Healthcare works are on the frontlines of the coronavirus pandemic President Donald Trump is making worse by his refusal to advocate for basic common sense behaviors to stop the spread and by holding rallies that pack supporters in close together, while few wear masks.
A recent study found in 82% of areas where Trump has held as rally recently coronavirus cases surged.
So it’s especially offensive to Americans that doctors, nurses, technicians, and other healthcare workers putting their lives and their families’ lives in the direct line of danger every day to save lives that President Donald Trump just told another lie about the deadly pandemic: blame doctors for the huge number of cases.
Trump literally just said doctors falsely attribute deaths to COVID-19 because they make thousands of dollars more if they do.
That’s absolutely false.
“You know in Germany if you have a bad heart and you’re ready to die, or if you have cancer and you’re going to be dying soon, and you catch COVID, that happens, we mark it down to COVID. You know, our doctors get more money if somebody dies from COVID, you know that, right?” Trump asked the crowd, sharing the lie as his supporters cheer.
“So what they do they say, ‘I’m sorry, but everyone dies of COVID,'” Trump continued lying. “But in Germany and other places, if you have a heart attack or if you have cancer, you’re terminally ill, and you catch COVID then they say you died of cancer, you died of heart attack. With us, ‘When in doubt, choose COVID.'”
“Now, they’ll say, it’s terrible what he said.”
“It’s like $2000 more, so you could only get more money. This could only happen to us.”
Trump: You know our doctors get more money if somebody dies from COVID pic.twitter.com/HBSTvXcdnh
— Acyn Torabi (@Acyn) October 30, 2020
Medical professionals, healthcare workers and experts, and people from all over in general are outraged.
My doctor friends talk about their physical exhaustion, the emotional toll of patients suffering & dying without their families, and their frustration over the lack of equipment or leadership.
Haven’t heard about the sweet COVID cash the president claims they’re getting. Weird. https://t.co/Kzip0wXdM5
— Kevin M. Kruse (@KevinMKruse) October 30, 2020
More than 1,000 health care workers have DIED from COVID.
A competent President would have prevented that.
Trump not only failed that, he now is attacking the victims. https://t.co/2Cvm80uKNF
— Ronald Klain (@RonaldKlain) October 30, 2020
Pres. Trump using his last few campaign days to go after America’s frontline healthcare workers https://t.co/54tOAQuAdd
— Michael George (@MikeGeorgeCBS) October 30, 2020
As a doctor I struggle when someone I care for dies.
I struggle if I did everything possible.
I struggle to talk with their family.
I struggle with my own mortality and mental health.
I DO NOT struggle to maximize my billing,
POTUS you are evil to accuse me of this. It hurts.
— Stephen H Anderson MD (@ACEPSteve) October 30, 2020
— Jason Shaw (@shawboy278) October 30, 2020
@realDonaldTrump – I am a doctor from Germany and I tell you: Stop using us as an example for your lies! Your every word is a cruel lie and a slap in the face to all the doctors in the world who do everything to save lives – lives that you trample under foot! IDIOT!! #MAGA2020 https://t.co/UL4dpzHDzy
— Dzana Gellert (@Dzana1407) October 30, 2020
If this were true, you’d think the wannabe dictator who pretends he can do anything with his executive orders would do something about this “fraud.” The fact that all he’s done is super-spread this is lie is proof he knows it’s a lie. https://t.co/c0d6qBs8rM
— Frank Lesser (@sadmonsters) October 30, 2020
The quote from a doctor that haunts me is, how awful it is in the middle of all this when you even “have to fight the person who’s supposed to have your back.”
Donald Trump has NEVER had anyone’s back. Ever. And he never will. https://t.co/nTFZveLqrb
— Kathy NJ (@ecclesias) October 30, 2020
In the last 3 days Trump has falsely attacked firefighters, doctors, and law enforcement.
“I will always have your back.” (Knife in hand) https://t.co/0sY6YltaL5
— HellvinlyFather 🇺🇲🇨🇦🇲🇼🇸🇿 (@KevinlyFather) October 30, 2020
Scientists, teachers, doctors, governors… I’m losing track of everyone we’re supposed to blame other than Trump. https://t.co/U6ZaCoT87p
— Aaron Rossi (@AaronJRossi) October 30, 2020
This abomination is now slandering doctors.
In the middle of a pandemic. https://t.co/nyEoTGZa4V
— Kiel Christianson (@GolfWriterKiel) October 30, 2020
Closing argument: “Doctors are bad” https://t.co/XqhZWj1JFp
— Jack Burton (@kelly4NC) October 30, 2020
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Marco Rubio: ‘Not a Crime’ to Break Federal Law by Taking Top Secret National Security Documents From the White House
In a rare Fox News moment, host Bret Baier reported that many are concerned about the lack of Republican “alarm” over Donald Trump absconding with at least 15 cartons of documents and other items, some of which were classified, or even “top secret” classified, and storing them in his suite at Mar-a-Lago, compared to the massive coverage the media gave the Hillary Clinton email story.
U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL), who is the Ranking Member on the Intelligence Committee, and also serves on the Foreign Relations Committee, responded by saying “it’s not a crime” to break federal law – the Presidential Records Act of 1978, in this case, by removing the documents or flushing them down the toilet.
