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Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms told CNN's "State of the Union" on Sunday that President Trump's low-turnout rally in Tulsa on Saturday was "an embarrassment," denouncing the president for failing to address the racial tensions that have gripped the country over the last few weeks.

Why it matters: Bottoms, one of the candidates to be Joe Biden's running mate, is dealing firsthand with the fallout from the killing of a black man by police in her city of Atlanta. She accused Trump of using the rally to continue "to try and divide us" and employing rhetoric that "really inflames the worst in people."

What she's saying: "My first response was that I hope that this is a preview for November. That finally, people are recognizing that this man is a danger to our country, a danger to our democracy and he should not be the president of the United States of America," Bottoms said.

  • "The fact that he was even in Oklahoma during the Juneteenth celebration, the site of the worst racial massacre in this country's history, I mean, it speaks to who he his."
  • "No recognition and concern that where we are with COVID-19, and no concern about what it would mean for people who are gathering in these large numbers. He doesn't get it."

Addressing claims that Trump was joking when he said that he asked officials to slow down coronavirus testing, Bottoms responded: "This is no time to joke. Even if it were a joke, which it was not, it was an inappropriate joke. Do you think the people — the 120,000 families out there who are missing their loved ones — thought it was funny?"

The big picture: Saturday's rally was Trump's first in months after in-person campaigning was put on hold during the coronavirus pandemic.

  • He had predicted massive crowds and promised a "wild evening," but the event saw rows of empty seats and failed to fill its overflow spaces, causing Trump and Vice President Mike Pence to cancel their outdoor programming.
  • Trump has also drawn backlash for hosting the rally without social distancing requirements. The campaign did require temperature checks and provided masks, but did not require attendees to wear them.

Go deeper: Trump advisers brace for recriminations over lackluster crowd at Tulsa rally

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The top Republicans who aren't voting for Trump in 2020

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Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan said last week that he cannot support President Trump's re-election.

Why it matters: Hogan, a moderate governor in a blue state, joins other prominent Republicans who have publicly said they will either not vote for Trump's re-election this November or will back Biden.

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The winners and losers of the pandemic holiday season

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

The pandemic has upended Thanksgiving and the shopping season that the holiday kicks off, creating a new crop of economic winners and losers.

The big picture: Just as it has exacerbated inequality in every other facet of American life, the coronavirus pandemic is deepening inequities in the business world, with the biggest and most powerful companies rapidly outpacing the smaller players.

Coronavirus cases rose 10% in the week before Thanksgiving

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Data: The COVID Tracking Project, state health departments; Map: Andrew Witherspoon, Sara Wise/Axios

The daily rate of new coronavirus infections rose by about 10 percent in the final week before Thanksgiving, continuing a dismal trend that may get even worse in the weeks to come.

Why it matters: Travel and large holiday celebrations are most dangerous in places where the virus is spreading widely — and right now, that includes the entire U.S.