Alex Azar and Robert Redfield have given lip service to Donald Trump’s “definitive leadership” during the coronavirus pandemic, but they’re both intelligent enough to know that Trump is a moron. Anthony Fauci has pointedly not defended Trump’s lies, so he’s apparently a bit more courageous. However, when he was sitting behind Trump today and Trump started talking stupid, Fauci had to cover his face, because he was cracking up. Take a look. Watch Dr. Fauci’s reaction when the President says the “Deep State Department” pic.twitter.com/yuJOXRuPUl — Max Lewis (@MaxLewisTV) March 20, 2020 Note on update: What you see above won’t open. It’s the original tweet, which was taken down. However, fellow zoomer PJ Evans found this one. Tip of the hat! You can spot the exact moment he died inside pic.twitter.com/griTrntI5s — marv (@mrvndn) March 20, 2020 I’m beginning to understand why Mike Pence always has that constipated look. I think it might be because he’s trying not to crack up himself. I have no doubt that Pence will carry out the party line until the very bitter end, but he must realize right now that the jig is up. ____________________________ UPDATE 10:45 a.m. PDT Friends, this is a bit alarming to report. The tweet that I referenced, and it is stellar, was pulled. It’s no longer on Twitter. It was up there probably less than twenty minutes. Trump apparently doesn’t want you to see what a moron he is or how Fauci reacted to him. I personally find this more than a little bit alarming. I will follow up on it. The conference went out live on camera and was seen by many, even if the evidence of it is being covered up. Wow. We live in interesting times. UPDATE TWO 12:17 p.m. PDT Other sources saved the moment. Many thanks to PJ Evans for capturing it. I was going to go search later on, after I finished another piece, but the community bailed me out. What a look for this administration — and I don’t blame Fauci one bit. He’s a highly intelligent man and being expected to perform in this circus must be an unbearable situation.
I thought Joni Ernst was the worst politician in Iowa but Republican Governor Kay Reynolds has her beat to Hell and back. Ryan Foley is a reporter for the Associated Press. Iowa governor Kim Reynolds says her refusal to issue a shelter-in-place order has become a "divisive issue"; chastises Dr. Fauci for saying all states should implement one: "I would say that maybe he doesn’t have all the information" — Ryan J. Foley (@rjfoley) April 3, 2020 Well, maybe he doesn’t Governor. But the Iowa Medical Board unanimously recommended on Friday that you issue a mandatory stay at home order, so why don’t you listen to them? Des Moines Register: Such an order would effectively limit Iowans’ movements to essential work and travel. The board plans to send Reynolds a letter that further describes their recommendation. The move is the latest sign of growing pressure on Reynolds to take more stringent action to further slow down Iowans’ movements during the coronavirus outbreak. While Democratic state and federal politicians have called on Reynolds to issue a mandatory order, the Board of Medicine is made up of Iowa medical professionals. Kent Nebel, the board’s executive director, told the Des Moines Register that the vote, taken at an emergency meeting by phone, stemmed from members’ concern that Iowans are not following social distancing orders to slow the spread of COVID-19, the respiratory disease caused by the virus. “I think the board believes that a stronger commitment to isolation is in the best interest of the public and health care providers,” Nebel said. Then there’s other information that might persuade the good governor. Illinois is right next door to Iowa and just today Governor J.B. Pritzker asked celebrities if they would encourage people to stay home because Illinois experienced the largest spike of new cases in one day, 1,209 and 53 deaths, including a Chicago police officer, whose death will be considered an on-duty death, thereby providing his family with more benefits. So how Governor Reynolds can look at what’s happening around her and conclude that there’s nothing to worry about and Anthony Fauci doesn’t know what he’s talking about, in essence, is absolutely unfathomable. There are really two pandemics facing the country right now, one, the coronavirus and two, Republican stupidity and dereliction of duty. Of the two, I’m thinking that the latter might be worse, quite frankly.
