Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Meanwhile Americans are just dying

President Trump confirms that the federal stockpile of personal protective equipment (things like masks, gowns, etc) is nearly depleted. "We are shipping things," Trump says. WaPo story for context

Reminder: We learned last week that Bill Barr's DOJ wouldn't charge WalMart for filling known pill mill opioid prescriptions.

This is not the best advert for social distancing

Trump: "I'm number one on Facebook. Did you know I was number one on Facebook? I just found out I'm number one on Facebook. I thought that was very nice."

People are dying because of a deadly pandemic and Trump has Esper briefing the press about drug smuggling for obscure reasons

Neither VP Pence nor Drs. Fauci or Birx are in the White House coronavirus task force briefing today

Trump is trying to distract us with Cartels?

California Gov. Gavin Newsom's message to states that have not issued stay-at-home orders: "What are you waiting for? What more evidence do you need? … There’s no greater intervention, period, full stop, none, than physical distancing."

The list of who won’t get a $1,200 stimulus check is growing — and includes some surprising groups

NEW: Trump literally laughed at how he can trick the press into covering his ‘new tone’

Nancy Pelosi on CNN on McConnell's impeachment remarks: "I think that's an admission that perhaps the president and the Majority Leader cannot handle the job. We have a life and death situation ... They should not try to hide behind an excuse for why they did not take action."

BREAKING: FINALLY, @GovRonDeSantis has issued a Stay-home order for ALL Floridians...

During the 2nd segment, Whoopi Goldberg, who has been a fairly clear Biden supporter from the beginning of the 2020 primary, asked Sanders to explain why he hasn’t dropped out yet

In a podcast interview with CNN's Sanjay Gupta, Dr. Anthony Fauci discussed the "profound" mental and emotional burdens wrought by coronavirus, made evident during conversations with his three daughters

After getting quite emotional about his little brother @ChrisCuomo and saying he is scared for him because he tested positive for coronavirus, @NYGovCuomo adds another playful dig: “I did not pick this picture with your mouth open. But it is suitable in some ways."

BREAKING: Obamacare Markets Will Not Reopen—Trump Decides. The move would have made it much easier for people who’ve recently lost their jobs to obtain health insurance. But Trump & GOP don’t want people to have health insurance during a deadly pandemic

Schiff tells WaPo that his staff has already started working on a discussion draft modeled after the 9/11 Commission. And he said the House Intelligence Committee, which he chairs, has begun reviewing the committee's intelligence materials on the pandemic.

I’m no economist but isn’t the sharp line down bad?

.@tribelaw tells @JRubinBlogger that Trump’s comment "amounts to a confession that these Republicans at least, know they rule by ignorance, fear and withdrawal from political participation and not by popular consent."

Still incomplete data, but, thanks to @COVID19Tracking, have more every day. Only recently passed 1M tests total, since beginning of crisis. We need AT LEAST 1 M/DAY if we are to manage current caseload AND allow us to ease off of social distancing measures, when the time comes.

Politico: “The Trump administration has decided against reopening Obamacare enrollment to uninsured Americans during the coronavirus pandemic, defying calls from health insurers and Democrats to create a special sign-up window amid the health crisis.”

I talked this morning to a friend in South Korea. His kids are getting ready to return to school next wee

#COVID19 is a life-or-death emergency, especially for people who depend on oxygen machines and nebulizers to breathe. Cutting off their power is unconscionable. We need an immediate, nationwide moratorium on power disconnections.

REALLY FUCKING WEIRD MATT Loeffler's the most egregious and there are other Republicans to name, but you only call out Burr, why @mattgaetz? REALLY FUCKING WEIRD MATT

Weird ๐Ÿค”@mattgaetz is all up Burr's ass about stock sellouts but not Loeffler, why is that Matt?! What does Dick know that you want quashed?

Christopher Cuomo tests positive for virus

Oh no

Question of the day: Who are the so-called ‘people’ that advised Trump to “ride this out?” Who are they? Where do they work? Why aren’t they fired? The pressure is on. Expect some firings. They’ve made Trump look like total fool. I know... That’s his job.

