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Canada’s Former Prime Minister Says She Was Joking When She Wished For Hurricane Dorian To Hit Mar-A-Lago, But People Are Not Laughing

Floridians have been warily watching the powerful storm named Dorian that continues to gain in strength just off the coast. Experts project that Hurricane Dorian will make landfall near President Trump’s Mar-A-Lago home as a Category 4 or 5 storm on Labor Day. When Former Canadian Prime Minister Avril Phaedra Douglas “Kim” Campbell learned of this, she tweeted out, “I’m rooting for a direct hit on Mar a Lago!” The tweet has prompted outrage from Trump supporters and Floridians alike.

Avril Pheadra Campell is Canada’s first female Prime Minister, serving in 1993 after the resignation of Brian Mulroney.

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She served between June and November 1993, one of the shortest-lived serving Prime Ministers in Canada. Today, she’s the chairperson for Canada’s Supreme Court Advisory Board. 

The next day, Campbell tweeted that she hoped the storm would “shake up Trump’s climate change denial!”

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As Hurricane Dorian strengthens and threatens the United States, Trump’s administration removed regulations to control the emission of methane, a greenhouse gas that is 10x as damaging to our ozone as carbon dioxide. Our ozone helps to protect the earth from allowing powerful heat from the sun to enter our atmosphere, where it creates a “greenhouse” effect to further heat the earth. Hurricanes thrive in warm water, and climate change experts have long been predicting more powerful and frequent storms, pointing to the aftermath of Hurricane Maria as further proof of climate change.

Campbell has since deleted the tweet and apologized.

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This isn’t the first time Campbell has caused controversy around Trump. During the government shutdown, Campbell called Trump a “motherf****r” for deflecting a reporter’s question about paying government employees by responding with a bite about border security.

Still, Floridians have responded with shock to Campbell’s comment.

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Twitter user and Miami resident Miguel Diaz tweeted, “IT IS UNBELIEVABLE KIM CAMPBELL FORMER CANADAS PM WISHES HURRICANE DORIAN DESTROYS TRUMP MAR A LAGO HOME. I LIVE IN MIAMI AND I KNOW THE DESTRUCTION OF A HURRICANE. THIS LEFT WING MONSTERS LIKE MS CAMPBELL, HAVE A BLACK EVIL SOUL. MAGA 2020 ALL THE WAY!!!” Another Palm Beach resident responded to her apology tweet to let her know, “I live in the area. Thank you. Your rebuke brought tears to my eyes. Most people are so good and compassionate. She has no idea how it feels to have this monster headed in our direction.”

Meanwhile, Canadians are taking it upon themselves to apologize for Campbell.

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“On behalf of Canada, I’d like to apologize to all our American brothers and sisters for the remarks of our once and very brief PM, Kim Campbell,” tweets Brian Reid. Another Canadian, Twisha, commented, “Meh. Don’t sweat it. I enjoyed it.” Another comforted Campbell by tweeting, “Your comments are totally fine with me Prime Minister. I think them each and every day. You are not alone!”

Meanwhile, others are sarcastically anticipating Trump to scapegoat the damage from Dorian onto Mexicans. “Or the mayor of San Juan.”

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“He’ll blame it on the gays,” tweets Kurt in response.  A Puerto Rican comes out to say that, actually, “he’ll blame it on Puerto Rico for not taking the full hit.” Some folks on Twitter are suggesting authorities rename the hurricane from Dorian to “Karma,” for Trump’s family separation policies. 

“Gotta love the pearl-clutching from the Trumpists about Kim’s Mar-a-lago comment,” commented another Twitter user. “Remember, these are the same humanoids that are applauding Cheeto Benito’s genocidal immigration policies, so their alleged concern over human life is predictably selective and certainly laughable.”

Trump has since described the storm as an “absolute monster.”

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In a video taken in the Rose Garden, Trump said that “we all got lucky, it missed Puerto Rico.” He goes on to say that “it’s looking like it could be an absolute monster,” and that the administration is shipping food and water to Florida. Mysteriously, throughout the video, Trump keeps referring to Dorian as hitting “dead center,” but doesn’t tell us where the dead center is to him.

Nonetheless, Hurricane Dorian is a major storm that should be taken very seriously.

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Just yesterday, the Governor of Florida issued an executive order declaring a state of emergency for 26 counties within the state. Mar a Lago is settled into Zone B of the disaster areas, and has yet to be ordered to evacuate. According to Trump, “we’re still waiting,” to see. In the meantime, Floridians are preparing by shuttering their homes, filling up gas tanks, and clearing grocery stores of food and water.

READ: Tropical Storm Dorian Could Hit Puerto Rico And People On The Island Aren’t Taking Any Chances

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This Video Was Meant To Showcase Schools Reopening But Instead People Are Calling It ‘Depressing’ And ‘Apocalyptic’

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This Video Was Meant To Showcase Schools Reopening But Instead People Are Calling It ‘Depressing’ And ‘Apocalyptic’

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Despite the fact that the U.S. is still in the grips of a full-fledged pandemic, schools across the country are starting to reopen. And with that come a lot of parents who are still incredibly nervous about all of it. Many parents are worried about possible outbreaks and that their kids are being put at risk of getting the virus or of them brining it home and infecting an at-risk family member.

Schools have tried to be reassuring, and are letting parents know that they are going to be doing everything they can to make sure the environment is safe and that they are following all mandates.

One of the ways they are doing this is by releasing educational videos that show parents and students just how a typical day at school may look. One school district in Florida may have had good intentions with their video, but it just ended up terrifying everyone.

