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This Deep Red State Admits: We’re in Deep COVID Trouble

Thomas Wells/The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal via AP

The mayor of Tupelo, Mississippi, can’t find just one thing to blame for a resurgent coronavirus ravaging his state these days. 

But he’s clear that it starts at the top. 

To Jason Shelton, the approach taken by President Donald Trump, and the politicizing of the pandemic, is where the problem began. Then it trickled down to the president’s followers, like the state’s GOP governor, who Shelton described as having emulated Trump’s behavior and words toward COVID-19 during the public health crisis. 

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