’He Is Not An April Fool’s Joke’
(1 Apr 2020)
Bear with me as I build today’s entry.
Let’s travel back in time to see how Crooked Drumpf brought us here.
I watched NBC, CBS, and BBC broadcast TV news this morning.
American broadcast TV network news showed video of Putin and the hospital Coronavirus doctor shaking hands, palling around medical clinic. The voice-over reported that that physician had Coronavirus, maybe Putin.
I skimmed through my video recording in case I have it. Here’s the quote:
‘When even a handshake makes news. Putin finds himself at the center of Coronavirus concern. Russia has begun airlifting humanitarian aid to the United States; Kremlin expects America to reciprocate. Putin may have been exposed to Coronavirus. With a handshake, Putin met with Dr. Proksenko (spelling?) one week ago to inspect the Coronavirus hospital. The doctor tests positive for Coronavirus. The doctor and Putin spent the entire afternoon in close contact. Russia is locking down. Kremlin says Putin is fine. Russia is built around Putin, any news that Putin’s health is at risk makes Russia nervous. Russia news about Coronavirus includes that it is an American biological weapon. To fight Coronavirus, Russia is shutting down.’
– BBC News (1 Apr 2020)
More news – this is not April Fools:
‘Drumpf says to prepare for 240.000 deaths by the time this is over after he downplayed this crisis for months. He said the virus is not as bad just weeks ago. ‘
– CBS News (1 Apr 2020)
‘Americans are told to stay at home quarantine. The USS Roosevelt crew of more than 5000 are on quarantine, 100 tested positive for Coronavirus. Drumpf projects 240.000 could die from Coronavirus. Social Distancing is making a difference. Stores that are still open must take more precautions. The number of infections is soaring, over 3600 lives lost, and just beginning. The healthcare system is overrun, resources are limited. Long lines at food banks. Employees organise sick-outs demanding better workplace safety and sick leave. Drumpf is warning 240.000 Coronavirus deaths in the next few weeks. The flood of Coronavirus cases continues to grow. The epidemic is far from over. There are spikes of deaths. Market sell-off in the wake of the worst First Quarter on record; Dow fell more than 23%. The rate of the rise of Coronavirus in the South is off the charts.’
– NBC News (1 Apr 2020)
‘Waging ‘War’ on the invisible enemy. Drumpf is warning to brace for the tidal wave of death in the next two weeks. Take up ‘Extreme Social Distancing’. The US could see 200.000 deaths. Early action in Washington and California slowed their rate. There is a move for all Americans to wear a mask in public. There’s no Magic Bullet to Flatten the Curve. Stay away from other people. Two million people are projected to die if we do nothing, about 200.000 deaths if we stay home for the next 30 days. Aircraft Carrier Roosevelt is asking for help after dozens of his crew have tested positive for Coronavirus. Coronavirus cases has been climbing sharply in the military – now nearly 700. Pray for Coronavirus to end. God brings judgement on the world. ‘
– Pat Robertson, -Drumpf (his CBN ‘700 Club’ TV show, 1 Apr 2020)
From social media:
(1 Apr 2020):
I didn’t see the briefing but saw this. Any truth to it?
“If you’re not watching Trump’s nightly Coronavirus shitfest, he’s the summary:
He started out by accusing nurses of hoarding or stealing face masks.
Trump: “There is something going on. I don’t know if it is hoarding. It is maybe worse than hoarding … for years, 10 to 20,000 masks. Okay. It’s a New York City hospital. It’s packed all the time. How do you go from 10 to 20 to 300,000? 10 to 20,000 masks, to 300,000 … even though this is different. Something is going on. And you ought to look into it as reporters. Where are the masks going? Are they going out the back door? How do you go from 10,000 to 300,000? Uh, and we have that in a lot of different places. So … somebody should probably look into that, ’cause I just don’t see from a practical standpoint how that’s possible to go from that to that, and we have that happening in numerous places…”
He then accused hospitals of “hoarding” ventilators.
He does this several times throughout the briefing, Suggesting New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, and medical personnel, specifically nurses, are conspiring to overinflate the number of ventilators and masks needed.
Again, he does this more than once.
Trump then admits there actually ARE shortages, but blames Obama. Saying that it’s like how the military was out of bullets when he took over. None of this has any basis in reality whatsoever, but the toadies in the background are all nodding like this is fact.
This is beyond gaslighting.
This is a radioactive gas cloud.
This is like watching the Soviet government press briefings about Chernobyl, when the reactor was still burning and the Russians didn’t realize we could actually SEE it from orbit and that radiation meters were sounding the alarm over half the planet.
