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Friday, March 20, 2020

Pressed by a reporter Thursday on the dire shortage of medical supplies and testing to deal with the coronavirus, President Donald Trump deflected responsibility for the crisis and instead put the burden on governors. The lack of proper masks, gowns and eye gear is imperiling the ability of medical workers to fight the coronavirus -- and putting their own lives at risk.

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With coronavirus cases soaring, doctors, nurses and other front-line medical workers across the United States are confronting a dire shortage of masks, surgical gowns and eye gear to protect them from the virus.

In interviews, doctors expressed soaring anxiety, fearing they could expose not only themselves to the virus, but their families and others.

Maybe someone needs to explain to this President that troops cannot fight a war without ammunition, food and all the supportive supplies that constantly need to be replenished as they're quickly used. This is a simple way of explaining just how mind numbingly unprepared this man is for the enormous global crisis that we find ourselves in.

This is Trump's Rumsfeld moment where not enough foresight was given to uparmor humvees during the Iraq invasion/occupation to protect soldiers from IEDs.

And another thing: Because of the GOP's obsession with balanced budgets amendments, the vast majority of states aren't able to spend money that they don't have like the federal government can unless they tap rainy day funds if said states are fortunate enough to have any available.

Trump's fiscal ignorance and personal insolence is exacerbating what already are unprecedented circumstances state governments cannot successfully navigate without federal assistance.

In America, this truly is the COVID 45 pandemic.

#1 | Posted by tonyroma at 2020-03-19 06:25 PM | Reply

Trump stood there and lied to the American public when he said there is no shortage of PPE. I currently work for a large healthcare provider and our people are having to get real creative when it comes to PPE. We've relaxed some rules that allow PPE to be reused in cases where it would not have been previously. We've forced staff to cut back on the number of interactions with patients. We've been cancelling elective procedures to preserve stock. Trump needs to immediately lift all tariffs on medical supplies.

#2 | Posted by johnny_hotsauce at 2020-03-20 12:18 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

Trump stood there and lied to the American public when he said there is no shortage of PPE.

#2 | Posted by johnny_hotsauce

He lied like a big dog.

Expect anything else? In fact, I'll bet he tells lies today.

You Bozo Republicans wouldn't impeach him from office when you had the chance. You'd by God better not vote for him in December. Start a Draft Pence Movement, or something.

Of course there always remains the chance that Donald will die to some combination of old age, heart disease, and obesity.

The country should be that lucky.

#3 | Posted by Zed at 2020-03-20 08:54 AM | Reply

"You'd by God better not vote for him in December"

Freudian slip. The election is of course in November. I'm subconsciously already looking past the election to the time when Trump is gone, in exile and evading arrest warrants.

#4 | Posted by Zed at 2020-03-20 08:56 AM | Reply

We live in an alternative reality universe for sure:

The percentage of Americans who approve of President Trump's handling of the coronavirus outbreak has ticked upward since last week, according to an ABC News-Ipsos poll released Friday.

In the new poll, 55 percent of Americans approve of Trump's management of the crisis, compared with 43 percent who disapprove.

www.washingtonpost.com

#5 | Posted by tonyroma at 2020-03-20 08:59 AM | Reply

55 percent of Americans approve of Trump's management of the crisis,

#5 | Posted by tonyroma at 2020-03

You've still got millions a Yahoos who want to blame the ------ for Trump's incompetence. Some of them come here.

Some also come here wanting to tell us that falling down the stairs is as grim a fact of life as plague.

The story is still Poor, Poor, Misunderstood Trump.

When the death rate rises to 100 per day we may see some change in that.

#6 | Posted by Zed at 2020-03-20 09:04 AM | Reply

Even though most all of our facilities had already taken it upon themselves to do so we have now been instructed to implement protocols designed to preserve PPE. While my company is in relatively good shape, this is also in the event that we need to assist other providers in the region who are already finding themselves at near critical levels.

#7 | Posted by johnny_hotsauce at 2020-03-20 05:51 PM | Reply

donald is the same guy he was in the '80s but with more video.

