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Trump wants ‘white grievance’ fight — while ignoring coronavirus: Pulitzer Prize-winner Maggie Haberman

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On CNN Thursday, New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman deconstructed President Donald Trump’s unwillingness to address the national crises in America.

“According to three people familiar with his comments, Trump has brushed off efforts to address historic racial inequality, as something ‘his people’ won’t care about,” said anchor Jim Sciutto. “Maggie, you have covered this president and the White House. Clearly, he wants to leave the outbreak behind him, even as the numbers rise. Is there anyone in that building who is telling him honestly, directly, that he can’t do that?”

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“There are many people who are telling him that honestly, Jim,” said Haberman. “What has become clear to people, or should have by now, this president wants to run his re-election effort a certain way, and that does not relate to talking about the coronavirus unless it’s about describing his administration’s response in glowing terms that just don’t comport with reality. Certainly for the first many weeks as the pandemic was growing.”

“The president wants to have culture wars, he wants to fight on white grievance, and he wants to have a discussion around race that he thinks appeals to his base of supporters, and he has resisted all suggestions he do it a different way,” added Haberman.

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West Virginia senator slams Trump’s postmaster general for threatening post office closures in rural areas

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On CNN Monday, Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) laid into Louis DeJoy, the controversial GOP megadonor just appointed to serve as President Donald Trump's postmaster general amid fears he will try to sabotage the Postal Service for personal gain or to block mail-in votes.

"There is talk, Senator, of the Post Office being told to cut back on deliveries or change the way they operate," said anchor John Berman. "This in the middle of the pandemic. This with an election 90 some days away. What does that say to you?"

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‘I could have died’: Arizona Trump voters beg friends to take COVID seriously after getting hospitalized

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A pair of Arizona residents who voted for President Donald Trump in 2016 are now imploring their friends to not make the same mistake they did when they refused to take the coronavirus pandemic seriously.

In an interview with CNN, Debi and Michael Patterson told reporter Omar Jimenez that they laughed off public health recommendations about protecting themselves against the disease.

"It was almost like a joke in our group of friends," Debi Patterson explained.

"Did you wear a mask?" Jimenez asked.

"Nope," she replied.

"Did you hang out with your friends as normal?" he asked, to which she nodded her head.

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‘Incredible baby’ Trump shredded by CNN host for attacks on the late John Lewis

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President Donald Trump's interview with Axios reporter Jonathan Swan was still making waves on Tuesday morning, and CNN political director David Chalian called out the president for continuing to attack the late Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) less than one month after his passing.

During the interview, Swan asked Trump what he believed Lewis's legacy would be, and the president ranted about the civil rights icon refusing to attend his inauguration in 2017.

"I don't know John Lewis," Trump said. "He chose not to come to my inauguration."

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