Trump then talks about immigrants and how keeping them out of America probably prevented us from getting the plague and everybody behind him has this carefully practiced expressionless Soviet face on, and then bizarrely Trump randomly pivots to explaining how he didn’t know until TODAY that 2.2 MILLION AMERICANS will likely die if we don’t maintain social distancing — even though that number was specifically briefed IN FRONT of him two weeks ago on national TV.
Naturally, now that Trump is suddenly aware of the probability of 2.2 MILLION DEATHS, he never said he was going to order America back to work by Easter. That was, uh, um, well, you see, um, just “aspirational.”
The man who always speaks bluntly, is suddenly talking in metaphor and parable.
A QANN “reporter” asks Trump why his approval ratings are so high, is it because he’s so awesome? Trump admits that he is.
Someone else asks about Americans facing eviction on April 1st. Trump says “I think landlords will take it easy.”
Trump goes after reporter Yacmiche Alcindor for daring to ask about his repeated attacks on various governors. Trump angrily says, “We sent thousands of generators to New York … the people in New York never distribute it the generators.”
It takes a minute to figure out that when Trump says “generators” he probably means “ventilators.” He does this repeatedly.
A reporter asks why Florida has 100% of their requests for supplies from the national strategic stockpile filled, but Massachusetts has not? Instead of answering, Trump says: “I was on the call yesterday with the governors and they were happy with the job we are doing.”
The governors, who he noted the day before, he refuses to call. He was on the phone with them. They’re happy he says, despite the fact that he was just this morning talking about how they’re not happy and they should be.
Trump then segues into: “The biggest problem was the test didn’t work. That was not from us. That has been there a long time” and suggests that the fault lies with Obama.
The tests in question were developed by the CDC, WITHIN THE LAST 3 MONTHS. Literally since the beginning of THIS year. Obama has been out of office for nearly 4 years now.
Then, bizarrely — or not, given that this the new normal — Trump says: “You will see drugs being used like nobody has ever used them before, and people are going to be dying all over the place.”
I thought at first he was talking about his repeated claims about untested drugs as a cure for the coronavirus. You know, aquarium cleaner. But, instead, he was talking about drug ABUSE. Not sure by who, but you can probably guess. You know what happens when “those” people stay home with nothing to do.
A CNN reporter tries to get Trump back to his comments about the governors of blue states having to be more “appreciative.” Trump screams at him, “YOUR STATEMENT IS A LIE!”
The reporter was LITERALLY quoting Trump’s own statement.
Literally quoting Trump.
Trump called those words a lie. I mean, he’s not wrong, but still…
As proof of this, Trump starts bragging about how his press briefings are getting better ratings than The Bachelor and Monday Night Football.
“The enemy is death,” declares Trump.
And we’re done. Thanks for coming everybody. Hope to see you all tomorrow for another exciting episode of “Reality TV President!”
‘Sailors do not need to die’: Captain of aircraft carrier hit by coronavirus outbreak begs Navy for more help
firstname.lastname@example.org (Ryan Pickrell)
(31 Mar 2020)
The commanding officer of the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt, which was forced into port in Guam because of a coronavirus outbreak, said in a letter to the Navy on Monday that “the spread of the disease is ongoing and accelerating.”
“Sailors do not need to die. If we do not act now, we are failing to properly take care of our most trusted asset — our Sailors,” Capt. Brett Crozier wrote in the letter, which was exclusively obtained by the San Francisco Chronicle.
He called on the Navy to find rooms off the ship to isolate almost the entire crew, a drastic measure the captain said was necessary to achieve a clean ship.
The commanding officer of a deployed aircraft carrier hit by a coronavirus outbreak is pleading with the US Navy for help, pushing the service to isolate all crew members off the ship, the San Francisco Chronicle reported on Tuesday.
The Navy had reported three coronavirus cases aboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt last Tuesday, and the number of cases spiked to more than 30 by Friday, Fox News reported at the time. The Chronicle reported that there were now over 100 cases aboard the carrier.
The ship was forced into port in Guam, where the Navy is testing the entire crew for the virus. The Navy has insisted that the ship remains operationally capable.
“The spread of the disease is ongoing and accelerating,” Capt. Brett Crozier, the carrier’s commanding officer, wrote in a letter to the Navy exclusively obtained by the Chronicle.
A source aboard the ship told the Chronicle that as many as 150 to 200 sailors had COVID-19, the illness caused by the virus.
There are two possible end states for the Roosevelt, the captain wrote in his letter.
It could “maximize warfighting readiness and capacity as quickly as possible,” he wrote, adding: “We go to war with the force we have and fight sick. We never achieve a COVID-free TR. There will be losses to the virus.”
Or, he said, the Navy could take “immediate and decisive action” to achieve a clean ship.
