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April 6, 2020

Health Crisis Highlights DDT’s Leadership Style

Medical experts told DDT about the danger of touting the unproved drug hydroxychloroquine as a cure for COVID-19. Although approved for such disorders as malaria, lupus, and rheumatoid arthritis, the drug is known for highly toxic side effects, including heart and vision damage. Claiming that his Ph.D. and background as a social scientist, Peter Navarro, DDT’s trade policy adviser who wanted tariffs and has no medical background, claimed superiority over the knowledge of Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases since 1984. Fauci extensively researched ways to prevent, diagnose, and treat established infectious diseases such as HIV/AIDS, respiratory infections, diarrheal diseases, tuberculosis and malaria as well as emerging diseases such as Ebola and Zika. He advised six presidents on domestic and global health issues. Navarro also angrily accused Fauci, a proponent of DDT’s quasi-travel ban regarding China, of opposing the restrictions. DDT wouldn’t let Fauci answer CNN’s question about the efficacy of the drug, but Fauci is appearing on the media to give a medical opinion about it.

Axios described the big fight in the task force meeting last Saturday afternoon. Highlights:

  • Navarro: The studies (mostly overseas) show “clear therapeutic efficacy.”
  • Fauci: They’re purely anecdotal; more data is necessary to have a conclusion.
  • Researchers: Studies out of France and China don’t have control groups.
  • Navarro: “That’s science, not anecdote” and raised his voice.
  • Kushner: “Peter, take yes for an answer” because the non-experts in the room wanted to surge the drug to hot zones.
  • Sean Hannity and DDT’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani is pushing the drug for COVID-19, and DDT obviously sides with them.

With no evidence, DDT called hydroxychloroquine a “great” and “powerful” anti-malaria drug at a press briefing and added “there are signs that it works on this [virus], some very strong signs.” He said that he was considering taking the drug himself. Then DDT said to add the antibiotic azithromycin to hydroxychloroquine with azithromycin because azithromycin “will kill certain things that you don’t want living within your body.” The curative powers of the combination also have no evidence. He recommended that healthy people take the antibiotic. Superbugs have developed because people take antibiotics for viruses such as the cold although antibiotics are successful only for bacterial diseases. DDT lied about the FDA giving hydroxychloroquine rapid approval: the FDA has not approved the drug for COVID-19.

“I’m not a doctor,” DDT said before he told his medical expert that he was wrong and shut him up. DDT said that he had answered the question about the drugs curative ability “15 times” and the doctor didn’t need to answer. The current shortage of medication for malaria and lumps may come from the government stockpiling 29 million doses of hydroxychloroquine. Jared Kushner may save the lives of people who believe DDT because Kushner maintains states can’t get federal supplies. “What do you have to lose,” DDT said about the drug that kills and sickens people. One small study in China found that a small number of people with mild COVID-19 cases may have recovered faster, but side effects of the drug include headaches and nausea. Problems with DDT’s “game-changing” drug.

DDT’s former “fixer” lawyer Michael Cohen had a contract with the hydroxychloroquine manufacturer, Novartis, and paid Cohen $100,000 a month starting in February 2017 for access to DDT. The money went into the account of the shell company that paid off Stormy Daniels to stay quiet about DDT’s affair with her. Payments were made for the year of the contract. No one knows if DDT has personal investments in Novartis.

DDT’s style of COVID-19 leadership:

March 16: DDT gave social-distancing guidelines because COVID-19 is an “invisible enemy” after saying that it is no worse than ordinary flu. DDT’s position on March 23 – He plans to open the country on Easter, a “beautiful day.” DDT’s new position after bad polling for the idea – Easter won’t work; shelter-in-place until April 30.

March 21: Asked if DDT’s favorite drug can be used to treat COVID-19, Dr. Anthony Fauci said, “The answer is no.”

March 23: An Arizona man died of taking chloroquine phosphate after DDT recommended it. 

April 3: The administration announced new guidelines for everyone to wear masks out in public. DDT’s position – Some people may not want to wear masks, and I don’t plan to do it. DDT’s new position after bad polling for the idea – Easter won’t work; shelter-in-place until April 30.

