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Episcopal bishop Mariann Budde blasts Trump visit to St. John’s Church – The Washington Post

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“By Michelle Boorstein and Sarah Pulliam Bailey June 1, 2020 at 8:08 p.m. PDT”

“The Right Rev. Mariann Budde, the Episcopal bishop of Washington, was seething.”

“President Trump had just visited St. John’s Episcopal Church, which sits across from the White House. It was a day after a fire was set in the basement of the historic building amid protests over the death of George Floyd in the custody of Minneapolis police.”

“Before heading to the church, where presidents have worshiped since the days of James Madison, Trump gave a speech at the White House emphasizing the importance of law and order. Federal officers then used force to clear a large crowd of peaceful demonstrators from the street between the White House and the church, apparently so Trump could make the visit.”

Source: https://www.washingtonpost.com/religion/bishop-budde-trump-church/2020/06/01/20ca70f8-a466-11ea-b619-3f9133bbb482_story.html

Joe Biden Lashes Into Trump for Fanning ‘the Flames of Hate’ [Full Speech Transcript] – The New York Times

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“Mr. Biden, traveling to Philadelphia for a speech on the crises in America, declared the president had “the duty to care” as he assailed his handling of the protests over racial justice.”

Source: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/06/02/us/politics/joe-biden-philadelphia-protests.html

President Trump made 19,127 false or misleading claims in 1,226 days – The Washington Post

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“By Glenn KesslerSalvador Rizzo and Meg Kelly June 1, 2020 at 12:00 a.m. PDT”

“It’s no longer a question as to whether President Trump will exceed 20,000 false or misleading claims by the time his current term is completed. Instead, we have to ask: Will he top 25,000?”

“As of May 29, his 1,226th day in office, Trump had made 19,127 false or misleading claims, according to the Fact Checker’s database that analyzes, categorizes and tracks every suspect statement he has uttered. That’s almost 16 claims a day over the course of his presidency. So far this year, he’s averaging just over 22 claims a day, similar to the pace he set in 2019.”

Source: https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2020/06/01/president-trump-made-19127-false-or-misleading-claims-1226-days/

Tara Reade’s Tumultuous Journey to the 2020 Campaign – The New York Times

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“To better understand Ms. Reade’s tumultuous journey to the roiling center of the presidential campaign, The New York Times interviewed nearly 100 friends, relatives, co-workers and neighbors and reviewed court records. What emerged was a shambolic life in which Ms. Reade, through her own pluck and smarts and powers of persuasion, overcame an unsettled and abusive childhood to find opportunities on the big stages of acting, politics and law.”

Source: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/31/us/politics/tara-reade-joe-biden.html

Biden leads Trump in Post-ABC poll as president’s coronavirus rating slips – The Washington Post

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“By Dan Balz and Emily Guskin May 30, 2020 at 9:01 p.m. PDT”

“Americans give President Trump negative ratings for his handling of the coronavirus pandemic, and as the crisis has persisted his prospects for reelection in November have eroded, with former vice president Joe Biden now holding a clear lead nationally, according to a Washington Post-ABC News poll.”

“Overall, Americans offer mixed assessments of Trump and Biden, and although the presumptive Democratic nominee is viewed less favorably overall today than he was last fall, he fares better than the president on several personal attributes. At the same time, Trump’s supporters are notably more enthusiastic and committed to voting for him in the fall than are those who currently back Biden.”

“Biden leads Trump 53 percent to 43 percent among registered voters nationally.”

Source: Biden leads Trump in Post-ABC poll as president’s coronavirus rating slips – The Washington Post

Trump’s executive order on Twitter ignores that he’s the real danger to speech – The Washington Post

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“By Editorial Board May 30, 2020 at 5:00 a.m. PDT”

” “We’re here today to defend free speech from one of the greatest dangers,” President Trump said on Thursday as he signed an executive order designed to punish social media sites for exercising free speech. To honestly identify the danger to free speech, he would have had to include a mirror in the signing ceremony.”

“The White House has been plotting its assault on Internet platforms for some time now, and the directive marks the first shot formally fired. It comes as a response to Twitter applying a fact-checking label to tweets from the commander in chief that falsely suggested that vote-by-mail is systemically fraudulent. Twitter early Friday rallied rather than retreating, slapping a warning on a presidential tweet for glorifying violence. The tweet from the president, and then from the official White House account, called protesters in Minneapolis “THUGS” and declared that “when the looting starts, the shooting starts.” “

Source: Trump’s executive order on Twitter ignores that he’s the real danger to speech – The Washington Post

Joe Biden Delivers Columbia Law Commencement Address | C-SPAN.org

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May 20, 2020

Joe Biden Delivers Columbia Law Commencement Address

Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden addressed the Columbia University Law School commencement via video. His topics included coming of age during a pandemic.

Source: https://www.c-span.org/video/?472329-1/joe-biden-delivers-columbia-law-commencement-address

Trump campaign is creating an alternate reality online about coronavirus – The Washington Post

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“By Elyse Samuels and Meg Kelly May 28, 2020 at 12:00 a.m. PDT”

“We have met the moment and we have prevailed. Americans do whatever it takes to find solutions, pioneer breakthroughs, and harness the energies we need to achieve a total victory.”

— President Trump, at a news conference, May 11, 2020

“The Trump administration’s mishandling of key moments in the novel coronavirus outbreak has been well documented. Early travel restrictions from China and Europe were meant to buy time, but inaction or poor planning squandered much of the benefit. Delays in testing allowed the virus to spread across the country largely undetected. A shortage of personal protective equipment while cases surged overwhelmed hospitals and health-care workers. The president promoted unproven, and sometimes dangerous, medical approaches to fighting the disease, in some cases with potentially deadly consequences. He misrepresented how quickly a vaccine will be available.”

Source: https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2020/05/28/trump-campaign-is-creating-an-alternate-reality-online-about-coronavirus/

Shining sunlight on Trump’s idiocy is the best disinfectant – The Washington Post

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“Timothy Klausutis is right: His late wife deserves better than a president who has cynically seized on the tragic circumstances of her death at 28 and “perverted it for perceived political gain.” President Trump’s unfathomable cruelty in suggesting that then-Rep. Joe Scarborough had an affair with Lori Klausutis, an aide in his office, and murdered her almost 19 years ago, is sickening.”

“Her husband’s anguish over what he described as the “constant barrage of falsehoods, half-truths, innuendo and conspiracy theories since the day she died” is palpable in the letter he sent last week to Twitter chief executive Jack Dorsey, imploring him to remove Trump’s tweets about his wife.”

Source: https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/twitter-would-be-making-a-mistake-to-delete-trumps-tweets/2020/05/27/a6f09264-a04e-11ea-b5c9-570a91917d8d_story.html

Kayleigh McEnany’s latest briefing is a case study in gaslighting, whataboutism and false claims – The Washington Post

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“White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany held her latest news briefing Tuesday. And as with her previous ones, she put the “brief” in “briefing” — it ran only about 20 minutes.”

“But that was plenty of time for McEnany to engage in some massive false claims, gaslighting and whataboutism.”

Source: https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2020/05/26/kayleigh-mcenanys-latest-briefing-is-case-study-gaslighting-whataboutism-false-claims/