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Trump campaign ‘retooling’ because scaremongering ads have blown up in the president’s face: Election analyst

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On CNN Saturday, Niskanen Center political scientist Rachel Bitecofer explained how President Donald Trump’s re-election campaign has realized their strategy of trying to scare voters about crime and defunded police departments is backfiring.

“You’ve seen the commercial, we’ve all seen the commercial of the woman dialing 911. She’s looking for the response because somebody is going to break into her house,” said commentator Michael Smerconish. “This has been the big topic of the Trump campaign, oddly, they’ve gone dark in the last couple of days. My question, Rachel, in a commercial like this, who are they trying to reach, swing voters … or the base?”

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“So, they’re trying to reach both,” said Bitecofer. “But I think the Trump strategy, which, by the way, they are pulling off the air and are going to retool because it’s obviously not working, is it’s about trying to — it’s really out of date. And it’s trying to convince people that, you know, racial minorities are coming to disrupt their peaceful suburban lifestyle and hedge off of that suburban loss. It’s a total misread of, like, what the mentality of what the suburban, college-educated voters are about.”

“Here’s what I will tell you,” added Bitecofer. “The Trump campaign is not a campaign that’s been tooled for addition, which is how traditional campaigns are tooled. It’s one that has been tooled for subtraction from the Biden campaign. It was a dubious strategy from the get-go, and I think they’re starting to realize how ineffective it is.”

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MSNBC’s Morning Joe shreds Jared Kushner for bragging about Trump’s COVID-19 disaster

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MSNBC's Joe Scarborough blasted Jared Kushner for bragging about actions that resulted in tens of thousands of deaths from the coronavirus.

President Donald Trump's son-in-law and White House adviser told reporter Bob Woodward the president had wrested control of the pandemic response away from the doctors, and the "Morning Joe" host said that admission was damning.

"We actually have the 'Perry Mason' moment," Scarborough said. "We actually have the person on the witness stand who is actually testifying against interests for himself and for Donald Trump. They deliberately, deliberately 'freed' America from the doctors and the scientists, so by the end of this, 400,000 people will be dead. Almost as many Americans who died in World War II."

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‘They are on a different planet’: CNN panel shocked by Jared Kushner’s delusional COVID predictions

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CNN's Alisyn Camerota on Thursday reacted with shock to newly released audio of Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner discussing the novel coronavirus pandemic with journalist Bob Woodward.

In an interview conducted this past April, Kushner told Woodward that the administration was moving away from a containment strategy for the virus and was instead pushing toward reopening the economy as soon as possible.

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The Trump Medicaid record: Zero achievements on president’s ‘ambitious’ goals — and ‘some damaging changes’

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President Donald Trump entered office seeking a massive overhaul of the Medicaid program, which had just experienced the biggest growth spurt in its 50-year history.

His administration supported repealing the Affordable Care Act’s Medicaid expansion, which has added millions of adults to the federal-state health program for lower-income Americans. He also wanted states to require certain enrollees to work. He sought to discontinue the open-ended federal funding that keeps pace with rising Medicaid enrollment and costs.

He has achieved none of these ambitious goals.

Although Congress and the courts blocked a Medicaid overhaul, the Trump administration has left its mark on the nation’s largest government-run health program as it has sought to make states more responsible for assessing its impact and improving the health of enrollees.

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