April 4: Dr. Anthony Fauci stressed social distancing to help stop COVID-19, saying that the U.S. and other countries have seen mitigation work. DDT’s position – Mitigation works, but “we’re not going to destroy out country. We have to get back.” He repeated “the cure cannot be worse than the problem” three times.

April 5: Fauci didn’t say anything about DDT’s favorite unapproved drug for a COVID-19 cure. DDT behaved like a TV barker to recommend that everyone use the drug.

April 6: DDT’s bragging – “They’re doing … very strong tests [on airlines] for getting on, getting off.” Airlines don’t know what DDT is talking about. CNN’s Daniel Dale pointed out about DDT’s claim of screening:

“[S]creening — which can require as little as filling out a form — is not the same as a test to determine if someone has been infected. And most US passengers are not being screened in any way upon disembarking.”

April 6: DDT’s earlier position on testing: We have enough tests for everyone. DDT’s statement today about lack of testing:

“States are supposed to be doing testing. Hospitals are supposed to be doing testing. Do you understand that? We’re the federal government, listen, we’re the federal government. We’re not supposed to stand on street corners doing testing.”

The federal government didn’t allow anyone else to do testing for the first two and a half months after the U.S. learned about the novel coronavirus.

The official number of deaths in the U.S. today is 10,941, but no one will ever know the exact number, much greater that this figure. CDC requires a positive laboratory COVID-19 test to count in the total, and the widespread lack of testing, even now, means a vast undercount. Some officials say that testing the dead misuses scarce resources to be preserved for the living, and health officials refused to test people with strict eligibility criteria. At this time, Wyoming has supplies to test only five people. Many infected people also test negative. Scientists who analyze mortality statistics state that recorded deaths in a disease with common symptoms represent only a fraction of the total. The CDC count last Saturday was about 4,500 under other record-keeping although it recognized that death certificates listed another 1,150.

Everything DDT does is a ruse based on incompetence, lack of planning, and corruption. On March 18, DDT announced that the hospital ship USNS Comfort would be sent to New York, but the ship wasn’t deployed for another 12 days. Once it arrived in the New York harbor, the 1,000-bed facility had only 20 patients; DDT said no one with COVID-19 could be on the ship because of the effort required to disinfect it. Last Friday, however, 19 infected patients were accidentally transferred onto the ship, and today a crew member tested positive. Public concern about lack of hospital facilities for virus cases in New York finally caused DDT to relent and allow virus patients on the ship. That’s DDT’s leadership style.

Instead of Google developing a testing website, as presented by DDT and Dr. Deborah Birx in one of the many press briefings, Jared Kushner’s family business was assigned the project. The company has dumped the project although numbers of infected people and casualties spike even without sufficient testing.

While DDT tries to stiff Palm Beach County for leases on the land for his golf course, people in Florida can’t apply for unemployment because the website crashed under the creation of former governor Rick Scott, now a GOP senator.

DDT calls himself a wartime president, but he says that governors are responsible for fighting the war. Sort of like making New York, Pennsylvania, and Washington, D.C. responsible for all the aftermath of 9/11 because those were the locations of the attacks. DDT is finally helping out New York because he has a friend there in a hospital with COVID-19. If DDT had more friends, states might get more help.

About the RNC, DDT said, “We have no contingency plan.” That’s his leadership style.

DDT should take a lesson from Queen Elizabeth II and her speech, only the fifth in her 62-year reign, three others also in a time of tragedy:

“I hope in the years to come, everyone will be able to take pride in how they responded to this challenge.”

Maybe the American Revolution was a mistake.

Today, April 6, the world has 1,347,625 confirmed cases and 74,782 deaths from COVID-19. The number of confirmed cases–low as it is–comes to 367,650, over 27 percent of the world’s cases in 4 percent of the world’s population. 
 

 

July 7, 2018

DDT: Week 76 – Acceleration of Lies

Filed under: Donald Trump — trp2011 @ 11:41 PM
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The 100 lies from Dictator Donald Trump (DDT) this past week, partly because his appearance with a fawning Maria Bartiromo on Fox who made no corrections, almost match his 103 false claims of the previous week. Prior to this time, DDT hadn’t exceeded 60 falsehoods per week, according to the Toronto Star. In 2018, he has averaged 5.1 lies per day.

