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Trump Escalates Culture War as Virus Response Hits Campaign

  • President stokes partisan divide in signature counterpunch
  • Majority of Americans say they don’t want to rush return
President Donald Trump speaks during a news conference in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington on April 15, 2020. 

President Donald Trump speaks during a news conference in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington on April 15, 2020. 

Photographer: Shawn Thew/EPA
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President Donald Trump is fighting back against the public health and economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic in the same way he’s navigated other political perils -- by stoking the nation’s partisan divide.