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The latest Trumpian trope could be that the second COVID wave is Mexicans! Trump has long tried to used Mexico as a scapegoat, painting the country as a source of crime and disease in the U.S. And he has used the pandemic crisis to push forward some of his most hard-line stalled immigration proposals, including blocking asylum cases and placing new limits on green cards. … In addition to its theory about Mexico, members of the White House task force were also exploring other potential causes for the recent uptick in numbers, noting that circumstances likely differ by location.

The latest WH trial balloon is that COVID-19’s second wave is actually coming over the border, because … NAFTA, or something, something. Wait for it to appear in his Tulsa speech.

It’s another round of caravan-scaring, rather than going to Trump rallies causing a spread.

This time he can cite sending US combat troops to the border as a precedent, having already wasted a billion already on the prior deployment.

That southern border wall will sure keep that coronavirus out. Or maybe it’s Mexican antifa! Either way, they’re not “his voters”. annie

In addition to Arizona, other states experiencing recent spikes of infections include California, Texas and North Carolina — particularly within the Hispanic community. As a result, the task force is looking at whether those spikes may be tied to legal travel between the U.S. and Mexico, which is experiencing an ongoing severe coronavirus outbreak.

Mexico has had more than 133,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases and nearly 16,000 deaths, according to data from Johns Hopkins University — dramatically fewer than the U.S., which has surpassed 2 million cases and more than 113,000 deaths.

The U.S. and Mexico entered into a joint agreement in March to restrict non-essential travel along the countries’ border to try to contain the spread of the coronavirus, though American citizens and many others are still allowed entry to the U.S., including those conducting commercial traffic and agricultural workers.

Still, cross-border travel is down substantially, and the U.S. State Department continues to urge Americans to avoid all international travel due to the pandemic.

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Now that President Trump plans to hold his first rally of the coronavirus era on Juneteenth — in Tulsa, the site of one of the deadliest race massacres in U.S. history — it’s instructive to recall Trump’s thinking amid another, more recent episode of deadly white racial violence.

After Trump uttered his “many fine people” comment in the aftermath of white-supremacist violence and murder in Charlottesville, his advisers persuaded him to offer more conciliatory remarks. But after doing so, Trump privately raged that this course change made him look “weak.”

You can chalk that up to Trump’s long-held dictum — never apologize for anything. Or you can chalk it up to Trump’s other long-held M.O. — stoking race war is good for Trump, and conciliation does nothing for him. Indeed, at the time, adviser Stephen K. Bannon counseled that post-Charlottesville racial strife was good politics for him.

Trump’s planned rally at such a site on the day commemorating the end of slavery may or may not constitute deliberate provocation. But he’s sticking with it, despite scalding criticism from nonwhite lawmakers. As the New York Times delicately notes, it’s the brainchild of advisers who tend to “reinforce” Trump’s “instincts.”

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“These aren’t my voters”

Some of those who spoke to NBC News about their confidential discussions with the president say they think Trump should be leading on changes in policing and race that even members of his own party are embracing, rather than undermining them. Others say the president is not fighting back hard enough and is instead allowing protesters to drive his agenda.

“It looks like he’s bewildered right now,” one political adviser said of the president. “We’re losing the culture war because we won’t engage directly, because we’re so scared to be called racist.”

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In one tense meeting about how to respond to the unrest on the day of his now-infamous photo-op in front of St. John’s Episcopal Church in Washington, D.C., which had been damaged the night before, Trump lamented that none of the protesters had voted for him, according to one person present for the meeting.

After another meeting where the president remarked that “these aren’t my voters,” some of his aides expressed concern about how “out of touch” he seemed to be on race relations, according to a person familiar with the comments.

But some of Trump’s allies agree with his view, conveying to him that “there is no one protesting right now who is voting for him,” one of them said.

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Rovian “math” is now operative in the Trump campaign

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2 COMMENTS

  1. I really don’t give a damn what Donald Duck says. He’s a real quack and can’t wait for him to be taken from us. Please God! Help us!

  2. NO MOST IF YOUR VOTERS ARE IN JAIL OR PRISON. CAN’T YOU GET IT YOU FAT DUMB ASS MOST OF AMERICA HAD ENOUGH OF YOUR LIES AND BULLSHIT. #1YOU ARE A PURE COWARD AND NOW THE WORLD HAS SEEN IT.#2 YOU ARE NOW PASSING 18,000 LIES WHICH IS SICKING.#3 YOU ARE A RACIST, AND THAT IS SO BLATANT OBVIOUS. #4 YOU SPEND THE TAX PAYERS MONEY FOR ANYTHING, 13 MILLION PLAYING GOLF, YOUR CHIDREN SPENT FOR LIVING AND VACTIONS OVER 48 MILLION.#5 YOU SOLD AMERICA TO OTHER COUNTRIES FOR PROFIT.#6 YOU THREATEN OTHER COUNTRIES FOR DIRTY INFO. TO PROMOTE YOUR PRESIDENCY .#7 YOU DIVIDED AMERICA AND CREATED HATRED.
    #7 YOUR ATTITUDE TOWARD WOMEN IS THE BEYOND UNDERSTANDING WITH FILTHY COMMENTS. FINALLY, YOU ARE A FAKE PRESIDENT , AND THE WORLD KNOWS WHAT A JOKE YOU HAVE BEEN, UNEDUCATED AS YOU ARE WAS THE SIGN WE MISSED. IT IS NOW THE PEOPLES CHOICE IN NOV. AND MY MONEY IS ON THE PEOPLE WILL MAKE A BETTER CHOICE THAN A REPEAT OF THE WORST PRESIDENT IN HISTORY, AN D HOPE HISTORIANS WILL RELATE THIS IN THEIR WRITINGS FOREVER.

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