President Donald Trump’s new spokesperson for the Dept. of Health and Human Services recently made racist remarks about Chinese people, accused Democrats of wanting the coronavirus to kill “millions of people,” called progressives “assholes” and “sphincters,” and has advanced conspiracy theories, according to a CNN report.
Michael Caputo was appointed Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs at HHS last week, raising eyebrows among many who are familiar with the history of the Republican operative who has ties to another Trump associate, Roger Stone.
Caputo, who worked on the Trump 2016 presidential campaign, will have tremendous control over messaging, including on coronavirus, for the top health agency of the federal government.
“On March 8, he said a Democrat may try to inflict hundreds of thousands of American deaths from the coronavirus, creating a hypothetical scenario comparable to James Hodgkinson, the anti-Trump man who shot House Majority Whip Rep. Steve Scalise and four others during a Republican congressional baseball game practice in 2017,” CNN’s KFile reports.
“Coronavirus is the Democrats’ new Russia, their new Ukraine,” Caputo tweeted. “And nobody will believe them except their zombies. But know this: The Dems’ strategy to defeat @realDonaldTrump requires 100s of thousands of American deaths. Will one of their nutjobs make it happen, a la Hodgkinson?”
A sampling of other tweets:
Feb. 28: “Bottom line, a lot of Americans have to get sick and die for coronavirus to tank the Trump economy. The Democrats’ only hope for 2020 victory is a sunk economy. They’re talking it down right now. But their strategy only works if a lot of Americans get sick and die.”
March 8: “Coronavirus is the Democrats’ new Russia, their new Ukraine. And nobody will believe them except their zombies. But know this: The Dems’ strategy to defeat @realDonaldTrump requires 100s of thousands of American deaths. Will one of their nutjobs make it happen, a la Hodgkinson?”
Caputo that same day retweeted: “Democrats are pulling for the virus to kill a lot of people.”
March 12: “Sure, millions of Chinese suck the blood out of rabid bats as an appetizer and eat the ass out of anteaters but some foreigner snuck in a bottle of the good stuff. That’s it.”
March 14: “Taking down names of progs who pick out of context phrases from Administration statements so they can ‘LOL’ for resistance cred while Washington deals with a pandemic. These are the biggest assholes. Hugest shitbags. Gargantuan sphincters.”
March 15, a conspiracy theory: “Are you kidding? Soros’s political agenda REQUIRES a pandemic.”
March 20: “I know you want millions to die so your addled candidate can stumble into the White House but it looks like you might be disappointed. How sad for you.”
Read the entire report, including more tweets, here.
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‘Ivanka’ Is Trending Because the ‘Poster Child for Privilege’ Is Telling Unemployed Americans to Just ‘Find Something New’
“Ivanka” and “#NepotismBarbie” are trending on social media
Unemployment in June fell to 11.1%, after it hit an all-time high of 14.7% in April. That means there are an additional 20 million Americans who are now unemployed thanks to the coronavirus pandemic – which is huge until you remember it was more than 40 million just a few short months ago as the nation shut down to slow the spread.
Ivanka Trump doesn’t see it that way. The Senior Advisor to the President has a different take: “Find Something New.”
“There has never been a more critical time for Americans of all ages and backgrounds to be aware of the multiple pathways to career success and gain the vocational training and skills they need to fill jobs in a changing economy,” the First Daughter said, according to the AP which notes she “graduated from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School.”
Trump is co-chair of the White House’s American Workforce Policy Advisory Board, which created the “Find Something New” campaign, in collaboration with the Ad Council.
More than ever our #PledgetoAmericasWorkers is focused on helping Americans 🇺🇸 bolster skills to find new jobs + navigate career transitions.
— Ivanka Trump (@IvankaTrump) July 14, 2020
Ads are being funded by more than 20 major corporations and organizations. Here’s the first, which offers nothing but platitudes – and no tangible assistance.
There;’s also a website that, again, is little more than platitudes.
The “program,” as SiriusXM’s Michelangelo Signorile notes, puts the blame – and the burden – entirely on the unemployed person, and takes it off the Trump administration, which is responsible for the worst-management of the coronavirus pandemic anywhere in the world.
Only they could come up with the most privileged, nasty slogan for people who’ve lost their jobs.
— Michelangelo Signorile, subscribe to my newsletter (@MSignorile) July 14, 2020
Many on social media are pointing to Ivanka Trump’s “privilege” with anger and disgust, causing “Ivanka” and “#NepotismBarbie” to trend. They seem to consider the daughter of a billionaire president who has a job in her father’s administration (and many patents from China too) telling them to “find something new” is just plain tone deaf.
Ivanka, the poster child for privilege and having everything handed to her, has an idea:
“Let them eat cake”
— Enough is Enough (@EyesOfSurprise) July 14, 2020
Ivanka’s Tone-Deaf Advice to Millions of Unemployed Americans: Find Something New
— Jon Cooper 🇺🇸 (@joncoopertweets) July 14, 2020
Ivanka is a skewed product of wealth, privilege, and nepotism. What can she possibly have to say of value to regular Americans?
