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April 1, 2020

April’s Fool Moves the Goalposts

Filed under: Donald Trump — trp2011 @ 10:16 PM
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Today is April Fool’s Day. Centuries ago, a “fool,” or court jester, cleverly entertained in the home of a nobleman or monarch, and other jesters traveled around to entertain at fairs and town markets. Now, however, fool has other meanings:  

  • Fools refute reason, common sense, and morals.
  • Fools say that they are unaccountable to anyone.
  • Fools are vengeful and harbor grudges.
  • Fools take information and reverse it.
  • Fools think that their delusion is reality.
  • Fools bully and blame everyone else for their own mistakes.
  • Fools cannot think deeply but consider themselves infallible.
  • Fools are mentally unstable.
  • Fools make more mistakes than others but refuse to learn from them.
  • Fools do everything for their own benefit.
  • Fools say, “I can do whatever I want.”

Foolishness is the result of a person misusing the intelligence God has given him.

On April 1, in 2020, we acknowledge the leading fool in the United States: Dictator Donald Trump (DDT).

People and Places DDT Blames for COVID-19:  

China: For not telling DDT about the new virus. [U.S. intelligence told DDT in January about the virus.

Past Presidents: For not having a stockpile of medical equipment. [After DDT was warned about the virus, he gave 17.8 tons of it away to China. Three months into the crisis, he’s unable to coordinate dispersal of the supplies he hoards.]

Governors: For ventilator shortages. [He said he wasn’t a “shipping clerk,” failed to enact the Defense Production Act to make more ventilators, and drove prices up by bidding against states for ventilators and other supplies.]

Hospitals: For ventilator and mask shortages, accusing hospital workers of stealing supplies. [DDT has no idea how many masks are needed to care for hundreds of thousands of COVID-19 patients.]

DDT takes credit for actions he didn’t initiate:

Closing borders to China in January: Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) made DDT act.

The $2.2 trillion coronavirus relief package: Congress passed this under the guidance of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin; DDT only signed it.

DDT’s Reversals:

First, the virus was under control; now up to 240,000 people might die in the U.S.

First, the virus doesn’t infect without prolonged physical contact; now virus transmission is through the air.

First, only old people and those with compromised immune systems can die; now anyone can die.

First, people will leave their houses on Easter; now the quarantine is at least until April 30.

First, people don’t need masks; now masks might be recommended.

First, everyone can have a test because they are available and easy to get; now people shouldn’t get tested.

First, Google is building a website to help people determine if they need to be tested and where to go; now a website is up in only four California counties while Jared Kushner’s brother’s company is supposedly building one.

First, ventilators are plentiful; now a top New York hospital is telling doctors to “think more critically” about who gets help.

The timeline of DDT’s mistakes:

January 13, 2017: DDT and his officials ignored complete briefing about response to “Infectious Disease Threats and Biological Incidents.”

May 2018: DDT’s Director for Medical and Biodefense Preparedness Dr. Luciana Borio said “pandemic flue” is the “number 1 health security issue” and the U.S. is not ready to respond. One day later, the head of the health security team, Timothy Ziemer, is fired and the team disbanded. No one was put in charge of a pandemic.

January 2019: The director of National Intelligence issues an assessment of threats to national security, predicting DDT’s current problems.

January 2020: COVID-19 arrives – (1/3/20) CDC alerted; (1/6/20) CDC issues travel notice for Wuhan, but DDT waits ten weeks before treating the virus as a problem; (1/8/20) CDC issues official health advisory; (1/20/20) DDT’s former Homeland Security Advisor Tom Bossert warns about “a global health threat”; (1/18/20) HHS Secretary Alex Azar talks to DDT about the virus who changes the subject to vaping; (1/20/20) first U.S. virus case is announced in Washington state; (1/21/20) CDC official Dr. Nancy Meissonier is criticized for warning about “additional cases in the United States”; (1/27/20) White House aides ask acting chief of state to focus on the virus threat because it will “dominate life in the United States for many months”; (1/28/20) two of DDT’s former administration officials try to persuade him to “Act Now to Prevent an American Epidemic”; Dr. James Hamblin publishes another warning about the shortage of protective garb, especially masks; and DDT bans travel from China for “foreign nationals who had been in China for the last 14 days.” Many other people keep coming from China, and Amazon and major New York City stores are sold out of masks and gloves.

February 2020: (2/4/20) Former DDT officials warn him about an “inevitable” pandemic and call on him to drastically expand testing, labs for test reviews, and guidelines for testing people; (2/5/20) intelligence officials brief Senate Intelligence Committee about the virus as a “serious” threat, and Azar requests $2 billion for hospital supplies and equipment but gets only one-fourth of the amount; Sen. Chris Murphy tweets:

“Just left the Administration briefing on Coronavirus. Bottom line: they aren’t taking this seriously enough. Notably, no request for ANY emergency funding, which is a big mistake. Local health systems need supplies, training, screening staff etc. And they need it now.”

(2/12/20) DDT’s former FDA director testifies to Congress that actions need to be taken because of shortages; (2/20/20) DDT’s former officials write that tests must be ramped up immediately “while we can intervene to stop spread,” but DDT doesn’t do this for almost two more weeks and destroys any time for intervention; (2/23/20) experts warn about lack of test capability because CDC-created tests are flawed; (2/24/20) DDT asks Congress for under $2.5 billion to combat the virus spread; (2/25/20) Messonier is muzzled after her message of virus “community spread”; (2/26/20) Congress offers DDT $6 billion in addition to his request, and DDT ridicules them; (2/27/20) Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC) compared COVID-19 to the 1918 pandemic.

Another DDT timeline in his own words:

Jan. 22: “We have it totally under control.” [The first U.S. case the day before; WHO classifies global risk as high.]

Feb. 10: “Looks like by April, you know, in theory, when it gets a little warmer, it miraculously goes away.” [In Singapore, with temperatures like the U.S. summer, cases reach 45.]

Feb. 24: “The Coronavirus is very much under control in the USA. … Stock Market starting to look very good to me!” [Global markets fall sharply.]

Feb. 28: “It’s going to disappear. One day, it’s like a miracle, it will disappear.” [Community transmission begin in the West Coast states.] “I think the 3.4 percent [fatality rate] is really a false number.”

March 4: “I think the 3.4 percent [fatality rate] is really a false number.” [More states announce community transmission.]

March 4: “Some people will have this at a very light level and won’t even go to a doctor or hospital, and they’ll get better. There are many people like that.” [California has its first virus-related death.]

March 9: “The Fake News Media and their partner, the Democrat Party, is doing everything within its semi-considerable power … to inflame the CoronaVirus situation.”  [Stock markets keep rapidly declining.]

March 10: “We’re prepared, and we’re doing a great job with it. And it will go away.” [The next day, WHO announced COVID-19 as a pandemic.]

March 15: “This is a very contagious virus. It’s incredible. But it’s something that we have tremendous control over.”

March 16: “We have an invisible enemy.” 

March 17: “I felt it was a pandemic long before it was called a pandemic.”

March 18: “I always treated the Chinese Virus very seriously and have done a very good job from the beginning.”

March 23: “We cannot let the cure be worse than the problem itself.”

March 24: “I’d love to have the country opened up and just raring to go by Easter.”

March 26: “I don’t believe you need 40,000 or 30,000 ventilators.”

On March 28, the U.S. , with late intervention, had 121,478 confirmed cases; today the number is 215,215, over 77 percent more in four days. Over 5,000 people in the U.S. have died, almost two-thirds more than in China and up from 89 deaths in the U.S. one month ago. The world has 934,033 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 46,922 deaths.

DDT is a fool.

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