PACs hit Trump for ‘police state,’ racism and Covid in ads targeting Black voters

Two Democratic PACS are using footage of recent police violence against protesters, President Donald Trump’s past comments about Black voters, and images of mass coronavirus graves in new ads aimed at persuading Black voters.

Priorities USA and Color of Change PAC are set to launch five new digital ads — three of them on Monday — in a roughly half-million-dollar buy. It’s part of a larger, $3.4 million persuasion effort focused on Black voters that the two groups are running through the election in Florida, Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania.

One of the ads, titled “Police State,” was rejected by Google last week for its use of videos of police beating, tear gassing and running over demonstrators at protests. The two organizations still plan to run the ad online and are considering other options.

The 30-second ad flashes video of police harming protesters as phrases such as “brute force” and “silencing

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Trump suggests delaying election; Miami schools defy Gov. DeSantis, go online-only; FDA sets at-home test rules

President Trump suggested delaying the November election Thursday, saying reliance on mail-in voting due to the pandemic would be “inaccurate and fraudulent.”

The Commerce Department issued a record-breaking report of the U.S. economy, announcing that the gross domestic product contracted at a staggering seasonally adjusted annual rate of 32.9% in the April-June period. A surge in virus infections and deaths that has slowed business reopenings in many states could signal more bad news ahead.

In Florida, reeling from rising daily death reports, the state’s largest school district announced that it will begin the school year virtually on Aug. 31. This despite a push by Gov. Ron DeSantis to have school districts provide an in-classroom options.

And in Washington, D.C., Democratic leaders and Trump administration officials said they were far apart on a $1 trillion stimulus package. Without it, there won’t be another round of $1,200 stimulus checks or another cash

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Infectious Disease Expert Laments ‘Distressing’ Lack Of Masks At Donald Trump Event

Infectious disease expert Dr. William Schaffner expressed dismay at the lack of face masks on display during an event attended by President Donald Trump on Wednesday.

CNN’s Erin Burnett asked Schaffner, a professor at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine in Nashville, Tennessee, what went through his mind when he saw footage of Trump and some of his allies and supporters mask-less and not adhering to social distancing measures during his address at the Double Eagle Energy oil rig in Midland, Texas.

Schaffer pulled no punches in response.

“The three Ds,” he said ― depressing, distressing and dumb.

“That’s just inappropriate,” Schaffner continued. “It shows exactly the opposite of what all those people ought to be modeling across the country. We should be wearing our masks, all of the time.”

“Why are they there in that large group?” he asked. “They shouldn’t be gathering in groups.”

Burnett agreed.

″It doesn’t make

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Donald Trump Calls Doctor in Debunked COVID-19 Video ‘Very Impressive’

Shutterstock; Stella Immanuel/Twitter President Donald Trump (left) and Dr. Stella Immanuel

President Donald Trump on Tuesday stood by his retweet of a video showing a Houston physician and others making false and misleading claims about the coronavirus disease COVID-19 — including suggesting masks don’t help slow the virus’ spread and that there’s already a cure.

Both assertions have been debunked by medical professionals, including federal health officials.

But Trump (who just last week said wearing masks was “patriotic”) told reporters on Tuesday he was “very impressed” by what Dr. Stella Immanuel had to say in the viral video, which widely circulated on social media beginning with the website Breitbart.

The video, which features Immanuel, was taken down by Twitter and Facebook because of misinformation, the sites said Tuesday, but not before the president retweeted it as well.

“I don’t know which country she comes from, but she said that she’s

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Trump wonders why ‘nobody likes me’; Twitter gets tough on fake cures; Cuomo gets hot over The Chainsmokers

The U.S. was approaching 150,000 COVID-19 deaths Wednesday while President Trump was trying to figure out why Dr. Anthony Fauci has such a high approval rating and “nobody likes me.”

Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, has been a top adviser to the Trump administration during the pandemic.

“For the most part we have done what he and others …. have recommended,” Trump said Tuesday. “He’s got this high approval rating, so why don’t I have a high approval rating with respect, and the administration, with respect to the virus?”

Trump added that “Nobody likes me. It can only be my personality.”

