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Trump exposed his cluelessness during Axios interview — and gave Biden all the ammunition he needs: GOP operative

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President Donald Trump’s flailing interview with Axios reporter Jonathan Swan should help Joe Biden clinch the election, according to a veteran political operative.

The president showed a lack of compassion and failed a test of his basic understanding of the coronavirus pandemic, and political strategist Mark McKinnon told MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” that should give Biden’s campaign plenty of ammunition.

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“We don’t play those clips for entertainment,” said host Willie Geist. “We play them because that’s the man in charge of this country’s recovery. That’s the man that’s sitting in the Oval Office, of how we get our way out of this, and as a man who’s run a bunch of campaigns, you understand why the Biden campaign is already out with an ad that the clip when the president says, ‘It is what it is.’ He says, ‘We have this under control,’ talking about coronavirus. He says, ‘It is what it is,’ making it pretty easy for the Biden campaign in that interview.”

McKinnon agreed that indifferent quote could become the defining line of the campaign.

“We just cut through a massive distortion field in watching the president unable to grasp the reality of the situation, and the reality of the situation is that his electoral prospects are not going to improve until he embraces the reality first,” McKinnon said. “Secondly, addresses the reality, and through that interview, it is quite clear that all he wants to do is deny the facts.”

“In fact, at one point in that interview, as you saw, he talked about five different lists that he had that related to one supposed fact,” McKinnon added. “So he had five versions of one fact. I mean, it’s really astonishing that, you know, the person who’s running this country and trying to get a hold of this crisis, is unable to understand what the crisis is, and it’s so obvious. The bottom line here is you can’t get a hold of a crisis, you can’t deal with a crisis, until you’re able to confront the crisis and admit what it is, and that’s the biggest problem, is that the president is unable to confront exactly what he’s facing.”

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CNN presents damning list of all the times Trump has refused to accept election results

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President Donald Trump triggered outrage at his Wednesday press briefing for refusing to commit to a peaceful transition of power.

But his attitude is nothing new, wrote Kevin Liptak for CNN, who listed all the times in the last few months Trump has expressed similar sentiments.

On July 19, for instance, Trump told Fox News Sunday, "I'm not going to just say 'yes'" when asked if he'll accept the election results. On July 30, he tweeted that mail ballots are "INACCURATE & FRAUDULENT" and suggested "Delay the Election until people can properly, securely and safely vote." On August 17 at a rally, he suggested staying in office beyond two terms, saying "we'll go for another four years because they spied on my campaign. We should get a redo of four years." Three days later, at another rally, he said of Democrats, "they're trying to steal the election, and everybody knows that. Because the only way they're going to win is by a rigged election."

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McConnell’s re-election campaign slapped with FEC flag over suspected accounting errors

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s (R-KY) re-election campaign is facing scrutiny from the Federal Election Commission (FEC) and he is now being required to answer questions regarding suspected accounting errors.

The letter and a 60-page report, written by FEC campaign analyst Susan Worthington to McConnell’s Senate Committee, were sent to McConnell’s campaign treasurer, Larry J. Steinberg on Monday. The committee pointed out “Apparent Excessive, Prohibited, and Impermissible Contributions” regarding donations recorded in McConnell’s July quarterly report that suggests multiple contributions may have exceeded the legal limits.

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Fox News analyst slams Trump for visit to Ginsburg’s casket: ‘Maybe it’s to get the boos’

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Fox News analyst Chris Stirewalt was bewildered on Thursday after President Donald Trump showed up at the Supreme Court to pay his respects to former Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

As Trump appeared next to Ginsburg's casket, the crowd could be heard jeering the president.

"I don't know why he went," a confused Stirewalt said. "He didn't go to John Lewis' memoriam. He wasn't there for that stuff. And for good reason. Right? These people don't want him there. Ruth Bader Ginsburg's folks don't want him there. It's going to be an ugly scene."

"I guess, he's the president. He can go where ever he wants," the Fox News contributor added. "And he has security so that he can go do it. But you just wonder what the political calculation was here in going to a place where you know you will be received poorly, going to a place where you know the folks there don't want you to be."

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