Good Monday morning.
Here’s what is on the president’s agenda today:
- The president has lunch with the Vice President
- 5:00PM Members of the Coronavirus Task Force hold a press briefing
Media continues “gotcha” game at press briefings
Why do we pretend these folks are professionals doing a job that involves transmitting information to the public? They aren’t. They are political advocates who are engaging in political warfare. These daily press conferences are important but they are getting ridiculous with various partisan fiends trying to make a name for themselves or get twitter famous. Yesterday, an unhinged nutter from CBS, let loose in the presser.
CBS White House “correspondent” Weijia Jiang asked the president, “I have a question about something you said Thursday,” Jiang referring to Trump’s comments about the World Health Organization. “You were angry because information about the virus should have been told to us earlier and sooner. People knew it was coming and people did not want to talk about it. Many Americans are saying the same thing about you, you should have warned them the virus was spreading like wildfire through February instead of holding rallies with thousands of people. Why did you not have social distancing until March 16?”
Of course this is disingenuous. It’s easy to look back now, with the information we have acquired over the last two months, and throw accusations but back in February, we knew very little. We didn’t know if the virus would spread all over the country and we didn’t have the first known death until February 29th. We spent February trying to make tests and learn about this virus and figure out how or if it had spread. At that time, the media was telling people not to worry about the virus and they were doing that only because Trump had shut down travel to the U.S. from China. Pelosi, Cuomo and De Blasio were telling people to go out, enjoy movies and go attend large social gatherings.
Bill Maher not so smooth when live audience isn’t around to cheer
Rep. Dan Crenshaw as smooth as silk in an interview with Bill Maher on Friday. This is how it is done, ladies and gentlemen.
— Essential Fleccas 🇺🇸 (@fleccas) April 19, 2020
By the way, Trump was “warned” in the sense that people were telling him “this could get really bad.” Yes, obviously, it could get really bad. Now how actionable is that? At the time, China was lying about it, the WHO was lying about it for China, what actual information did we have to announce with certainty a deadly pandemic would sweep the country?
CDC Lab Contamination Delayed Release Of Coronavirus Tests
Fauci: There will be enough tests to begin reopening US
Director of Wuhan lab denies coronavirus escaped from his facility
Peter Navarro: China ‘cornered’ the personal protective equipment market and ‘is profiteering’ during coronavirus outbreak
Washington state recalls 12,000 coronavirus test kits
Former FDA commissioner: China may get to a vaccine first
Hundreds swarm Florida beaches following reopening amid pandemic
Wynn Resorts CEO calls for Las Vegas Strip to conditionally reopen in mid- to late May
Trump says he’s ‘OK’ with Las Vegas shutdown after mayor calls it ‘total insanity’
About 2,500 protesters converge at Washington state capitol against stay-at-home order
Trump’s message to ‘liberate’ states dangerous: Washington Gov. Jay Inslee
Hospitals scramble for dialysis machines amid surge in COVID-19 patients with kidney failure: report
Mnuchin says it was his idea to put Trump’s name on stimulus checks
NYC Has Formed A Coronavirus Anti-Discrimination Response Team
Of course. MSNBC Guest Calls Anti-Lockdown Protesters The ‘Fox News Nazi Death Cult Rump’ Of The GOP
Judge Blocks Kansas From Limiting Attendance At Religious Services
Pence presses governors to ramp up testing. They push back.
Trump invokes DPA for testing swabs, weeks after reported shortages
California secures over 15,000 hotel rooms for homeless during coronavirus pandemic, Newsom says
Healthcare workers face off against anti-lockdown protesters in Colorado
Cops enforcing coronavirus restrictions on Florida beach nab fugitive Pennsylvania murder suspect
Protesters accuse governors of overreach, constitutional experts say states are acting legally
Idiot. Ilhan Omar introduces bill to cancel rent, mortgage payments during coronavirus pandemic
Cuomo: ‘Aggressive’ coronavirus antibody testing to start in NY in coming days
Trump announces coronavirus testing milestone, says PPP stimulus deal imminent
New York City police department has lost 29 members to Covid-19
Trump says he didn’t pick Romney for White House task force because he holds a grudge against the senator
Residents protest coronavirus stay-at-home orders in 5 states
Victoria Coates, Trump’s former deputy national security adviser, denies she’s ‘Anonymous’
Sanders asks for donations to reelect members of ‘The Squad’
Australia forces Google, Facebook to pay for news content: report
And that’s all I’ve got, now go beat back the angry mob from 6ft away!