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Trump’s ‘chaos’ campaign is floundering and he has nowhere else to go: conservative

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In her column for the Washington Post, ‘Never-Trumper” conservative Jennifer Rubin said that Donald Trump’s attempt to rile up voters with racist rhetoric and threats of “anarchists” destroying what the founders built is falling on deaf ears as his poll numbers continue to slide.

Worse yet for the president is that it is not sustainable and, with a cratering economy and pandemic tearing through the country on his watch, there is nothing left for his campaign to run on.

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Citing the president’s embrace of white nationalism and desire to protect Confederate statues — at odds with public opinion — is both “immoral and un-American,” the columnist posed a series of questions for the president and his aides, asking how they hope to make it to November with an “unsustainable” campaign built on chaos. 

 “If left-wing mobs are attacking the country, why doesn’t/hasn’t Trump done something about it? He’s president after all,” she wrote before adding, “Does Trump have a plan (beyond statues) to address this non-problem?”

Rubin goes on to note that Trump’s portrait of the U.S. under attack by homegrown radicals is belied by videos of American’s peacefully protesting across the country (“Since no significant violence is perceptible, how does he sustain the illusion that his followers are under siege?”) before sarcastically stating, “Watching a crowd tear down a Confederate monument or two is not exactly bloodcurdling.”

Added to that, she wrote, are issues that the public, according to polls, really care about: the increasing COVID-19 death toll and massive unemployment.

“Why should Americans care about statues when some 127,000 people are dead from covid-19 and unemployment is in double digits? His obsession seems especially bizarre given that the country is experiencing actual carnage thanks to his incompetent response,” she wrote, before pointing out that no Republicans currently running for in November seem eager to appear with him and that it is only a matter of time before some of Trump’s “donors and surrogates” cut ties with him under pressure over his racist rhetoric.

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“The country is different. The electorate is different. And the rhetoric of subversion, violence and fear does not really work when you are the one in power and responsible for keeping Americans secure and safe. And on that score, voters are all too aware that Trump has not kept them safe from death, sickness or economic distress,” she explained before concluding, “Trump’s bet that Americans are racist and oblivious is a poor one.”

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‘This is a big deal’: Iowa Gov. ends voting ban for people with felony convictions

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The new executive order means there is now no U.S. state categorically banning people with former convictions from voting.

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"Today we take a significant step forward in acknowledging the importance of redemption, second chances, and the need to address inequalities in our justice system," said Reynolds, a Republican, whose order (pdf) is expected to restore voting rights to roughly 40,000 people.

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‘So many bootlicking hacks’: Trump campaign ignites mockery with ‘hilarious’ list of potential debate moderators

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Trump's personal attorney Rudy Giuliani on Wednesday asked the Commission on Presidential Debates to move up the last presidential debate to the first week in September, according to Axios. In his letter to the commission, he also included a list of suggested moderators.

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Trump’s unhinged fans get even more detached from reality as his chances fade

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A pandemic is spiraling out of control and Donald Trump's reaction is to roll his eyes and say, "It is what it is." Unsurprisingly, polling data shows that his Democratic opponent, former Vice President Joe Biden, is pulling ahead, not just in national polls, but in a number of battleground states like Pennsylvania, Michigan and Florida, none of which Trump can afford to lose. After all, the incumbent has nothing real to run on. The economy is the worst it's been since the Great Depression of the 1930s, Americans are losing health insurance by the millions, and Republicans are responding by trying to shortchange unemployment benefits for the millions of people who've lost their jobs.

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