We are now beginning to see the dimensions of the crisis as Trump in his presser continued to not actually implement the DPA but rather use it as a threat to encourage corporate volunteerism, as if getting a Pernod distillery to produce 1,000 gallons of hand sanitizer was a big accomplishment. There’s unfortunately going to be a lot more examples of corporate self-serving behavior ahead.
Breaking News: Senate Democrats blocked action on a sweeping economic rescue plan, saying it failed to adequately protect workers amid the coronavirus crisis https://t.co/pmdNlH0jLK https://t.co/fn9QfppWsb
— The New York Times (@nytimes) March 22, 2020
Senate Dems just blocked a $1.8 trillion Trump-Republican giveaway to big corporations, which did little or nothing for PEOPLE.
Now Senate and House Dems must quickly craft a bill that:
1. gives income to people during this crisis.
2. helps hospitals buy needed equipment.
— Robert Reich (@RBReich) March 23, 2020
“Mr. Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, has thrown out the established government plan for dealing with pandemics, after concluding it was insufficient because it never envisioned a pandemic of this breadth” https://t.co/LjsOi8czhU
— Blake 'Don't Touch Your Face' News (@blakehounshell) March 23, 2020
Trump supports taking away healthcare from 20 million Americans as the economy is collapsing. pic.twitter.com/UzY3Eou0N2
— PoliticusUSA (@politicususa) March 22, 2020
For some horrifying historical perspective, the unemployment rate in the Great Depression peaked at 24.9%.
And the US didn't hit that point until 1933, after nearly four years of a steadily worsening crisis. If we actually hit 30% right off the start, it'll be absolutely brutal. https://t.co/dMGCUqmZ7c
— Kevin M. Kruse (@KevinMKruse) March 22, 2020
TRUMP JUST NOW: “I wish [China] told us three months sooner that this was a problem. We didn’t know about it.”
REALITY: We DID know about it. Officials urged immediate action in JANUARY, yet Trump downplayed the coronavirus, called it “a hoax,” and failed to act. pic.twitter.com/E45mExu0xW
— CAP Action (@CAPAction) March 22, 2020
(Reuters) – Facebook Inc (FB.O) Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg said on Sunday that the social media company has donated its emergency reserve of 720,000 masks to provide health workers with more protective gear.
“To help, Facebook donated our emergency reserve of 720,000 masks that we had bought in case the wildfires continued,” Zuckerberg said in a post, adding that the company is also working on “sourcing a lot more to donate.”
The United States has seen a surge in demand for respirator masks caused by the coronavirus outbreak as the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, over the next 18 months, aims to buy 500 million masks for the Strategic National Stockpile, the nation’s supply of pharmaceuticals and medical supplies.
Journalist Jon Cohen to Fauci: What Trump said about China, transparency and the virus timeline just doesn’t comport with the facts.
Fauci: “I know, but what do you want me to do? I mean, seriously Jon, let’s get real, what do you want me to do?” https://t.co/3ENBAMPUaS
— Daniel Dale (@ddale8) March 23, 2020
— ErikWemple (@ErikWemple) March 23, 2020
“He has spent a lifetime grappling with bankruptcy, fending off creditors, evading tax collectors, defending lawsuits, deflecting regulators, spinning reporters and dueling with estranged wives, usually coming out ahead, at least as he defines it” https://t.co/dNf7bBQDdV
— Barbara Malmet (@B52Malmet) March 23, 2020
Rand Paul used the CLOSED gym while waiting for his Covid-19 test to come back. https://t.co/5iV7Nvx4OZ
— Molly Jong-Fast🏡 (@MollyJongFast) March 23, 2020