“We are not at war,” Crozier told the Navy. “Sailors do not need to die. If we do not act now, we are failing to properly take care of our most trusted asset — our Sailors.”
Crozier called for isolating most of the carrier’s nearly 5,000 crew members off the ship, acknowledging that doing so might be considered an “extraordinary measure.” He said that keeping thousands “of young men and women on board the TR is an unnecessary risk and breaks faith with those sailors entrusted to our care.”
The captain said that the current strategy, which involves removing only a few sailors, “will only slow the spread” and “will not achieve virus eradication on any timeline.”
He argued that the Navy’s focus on testing over proper quarantining was inappropriate and said he was requesting “all available resources to find NAVADMIN and CDC compliant quarantine rooms for my entire crew as soon as possible.”
A Navy official told Insider that the Roosevelt’s commanding officer “alerted leadership in the Pacific Fleet” of “continuing challenges in isolating the virus.”
“The ship’s commanding officer advocated for housing more members of the crew in facilities that allow for better isolation,” the official said. “Navy leadership is moving quickly to take all necessary measures to ensure the health and safety of the crew of USS Theodore Roosevelt, and is pursuing options to address the concerns raised by the commanding officer.”
Trump’s Coronavirus Claim Is His Biggest Lie Yet – And It Could Be Working
He bankrupted casinos but sold voters on his business acumen anyway. Now he needs America to forget he downplayed coronavirus for two months.
(31 Mar 2020)
‘Spread of coronavirus is fast and furious and getting worse. Americans will see millions of cases and a hundred thousand dead. Schools are closed. People are isolated. Drumpf has abandoned opening the economy and extended Social Distancing til April 30th.
– NBC News (30 Mar 2020)
Limiting US COVID-19 Deaths to 100,000 Is Trump’s Idea of Doing a “Good Job”
President Trump meets with supply chain distributors regarding the COVID-19 pandemic in the Cabinet Room in the West Wing at the White House, on March 29, 2020.
Jake Johnson, Common Dreams
March 30, 2020
Just over a month after proclaiming that the number of coronavirus cases in the United States would soon “be down to close to zero,” President Donald Trump said during a press briefing on the White House lawn Sunday that limiting U.S. deaths from the pandemic to between 100,000 and 200,000 people would mean his administration and the country as a whole did “a very good job.”
Speaking as the death toll from the novel coronavirus climbed above 2,300 in the U.S. — which has the most confirmed cases of the virus in the world — Trump cited recent research warning that 2.2 million people in the U.S. could die from COVID-19 if the nation’s government and population take no action to mitigate the threat.
“You’re talking about 2.2 million deaths, 2.2 million people from this,” the president said. “And so, if we can hold that down, as we’re saying, to 100,000 — that’s a horrible number — maybe even less, but to 100,000, so we have between 100- and 200,000, we all together have done a very good job.”
Replying to @sparksjls
“If we have between 100,000 and 200,000 we’ve all together done a very good job,” Trump says, about up to 200,000 Americans dying of #COVID19.
6:01 PM – Mar 29, 2020 · Washington, DC
Critics condemned Trump’s remarks as remarkably cruel and callous, particularly coming from someone who has repeatedly downplayed the threat of the virus — at one point suggesting it was a “new hoax” perpetrated by the Democratic Party — and urged Americans to get back to work despite warnings from medical professionals.
“There really are no words for this level of insensitivity and inhumanity. A serial killer would be jealous,” said Charles Idelson of National Nurses United in response to Trump’s comments.
Others reacted with similar alarm and disgust:
JFC. The president is holding out 100,000 US DEATHS as a metric of *success*. Completely terrifying. https://twitter.com/ddale8/status/1244389653324668929 …
Trump, reframing the crisis, says he’s now seen a study that shows 2.2 million people could’ve died if they did nothing, so “if we can hold that down to 100,000…maybe even less,” it’d show they did a “good job.”
3:32 PM – Mar 29, 2020
One month ago, Trump told Americans that there would soon be zero coronavirus cases in the United States. Now he’s saying he will claim victory if 100,000 Americans die. https://twitter.com/ddale8/status/1244389653324668929 …
Trump, reframing the crisis, says he’s now seen a study that shows 2.2 million people could’ve died if they did nothing, so “if we can hold that down to 100,000…maybe even less,” it’d show they did a “good job.”
3:42 PM – Mar 29, 2020
Trump announced Sunday that the White House is extending federal social distancing guidelines to at least April 30, a retreat from the president’s insistence last week that the country could be “rarin’ to go” by Easter — April 12.
Noting the president’s rapidly shifting goalposts, CNN reporter Daniel Dale tweeted late Sunday, “Trump has come a long way from the 15-cases-but-we’re-going-down-to-zero.”
