White House adviser Kellyanne Conway on Wednesday suggested that she was taking the novel coronavirus seriously after initially saying that it was “contained.”
In an interview on Fox News, Conway encouraged viewers to follow Center for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines on limiting public gatherings during the pandemic.
“These are unprecedented times with this virus,” she insisted. “And it calls for unprecedented action. But we also know about the resilience and the strength and the fortitude of the American people.”
“We can all do our best to mitigate the health consequences of this unprecedented virus,” Conway said. “But our government is working together and with the private sector to help mitigate the economic devastation as well.”
She added: “We just want Americans to know that we’re in this together, that we can all do our part to mitigate the damage as well… We want Americans to replace panic with over-preparedness… Nobody should be upset if they’re over-prepared or they overreact to this.”
But just days earlier, Conway had downplayed the virus.
“It is being contained,” Conway told a reporter earlier this month. “Do you not think it’s being contained?”
Watch the video below from Fox News.
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Read Whistleblower Complaint: Fired Doc Tried to Find Coronavirus Vaccine–Officials Ordered Focus on Trump Malaria Drug
Dr. Rick Bright’s 89-page whistleblower complaint reveals what could very well be the most damaging proof to date that corruption, malfeasance, and greed have permeated the entire federal government and tens of thousands of Americans have died as a result.
Dr. Bright, the nation’s vaccine chief, says that as far back as January he was working to find a vaccine for the coronavirus that causes COVID-19, but top Trump administration officials instead ordered him to focus on how to use anti-malaria drugs President Trump was pushing, including chloroquine and hydroxychloroquin, as cure-alls for the deadly virus.
The official whistleblower complaint alleges that “despite Dr. Bright’s efforts to ensure that the U.S. government dedicated the appropriate resources and expert personnel to combat this deadly virus, HHS political leadership leveled baseless criticisms against him for his proactive efforts to invest early in vaccine development as well as in critical supplies such as masks, respirators, and swabs, which were in short supply and would be necessary to combat COVID-19.”
“Thereafter, HHS political leadership retaliated against Dr. Bright for his objections and resistance to funding potentially dangerous drugs promoted by those with political connections and by the Administration itself. Specifically, as detailed in the attached emails and other documentary evidence, Dr. Bright opposed the broad use of chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine as lacking scientific merit, even though the Administration promoted it as a panacea and demanded that New York and New Jersey be ‘flooded’ with these drugs, which were imported from factories in Pakistan and India that had not been inspected by the FDA.”
The complaint also says, “Dr. Bright provided [a] reporter with emails between HHS officials that were not privileged or classified or otherwise legally restricted from dissemination, which discussed the drug’s potential toxicity and demonstrated the political pressure to rush these drugs from Pakistan and India to American households. Dr. Bright hoped that by shining a light on HHS’s reckless and dangerous push to make these drug available, American lives would be saved.”
“HHS leadership, including Secretary Azar and Dr. Kadlec, were already gunning for Dr. Bright’s removal because of other issues he had raised about fraud, waste, and abuse, but they chose to remove him as BARDA Director within days of publication of the article about chloroquine because they suspected that he was the source. Coincidentally, on the very day that they involuntarily removed Dr. Bright from his position, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) issued a warning that hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine have not been shown to be safe and effective for treating or preventing COVID-19.”
“Dr. Bright was removed as BARDA Director and Deputy Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response in the midst of the deadly COVID-19 pandemic because his efforts to prioritize science and safety over political expediency and to expose practices that posed a substantial risk to public health and safety, especially as it applied to chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine, rankled those in the Administration who wished to continue to push this false narrative.”
Courthouse News’ Adam Klasfeld, who was on today’s conference call with Dr, Bright and his attorneys, offers these excerpts from the whistleblower complaint:
NEW: Dr. Rick Bright, the ousted BARDA chief who had led vaccine development for Covid-19, revealed his whistleblower complaint today.
He says Trump admin demanded NY and NJ be "flooded" with hydroxychloroquine as an unproven "panacea."
— Adam Klasfeld (@KlasfeldReports) May 5, 2020
Banks detailing one of those alleged cronyism awards:
In one example pre-dating the pandemic, Bright says Kadlec wanted him to award contracts to a CEO who was "friends with Jared Kushner" and "had Hollywood connections."
From the complaint. pic.twitter.com/bQuTGlZtUK
— Adam Klasfeld (@KlasfeldReports) May 5, 2020
Examples of Bright's advice on the pandemic the Trump admin allegedly ignored:
* That U.S. needs 3.5 BILLION masks, but stockpile only has 100 million.
