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January 1, GOP Senators Start ‘Social Distancing’ from Trump



This Day in History | 1975

Saturday Night Live makes its debut on NBC.

Good morning Middle Americans, 

It’s that time of the election cycle when words really do mean more that they normally would or should. And if you start parsing the words and reading between the lines of what Republican Senators are saying, in media interviews, and on the campaign trail you can hear their concern about the president’s standing in the polls. And what it means for their own political fortunes. One of the reasons why it’s so obvious, is because it’s been so hard for Republicans to criticize the president in the past, without paying a steep price. You might have seen some Senators say things to praise the president in the past, that could come back to haunt them now.  Not so much because they were wrong before, but because now, with their support of the president wavering, they look like they are equivocating. And during these times of crisis, this is no time for equivocation. 

Read all about it. 

-Fraser Dixon  

Republicans Are Finally Ready to Diss Trump

(Politico) – The president’s grip on the party is loosening amid a coronavirus backlash and fears of an electoral bloodbath.  For Republicans, fearful of a possible electoral disaster just weeks away, it has become safe at last to diss Donald Trump — or at least to distance themselves from him in unmistakably purposeful ways.

GOP Senators Start ‘Social Distancing’ from Trump

(Axios) – After years of holding their tongues, a few Republicans have started to separate themselves from President Trump and his possible political collapse, focusing on his carelessness with the virus.

Doctor Says Trump Won’t Transmit Virus, Stays Mum on Tests

(AP) – The White House doctor said that President Donald Trump was no longer at risk of transmitting the coronavirus but did not say explicitly whether Trump had tested negative for it. The diagnosis came as the president prepared to resume campaign rallies and other activities.

Biden Says Voters ‘Don’t Deserve’ To Know Stance On Court Packing

(Forbes) – Former Vice President Joe Biden said Friday during an interview with KTNV, a local ABC affiliate in Las Vegas, that voters “don’t deserve” to know his stance on expanding the Supreme Court, reiterating that his ongoing refusal to state an opinion on the issue is aimed at not allowing President Trump to define the debate around the Supreme Court.

Trump’s COVID Stimulus Proposal Draws Opposition from Democrats and Republicans

(Reuters) – A new $1.8 trillion economic stimulus proposal from the Trump administration drew criticism from congressional Democrats and Republicans on Saturday, diminishing hopes for a coronavirus relief deal before the Nov. 3 election.

Hurricane Delta Leaves Nearly 750,000 Without Power in LA, TX, & MS(NBC News) – Nearly 600,000 homes and businesses in Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi are in the dark after losing power due to Delta, which hit the U.S. Gulf Coast as a hurricane and has since been downgraded to a tropical depression.

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