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Jeb Bush Says ‘Not Sure We Need A Half-Billion Dollars For Women’s Health’ Then Says He Misspoke?

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Late Tuesday Jeb Bush rushed to walk back comments he made speaking to a high-level Southern Baptist and evangelical crowd. Was this a “gaffe”? It doesn’t seem so.

Jeb Bush Tuesday told a large Nashville crowd as he sat with Russell Moore of the Southern Baptist Convention that the videos that purportedly claim to show Planned Parenthood selling aborted fetus parts prove the next president should defund Planned Parenthood. 

And then he added, “I’m not sure we need half a billion dollars in funding for women’s health programs,” Bush insisted. “If you took dollar for dollar, there are many extraordinarily fine organizations, community health organizations that exist, federally sponsored community health organizations to provide quality care for women on a wide variety of health issues.”

“But abortion should not be funded by the government, any government in my mind,” he concluded.

It’s not, by law. MSNBC’s Steve Benen called the comment “needlessly dishonest,” and adds:

In other words, it appears one of the leading candidates for the Republican presidential nomination scoffed at investing in women’s health, and when questioned, he lied about the work of an organization he opposes for reasons he can’t explain.

Hillary Clinton was quick to pounce, and rightly so.

Bush issued two statements trying to walk back his comments suggesting women aren’t worthy of a mere $500 million of federal investment in their health care, saying he “misspoke.” He then called Planned Parenthood “an organization that was callously participating in the unthinkable practice of selling fetal organs.”

That of course is false, as has been proven countless times, but conservatives keep pushing the lie because their base so desperately wants to believe it’s true.

Bush’s history would lead many to believe he did not misspeak, that he fully believes what he said.

Just two weeks ago, Bush insisted that America needs to “phase out” Medicare. Medicare, one of the most cost-effective, successful, and beloved government programs of all time.

And less than a month ago, Bush said Americans “need to work longer hours.” Too many Americans are working two or three jobs just trying to make ends meet, but the former Florida governor – who made tens of millions of dollars sitting on corporate boards and delivering speeches – wants working class Americans to work even more? 

He later tried to claim he meant people looking for full-time work, but his message was clear.

Jeb Bush’s plan for America seems pretty clear: defund Planned Parenthood, get rid of Medicare, force Americans to work longer hours.

 

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‘Why Should People Trust You?’: Kudlow Shrinks as ABC News Anchor Blasts Him for Calling COVID-19 ‘Contained’

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Larry Kudlow, director of the National Economic Council, on Sunday defended calling the novel coronavirus outbreak “contained” just days before large swaths of the country were forced to shelter inside their homes.

In an interview on ABC’s This Week, host Martha Raddatz asked the White House adviser why he was predicting “weeks, not months” of economic turmoil due to the global pandemic.

“How can you be sure this economic tragedy won’t be longterm if there’s not a guarantee people will have jobs to return to?” Raddatz said. “I don’t see how it can be just weeks.”

“Well, listen, I say that — weeks — it could be four weeks, it could be eight weeks,” Kudlow replied. “I say that hopefully and I say that prayerfully. That’s what some of the science experts have been telling us. I don’t know if they’ll be right.”

Raddatz interrupted to point out that Kudlow had called the COVID-19 outbreak “contained” in an interview on CNBC.

“It was just a month ago you told CNBC that you thought the virus was contained in the country even though doctors were warning otherwise,” Raddatz observed. “You also downplayed the threat of a long-lasting economic tragedy.”

“Why should people trust you?” the ABC News host wondered.

“I’m as good as the facts are,” Kudlow replied. “And at the time I made the statement, the facts were [that the virus was] contained, the president had just put the travel restrictions on China. And a lot of people agreed with me. A lot of people felt that the flu was worse than this virus.”

“But as soon as the facts changed, we changed our whole posture,” he insisted.

Watch the video below from ABC News.

 

 

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Confirmed US Coronavirus-Related Deaths Surge – Double in Just Two Days

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The number of confirmed coronavirus-related deaths in the United States has doubled in just two days, The Washington Post reported Saturday evening. The number of people who have died from COVID-19 now stands at 2000.

It was just over one month ago when President Donald Trump told the American people there were just 15 cases and “within days” the number would drop to “close to zero.”

Trump on that day said: “that’s a pretty good job we’ve done.”

“It took about a month from the first confirmed death for the United States to record 1,000,” the Post adds. “That toll has risen rapidly as officials have been warning the worst is yet to come.”

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Trump’s Chilling Re-Election Calculus Is to Focus on Economy Instead of Lives Says Former Administration Official: Report

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Two top Washington Post journalists are out with a stunning story Saturday morning, an inside look at President Donald Trump’s “risky push to reopen the country amid the coronavirus crisis.”

Robert Costa and Philip Rucker took a deep dive into this week’s developments, writing that “in private discussions, the president has been driven much more by economic concerns, according to people involved in internal debates or briefed on them. Trump has long viewed the stock market as a barometer for his own reelection hopes, and he has been distraught at the meltdown in recent weeks. He has been inundated with calls from business leaders, wealthy supporters and conservative allies urging him to get Americans back to work and stave off further calamity, even if doing so carries health risks.”

Then, this chilling insight from a former Trump official:

“There’s a fatalism that no matter what he does, he’s going to get blamed by half of the country,” said a former senior administration official with knowledge of Trump’s thinking. “If there is something he has some measure of control over, which is the economy, why not potentially try to take action? Yes, there will be a death toll, and he’ll get blamed one way or another, but in all likelihood, whether he gets reelected or not will depend on where the economy is and where people’s perceptions of the economy are six months from now. That’s where he is primarily focused.”

Read the entire story here.

Image: Official White House Photo by Tia Dufour via Flickr 

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