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Senate GOP to drop documentary series days before election hitting China, Democrats over coronavirus

Senate Republicans will release a documentary series hitting China and congressional Democrats over the coronavirus pandemic just days before the election.

The conference on Friday teased a trailer for the five-part series on its Twitter page, saying it will feature “never-before-seen footage” and interviews with several GOP senators. 

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“When a virus starts in a country that is refusing to share information, it sets you back,” Sen. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioThe unflappable Liz Cheney: Why Trump Republicans have struggled to crush her  Crist launches bid for Florida governor, seeking to recapture his old job The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by ExxonMobil - Trump, Cheney trade jabs MORE (R-Fla.) says in a trailer for the series, referring to China. 

Several Republicans, including Sens. John BarrassoJohn Anthony BarrassoRepublican seeks to use Obama energy policies to criticize Biden  EPA proposes major rule to reduce certain greenhouse gases Republicans hammer Biden on infrastructure while administration defends plan MORE (Wyo.), Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzThe unflappable Liz Cheney: Why Trump Republicans have struggled to crush her  The Memo: The GOP's war is already over — Trump won Hawley says Cheney 'spiraling,' 'out-of-step' amid Trump backlash MORE (Texas) and Marsha BlackburnMarsha BlackburnThe Memo: Trump's critics face wrath of GOP base Will Biden's NASA win the space race with China? Hillicon Valley: Parler app risks charges of selling out with Apple return | Justices hear First Amendment clash over cheerleader's Snapchat | Google pressed to conduct racial equity audit MORE (Tenn.), also say Democrats were “obsessed” with impeachment in the early months of the pandemic, and Cruz accuses them of being “much more focused on attacking the president" than tackling the coronavirus pandemic.

Lawmakers in the series will also praise President TrumpDonald TrumpCaitlyn Jenner on Hannity touts Trump: 'He was a disruptor' Ivanka Trump doubles down on vaccine push with post celebrating second shot Conservative Club for Growth PAC comes out against Stefanik to replace Cheney MORE’s response to the pandemic, noting that he closed most travel from China and that many businesses were shut down, though those efforts were spearheaded by state governments. 

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“For the first time in the history of the country, we had a government that shut down the economy,” says Sen. Pat ToomeyPatrick (Pat) Joseph ToomeySasse rebuked by Nebraska Republican Party over impeachment vote Philly GOP commissioner on censures: 'I would suggest they censure Republican elected officials who are lying' Toomey censured by several Pennsylvania county GOP committees over impeachment vote MORE (Pa.). 

The series — premiering Oct. 28 and titled “The Invisible Enemy" — looks to defend Trump on what is emerging as the defining issue of the election. Polls have shown the majority of voters disapprove of the way the president has handled the pandemic as cases across the country spike.

Trump has come under withering criticism from Democrats over the spread of COVID-19 across the country, with lawmakers saying the White House did not take serious enough action early on to blunt the virus’s spread.

"Learning to live with it?" Democratic presidential nominee Joe BidenJoe BidenCaitlyn Jenner on Hannity touts Trump: 'He was a disruptor' Argentina launches 'Green Mondays' campaign to cut greenhouse gases On The Money: Federal judge vacates CDC's eviction moratorium | Biden says he's open to compromise on corporate tax rate | Treasury unsure of how long it can stave off default without debt limit hike MORE said at Thursday’s debate after Trump said people were adjusting to life with the pandemic. "People are learning to die with it."

It’s unclear how much impact the series will have given a spike in early voting, with millions of people having already mailed in their ballots or visited early voting polling places.