Twitter continued a crackdown on tweets about fake cures that has already ensnared the president. This time, Madonna got called out.

The numbers remain bleak. The three states with the largest populations – California, Texas and Florida – all set records for deaths

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Trump praises doctor who dismissed face masks after viral video

Donald Trump has praised as “spectacular” a doctor who wrongly dismissed the use of face masks to combat the coronavirus as well as reportedly claiming that alien DNA is used in medical treatments and some gynecological problems are caused by people dreaming about having sex with demons.

A group of lab coat-wearing doctors posted an online video on Monday to make a string of inaccurate assertions about the coronavirus that contradicted official government guidelines. Among them was a woman who identified herself as Dr Stella Immanuel and said: “You don’t need masks. There is a cure.”

The US president tweeted a version of the video, which rapidly gained tens of thousands of views on Facebook and YouTube before both companies took it down for containing false public health information. The president’s son Donald Trump Jr had his Twitter account restricted by the company for 12 hours after calling the video

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Twitter removes tweet highlighted by Trump falsely claiming COVID-19 ‘cure’

WASHINGTON — Twitter removed a tweet that had been retweeted by President Donald Trump that falsely said that there was a cure for the coronavirus.

Late Monday night, Trump retweeted the tweet from an account with the handle “@stella_immanuel” that said: “Covid has cure. America wake up.”

Twitter soon after removed the tweet and replaced it with a gray box that says, “This Tweet is no longer available.”

A cure for COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, doesn’t exist and scientists have been working on developing both a range of treatments as well as vaccines. They and the Trump administration are racing to have a vaccine ready by the end of the year.

Twitter said early Tuesday morning, “Tweets with the video are in violation of our COVID-19 misinformation policy.”

Trump also retweeted tweets defending the use of the drug hydroxychloroquine, including one that accused Dr. Anthony Fauci, a

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Joe Biden Urges Trump To Keep Coronavirus Vaccine Progress ‘Free From Political Pressure’

Former Vice President Joe Biden urged the Trump administration to take steps to ensure the development of a vaccine for the coronavirus will be “free from political pressure” and asked the White House to respect science as the nation reels from the COVID-19 pandemic.

The presumptive Democratic nominee for president made the comments in a blog post Monday amid news that several potential coronavirus vaccines were entering large-scale trials.

“It’s great news that scientists are making progress in the search for a safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine,” Biden wrote in the blog entry. “We all hope the next phases of clinical trials will yield positive results to support an approval based on the scientific evidence, but the development of a new vaccine requires a dedication to science, coordination, transparency, truth, and fairness to all — and we have a President who stands for none of these things.”

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COVID-stricken USA is desperate for a strong leader. Instead we have Trump.

People are out of work, hungry, suffering and dying. The United States has more than 4.2 million confirmed cases of COVID-19 and nearly 147,000 people have been killed. The situation is dire and is getting worse, but it didn’t have to be this way. The truth is, one man is responsible — President Donald Trump.

Trump ignored early warnings, dismissed the seriousness of the threat, and attacked the advice of doctors and scientists. He refused to fully implement the Defense Production Act and failed to fully prepare our national stockpile of protective equipment, leaving a severe shortage of masks and gloves that front-line workers need to stay safe. As cases grew, he failed to institute a national plan for testing and contact tracing. He left state and local governments flailing without the resources they need.

He failed to follow the science or listen to public health experts. He failed to

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Donald Trump cancels Republican convention speech over virus fears

Donald Trump has cancelled his Republican convention speech in Florida because of the coronavirus outbreak in the state, saying he did not want to “take any chances”.

The US president had moved his speech to the state from North Carolina, claiming the governor there would not let him hold one with a big crowd, but now has cancelled that plan.

Mr Trump said he will still do a speech formally accepting his party’s nomination but that the details had not yet been worked out, suggesting it was possible it could be online only.

“I’ll still do a convention speech in a different form but we won’t do a big, crowded convention per se. It’s just not the right time for that,” Mr Trump said.

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Eight killers die of coronavirus on America’s biggest death row 

The death chamber at San Quentin prison - Wally Skalij/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images
The death chamber at San Quentin prison – Wally
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