I wonder if there was a contest at the White House today and Alex Azar drew the short straw. It’s past noon in Washington and Orange Nero has not shown his face, but somebody had to get out there and say something, so Azar went to the podium and gave a pep talk about how great the economy is under Trump — despite the reality that the stock market continues to plunge. “The market has obviously been very active today,” was Azar’s opening line. And then he went into a talking point, complete with superlatives. Maybe Azar moonlights as Trump’s rally speechwriter, ya spose? “President Trump has delivered a historically strong economy,” Azar said. “The fundamentals in this economy are unbelievable.” Well, we can’t argue with him there. Yes, what’s going on in this economy, fundamentally, right now, is unbelievable. Point conceded. “Whether it’s employment or wage growth or productivity or international trade deals, the fundamentals remain what they are.” Yes, they do. The fundamentals of lies about job creation — Ivanka creating fifteen million is the best so far — and insane trade deals have not changed. We concede this point as well. Then Azar gave us one sentence on the coronavirus. This is the head of Health and Human Services, and we’re in a pandemic, and here is all he had to tell us. “President Trump is leading a whole of government response with the vice president helping him on the public health issues that we’re facing with the novel coronavirus. That is his number one concern.” That’s it. Not one word about how many testing kits have gone out, how many new cases have been reported, how the health crisis is being managed — nada. We are told there’s a “whole of government response,” an introductory sentence with no exposition. And then Azar went back to the economy. “In terms of the economy, he and his economic team have the tools to keep this economy going strong.” And he was done. He left with reporters calling after him, “How many cases of coronavirus have been reported.” What, you think Azar knows or cares? What is obvious here is that all the little Trump soldiers have been instructed to not talk about the coronavirus and if they talk about anything at all to reporters, talk about the economy, because that’s Trump signature issue that he’s running on — except that’s a little difficult to do with the stock market in the toilet! The global economy is unraveling, let alone the American, and the geopolitical scene is heating up — and no one in Trump’s administration has a clue — least of all Alex Freaking Azar! Yet on what looks to be shaping up as Black Monday, or Dim and Grim Monday in any event, that’s who they send out there! Here’s the clip. Seeing is believing. And bear in mind that today is the day that Trump puts his reelection campaign into high gear. Hope Hicks goes back to the White House today to help Jared Kushner and all is supposed to be high festivity as Trump world prepares for a great November victory — except the world is collapsing around them and they’re too stupid to even acknowledge it. One wonders if they acknowledge it to themselves?
Dr. Deborah Birx was recruited by Mike Pence to serve on the coronavirus task force, and knowing that, nothing that has transpired since should particularly surprise you. Birx made an appearance this week on the Christian Broadcasting Network, wherein she says about Trump, “He’s been so attentive to the scientific research and data and I think his ability to analyze and integrate data that comes out of his long history in business has really has been a real benefit during these discussions about medical issues.” By saying this, and on a right-wing religious network no less, Birx has passed the baptism of fire and now is officially a Trump sycophant. Here’s what Joy Reid chimed in on the subject. Anthony Fauci won’t play this game, that’s why he’s a right-wing target right now.
Donald Trump’s obligatory weekly fundraiser went out to the faithful on Saturday and it hammered home the point that is intended to be the mantra of the 2020 election, that Joe Biden is dedicated to selling out the U.S. to China whereas he-man Trump is going to stand tough and save us all — from what, precisely, is not made clear, but it’s probably kept deliberately vague, because the purpose of the Trumpian edict is to pull an emotional trigger, not to make sense. “I am TOUGH ON CHINA and Sleepy Joe Biden is WEAK ON CHINA.” For the weak of intellect, the all-caps approach certainly helps. You’re certain to see more of it. The other anti-China point to be driven home, and this is the biggy, way beyond Biden, is that China unleashed the COVID-19 strain upon an unsuspecting United States. This newest conspiracy theory dovetails beautifully with Trump’s latest Biden smear, as manifested in his attack ad this week. If you missed that jewel, here it is now. Now Team Trump intended to carry this ball for quite a few yards, if not all the way through the goal posts, but now the pesky New York Times is reporting that studies indicate that the outbreak of COVID-19 in this country came from travelers from Europe to New York: — and not from China at all. So Trump, true to form, became livid on Saturday and went into one of his now-daily meltdowns. “So now the Fake News The New York Times is tracing the CoronaVirus origins back to Europe, NOT China. This is a first! I wonder where (sic) the Failing New York Times got for this one? Are there any NAMED sources?” The entire article is