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Trump campaign spokeswoman calls Biden ‘an empty vessel filled by the radicals’ in Democratic Party – Fox News

The Democrats’ presumptive nomination of Joe Biden shows the party has no new ideas and needs “a vessel for the radical social agenda,” Trump campaign press communications director Erin Perrine told “Hannity” Friday.

Perrine told host Jason Chaffetz that Biden’s delayed choice of a running mate helps prove her point.

“We have seen him delay and delay and delay,” she said. “Remember, if they had the [Democratic] convention at the normal time, it would have happened a month ago. Why is it so delayed?”

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“Joe Biden has bad choices across the board, between crazy or even crazier when it comes to who he will try to pick,” Perrine went on, describing Rep. Karen Bass, D-Calif., as “Comrade Karen Bass who praises socialist dictators,” a reference to Bass’ warm words for Cuban despot Fidel Castro.

She added that another presumed contender, former National Security Adviser Susan Rice, has an “abysmal record from the Obama/Biden administration.”

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“It truly doesn’t matter who Joe Biden picks because it is a bad choice pool all around for him,” Perrine said. “Not only is this who he thinks will be the future of the Democrat Party — he says he is the transition candidate — but look who he is talking about. He is floating ‘Pretend Governor’ [of Georgia] Stacey Abrams or Governor Gretchen Whitmer, Queen of Do-As-I-Say-Not-As-I-Do with her tyrannical hold in Michigan.”

“It truly doesn’t matter, Joe Biden is an empty vessel filled by the radicals.”

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Barbie’s 2020 Campaign Fires Back at Trump Jr., Says Dolls Aren’t Red or Blue – TMZ

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We Don’t Choose Sides, We Empower Girls!!!

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Barbie’s new line of dolls meant to inspire all girls to raise their voices and get interested in public service quickly got political when Donald Trump Jr. got involved … but the toy company’s shutting him down.

Shortly after the Barbie 2020 Campaign Team — made up of 4 diverse dolls including a candidate, a campaign manager, a fundraiser and a voter — was unveiled to “expose girls to public leadership roles and pique their interest in shaping the future” … Don Jr. used it to take a shot at Democrats.

Don tweeted … “‘Voter’ Barbie must be a Democrat because she’s already wearing an ‘I Voted’ sticker and yet she’s got another ballot in her hand.”

Not the most original joke, and according to the makers of Barbie … it’s also inaccurate.

A Mattel spokesperson tells TMZ … “Barbie is not, and has never been, affiliated with a political party. Barbie has always encouraged girls to stand up for what they believe in and shows them they can be anything.”

The Mattel rep adds … “This doll set highlights a range of leadership roles to pique their interest in shaping the future and raise their voices – from the podium to the polls. This set also provides a tool to allow families to have conversations around important events and cultural moments through play.”

Of course, Don Jr.’s joke comes as President Trump continues to push claims mail-in voting is fraudulent and will only benefit Democrats in the upcoming election.

Truth is, there are no facts to back that up … just like Jr.’s jab at Barbie.

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Two Trump campaign staffers who attended Tulsa rally test positive for coronavirus – CNBC

Two members of a campaign advance team who attended President Donald Trump‘s rally in Oklahoma on Saturday have tested positive for the coronavirus, the campaign said Monday.

The new test results bring the tally of advance team members for the Tulsa event who have tested positive for Covid-19 up to eight.

The six earlier positive tests of advance members occurred just before the event, and those people did not attend the rally as a result.

At least two of the earlier positive tests were of Secret Service agents.

The number of people connected to the event who test positive is expected to rise, NBC News reported, citing campaign and law enforcement officials.

The announcement of the two additional advance team members testing positive after they attended the rally came a day before Trump is scheduled to visit the Dream City Church in Phoenix for an event hosted by Students for Trump.

“After another round of testing for campaign staff in Tulsa, two additional members of the advance team tested positive for the coronavirus,” said Trump campaign communications director Tim Murtaugh on Monday.

“These staff members attended the rally but were wearing masks during the entire event. Upon the positive tests, the campaign immediately activated established quarantine and contact tracing protocols,” Murtaugh said.

The two staffers were among those tested after the rally as a precaution for flying home, according to NBC. 

Trump reportedly was furious on Saturday afternoon when news broke that a half dozen members of the advance team had tested positive for the coronavirus.

Attendees of the event were required to sign a waiver releasing Trump and his campaign of any liability if they became ill after the rally.

During the rally, the president called coronavirus testing “a double-edged sword.”

“We have tested 25 million people by now, which is probably 20 million people more than anybody else. Germany has done a lot; South Korea has done a lot,” Trump said. But here’s the bad part: when you do testing to that extent, you will find more cases!”

“So I said to my people, slow the testing down, please. They test and they test.”

White House spokesman Kayleigh McEnany told reporters on Monday that Trump was joking when he said that he had instructed subordinates to “slow” Covid-19 testing.

The Tulsa rally, which the president had been eagerly looking forward to, has been a thorn in Trump’s side for days. In addition to the positive Covid-19 tests among campaign workers, the president reportedly also was angry after the event because of what was a surprisingly low turnout.

Despite his campaign boasting in advance of massive demand for the event, the rally at the BOK Center, which has a capacity of 19,000, drew just 6,200 people.

Even before the rally began, workers began breaking down a stage set up outside in an area set aside for what was expected to be thousands of people who could not get into the arena.

Just dozens of people gathered in that outside area by the time that Vice President Mike Pence was set to begin talking inside the arena in advance of Trump.

