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Bill Clinton released a memo on behalf of the Clinton Foundation last Thursday announcing that it would no longer accept foreign or corporate donations should Hillary Clinton be elected president.

The announcement came on the heels of an editorial in the Boston Globe advocating the change in policy, as well as weeks of attacks from Donald Trump, who claimed that recently-released emails from Hillary Clinton’s private server during her time as secretary of state proved a “pay to play” relationship.

The Clinton camp and their allies deny any political favors were given in exchange for donations, but even they have been hesitant to discuss the foundation’s work itself: the Clinton Foundation was essentially absent from on-stage speeches at the Democratic National Convention, and reactions to the proposed ban on foreign donations ranged from begrudging acceptance to exasperation that the change hadn’t come sooner, even among liberals.

Which makes James Carville’s appearance on Morning Joe Tuesday all the more interesting. The former Clinton advisor said that, purely politically, the move to ban donations make sense, but that on a moral level, it’s a different story.

“As a political adviser, of course. As a human being, I’m not sure,” Carville said. “As a human being I think the foundation does an enormous amount of good, but from strictly political standpoint, like my sixth grade teacher says, somebody is going to hell over this. Understand here, this is saving people’s lives.”

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Democratic nominee Joe Biden speaking in Manitowoc, WI

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Today in Manitowoc, Wisconsin, Joe Biden spoke about the toll of coronavirus, which has now officially passed 200,000. "What worries me now is we've been living with this pandemic for so long, I worry we're risking becoming numb to the toll that it's taken on us," the Democratic nominee warned. "We can't let that happen."

How did that happen? How did America lose 200,000 people to a horrendous death, with no end in sight? That tragedy can be traced directly to a vacuum of leadership in the White House, as Biden remarked. But he also saw behind that lack of presidential fortitude to its deeper cause: Donald Trump simply never cared how many of us die and he still doesn't. The evidence is in Trump's own behavior at his "superspreader rallies" – where he always protects himself while leaving his own followers to risk illness and worse.

Watch Biden describe the moral emptiness inside this president.