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As several GOP senators abandon him, Trump took to Twitter on Monday morning in a humiliating effort to convince Senate Republicans to support his fake national emergency declaration — as the House prepares to vote on Tuesday to void the declaration.

Last Friday, Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) announced she would support a Democratic-led effort to rebuke Trump’s latest effort to pretend the rules don’t apply to him. “I want to make sure that the resolution of disapproval is exactly what I think it is, because if it is as I understand it to be, I will likely be supporting the resolution to disapprove of the action,” Murkowski told the AP.

She joins Sens. Susan Collins (R-ME) and Marco Rubio (R-FL), who have expressed a desire to reign in Trump’s unconstitutional power grab.

Sensing vulnerability, Trump made a desperate plea.

“I hope our great Republican Senators don’t get led down the path of weak and ineffective Border Security,” Trump said. “Without strong Borders, we don’t have a Country — and the voters are on board with us. Be strong and smart, don’t fall into the Democrats ‘trap’ of Open Borders and Crime!”

The lie-riddled pleas come as there is mounting pressure on Republicans to overturn the national emergency declaration. Public polling shows Americans are overwhelming opposed to both a wall along the border and Trump’s fake national emergency declaration.

Trump’s efforts “will undermine U.S. national security and foreign policy interests,” a group of 58 former security officials, including high-ranking officials in both Democratic and Republican administrations, recently wrote. Further, a group of almost two dozen former Republican members of Congress sent an open letter to current GOP lawmakers pleading with them to support the resolution to revoke the national emergency.

Trump only declared a national emergency — to steal funding meant for other priorities — after Congress repeatedly, and pointedly, rejected his funding request for $5.7 billion to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.

On Tuesday, the House will vote on a measure to overturn Trump’s fake national emergency. The measure is expected to pass, at which point the Senate will be forced to hold a vote on it.

In addition to those mentioned above, several other Republicans expressed concerns about Trump’s power grab. The AP noted there are at least 11 Republican senators to keep an eye on in the coming weeks, more than enough to create a majority in the Senate rejecting Trump’s declaration.

Trump is desperate to keep his caucus in line so he won’t face an embarrassing rebuke from Congress.

In the end, Republicans in the Senate will have a very simple choice: Succumb to Trump’s intimidation tactics, or hold true to their oath to uphold the Constitution.

Published with permission of The American Independent.

IMAGE: Photo of Senator Lisa Murkoswki (R-AK) by Lingjing Bao, July 26, 2012
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Numerous local school systems around the country are plowing ahead with plans to resume in-person instruction despite growing evidence that children are just as capable of spreading the coronavirus as adults.

Classes were set to begin on Monday in Baker County, Florida. Masks for students will be optional, not required. "It looks like it's back to normal this morning, honestly," a local television reporter observed as parents dropped their kids off in the morning. Many students wore no face coverings.

The Trump administration and the GOP have pushed for full reopening of schools for months."Schools in our country should be opened ASAP," Donald Trump tweeted in May. "Much very good information now available."

"SCHOOLS MUST OPEN IN THE FALL!!!" he reiterated on July 6.

"The science and data is clear: children can be safe in schools this fall, and they must be in school this fall," demanded Rep. Andy Biggs (R-AZ) on Aug. 1.

"I believe our schools can, and should rise to the occasion of re-opening for in-person education this fall," agreed Rep. Andy Harris (R-MD) two days later.

"The CDC and Academy of Pediatrics agree: We can safely get students back in classrooms," tweeted House Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA) last Tuesday.

But while Scalise, Mike Pence, and Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos have all cited the American Academy of Pediatrics in their arguments for reopening, a new study by the group and the Children's Hospital Association raises red flags about how safe that will be.

Their report found 338,982 reported coronavirus cases in children as of July 30 in the United States. Between July 16 and July 30, the nation saw a 40% increase — 97,078 new infected children.

Last week, a high school student in an Atlanta suburb posted a photo online showing few students wearing masks in a crowded school hallway. Since that time, at least six students and three adult employees in the school have reportedly contracted the coronavirus, and the school temporarily has switched to online classes.

Another Georgia school district has already seen at least 13 students and staff members test positive since reopening a week ago.

A recent study in South Korea found that children aged ten and older spread the coronavirus at the same rates adults do. A separate study in Chicago suggested young kids might also be effective spreaders.

These contradict the false claims made by Trump and his administration that kids have an "amazing" near immunity to COVID-19.

"If you look at children, children are almost — and I would almost say definitely, but almost immune from this disease, so few. They've got stronger, hard to believe, and I don't know how you feel about it, but they have much stronger immune systems than we do somehow for this," Trump told Fox News on Wednesday.

"You got to open the schools. They have a stronger immune system even than you have or I have," he told Barstool Sports on July 23. "It's amazing. You look at the percentage, it's a tiny percentage of one percent. And in that one case, I mean, I looked at a couple of cases. If you have diabetes, if you have, you know, problems with something, but the kids are in great shape." Children have made up nearly nine percent of all cases, even with schools mostly closed.

And DeVos incorrectly said in a July 16 interview, "More and more studies show that kids are actually stoppers of the disease and they don't get it and transmit it themselves."

In early July, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued guidelines for how schools could operate more safely during the pandemic.

Trump publicly ridiculed the guidelines, dismissing them as "very tough & expensive" and "very impractical."

Published with permission of The American Independent Foundation.