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Monday, March 23, 2020

Aides say Trump is itching for the guidelines to be eased when the 15-day period ends a week from Monday, but realistically there are few health experts who think that's enough time to know whether the measures he announced last week -- including recommending closing schools, limiting gatherings and keeping at least 6 feet of distance between individuals -- will suffice.

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Trump and some of his top officials are growing more anxious with social distancing guidelines put in place to combat the coronavirus, sources close to the White House effort said. One senior official said the President is losing patience with the period of national self-isolation that has frozen the US economy.

Meanwhile, the public health experts advising the President and his team on the coronavirus pandemic are continuing to argue that the broad guidelines urging people to work from home, avoid restaurants and large gatherings should remain in place."

"On Monday, Trump began sending retweets that seem to be encouraging an end to strong social distancing measures after the current 15-day period, despite concern from public health officials that it won't be long enough to blunt the worst of the coronavirus."

"On Monday he retweeted one user, responding to his original tweet, who wrote, "Correct. Fifteen days, then we keep the high risk groups protected as necessary and the rest of us go back to work."

This the same day that the US Surgeon General says on TV:

"This week, it's going to get bad. ... We really, really need everyone to stay at home."

www.cnn.com

And when Dr Fausi is saying:

"I can't jump in front of the microphone and push him down," Fauci told Science Magazine on Sunday.

www.nydailynews.com

#1 | Posted by Corky at 2020-03-23 04:37 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

"I can't jump in front of the microphone and push him down," Fauci told Science Magazine on Sunday.

www.nydailynews.com

Pretend you're saving him from assassination.

#2 | Posted by Zed at 2020-03-23 04:48 PM | Reply

So what is Trump saying that he's worried about? Things that limit his rallies and re-election chances.

#3 | Posted by Zed at 2020-03-23 04:48 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Donnie, Dearest, wake up and smell the pandemic:

Britain in lockdown for at least three weeks as PM bans people from leaving house for more than an hour a day
www.msn.com

Britain Orders Lockdown As WHO Warns Pandemic 'Accelerating'
www.ibtimes.com

Britain ordered into coronavirus lockdown except for shopping and exercise
metro.co.uk

#4 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2020-03-23 06:49 PM | Reply

"Aides say"

"sources close to the White House effort said"

"One senior official said"

Looks like CNN is at the top of their "game" yet again.

#5 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2020-03-23 07:12 PM | Reply

Trump signals openings: US not 'built to be shut down'

thehill.com

#6 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2020-03-23 07:27 PM | Reply

Rick Wilson @TheRickWilson

Get that line in your head, "We can't have the cure be worse than the problem."

You'll hear it on Fox, and Rush, and Newsmax, and OANN and everywhere else.

Sorry, grandma.
7:05 PM Mar 23, 2020

And maybe not just grandma:

A 12-year-old coronavirus patient 'fighting for her life' had no preexisting conditions, her family said
www.msn.com

#7 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2020-03-23 07:36 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Get that line in your head, "We can't have the cure be worse than the problem."

Translation, for those who Just Don't Get It:
We can't let business losses get too high, especially when it's mostly non-productive retirees who are gonna die.

Trump only cares about the DJIA. People are expendable; money is precious.
These values, of course, are exactly what Deplorables love him for.
Exhibit A: GoNoles
Exhibit B: Andrea, a mattress

#8 | Posted by snoofy at 2020-03-23 07:40 PM | Reply

"We can't let business losses get too high, especially when it's mostly non-productive retirees who are gonna die."

Some Bernie Bros don't care either: #BoomerRemover

#9 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2020-03-23 07:45 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

"Trump only cares about the DJIA. People are expendable; money is precious."

Max Tani @maxwelltani

Larry Kudlow on Fox News: "The president is right. The cure can't be worse than the disease. And we're going to have to make some difficult tradeoffs."
12:01 PM Mar 23, 2020

#10 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2020-03-23 07:56 PM | Reply

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"And we're going to have to make some difficult tradeoffs."

1. What's this "we" stuff?
2. The tradeoffs will be remarkably easy for them. It's the same trade they built their careers on. It's the same trade Capitalism is built on.

