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In a massively bold trolling of President Donald Trump, Guggenheim chief curator Nancy Spector offered to send the first family an 18-karat gold toilet last fall, instead of the painting they’d requested, “Landscape with Snow” by Vincent Van Gogh.

“It is, of course, extremely valuable and somewhat fragile, but we would provide all the instructions for its installation and care,” Spector wrote of the toilet, in a 2017 letter obtained by the Washington Post.

The functioning toilet made of solid gold is titled “America.” The work was created by contemporary artist Maurizio Cattelan and debuted at the Guggenheim in 2016. Critics interpret the piece to be a satirical statement about American excess. The White House was offered “America” on a “long-term loan.”

“We are sorry not to be able to accommodate your original request,” Spector’s letter to the Trumps concluded, “but remain hopeful that this special offer may be of interest.”

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.