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Today is October 2 and I am Dennis Michael Lynch. Below are my opinions on the stories grabbing headlines this morning. I hope you share this briefing as doing so will make you the smartest person in the room, in my opinion. And don’t forget to download the free DML App from the Google Play or Apple App Store to remain connected to me throughout the day.

1 – President Trump, first lady test positive for coronavirus, set to quarantine at White House
President Trump announced early Friday that both he and the First Lady Melania Trump tested positive for COVID-19 and will quarantine at the White House. The president and first lady’s positive coronavirus tests came just hours after news surfaced that senior White House adviser Hope Hicks tested positive for COVID-19.

According to a source familiar, Hicks — who has been traveling with the president this week — began showing symptoms of coronavirus Wednesday night, either during or after Trump’s Duluth campaign event. She was quarantined aboard Air Force One on the way back and tested positive on Thursday morning, the source said.

“Tonight, @FLOTUS and I tested positive for COVID-19. We will begin our quarantine and recovery process immediately. We will get through this TOGETHER!” Trump tweeted around midnight Thursday night.

First Lady Melania Trump tweeted, “As too many Americans have done this year, @potus & I are quarantining at home after testing positive for COVID-19. We are feeling good & I have postponed all upcoming engagements. Please be sure you are staying safe & we will all get through this together.”

DML: Wishing the President and First Lady a speedy recovery. We’ve got an election to win!

BREAKING NEWS – VP MIKE PENCE TESTS NEGATIVE FOR COVID-19:
Devin O’Malley, Press Secretary to Vice President Mike Pence, announced Friday morning, “As has been routine for months, Vice President Pence is tested for COVID-19 every day. This morning, Vice President Pence and the Second Lady tested negative for COVID-19. Vice President Pence remains in good health and wishes the Trumps well in their recovery.”

2 – Trump critics seize on president’s positive coronavirus test to mock, lecture
Social media exploded after President Trump confirmed he had tested positive for the coronavirus.

Attorney George Conway, husband to former White House counselor Kellyanne Conway, mocked, “He failed to protect the country. He couldn’t even protect himself.”

Actress and Trump critic Bette Midler tweeted, “Just learned that Hope Hicks tested positive for Covid. Timing’s so interesting. I guess Trump’s quarantining will mean no rallies, and no more debates. Convenient. It’s awful to always think the worst, but after four years of relentless lying? Can’t be helped. No trust left.”

Screenwriter Randi Mayem Singer, who wrote “Mrs. Doubtfire,” taunted, “Maybe you shouldn’t have mocked people for wearing masks. Maybe you shouldn’t have encouraged packed crowds. Maybe you shouldn’t have told the CDC what to report. Maybe you don’t deserve to be POTUS.”

British commentator Piers Morgan noted, “Interesting to see those who’ve spent the last few years screaming that Trump’s an uncaring, heartless empathy-devoid b*stard now spewing their gleeful joy that he & his wife have a deadly virus. They’re no better than the man they loathe.”

Former Parkland, Florida student David Hogg responded, “I hope he makes a full recovery. I hope everyone around him avoids long-term health issues. I’m still going to point out he’s a fool for catching it after six months of mocking people for wearing masks.”

DML: What else would you expect from these people?

3 – Trump confirms: ‘I condemn all white supremacists’
President Trump on Thursday condemned white supremacists, attempting to put to rest an issue that has dogged him since the first presidential debate earlier in the week when he told a far-right group to “stand by.”

“I’ve said it many times, and let me be clear again: I condemn the [Ku Klux Klan]. I condemn all white supremacists. I condemn the Proud Boys. I don’t know much about the Proud Boys, almost nothing. But I condemn that,” Trump said on Sean Hannity’s Fox News show.

The president’s clear denunciation came after he and his spokespeople faced pressure to clarify his views on white supremacist groups after he told the Proud Boys, a far-right militia group, to “stand back and stand by” on Tuesday night.

DML: As Trump said, even if he says it 100 times, the liberal media will never be satisfied!

4 – Amazon, eBay block sale of merchandise with “stand back” and “stand by”
CBS News reports: Amazon, eBay, and other online retailers are pulling merchandise from their sites emblazoned with the words “stand back” and “stand by” and displaying the insignia of the Proud Boys, a far-right extremist group.

Shirts bearing the words cropped up for sale after President Trump uttered the phrase on Tuesday night, referring to the white supremacist group, during his debate with Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden.

But Amazon began blocking sales of the items on Wednesday, an Amazon spokesperson confirmed. “All sellers must follow our selling guidelines and those who do not will be subject to action including potential removal of their account. The products in question have been removed,” the spokesperson said by email.

DML: But plenty of Black Lives Matter merchandise is available on Amazon.

5 – Food banks are removing the signed letter Trump wanted to include in every food-aid box
The Washington Post reported: Thirty-five days before the election, food assistance boxes, doled out at food banks around the country, are coming with a surprise: a signed letter from President Trump. Anti-hunger advocates and food bank workers are outraged, saying the move violates the Hatch Act and compromises relationships with the food-insecure Americans they serve.

A letter in English and Spanish, on White House letterhead, exhorts needy Americans to wash hands and maintain social distance, closing with: “We will support Americans’ recovery every step of the way. Together we will overcome this challenge, and our Nation will emerge from this crisis stronger than ever before.” And then Trump’s distinctive signature.

San Francisco-Marin Food Bank is removing the letters at distribution sites and asking any of the neighborhood pantries in their network that receive these boxes to do the same, says Keely Hopkins, the food bank’s communications and social media manager.

One Twitter user shared a copy of the letter, and declared the letters were removed from the boxes.

And the Oregon Food Bank reportedly dropped out of the food box program over the letter.

DML: Just can’t make this stuff up!

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4 COMMENTS

  1. Social media slugs will b coming out from all rocks to show their joy in this. It’s already begun. I pray for their quick recovery.

  2. I hope the president and others learn who the Proud Boys really are. They are not white supremists, their leader is a black man, that denounces racism at every turn. They are fine group, fighting for this country against the radical rioters and haters in the cities. Yes, they get in fights in Portland, when they protest against Antifa, so probably should, like Trump said stand by and let the authorities handle it. They believe in standing up for what they believe against the radicals trying to take the country down, we see in our streets. There have been a few bad seeds in their midst, but does not represent what they believe as a whole. But if you look them up, do not follow their haters with their opinions, but get what they believe from them not others.

  3. And what the hell is wrong with a letter from the president telling people to wash their hand and be safe…are you a&#&’holes that deranged that the president can’t even tell people to be safe

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