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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Top US Counter Intelligence Official Formally Announces Russia Working to Attack Biden, Helping Trump Win Re-Election
The top counterintelligence official in the United States government has just released an official statement saying the Intelligence Community is actively working to help President Donald Trump get re-elected.
“We assess that Russia is using a range of measures to primarily denigrate former Vice President Biden and what it sees as an anti-Russia ‘establishment.’ This is consistent with Moscow’s public criticism of him when he was Vice President for his role in the Obama Administration’s policies on Ukraine and its support for the anti-Putin opposition inside Russia,” states National Counterintelligence and Security Center (NCSC) Director William Evanina.
“For example, pro-Russia Ukrainian parliamentarian Andriy Derkach is spreading claims about corruption – including through publicizing leaked phone calls – to undermine former Vice President Biden’s candidacy and the Democratic Party. Some Kremlin-linked actors are also seeking to boost President Trump’s candidacy on social media and Russian television.”
Evanina does not limit his assessment to Russia. China and Iran, he says, prefer Biden to win the election – which would account for Trump’s recent attacks on both countries, while refusing to challenge or confront Russian President Vladimir Putin on any issue.
“We assess that China prefers that President Trump – whom Beijing sees as unpredictable – does not win reelection. China has been expanding its influence efforts ahead of November 2020 to shape the policy environment in the United States, pressure political figures it views as opposed to China’s interests, and deflect and counter criticism of China.”
“We assess that Iran seeks to undermine U.S. democratic institutions, President Trump, and to divide the country in advance of the 2020 elections.”
U.S. Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA) says Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, and other top Democrats, have been urging Evanina to release this information to the public.
But he warns that President Donald Trump is unlikely to act on it.
Huge news from ODNI – not the least because Giuliani has worked to amplify Derkach's criticisms of Biden; the IC now says those criticisms are part of a Russian effort to damage Biden's candidacy pic.twitter.com/N16eq9EQQl
— Betsy Woodruff Swan (@woodruffbets) August 7, 2020
Ohio GOP Governor Tests Positive for Coronavirus Just Before Meeting Trump
Ohio Republican Governor Mike DeWine, 73, was scheduled to meet President Donald Trump on the tarmac but will not be there after testing positive for coronavirus. He reportedly has no symptoms.
DeWine refused to mandate masks until July 22.
— Weijia Jiang (@weijia) August 6, 2020
NRA Sued for Fraud and Self-Dealing by NY Attorney General – Calls for Top Gun Group to Be Dissolved
The Attorney General of the State of New York announced Thursday she is suing the National Rifle Association for fraud, and calling for the organization to be dissolved, according to The Washington Post‘s Carol Leonnig.
BREAKING: NY AG calls to dissolve @NRA and oust Wayne LaPierre, its leader for the last 39 years. In lawsuit filed today, AG accuses LaPierre and top lieutenants of a decades-long pattern of fraud — and of diverting millions from NRA coffers to line their own pockets.
— Carol Leonnig (@CarolLeonnig) August 6, 2020
“The chief executive of the National Rifle Association and several top lieutenants engaged in a decades-long pattern of fraud to raid the coffers of the powerful gun rights group for personal gain, according to a lawsuit filed Thursday by the New York attorney general, draining $64 million from the nonprofit in just three years,” The Post reports.
New York State Attorney General Letitia James “called for the dissolution of the NRA and the removal of CEO Wayne LaPierre from the leadership post he has held for the past 39 years, saying he and others used the group’s funds to finance a luxury lifestyle.”
— Shannon Watts (@shannonrwatts) August 6, 2020
The lawsuit claims NRA chief Wayne LaPierre recently arranged a $17 million golden parachute for himself and did not even seek board approval. It also details patterns of excessive spending, including private jet travel, luxury vacation, and more than $1 million in reimbursements.
“LaPierre also spent $3.6 million of NRA money for private travel consultants to arrange private jets and executive car service for his and his family’s use over just two years, the suit says.”
BREAKING: NY AG Letitia James files lawsuit seeking to dissolve the NRA, accusing the organization of “years of self-dealing and illegal conduct that violate New York’s charities law and undermine its own mission.” pic.twitter.com/8dR9idbBxL
— MSNBC (@MSNBC) August 6, 2020
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