Widespread antibody testing for #coronavirus would identify those who are immune, who then could: ▶️Safely go to work even in “hazardous” jobs ▶️Donate their antibody-rich plasma that could potentially save the lives of others#

We've seen all too terribly the consequences of those who denied warnings of a pandemic. We can't afford any more consequences of climate denial. All of us, especially young people, have to demand better of our government at every level and vote this fall.

80% of people get well, and I trust that Chris will, too. As his brother said, Chris is young and strong, and is self-quarantining. May he improve rapidly!

March 13, 2020 Mitch dismissed the Senate, and took his she'll to Louisville to hang with Brett Kavanaugh

After he shoved as many conservative judges into available slots as he could, he began "quietly" asking older judges to retire early so he could place younger judges in those positions

Fox’s Fake News Contagion

Gov. Cuomo - I am responsible for the people of NY and will do anything in my power to protect them. Gov. DeSantis - I am a Republican who believes in small government and states’ rights. But I defer to POTUS and the federal government when it comes to protecting FL citizens.

"She is in the over-80 group that is most at risk of dying from infection. I worry a lot," @karaswisher writes about her mother. "But she was not concerned — and it was clear why. Her primary source of news is Fox."

For Autocrats, and Others, Coronavirus Is a Chance to Grab Even More Power

A lot of people have anecdotally reported losing their senses of taste or smell while suffering with suspected coronavirus—now a scientific study appears to have backed that up

"White House economists published a study last September that warned a pandemic disease could kill a half million Americans and devastate the economy. It went unheeded inside the administration."

The Mashpee Wampanoag tribe

Trump and his ratings


“Suspended in the air for hours” means wear a mask & something covering your eyes. Then take that shit & your shoes off b4 you go inside. Then sanitize your hands b4 you touch your doorknob. Then go straight bathroom & put your clothes in bag 4 wash. Shower (hair). And... relax.

I refuse to put our sailors at such grave risk. Only 12% have been tested (700), 85 are positive, 800 were quarantined. Everyone on the ship should be tested, testing is woefully inadequate.

Oversight is happening. Adam Schiff and his staff have already begun reviewing intelligence materials on the #COVID19 pandemic. After the crisis subsides, he wants to establish 9/11 style commission to investigate the Trump administration's response

When we get our country back from this corrupt Russian mafia circus and it’s puppets, Mitch McConnell and his corrupt wife need to both be severely investigated for being traitors and working for foreign hostile powers against U.S. interests. They will face life in prison.

It’s unimaginable that during a public health crisis, @EPAWheeler is bowing to special interests like Big Oil by stripping environmental protections that will hurt our ability to **breathe**. I'm leading my colleagues in fighting back against this reckless proposal

No matter what happens, do not be afraid. What will be, will be. What matters now is how we help those around us. For some, that’s being on the frontlines. For others, it’s staying home to slow the spread. And all in between. In our darkest days, this can be your finest hour.

"We are not at war. Sailors do not need to die. If we do not act now, we are failing to properly take care of our most trusted asset — our Sailors,"

BREAKING: Sen. Kelly Loeffler (R-GA) has reported *more* stock sales amid insider allegation accusations. Among that spate of sales, though, was an interesting stock purchase-- in a company that makes COVID-19 protective garments

Wow, this stat ... The government has yet to curtail exports of PPE by U.S. companies—roughly 280 million masks in warehouses around the U.S. were purchased by foreign buyers on Monday alone, according to Forbes.

More excuses from the Senate majority leader about why he didn't take this threat seriously and move to mitigate this pandemic. Leadership 101 means taking responsibility for what has happened on your watch. Period.

President Trump says from the beginning he knew thousands could die from coronavirus but wanted to be positive so that's why he essentially downplayed the virus early on. He says: "I knew it could be horrible. I knew it could be maybe good."

