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Trump's visit to Kenosha leaves city divided, Markey beats Kennedy and hero nurses

Convalescent plasma is not recommended to treat COVID-19, a government panel said Tuesday, less than 10 days after the FDA authorized its emergency use.
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President Donald Trump blamed "political violence" on "radical ideology" in Kenosha, Wisconsin on Tuesday.Evan Vucci / AP

Good morning, NBC News readers.

President Donald Trump's visit to Kenosha, Wisconsin, drew a mixed reaction, Sen. Ed Markey held off a Kennedy primary challenge in Massachusetts and convalescent plasma may not be a plausible treatment for COVID-19 after all.

Here's what we're watching this Wednesday morning.

How did Trump’s visit to Kenosha play out? Depends on who you talk to

President Trump's controversial visit to Kenosha, Wisconsin, on Tuesday may have intended to unite the city, but it only served to lay its divisions bare.

To many who live in Kenosha, NBC News' Janell Ross reports, Trump seemed interested only in making his own points, not in listening to their concerns. But to others, the president's visit was a welcome affirmation of the social order.

"Listening is one of the great strengths of a leader," said the Rev. Murry Wilson, an associate pastor at Second Baptist Church, one of Kenosha's predominantly Black congregations. "And what our president demonstrated by coming here today was not that."

But that's not how Jim Larsen, a white factory worker, saw Trump's tour of his city.

"It sends the right message about who is in charge and who needs to stand down, what kind of country this is supposed to be and how people ought to behave," he said.

But family members of Jacob Blake, the Black man whose shooting by police officers sparked many of the protests, weren't interested in the president's message.

"Trump has an agenda. It's hate and division and re-election," said his uncle Justin Blake. "But we have one, too, and that's justice for little Jake."

Markey fends off Kennedy in Massachusetts Senate primary that divided Democrats

Sen. Ed Markey on Tuesday held off a primary challenge from Rep. Joe Kennedy III in a race that divided progressive and establishment Democrats.

From a distance, the race appeared to be similar to others around the country where longtime Democratic politicians were ousted in primaries by younger, more progressive challengers. But different dynamics were in play in the Markey-Kennedy fight.

Kennedy, 39, wasn't considered more liberal than Markey and he hails from one of the country's most powerful political dynasties — his grandfather was Sen. Robert Kennedy, and JFK was his great-uncle.

Markey, 74, a longtime House member who was elected to the Senate in 2013, has his own progressive bona fides: He is one of the co-sponsors of the Green New Deal, which earned him the endorsement of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

Trump's 'plane loaded with thugs' conspiracy theory matches months-old rumor

The conspiracy theory that President Trump pushed Monday that a plane “almost completely loaded with thugs” had been set to disrupt the Republican National Convention was almost identical to a rumor that went viral on Facebook three months ago.

In an interview with Fox News host Laura Ingraham, Trump claimed that “we had somebody get on a plane from a certain city this weekend, and in the plane it was almost completely loaded with thugs, wearing these dark uniforms, black uniforms, with gear and this and that.”

He then claimed the matter was “under investigation right now.”

There is no evidence of any such flight. And the claim almost directly matches a viral Facebook post from June 1 that gained so much steam in Idaho that a police department issued a statement insisting it was "false information."

Opinion: Trump's love of unhinged conspiracy theories could help him with these 2020 voters, cultural historian Lynn Stuart Parramore writes in a THINK piece.

Convalescent plasma not recommended to treat COVID-19, government panel says

There is no solid evidence for or against recommending convalescent plasma to treat patients hospitalized with COVID-19, a government panel said Tuesday, less than 10 days after the Food and Drug Administration authorized emergency use of the treatment.

The COVID-19 Treatment Guidelines Panel, part of the National Institutes of Health, said it had reviewed all of the available research on convalescent plasma, including the FDA's analysis that led to its emergency use authorization.

"There are currently no data from well-controlled, adequately powered randomized clinical trials that demonstrate the efficacy and safety of convalescent plasma for the treatment of COVID-19," the group wrote online.

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