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Former Vice President Joe Biden released a political attack ad against President Trump Saturday, slamming his decision to play golf on Memorial Day Weekend amid an ever-rising death toll due to the coronavirus in the United States.
The 30-second video shows Trump playing golf at his Virginia club Saturday. The footage is interspersed with what appears to be frontline healthcare workers walking into hospital rooms, administering COVID-19 tests at drive-thrus, and interacting with patients on stretchers.
There also appears to be a small red bar graph increasing in size as the number of coronavirus-related deaths hovers close to 100,000.
“The death toll is still rising,” the ad read. “The president is playing golf.’
As of Saturday afternoon, the U.S. has recorded 1.6 million confirmed cases of the virus and 96,983 deaths from the disease, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.
The ad released Saturday night is just the latest push from Biden, the presumptive Democratic nominee, framing the president’s response to the crisis as inadequate.
Earlier this month, the Biden campaign released an ad accusing the president of mishandling the public health crisis and the economic fallout it caused by failing to implement mitigation measures early on in the outbreak.
“Donald Trump didn’t build a great economy. His failure to lead destroyed one,” that ad said.
The Trump campaign has also begun using to ramp up attacks against the former vice president, highlighting what the president’s camp says is Biden’s “friendly” stance on China.
At one point the president said China is “desperate” for Biden to win the election.
Amber-Lee Friis, a finalist in the Miss Universe New Zealand pageant, died on Monday. She was 23.
The New Zealand Police confirmed to People that they responded to a sudden death call on May 18, which was referred to the coroner.
Her cause of death is unknown, but The Daily Mail reports it was suicide.
Nigel Godfrey, CEO of Miss World New Zealand, confirmed Friis’ death in a memorial Facebook post on Tuesday.
“Tragically she passed away yesterday, the world is a lesser place without her in it,” he wrote. “She was a force to be reckoned with.”
“She was genuine, honest and she had an energy few others possess, her heart was most definitely in the right place. We liked and respected her and were very proud to call her a friend, long after the competition had finished,” said Godfrey. “RIP Amber Lee you have left us far, far too soon.”
Her talent agency also confirmed the death. “It is with immense sadness we acknowledge the sudden passing of a beautiful and talented Wahine Amber-lee Friis,” The Talent Tree wrote on Facebook. “Our sincere aroha and condolences to Amber-Lee’s family and friends. R.I.P beautiful lady,” they said, using a Māori word meaning love.
Friis competed in the 2018 Miss Universe New Zealand competition and was one of 20 finalists. She traveled to Thailand during her attempt at the crown, according to Stuff, a New Zealand-based news source.
“All these beautiful girls deserve a crown of some sort, you wouldn’t believe how many friends I have made. This journey was a once in a lifetime opportunity, I am forever grateful,” Friis wrote on her Facebook page in 2018 on the eve of the pageant’s finals. “My memories will last forever.”
The U.S.-Canada border crossing is seen amid the coronavirus outbreak in Lacolle, Quebec, on April 17.
For the most up-to-date COVID-19 information from the Canadian government please visit Canada.ca/COVID19
The novel coronavirus pandemic has offered no shortage of pretexts for Canadians to double down on their reliably consistent culture of crass America-bashing.
Canadian newspapers lay blame on American travelers for bringing the virus into Canada. Editorial pages favorably contrast Canada’s management of the pandemic to the supposed “chaos” of the United States. Brief cross-border spats, including a dispute over the supply of American face masks to Canada, prompt posturing from politicians such as Alberta Premier Jason Kenney, who took the opportunity to gratuitously scold the United States for having “sat out the first two or three years” of World War II, in order to imply inherent American duplicitousness. Pundits have written tendentious essays about how the pandemic provides the opportunity to “re-evaluate” the usefulness of Canada’s special relationship with the United States, while a coronavirus-themed Leger survey last month found only 34 percent of Canadians claiming to “trust” Americans amid the crisis.
To some Americans, all this may serve as evidence of just how seriously the United States — and the Trump administration in particular — have bungled their COVID-19 response. “Even Canada is turning against us!” they might say. A more accurate framing, however, would simply position such hostility as the predictable way a large number of Canadians will always react to the United States in moments of crisis.