1st known case of coronavirus can be traced back to November 2019 in China. Are you telling me that our IC agencies didn’t know....they knew, they had to know. They knew and they reported it. So what did trump and his Administration do until January 2020?

Every time I see Trump now, I think of the coronavirus patients, in pain, gasping for air. I think how many will lose their lives and die alone, their loved ones barred from the room. Every time Trump utters a malignant, self-serving word, I think of the death he failed to stop.

We’re in the middle of a global pandemic, and the Trump Administration is preventing people from getting health care. I can’t believe this needs to be said, but President Trump needs to reopen Obamacare enrollment, and he needs to do it now. Lives are at stake.

On Monday alone, 280 million masks in warehouses around the U.S. were purchased by foreign buyers. A FEMA spokesperson said the agency “has not actively encouraged or discouraged U.S. companies from exporting overseas.”

NEWS: Remember when Trump announced drive-thru #CovidTesting for Americans at Target, Walgreens, Walmart & CVS parking lots? While these retailers have ~30K locations combined, only 5 locations offer testing as of today story from

The COVID-19 Commission is going to be a helluva thing uncovering and exposing the massive levels of corruption and incompetence. If we can make it to that point.

The U.S. needs to know what went wrong

All media should adopt this policy.

What is the US doing accepting “help” from Russia on the Corona virus? This is a humiliating PR stunt with no substance. I guarantee you the next step Russia will say “forget about us invading Ukraine and killing 10k soldiers, give us sanctions relief”

Even now, @FoxNews continues to highlight guests who minimize #COVIDใƒผ19. What @DevinNunes says here about sending people back to work in as little as 1 week is contradicted by medical experts, and the guidelines set forth by @realDonaldTrump that were extended to April 30.

Cuomo: "It's like being on eBay with 50 other states bidding on a ventilator. And you see the bid go up, because California bid. Illinois bid. Florida bid. New York bids. California re-bids ... I mean, how inefficient. And then FEMA gets involved and FEMA starts bidding."

In the midst of a pandemic, the Trump Administration chose to expend effort to attempt to disestablish the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe’s reservation. #IStandwithMashpee and with all of Indian Country.

Depressing watching @maddow. Best case, 250,000 of us will die. .worst case 2.5 million. Congress needs to remove trump now

It never ceases to amaze me that a man with the massive resources of the entire US government, with world experts on every conceivable issue and a worldwide intelligence apparatus, relies on cable news and a few moron friends to get his information.

Remember when Trump got mad at & sidelined the CDC’s Nancy Messonnier b/c stocks sank after she said on Feb 25 that coronavirus would result in “severe” life disruption? Turns out she was right & then some. Meanwhile, Trump the next day talked about virus disappearing by itself.

Impeachment ate your covid homework? Oh please! What are the #MoscowMitchExcuses for the 400 Democratic House-passed bills he ghoulishly said he’d let die in the Senate “graveyard”?

Connecticut's governor on Tuesday said the U.S. Strategic National Stockpile of medical supplies was now empty and the state was "on its own" trying to secure ventilators and masks to fight the coronavirus pandemic

I’m a physician at a hospital in NYC and THIS IS THE “PPE” I WAS JUST HANDED for my shift. Our federal government has completely failed its health care workers.

I can’t stop thinking about what Gov Cuomo said today: that FEMA is now outbidding states — already forced to bid against each other — to buy ventilators and other essential supplies. While POTUS says only states that are “nice to him” should get supplies.

Wisconsin police shut down Hobby Lobby stores that defied coronavirus lockdown

This is a life-and-death crisis. We’re all Americans. There are serious questions that need answers It is deeply troubling that certain (Red) states seem to be getting more vital supplies than other (Blue) states.

We were warned.

Rent is due today for tens of millions of Americans. News websites are full of stories about whether people can afford to pay rent and what happens when they can't...

Leningrad Lindsey

George Conway: "For Trump, it's always about Trump and only Trump. If anything, it was McConnell and his fellow Senate Republicans' refusal to remove him, not the impeachment itself, that helped bring us to where we are today."

