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Axios reporter calls out Trump’s most ‘stunning’ comment about pandemic deaths

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Axios reporter Jonathan Swan pointed to the most “stunning” moment in his interview with President Donald Trump.

The reporter told MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” that he still can’t believe the president tried to put a positive spin on the coronavirus death rate in the U.S., where more than 158,000 have died from the pandemic.

“For me, one of the most striking sections of the interview is when President Trump whips out his own charts to try and make the case in contravention of all available evidence that the U.S. is leading the world on the coronavirus,” Swan said.

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Trump flipped through printouts and handed over sheets showing that Americans might have been recovering at a better rate than patients elsewhere, but Swan pointed out that U.S. cases per share of population were much worse than any other developed nation.

“The way that clip ends is him saying, ‘You can’t do that,'” Swan said. “What I was doing was pointing out that when you look at death count as a proportion of population, the U.S. is in horrible shape — horrible shape — and when you compare America to other advanced countries like South Korea and Germany, who managed to do testing early and effective contact tracing, it’s not even close.”

“I just found this, you know, as a matter of history and this moment stunning,” Swan added. “You have the president of the United States denying what is in front of him, which is a death count that when you look at it and you match it up against other advanced countries, it cannot in any way be described as a good outcome, but that’s exactly what he’s trying to do. It’s applying salesmanship that works in the worlds of real estate and reality television to the worst pandemic in the century.”


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Mary Trump sues president and his siblings for cheating her out of family inheritance

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President Donald Trump and his sibling were sued by their niece, who claims the family cheated her out of millions of dollars.

Mary Trump, whose best-selling memoir describes a deeply dysfunctional family, filed a suit in State Supreme Court in Manhattan accusing the president, his sister Maryanne Trump Barry and their late brother Robert Trump of fraud and civil conspiracy, reported the New York Times.

The suit seeks to recover millions of dollars Mary Trump says she was owed from her own late father's inheritance after his 1981 death, when she was just 16 years old.

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Mitch McConnell slammed for his ‘oddly specific’ promise to accept results of Nov. 3 election

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) added his voice to statements issued by other Republican lawmakers assuring they would accept the election results -- which President Donald Trump suggested he would not.

The president refused to commit to the peaceful transition of power if he loses to Joe Biden, and McConnell and some other Republicans offered some sort of assurance they would -- although none mentioned Trump by name and some suggested Biden had made similar threats.

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WATCH: Public health officials rip Trump-loving mayor to his face after he links them to ‘violent mobs’

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Tennessee Mayor Glenn Jacobs came under fire from his own public health officials this week after he narrated a video that attacked them as "sinister" bureaucrats who were linked to "violent mobs" trying to install a "socialist utopia."

Knox News reports that during a Knox County Board of Health meeting on Wednesday night, several members of the board ripped Jacobs to his face for narrating and posting a right-wing propaganda video that claimed scientists were working with left-wing anarchists to bring down the United States.

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