Profits over people.

#11 | Posted by snoofy at 2020-03-23 08:01 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

It's likely inevitable that some of those around Trump will contract the virus if they believe that the asymptomatic/uninfected can go about business as normal. Trumpers will have to set the example themselves by frequenting restaurants and congregating in larger groups to show that "social distancing" should never come between commerce and profits.

The results will be catastrophic and so unnecessary for many people whose lives will be inalterably affected by putting business ahead of public safety.

This will not end well. The virus don't care, it just replicates and moves on.

#12 | Posted by tonyroma at 2020-03-23 08:22 PM | Reply

We are in for a long pause or a quick treatment or cure, or we decide to sacrifice the frail.

#13 | Posted by bored at 2020-03-23 08:29 PM | Reply

#5

As he ups his obfuscation for Trump game.

#14 | Posted by Corky at 2020-03-23 09:06 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Tonight on Tucker Carlson's show:

Andrew Lawrence @ndrew_lawrence

Tx Lt Gov Dan Patrick says grandparents would be willing to die to save the economy for their grandchildren

twitter.com

#15 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2020-03-23 09:32 PM | Reply

#15 I wonder how the all the healthcare workers who will be exposed to the disease and overwhelmed by so many grandparents sacrificing themselves for their grandchildren feel about this new push to "Let's get back to work. Let's get back to living."?

#16 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2020-03-23 09:37 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

#15 I also wonder how younger people with compromised immune systems feel about this new "Let's save the economy for our grandchildren" plan?" The young mother with breast cancer and the middle-aged father with diabetes need to get with the program and sacrifice themselves for the good of the US economy?

#17 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2020-03-23 09:41 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

"The young mother with breast cancer and the middle-aged father with diabetes need to get with the program and sacrifice themselves for the good of the US economy?"

Fortunately they're already used to sacrificing 8 hours a day for that.

All we're asking is... just a little more.

#18 | Posted by snoofy at 2020-03-23 09:44 PM | Reply

The GOP is for self-coronavirus-sacrificing? It's beginning to look like it.

#19 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2020-03-23 09:47 PM | Reply

Trump is a grand parent so....

#20 | Posted by bored at 2020-03-23 09:58 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 3

Oh, and if the hospitals are filled with happily self-sacrificing grandparents, younger folks who have a heart attack, fall off a ladder, are in a car accident or have a ruptured appendix will have to self-sacrifice themselves as well for the good of the country. Or are these grandparents planning on dying at home alone?

#21 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2020-03-23 10:03 PM | Reply

True Patriots would not clog up hospitals, they would exercise their second amendment rights.

Come on GOPers, save the rich by sucking on your gun.

#22 | Posted by bored at 2020-03-23 10:19 PM | Reply

True Patriots would not clog up hospitals

No we wouldn't, we live near cows... remember.

You don't read the news, or read much of anything as far as I can tell.

#23 | Posted by AndreaMackris at 2020-03-23 10:21 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

This will not end well. The virus don't care, it just replicates and moves on.

#12 | POSTED BY TONYROMA

No it doesn't ... keep swinging tony, I enjoy the humor.

JPW please correct your team, they are full of falsehoods and lies.

#24 | Posted by AndreaMackris at 2020-03-23 10:24 PM | Reply

Maybe Tx Lt Gov Dan Patrick can get all the grandparents in TX to report to various football stadiums throughout the state and then drink Kool-Aid, Jonestown style.

#25 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2020-03-23 10:29 PM | Reply

Damn Gal. You never make those kinds of comments. Hugs (virtual only).

#26 | Posted by snoofy at 2020-03-23 10:36 PM | Reply

Larry Kudlow on Fox News: "The president is right. The cure can't be worse than the disease. And we're going to have to make some difficult tradeoffs."

and

Tx Lt Gov Dan Patrick says grandparents would be willing to die to save the economy for their grandchildren

And Pence saying if you're exposed but not showing symptoms, put a mask on and go back to work. Against all we know, how the people that are getting infected are getting it from asymptomatic people.

