Attorney General Bill Barr participated in the daily press briefing about the Trump Plague. He let everybody know that the DOJ is going after industrial level hoarding. He didn’t say anything about the DOJ going after a president who is getting people killed with his pathological lying and refusal to use his power to order federal aid. He can shoot someone on 5th Avenue and let people die horrible, painful deaths and nobody will stop him. Bill Barr praised Trump for his “decisive leadership in this unprecedented battle to save American lives.”
Trump complimented Republican governors for their low disease rates. He called their states countries.
He thanked restaurant workers as if take out and delivery had just been invented. “It’s incredible. They’re doing service where people come and they pick it up, delivery — it’s been incredible…totally different business…other than that they cook food.”
Trump hinted that he was going to over rule the Democratic governors who have ordered people to stay home. “Our country wasn’t meant to be shut down. America will, again, and soon, be open for business.”
Iran is burying their dead in mass graves, Italy is leaving their dead in the street for the military to pick up, people are laying in the halls in hospitals in Spain because there aren’t enough beds while doctors are having to take seniors off of ventilators to give them to younger patients, and Trump wants us all to get back to work in 2 weeks.
The economy is all that matters, not life and death. Larry the Drunk Kudlow is out there telling people, “We can’t shut in the economy. The president is right. The cure can’t be worse than the disease. And we’re going to have to make some difficult tradeoffs.”
Tradeoffs as in lives for money.
Republicans are targeting Democrats for playing politics with their Save the Rich bill. They are OUTRAGED that the Democrats are standing in the way of them giving Steve Mnuchin carte blanche to play trick or treat with $500 billion. Corporations, banks, and filthy rich individuals will get the treats and everybody else will get tricked. Again.
The billions that the rich hope to get are the billions in taxes that everybody paid except for them. Corporate welfare.
The Democrats aren’t going to be bullied into passing the repugs’ bill. Not when there is no money for state and local governments, no additional SNAP funds, no provisions to protect workers, no emergency leave, no expansion for unemployment insurance, no help for the uninsured, and no relief for federal student loans. Everybody who paid billions in taxes won’t get the help they need to survive but the rich will get it all to squander.
Susan Collins is more than disappointed. She put on a show on the Senate floor, attacking the Democrats for standing in the way of her top donors. “This is disgraceful! We don’t have another day! We don’t have another hour! We don’t have another minute to delay acting!” Never mind that Mitch McConnell delayed everything by 3 days when he sent everybody home for a long weekend.
Republican hypocrite fun fact: Republicans are using a pandemic to take money from workers and the poor to inject it into banks and companies like Trump’s. The Democrats aren’t going to let them do it, saying that those who are taxed and out of work now should get the relief, not the greedy, cheating rich.
The media is calling it partisan bickering.
The same airlines who got $45 billion during the Great Recession used it to buy back stock for their wealthy shareholders. Now they want $50 billion more.
Senator Amy Klobuchar’s husband has the coronavirus and pneumonia. He went to the hospital and got a test after coughing up blood. He is now on oxygen.
Utah Congressman Ben McAdams has been hospitalized for shortness of breath. He tested positive last week.
Minnesota Lieutenant Governor Peggy Flanagan’s brother died of the coronavirus. He is the second person to die from it in Tennessee.
Speaking of lieutenant governors, Dan Patrick of Texas told Fox viewers that lots of grandparents would be willing to die in order in to save the economy for their grandchildren.
Trump is going to ask us to sacrifice the lives of seniors and those who have pre-existing conditions for him. Are the old people who watch Fox all day going to snap out of it and realize that they’ve been played or will they go ahead and take the cyanide pill that they’ve been saving for the day when the Democrats break down their doors to take their guns?
A married couple in Arizona each took a teaspoon of Chloroquine after Trump told people that it was an antidote for the coronavirus in an official White House press briefing. They had it lying around because they used to use it to clean their fish tank so they thought they’d try it. Within 20 minutes they both got really sick and the husband died.
MAGAs and Republicans are yelling, “Don’t blame Trump!”
Sean Hannity read a letter that he claims a doctor sent him recommending a drug “regimen” for his viewers to keep them from getting infected. If people get sick or die, they’ll say “Don’t blame Sean Hannity!”
The disease is spreading throughout Rikers Island Prison in New York. Rikers is in the top 10 of the most violent prisons in America. What do they do now? Let everybody loose?
Extremist groups are encouraging their members to spread the coronavirus to people they hate if they become infected. The FBI intercepted messages from groups asking members to use spray bottles filled with body fluids to attack police and Jews.
Okeechobee County Commissioner Bryant Culpepper told everybody at an emergency meeting that you can kill the coronavirus by holding a blow dryer up to their nose. He saw it on OANN.
It gets more bizarre. Trump’s approval rating is going up. His followers really would die for him.
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