Jake Johnson is a staff writer for Common Dreams. Follow him on Twitter: @johnsonjakep.
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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo speaks to the media at the Javits Convention Center, which is being turned into a hospital to help fight coronavirus cases
One major Coronavirus player was reported dead from Coronavirus – Right-wing Republi-con Christian Con-servative preacher Landon Spradlin.
‘Coronavirus is a Democrat Hoax!’ Remember?
Spradlin is the Hoax. He’s not dead.
He fled to a private island retreat. He’s hiding out. He went to join Epstein, Lay, and other notorious Republi-cons, Drumpfians, and Deplorables. That’s where they travelled to evade their tax bill – to flee potential prosecution for failing to pay taxes on their windfall profits running scam religions and swindling clients.
Spradlin was with the others, he is seeing the increased likelihood that Drumpf will lose re-election, that the Democratic Party in charge of the President and Congress will hound him and other Drumpfian and Deplorable loyalists with investigation and prosecution for their crimes, for all the money that they owe to the American taxpayer.
Expect to see others doing more of these ‘deaths’ if it appears that Drumpf could lose the Election and the Democratic Party President is going for the jugular against Drumpfian and Deplorable loyalists.
Pastor Who Claimed Covid-19 ‘Hysteria’ Was Plot Against Trump Dies From Virus
MARCH 26, 2020 BY MICHAEL STONE
Religious Ignorance Kills: Landon Spradlin, a Virginia pastor who claimed the “mass hysteria” around the coronavirus pandemic was part of a media plot against Trump, has died from the virus.
ABC News reports:
Landon Spradlin’s family never got to say goodbye.
The 66-year-old father and husband from Virginia died due to complications from COVID-19 on Wednesday morning in North Carolina.
While on the way home from a mission trip, Spradlin collapsed and was taken to a hospital in Concord, North Carolina. He was eventually put on a ventilator as his condition worsened.
According to reports, Spradlin, a 66-year-old Christian “musical evangelist,” fell ill while on a missionary trip to New Orleans with his wife.
Friendly Atheist reports Spradlin went to New Orleans to “wash it from its Sin and debauchery.”
On his Facebook page Spradlin shared a misleading meme attempting to minimize COVID-19, comparing the virus to the swine flu, and suggesting that the response to the coronavirus pandemic was media created “mass hysteria” to damage Trump.
Bottom line: Landon Spradlin, a Virginia pastor who claimed the “mass hysteria” around the response to the coronavirus pandemic was part of a media plot against Trump, has died from the virus.
Andrew Moe Johnston
(29 Mar 2020):
Trump has convinced millions upon millions that News is fake, because of that millions of people now think this is fake….many deaths will be attributed to him, one thing is clear if you have chosen Trump , he has not chosen you to live, he has lead you to your demise , as a result Trump supporters are putting at risk many millions of people, so sad, you turned politics into a joke, and the joke is on you, but this is no fucken joke, in history every great country falls……always because of the same reason, they did not follow truth, they followed some disillusioned man……
‘The number of cases in America has skyrocketed to 125.000 cases this morning. Cities are bracing for impact. Drumpf wants to open the country by Easter. ‘ ‘This is pure Drumpf. He’s always calling the shots. He always has an enemy. He’s appealing to his Base, no matter what. It’s the Democrats fault. It’s The Media’s fault. It’s the Governor in Michigan’s fault. It’s whoever’s fault. That’s pure Drumpf. He’s attacking. He’s blaming the entire crisis on the Democrats, on the News Media. He sees this as ‘The Drumpf Show’. Even in this crisis. With that California cruise ship, he didn’t want it to come ashore because it would ruin his numbers. There’s a lot of his self-congratulations. You know how bad the testing situation remains. It’s not working. Drumpf floats ideas, then takes them back. You see through Drumpf. He’s always obsessed. He cares how he is perceived. The dangers of Drumpf’s War on the Truth – Drumpf has undermined truth. Drumpf undermined credibility.’
– ABC News ‘This Week’ (29 Mar 2020)
‘Drumpf says to open up the country, the economy, by Easter. Drumpf put out a Signing Statement saying that he will only allow his Inspector General to report to Congress under Presidential Supervision; that violates the legislation. We’re gonna see Un-employment at 20%, GDP at -24%. We may have to live with that. Coronavirus spreads throughout the United States, a second wave. The astonishing spread of Coronavirus. ‘ (Wallace)
– Fox News ‘Sunday’ (29 Mar 2020)
‘The US is losing the battle against the Coronavirus. There are unprecedented efforts around the world. Three million un-employed in a plunging American economy. US has the highest number of Coronavirus cases worldwide. A devastating spread across the country. Overwhelmed hospitals. Everyone feels vulnerable. Quarantine for 14 days. Covid-19 has morphed. Infection hotspots are expecting a bad week.
