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March 19, 2020

DDT Pretense at ‘Presidential’

Filed under: Health Care — trp2011 @ 9:51 PM
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On CNN, Dana Bash said that Dictator Donald Trump (DDT) looked “presidential” at his press briefings. Here are a few of DDT’s “presidential” statements:

About the wealthy being tested for COVID-19 while thousands of other people are turned away? DDT said, “That’s been the story of life. That does happen on occasion.”

To the question “Does the buck stop with you Mr. President?” DDT said, “Normally yeah but this has never been done before.”

DDT said, “I only signed the Defense Production Act to combat the Chinese Virus should we need to invoke it in a worst case scenario in the future.” (The Act was signed in 1950 by Harry “the buck stops here” Truman.) And DDT isn’t using it.

Asked about getting supplies from the Defense Production Act, DDT said,  “[The federal government is] not a shipping clerk…. Governors are supposed to be doing it.” On Fox, HHS Secretary Alex Azar said that the government has “a strategic national stockpile” but those supplies [such as swabs and face masks] are for something else, not this situation. Running out of masks, some healthcare workers are using bandannas and scarves, as recommended by CDC. The federal government even has a pattern for healthcare workers to sew their own masks although none of these methods may protect the workers against the virus.

Asked about the time lag to get ventilators after people long knew they were needed, DDT said, “Well, we knew—it depends. It depends on how it goes. Worst case, absolutely. Best case, not at all. So we’re going to have to see where it goes…”

DDT said, “We were very prepared. The only thing we weren’t prepared for was the media. The media has not treated it fairly.”

About social distancing for reporters who were seated farther apart than DDT stood with officials, DDT said, “We should probably get rid of about another 75, 80 percent of you. Have just two or three that I like in this room. I think that’s a great way of doing it. We just figured a new way of doing it.”

Addressing Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL) and Ben McAdams (D-UT)—the two U.S. representatives testing positive for covid-19—DDT said that they probably didn’t practice “social distancing.”

When asked about ten people from the U.S. stranded in Morocco, DDT referred to “300 people” caught in Peru and said, “We know about it.” (Actually, it’s 1,600 stranded U.S. citizens there who had only a 12-hour warning to get out of the country.) DDT said that it was the travelers’ fault for not obeying the ban.

Chanel Rion of the highly conservative cable network One America News told DDT, “Major left-wing news media, even in this room, have teamed up with Chinese Communist Party narratives and they’re claiming you’re a racist for making these claims about Chinese virus….” DDT answered, “It’s more than fake news, it’s corrupt news.” Rion responded, “More than dishonest, they’re siding with [foreign] state propaganda.” DDT agreed. “I think they do. They are siding with China.” (Rion has promoted the false conspiracy theory that a U.S. lab originated the coronavirus.

DDT is still fixated on keeping the covid-19 in Mexico from moving to the U.S. Mexico has 118 cases compared to 11,355 in the U.S.—over 4,000 in New York alone.

DDT’s determination to call covid-19 the “Chinese virus” is causing verbal and physical assaults against Chinese-American citizens. Looking for a scapegoat for his problems, DDT has started using his new term the virus as the situation grows more desperate in the U.S. Reporters have asked at several press briefings about whether he considers his label for the deadly disease to be racist, and he responds that he uses the term “it comes from China.” Hate incidents toward Asia-Americans are on the rise since he began using the term. DDT is angry that a Chinese official claimed that the virus came from U.S. military members, but he ignores U.S. officials, such as Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) promoting the conspiracy theory that China developed the virus as a bioweapon. As this photo shows, DDT changes the term in the briefing materials that are prepared for him.

Some of DDT’s disinformation:

DDT said the FDA approved the anti-Malaria drug Chloroquine as a possible coronavirus treatment and that “your numbers are going to come own very rapidly.” This drug is a possible treatment but must be approved because of insufficient data.

DDT said that the Chinese government hid information about the pandemic when it could e stopped although originally praising it for “transparency.” At the time DDT indicated the Chinese were hiding information, he knew about the events in China minimized the disease’s severity despite warnings from health officials.

And the administration is still telling people not to bother getting tests. Without tests, no one will know where the “hot zones” are and how to avoid them. Many, many people with covid-19 are asymptomatic, not even fever, but can still pass along the disease.

Percentages of symptoms: 

Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) matches DDT in callousness. Criticizing concern about deaths from covid-19, he said it would be “no more than 3.4 percent.” In the U.S., that’s 4.5 million to 8 million dying in an unchecked epidemic.

Three weeks ago when the U.S. had 15 cases and DDT said covid-19 would soon disappear, Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC) told a private well-heeled audience to prepare for dire economic and societal effects. Yet he never warned the public. At the same time, the senator, head of the Intelligence Committee, sold up to $1.6 million worth of stocks in 29 different transactions. His biggest sales were for tourism and travel companies with stocks worth half as much as when Burr sold. The 30-percent drop in the stock market began a week after the sales. In 2012, Burr was one of only three senators opposing the STOCK Act barring lawmakers and staff from using nonpublic information for trades.

Kelly Loeffler, Georgia’s newly appointed GOP senator, also dumped seven figures of stock—up to $3.1 million—starting on January 24, the day that the Senate Health Committee received a private briefing from administration officials include the CDC director and Dr. Anthony Fauci, head of the National Institutes of Health of the United States. Since that time the companies’ stocks have fallen between one-third and one-half of its value. On February 28, Loeffler tweeted, “Democrats have dangerously and intentionally misled the American people on #Coronavirus readiness.” Eleven days later, she tweeted, “The consumer is strong, the economy is strong, & jobs are growing, which puts us in the best economic position to tackle #COVID19 & keep Americans safe.” Burr and Loeffler sat next to each other during the impeachment trial. Wife of the chairman and CEO of the New York Stock Exchange, Loeffler is the wealthiest member of Congress, worth an estimated $500 million. As one of her committee responsibilities, she oversees futures markets. She plans to spend $20 million to keep her seat this coming November.

Rep. Don Young (R-AK) skipped the vote on the coronavirus bill to go home and tell senior citizens to blame the media.  

Adding more confusion to federal covid-19 strategy, DDT’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, runs a shadow team of his own officials and private industry representatives. Those involved in the response don’t know who is in charge and must balance conflicting orders. They also say that communications don’t explain the role of outside advisers on Kushner’s task force, that they don’t know who they’re talking to or for what purpose. Kushner’s younger brother, co-founder of the health insurance company Oscar, has a digital portal directing people to virus testing centers and assessing their risk of infection which could add to the thousands of conflicts of interest for DDT and his family.

For three weeks, DDT claimed that covid-19 would soon drop to zero. Last Friday, he announced a national emergency and this week said he had always predicted a coronavirus epidemic. His statement is either a lie—common for DDT—or a horrible failure in taking care of the country.

The progression of confirmed covid-19 cases in the United States:  

Jan 15  —  0

Jan 22  —  1

Jan 29  —  5

Feb 5    —  12

Feb 12  —  14

Feb 19  —  25

Feb 26 —  60

Mar 4   —  160

Mar 11  —  1,262

Mar 18  —  8,264

Today, March 19 — 14,340 (over 4,000 new cases today)

Thus far, 217 people have died of covid-19 in the U.S., 68 just today. The world has over 10,000 deaths. 

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