Some of DDT’s lies with Bartiromo

  • “The European Union is possibly as bad as China.”
  • “I guarantee you everybody that ever bought a Harley-Davidson voted for Trump…. They call them bikers for Trump. There’s hundreds,” DDT referring to himself in third person like royalty. [Harley sold under 150,000 motorcycles last year in the U.S., fewer than half the motorcycles sold. https://thinkprogress.org/c72c932d08c3/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=tp-letters  In Iowa, 650 jobs may be lost if the Minnesota-based motorcycle company Polaris Industries moves overseas.]
  • Kim Jong-Un is denuclearizing North Korea [although NK is building up its nuclear weapons.]
  • “There’s no collusion with me. There’s no Russia with me. There’s no nothing.” [But there’s proof he’s wrong.]
  • “They found nothing. Nobody has found anything.” [Thus far, the special investigation has guilty pleas from three former members of DDT’s campaign and filed two indictments against his former campaign chairman Paul Manafort, and DDT’s personal lawyer Michael Cohen is ready to flip on him. Cohen said, “I will not be a punching bag as part of anyone’s defense strategy.”]
  • “I think [the markets] trust me, and the farmers trust me.” [The markets are down to the level before the tax cuts, and farmers are begging their congressional representatives for help from the tariff.]
  • The DNC “threw them [the FBI] out of the office” [although it didn’t.]
  • Hillary Clinton disposed of subpoenaed emails [although she didn’t.]
  • DDT said his enemies “better take it easy” indicating his personal retribution if they don’t because they are “dangerous for the country.”
  • DDT said that his tax cuts were “something really special.” [There goes the middle class.]

Other lies:

He talked to Saudi Arabia’s King Salman, who said that he would increase oil production because gas prices are “to [sic] high.” The phone call did exist, but Saudi Arabia said that the kingdom wouldn’t boost production as DDT said it promised. Gas prices hit a four-year high in June, and DDT’s foreign policies has an influence on the costs. At least the middle class gets a few dollars in tax cuts that will entirely go for gas.

He tweeted he “won lawsuit” about collusion with Russia. The fact is that a case against Roger Stone won’t move forward on technical grounds; the judge wrote that the “ruling is not based on a finding that there is no collusion.” DDT also lied about the DNC bringing that particular lawsuit, but the DNC does have a lawsuit in a Manhattan federal court accusing Donald Trump Jr. and Jared Kushner stating that DDT’s campaign was a “willing and active” partner of Russia in its “brazen attack on American democracy.”

Corrections to more DDT lies during his rally in Montana against the campaign of Democratic Sen. Jon Tester:

  • Military spending is not at record levels.
  • DDT was not the first Republican to win Wisconsin since Dwight Eisenhower. [Wisconsin voted for GOP presidential candidates in 1960, 1968, 1972, 1980, and 1984.]
  • DDT’s tax cuts are not the largest ever.
  • Health plans aren’t enrolling yet because it’s not the time for people to sign up.
  • DDT isn’t good at getting legislation passed.
  • Vladimir Putin really was a long-serving KGB agent and then directed its successor, the FSB.

DDT’s Montana lies and insults reflect the GOP election strategy—more sexism, racism, and hate—sometimes all wrapped together as when he insulted Sen. Elizabeth Warren about her ancestry:

“We’ll take that little kit and say, we have to do it gently because we are in the Me Too generation, and we will very gently take that kit, slowly toss it.”

DDT:

  • Attacked Rep. Maxine Waters with his usual statement that “she is a low IQ individual.”
  • Referred to the separation of children and families at the Mexico border only by sneering at Therese Okoumou, who climbed the base of the Statue of Liberty in protest, by saying that he would have made “that clown” jump.
  • Demanded that NFL players be fired if they don’t stand for the national anthem because staying the locker room was “actually worse” than kneeling.
  • Ridiculed George H.W. Bush’s “thousand points of light” campaign theme promoting volunteerism by saying that he didn’t know what it meant.

DDT was positive only about three world leaders—Vladimir Putin, Xi Jinping, and Kim Jong-Un–and the lack of Montana’s environmental destruction thus far from Scott Pruitt’s Environmental Plundering Agency.

“Not seeing pollution is a wonderful thing. Those are beautiful skies.”