#8 | Posted by REDIAL at 2020-03-20 09:49 PM | Reply

Let me state this plainly...

There are two crises that the United States is currently fighting.

The first is the COVID-19 crisis.

The second is the leadership crisis in the Oval Office.

I watched the press conference today from Pres Trump and I noticed that he announced few new initiatives to help in our fight.

If he has nothing to announce, what is he doing? The states are screaming for help.

#9 | Posted by LampLighter at 2020-03-20 09:54 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

If he has nothing to announce, what is he doing? The states are screaming for help.

#9 | Posted by LampLighter

He needs to spend an hour a day screaming that it's not his fault, it's obama's fault.

#10 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2020-03-20 10:08 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

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LAMP

It might sound a little absurd ~ or maybe not since we're dealing with Donald Trump who has a long history of absurdities since he's been president ~ but I've been wrestling with the idea that Trump is allowing these shortages to take place ON PURPOSE.

I've thought of several reasons why that might be so ~~

Based on his history of using his position as president to abuse (some called it torture) immigrant families, he seems to get some perverse pleasure out of watching people suffer.

Trump's can't help but be aware that his odds for re-election are about zero. Since he can't take responsibility for anything, I wonder if he's decided to use his remaining months in office to make life as miserable as he can for everybody else. (Again with the perverse pleasure)

Also, and undoubtedly the most dangerous, with no rallies to keep his base motivated, I wonder if he's given up on a second term and now feels like he has 'nothing to lose.'

It's also crossed my mind that Mr. Putin, who can read the tea leaves, has decided that Trump is no longer any use to him. Trump knows what that means.

#11 | Posted by Twinpac at 2020-03-21 01:10 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

#11 Just make it up as you go. TwinPac.

Your disinformation and fan fiction is dangerous propaganda.

#12 | Posted by SheepleSchism at 2020-03-21 01:15 AM | Reply

Trump's can't help but be aware that his odds for re-election are about zero.

Oh, I'm sure in what's left of his mind he's already won.

#13 | Posted by REDIAL at 2020-03-21 01:26 AM | Reply

@#11 ... I've been wrestling with the idea that Trump is allowing these shortages to take place ON PURPOSE. ...

I would be remiss if I did not say that the very same thought has crossed my mind as well.

Pres Trump has convinced me, long ago, that his concern is about his being re-elected, and not about the Country that re-elects him. He has blurted out comments that say as much.

So, how can we rely upon him to do what is best for the Country, when he has shown he is most concerned about himself?

But through all of this, I have to ask why I need to ask the question of the prior paragraph.

Sad, so sad.


#14 | Posted by LampLighter at 2020-03-21 01:37 AM | Reply

REDIAL

"what's left of his mind"

LOL ~ that sort of the whole point.

It's obvious he's not banging on all eight cylinders. I think he's ready for the junk yard.

#15 | Posted by Twinpac at 2020-03-21 01:49 AM | Reply

LAMP

"I would be remiss if I did not say that the very same thought has crossed my mind as well."

It's the only thing left that makes any sense.

He's cracked!

#16 | Posted by Twinpac at 2020-03-21 01:56 AM | Reply

It's obvious he's not banging on all eight cylinders.

Or Flight Risk.

#17 | Posted by REDIAL at 2020-03-21 02:06 AM | Reply

REDIAL

I'd bet my last dime that he's impotent.

#18 | Posted by Twinpac at 2020-03-21 05:08 AM | Reply

I'm glad the subtle benefits of Federalism are finally on full display for the world to see.

Originalists must be over the moon to see this pandemic spreading exactly as the Founders intended, with zero leadership from the Federal government.

We have 50 laboratories of democracy, I"m sure one can figure out a cure! Not the Federal government's job to get in the way. Using Federal power to plague is definitely NOT what the Founders had in mind when they said "promote the General Welfare."

#19 | Posted by snoofy at 2020-03-21 06:14 AM | Reply

blame the victims its easy to do.