It seems odd that the Ranking Member of the Senate Intelligence Committee would be unaware of federal laws about retention of presidential documents, especially handling of classified and top-secret national security documents.
The Florida Republican also suggested Trump had turned over all the missing documents, which is false.
Rubio began by claiming he doesn’t know what’s true because “they” have made up so many stories about Trump “over the years.”
He goes on to suggest, apparently erroneously, that Hillary Clinton’s treatment of classified documents was pleaded in a federal court case.
Rubio: The documents that were at Mar-a-Lago by all accounts were turned over. Look if the process wasn’t followed then there needs to be something that happens about that. It’s not a crime I don’t believe pic.twitter.com/gFMxqSBxHE
— Acyn (@Acyn) February 14, 2022
‘That’s a Lie!’ MSNBC’s Hayes Destroys Kayleigh McEnany for Blatantly False Claim About Trump’s COVID Tests
MSNBC host Chris Hayes on Thursday night played a clip of then-White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany discussing former President Donald Trump’s timeline of COVID-19 test results after he was diagnosed with the virus last year.
Hayes played the clip during a report on former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows’s claim that Trump tested positive for COVID-19 on Sept. 26, prior to his first debate with President Joe Biden.
“All of the evidence points to Trump having COVID, knowing he had COVID, and spending a week spreading it around while covering it up and refusing to admit he’s sick,” Hayes concluded.
He went on to recall that after Trump finally announced he had COVID on Oct. 2, White House officials were “so sketchy” about when he had last tested negative — and then he played the clip of McEnany “trying to evade this simple question” on Oct. 4.
McEnany was responding to a reporter’s question about whether Trump had been tested prior to the debate on Sept. 29, or before a fundraiser in Bedminster, New Jersey, on Oct. 1.
“I’m not going to give you a detailed readout with timestamps of every time the president is tested,” McEnany said. “He’s tested regularly, and the first positive test he received was after his return from Bedminster.”
“Again, I’m not giving a detailed readout of his testing, but it’s safe to say his first positive test was upon return, or at least after, Bedminster, that trip,” McEnany added.
“That’s a lie. We now know, that’s a lie. That clip there is a lie,” Hayes said, recalling that at the time, “the squirrelliness around this was hard to ignore.”
PBS News White House correspondent Yamiche Alcindor agreed, saying, “When I watched Kayleigh lie there, it just reminded me of all the different times she lied, so many times, from the podium, from the White House lawn, from the stakeout location where she is in that clip.”
“It really just underscores that this was an administration that was never really playing it straight with the American people,” Alcindor said.
Trump Issues Stunningly False Statement Criticizing Biden for ‘Attack’ on US Oil Reserves
Donald Trump, the disgraced, former president who is reportedly planning a third campaign, on Tuesday released an exceptionally false statement criticizing President Joe Biden for taking action to combat increasing gas and home heating oil prices.
President Biden Tuesday morning announced he has authorized 50 million barrels of oil to be sold from the U.S. Strategic Oil Reserves, a move that should help lower oil and gas prices that have risen because of OPEC+ policies. Biden is making the move in conjunction with similar moves by five other countries: China, India, Japan, South Korea and the U.K.
“We expect the industry to be passing through these savings to consumers as quickly as possible,” a White House official said, as The Wall Street Journal reports.
“The president stands ready to take additional action, if needed, and is prepared to use his full authorities working in coordination with the rest of the world to maintain adequate supply as we exit the pandemic,” the White House added.
Trump, in a statement released to the press, outright lied about Biden’s move, and about his own performance and that of other U.S. Presidents.
“For decades our Country’s very important Strategic Oil Reserves were low or virtually empty in that no President wanted to pay the price of filling them up. I filled them up three years ago, right to the top, when oil prices were very low. Those reserves are meant to be used for serious emergencies, like war, and nothing else,” Trump falsely claimed.
As The New York Times’ Peter Baker notes, the Strategic Oil Reserves (technically the Strategic Petroleum Reserve,) were far from empty when Trump took office, but they were far less full when he left:
Strategic Petroleum Reserve on the day Trump took office: 695 million barrels
Strategic Petroleum Reserve on the day Trump left office: 638 million barrelshttps://t.co/P4esCfDbNB
— Peter Baker (@peterbakernyt) November 23, 2021
That’s not the only lie Trump told.
The Strategic Petroleum Reserve is authorized to hold up to 714 million barrels (in 2009 it was 727 million barrels), so they were nearly full when Trump took office. He also exposed his ignorance about how the federal government “buys” the oil. The oil is effectively traded to the government as payment (royalties) for drilling leases so presidents not wanting to “pay the price of filling them up” is false as well.
Here’s a graph from the U.S. government showing how many barrels of oil are in the U.S. Strategic Petroleum Reserves, starting in 1980. At no time were they “low or virtually empty,” not ever. The chart is highlighted to indicate the day Trump was sworn in to office:
The Reserves have been tapped about 20 times since they were first created in 1975, including to reduce the deficit in 1996 and 1997, in 2011 during the Arab Spring, and as loans to oil companies.
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