MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough ripped the Trump administration’s “celebration of stupidity” as the coronavirus spreads inside the White House.
At least three individuals who work in the West Wing have tested positive for the virus, and the “Morning Joe” host was astonished that President Donald Trump still insisted on going without a mask and ignoring social distancing guidelines.
“The president is worried about the optics,” Scarborough said. “The pandemic doesn’t care about the optics. The president also — you talk about the death of expertise, this is just the sell celebration of stupidity, when the president of the United States talks about the vice president’s press person getting COVID-19, and then saying, ‘See, I told you tests don’t matter, even with all these tests, she still got it.’ I mean, one of the stupidest things I’ve ever heard.”
“If they weren’t taking tests inside the White House, we’d probably find out next week that, well, you know, probably a huge number of people inside the White House got it,” Scarborough added. “Instead, there was testing — obviously, tracing, isolation, treatment — the sort of things that Dr. [Anthony] Fauci says we want to have nationwide, but we don’t because of Donald Trump’s failures. Now the president himself, somehow, talking about this strict regimen inside the White House, that found somebody immediately and sent them home. The strict regimen inside the White House somehow being a failure, proving we don’t need testing nationwide. Explain that for me, if you will.”
Scarborough didn’t understand why congressional Republicans continued to watch the president bungle the response as their Senate majority swirled down the drain.
“This is a crisis,” he said. “Yeah, again, we’re not talking about Robert Mueller. If you’re fine with obstruction of justice from a president, good on ya — you’ll pay for it at the polls. You already have in ’18, you’ll pay at the polls in ’20, as well. That’s fine. If you’re fine with what the president did with the Ukraine call, good on ya. You’re the one that’s going to pay at the polls in ’20, just like so many Republicans paid.”
“But we’re talking, in this case, this is a pandemic, the worst health care crisis in a century,” Scarborough continued. “This is the worst national crisis we’ve faced since World War II. You’re sitting on your hands while the president of the United States continues to act recklessly from the beginning.”
The death toll has passed 80,000, and the administration seemed no more prepared to handle the crisis than they were four months ago.
“His magical thinking continued with drugs that now we find out are unsafe,” Scarborough said. “He was shoving those drugs on the American people, shoving those drugs on people in his administration, shoving those drugs on patients at VA system. The magical thinking continued with injecting disinfectants into bodies, trying to get his body doctors to seriously look at that, as well as shoving lights into people. Republicans, you know this is not right. You know he is not well.”
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Trump Administration Orders Military Police to Prepare to Deploy to Minneapolis
Concern is quickly growing on news the Trump administration has ordered U.S. Military Police to prepare to deploy to Minneapolis after four nights of protests. Federal law, specifically the Posse Comitatus Act of 1878, makes it illegal in many cases to use the U.S. Military within the borders of the United States, especially for law enforcement.
Early Saturday morning the Associated Press reported “the Pentagon took the rare step of ordering the Army to put several active-duty U.S. military police units on the ready to deploy to Minneapolis, where the police killing of George Floyd sparked the widespread protests.”
Soldiers from Fort Bragg in North Carolina and Fort Drum in New York have been ordered to be ready to deploy within four hours if called, according to three people with direct knowledge of the orders. Soldiers in Fort Carson, in Colorado, and Fort Riley in Kansas have been told to be ready within 24 hours.
President Donald Trump in a 1 AM Friday morning tweet threatened to call up the National Guard and shoot “thugs” in Minneapolis if state and local officials did “bring the City under control.”
Trump also tweeted, “when the looting starts, the shooting starts.”
The President promised he would “assume control” and “get the job done right.”
Trump hours earlier, according to the AP, had “asked Defense Secretary Mark Esper for military options to help quell the unrest in Minneapolis after protests descended into looting and arson in some parts of the city.”
National security attorney Bradley Moss weighed in:
“If this is where the president is headed response-wise, it would represent a significant escalation and a determination that the various state and local authorities are not up to the task of responding to the growing unrest.” – me https://t.co/nMvNNLpb2I
— Bradley P. Moss (@BradMossEsq) May 30, 2020
Online many are referring to the Posse Comitatus Act to support their belief Trump’s actions might be illegal.
Former Bush chief White House ethics lawyer Richard Painter, now a law professor, fired off such a warning on Friday before the AP’s report:
Hey Big Boy.
Read the Posse Comitatus Act and stay out of Minnesota.
18 U.S. Code § 1385. Use of Army and Air Force as posse comitatus https://t.co/LyBKbrdioT
— Richard W. Painter (@RWPUSA) May 29, 2020
The Washington Post’s Dan Lamothe apparently disagrees:
Yes, that’s right. Posse Comitatus applies until another law does. In this case, the Insurrection Act would allow it. Was used after the riots prompted by the Rodney King beating in 1992 to send a few thousand soldiers and Marines.
Touched on this here:https://t.co/ydMuyQttzf
— Dan Lamothe (@DanLamothe) May 30, 2020
ABC News adds: “Under the post-Civil War law known as Posse Comitatus, the U.S. active duty military is forbidden from carrying out law enforcement duties. That ban can only be waived if a President declares a national emergency.”
Watch: Protester Scales DC Federal Government Building to Spray-Paint Profane Anti-Trump Message
On Friday, protests around the country continued against the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
As CNN covered shots of protests in Washington, D.C., one demonstrator could clearly be seen scaling a Secret Service building, before taking out a can of spray paint and writing “F**K TRUMP” on the edifice.
One of Four Fired Police Officers Taken Into Custody in Killing of George Floyd
Derek Chauvin, one of the four now-fired police officers involved in the killing of an unarmed, handcuffed Black man, George Floyd, has been taken into police custody, according to multiple reports.
It is unclear if he has been arrested and charged, and if so with what violations.
News re the murder of George Floyd: The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension has taken former Police Officer Derek Chauvin into custody
No charging decision has been made yet.
— Yashar Ali 🐘 (@yashar) May 29, 2020
It’s unclear why the other three officers involved were not taken into custody as well.
This is a breaking news and developing story. Details may change. This story will be updated, and NCRM will likely publish follow-up stories on this news. Stay tuned and refresh for updates.
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