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Trump is ‘lighting his arm on fire to distract from his burning leg’: NYT’s Haberman

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New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman on Tuesday downplayed any notion that President Donald Trump’s tweet in support of the Confederate flag was part of a grand strategy to distract the country from other, more damaging scandals.

In particular, Haberman said that Trump wasn’t doing himself any favors by changing the subject of conversation from the deadly COVID-19 pandemic to his support for racist symbols.

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“It’s often the equivalent of lighting his arm on fire to distract from his burning leg,” she explained. “These are not well thought out plans.”

Haberman did allow that Trump would rather be talking about racial issues over his handling of the COVID-19 pandemic that so far has killed more than 130,000 Americans with no end in sight.

Haberman also said that it’s even become a question about whether Trump even wants to be reelected this fall.

“There are many people around the president who are questioning whether he’s actively trying to win anymore,” she said. “There are reasons to question that. I think he would react pretty angrily if somebody said that directly to him, but the reality is he’s taking a number of incredibly self-damaging actions, and this is one of them.”

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Expert explains the psychopathology that underlies Trump’s dictatorial behavior

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I’m not being hyperbolic or melodramatic when I say that democracy itself is on the line on November 3. Donald Trump has been on a mission to subvert our democracy and to push it toward an autocracy. No president has ever disavowed democracy like Trump. No president has ever wanted to change our democratic way of life like Trump.

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‘Donald who?’ Presidential historian predicts GOP support for Trump will erode in the face of a ‘blue wave’

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MSNBC's Jon Meacham predicts that President Donald Trump won't be able to count on Republican support through a lengthy vote-counting process.

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Historian details how ‘anti-science’ views of white evangelicals in the South helped fuel the 2nd wave of COVID-19

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When the coronavirus pandemic was killing thousands of New York City residents in the spring, many far-right Republicans in Texas and the Deep South argued that they shouldn’t be forced to practice social distancing or wear protective face masks because of a Northeastern Corridor problem. They failed to realize that pandemics, from the Black Death in Medieval times to the Spanish flu in 1918/1919, can rapidly spread from one place to another. Historian Laura Ellyn Smith, in a blistering op-ed for the Washington Post, discusses the fact that COVID-19 has been hitting the South so hard recently — and argues that the “anti-science” views of far-right white Christian fundamentalists are partly to blame.

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