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Tuesday on CNN’s “Anderson Cooper 360,” Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT) said President Donald Trump’s response to the coronavirus pandemic would be his political undoing.

Murphy said, “You know, the president seems to think that if he doesn’t talk about coronavirus, then it will go away, and people will stop caring about it and, you know, that’s proof of his ignorance and proof of the bubble that exists around this White House.

Coronavirus dominates everyone’s life in this country on a daily basis for the millions of Americans out of work, they can think of nothing except for coronavirus. For those of us that are parents getting ready to send our kids back to school one or two days a week, we’re talking every hour about coronavirus. The president can’t wish this away. He can’t decide to start tweeting about statutes being vandalized, and everyone is going to forget about this. And the steps he is taking to frankly undermine the kind of steps we took in Connecticut to get ahead of coronavirus like social distancing, like building a non-partisan apolitical mask-wearing culture is just going to make it even more guaranteed that efforts for the president to try to distract Americans are not going to work because as these cases mount, Dr. Fauci saying maybe 100,000 a day by the middle of summer, there would be no way for any government leader to avoid what will be a crisis over the summer that may make what we went through in the spring look like child’s play.”

He continued, “We really could be as a nation on the other side of this, but because he deliberately undermines the evidence-based practices to get coronavirus under control, he’s guaranteeing the crisis will be here throughout the presidency.”

He added, “We have a game plan that we have shown people in the northeast can be effective here and, you know, ultimately, this will be the president’s political undoing because Americans are not going to be distracted from the issue that dominates their lives so long as the infection rate is so high.”

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David Duke urges Tucker Carlson to run as Donald Trumps vice president

President Donald Trump’s approval ratings may be in freefall as he continues to mishandle the coronavirus pandemic, but at least he still has a friend in a low, low, low place: David Duke, former Grand Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan.


Duke tweeted his support for Trump on Wednesday and offered up a potential vice presidential running mate: Fox News host and noted Elmo hater Tucker Carlson.


“President Trump! You have one last chance to turn the tables, win this election and save America — and yourself !,” Duke tweeted. “Nominate Tucker Carlson for Vice President. This would energize your campaign beyond belief. You can replace Zio NeoCon warmonger Pompeo with Pence as Sec. of State!”

What about the nearly illegible second half of Duke’s tweet in regards to Sec. of State Mike Pompeo?

“Zio NeoCon” appears to be shorthand for “Zionist neoconservative.” Zionism refers to the movement to create a Jewish state that roughly corresponds with the historic land of Israel. Duke, an avowed neo-Nazi, conspiracy theorist, and Holocaust denier, appears to be using the term “Zionist” as an anti-Semitic slur. 


This is not Duke’s fist time publicly supporting Trump. The former KKK leader celebrated Trump’s 2016 victory on Twitter, writing, “GOD BLESS DONALD TRUMP! It’s time to do the right thing, it’s time to TAKE AMERICA BACK!!!” Trump was initially reticent to condemn Duke’s endorsement but eventually disavowed him and the KKK. 

Duke’s support for Carlson is also apropos, as the right-wing talking head was accused of using white supremacist rhetoric on his Wednesday night broadcast. A banner along the bottom of Carlson’s screen read, “We have to fight to preserve our nation & heritage,” which sounds a little too close for comfort to the “14 Words” slogan parroted by white supremacists. 

Despite his racist, anti-Semitic bonafides, Duke is still allowed on Twitter for the time being. (His account was temporarily suspended in 2017.)


A Twitter spokesperson told the Daily Dot that the company will only suspend or delete accounts based on the contents of their tweets, rather than the account owner’s history. If Duke violates the platform’s hateful conduct policy again, Twitter will suspend his account. 


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