– CBS News ‘Face the Nation’ (29 Mar 2020)
‘Drumpf is picking silly fights with governors, that looks off-key. ‘ (Todd)
‘Drumpf’s campaign was based on the economy. It evaporated over-night. It all comes down to how he responds to this Coronavirus. He’s combative, saying things that weren’t true. ‘ (Lee)
‘Coronavirus is an existential threat to Amerika, the world. ‘ (Hewitt)
– NBC News ‘Meet the Press’ (29 Mar 2020
(29 Mar 2020):
So here’s the lastest crazy accusations from the deplorable in the WH.
Donald Trump has accused hospital workers in New York of stealing and possibly selling face masks “out the back door” during an astounding press conference on Sunday evening.
“How do you go from 10 to 20 to 300,000? 10 to 20,000 masks to 300,000. Even though this is different. Something’s going on. (Yep it’s called a PANDEMIC! And as of March 29 New York State had 59,513 cases and 1,000 deaths) And you ought to look into it as reporters. (Oh now he wants reporters to investigate? Now he wants them to do him a solid? Now he’s willing to trust them?) Where are the masks going?” he wondered. “So somebody should probably look into that.” (Why don’t you ask Ivanka, or Jared or JR or the other one?)
Standing in the White House’s Rose Garden the president asked reporters to look into the supposed illegal activity but provided no evidence to back up his claims aside from increased demand for supplies from hospitals swamped by the coronavirus pandemic. (And what’s different now? He never has any evidence to back up the junk that just floats through his head)
Mr. trump, (I’ve decided not to call him president anymore until he starts acting like one soooo I guess it’ll be mister from here on out) Mr. trump have you no shame? Is it possible for you to go any lower? Wait … don’t answer that we all know the answer to those questions.
These men and women have been working tirelessly, on the front lines, through the worse pandemic since the Spanish influenza in the early 1900s. They are working around the clock, with very little sleep, away from their loved ones, who by the way they are terrified of bringing the virus home to them, and the simpleton in the Oval Office is accusing them of stealing the very supplies they are in short supply of and needed to protect themselves while tending to the sick and dying. In NY there are approximately 76,000 healthcare workers who have voluntarily signed up to help in the hospitals and the thanks they get? Being accused of stealing masks and hoarding ventilators. But I’m sure some of his believers with turn on these unsung heroes and start sendibg threatening messages to them like they have done to Dr. Fauci.
My Lord when will this maddness end? Nov 3rd I pray.
(29 Mar 2020):
Sunday’s Poetic Polemic… pre-blog launch.
The Curse, the Purse and the Hearse
The Orange curse came in first,
ILL prepared and terribly ill mannered,
The treasury purse he wants to burst,
Is now open, but beware he’s a scammer.
The Orange curse is petty and terse,
In its bizarre comb-over human form,
The Orange curse ignored a force,
That comes raging in a global storm.
Coronavirus fight came like two meteorites,
Hitting the Pacific and the Atlantic,
The Orange curse says, “look how shallow the seas,”
Why panic? there is no pandemic.”
The Orange curse walks a mile off course,
Into shallow seas like they’re getting dry,
What’s there ever to be afraid of? He says.
“But why does the horizon continue to rise?”
The Corona curse is only getting worse,
We are carriers and victims designed,
The tsunami virus is building and surging,
Waves of victims flood record time.
The treasury purse has now been opened for the worse,
Corporate hands grab what’s yours and mine,
We wait patiently for twelve hundred dollars,
But it will only happen one time.
To be or not to be? Or question the economy,
The Orange wants you to know that it’s his,
He’ll bring back business in just a couple weeks,
But for Wall Street and big biz!
The Orange curse has opened the purse,
But the viral curse hasn’t reached its apex,
Telling people to go back to work,
How do dead workers spend their paychecks?
The hearse will arrive as the last ride,
When the voting public begins to recede,
The Census may be senseless to count,
When voters are moved to cemeteries.
This virus economy could be found in Deuteronomy,
Where centuries of Orange curse and chaos rules,
We pray no one else is in the virus belt,
But there’s a hearse for all victims and fools.
Trump says he won’t comply with key transparency measures in the coronavirus stimulus bill
The administration says it won’t provide documentation for audits into $500 billion in corporate bailout funds.
By Anya van Wagtendonkanyavw@protonmail.com Mar 28, 2020, 11:41am EDT
President Donald Trump said on Friday that he will not adhere to a portion of the $2 trillion coronavirus stimulus bill that would authorize an inspector general to oversee how $500 billion in business loans will be spent.
In a statement released early Friday evening, Trump announced that he had signed into law the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security or CARES Act, a relief package aimed at mitigating some of the economic fallout caused by efforts to allay the spread of Covid-19.