cited and sourced to the doctors and researchers who made the discovery. But that’s not the issue. Trump’s problem is that the details of the virus originating anywhere other than where Trump wants it to be from, is a gut punch to his Evil Chinese narrative, and that is the basis upon which he’s endeavoring to get reelected, now that the economy has washed off the boards and was last seen headed for a sewage recycling plant. And Trump’s anti-China, anti-Biden crusade is not going as well as hoped, either. The Biden attack ad featured, among other things, Biden bowing to another American, a man of Asian descent, and this is being framed as Biden capitulating to the Chinese. If you’ve looked at the ad, you saw Biden purportedly criticizing Trump for restricting travel from China, which is not the case — but Trump needs everyone to desperately believe that, because that one minor decision is what he has built a huge case on, that he saved thousands of lives. You will hear that reiterated over and over again as we go towards November 3. The travel restriction is the sum total of what Trump did pro-actively to stem the spread of the virus, and he did that solely because he could make a racist snub with it. You will recall that he also “closed the border” with Mexico, when there were about seven coronavirus cases in the whole of Central America, total. Anybody who was paying attention realized at the time that Trump was asleep with respect to COVID-19, but making a […]
This isn’t surprising in the least, because in his desperation, Donald Trump has been acting more irrationally than ever. But irrational is one thing, suicidal is quite another. And firing Anthony Fauci falls in the latter category. Sorry Fake News, it’s all on tape. I banned China long before people spoke up. Thank you @OANN https://t.co/d40JQkUZg5 — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 12, 2020 DeAnna Lorraine unsuccessfully ran for Congress in the May 3 primary. She is on Right Wing Watch’s list of religious right candidates and she promotes coronavirus conspiracy theories. She started the hastag “FilmYourHospital” because she’s of the school of thought that this is all make believe. And Alex Jones thinks she’s terrific, that should tell you everything you need to know. First off, Lorraine is dead wrong that Fauci was saying the end of February that there was nothing to worry about. Fauci knew back in December and early January that there was plenty to worry about. But that’s not the issue. The issue is that Dr. Fauci was on TV talking to Rev. Al Sharpton Sunday and he told the truth about a couple of things, 1) that the China ban was too little too late and 2) that he asked Trump to do something in January and Trump didn’t. Now you know that’s gospel truth, because Trump and his right-wing media arm, Fox News, Limbaugh, the lot of them, were saying up until mid-March that coronavirus was a fabrication. Trish Regan got fired for saying that coronavirus was an impeachment plot against Trump. This is not new information. But Trump doesn’t want to hear the truth and so in speaking any truth, Dr. Fauci is putting himself on the line. Raw Story: What Fauci also said, and many have observed, is that after it became clear the virus was being spread person to person, no significant action was taken in the month of February. Fox News was reporting it was all hype through the first week of March. The president similarly was saying it was nothing more than the flu well through the end of February. It wasn’t until March that states began shutting down. Fauci also said he was begging for actions in middle to late January. […] In fact, what Fauci said is that based on the information, they had Trump’s China ban was too little too late. By the time the shutdown happened, the U.S. already had the virus, and it was spreading. After the first of the year, 430,000 people came into the United States from China, including 40,000 after the China ban. Trump didn’t ban Europe until nearly a month later. Fauci is doing what he should be doing, telling the truth. Trump is a trigger-happy lunatic who loves to fire people, especially intelligent and capable ones. If he fires Dr. Fauci, he’ll live to regret it. Trump is addicted to polls, and maybe he should go look up the polls that have Fauci getting far higher marks than Trump ever has, because people trust him. My sense of things is that Fauci is at a stage in his life, both personally and professionally, that he’s not scared of Trump and he’s going to continue to fight the good fight. He served under five presidents before he got to this clown. His reputation […]
We don’t know yet if Kayleigh McEnany, Donald Trump’s fourth (and we daresay last) press secretary is going to give press conferences, but if she does, and if the blow back is anything like it was to her first official tweet, then look out. Under President @realDonaldTrump’s leadership we have quickly developed the most expansive and accurate testing system in the world. — Kayleigh McEnany (@PressSec) April 16, 2020 As a result, the United States has now conducted more than 3.3 million tests, FAR MORE than any other country in the world. — Kayleigh McEnany (@PressSec) April 16, 2020 If you haven’t done so already, you need to add the word “sophistry” to your vocabulary. Definition: the use of fallacious arguments, especially with the intention of deceiving. “Fallacious” is false, wrong, untrue or incorrect. This is all you need to know about