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WATCH: Trump boards Marine One — walking under his own power — for airlift to Walter Reed Hospital

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President Donald Trump leaving the White House in a mask while being airlifted to Walter Reed Medical Center (screengrab)

The leader of the free world was airlifted to Walter Reed Medical Center on Friday after testing positive for COVID-19.

Video showed President Donald Trump leaving the White House without assistance and even wearing a coronavirus mask.

Trump boarded Marine One and was successfully transported to the hospital in Bethesda.

CNN’s Jim Acosta reported Trump did not answer any questions.

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Trump also posted something of a “proof of life” video to Twitter:

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‘Whiny kid’ Trump’s tantrums over election loss getting tuned out by voters in Pennsylvania swing county

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President Donald Trump's attempts to overturn the results of the 2020 election are being met with shrugs in a key Pennsylvania swing county that helped deliver the state to President-elect Joe Biden this year.

The New York Times reports that many Biden voters in Bucks County say they aren't worried about Trump's frantic efforts to get hundreds of thousands of Pennsylvania votes tossed out.

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Legal expert: Trump pardon for Rudy Giuliani could still get him busted — here’s how

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Rudy Giuliani reportedly sought a pre-emptive pardon from President Donald Trump, but that might be difficult to pull off -- and might backfire and result in state charges.

The president's personal attorney, who once served as New York City's mayor and as a U.S. Attorney, has not yet been convicted of or even charged with a federal crime, so far as the public knows, and a pardon would be required to describe what he had allegedly done, according to former federal prosecutor Jennifer Rodgers in a column for The Daily Beast.

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Fascism expert: Donald Trump’s coup is not over — and his enablers aren’t done

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Dismiss Donald Trump and the GOP's attacks on the 2020 election at your peril, warns Ruth Ben-Ghiat, historian and author of the new book, "Strongmen: Mussolini to the Present." In our recent interview for Salon Talks, Ben-Ghiat — a professor of history and Italian studies at NYU — observes that Trump probably hasn't actually studied other leaders in history who transformed functioning democracies into authoritarian regimes. Nonetheless, his actions line up almost perfectly with many who have done just that, from Benito Mussolini in fascist Italy to Vladimir Putin in contemporary Russia.
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