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MSNBC 21 May 2020

Eyeing 2020 Race, Trump Pushes Reopening As Unemployment Soars

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With portions of Michigan dealing with flooding, Trump talked politics while refusing to wear a mask in front of the media while visiting a Ford facility in Michigan. Aired on 05/21/2020.


With much of the nation in lockdown, Trump is focusing much of his coronavirus response on his own grievances. Ashley Parker of The Washington Post and Jonathan Lemire of The Associated Press join to discuss. Aired on 4/13/2020.
Heading to Arizona to visit a Honeywell factory that makes respirator masks, President Donald Trump urged Americans to consider themselves "as warriors," in the fight against the coronavirus. "Our country has to open," Trump said. (May 5)
The financial effect of the virus has been felt across small towns in America. Aside from government subsidies, people have been turning to food banks. And the pantries there are being stretched to the limit. CGTN's Sean Callebs reports from Morehead City, North Carolina.
On today's What America's Thinking, a new Hill/HarrisX poll finds 48 percent. of voters approve of the job Donald Trump is doing as President. Hill Reporter Brett Samuels talks the latest news on Trump and the coronavirus front and Director of Research at Ipsos joins Hill TV to discuss the public opinion on presidential approval. This survey was conducted online within the United States from April 10-14, 2020 among 2,854 registered voters by HarrisX. The sampling margin of error of this poll is plus or minus 1.8 percentage points. The results reflect a nationally representative sample of registered voters. Results were weighted for age within gender, region, race/ethnicity, income, political party, and education where necessary to align them with their actual proportions in the population.

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LIKE.
>> IMAGINE THAT.
HEY, JONATHAN LEMIRE, WE’VE
GOT -- WE’RE BUMPING RIGHT UP
AGAINST 40 MILLION UNEMPLOYED,
AGAIN THAT WE KNOW OF, PEOPLE
WHO HAVE FILED AS A RESULT OF
LOSING THEIR JOB.
I SAW THE BANNER BEHIND THE
PRESIDENT TODAY IN MICHIGAN.
THIS IS GOING TO MAKE A
TRANSITION TO GREATNESS MORE
DIFFICULT, IS IT NOT?
>> BRIAN, MY OWN PERSONAL
TRANSITION TO GREATNESS IS
CERTAINLY A WORK IN PROGRESS,
AND WHAT WE’RE SEEING HERE FROM
THE PRESIDENT’S TEAM IS THE
SAME.
THIS IS -- IT’S AN ODD CATCH
PHRASE AND THEY HAVE A LOT OF
WORK TO DO.
THEY’RE FOCUSING, AS WE’VE NOTED
BEFORE, ON THE ECONOMY.
THE AMERICAN DEATH TOLL IS GOING
TO ECLIPSE 100,000 NEXT WEEK.
THEY’VE SHIFTED AWAY FROM THE
PUBLIC HEALTH ASPECT OF THIS
CRISIS AND FOCUSED INSTEAD ON
THE ECONOMY.
THEY’VE SEEN THE NUMBERS.
ANOTHER TERRIBLE JOBS NUMBER
TODAY.
THEY KNOW THAT THEY ARE -- THEY
NEED THE ECONOMY TO BOUNCE BACK.
AND THE PRESIDENT IN A WAY IS
TRYING TO TAKE A NEW TACK HERE
BY REVERTING TO AN OLD TACK,
ONCE AGAIN PORTRAYING HIMSELF AS
THE OUTSIDER, WHICH IS WHAT HE
SO EFFECTIVELY DID IN 2016,
TAPPING INTO THAT
ANTI-GOVERNMENT POPULIST ENERGY
THAT HE WAS ABLE TO CARRY FOUR
YEARS AGO AND DEFEAT HILLARY
CLINTON.
THAT’S SORT OF AN INHERENTLY
HARD CASE TO MAKE WHEN YOU ARE
OF COURSE THE INCUMBENT
PRESIDENT.
BUT THEY FEEL LIKE THEY CAN DO
IT, AND WE’RE SEEING HIM REBEL
AGAINST FRANKLY FEDERAL HEALTH
GUIDELINES, INCLUDING TAKING AN
ANTIMALARIAL DRUG THAT WAS NOT
RECOMMENDED BY HIS OWN WHITE
HOUSE MEDICAL TEAM.
YOU ARE SEEING HIM, OF COURSE,
FIGHT WITH THESE GOVERNORS.
YOU ARE SEEING HIM SHIFT BLAME
ELSEWHERE.
YOU’RE SEEING HIM SUPPORT -- AND
HE DID AGAIN TODAY -- THE
PROTESTS FROM AMERICANS WHO ARE
AGITATING FOR THE ECONOMY TO
REOPEN QUICKLY.
HE SEES A LINK BETWEEN HIS
VOTERS AND THOSE WHO WANT TO GO
BACK TO WORK.
WE’LL SEE IF IT’S EFFECTIVE.
THE BIDEN CAMP, FOR ITS PART,
SAYS, LOOK, YOU OWN THIS.
YOU CAN’T PLAY THE OUTSIDER
HERE.
AND, IN FACT, IF YOU WANT TO,
YOU CAN BECAUSE RIGHT NOW, WHAT
THIS MOMENT, THIS CRISIS CALLS

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