That bill also establishes a Special Inspector General for Pandemic Recovery (SIGPR) within the Treasury Department to audit and investigate half a trillion dollars in loans for large businesses. In his signing statement, Trump said that this provision raises “constitutional concerns,” adding that his administration would not comply with such an official’s request for documents.
“I do not understand, and my Administration will not treat, this provision as permitting the SIGPR to issue reports to the Congress without the presidential supervision required by the Take Care Clause,” part of Article II Section 3 of the Constitution that states a sitting president “shall take care that the laws be faithfully executed.” This seems to suggest the administration believes it is the president’s duty and not that of an inspector general to ensure the funds are distributed as the law intends.
The special inspector general, as authorized within the bill, would be able to request information from government agencies and report on failures to comply with those information requests. In his signing statement, Trump essentially stated that he will not let such reports reach Congress without his approval, which many fear directly undermines the provision’s goal of maintaining transparency in how that fund is handled.
The $500 billion loan program was the biggest point of contention between Democratic and Republican lawmakers throughout the relief bill’s negotiation process. Democrats called this a “slush fund” that would give Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin broad authority to disburse the funds as he saw fit. The IG provision was intended as an accountability effort to alert Congress if the Trump administration was not complying with auditing measures. It was also meant to help ensure the president and his family did not directly benefit from the emergency funds through their businesses.
The addition of this transparency language was what ultimately swayed some Democrat senators to vote for the bill. The bill also establishes a congressional oversight panel to examine the IG’s reports.
Trump also said that he would not adhere to a second provision of the bill that would grant some congressional committee consultation for expenditures made by the State Department, Department of Veterans Affairs, and US Agency for International Development (USAID).
“These provisions are impermissible forms of congressional aggrandizement with respect to the execution of the laws,” Trump’s statement reads.
The inspector general was put in place to make sure bailout funds helped the vulnerable
The broader coronavirus relief package also guarantees direct cash payments to many adult workers, expands unemployment insurance, and provides $367 billion in loans to small businesses.
But it was the inclusion of a $500 billion corporate loan program — which includes a guaranteed $50 billion for the airline industry — that proved a key sticking point in the bill’s negotiation. Earlier this week, Democrats blocked a version of the package that they said did not contain strong enough oversight over that fund.
As Vox’s Emily Stewart reported, most Americans also backed some form of “guardrails” on those corporate bailout funds, such as ensuring that companies receiving bailout funds commit to not laying off workers. Last week, more than 3.3 million people filed for unemployment, shattering the previous record of about 700,000 claims in 1982.
Without oversight of how the funds would be allocated, “what’s to stop an airline from using its bailout money to give its CEO a bonus instead of paying its workers?” Stewart wrote. “Or to prevent a major hotel chain from laying off workers while engaging in stock buybacks?”
In addition to establishing an inspector general, the final bill passed on Friday also prohibits businesses controlled by administration officials, including the president, vice president and members of Congress, as well as their families, from receiving loans from that fund.
Earlier last week, Trump declined to commit to exempting his business interests from bailout funds, telling reporters, “Let’s just see what happens.”
Now, in his signing statement, Trump has made clear that he will decide what information about how the funds are being used Congress needs. This comes just months after the end of an impeachment inquiry into Trump that was sparked by another attempt by his administration to keep independent reports about its inner workings from reaching Congress.
During the lead-up to what became Trump’s impeachment hearing, a whistleblower’s memo about a phone call with Ukrainian leadership should have, according to federal law, been reported to Congress by the director of national intelligence. It was not, but came to light in September nonetheless.
Trump’s sharpest critics have already begun to raise the alarm about Trump’s plans to shrug off the new law’s transparency requirements. On Twitter, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who had earlier denounced the corporate fund, wrote, “This is a frightening amount of public money to have given a corrupt admin w/ 0 accountability.”
It is clear that Covid-19 will have devastating effects on the economy. It’s “an economic tsunami,” one economist told Vox’s Ezra Klein, one that will affect businesses of all sizes and their employees. That includes the large companies that will benefit from the corporate fund. But allocating money to industries with little oversight to how it is being spent is not guaranteed to help the everyday workers, customers, and small-business owners expected to be most dramatically affected by the virus’s economic impact — it could, however, help the president and his businesses.
Jobs @ Vox Media
© 2020 Vox Media, LLC.
(28 Mar 2020):
‘Some thought Dr. Fauci was slighting the president, leading to a vitriolic online reaction. On Twitter and Facebook, a post that falsely claimed he was part of a secret cabal who opposed Mr. Trump was soon shared thousands of times, reaching roughly 1.5 million people.’