Scum.
Lying "Pro-life" scum. Bottom of the barrel ,s**t eating scum.
That's what Republicans are.

#27 | Posted by YAV at 2020-03-23 10:39 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

No it doesn't ... keep swinging tony, I enjoy the humor.
JPW please correct your team, they are full of falsehoods and lies.

POSTED BY ANDREAMACKRIS AT 2020-03-23 10:24 PM | REPLY

You wouldn't know the truth even if it snuck up behind you and bit you on your hiney.

#28 | Posted by LauraMohr at 2020-03-23 10:44 PM | Reply

Trump/Satan 2020
Campaign slogan: Many of you will die, but that is a sacrifice we are willing to make.

#29 | Posted by bored at 2020-03-23 10:58 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 3

- grandparents would be willing to die to save the economy for their grandchildren

For Trump's re-election, yeah. Their grandchildren not so much... who would want them to live in a Red Communist Democrat country?

#30 | Posted by Corky at 2020-03-23 11:00 PM | Reply

True Patriots would not clog up hospitals
No we wouldn't, we live near cows... remember.
#23 | POSTED BY ANDREAMACKRIS

Interesting angle.
Governor Newsom: California needs 50,000 more hospital beds to handle coronavirus outbreak
www.mercurynews.com
Andrea, a mattress: Not if all 50,000 infected are True Patriots!

#31 | Posted by snoofy at 2020-03-24 12:10 AM | Reply

Looks like CNN is at the top of their "game" yet again.

#5 | POSTED BY RIGHTOCENTER/i>

Still whistling past the graveyard...

Is ignorance actually blissful?

#32 | Posted by jpw at 2020-03-24 12:23 AM | Reply

No it doesn't ... keep swinging tony, I enjoy the humor.
JPW please correct your team, they are full of falsehoods and lies.

#24 | POSTED BY ANDREAMACKRIS

You think viruses "care" or have conscientious thoughts and actions?

#33 | Posted by jpw at 2020-03-24 12:24 AM | Reply

"You think viruses "care" or have conscientious thoughts and actions?"

They think this about a fertilized human egg, so why not a virus?

#34 | Posted by snoofy at 2020-03-24 12:27 AM | Reply

#26 Virtual hug accepted. :)

#35 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2020-03-24 06:07 AM | Reply

#2 ZED

And who would be stupid enough to do such a thing? Never get in front of the bullet intended to maintain status quo. They killed JFK for far less, even going so far as to mutilate the body on route to medical confirmation, and then miraculously lose his entire brain. and that's all fine if you believe in a magic bullet as well. If you trust anyone in this administration to perform a noble act such as saving a life than someone should just pull your plug now. I wouldn't warn them if the food truck were going to be late for lunch.

I have no idea how Steve Mnuchin is still alive, unless he's another Palpatine clone.

#36 | Posted by redlightrobot at 2020-03-24 06:17 AM | Reply

Pro-life logic:

Stefan Adler @stefanadler

They've gone from stopping people from having health care b/c "death panels" to volunteering that the elderly will gladly die of illness for the wealth of the nation in their grandchildren's names.

#37 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2020-03-24 06:45 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

"Trump only cares about the DJIA. People are expendable; money is precious."

BINGO

#38 | Posted by Twinpac at 2020-03-24 06:52 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Trump wants to be able to do his giant goober rallies.
That's what this is all about and it's the last thing our country needs.

#39 | Posted by anton at 2020-03-24 06:54 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Don't think for a minute that Trump cares about anything but what's happening to the stock market (his "economy" barometer) which he thought was going to his golden brick road to reelection.

WOMP, WOMP (sad trombone)

#40 | Posted by Twinpac at 2020-03-24 06:58 AM | Reply

ANTON

"Trump wants to be able to do his giant goober rallies."

A narcissistic sociopath fully expects people to die for him. It's the nature of the beast.

#41 | Posted by Twinpac at 2020-03-24 07:03 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Lockdowns are hurting Donnie's bottom line in more ways than one:

David Fahrenthold @Fahrenthold

NEW: What happened before @realdonaldtrump called for re-evaluating lockdowns? His company had to close 6 of its top 7 revenue-generating clubs and hotels.

