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GOP forcing Trump to build ‘bizarre narrative’ as a friend to Black people: ‘Art of the Deal’ co-author

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Tony Schartz co-authored "The Art of the Deal" with Donald Trump

On Wednesday, “Art of the Deal” co-author Tony Schwartz broke down how the Republican convention is building a counternarrative to try to strengthen President Donald Trump with a few key groups of voters.

“There’s three audiences that speech will have a different influence on,” said Schwartz. “There’s his base. They don’t care what he says. They’re with him night, day, eyes open, eyes closed, doesn’t matter. There’s the Biden supporters and the Democrats who are not going to be, you know, will affect how they move forward in the campaign, but they’re not the target of this speech.”

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“So, really, we’re talking about the 7 percent, 8 percent, who in one measure or another are swing voters or on the fence,” said Schwartz. “What he’s going to do, almost surely, is he’s going to continue to build this bizarre fantasy that he’s a reasonable human being and that he’s got progressive instincts, that he loves women and he loves Black people and he loves Mexicans and that’s been the fantasy that he has built during this week.”

“By the way, I don’t think it’s been his choice,” added Schwartz. “I think it’s one of the rare times where he’s listened to other people, and they’ve said to him, we know you hate all those people, we know you want to speak to your base, but what we want you to do is to bring 1 percent more black people to you and a half percent or 1 percent of suburban women.”

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‘It affects elderly people … that’s it’: Trump falsely downplays coronavirus to Ohio supporters

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At a rally in Ohio on Monday, President Donald Trump falsely claimed that coronavirus only affects the elderly, and that young people don't die from the illness.

Trump: "We now know the disease... it affects elderly people with heart problems and other problems. That's what it really effects. That's it."

— Andrew Solender (@AndrewSolender) September 22, 2020

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Alaska’s Senate race gains national attention — and lots of cash — after death of RBG

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On Monday, The New York Times reported that following the passing of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, one of the big recipients of Democratic campaign cash was Alaska Senate candidate Dr. Al Gross.

"For much of 2020, Al Gross’s Senate campaign in Alaska has proceeded as something of an afterthought for most Democrats, a distant contest that was off the radar in terms of determining control of the U.S. Senate. After all, Mr. Gross is not even technically running as a Democrat, an affiliation that might doom him in a conservative state," reported Shane Goldmacher and Jeremy W. Peters. "But in the hours after Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death on Friday, Dr. Gross’s campaign as an independent saw an infusion of attention and cash that could reshape the race: Nearly $3 million has poured into his coffers — about as much total money as the campaign had in the bank at the end of July."

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‘Sweep that weasel out’: Cory Gardner triggers outrage by supporting Supreme Court power grab

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On Monday, Sen. Cory Gardner (R-CO), one of the most vulnerable Republicans up for re-election in the Senate, made clear he will support President Donald Trump filling the Supreme Court vacancy.

His announcement triggered immediate outrage on social media.

Cory Gardner effectively just conceded his election. https://t.co/hOvzXsp9bc

— The Lincoln Project (@ProjectLincoln) September 21, 2020

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