#20 | Posted by RightisTrite at 2020-03-21 06:42 AM | Reply

he (Trump) seems to get some perverse pleasure out of watching people suffer.

#11 | Posted by Twinpac at 2020-03-21 01:10 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

This has always been noteworthy concerning him. It's part of his pathology. Hurting other people elevates him because it lowers them, and because it infuses his ego with power directly.

#21 | Posted by Zed at 2020-03-21 10:39 AM | Reply

I'd add that some of Trump's otherwise unexplainable lethargy, which continues right up to this minute, to take actions EVERYONE is screaming at him to do to protect medical personnel with appropriate equipment can be explained by hopes he can profit financially from disaster in some way.

#22 | Posted by Zed at 2020-03-21 10:42 AM | Reply

Donald Trump is an evil man. At the end of the day, at the end of this plague, his most loyal supporters will be exposed as evil too.

#23 | Posted by Zed at 2020-03-21 10:43 AM | Reply

In the new poll, 55 percent of Americans approve of Trump's management of the crisis, compared with 43 percent who disapprove.
www.washingtonpost.com

#5 | POSTED BY TONYROMA

Free money buys a lot of approval.

#24 | Posted by Whatsleft at 2020-03-21 11:12 AM | Reply

In the new poll, 55 percent of Americans approve of Trump's management of the crisis, compared with 43 percent who disapprove.
www.washingtonpost.com

#5 | POSTED BY TONYROMA

That's truly amazing given how the media has covered this.

What it does tell me though is that the DR population is definitely NOT a microcosm of the US population.

#25 | Posted by JeffJ at 2020-03-21 11:21 AM | Reply

In the same link showing Trump's approval, and further down was this:

"Virus deniers vow to continue on with their daily activities with little adjustment, convinced that the unprecedented reaction to the virus is nothing more than a plot by the media or liberals out to get Trump. The Pew Research Center released a poll Wednesday that found that 62 percent of adults say the media is exaggerating the risk of the virus."

#26 | Posted by YAV at 2020-03-21 11:25 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

26

does that surprise you that people think the media is exaggerating and spreading falsehoods?

understand, they are including social media when they say "media".......

#27 | Posted by eberly at 2020-03-21 11:35 AM | Reply

"That's truly amazing given how the media has covered this."

Not really. It is amazing how much denial there still is with you deplorables.

Watch Andrew Cuomo and Trumpy side by side. (If you can stand it)

Trumpy is an ignorant foolish clown in comparison.

But now is not the time to hold those responsible for negligence in not doing their jobs and being prepared and acting expeditiously and then even resorting to lying to America and not doing what is needed preventing unnecessary American deaths.

Trumpy will be held accountable for his documented lies and distortions And sheer negligence after the storm has passed.

In November.

#28 | Posted by donnerboy at 2020-03-21 11:42 AM | Reply

Wear a mask and wash your hands. Not necessarily for yourself but to protect others.

#29 | Posted by visitor_ at 2020-03-21 11:43 AM | Reply

It does surprise me, to be honest, Eberly. I'm disappointed the number is that high. This is really serious and likely (hopefully) the most cataclysmic event in my lifetime.

#30 | Posted by YAV at 2020-03-21 12:19 PM | Reply

What it does tell me though is that the DR population is definitely NOT a microcosm of the US population.

#25 | POSTED BY JEFFJ

You do realize you are posting on a Democratic blog don't you?

"Red meat for yellow dog Democrats" is the motto as I recall.

Or have you finally lost all touch with reality like a good little deplorable?

You do know what a yellow dog Democrats is don't you jeffy?

#31 | Posted by donnerboy at 2020-03-21 01:57 PM | Reply

Wear a mask and wash your hands. Not necessarily for yourself but to protect others.

#29 | POSTED BY VISITOR_m

Who told you that?

Masks are still in short supply. If you are not sick you do not need a mask right now.

Not until our first responders and hospitals are fully equipped and supplied

Stop spreading misinformation like Jeffy.

