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President told to ‘just stop’ offensive tweets by own side after lashing out with insults and conspiracy theories as US death toll heads toward 100,000

Joe Sommerlad, Danielle Zoellner
President Donald Trump points during a Rolling to Remember Ceremony to honour the nation's veterans and POW/MIA from the Blue Room Balcony of the White House on Friday 22 May 2020: Alex Brandon/AP

Donald Trump spent the weekend ahead of Memorial Day playing golf and pushing conspiracy theories on Twitter, insulting his political enemies like Joe Biden, Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, Nancy Pelosi and Stacey Abrams and insinuating that MSNBC host Joe Scarborough is guilty of murder.

His tweet storm only continued on Memorial Day before he visited the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington, Virginia, and Fort McHenry in Baltimore, Delaware, to honour those who've lost their lives while fighting for America.

Although Mr Trump put on a solemn show during his speech at Fort McHenry, his words to honour soldiers got lost amid the number of disparaging tweets he released in an effort to attack rivals and push for the Republican National Convention to continue as scheduled with a full crowd.

One Twitter thread by the president challenged Democratic Governor Roy Cooper of North Carolina for his coronavirus rules during the pandemic. The president threatened the governor to reach a decision about the convention, which is scheduled in August, or risk the RNC moving it to a different state. Later Mr Trump denied he had any intention to move the convention to his own resort in Florida.

Other tweets sent on Monday in-between Memorial Day celebrations included the president attacking former Marine Conor Lamb, who now serves as a representative for the state of Pennsylvania. Mr Trump called the Democrat an "American fraud" on the veteran holiday despite the man serving for four years.

Earlier in the weekend the president caught backlash for golfing over the holiday weekend. He defended his trip in a series of tweets by stating it was his first outing since the pandemic started.

All of this comes as the US coronavirus death toll nears closer and closer to 100,000. As of Monday afternoon, 98,034 people have died from the novel virus. This grim number was not projected to be reached before August when a majority of US states were under strict lockdown orders. But now with all states starting their reopening processes, the death toll continues its rise and projections have changed.


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