecked the U.S. economy and torpedoed his poll numbers.

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“Unfortunately for Republicans in the Senate and Donald Trump, the overwhelming number of Americans believe what Joe Biden is saying and don’t believe what Donald Trump’s saying,” Scarborough said. “The same newspaper [found] a growing number of Americans disapprove of Trump’s handling of the pandemic.”

A new Washington Post/ABC News poll found that only 38 percent of Americans approve of Trump’s handling of the coronavirus, while a whopping 60 percent disapprove, and Scarborough said it’s clear the president just isn’t up to the task.

“All you had to do is look at the president — confused, rattled, angry, ignorant — ignorant of the pandemic that has been with us since March,” Scarborough said. “Republican governors are now saying, Republican senators are now saying he’s lost interest in it. He’s ignorant when it comes to the basic facts out there, and they’ve given up talking to the president of the United States, and many of them now just call Mike Pence hoping that maybe he can do something for them because Donald Trump has checked out when it comes to a pandemic that’s killing almost 140,000 Americans.”


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Trump-Biden race could hinge on how this one Florida county swings

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Betty Jones voted for President Donald Trump in 2016, but the lifelong Republican has her doubts she will do it again this year.

The federal response to the coronavirus pandemic that has killed about 200,000 Americans and forced older adults to restrict their activities has her contemplating a leadership change.

It “makes me unsure,” said Jones, 78, of Largo, in Pinellas County, Florida. Before COVID-19, she said, she would have definitely voted for Trump.

Polls show that many people will have the pandemic and its public health and economic consequences on their minds when they cast their votes — whether by mail or in person — this fall. Early in-person voting starts Oct. 19 in most Florida counties, including Pinellas.

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Cindy McCain crosses party lines to endorse Joe Biden

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The widow of late U.S. Sen. John McCain plans to endorse Joe Biden on Wednesday, giving the former vice president another boost from a prominent Republican.Biden leaked Cindy McCain’s political plans during a fundraising call Tuesday evening.“Maybe I shouldn’t say it,” Biden told campaign donors, “but I’m about to go on one of these Zooms with John McCain’s wife, who is first time ever, is endorsing me.”The last straw for McCain was a report from The Atlantic saying Trump told staff that American soldiers killed in combat were “suckers” and “losers,” according to Biden.“Because of what he talk... (more…)

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‘They’ll get away with it’: Strategist explains how GOP federal judges will help Trump steal election

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President Donald Trump will remain in power if he narrowly loses the 2020 presidential election, with conservative judges poised to help him "steal" the election, a longtime Democratic Party strategist warned on Tuesday.

MSNBC anchor Brian Williams interviewed James Carville about the Supreme Court vacancy and how it could impact any legal wrangling about counting the votes.

"James, that's a pretty neat trick, the president is gaslighting out in advance voter fraud that he is promoting, ergo the need for nine justices on the court, which doesn't exist in law. The court has functioned just fine with eight during times of a death or a recusal," Williams noted. "Be that as it may, if Trump fills this seat before the election, in your view, how does that change the dynamic of the election?"

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