Trump Again Bashes Governors Of Washington And Michigan Over Coronavirus
“Don’t call,” the president told Vice President Pence of the governors as the states battle the growing pandemic.
1. New York Coronavirus Death Toll Jumps By 134 Overnight
2. 10 Of Trump’s Most Damaging Coronavirus Lies
President Donald Trump has a well-established reputation for lying, having told upwards of 16,240 falsehoods in his first three years in office. So it’s predictable that, when confronted with a coronavirus pandemic Trump spent weeks downplaying instead of preparing the country to face, the lies would flow.
Words have consequences, and the president’s torrent of prior falsehoods has doubtless caused damage. Much of it, however, is hard to quantify. Did his lies about Hurricane Maria aid to Puerto Rico affect how much his government actually sent to the island? Did his groundless claim that windmills cause cancer affect the renewable energy industry? Did his Sharpie-altered hurricane forecast cause Alabama residents to flee into danger?
But the damage Trump is causing with his coronavirus mistruths is more immediate. In some cases, Trump’s falsehoods are contributing to people’s deaths.
Below, 10 of Trump’s most damaging coronavirus false claims:
- “Anybody that needs a test gets a test.”
Trump has regularly and grossly overstated U.S. coronavirus testing capacity. “Anybody that needs a test gets a test,” Trump said on March 6. “We — they’re there. They have the tests. And the tests are beautiful. Anybody that needs a test gets a test.”
By March 8, two days later, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention had conducted around 1,700 tests. The test shortage persists to this day.
Why is this a problem?
It’s impossible to know where the coronavirus has spread if we’re incapable of testing people who think they have symptoms. And if we don’t know where it’s spreading and how fast, we can’t mobilize scarce resources like ventilators and personal protective equipment in advance of major outbreaks. That’s how you end up with nurses using trash bags as PPE, and dying because of it.
A lack of test kits ― and pretending it’s not a problem ― puts everyone at risk.
2. “Within a couple of days [the number of positive cases is] going to be down to close to zero.”
As he pivoted from outright dismissal of a problem he said would “miraculously” go away and began acknowledging the coronavirus was something to deal with, Trump still downplayed the threat.
“When you have 15 [positive] people, and the 15 within a couple of days is going to be down to close to zero,” he said on Feb. 26. “That’s a pretty good job we’ve done.”
Why is this a problem?
Conveying the truth about the pandemic’s threat may have emphasized the importance of early social distancing and stay-at-home orders that experts say are critical in slowing the spread of the coronavirus.
3. “This is their new hoax.”
At a Feb. 28 rally in South Carolina, Trump accused Democrats of politicizing his lackluster coronavirus response, which he proclaimed was “one of the great jobs.”
“This is their new hoax,” he said. “We have 15 [coronavirus-positive] people in this massive country and because of the fact that we went early, we went early, we could have had a lot more than that.”
Why is this a problem?
The same day the CDC urged the country take “aggressive measures” to “prevent widespread transmission of the virus,” the president undercut the message with a much larger megaphone.
Trump’s politicizing of the problem likely led to many of his supporters failing to see the virus as a serious public health issue, and choosing not to take steps to prevent the spread.
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There are 35,000 + cases of COVID-19 in the United States as of March 23, 2020….
1. U.S. intelligence reports from January and February warned about a likely pandemic
Intelligence agencies “have been warning on this since January,” said a U.S. official who had access to intelligence reporting that was disseminated to members of Congress and their staffs as well as to officials in the Trump administration, and who, along with others, spoke on the condition of anonymity to describe sensitive information.
3. Coronavirus patient shows encouraging immune system fightback
Yes, I have been in touch with many of you for so long I feel your friendship. I am wishing and hoping you are all well and dealing with the difficulties and the sadness of these moments with strength, fortitude, and compassion. I know it is a burden, perhaps among the most burdensome periods of our lives. Rest assured that this too will end.
Sadly, we would not be in such extremis had the administration informed us two months previous and prepared for this onslaught. This uncaring, devious, and murderous act is unforgivable. In times of war such war crimes are prosecuted and perpetrators punished. The mad Trump has declared this his war and he is viewed as a war criminal among the people.
Now, that the hospitals, the testing, the health of the populace has been usurped by a deranged despot, we are faced with what to do. Our elected officials are empowered to help (but help who). The mad despot is empowered with grabbed authority, greater than Hitler or Stalin in their early (first three years in power) days.
We are a law-abiding people and, though the administration defies all the laws, we must act lawfully – what to do? – Apply the most extreme pressure and influence on your representatives in government, federal government (the congress – the courts – the servants of the administration from the top of the rulers to the smallest cogs in the wheel. You have been abandoned to illness, poverty, and possible death. Wake up and resist lawfully. The state governments have considerable power under the constitution. Reach out to them as well before that power and state rights are usurped as well. If you miss this moment, we risk the loss of all America has ever stood for and should be – a leader among nations working in cooperation fostering Democracy and wellbeing.
Now to the first current issue at hand. The administration’s greed and congress’s approval of financial grants to special interests sponsored by the Trump administration. These issues need addressing on your part – TODAY – Don’t miss the boat – it’s leaking and will sink if you don’t come to its aid.
First: Trump is using the illness and distress to further his plans to stifle voters and to line his and his “friends” pockets. This is NOW – Monday – not next month.
There are proposals on the table ranging from $1 trillion to $2 trillion. In addition, the $3 trillion already injected into the banking, hedge fund, and financial industry as a whole. Of that $5 trillion all of $500 billion is designated to go to the people who are the backbone of this nation, the 70% of the population who’s income per family averages $50,000 per year. That is 10% of the allocated tax payer funds that will go to the back bone of the population. 90% goes to special interests such as hotels – they have fired their employees – they should get subsides only upon successful conversion to hospitals. Golf courses and similar recreational facilities, they are closed and have fired their employees. Reopen them when the world is healthy again – now the money can be used better elsewhere. Boeing – the world’s airlines are grounded no more planes needed. Close all but the sacred war machine facilities. They have fired their workforce already. Banks – close all but the banking businesses during the time of class struggle – the rest is simply a speculative machine not necessary and not a valid part of providing banking services to the nation. Protect depositors – keep real banking functions but DON’T finance further speculative pursuits put in place by the Clinton administration.
All special interest bailouts should be resisted. Only those companies useful to the entirety of the populace should get assistance. The survival and wellbeing of our people is what is at stake. Later, we can worry about what to rebuild and how.
Money should go to medicine (produced without profit by the pharmaceutical companies), to doctors, nurses, hospitals, test equipment – all of the infrastructure needed to cure the present ills – NOT TO THE PERPETRATOR.
Last but not least, apply maximum pressure to the cabinet members to dismiss Trump as president. They have the right and the duty if he is unfit to lead. That won’t take a lot of reason and proof.
Act now – reach out. Share this now if you can. We need to mobilize in a lawful manner now.