Before Trump called for reevaluating lockdowns, they shuttered six of his top-earning clubs and resorts

www.washingtonpost.com

#42 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2020-03-24 07:10 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

GAL

"Before Trump called for reevaluating lockdowns, they shuttered six of his top-earning clubs and resorts

OUCH! That explains a lot.

And now the stock market sinking like a rock.

How is he going to pay his legal bills when he becomes "citizen" Trump?

Never mind, I forgot. He thinks he going to get a $500 Billion severance pay.

#43 | Posted by Twinpac at 2020-03-24 07:42 AM | Reply

To respond to JEFF, I think:

Yes, I think Trump wants people to die. If it's a choice between his needs and their safety, he wants them to die.

The Freak got rid of Dr. Fauci because the man was stealing limelight Trump thought belonged to himself.

Donald Trump has a serious mental illness.

Yes, Donald Trump wants us to die. But, if we live, he wants us to praise him.

#44 | Posted by Zed at 2020-03-24 08:31 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

ZED

You can tell by his rallies that he survives on applause and cheers. He's desperately in need affirmation. Nobody ever taught him the right way to get it and he's not smart enough to figure it out by himself. His ego keeps telling him different.

We can see now that this "distance" thing has got him in a downward spiral ~ even with all his bobble heads standing behind him at the briefings. It's just not the same. With 223 days to E-day, he running out of time (he never really had the talent) to turn it around.

His usual "tried and true" (lying) isn't working any more. The Presidential Shield isn't even working any more.

His loss is the country's gain.

#45 | Posted by Twinpac at 2020-03-24 09:26 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

#45
The guy is a shameless, low-IQ exhibitionist with a limited feedback loop. He's accustomed to playing to the Rubes, hence that embarrassing business at yesterday's briefing where he thought he'd been elected comedian-in-chief. Just lock that loser in a room and play a looping applause-and-laughter track.

#46 | Posted by Doc_Sarvis at 2020-03-24 09:43 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

"No we wouldn't, we live near cows... remember.
You don't read the news, or read much of anything as far as I can tell."

Biggest liar on this site. When she can't breath she'll be at the ER just like everyone else. I know it, you know it, she knows it. Lying won't change it.

#47 | Posted by danni at 2020-03-24 09:51 AM | Reply

"The guy is a shameless, low-IQ exhibitionist with a limited feedback loop."

Because the logic of trying to limit the numbers of cases requiring ER visits takes more than two sentences to explain. The problem is the attention span of attention, complicated ideas are simply relegated to the area of his brain dedicated to denial.

#48 | Posted by danni at 2020-03-24 09:57 AM | Reply

"Seniors will be watched over protectively & lovingly." What the hell does that mean?:

Donald J. Trump @realDonaldTrump

Our people want to return to work. They will practice Social Distancing and all else, and Seniors will be watched over protectively & lovingly. We can do two things together. THE CURE CANNOT BE WORSE (by far) THAN THE PROBLEM! Congress MUST ACT NOW. We will come back strong!
10:16 AM Mar 24, 2020

#49 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2020-03-24 11:00 AM | Reply

Trump signals openings: US not 'built to be shut down'
thehill.com

...President Trump said Monday that his administration would work to allow local economies to "cautiously resume" activities at the appropriate time amid the coronavirus outbreak, adding that the United States "wasn't built to be shut down."

"Our public health experts, who are terrific, are studying the variation and the disease across the country, and we will be using data to recommend new protocols to allow local economies to cautiously resume their activity at the appropriate time," Trump told reporters in the White House briefing room Monday evening.

"Our country wasn't built to be shut down," Trump continued. "This is not a country that was built for this."...


"...Our public health experts, who are terrific..." --- if Pres Trump really believes that, why doesn't he listen to what they say?

#50 | Posted by LampLighter at 2020-03-24 11:04 AM | Reply

""...Our public health experts, who are terrific..." --- if Pres Trump really believes that, why doesn't he listen to what they say?"