Kayleigh McEnany going forward, is that she is using untrue arguments to deceive you further than she and her cohorts have already deceived you. Here are the facts pertaining to the web of lies McEnany just spun today. David Badash, New Civil Rights Movement: President Donald Trump likes to claim the U.S. has tested “more people” than any country in the world, but given the U.S. has the third-largest population, that’s not saying much. What matters is per-capita testing – how many tests per million people. And the U.S., thanks to Trump, is doing extremely poorly – and trending worse. Which means more people are dying than would have if Trump had gotten testing right. For the record, the United States ranks first in the world for total number of coronavirus cases (653,751), and for total number of COVID-19 deaths (33,434). (Note: numbers are constantly being updated.) The United States, which up until the coronavirus pandemic had been rated one of the most-prepared nations to handle a pandemic, currently ranks a dismal 43rd in the world for coronavirus testing, on a per-capita basis. (On Wednesday it was 49th.) The contrast between the plain facts of the matter and what McEnany is attempting to gaslight everybody into believing is horrifying. This is truly Orwellian. And truly evil. And she’s not going unchallenged. Here’s what an epidemiologist at Yale, Gregg Gonsalves, has to say. Every word of this is a lie including "the" & "and". Instead of getting to work, @realDonaldTrump does some Soviet-style propagandizing. We botched the scale-up of testing from day 1 and continue to do so. We need 2-3M tests a week at a minimum. We do ~147,000 a day now. — Gregg Gonsalves (@gregggonsalves) April 16, 2020 And from a Cornell professor of law. This is just a straight up lie. See https://t.co/7EYWhT9pyD https://t.co/mwsik2Nj7j — Josh Chafetz (@joshchafetz) April 16, 2020 Washington Post columnist Greg Sargent. This tweet from Trump's new propagandist neatly demonstrates that empty, nonsensical, insulting displays like this is all they have left, as I tried to argue today: https://t.co/yWKpVzBxnl https://t.co/vLTPtlxc8H — Greg Sargent (@ThePlumLineGS) April 16, 2020 Former Under Secretary of State, Editor of TIME Magazine, Richard Stengel. Under President @realDonaldTrump's failed leadership, we have had botched testing at the federal level that does not allow an accurate picture nationally of who is infected and who is not. That's what people around the world see. https://t.co/yMtXq9VS8S — Richard Stengel (@stengel) April 16, 2020 There are […]
Donald Trump’s Wednesday Oval Office address has been universally hailed as catastrophic, being as how it elevated peoples’ fears of the coronavirus, rather than allaying them. Before Trump had finished his speech, world markets that had been set to open on the upside Thursday morning were in the process of tanking. Trump, of course, was oblivious to the chaos he had set in motion, not only with his xenophobic comments about “foreign” viruses, but also with all the inaccuracies that he enumerated. Bear in mind at all times that all Trump is trying to do is get away with this scam — not just the coronavirus, but everything in his presidency. He just wants to keep this televised mass delusion that he has perpetrated on America on the air. He has no other agenda, and he is incapable of understanding where he is and what’s at stake — not because he’s nuts, but because he is living in a delusional world of his own, never having lived in the real one. All he knows is that he’s on television, television being the only thing he’s good at, and he needs to stay there. Take a look at who the real Donald Trump is when he thinks the cameras are off. "Okayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy." pic.twitter.com/ySaGrpkQdV — David Gura (@davidgura) March 12, 2020 This is who he is. Monumentally bored, completely jaded, and more than a little bit annoyed that he has to get in front of the cameras with Jared and Stephen’s speech and try to sound like he really gives a rat’s ass about the coronavirus or the people affected by it, when he could be doing a rally and having fun. What Trump knows is that he got into politics for precisely the same reason he got into show biz — attention. In Trump’s reality, all the world’s a sound stage and all the people merely bit players to his starring role, because he doesn’t get what life is about. He’s been insulated from it by money since birth and deadened to it by ego. If it’s not about him, he’s not interested. So that’s why you got the disinterested, drawn out “okaaaaaaaaaay.” I’m surprised he didn’t come right out and say “fuck it” to be honest. It does make one think of what we would be seeing on television about the coronavirus pandemic now if we had a real president in the White House, and not a clod pretending to be a king — and pretending to give a damn. He’s such a bad actor, it’s almost worse when he tries to play it straight. On Earth 2, Pres Hillary Clinton has finished her Oval Office Address delineating how because of mass testing organized early by the gov't, universal paid leave she passed early in her Admin and her expansion of health care to all Americans, incidents of coronavirus are declining — Neera Tanden (@neeratanden) March 12, 2020 Anybody know where I can find the interdimensional portal and get to Earth 2? I took a wrong turn in the Twilight Zone and I don’t belong here. And it keeps getting weirder, to boot.