* A syringe shortage
"We do not have needles and syringes to administer any sort of vaccine at this point," Katz said.
— Adam Klasfeld (@KlasfeldReports) May 5, 2020
Read the full whistleblower complaint here (search for “addendum” in the document to find Dr. Bright’s statement.)
‘Still in That Hut in Kenya’: President’s New White House Press Secretary Is a Birther – and a Huge Hypocrite
President Donald Trump on Tuesday appointed Christian conservative Kayleigh McEnany, who is his re-election campaign’s national press secretary, to be the new White House press secretary.
Like her boss, Kayleigh McEnany is a birther.
And like her boss, McEnany is a huge hypocrite.
Here’s the new, incoming White House press secretary from 2012, the year President Obama was re-elected, spouting birtherism and racism:
How I Met Your Brother — Never mind, forgot he’s still in that hut in Kenya. #ObamaTVShows
— Kayleigh McEnany (@kayleighmcenany) August 30, 2012
There’s this tweet, also from 2012, that furthers the birther conspiracy and adds to it the racist implication that Black people don’t perform as well as white people, or that if they get into good schools it’s only through affirmative action programs, which is false.
birth certificates and college transcripts #ThingsThatEnrageDemocrats
— Kayleigh McEnany (@kayleighmcenany) August 20, 2012
It’s not just McEnany’s birtherism and racism that are disturbing to see in anyone working in the White House, it’s her hypocrisy as well.
In 2015 McEnany was not impressed with then-candidate Trump:
Everyone seems to have a plan except Trump #GOPDebate
— Kayleigh McEnany (@kayleighmcenany) August 7, 2015
But she focused much of her time attacking President Barack Obama, for issues she ignores with President Trump.
Here she goes after Obama for golfing (NCRM has not verified if her claim is true):
@Copponex Obama’s golfing is absurd. 9 weekends in a row. Thanks for all your comments on the site. They are very insightful.
— Kayleigh McEnany (@kayleighmcenany) June 3, 2011
Here she attacks President Obama for blaming his predecessor, which Trump does almost daily.
— Kayleigh McEnany (@kayleighmcenany) August 5, 2011
Here she praises Mitt Romney for not attacking his fellow Republicans – something Trump does on a regular basis:
@jonnycinq This is what I like about Romney. very rarely sinks into attacking Republican colleagues. The barbs should be pointed at Obama.
— Kayleigh McEnany (@kayleighmcenany) September 8, 2011
Here she attacks Obama for increasing the national debt after the global financial crisis. Trump has increased the debt in three years far more than Obama ever did in eight.
Obama: “Everything in this bill will be paid for”… right, by future generations.
— Kayleigh McEnany (@kayleighmcenany) September 8, 2011
Here she attacks Obama for not going to church regularly. Her boss almost never does – yet claims to be highly religious, and uses the evangelical right as a shield.
Obama: “My Christian faith is important to me.” Maybe you should try going to church?
— Kayleigh McEnany (@kayleighmcenany) February 10, 2012
Finally, we’ll just leave these last two hypocritical tweets here without comment:
At least none of the candidates look orange like Obama during the State of the Union. #CNNDebate
— Kayleigh McEnany (@kayleighmcenany) January 27, 2012
— Kayleigh McEnany (@kayleighmcenany) January 26, 2012
Rubio Ridiculed for Blasting Warren’s Same-Sex Marriage Remarks While Appearing to Encourage ‘Fighting Back’
Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) over the weekend blasted Senator Elizabeth Warren‘s (D-MA) viral remarks about those who oppose same-sex marriage. He also appeared to encourage “fighting back, even in a crude or vulgar way” by “Americans with traditional values.”
The Democratic Senator from Massachusetts who is enjoying months-long momentum that has currently placed her close to tied with frontrunner Joe Biden slammed Americans who oppose same-sex marriage during an HRC/CNN town hall last week.
Asked what she would say to someone who tells her, “Senator, I’m old-fashioned, and my faith teaches me that marriage is between one man and one woman,” Warren served up a one-two punch.
“I’m going to assume it’s a guy who said that,” Warren replied. “And I’m going to say, ‘Then just marry one woman.”
That was followed by her quip suggesting it would be challenging for that person to find someone who would want to marry him.
Senator Rubio concocted a tweet that framed the right of same-sex couples to marry as something only “elites” support, which is false. Studies find six out of 10 Americans support same-sex marriage, while just three out of 10 oppose it.