And there you have it folks. Just like their leader some of trump’s believers are taking their cue from him. Disagree and on come the attacks. Not all trump believers are jerks like the ones who are attacking the good doctor but there are enough to make it matter. This is the atmosphere and following he has created. Attack. Attack. Attack. People, professions, and agencies we once respected and held in high esteem are now not liked, trusted, or believed. What the hell has happened to our country?
Remember when he said, “You know what else they say about my people? The polls, they say I have the most loyal people. Did you ever see that? Where I could stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot somebody and I wouldn’t lose any voters, okay?”
We laughed at that statement then but we aren’t laughing anymore because I believe they’d find a way to justify the shooting. Sad. 😔
The plague of Donald Trump
SPECIAL TO THE GLOBE AND MAIL
PUBLISHED MARCH 25, 2020
Sarah Kendzior is the co-host of the podcast Gaslit Nation and the author of coming book Hiding in Plain Sight.
“Life is what you do while you’re waiting to die,” Donald Trump, then a real estate tycoon bound for bankruptcy, told Playboy magazine in 1990. “You know, it is all a rather sad situation.”
“Life?” the interviewer asked. “Or death?”
“Both. We’re here and we live our 60, 70 or 80 years and we’re gone. You win, you win and in the end, it doesn’t mean a hell of a lot. But it is something to do – to keep you interested.”
For his entire life, Mr. Trump has been a self-described fatalist. He has called himself a fatalist in interviews spanning nearly 30 years. This admission is a rare expression of consistent honesty for a man infamous for lying about everything – his fortune, his criminal ties, objective reality. It’s the outlook he hints at when he does things such as retweeting a meme of himself fiddling like Nero, while the novel coronavirus spreads across the United States.
Nothing seems to matter to Mr. Trump – not only in the sense that the things that matter to other people, like love and loss, do not matter to him. Nothingness itself matters: Destruction and annihilation are what he craves. “When bad times come, then I’ll get whatever I want,” he told Barbara Walters in an 1980s interview. His initial reaction to 9/11 was that the collapse of the World Trade Center made his own buildings look taller. His initial reaction to the 2008 economic collapse was joy at his potential to profit. Everything to Mr. Trump is transactional, and you – all of you – are the transaction.
In February, 2014, when asked about the direction of the United States, Mr. Trump rooted for its demise:
“You know what solves it?” Mr. Trump told Fox News. “When the economy crashes, when the country goes to total hell and everything is a disaster. Then you’ll have a [laughs], you know, you’ll have riots to go back to where we used to be when we were great.”
Everything Mr. Trump has done since taking office has served to fulfill this goal, from appointing Steve Bannon, who also called for the collapse of the government, as an adviser; to gutting departments that protect national security and public health; to his disdain for slain soldiers and their widows; to his horrific handling of natural disasters such as Hurricane Maria.
For months, Mr. Trump has done little to stop the coronavirus from spreading throughout the U.S., creating a death toll that grows rapidly every day. As citizens self-isolate, he refuses to supply federal funds to states for the much-needed medical equipment, such as masks or ventilators. When a reporter offered him the chance to ease the fears of Americans, Mr. Trump instead lashed out at the reporter for even asking. Pundits have expressed confusion about why he will not invoke the Defense Protection Act, but they should have expected it.
This is who Mr. Trump is, who he always was. In a time when everything is changing, you can rely on Mr. Trump’s apathy to suffering.
What makes Mr. Trump particularly dangerous is that he is not acting alone. He is backed by the Republican Party, which translates his natural apathy to suffering into malicious policies. Mr. Trump is surrounded by brutal plutocrats such as Steve Mnuchin and Wilbur Ross, who, like Mr. Trump, are protégés of the infamous corporate raider and former White House adviser Carl Icahn, who set the standard of destroying companies for profit.
Mr. Trump is also flanked by a number of religious extremists, such as William Barr, Mike Pompeo and Mike Pence, who use biblical imagery to cloak their brutal goals. The overall effect is a group that will sacrifice human lives to lift the stock market. Republican Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick of Texas stated that grandparents should die for the U.S. economy. In that mentality, the U.S. exists to be raided and razed, its citizens disposable and inconvenient.
Mr. Trump, a notorious germophobe with a lifelong fear of hand-shaking, is remarkably sanguine about the coronavirus, given that he is in the demographic more likely to die if infected. He is sanguine in the way he was about being impeached, or about being labeled Individual One in a federal indictment.
Maybe it is because the world finally exists as it has in his fantasies: Everything is collapsing, yet he remains untouchable. No GOP member has denounced Mr. Trump, just as they refused to impeach him; because Mr. Trump is still in office, public officials are struggling to contain the virus.
