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Trump to jet off to coronavirus hotspot just miles from his ailing Florida golf resort

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President Donald Trump will fly off to a coronavirus hotspot not far from his struggling Florida golf course.

Trump will visit U.S. Southern Command in Doral, where the president’s family business owns a golf resort and hotel, for a briefing on South American drug trafficking — and placing a strain on local medical resources, reported CNN.

Miami-Dade County has endured a 90-percent increase in COVID-19 hospitalizations in the past 13 days, along with an 86-percent increase in intensive care unit beds being used and a 127-percent increase in ventilators in use.

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Presidential visits always require significant resources to prepare for a worst-case scenario, which could strain already overburdened local hospitals.

The White House Medical Unit usually designates a primary hospital ahead of a visit, and they coordinate with the Secret Service to prepare for any type of medical emergency.

Those preparations include setting up secure communications networks and walk-through rehearsals with medical personnel, and a trauma bay is set aside for the president.

“We’re not going to displace any medical care to be on standby for the President, but if he goes there, there will be a significant impact to the hospital,” said former Secret Service Agent Jonathan Wackrow, now a CNN contributor.

It’s not clear whether the president will visit nearby Trump National Doral, which reopened last month.

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The resort, which Trump Organization calls its biggest moneymaker, had been losing money since Trump first launched his political career in 2015.

Since reopening, the resort’s four golf courses have been busy but rooms have remained relatively empty, as other hotels have experienced since the pandemic.


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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.

Trump has shown little interest or intent in following our Constitution. He is not abiding by the emoluments clause. He breaks norms and rules at will. He does not recognize that the three branches of government are co-equal. He operates as if the executive branch has total power. Our democracy is not based on the executive branch having absolute power. It requires that the three branches have separate powers in a check-and-balances system. Trump impugns democracy because it limits his power and requires him to be held accountable.

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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.

The historian and author told MSNBC's "Morning Joe" that GOP support may wane if Democrats strengthen their House majority and take over the Senate from Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, even if the results of the presidential election aren't known until weeks later.

"There's a much better chance that Joe Biden will end up somewhat centering the Democratic Party than anybody is going to come along and center the Republican Party," Meacham said, "and I think that's an existential threat to a Republican Party that has sold its soul, the check bounced, and they've got to figure out what are they going to do to attempt to be something approaching majority party in this demographically changing country."

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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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