Because they tell him things he doesn't want to know.

#51 | Posted by danni at 2020-03-24 11:12 AM | Reply

NEW: What happened before @realdonaldtrump called for re-evaluating lockdowns? His company had to close 6 of its top 7 revenue-generating clubs and hotels.

Before Trump called for reevaluating lockdowns, they shuttered six of his top-earning clubs and resorts

Isn't it great having a "businessman" in charge?

#52 | Posted by jpw at 2020-03-24 12:17 PM | Reply

FAKE SCIENCE PUT OUT BY FAKE NEWS!! DRAIN THE SWAMP AND LOCK HER UP!!
UKRAINE IS THE PROBLEM NOT RUSSIA!! READ THE TRANSCRIPTS!!! PERFECT CONVERSATIONS!!
STUPID LIBERALS!!

/sarcasm off

#53 | Posted by Jimbob43 at 2020-03-24 12:18 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

The Freak got rid of Dr. Fauci because the man was stealing limelight Trump thought belonged to himself.

Wait, what?

#54 | Posted by jpw at 2020-03-24 12:18 PM | Reply

Fauci's no longer invited to any Press conferences. Trump's pissed at him. He hasn't been seen in a few days. Not even Trump's Surgeon's General has been around lately.

Science and Health have been replaced by Mnuchin and business interests. Trump's tired of not having rally's, social distancing, etc.

Trump wants this declared over in a week or two, "not months."

#55 | Posted by YAV at 2020-03-24 12:30 PM | Reply

Has anyone thanked Obama lately?

Thanks Obama!

I will never figure out how he did this.

#56 | Posted by donnerboy at 2020-03-24 12:37 PM | Reply

It is no surprise to me that Trump is considering relaxing social distancing requirements when other countries further along the pandemic curve are tightening them up. I posted this a few days ago:

"There may be a time to come when the actions required to be taken - e.g. limiting civil liberties for the benefit of all - could be very unpopular in the run up to an election. This would be the acid test for Trump. Would he do the right thing, knowing it will hurt his chances of re-election, or will be chose the self-centered path?
POSTED BY FOREIGNER AT 2020-03-17 03:33 PM "

I did not expect to get there quite so fast, but from Trump's perspective, what has he to lose? Trump's only concern is re-election and with things as they stand he recognizes that is not going to happen. So why not roll the dice - if loosening social distancing brings back the economy/DJIA but results in more avoidable deaths, so what? He'll talk up the market and he'll lie about the deaths - maybe enough voters will believe him for him to get back in.

And if the pandemic gets worse in terms of population affected and deaths, he will be held responsible, but hey, he is going to lose as things stand anyway.

From my original comment, really, did anyone expect Trump to do the right thing?

#57 | Posted by Foreigner at 2020-03-24 01:42 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Social distancing. Social security. Social whatever.

No more social distancing. Trumpy just remembered...

Socialism is bad!

#58 | Posted by donnerboy at 2020-03-24 01:54 PM | Reply

Fauci's back! Yay!

#59 | Posted by YAV at 2020-03-24 05:46 PM | Reply

Fauci is shaping up to be Season Four's Sean Spicer.

#60 | Posted by snoofy at 2020-03-24 05:49 PM | Reply

Well, one way to clear the transplant list.

#61 | Posted by RightisTrite at 2020-03-25 04:45 AM | Reply

Wyoming be locked down because NY needs to be?
Glad you weren't one of the founding fathers. There was a reason they wanted autonomous states that you do not understand.

#9 | POSTED BY GOATMAN AT 2020-03-24 10:15 PM | FLAG: PPPFFFFTTTTTTT

Oh please. At least NY is a useful state. WY is a useless state good for little more than dumping nuclear waste. The population is ignorant... even you know that Goatnads. It is a deep hole where the nation dumps tax dollars to waste because it is inhabited mostly by drunken----------- with face cancer from dipping too much chaw and drug store junkies in pick up trucks. They need to be locked down just to give themselves a break from their stupid. --------.

#62 | Posted by RightisTrite at 2020-03-25 04:56 AM | Reply

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