“Hillary would be leading instead of tweeting right now.”
In the wake of President Donald Trump’s assassination of a top Iranian general and Iran’s Tuesday night missile attack on not one but two military bases in Iraq that host thousands of U.S. troops, many Americans are terrified Trump is preparing to launch a full-scale war in the Middle East to delay his impeachment trial and to get re-elected.
They have good reason to, as then-private citizen Trump claimed then-President Barack Obama would do exactly that in 2012.
Don’t let Obama play the Iran card in order to start a war in order to get elected–be careful Republicans!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 22, 2012
In response to Trump’s increasingly dangerous actions – past and present – many on social media have propelled the #IvotedforHillaryClinton hashatag to the number one spot on Twitter.
Take a look:
Now we know this tweet by Lindsey Graham was a lie- there has been ZERO evidence that Iran’s general was an “imminent threat”
The only “imminent threat” is Donald Trump.#IvotedforHillaryClinton https://t.co/hY2GLSJWWJ
— (((DeanObeidallah))) (@DeanObeidallah) January 8, 2020
EVERY FUCKING THING.#SheWasRightAboutEverything
— David Leavitt (@David_Leavitt) January 8, 2020
#IvotedforHillaryClinton is trending right now because people are angry, scared and want to slap each and every person that called her a hawk and war monger. We’re here because of the supreme combo of white supremacy and patriarchy with a dash of Russia. #WokeAF
— DanielleMoodie-Mills (@DeeTwoCents) January 8, 2020
I know it’s popular to say “she was right about everything,” as if it’s so obvious now. But, like, it was so obvious *then* too. Acting like he’s some riddle we needed to let unfurl gives him too much credit. His monstrosities were there all along. #IvotedforHillaryClinton
— Jeremy Hooper (@goodasyou) January 8, 2020
I’m proud to raise my hand and say that I voted for Intelligence.
I voted for Leadership.
I voted for Experience.
I voted for Maturity.
I voted for Sanity.
I voted for the Woman who wouldn’t be trying to get us into a war now.#IvotedforHillaryClinton
— BrooklynDad_Defiant! (@mmpadellan) January 8, 2020
#IvotedforHillaryClinton because I knew damn well our Nation would be in jeopardy of losing everything we had built up for Generations.
To this day I don’t trust people who did not do the right thing with their voting power.
— ⚖️Bernie Sanders Gave Us Trump⚖️ (@KHiveQueenB) January 8, 2020
Hillary was right about everything.
She was right when she warned us Donald Trump was in bed with Russia.
She was right when she said our election process was being irreparably compromised.
She was right about his supporters.https://t.co/AuaZqDCyXE#IvotedforHillaryClinton
— John Pavlovitz (@johnpavlovitz) January 8, 2020
She wouldn’t be stumbling and shoving and faking and rage-tweeting away moments of international diplomacy, because she lacked basic knowledge of the issues or the ability to be level-headed or simply decent.https://t.co/SSj9IYi3Ku#IvotedforHillaryClinton pic.twitter.com/Q0i9HZ4Hzq
— John Pavlovitz (@johnpavlovitz) January 8, 2020
Every time I think of the people who voted for Trump over Hillary Clinton because she was a “warmonger,” I could just scream. #IVotedForHillaryClinton
— Suburban Guerrilla Ω (@SusieMadrak) January 8, 2020
Love Hillary, hate Hillary, whatever. But that moment in the debate where she called Trump Putin’s puppet is going to go down in history. She spoke the damn truth, in public, to his orange face.
Hillary would be leading instead of tweeting right now. #IvotedforHillaryClinton
— Andrea Junker (@Strandjunker) January 8, 2020
My conscience is clean. I saw the danger of trump. I begged folks especially Berniebros that if they threw away their vote, they were putting this country in mortal danger. I was part of 94% of Black women who didn’t fall for Russia propaganda because #IvotedforHillaryClinton
— ABlackWomanWhoDontGiveAF*ck (@battletested5) January 8, 2020
#IvotedforHillaryClinton because she is educated, dignified, can always see the big picture, and for her entire life has been a public servant to America and it’s citizens.