When the guy at the bar who used to play linebacker for the Seahawks stands up and tells his buddy, “Here, hold my beer,” you’ve gone a step too far. When you get home from work to find everything you own laying where it hit after being thrown out of the second floor window, you’ve gone a step too far. And when your boss doesn’t say a word, just stands in his office doorway, points at you, and crooks a finger, you’ve gone a step too far. I mention this for a reason, and as a comparison. A couple of weeks ago you had Sunshine State scumbag, and DUI scofflaw Matt Gaetz think it would be hilarious to wear a military style gas mask on the floor of the House while studying the corona-virus emergency bill. Two days before one of his constituents died from the virus, and five days before he tested positive as he was sitting on Air Force One, California creepazoid Devin Nunes went on FUX News and told everybody to support local businesses by stopping off at a pub after work and lifting a glass. A GOP Governor took heat for sending out a selfie partying down in a crowded restaurant as the crisis raged. And FUX News ghouls and Tush Limbaugh continue to snidely refer to the virus as the latest Democratic hoax. This should come as a surprise to no one. Since day one, Trump has steamrolled his way over every crisis and scandal, using bluff, sarcasm, media manipulation, and force of will, as well as arrogance and stupidity. And in doing so, he has infected the puddleheads in his caucus with the same feeling of Teflon-coated invincibility. And now when the shit really and for truly has hit the fan, they don’t understand that this time is different, so their response is exactly the same. Some pundits are saying that the corona-virus crisis will end up being the Trump administration’s Hurricane Katrina. Personally I think they’re out of their minds. The corona-virus crisis is going to make Hurricane Katrina look like a rousing success story. In Katrina, you had a bungled response to the crisis by the federal government, and a bungled and incompetent effort to not only clean up the original fuck up, but to cover up the original fuck up as well. But see, here’s the thing. At least with Katrina, there was a response! It may have been a flawed and bungled plan, but at least it was a plan! The Trump administration plan for the corona-virus was exactly the same as it is for every other crisis. They walk in front of a camera and fucking LIE! People are dying because the Trump administration’s sole response to this crisis was to undercut the seriousness of it, bolstered by the realization that there wasn’t a single person in the Trump administration who could plan out their 10 year old’s birthday party much less a national crisis response. Mr President, Welcome to Hell! You could get your fondest wish and have a miracle vaccine tomorrow, and it’s already too late. You lied. How do you think that Jefferson Davis XXVII is liking spending four hours driving around trying to find a lousy 4-pack of toilet paper? That was some Democratic hoax, huh? How do you think Don and Debbie Dimbulb […]
Imagine a world where lying has become an art form. There would be an American Liars Institute, which would give out Life Achievement Awards. There would be an Oscar for best lying in a documentary, and there would be an Emmy for best lying in a reality TV episode. Even a Nobel would be given for truly exceptional cultural contributions by liars. And you know who would win all of these honors hands down? Sean Hannity. Oh, yes, Kellyanne Conway could probably snag a few, Donald Trump would finally get his Emmy, but Hannity would swamp the field. Sean Hannity downplayed the coronavirus from the beginning, as did the rest of his cohorts on Fox News. Look at this terrific mash up. Hannity’s job now is to pretend this never happened. It’s your imagination that he was dismissive or misleading. That was Hannity then. But now, he’s revised history to let you know he’s always been on the side of respecting the gravity of the pandemic and anybody who says otherwise is simply out to get him and Fox News — before they were out to get Trump using the pandemic, now they’re out to get him. Daily Beast: Having already issued a toothless threat to sue other news outlets for criticizing his coronavirus coverage, the Fox star blew his top on Wednesday, melting down over tech journalist Kara Swisher’s New York Times column blaming Fox News for her mother’s initial lack of concern over the virus. The president’s confidant unleashed his own Trump-like tweetstorm, blasting Swisher on both his radio and television shows, and hinted that he may take her to court. “One far-left media mob maniac over at The New York Times is using the virus to attack her least favorite network and yours truly,” Hannity blared. “Now, if she actually watched our coverage and cared about the truth—actually she should put a correction in her newspaper. She would know that we reported without fear from the very beginning.” And it gets better. Hannity called Rachel Maddow part of “Tin Foil Hat TV.” Sean Hannity, who recently suggested the coronavirus pandemic was a "deep state" plot to hurt the economy, wonders how anyone can trust the "outright conspiracy theorists" in the media. pic.twitter.com/YGmDqwj3wh — Justin Baragona (@justinbaragona) March 31, 2020 And Hannity did this without a hint of irony. That is the mark of a world class liar. Any actor will tell you, you have to believe the words, so that you can get the audience to believe them. Hannity can do that, evidently without cognitive dissonance. He can believe, and proselytize, one theory one week and come up with a total reversal the next. And just for the hell of it, take a look at a few highlights from his own background as a conspiracy theorist — and this is just a thumbnail sketch. For a complete rundown, you would simply need a transcript of every broadcast he’s ever done. Daily Beast: Hannity, who spent weeks claiming COVID-19 was no more dangerous than the seasonal flu, also seemingly suggested earlier this month that people who vape could be immune to the deadly virus. The Trump confidant is also well-known for peddling conspiracy theories about Democrats, especially former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton. Hannity was a leading promoter of the baseless theory that Clinton and the Democratic Party had DNC staffer Seth Rich murdered because […]