ATLANTA — For some, vaccination has become another political litmus test Jerry Kotyuk knows he’s in a vulnerable age group for COVID-19. He knows his doctor hopes he’ll get vaccinated. He’s still leaning against it. “I’m not going to believe everything I’m told,” Kotyuk said. “I’m going to wait and see.” Jack Wynn of Johns Creek agrees. “I’m just trying to figure out for myself who to believe,” he said. The two men have something in common: Both tend to vote Republican. And recent polls show the demographic group most likely to balk at vaccination are Republican men. A Marist poll in mid-March...
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According to a report from Politico, multiple donors attending a closed-door speech given by Donald Trump at his Mar-a-Lago resort Saturday night were dismayed and disgusted with the tenor of the speech as the president went off script and ranted about House Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) as a "dumb son-of-a-bitch."
Reports on Saturday night state that Trump, "at times veered wildly off-script from his prewritten speech, the text of which was reviewed by The Daily Beast earlier in the day. While at the private event, he inveighed against Republican, Democratic, and celebrity enemies, and again denounced the 2020 presidential election outcome as 'bullshit,' according to those in the audience."
From the moment Donald Trump rose to political prominence, the pundit class stubbornly clung to "economic anxiety" as the explanation for why white voters can't quit him. No matter how often the idea was deconstructed, no matter how much evidence contradicted it, and no matter how ridiculous it became, the notion that poverty—not race—was the central force in lifting a bankrupt billionaire to the highest office in the land had a firm hold in the national political imagination.
As recently as January's insurrection, multiple commentators, columnists and social scientists expressed surprise at the wealth, resources and status afforded by these deeply "anxious" insurgents attacking the US Capitol, or felt compelled to further debunk the zombie lie that Trump voters have embraced bigotry in response to economic hardship. There's only one problem with this: economic anxiety is real.
According to a report from the Wall Street Journal, the median pay for an overwhelming majority of the top 300 CEOs on Wall Street kept rising during the COVID-19 pandemic that saw millions lose their jobs as businesses shuttered and the economy reeled.
While the U.S. government doled out COVID aid to unemployed Americans and offered COVID loans to businesses struggling to keep their doors open, CEOs saw a jump to $13.7 million last year, up from $12.8 million in median pay for the same companies a year earlier.
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