— J. Rogers (@jamie64x) July 14, 2020
— Jamison Foser (@jamisonfoser) July 14, 2020
It’s the Ivanka version of Marie Antoinette’s if they don’t have bread, “let them eat cake”. It’s the epitome of privilege combined with being not that smart. https://t.co/NOE9u38Wh8
— Rhonda Jones Levy (@RhondaJonesLevy) July 14, 2020
Thank you, IVANKA, for your tone-deaf advice to the COVID unemployed.
On Nov 3rd, we intend to send your DADDY off to#FindSomethingNew
— Pierre joseph☮️ (@pierrewarrenj46) July 14, 2020
Well, no worries! Ivanka has a very tone deaf solution. #FindSomethingNew
Just run out and train and get a new job during a pandemic! I mean, she found a job with no qualifications. Can’t we all?? Problem solved. #ETTD #GOPCorruptionOverCountry
— Purple in the Bayou (@Purple2Bluish) July 14, 2020
Ivanka Trump in Gif form. What a tone deaf, omigarchal, privileged brat. I refuse to be lectured by a grown woman who’s never had to work a day in her life. Bite me troll. #FindSomethingNew pic.twitter.com/YmyIv9niKR
— RedhairedMere (@RedhairedM) July 14, 2020
i suspect many americans will #FindSomethingNew this november, including a president who doesn’t put his spoiled princess daughter in a government job
— Oliver Willis (@owillis) July 14, 2020
Calling on Americans to find new jobs w/ the highest unemployment since the Depression is shockingly tone deaf.
Making lifelong nepotist Ivanka Trump—who has literally never had to look for a real job in her life—the face of a campaign urging self-reliance is simply surreal. https://t.co/pN3nqZGMQM
— Heraclitean Fire (@heraclitean11) July 14, 2020
Hey everyone, it’s Ivanka. I’m a normal person, like everyone else. There’s no crisis/pandemic. No unemployment. US economy is the best ever. So many great paying jobs available. Yay!
If you don’t like your job, it’s easy “find something new”.
Her tone deafness is disgusting… https://t.co/4ooxUMsS3C
— Jodie Moss (@JodieHMoss) July 14, 2020
— Liddle’ Savage (@littledeekay) July 14, 2020
Trump Tells Fox News the New ‘Black Lives Matter’ Sign on Fifth Avenue Is Like He’s Being ‘Prosecuted’
President Donald Trump appeared to reveal another quid pro quo during an interview with Fox News host Sean Hannity.
MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell pointed it out during an interview with Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA).
“I was very nice to Mayor de Blasio. I got him ventilators when he needed them… I got him the gowns. I got him the masks. I got him everything. Then he throws a big Black Lives Matter sign right down in the middle of Fifth Avenue. I was so good to him and to Gov. Cuomo, like nobody’s ever been good. And then all you end up doing out of that place is getting prosecuted.”
He went on to call New York City a hellhole.
Sending personal protective equipment from the federal stockpile and the federal government coming to the aid of Americans in a pandemic does not typically mean that he, as the leader of the country, would get something in return like blind loyalty.
At the same time, the president appears to believe that a “Black Lives Matter” sign is some kind of prosecution of him. It was something Harris keyed in on, saying that BLM has nothing to do with Trump.
“I think we’ve been talking about, for about four years, the various forms of narcissism,” said Harris. “Black Lives Matter is not about Donald Trump. It’s about Black lives that do matter.”
See the video below:
Kamala Harris on Trump’s tantrum over Black Lives Matter being painted in front of Trump Tower on 5th Ave:
“Black Lives Matter is not about Donald Trump. It’s about Black Lives. That DO matter.” 🔥🔥🔥 pic.twitter.com/FgsSRg3F6C
— ✊🏾 ALL BLACK LIVES MATTER ✊🏾 (@flywithkamala) July 10, 2020
‘You Live Off of White People’: Woman Screams Profanities at Black Lives Matter Activists – ‘Keep Your HIV Over There’
A woman was filmed screaming at Black Lives Matter activists on Sunday, yelling, “you live off of white people” and “keep your HIV over there,” in a profanity-laden rant during a Watsontown, Pennsylvania BLM protest.
As the activists chanted, “No justice, no peace,” video shows the woman yelling back, “F*ck you, we’re going to give you no peace,” then repeatedly unleashing several profanities as she waves her middle finger. Holding a bottle of water, she starts to walk away, then comes back to yell, “You f*ckin’ communists.”
BLM activists responded to her verbal attacks by chanting, “We love you.”
There were several bystanders near her who did nothing.
The Standard-Journal reports “hundreds” of BLM activists protested.
Central Pennsylvania photographer Paul Weaver writes that BLM activists “were met with shouts of ‘all lives matter’ and ‘white lives matter’ from the group group [sic] across the street which consisted of motorcycle club members, men in Trump hats, Three-Percenters, and other local residents.”
Three-Percenters are a far-right wing militia anti-government movement and paramilitary group.
Weaver captured many photos of the event, and video of the woman screaming, which he posted to Facebook.
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