Dr. Fauci says Americans need to "brace" themselves for the weeks ahead because the numbers of cases and deaths will go up. He added: We are going to continue to see things go up. We cannot be discouraged by that because the mitigation will work.

4 Americans tragically lost lives in Benghazi attack & GOP held 33 hearings on it Trump is now saying 100-200,000 dead Americans would be considered a success

A fumble is an accident. This isn’t.

The Italian government will extend its nationwide lockdown to April 13

Listening to the wail of ambulance sirens in Brooklyn. More every night. Every few minutes. This is terrible.

Who the fuck told Donald not to do anything? I need names.

A Trump Administration official asked the Thais for protective gear—“only to be informed by the puzzled voices on the other side of the line that a U.S. shipment of the same supplies, the second of two so far, was already on its way to Bangkok.”

California leaders and doctors are cautiously optimistic that the Bay Area's early moves to lock down residents two weeks ago have prevented surges of coronavirus patients from overwhelming the region's health care capacity thus far

"It'd be wise if Trump called Barack Obama" - @JoeBiden Trump said previously he didn't think he'd learn anything talking to past presidents

.@BostonGlobe editorial: "Much of the suffering and death coming was preventable. The president has blood on his hands"

Now you know how Trump bankrupted every single business he owned. Only thousands will die this time.

Now he’s gonna spend another $2 Trillion? Fuck. Hey @SenateGOP @HouseGOP. Suddenly it’s just peachy to be $6 Trillion in debt?

Disgusting!!! Texas company Hatfield and Co asking 6 times usual cost for N95 masks

Listening to Dr Birx, I’m wondering how we will not be living like this until there is a vaccine which is a year away.. Maybe testing would help, but no answer on when that will be.. We are still behind this and not in front of it which hold the country hostage to the virus.

I've said it before and I say it again: Donald Trump does not give a fuck about you, your kids, your wife or husband, brother or sister, parents, grandparents or friends. He simply does not give a fuck.

Start building - now - the facilities where COVID vaccines will be mass produced, argues @BillGates, who also, famously, predicted this pandemic. Stop playing catch-up; think ahead.

Are you sick & tired of #TrumpToady Kevin McCarthy @GOPLeader embarrassing California on a daily basis? Please consider a vote for @KimMangone- a candidate we ALL can be proud of! She will be a vast improvement & Kev can spend more time on FOX "News" Thank you!

As president, I would never send an American soldier anywhere in the world without the equipment and protection they need. We should not do any less for the heroes on the front lines of the battle we’re in now.

JUST IN to CNN - Carnival Corp. announced in SEC documents today that more than 6000 passengers remain out at sea amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Everything is so silent except for the sirens.

Forget 9/11, the Iraq War, Gulf of Tonkin, Cointelpro, etc - the US Government’s knowledge of, and subsequent failure to act against, the spread of Coronavirus is a vastly unforgivable, criminal failure. They knew. They knew. THEY KNEW.

“Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said Tuesday that he would consider putting one in place if the White House told him to.” What does this cowardly remark even mean? Lead, follow, or get the hell out of the way. You’re inaction is going to kill Florida seniors.

NY Daily News Front Page

The politicians, talk show hosts, and doctors who pushed Hydroxychloroquine as a miracle cure before knowing the truth are demagogues, hucksters, and quacks. Listen to Dr. Fauci and stop embarrassing yourself until we know more. You are a danger to the public’s health.

This is horrifying. A nurse in Chicago tried to wear her own N95 mask to work while caring for COVID patients. She was told that she was not be allowed to. So she quit. We must, must protect our nurses and everyone on the front lines.

This is my much loved nephew. He's a doctor. He's working on a *respiratory* ward. The Dark circles under his eyes are new to me. This is the only mask available to him at the moment. I'm beyond shocked.

Wasn't the coronavirus response delayed while Kushner conducted "research" on the virus? Very suspect. Were Trump and Kushner trying to capitalize on the disaster as the virus spread? Kushner Firm Built Coronavirus Website Trump Promised