President Donald Trump is under fire for his most recent attempt to gin up support to have Americans defy their governors and mayors and return to work despite at least 17 states ordering them to stay at home. There is a “very large acceleration” of coronavirus pandemic across America, according to the World Health Organization which warns the U.S. may become the epicenter of the viral outbreak.
“Our people want to return to work,” Trump tweeted Tuesday morning. “They will practice Social Distancing and all else, and Seniors will be watched over protectively & lovingly. We can do two things together. THE CURE CANNOT BE WORSE (by far) THAN THE PROBLEM! Congress MUST ACT NOW. We will come back strong!”
The President’s insistence that Americans will “practice Social Distancing” has been disproven over the past weeks, as news and social media reports show college students on spring break in Florida massing by the thousands, and even those ordered to stay at home congregating close together in parks and other venues.
Trump’s insistence that Americans should return to work flies in the face of every reputable medical expert, but also is refuted by economists, as one noted economist and economics professor reminded:
As you read various arguments floating around that perhaps we should ease public health restrictions to help the economy, I want you to notice that IN NO CASE ARE THESE ARGUMENTS BEING MADE BY ACTUAL ECONOMISTS.
— Justin Wolfers (@JustinWolfers) March 24, 2020
Many are outraged that the President so easily is willing to sacrifice the lives of countless Americans for a temporary rise in the stock market, when science shows it will cause massive death.
I cannot emphasize this enough. HUMAN LIVES ARE WORTH MUCH MORE THAN THE DOW JONES INDUSTRIAL AVERAGE. The economy is important but what use is money if you and your loved ones are dead? Money can always be made later. But your life cannot be refunded and purchased again.
— Eugene Gu, MD (@eugenegu) March 24, 2020
Here it comes. A blood sacrifice for Wall Street. Get out there and die for your CEOs yacht collection, plebs. https://t.co/OHLVycPevD
— The British History Podcast (@BritishPodcast) March 24, 2020
— Darryl Silver (@silveraa) March 24, 2020
I stand with #NotDying4WallStreet.
Who’s with me?
— Angela Belcamino (@AngelaBelcamino) March 24, 2020
“Die for me.” https://t.co/8xxwlmGRcp
— Tom Watson (@tomwatson) March 24, 2020
Congratulations, you’ve added mass murder to your list of accomplishments.
— Barack Obama ____________________________🇺🇸Fan (@ThePresObama) March 24, 2020
Funny you’re only urging this after your properties, golf courses closed. Do not open this country back up when it’s much more than social distancing. This stays on surfaces for days.
— Irishrygirl (@irishrygirl) March 24, 2020
I guess when Trump said he could kill someone on Fifth Avenue and wouldn’t lose any supporters, it wasn’t actually a metaphor https://t.co/570hDiGi5h
— Robyn Urback (@RobynUrback) March 24, 2020
There is no cure.
This will only lead to a complete shutdown and further expose you as incompetent and mendacious (look it up) when thousands die and the economy falls further.
If you think this will help your reelection, you are a bigger fool than we thought. https://t.co/hi3LTCLj83
— Jesse Wente (@jessewente) March 24, 2020
Trump was not built for this. Trump doesnt get it. Our people want to be able to protect their families and their homes, not “go back to work”.
Trump is fucking us https://t.co/AlDfrCcn6s
— Joe Norman (@normonics) March 24, 2020
God, @RealDonaldTrump really is going to tell businesses to reopen next week, right as America hits peak infection.
He’s going to do it regardless of what governors and mayors say. He’s going to do it regardless of what DOCTORS say.
So many more will be infected. https://t.co/7kvbiN2ULK
— Max Burns (@themaxburns) March 24, 2020
He has no idea what social distancing means. He has no idea who’s affected by the virus. He has no idea what he’s doing. https://t.co/BuVmE1LXOt
— Kaili Joy Gray (@KailiJoy) March 24, 2020
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‘I Know a Dying Administration When I See One’: British Journalist Says Brutal Crackdown Will Seal Trump’s Doom
British journalist Ed Luce called out Senate Republicans for covering a dying Trump administration that’s threatening U.S. democracy as it gasps for survival.
The Financial Times‘ chief U.S. commentator told MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” that President Donald Trump is trying to crack down on dissent and rally his hardcore base as the coronavirus and now nationwide protests against police brutality threaten his re-election chances.
“There are other Republican senators who are keeping silent because they know that what Trump is doing, what Trump is suggesting, is wrong,” Luce said. they’re scared of a backlash if they speak out.”
Luce, who warned of the Trump administration’s fascist creep in a new column, called on GOP senators to follow the example set by former Defense secretary James Mattis, former chairman of the joint chiefs of staff Mike Mullen and current Defense secretary Mike Esper and speak out against the president’s abuses.
“They need to speak out — it is his party,” Luce said. “Ultimately, they are enabling him. You know, I don’t think the threat of this situation can be overstated. Trump has his back to the wall. He will do lots of things to try and prevent his defeat.”
Luce said he was worried that Trump’s brutal crackdown on protesters set a dangerous precedent and energized his base, but he said that also disgusted more moderate GOP voters.
“Large, large minority Republicans strongly support these protests and support the continuing lockdown,” he said. “Now, these go directly against two things that Trump is really pushing for, the lifting of the lockdown and the racial polarization, the sort of panic element of these mostly peaceful protests.”
“I lived in many democracies, including America,” Luce added. “I’ve lived in many democracies. I know a dying administration when I see one.”
Ellison to Charge Three Other Ex-Officers Involved in George Floyd’s Killing and Increase Charge Against Chauvin
Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison will charge three fired Minneapolis police officers involved in the killing of George Floyd, and will elevate the charges against the other fired officer, Derek Chauvin.
Charges against Chauvin will be increased from third degree murder to second degree murder.
“The other three officers at the scene — Tou Thao, J. Alexander Kueng and Thomas Lane — will also be charged with aiding and abetting second-degree murder, according to the sources, who spoke on conditions of anonymity,” the Star Tribune reports.
“Thao was recorded watching as Chauvin continued to press on Floyd’s neck with his knee. Kueng was one of the first officers on the scene and helped pin Floyd down. Lane was detailed in earlier charges as pointing a gun at Floyd before handcuffing, and later asked whether officers should roll Floyd on his side as he was restrained.”
Floyd died of “mechanical asphyxiation,” an independent autopsy commissioned by the Floyd family concluded on Monday.
Ellison (photo) took over the case on Sunday.
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CDC Agreed to Work on Trump Campaign’s MAGA-Themed Face Masks – As Hospitals Were Desperate for COVID-19 Tests: NYT
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention this past March reportedly agreed to help consult with Trump administration officials on the design of “Make America Healthy Again” face masks that would be given out to promote both public health and President Donald Trump’s re-election campaign.
The New York Times reports that Trump administration official in March “asked the agency to provide feedback on possible logos — including ‘Make America Healthy Again’ — for cloth face masks they hoped to distribute to millions of Americans.”
The initiative eventually fell through, but once source tells the Times that “CDC leaders agreed to the request.”
The discussion about Trump-branded face masks came at a time when hospitals across the United States were desperate to have more COVID-19 testing kits and protective gear for their staff members who were struggling to handle a surge in hospitalizations at the start of a pandemic that would go on to kill more than 100,000 Americans in less than three months.
“They let us down,” Dr. Stephane Otmezguine, an anesthesiologist who treated COVID-19 patients in Florida, tells the Times.
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