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Ex-Republican explains why Trump’s new ‘dim’ COVID-19 plan the ‘greatest malfeasance in US history’

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In a Wednesday interview with MSNBC’s Steve Schmidt, the former Republican operative that abandoned the party explained that President Donald Trump’s interview with Bob Woodward induced “a confession of the greatest lie in American history.”

He went on to say that there isn’t anything that “comes even close” to what Trump has done to lie and hurt Americans.

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“Donald Trump knew how deadly COVID-19 was, and he lied to the people — he called it a hoax, blamed it on the Democrats. He did everything he could to downplay this. And as a result, the United States is the epicenter,” said Schmidt. “We have a shattered economy. There are more unemployed Americans on this day than on any day in September in the nation’s history.”

Schmidt said that every child’s education in the United States has been “disrupted” if not “ruined.” At the same time, “we have an American way of life that has been upended. Grandparents can’t see grandchildren being born, no bar mitzvahs, no tailgates, no football games. None of it had to be.”

He explained that it was a fact that was important to understand because during the ABC Town Hall Tuesday, Trump encouraged “herd mentality,” though presumably, he meant herd immunity. The use of herd immunity means millions of Americans will die, not a few hundred thousand.

“If we had the same mortality rates that Germany did, another medical country, we would have 140,000 fewer dead Americans,” Schmidt went on.

“What Donald Trump talked about last night when he talked about herd immunity apparently that is the plan,” he continued. “We should understand it as the dimmest world plan ever articulated in the history of a country by a president. He’s saying once the minimum number — about 190 million Americans are infected, which would be a minimum of 2.5 million dead Americans, more like 3 million according to Johns Hopkins. At that point, we would collectively have a herd immunity that the virus would start to die out sometime in 2022.”

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He went on to call it a “catastrophe” that was avoidable and preventable.

“If anything, Bob Woodward is underplaying his description of it, it is a catastrophic leadership failure, but more than that, there is no equivalent in the country’s history to it,” said Schmidt. “It is the greatest malfeasance in the history of the united states.”

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GOP lawmaker indicted for allegedly choking woman with Ethernet cable and threatening to ‘hog tie’ her

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On Monday, The Washington Post reported that Kentucky state Sen. Robert Goforth has been indicted for strangulation and assault, after allegedly attacking a woman with an Ethernet cable.

"Earlier this year, a woman said Goforth, 44, strangled her with an Ethernet cable to the point where she had trouble breathing and threatened to 'hog tie' her, according to a police report reviewed by the newspaper," said the report. "The charges have renewed calls from local Democrats for Goforth, a staunch supporter of President Trump who had previously been accused of sexual assault, to resign from his seat. Neither he nor his attorney, Conrad Cessna, immediately responded to requests for comment from The Washington Post."

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‘Maybe by the end of October’: Trump claims COVID-19 vaccine just weeks away

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President Donald Trump predicted a vaccine would be available before the Nov. 3 election.

The president gave himself an A-plus on his response to the coronavirus pandemic that has killed 200,000 in the U.S., and told "Fox & Friends" it would soon end.

"We're rounding the corner, with or without a vaccine," Trump said. "They a hate it when I say it, but that's the way it is. We're rounding the corner on the pandemic, and we've done a phenomenal job -- not just a good job. Other than public relations, but that's because I have fake news. You can't convince them of anything, they're a fake, but we have done -- on public relations, I give myself a D. On the job itself, we take an A-plus with the ventilators and now with the vaccines that are years ahead of schedule."

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Trump tells Fox & Friends that RBG’s dying wish may be a hoax written by Adam Schiff

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President Donald Trump on Monday told "Fox & Friends" that he believed Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's dying wish may have been a "hoax" concocted by Democrats.

During the interview, the president was asked about Ginsburg saying that she did not want to be replaced until after the 2020 presidential election.

"I don't know that she said that, or was that written out by Adam Schiff and Schumer and Pelosi," the president said. "I would be more inclined to the second."

As CNN fact checker Daniel Dale notes, Ginsburg's dying wish was "conveyed by the granddaughter."

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