Mr. Trump is untouchable in a world where human touch literally kills. If the U.S. is to survive the pandemic, we need more than medical intervention. We need to get rid of the host.
The Stocks Senators Unloaded Before the Coronavirus Crash
By Mathieu Benhamou, Mira Rojanasakul and Allison McCartney
March 20, 2020
Senator Richard Burr has called for an ethics investigation into himself and three other senators who sold off stock after receiving classified briefings on the coronavirus threat.
Burr—a North Carolina Republican who is chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee—sold up to $1.72 million in stock through Feb. 13, shortly before reassuring the public that the government had a handle on the coronavirus response. A week later, the S&P 500 Index started what would become a 30% drop, wiping out most gains made since President Donald Trump’s inauguration.
In a tweet on Friday, Burr denied any wrongdoing, saying that he “relied solely on public news reports” to inform his decisions.
The Biden political ad:
And the Crooked Drumpf quote in its entire context.
Coronavirus – the ‘Democrat Hoax’:
‘Now the Democrats are politicising the coronavirus. You know that, right? Coronavirus. They’re politicising it. We did one of the great jobs, you say, ‘How’s President Trump doing?’, ‘Oh, nothing, nothing.’ They have no clue, they don’t have any clue. They can’t even count their votes in Iowa, they can’t even count. No, they can’t. They can’t count their votes. One of my people came up to me and said, ‘Mr. President, they tried to beat you on Russia, Russia, Russia.’ That didn’t work out too well. They couldn’t do it. They tried the impeachment hoax. That was on a perfect conversation. They tried anything, they tried it over and over, they’ve been doing it since he got in. It’s all turning, they lost. It’s all turning, think of it, think of it. And this is their new hoax. But you know we did something that’s been pretty amazing. We have 15 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.’
– Drumpf, -Drumpf (campaign speech, Washington Post, 28 Feb 2020)
Here’s this summary of Crooked Drumpf quotes:
(14 Mar 2020):
January 22: “We have it totally under control. It’s one person coming in from China. It’s going to be just fine.”
February 2: “We pretty much shut it down coming in from China.”
February 24: “The Coronavirus is very much under control in the USA… Stock Market starting to look very good to me!”
February 25: “CDC and my Administration are doing a GREAT job of handling Coronavirus.”
February 25: “I think that’s a problem that’s going to go away… They have studied it. They know very much. In fact, we’re very close to a vaccine.”
February 26: “The 15 (cases in the US) within a couple of days is going to be down to close to zero.”
February 26: “We’re going very substantially down, not up.”
February 27: “One day it’s like a miracle, it will disappear.”
February 28: “We’re ordering a lot of supplies. We’re ordering a lot of, uh, elements that frankly we wouldn’t be ordering unless it was something like this. But we’re ordering a lot of different elements of medical.”
March 2: “You take a solid flu vaccine, you don’t think that could have an impact, or much of an impact, on corona?”
March 2: “A lot of things are happening, a lot of very exciting things are happening and they’re happening very rapidly.”
March 4: “If we have thousands or hundreds of thousands of people that get better just by, you know, sitting around and even going to work — some of them go to work, but they get better.”
March 5: “I NEVER said people that are feeling sick should go to work.”
March 5: “The United States… has, as of now, only 129 cases… and 11 deaths. We are working very hard to keep these numbers as low as possible!”
March 6: “I think we’re doing a really good job in this country at keeping it down… a tremendous job at keeping it down.”
March 6: “Anybody right now, and yesterday, anybody that needs a test gets a test. They’re there. And the tests are beautiful…. the tests are all perfect like the letter was perfect. The transcription was perfect. Right? This was not as perfect as that but pretty good.”
March 6: “I like this stuff. I really get it. People are surprised that I understand it… Every one of these doctors said, ‘How do you know so much about this?’ Maybe I have a natural ability. Maybe I should have done that instead of running for president.”
March 6: “I don’t need to have the numbers double because of one ship that wasn’t our fault.”
March 8: “We have a perfectly coordinated and fine tuned plan at the White House for our attack on CoronaVirus.”
March 9: “This blindsided the world.”
March 13: “I am declaring a National Emergency.”
March 13: “I don’t take responsibility at all.”
Do Re Mi Coronavirus song:
Viral physician explains how Coronavirus kills:
“I’ve been yelling at her a lot,” comedian @RandyRainbow says about convincing his mother to stay at home amid the coronavirus pandemic. “At first she was a little reluctant to completely lock down but… she is an intelligent woman and so she is now working from home.”
Inebriated Judge Piro:
Crooked Drumpf by the numbers:
‘I love getting even. I’ll get even with people who are disloyal to me – people who didn’t come to my aid.’
– Crooked Drumpf (interview with Charlie Rose, 1992)
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