Please don't listen to bloggers. Don't even listen to me. Please use the guidance on the CDC webpage. Listen to Dr Fauci.

Using masks or getting tests when you don't need them only hurts the ones who actually need them. Our first responders.

#32 | Posted by donnerboy at 2020-03-21 02:08 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

"does that surprise you that people think the media is exaggerating and spreading falsehoods?"

Okay.
The media is exaggerating and spreading falsehoods every time they broadcast Trump's assessment of Trump's response to the Coronavirus.
Maybe that's what these savvy respondents are picking up on.

#33 | Posted by snoofy at 2020-03-21 02:09 PM | Reply

If you're going to run around in public just assume you've been exposed and contaminating every thing you touch and sneeze on. The orientals have been through this before follow their example. A week ago there was a shortage Trump eased restrictions and greedy capitalists are filling demand.

#34 | Posted by visitor_ at 2020-03-21 03:05 PM | Reply

DONNERBOY

"Using masks or getting tests when you don't need them only hurts the ones who actually need them. Our first responders.

Agreed!

I've recently learned to make my own. They're not virus proof, of course, but the material is dense enough to be sneeze/cough proof and that all I can expect when I'm out and about (which isn't often).

And gloves, of course. Always the gloves and hand sanitizer.

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#35 | Posted by Twinpac at 2020-03-21 06:45 PM | Reply

Why is President Trump responsible for the medical supply shortages. Didn't obama have eight years in office to build up emergency medical supplies? Supply chains cannot quickly up the number of items needed as new production lines cannot be established 'overnight'.

#36 | Posted by MSgt at 2020-03-22 01:09 PM | Reply

#36

Hey dumbasterisk, Trump has been President for three plus years! On one hand you criticize Obama for something that happened less than 90 days from his inauguration and on the other you deflect blame from Trump's own fecklessness by implicating the person who left office over a thousand days ago?

Can't you just taste the stupid you ignorantly vomit?

#37 | Posted by tonyroma at 2020-03-22 01:15 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Playing the blame game is not helpful now; it only plays into conspiracy theories about how this was intentional. There's plenty of time to sort things out after the emergency part is past.

#45 | POSTED BY CORKY AT 2020-03-22 05:08 PM

#38 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2020-03-22 06:20 PM | Reply

Context matters. You think that was clever or meaningful, RoC? You think that that post has any meaning here? Here's the context:

drudge.com

As long as that -------- is still giving press conferences, tanking the market, doing nothing to actually help, and continuing to lie about cures, blaming everyone else, and whining, then -------- Trump will continue, and should continue to be, blamed.

It's not in the past - it's every single second.

#39 | Posted by YAV at 2020-03-22 07:48 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

#39

ROC spammed 4 different threads with the same insipid drivel from #38.

I think the lockdown in CA is getting to him bigly.

#40 | Posted by tonyroma at 2020-03-22 07:50 PM | Reply

ROC spammed 4 different threads with the same insipid drivel from #38.

Mattress has joined in. Must have been in a talking point email.

#41 | Posted by REDIAL at 2020-03-22 07:56 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

#34 | POSTED BY VISITOR_

Are you referring to rugs?

#42 | Posted by rstybeach11 at 2020-03-22 09:40 PM | Reply

the same insipid drivel from #38.

Take it up with Corky, its his "insipid drivel."

#43 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2020-03-22 09:52 PM | Reply

Trump will continue, and should continue to be, blamed.

Ahhh, got it...the blame game is only helpful during this emergency when it is Trump being blamed.

You may now resume running in circles and flapping your arms.

#44 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2020-03-22 09:58 PM | Reply

Take it up with Corky, its his "insipid drivel."

What he said made sense in the thread and context he posted it. You're being dishonest and, quite frankly, pathetic in using his words instead of your own and for entirely different contexts.

The blame game works when the same mistakes are being made over and over again without acknowledgment, changes, and continuing to blame others. I know. It's a hard a concept for you to grasp, so don't worry about it.

#45 | Posted by YAV at 2020-03-22 10:51 PM | Reply

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