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Regretful Trump voters feel betrayed after factory closure: ‘Maybe he’s not such a good businessman’

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President Donald J. Trump arrives at Joint Base Andrews Air Force Base Wednesday, March 20, 2019, in Maryland, en route Ohio. (Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead)

Some voters in northeastern Ohio regret backing President Donald Trump four years ago, and don’t plan on repeating their mistake on Nov. 3.

Trump assured voters he would restore the strength of American manufacturing, and he promised to bring back jobs sent overseas by U.S. corporations — but neither of those things has happened, reported The Guardian.

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“Maybe he’s not such a good businessman,” said Trisha Amato, who manages the “transition center” for the General Motors plant in Lordstown that put 1,700 employees out of work since November 2018. “He doesn’t understand where the blue-collar workers are coming from. I don’t think any of the big politicians understand that. Trump, especially, doesn’t understand what it is to struggle.”

Amato backed the president in 2016, but she and other Trump-backing workers who lost their jobs at the plant are “angry” that he broke the promises he made in his campaign and during a July 2017 speech at the since-closed plant.

“After he was elected, he really opened his mouth,” Amato said. “He started tweeting and saying things that I feel are crazy. He doesn’t know when to stop.”

“I feel like I’m living in a reality TV show,” she added. “Trump, he’s a clown.”

Amato was already moving away from Trump when he attacked her local union head, Dave Green, in a March 2019 tweet, and she’s probably going to vote for Joe Biden after watching the president mishandle the coronavirus despite her reservations about the Democrat’s age.

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“I’m leaning in that direction,” Amato said. “These guys who are in their 70s are just so out of touch with a whole different generation. I’d back Mayor Pete [Buttigieg] in a heartbeat.”


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Trump surgeon general: ‘I’m begging’ White House staffers to avoid large holiday gatherings

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Surgeon General Jerome Adams on Monday pleaded with all Americans -- including White House staffers -- to avoid large holiday gatherings this week.

Per CNN, Adams appeared on ABC's "Good Morning America" this week to discuss the dangers of mass family gatherings during Thanksgiving due to the novel coronavirus pandemic, which so far has killed more than 250,000 Americans in just nine months.

"I'm asking Americans -- and begging you -- hold on just a little bit longer," Adams said. "Keep Thanksgiving and the celebration small and smart this year."

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There’s one word that can probably stop Trump from pardoning himself: Constitutional expert

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President Donald Trump's authority to pardon himself may hinge on the arcane meaning of a single word.

The Constitution grants wide powers to a president to pardon, but the verb conferring those powers has a specific meaning that may render it impossible for Trump to issue one for his own crimes, according to constitutional law expert Eric Muller in a new column for The Atlantic.

"Article II of the Constitution says that the president 'shall have Power to grant Reprieves and Pardons for Offenses against the United States, except in Cases of Impeachment,'" Muller writes. "Did you catch that? The president has the power not to pardon people, but 'to grant … Pardons' (emphasis added). So the question is not whether Trump can pardon himself. It’s whether he can grant himself a pardon."

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Conservative columnist accuses Republicans of turning their voters into a mob of anti-democracy fascists

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Conservative Washington Post columnist Jennifer Rubin attacked Republican officials who have spent the past decade turning their most ardent supporters into a kind of anti-democracy mob.

Writing her column on Monday, Rubin cited the CNN interviews with Gov. Larry Hogan (R-MD) and John Bolton as being one of a handful of Republicans willing to speak out against the tyranny that President Donald Trump is being allowed to continue.

“State election officials and judges throughout the country are serving as protectors of our democracy at a time when, frankly, Republican leaders in Washington, D.C., are failing miserably at the job, as are administration officials who have proven willing to degrade themselves, to serve the president’s brittle spirit instead of the Constitution and the American people," Rubin cited CNN's Jake Tapper from "State of the Union" this Sunday.

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