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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 RubioHillicon Valley: Senate Intelligence Committee leaders warn of Chinese threats to national security | Biden says China must play by 'international norms' | House Democrats use Markup app for leadership contest voting Trump campaigns as wild card in Georgia runoffs Rubio and Ocasio-Cortez spar on Twitter: 'Work more, tweet less' MORE (R-Fla.) says in a trailer for the series, referring to China. 

Several Republicans, including Sens. John BarrassoJohn Anthony BarrassoOVERNIGHT ENERGY: Barrasso to seek top spot on Energy and Natural Resources Committee | Forest Service finalizes rule weakening environmental review of its projects | Biden to enlist Agriculture, Transportation agencies in climate fight Senate advances energy regulator nominees despite uncertainty of floor vote Barrasso to seek top spot on Energy and Natural Resources Committee MORE (Wyo.), Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzGOP senators back Christian school's push for COVID-19 carve-out Senate committee approves nominations of three FEC commissioners Cruz urges Supreme Court to take up Pennsylvania election challenge MORE (Texas) and Marsha BlackburnMarsha BlackburnGOP senator gets into nasty Twitter spat with Chinese journalist Republican senators introduce bill to protect government workers from being targeted at home Time to bring federal employees home for every holiday 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 John TrumpAppeals court OKs White House diverting military funding to border wall construction Pentagon: Tentative meeting between spy agencies, Biden transition set for early next week Conservative policy director calls Section 230 repeal an 'existential threat' for tech 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 ToomeyGovernment used Patriot Act to gather website visitor logs in 2019 Appeals court rules NSA's bulk phone data collection illegal Dunford withdraws from consideration to chair coronavirus oversight panel 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 BidenAppeals court OKs White House diverting military funding to border wall construction Federal student loan payment suspension extended another month Pentagon: Tentative meeting between spy agencies, Biden transition set for early next week 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.