A Florida school district released a promotional video on how they’re safely reopening schools, but it didn’t go as planned.

According to BuzzFeedNews, one promotional video put out by a Florida school district is receiving headlines for all the wrong reasons. One parent uploaded the video to TikTok and it’s since gone viral as people compare it to a “prison for kids” and others saying it looks like a scene from “an M. Night Shyamalan movie.” If you have ever seen one of his movies, you know that this is not the type of movie you want to be in.

A video shared by a Florida school district showing examples of what reopening its schools will look has gone viral on TikTok and other social media, with parents and critics decrying it as a “heartbreaking” viewing experience.

The two-minute clip, shared by the School District of Manatee County, is being called ‘heartbreaking’ as it shows students wearing masks and social distancing in classrooms, lunch lines and cafeteria spaces as a protective measure against COVID-19.

The video also shows teachers wearing protective face masks and shields, as well as lab coats, while working with students. Other measures, such as temperature checks and pre-bagged lunches, were also shown in the video. Another poignant moment from the video shows kids sitting alone at lunch tables in order to adhere to social distancing guidelines.

A representative from the Manatee County school district explained in a Facebook comment the day the video started to go viral, that the examples in the “video are intended to show examples of the new procedures in place” but will not be the case for every school in the district.

The video quickly went viral on TikTok for being way too depressing.

The video was originally uploaded to TikTok by a mom in a nearby school district. Her clip has since amassed 3 million views and over 50,000 comments, with many expressing concern about how unnerving the back-to-school experience shown in the video appears. 

“I’m not gonna lie, it looks a little apocalyptic-y. A little ‘Hunger Games’-y,” she said in the video, a reference to the best-selling dystopian books and films. Jenkins told BuzzFeed News that watching it was “heartbreaking.”

“It feels like a punishment for the kids,” she told BuzzFeed News. “That makes me sad. The kids are kids.”

Nevertheless, the negative response to the viral video may not be mirrored by parents in the district. A survey conducted by the Manatee County school district, per WWSB-TV in Sarasota, Florida, shows that an overwhelming majority of parents surveyed prefer full-time in-person learning or a hybrid model. Across school levels, only 20 to 30 percent of parents — with few outliers — want their kids to be e-learning full-time, according to the survey published Tuesday.

Florida is the new epicenter of the pandemic in the U.S. and many are blasting the state’s reopening plans.

Since July, Florida has emerged as the latest epicenter of the outbreak in the U.S. As of August 5, the state has seen nearly half a million confirmed cases and 7,401 deaths.

As COVID-19 cases and deaths continue to rise rapidly in Florida, concerns raised by some school officials and teachers stand in stark opposition from a push to reopen schools by Florida Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran, Gov. Ron DeSantis and President Trump.

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Here Are Some Key Take-Aways From President Trump’s Disastrous Axios Interview

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Here Are Some Key Take-Aways From President Trump’s Disastrous Axios Interview

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President Donald Trump recently did an interview with journalist Jonathan Swan for Axios and it was very bizarre. From bragging that the U.S. has a death rate lower than the world’s to claiming to have done more for African-Americans than John Lewis, the interview went off the rails from the beginning.

President Donald Trump’s latest interview is a wild ride in the worst way.

The president of the United States used an interview with Axios to try to push his narratives. From Covid to Ghislaine Maxwell to John Lewis to Russia, President Trump managed to spout a series of conspiracy theories and questionable statements. The interview has left many scratching their heads in disbelief.

One of the most bizarre moments is when Trump produced incoherent charts trying to change the Covid response narrative.

First, President Trump tells Jonathan Swan that the average 1,000 daily deaths and daily 65,000 infections “is what it is.” The president further argued that the country was doing everything it could to get it as under control as possible.

President Trump also tried to continue pushing the false narrative that the U.S. is doing the best with testing. As it stands, it takes days for some people to get their test results back, which makes contact tracing difficult. Contact tracing is one of the most important tools to control the virus that has already killed more than 155,000 people in the U.S.

On Representative John Lewis, President Trump was less than kind.

When asked how history would remember him for not attending Rep. John Lewis’ funeral, Trump began about how Rep. Lewis didn’t attend his inauguration. In fact, Trump called is a “big mistake.” He continued by saying Rep. Lewis should have attended his State of the Union speeches as well.

The truly stunning moment was President Trump diminishing the important contributions Rep. Lewis made to this country. Instead of acknowledging Rep. Lewis’ hard-won victories for African-Americans.

“I did more for the Black community than anybody with the possible exemption of Abraham Lincoln,” President Trump claimed. “Whether you like it or not.”

“You believe that you did more than Lyndon Johnson who passed the Civil Rights Act,” Swan asked in disbelief.

“Yeah because I got prison reform,” Trump shot back. He then continued asking Swan how the Civil Rights Acts has worked out.

He also doubled down on his comments wishing Ghislaine Maxwell well.

Ghislaine Maxwell was arrested for her role in the Jeffery Epstein child sex ring. When first asked by reporters, President Trump wished her well and acknowledged that he knew her and met her several times when living in Florida. When Swan told him that she had been arrested on charges of child sex trafficking, Trump acted obliviously.

President Trump said he wasn’t sure about that fact almost trying to ignore the facts. Swan pushed back reminding Trump that Maxwell was indeed in prison for child sex trafficking. Ignoring Swan Trump says he wishes her well because of Epstein’s death.

You can watch the full 37-minute interview below.

Get comfy. It’s a wild ride, y’all.

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