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Monday on MSNBC’s “Deadline,” host Nicolle Wallace said President Donald Trump was “running as a plague-spreading racist.”

She made those remarks while discussing the president retweeting  a video on Twitter on Sunday morning, showing a man in a golf cart with Trump campaign gear shouting “white power.

Nicolle Wallace said, “We are on the cusp of real change, real breakthroughs in parts of the country where there was, for a long time, a lot of public opinion in the opposite direction. You now have 76% of Americans who self-identify as being aligned with the goals of the Black Lives Matter movement. It’s up 26 points from 2015, the last time some of those questions were asked. But Donald Trump is an outlier. I watched this video that he tweeted. It is some of his supporters in a golf cart, screaming “white power” at the top of their lungs to Trump protesters. Trump tweeted it and tweeted his support for his supporters yelling “white power.”

MSNBC political analyst Elise Jordan said, “We’re in a moment of transformation with the country’s awakening towards racial injustice, and Donald Trump is completely behind the curve, whereas Americans are looking forward. And Americans are making strides that I had been hopeful that I would see in my lifetime, but wasn’t quite certain. You know, just what happened this weekend in Mississippi, I just want to point out, is so historic. And it’s even more incredible that it was supported by members of both parties. And it was a two-thirds vote in a Mississippi legislature that voted to take down the Confederate flag. And that kind of vote doesn’t happen even in normal votes. And that it happened for this, a vote that the people of Mississippi rejected back when I was a senior in high school in the early 2000s, and that we have come to the point where the men and women, the representatives of our state are saying, let’s move on. Let’s move beyond. That’s a really big deal. And then you have Donald Trump amplifying the voices of supporters who are preaching racial hate. He’s out of step with the mood of the country, and I think that we’re seeing that reflected right now in his tanking polls.”

Wallace said, “I guess that is the reassuring piece of this that running as a plague-spreading racist polls terribly. ”

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Free Testing Up And Running In Hard-Hit Communities

LAWRENCE (CBS) – A new push to test is up and running in the Commonwealth. The state’s Stop the Spread testing program launched Friday. For the next month, there will be free testing at eight sites across parts of central and eastern Massachusetts.

“We’re very much supportive of anything and everything that will encourage people to get tested for COVID. And this new initiative by the governor is really targeting places at highest risk in our state,” said Helen Boucher, chief of Infectious Diseases at Tufts Medical Center.

Lines formed as people came out for free coronavirus testing Friday. (WBZ-TV)

You don’t need to have symptoms to get tested. The program is open to everyone and zeroes in on eight hard-hit communities: Marlborough, Lawrence, Chelsea, Everett, Fall River, Lowell, Lynn and New Bedford. Many maintain high infection rates, like Chelsea and Lawrence. The Essex County city is currently seeing a rate triple the state average.

“If we can address the infections, and isolate the people who are infected, and get to their contacts to make sure it doesn’t spread, that’s the most effective way of preventing us from having another surge,” Boucher said.

At Marlborough Hospital, a line of cars snaked out of the parking lot. Hospital officials said people lined up as early as 7 a.m. In Lawrence, nearly 300 people were tested by midday.

For the next month, there will be free testing at eight sites across parts of central and eastern Massachusetts. (WBZ-TV)

“If we have a day today where we have 500 people tested, that’s great. That’s the type of pace we really need to be at,” said Lawrence Mayor Dan Rivera.

Rivera says they’ve tested just under 20 percent of the city’s 85,000 residents. He hopes loosening the criteria to test may help them reach more people.

“Long term what we want to do is get as many people, as many adults tested as possible. So we can lower the infection rate, less people actually have it, less people can spread it. And we can get to a place where we can contain it until we can get a vaccine,” Rivera said.

And as we settle into Phase 3 of the state’s re-opening, experts say remaining vigilant is crucial.

“When we look around at what’s happening around us in the United States, I think that’s even more motivation for us to not become complacent,” Boucher said. “Continue to do the hard work that everyone has done so well in Massachusetts.”

None of the free testing sites are located in western Massachusetts. State Senator Eric Lesser, who represents Hampden and Hampshire districts, is calling that unacceptable. He’s asking Governor Baker to add more locations in that area.

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