It’s worth recalling, for instance, just how fierce Canadian anti-Americanism got in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, and the early years of the conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Shortly after the attacks, Noam Chomsky’s “9-11,” which minimized the significance of the attacks in favor of calling the United States “a leading terrorist state,” sprung to the top of Canada’s bestseller list and remained there for more than 50 weeks. A 2005 Innovative Research poll found that 38 percent of Canadians believed President George W. Bush was “more dangerous to world security” than Osama bin Laden. Another 17 percent were apparently unable to decide. By 2006, 53 percent of Canadians were blaming U.S. foreign policy for 9/11 while “more than one in five” believed the attacks were organized by the Americans themselves.
Such attitudes routinely drifted into politics. Sometimes it was flamboyant, as when a former Liberal member of parliament Carolyn Parrish was caught on a hot mic gripping “damn Americans … I hate those b*****ds” and later stomped on a George W. Bush doll.
Other times it was more subtle. Former Liberal prime ministers Jean Chretien and Paul Martin, who ruled from 1993 to 2006, we’re no strangers to employing anti-American rhetoric when it was politically useful, turning issues such as the Iraq War, a softwood lumber dispute and continental missile defense into populist campaign cries. It got so bad that even Canadian ambassador to the United States Frank McKenna — himself an onetime Liberal politician — felt the need to rebuke Ottawa’s gratingly “sanctimonious” rhetoric.
Polls and anecdotal reporting — such as a revealing 2005 article by an undercover Toronto Star reporter, or a vivid 2004 essay in The Post — illustrated a Canadian public making little effort to distinguish Americans as individuals from larger notions of “America” as an indefensible nation. The supposedly awful actions of the Bush government were seen not in isolation, but as the predictable outgrowth of a country inhabited by people most Canadians described as “violent,” “greedy” and “rude.”
Canadians are boastful of their tolerance, but the reliable way so many will rush toward the worst possible interpretation of any American event reminds that when it comes to the United States, the dominant Canadian disposition is often closer to a form of unthinking bigotry. When only 17 percent of Canadians call America “a country I’d be proud to live in” or when more Canadians rank the United States above North Korea as a country “standing out as a negative force in today’s world,” it’s clear we’re dealing with a perspective that’s not entirely rational.
Yet it’s worth pondering one real way Americans invite this sort of thing upon themselves.
In 2018, I wrote a column claiming Canadian anti-Americanism seemed to be declining, given how growing identity-based political causes like #MeToo and Black Lives Matter were making people on both sides of the border think about politics in a less country-centric way.
What I failed to appreciate, however, was American progressivism’s sharp uptick in self-loathing, in which the United States — one of the safest, most comfortable countries on Earth — is now routinely characterized by the American left as a hideous “failed state,” on the verge of imploding “into some sort of Mad Max hellscape,” as New York Times columnist Michelle Goldberg recently put it. Such commentary has only skyrocketed in the age of COVID-19.
Canadians have a little identity beyond what can be defined through contrast with American flaws, yet their understanding of these flaws tends to be heavily cribbed from U.S. sources. For those who desire the United States that is internally strong and respected abroad, with virtues that are accurately understood and appreciated, a growing danger is not merely that allies like Canada are irrationally anti-American, but that Americans are distressingly eager to encourage them.
Toronto police say, two boys, who are 15 and 17, have been charged with first-degree murder in connection with the shooting death of a tow truck driver.
A photo of Hashim Kinani, 23, of Toronto.
News of the charges came after emergency crews were called to an apartment building on Panorama Court, near Kipling Avenue and Finch Avenue West, on May 14 with reports of a shooting.
Police said 23-year-old Hashim Kinani was found in a tow truck with gunshot wounds and he died a short time later. Officers said a second man was shot and taken to hospital in life-threatening condition.
Homicide squad investigators said on Friday that it’s not believed Kinani’s death is connected to other shootings involving tow truck operators.
Officers said a 17-year-old boy was wanted for first-degree murder and attempted murder. He was temporarily identified under a special court order in accordance with the Youth Criminal Justice Act. A second unidentified male suspect was also wanted on the same charges.
In an update released Thursday evening, police said two suspects surrendered to police at 23 Division and charged. They are scheduled to appear in a Toronto court Friday morning.