Hillary was right about every fukin’ thing.
Trump is a Russian puppet and our entire nation is at risk.
— 🇺🇸 Anne From Maine 🏳️🌈 (@AnneFromMaine) January 8, 2020
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Confirmed US Coronavirus-Related Deaths Surge – Double in Just Two Days
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.”
The National Security Council Gave Trump a 69-Page Pandemic Plan Three Years Ago — He Ignored It
On Wednesday, Politico reported the details of a 69-page pandemic response playbook given to President Donald Trump’s team by the National Security Council, outlining key steps the federal government should take to coordinate a response and contain the crisis — and revealed how the White House was catastrophically late to implement the plan’s major suggestions at the start of the coronavirus pandemic.
“The Trump administration, state officials and even individual hospital workers are now racing against each other to get the necessary masks, gloves and other safety equipment to fight coronavirus — a scramble that hospitals and doctors say has come too late and left them at risk,” wrote Dan Diamond and Nahal Toolsi. “But according to a previously unrevealed White House playbook, the government should’ve begun a federal-wide effort to procure that personal protective equipment at least two months ago.”
The report continued: “‘Is there sufficient personal protective equipment for healthcare workers who are providing medical care?’ the playbook instructs its readers, as one early decision that officials should address when facing a potential pandemic. ‘If YES: What are the triggers to signal exhaustion of supplies? Are additional supplies available? If NO: Should the Strategic National Stockpile release PPE to states?’”
This playbook, which was devised in 2016 in the wake of the government’s attempts to contain Ebola just years before, reportedly “also stresses the significant responsibility facing the White House to contain risks of potential pandemics, a stark contrast with the Trump administration’s delays in deploying an all-of-government response and President Donald Trump’s recent signals that he might roll back public health recommendations.”
A spokesperson for the Department of Health and Human Services maintained this plan was never formally adopted and said, “The HHS COVID-19 response was informed by more recent plans such as the foundation of the National Biodefense Strategy (2018), Biological Incident Annex (2017), and panCAP (2018) among other key plans provided by the CDC, White House Task Force, FEMA, and other key federal departments and agencies.”
Nonetheless, according to Politico, the existence of the plan undercuts Trump’s narrative that the coronavirus disaster was unforeseeable: “Trump’s aides were told to expect a potential pandemic, ranging from a tabletop exercise that the outgoing Obama administration prepared for the president’s incoming aides to a ‘Crimson Contagion’ scenario that health officials undertook just last year and modeled out potential risks of a global infectious disease threat. Trump’s deputies also have said that their coronavirus response relies on a federal playbook, specifically referring to a strategy laid out by the Centers for Disease Control.”
“It is not clear if the administration’s failure to follow the NSC playbook was the result of an oversight or a deliberate decision to follow a different course,” continued the report.
You can read more here.
Trump Will Be a ‘One-Man Death Panel’ if He Sends People Back to Work Amid Pandemic: Medical Experts
President Donald Trump’s stated desire to get America back up and running by Easter despite the continued threat from the coronavirus pandemic is running into a wall of criticism from medical experts.
In interviews with the New York Times, several medical experts said that pushing Americans to return to work in the middle of a pandemic would make the spread of the disease vastly worse than it is right now.
“The virus will surge, many will fall ill and there will be more deaths,” Dr. William Schaffner, a preventive medicine expert at the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, tells the Times of Trump’s push to ease social distancing restrictions.
“Nobody voted in Donald Trump thinking he would become a ‘one-man death panel’ empowered to dispense with American lives like cannon fodder,” Amir Attaran, a professor of law and medicine at the University of Ottawa, tells the paper. “It would be political suicide for him and murder for many others.”
Dr. Peter Rabinowitz, the acting director of the University of Washington MetaCenter for Pandemic Disease Preparedness, similarly tells the Times that there are no shortcuts in dealing with the virus.
“The lesson from China is that aggressive measures to reduce the spread of the virus, continued for two months, have led to a reduction in new cases,” he says.
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