“He’s literally trying to get people killed”
Barely twelve hours after exiting the medical care of Walter Reed hospital President Donald Trump on Tuesday once again falsely compared the coronavirus to the flu, lied about how many Americans die from it, and promoted the dangerous idea that the nation should just learn to live with COVID-19.
“Flu season is coming up!” Trump tweeted. “Many people every year, sometimes over 100,000, and despite the Vaccine, die from the Flu. Are we going to close down our Country? No, we have learned to live with it, just like we are learning to live with Covid, in most populations far less lethal!!!”
Trump lied about how many people die from the flu. As CNN’s fact checker Daniel Dale was quick to point out, it never hit 100,000.
On Trump’s “sometimes over 100,000” figure: The CDC has estimated that there’ve been between 12,000 to 61,000 flu deaths each year since 2010. https://t.co/RpYOC74G1f
— Daniel Dale (@ddale8) October 6, 2020
More than 211,000 Americans have died from coronavirus. About 1000 continue to die from the disease every day.
Americans are furious with the president over his latest tweet. Here’s what some are saying.
He’s back to this — which is actually a lie, it’s never been that high — and it shows you this is a man who makes no progress.
After all that’s happened in this country, all he’s been through, he’s the same pathological sociopath.
But on steroids. https://t.co/k6xMwyKNgX
— Michelangelo Signorile, subscribe to my newsletter (@MSignorile) October 6, 2020
Trump response to every threat we face is…surrender. https://t.co/sH2UgpMjEp
— David Rothkopf (@djrothkopf) October 6, 2020
Only Trump in the last month of the election would return to the single most rhetorical damaging talking point of his entire presidency https://t.co/yDnsmDtE0D
— Saagar Enjeti (@esaagar) October 6, 2020
Donald Trump doesn’t care whether you live or die. Whether you support him or not, your life is completely inconsequential to him. https://t.co/GvDvhZAxPP
— Ben Rhodes (@brhodes) October 6, 2020
Three weeks to go in an election campaign and the position of the president with regard to a pandemic that will have killed over 300,000 people by year end is “get used to it” and “it’s no big deal.” So, if you’re pro-death and disease, he’s definitely your man. https://t.co/sH2UgpMjEp
— David Rothkopf (@djrothkopf) October 6, 2020
Trump pro-virus PSAs are deeply, deeply weird https://t.co/dBgU0qqTgg
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) October 6, 2020
This is like a sci-fi movie after the virus takes control of the host to facilitate its spread. https://t.co/kyLaJXyzeu
— Nicholas Bauer, PhD 👨🔬🔬 (@BioTurboNick) October 6, 2020
Even COVID didn’t humble him. Back to being aggressively reckless and cruel. https://t.co/fUui7sjTvQ
— Wajahat “Wears a Mask Because of a Pandemic” Ali (@WajahatAli) October 6, 2020
Disgusting beyond words. He’s literally trying to get people killed. https://t.co/lSJ430LDd4
— Charles Johnson (@Green_Footballs) October 6, 2020
The party of death. https://t.co/1M12x4xNS3
— Damon Linker (@DamonLinker) October 6, 2020
Did the flu write this? https://t.co/uB4DdY0BON
— Jonathan Ladd (@jonmladd) October 6, 2020
If he wins, the pandemic will be permanent. https://t.co/BbmhYIkpsr
— John Stoehr’s Editorial Board (@johnastoehr) October 6, 2020
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‘How Orwellian’: Top Florida Paper Pounds ‘Do-Nothing DeSantis’ as a ‘Fraud’ and a ‘Phony’
The Editorial Board of one of Florida’s top newspapers is criticizing Republican Governor Ron DeSantis as a “fraud” and a “phony” for his horrific handling of the Sunshine State’s COVID crisis, and then taking a “victory lap” for one week of improved results after “Florida’s summer of suffering.”
“Florida led the nation in case rates for much of the summer, and our governor was silent. Well, not totally silent. He did rail against mask and vaccine mandates, measures intended to prevent people from falling ill,” the Orlando Sentinel’s Editorial Board writes. “Now, a governor whose sole contribution to fighting the outbreak was to expand antibody treatments for people after they got infected is taking full credit for the decline in cases.”
“What a fraud. What a phony,” they declare, chastising the governor with White House wishes for having “the gall, the nerve, to take a victory lap.”
The paper notes that from July to October approximately 21,000 Floridians died from COVID. (The total number of Florida COVID deaths is 59,495.)
“Compare that to California, a warm-weather state with nearly twice the population of Florida and a governor who believes in public health. California had just 8,600 deaths during that same summer surge, according to Johns Hopkins,” they note.
DeSantis “could have made another major push for Floridians to get vaccinated. But he didn’t, possibly because his Republican Party is rapidly aligning itself with the anti-vaxxer movement,” the writer, adding that he chose “to make masks a cultural wedge issue” by banning any local mandates.
“And now, the do-nothing governor is trying to claim credit for this surge coming to an end,” the editors lament. “It is DeSantis’ final and most essential command — to reject the evidence of your eyes and ears. How Orwellian.”
Four School Teachers in One Florida County Die in One Day From COVID as DeSantis Continues to Ban Mask Mandates
Four school teachers in Broward County, Florida just died from COVID-19 in one day. Three were unvaccinated, CNN reports (video below.)
Republican Governor Ron DeSantis continues to refuse to allow any mask or vaccine mandates as coronavirus cases, hospitalizations, and deaths explode in his state.
“Within a 24-hour span, we had an assistant teacher pass away, a teacher at her school pass away, an elementary teacher pass away and another teacher at a high school,” Broward Teachers Union President Anna Fusco told CBS News.
Broward County’s School Board this week voted to defy DeSantis’ ban on masks mandates.
Florida recorded 24,869 new coronavirus cases on Thursday, far more than any state in the nation. Less than half of Florida’s total population is fully vaccinated.
357 people in Florida died from coronavirus yesterday, per data from The New York Times.
BREAKING: WFOR is reporting that 4 teachers from Broward county have died of covid in a single day.
Three were unvaccinated. We don’t know the status of the 4th. pic.twitter.com/uT4XW7irc5
— Brianna Keilar (@brikeilarcnn) August 13, 2021
‘Yippee!!!’ Emails Show Trump Officials Celebrating After CDC Caved to Demands to Downplay COVID Risks
Newly released emails show that Trump administration officials openly celebrated after they successfully meddled to get the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to downplay the risks of the novel coronavirus.
The Washington Post reports that former Trump science adviser Paul Alexander wrote an email to then-HHS public affairs chief Michael Caputo in which he boasted about getting the CDC to back off language in two different reports that he believed painted too dire of a picture of the COVID-19 crisis.
“Pointing to one change — where CDC leaders allegedly changed the opening sentence of a report about spread of the virus among younger people after Alexander pressured them — Alexander wrote to Caputo, calling it a ‘small victory but a victory nonetheless and yippee!!!'” the Post reports.
Alexander also told Caputo about how he teamed up with Trump adviser Dr. Scott Atlas to alter a CDC weekly report on coronavirus-related deaths among young Americans.
The emails also show Alexander and Caputo wanted to cook up numbers on the alleged spike in suicides that were occurring during the pandemic, despite the fact that the number of suicides in the United States in 2020 actually fell by 6 percent.
“We need solid estimates to be able to say something like: 50,000 more cancer deaths! 40,000 more heart attacks! 25,000 more suicides!” Caputo wrote.
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