DDT is still describing the investigation into the Russian scandals as a “witch hunt” while Robert Mueller pursues his work.  During a fundraiser at his house on Martha’s Vineyard, Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA) said: “If you think you’ve seen wild stuff so far, buckle up. It’s going to be a wild couple of months.” Mueller has found that several “billionaires with deep ties to Russia attended exclusive, invitation-only receptions [reserved for top donors and close political allies] during Donald Trump’s inauguration festivities.” At least one of them, Victor Vekselberg, has been sanctioned by the U.S. government. Mueller is also investigating Paul Manafort’s debt of $10 million to Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska during the presidential election. The U.S. has also sanctioned Deripaska. MSNBC’s Chris Hayes said:

“Nothing to see here, just the indicted campaign manager of the president (who worked for free) owing a Russian oligarch $10 million dollars while Russia was sabotaging the election.”

Another newly discovered $26 million loan from Deripaska to Manafort brings the total to about $60 million in the past decade. Emails also show Manafort’s attempts to curry favor with Deripaska.

Mueller is also looking at the cellphone and computer communications of Blackwater founder Erik Prince, the brother of Department of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos. Prince tried to develop a secret channel between DDT and Vladimir Putin.

DDT also swears that Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH), co-founder of the conservative Freedom Caucus and leader of the 2013 government shutdown, knows nothing about the sexual molestations of his team members when he was assistant wrestling coach at Ohio State. At least five men have said that Jordan knew about their molestation by former team doctor Dr. Richard Strauss, who killed himself in 2005 and may have molested as many as 2,000 athletes in at least 15 different varsity sports. Former Ohio State wrestler Mike DiSabato said, “I considered Jim Jordan a friend. But at the end of the day, he is absolutely lying if he says he doesn’t know what was going on.” DiSabato continued, “[Jordan] took showers with us. He saw Dr. Strauss and others perform these acts in front of us.” One former wrestling coach called the men’s facility used by the team “cesspool of deviancy.” At least six ex-wrestlers said they were regularly harassed by sexually aggressive male students or workers at Ohio State as they masturbated while watching the wrestlers shower or sit in the sauna as well as participating in sexual acts where the athletes trained. Dunyasha Yetts, a 1993 wrestler, said he told Jordan about Strauss’ behavior and asked him to come to the doctor to protect him from fondling.

When one of the molested wrestlers emailed Jordan, the representative complained that he was being “bullied” and threatened to call the Capitol police. Jordan said that he didn’t want to respond to the former wrestler because he didn’t want to “encourage the behavior.” He also claimed to know nothing about the victimization, but investigators said that they had contacted Jordan and received no response.

DDT called the accusers liars and said that he stands behind Jordan “100 percent.” In the past, DDT defended his top staffer Rob Porter who abused his ex-wives and believed Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore over a number of accusers suffering from Moore’s sexual conduct when they were teenagers. About Jordan he said, “No question in my mind” despite his lack of information.

Only two of Jordan’s GOP colleagues, Reps. Mark Meadows (R-OH) and Matt Goetz (R-FL), are following DDT’s “100 percent” support of Jordan. Otherwise, Republican members of Congress, even the almost three dozen members of Jordan’s conservative Freedom Caucus, are saying little about the situation except to use platitudes such as “integrity.” House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) says that he supports an investigation of the accusations. Jordan had considered a run for Ryan’s position.

DDT thinks he has support for his tariffs, but 56 percent of voters said that his decisions were bad for jobs with 73 percent worried about rising prices. Those figures are worse in election battleground states, and a solid majority of Republicans are concerned about increased costs of products. Those figures are over a week old before DDT said that he was going to apply tariffs to all imports from China. A recession is being predicted.

Leading up to NATO this week and the G20 summit in fall, polls show the difference in confidence regarding U.S. leadership between President Obama and DDT:

  • -75% Germany
  • -71% South Korea
  • -70% France
  • -68% Spain
  • -61% Canada
  • -57% UK
  • -55% Australia
  • -54% Japan
  • +42% Russia

These figures are six months old. Since then, DDT Trump has ratcheted up his hostility toward NATO, NAFTA, the European Union, the United Nations, the World Trade Organization, and G-7 while trying to control the world with ill-reasoned tariffs. Next January’s polls will reflect DDT’s lack of leadership with North Korea, the Middle East, climate, etc., etc. Now if only voters will agree with the free world at the polls in November.

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