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Watch Obama Skewer Trump In Savage Speech Without Even Saying His Name

Mic drop.

It’s been three years since Barack Obama literally and figuratively dropped the mic on his presidential duties, and as such, he’s not afraid to speak his mind when it comes to US politics. Just take his recent eulogy for civil rights leader John Lewis.

During the emotional service, Obama said, “today we witness with our own eyes, police officers kneeling on the necks of Black Americans. We can witness our federal government sending agents to use tear gas and batons against peaceful demonstrators.”

“Even as we sit here, there are those in power who are doing their darnedest to discourage people from voting by closing polling locations and targeting minorities and students with restrictive ID laws and attacking our voting rights with surgical precision, even undermining the postal service in the run-up to an election that’s going to be dependent on mail-in ballots so people don’t get sick,” he said.

Obama’s fiery speech was part of his tribute to John Lewis – a congressmen who dedicated his life to fighting for African-Americans’ civil rights. The former president said Lewis “did everything he could to preserve this democracy and as long as we have breath in our bodies, we have to continue his cause.”

“As long as young people are protesting in the streets hoping real change takes hold, I’m hopeful,” he said. “But we can’t casually abandon them at the ballot box. Not when few elections have been as urgent on so many levels as this one.”

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While Barack Obama didn’t mention Donald Trump’s name in his eulogy, at the same time he made his speech, Trump suggested delaying the 2020 presidential election as a way to protect voters from unsubstantiated claims a mail-in ballot will result in mass fraud.

During a following press conference, Trump said, “do I want to see a date change? No. But I don’t want to see a crooked election. This election will be the most rigged election in history if that happens.”

Finishing his speech at John Lewis’ service, Obama said “just everybody’s got to come out and vote” as one last-ditch effort to squash Trump’s harmful claims. And just like that, the mic has been dropped once again.

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People Are Linking Former Presidential Candidate's Death To Trump's Rally

"We'll never know."

Herman Cain, a former business executive, Tea Party activist and 2012 Republican presidential candidate, has sadly died from COVID-19 at age 74 about one month after attending Trump’s rally in Tulsa.

A statement on his website reads, “We’re heartbroken, and the world is poorer: Hermain Cain has gone to be with the Lord.”

“We knew when he was first hospitalised with COVID-19 that this was going to be a rough fight,” the statement reads. “He had trouble breathing and was taken to hospital by ambulance. We all prayed that the initial meds they gave him would get his breathing back to normal, but it became clear pretty quickly that he was in for a battle.”

“We all prayed so hard every day,” the update continued. “We knew the time would come when the Lord would call him home, but we really liked having him here with us, and we held out hope he’d have a full recovery.”

Herman Cain’s team confirmed he had tested positive for COVID-19 on June 29th. Earlier this month they said there was “no way of knowing for sure how or where Mr. Cain contracted the coronavirus,” however many social media users have linked his fatal diagnosis to Donald Trump’s Tulsa rally he attended on June 20th. 

According to PEOPLE, Cain – as well as many other attendees – were seen without masks or social distancing at the rally. TIME also stated that the Oklahoma State Department of Health reported a record number of COVID-19 cases in the state three weeks after Trump’s rally. “On the day of the event, it was revealed that six staffers on the Trump campaign tested positive for the coronavirus,” TIME reports

“I realise people will speculate about the Tulsa rally, but Herman did a lot of travelling in the past week,” Cain’s friend Dan Calabrese wrote on his website in early July. “I don’t think there’s any way to trace this to the one specific contact that caused him to be infected. We’ll never know.”

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Calabrese also told PEOPLE that he believes Cain contracted the virus while on a plane given his recent travels.

“Where he got it, it’s kind of neither here nor there, but I wish people would stop trying to turn it into a political angle in that way,” he added. “I know he did wear a mask and I know he encouraged people on his show to wear a mask.”

This tragic loss is incredibly heartbreaking for Hermain Cain’s family and friends, and a clear reminder that the world is still very much grappling with this devastating pandemic.

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The World's On Fire, But Melania Trump's Roses Are Getting A Revamp

“That’s some Marie Antoinette sh*t right there."

COVID-19 isolation has presented the perfect opportunity to find your green thumb and do a little gardening. But if you’re Melania Trump, revamping your rose garden amidst the global pandemic isn’t that simple.

The First Lady took to Twitter today to tell her 14.7M followers, “even in the most difficult times, the @WhiteHouse Rose Garden has stood as a symbol of strength and continuity.”

“Today, it is my pleasure to announce our plans to renew and restore this iconic space so that we preserve its history and beauty for generations to come,” she added.

Apparently, Mrs. Trump is planning to “restore and enhance” the White House Rose Garden as a “testament to our nation’s commitment to the care of this landscape and our dedication to American ideals, safeguarding them for our children and their children for generations to come.”

The New York Times reports that Melania’s new gardening phase is all part of Donald Trump’s ‘Rose Garden Strategy’ that presidents “use to bolster their campaign efforts: ceremonial signings, dedications, executive announcements, and yes, press availabilities in the Rose Garden.”

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Either way, the Rose Garden revamp has not gone down well with members of the public, who have accused Melania of focusing on something so trivial as cases of COVID-19 in the United States soar over 4.37M.

Former congresswoman Katie Hill tweeted, “that’s some Marie Antoinette shit right there,” while another Twitter user posted, “with her usual myopia, Melania believes that Americans who are facing eviction and horrifying death will be pleased and comforted by her landscaping efforts.”

One social media user even tweeted, “as the nation approaches 150,000 dead from COVID-19, and millions of Americans face eviction and homelessness, Melania Trump is renovating the Rose Garden.”

They added, “I really don’t care, do you?” as a reference to the tone-deaf jacket Melania wore to a visit with migrant children in 2018. Yikes.

Whether it’s an insensitive ploy to ensure her husband wins his bid for presidency, or Melania truly believes her roses are a beacon of hope – the timing is utterly awful.

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