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‘One of the Stupidest Things I’ve Ever Heard’: Morning Joe Wallops Trump’s Latest Response to COVID-19 in the White House



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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DHS Chief Chad Wolf and Deputy Ken Cuccinelli Invalidly Appointed by Trump – Ineligible to Serve: Top Watchdog Agency



Dept. of Homeland Security acting Secretary Chad Wolf and Deputy Secretary Ken Cuccinelli were not legally installed into the positions they have been serving, according to the federal government’s top watchdog agency, the Government Accountability Office, Politico’s Kyle Cheney reports.

Republican political strategist Liz Mair says “this probably makes a ton that both have done while in these jobs unlawful.”

Immigration attorney Aaron Reichlin-Melnick:

Vice President, Immigration Policy, Center for American Progress:

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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Trump Calls for ‘A Certain Freedom’ to Wear Masks or Not – and Lies That Biden’s Coronavirus Policies Are ‘Anti-Scientific’



President Donald Trump tried to contrast his response to the coronavirus pandemic, which has led to the deaths of nearly 170,000 Americans, against former Vice President Joe Biden, who has called for strong measures far earlier than Trump ever did.

On Thursday Biden called on the nation’s governors to issue across the board mask mandates. Trump, in a campaign speech delivered under the false pretense of a coronavirus news conference, attacked his Democratic rival, and falsely claimed Biden had called for a national mask mandate instituted by presidential decree.

Trump, who misuses the power of his office regularly, claimed he did not think a President has the power to mandate mask wearing (he or she does.)

“Every governor should mandate mandatory mask wearing. The estimates by the experts are that it will save over 40,000 lives in the next three months. Forty thousand lives, if people act responsibly,” former Vice President Joe Biden said Thursday, referring to scientific studies. “It’s not about your rights. It’s about your responsibilities as an American.”

Trump offered a different take on mask-wearing, saying “maybe they’re great and maybe they’re good and maybe they’re not so good, but frankly, what do you have to lose?” and adding, “we want to have a certain freedom,” to wear or not masks, “that’s what we’re about.”



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Trump’s Postmaster General Removing Hundreds of Mail Sorting Machines – Before the Biggest Vote By Mail Election Ever: Report



President Donald Trump’s Postmaster General is quietly removing mail sorting machines and has scheduled the removal of  hundreds more from USPS facilities across the country. The action, which is both unprecedented and unexplained, comes barely months before the 2020 November election, which begins in weeks when early voting starts in some states.

“In many cases, these are the same machines that would be tasked with sorting ballots, calling into question promises made by Postmaster General Louis DeJoy that the USPS has ‘ample capacity’ to handle the predicted surge in mail-in ballots,” VICE’s Motherboard reports. “Motherboard identified 19 mail sorting machines from five processing facilities across the U.S. that either have already been removed or are scheduled to be in the near future.”

That may not seem like a lot, and as Motherboard notes, “the Postal Service operates hundreds of distribution facilities around the country.”

But The Guardian’s voting rights reporter Sam Levine has posted what he reports is a letter and attached spreadsheets detailing where literally hundreds of USPS machines are slated to be removed, from where, and when.

NCRM examined the spreadsheets, which refer to the removal of a total of 671 mail sorting machines with names like Automated Flat Sorting Machine (AFSMs), and Delivery Bar Code Sorters (DBCSs).

These are used to sort mostly letter-sized, flat mail pieces – the exact kind that, say, voting ballots would be sent in.

The letter, which was sent to the President of the American Postal Workers Union, cites only the “reduction in letter and flat mail volume,” but does not say why the machines are being removed now. The schedule calls for all 671 machines to be removed by September 30, which in some states is when or just after early voting begins.


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