At the Phoenix church event on Tuesday, attendees also will have to sign a waiver for admittance, which says, “By attending this convention, you and any guest voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19 and agree not to hold Turning Point Action, their affiliates, Dream City Church, employees, agents, contractors, or volunteers liable for any illness or injury.”

The Phoenix City Council last week passed an ordinance requiring people 6 years and older to wear face masks in public.

“We’ve seen tremendous compliance with the mask ordinance that went into effect this weekend. Everyone attending tomorrow’s event, particularly any elected official, should set an example to residents by wearing a mask,” said Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego in a statement.

“This includes the President,” Gallego said.

Trump has refused to wear a mask in public despite the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention urging all Americans to do so.

Dream City Church Pastor Luke Barnett and church Chief Financial Officer Brendon Zastrow on Monday appeared in a YouTube video saying that recently installed clean-air technology at the church “kills 99.9% of COVID-19 within 10 minutes.”

“So you can know when you come here you’ll be safe and protected,” Barnett says on the video.

“Thank God for great technology and thank God for being proactive!”

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6 Trump campaign members in Tulsa test positive for the coronavirus ahead of rally – NBC News

Six members of President Donald Trump’s campaign staff who are in Tulsa, Oklahoma, to set up for the president’s first campaign rally in months have tested positive for the coronavirus, the campaign announced Saturday.

The president’s campaign said they had performed hundreds of tests before the rally, his first since March 2, and Tim Murtaugh, the campaign communications director, said six members of the advance team tested positive and were immediately quarantined.

“No COVID-positive staffers or anyone in immediate contact will be at today’s rally or near attendees and elected officials,” Murtaugh said in a statement.

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Of the six, at least two of them are Secret Service agents, according to a law enforcement official.

The news comes as Trump, the White House and the president’s re-election campaign organization have been criticized for hosting the event in an enclosed, 19,000-seat arena in Tulsa. The campaign has required all those in attendance to sign a digital waiver releasing the campaign and the president of any liability if they get sick.

A White House official told NBC News that the administration is aware of the staffers who tested positive but declined to comment.

A source familiar with the matter said that the campaign is doing contact tracing, but also noted that staffers have been in Oklahoma for a week. The majority have not been wearing masks, were going out to restaurants and weren’t take precautionary measures because of the pandemic.

NBC News reported on Friday that Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert, and coronavirus task force response coordinator Dr. Deborah Birx both expressed concern in the last week over the safety of holding Saturday’s rally in part because Oklahoma has also seen a significant rise in COVID-19 cases.

There has been a 100 percent spike in Tulsa County just this week, the highest in the state, and health officials announced Saturday that it had 136 new coronavirus cases, the highest number yet to be reported in a single day in the state as the trend of cases, hospitalizations and deaths in Oklahoma continues to rise.

The campaign, however, has maintained that it is taking enough precautions to avoid a sudden uptick in cases.

“As previously announced, all rally attendees are given temperature checks before going through security, at which point they are given wristbands, face masks and hand sanitizer,” Murtaugh said.

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Trump’s 2016 campaign brass warns he’s in trouble in 2020 – POLITICO

Bossie and Lewandowski, who served as top aides on Trump’s 2016 effort, complained to the president about his political operation. Trump’s campaign team, in response decided to rush their Arizona and Florida representatives onto airplanes for a Thursday meeting with the president.

Republicans involved with setting up the Thursday meeting with Trump’s state directors said they were taken aback by Bossie and Lewandowski’s warning. They felt the need to mollify Trump, who has been kept abreast of his reelection effort but hasn’t always been aware of the granular, on-the-ground details.

The sequence, which was described by four people familiar with what transpired, offered the latest snapshot of Trump’s angst about his battleground state standing. With just five months until the election, the president has been privately expressing concern about his poll numbers and senior Republicans are openly sounding alarms about his swing state prospects.

Neither Bossie nor Lewandowski, who is currently serving as a senior adviser to the reelection campaign, responded to requests for comment. A Trump campaign spokesman declined to comment.

Bossie, a Republican National Committee member from Maryland, was seen with Trump twice over the Memorial Day weekend, including a visit to the president’s golf course in Sterling, Va.

Arizona in particular emerged as a trouble spot for the party. Trump won the state by more than 3 percentage points in 2016, but recent polls have shown him trailing Joe Biden there. A Democrat hasn’t carried the state in a presidential election since Bill Clinton in 1996.

When the discussion turned to Arizona in the Thursday meeting, Trump and his political advisers expressed concern about GOP Sen. Martha McSally’s campaign to win a full term in the seat to which she was appointed in 2018. The president waved in Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who was there to meet with him on a separate matter, for the discussion.

Those present in the meeting also voiced worry about the prospects of another red state senator, Georgia Republican Kelly Loeffler. The senator had at the time been under federal investigation for stock trades, though the Department of Justice has since dropped the investigation.

Georgia, like Arizona, hasn’t been won by a Democratic presidential candidate in decades. But recent surveys have shown Trump on shaky ground, including one commissioned by the political team of GOP Gov. Brian Kemp that had the president running neck-and-neck with Biden.

On Tuesday, the campaign announced that it was promoting former White House political director Bill Stepien to deputy campaign manager. The move was described as an attempt to provide additional support to campaign manager Brad Parscale, though some in the White House viewed it as a check on Parscale.

The reelection effort also announced that Stephanie Alexander, who had been the Midwest political director, was being promoted to chief of staff.

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