The Senator from Florida in 2016 literally used the massacre of 49 LGBTQ people and their allies, many of whom were also people of color, at Orlando’s Pulse nightclub as a reason to revoke his promise to not run for re-election.
Rubio reposted a clip of Warren’s remarks that frames them as “the best thing you’ll see today,” but offered a very different response.
“Vividly captures the condescension of elites & their incessant ridicule of Americans with traditional values. It elicits glee among celebrities & blue check brigade,” he claimed, speaking of those on Twitter whose accounts have been “verified.”
“But for the millions sick of being disrespected it elicits support for fighting back,” Sen. Rubio continued, “even in a crude or vulgar way.”
Rubio’s remarks were quickly panned.
Hate is not a traditional value. Neither is selling out western democracy to the highest bidder, which in Marco Rubio’s case is *checks notes* Vlad Putin and the m’fkn gun lobby. https://t.co/ue7mm2qWh0 #LoveWins #LetUsLive #MarchForOurLives #WeThePeopleMarch #MarcoRubio #NRA pic.twitter.com/0yVwd7cSKn
— 🏝 Kim (@kim) October 13, 2019
Heaven help us if the small minority of Americans like Rubio who hate same-sex marriage but love the rapist president starts fighting back in a crude and vulgar way! https://t.co/Z5m86HaQAW
— Brian Beutler (@brianbeutler) October 12, 2019
What traditional values would you say you are successfully promoting?
— CrimeBusterHat (@Popehat) October 13, 2019
Since I don’t have a blue check, Marco wants me to respond:
It’s hilarious hypocrisy that someone who mocked a presidential candidate on live TV for his micro-penis is now scolding other people about how unseemly it is to ridicule others.
— Mrs. Betty Bowers (@BettyBowers) October 13, 2019
Even when Republicans are the oppressors — and discriminating against the LGBTQ community is definitely oppressive — they still believe they are the victims. Their martyr complex is out of control. https://t.co/pkDYcWDiT6
— Adam Best (@adamcbest) October 12, 2019
Moron, she’s saying YOU can decide who YOU marry, but get the fuck out of other people’s bedrooms. Got it, you homophobic piece of shit?!! https://t.co/u4Vuh9QUkL
— Morgan J. Freeman (@mjfree) October 13, 2019
Sorry, Senator, if your “traditional values” are racist, misogynist, or homophobic, what you’re experiencing is not condescension, it’s repulsion.
And since when is sticking up for the oppressed an “elitist” act?
Finally: you yourself are a blue checked elite, by the way. https://t.co/LrCRh6Cpc7
— Ed Solomon (@ed_solomon) October 12, 2019
Just what “traditional values” are those, Marco? Those of the serial sex-abuser, rapist, racist, lying, traitorous, corrupt, criminal president? Or those that enable him, hypocritically spewing scripture while violating every commandment of every religion known to man?
— David Rothkopf (@djrothkopf) October 12, 2019
Yeah, it really sucks when no one respects your bigotry. Cry me a river, Senator. https://t.co/eBVNRpMN1q
— Jennifer Mendelsohn 🇺🇸 (@CleverTitleTK) October 12, 2019
You traditionalists support a crude & vulgar cheat who bags porn stars while his wife is pregnant, has 43 sexual assault charges against him, pals around with pedophiles, disparages disabled ppl & tortures children. It isn’t elitist to disrespect you hypocrites, it’s necessary. https://t.co/OhsmZxRAgu
— Nancy Lee Grahn (@NancyLeeGrahn) October 12, 2019
Also, you’ve got a lot of nerve clutching your pearls at Warren’s joke here when your entire party spends its time crapping on anyone who lives in a city or has a bachelor’s degree as overprivileged snobs who can’t even feed themselves.
— Matthew Chapman (@fawfulfan) October 12, 2019
Ridiculous ideas deserve ridicule, banning adults from loving other adults qualifies. You don’t have to be elite to understand that. https://t.co/PRckr5bN1M
— feminist next door (@emrazz) October 12, 2019
You still haven’t figured out that you and your party have permanently forfeited the right to smug piety, have you?
— Mark Harris (@MarkHarrisNYC) October 12, 2019
Fighting back against what?? My civil rights?? So you think you’re somehow better than me and that I shouldn’t be an equal citizen? My husband and I have been together for 20 years… your President cheated on all three of his wives. You can shove your “values” asshole. https://t.co/Yf2YxJn1ug
— Ari Solomon (@VeganAri) October 13, 2019
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