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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 RubioRubio: Biden 'talking like a centrist' but governing 'from the radical left' The Hill's Morning Report - Biden's crisis agenda hits headwinds Limbaugh falsely says Biden didn't win legitimately while reacting to inauguration MORE (R-Fla.) says in a trailer for the series, referring to China. 

Several Republicans, including Sens. John BarrassoJohn Anthony BarrassoOVERNIGHT ENERGY: Biden EPA asks Justice Dept. to pause defense of Trump-era rules | Company appeals rejection of Pebble Mine | Energy pick Granholm to get hearing Wednesday Nomination hearing for Biden Energy pick Granholm set for Wednesday Trump impeachment article being sent to Senate Monday MORE (Wyo.), Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzEthics complaint filed against Biggs, Cawthorn and Gosar over Capitol riot Hawley, Cruz see approval ratings dip in wake of Capitol riot: poll For Biden, a Senate trial could aid bipartisanship around COVID relief MORE (Texas) and Marsha BlackburnMarsha BlackburnThe Hill's Morning Report - Biden takes office, calls for end to 'uncivil war' Senate confirms Biden's intel chief, giving him first Cabinet official Colbert asks Republicans 'have you had enough?' in live show after Capitol violence 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 TrumpMcCarthy says he told Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene he disagreed with her impeachment articles against Biden Biden, Trudeau agree to meet next month Trump planned to oust acting AG to overturn Georgia election results: report 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 BidenMcCarthy says he told Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene he disagreed with her impeachment articles against Biden Biden, Trudeau agree to meet next month Fauci infuriated by threats to family 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.