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Weekend update: Man fired after exposing pro-Trump boss’ apparent threat and more

Here's what you may have missed this weekend.

Oct 26, 2020, 6:39 am*

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Eilish O'Sullivan 

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A Texas man made a chilling YouTube video of himself right before allegedly ambushing and killing his estranged wife. Here's what else caught our attention this weekend:

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  • Man fired after exposing boss’ apparent threat should Biden win
  • Old Biden tweet about a pandemic under Trump resurfaces—a year later
  • Where does coronavirus rank among the deadliest pandemics?

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Man fired after exposing boss’ apparent threat should Biden win

A man was fired after speaking out about his boss' apparent threat to lay workers off “if Biden and the Democrats win.”

Stan Smith was featured in a video, speaking with WESH 2 News in Orlando, about the letter he received with his paycheck from his boss, Daniels Manufacturing Corporation President George Daniels. “if Biden and the Democrats win, DMC could be forced to begin permanent layoffs beginning in late 2020 and/or early 202,” read a portion of it.

Smith was fired, and he believes it’s because he spoke out in the video. 

Daniels, who has personally contributed $600,000 to Trump, pro-Trump PACs, and other Republicans this election cycle, is not the first person to get accused of attempting to wield their power to seemingly intimidate prospective Democratic voters.

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A landlord also recently went viral after threatening to double his tenants’ rent if Biden wins. Wondering if the threat was legal, residents of the Colorado trailer park emailed the landlord’s letter to Local NBC affiliate 9 News, which first reported on its existence. 

“Please understand IF Joe Biden is elected as our next President, everything you do and have to pay for will change completely,” the letter read. “Everything will be increased. Like paying ALOT more in taxes, utilities, gasoline, groceries, new permits, fees, and regulations…everything! This also means YOUR RENT will be increased to cover these expenses. Most likely, rent would DOUBLE in price!”

“If Trump wins, we all win. If Biden wins, we all lose. VOTE on November 3, 2020,” it ended. 

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Information regarding that letter was sent to the attorney general’s office. It remains unclear, however, if an investigation is underway. 

—Eilish O'Sullivan, news wire editor


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RESURFACED WARNING

Old Biden tweet about a pandemic under Trump resurfaces—a year later

Twitter users are sharing a tweet made by Joe Biden exactly one year ago that warned America was not prepared for a pandemic under President Donald Trump. The tweet, which has since been shared more than 65,000 times, was unwittingly a harbinger for things to come prior to the coronavirus pandemic.

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Read the full report here.

—Mikael Thalen, contributing writer


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Where does coronavirus rank among the deadliest pandemics?

With a current count of more than 41 million cases and 1.1 million deaths around the world from the coronavirus, it’s increasingly likely that you know someone who has become infected. But how does the coronavirus compare to other global pandemics through history? Where does it rank on the list of deadliest pandemics in history? 

Here’s an overview of the five deadliest pandemics in human history. 

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—Phil West, contributing writer and editor


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*First Published: Oct 26, 2020, 3:00 am