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Tuesday, March 31, 2020

As states across the country have pleaded for critical medical equipment from a key national stockpile, Florida has promptly received 100 percent of its first two requests -- with President Trump and Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis both touting their close relationship. ... One White House official said Trump is attuned to the electoral importance of Florida in November, giving added weight to the arguments DeSantis has made to the administration that his state's economy should reopen as soon as possible. "The president knows Florida is so important for his reelection so when DeSantis says that, it means a lot," said the official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to be frank. "He pays close attention to what Florida wants."

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The DOJ said it is legal for Trump to do anything to get reelected, apparently that includes killing people in New York.

His base will love it that help goes to the 'rhite' people.

#1 | Posted by bored at 2020-03-31 08:35 PM | Reply

I heard today that younger Cuban Americans are regretting their votes for Republicans, including Trump.

#2 | Posted by danni at 2020-03-31 08:47 PM | Reply

Earlier this month, Pres Trump is reported as being more concerned about getting re-elected and less concerned about Americans getting sick.

Trump Reportedly Afraid Coronavirus Testing Could Hurt Reelection Chances
www.vanityfair.com

...Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar raised alarms with Trump that the novel coronavirus "could be a major problem," according to Diamond. And yet the president declined to act with urgency, refusing to push for testing that could lead to a larger number of confirmed cases in the United States that would undercut his efforts to play down the threat. "He did not push to do aggressive testing in recent weeks, and that's partly because more testing might have led to more cases being discovered of coronavirus outbreak," Diamond told NPR's Fresh Air Thursday. "And the president had made clear --- the lower the numbers on coronavirus, the better for the president, the better for his potential reelection this fall."...



#3 | Posted by LampLighter at 2020-03-31 08:48 PM | Reply

Not impeachable (what is?), but surely a ------- way to run the country.

#4 | Posted by contrecoup at 2020-03-31 08:58 PM | Reply

This is news? This is one of the reasons why it's almost impossible to defeat an incumbent president after one term.

They hold all the good cards.

#5 | Posted by REDIAL at 2020-03-31 09:08 PM | Reply

@#5 ... This is one of the reasons why it's almost impossible to defeat an incumbent president after one term. ...

Yup.

Things like me getting a postcard yesterday from Pres Trump (with his name in LARGE LETTERS) saying that I should listen to the CDC's advice about the virus, and listing the advice. Advice that Pres Trump has contradicted during his various press conferences.

But Pres Trump's re-election committee was happy because of his name in LARGE LETTERS on that postcard.

Ditto for having Pres Trump's signature on the $1,200 checks.

#6 | Posted by LampLighter at 2020-03-31 09:20 PM | Reply

Trump only does things that will help him and his ilk.

#7 | Posted by aborted_monson at 2020-03-31 10:23 PM | Reply

This is news? This is one of the reasons why it's almost impossible to defeat an incumbent president after one term.

They hold all the good cards.

#5 | POSTED BY REDIAL AT

The ghost of the criminal and one term president that was George Bush Senior says "hi"!
...:and Trump is a ton more polarizing than Trump.

#8 | Posted by aborted_monson at 2020-03-31 10:27 PM | Reply

Trump more polarizing than Bush.

#9 | Posted by aborted_monson at 2020-03-31 10:28 PM | Reply

No surprise.

Can't wait to see what's really in the stimulus bill. It must be good if those asshats were willing to act human for a week.

#10 | Posted by jpw at 2020-04-01 01:30 AM | Reply

Politics aside, Florida is going to need far more help than Trump has to give.

I find it doubtful that will help Trump win re-election, but, you know... Florida.

#11 | Posted by snoofy at 2020-04-01 02:36 AM | Reply

South Florida is a Democrat stronghold. At the moment we're overflowing with drive-thru test kits. All you need is proof of residence and say you have a little cough or maybe a sore throat. However, I agree with SNOOFY. Trump doing what a president is paid (expected) to do doesn't earn him any Democrat brownie points.

We know what he's doing and why he's doing it. However, people in South Florida are just as scared and nervous as any place else. I don't blame them for taking advantage of an opportunity to get some peace of mind.

#12 | Posted by Twinpac at 2020-04-01 03:43 AM | Reply

I listened to DeSantis' speech. He laid it out pretty good . . . the whole laundry list of what Florida will need to protect itself from the onslaught of COVID-19 that was headed Florida's way through it's airports and sea ports. The end of his speech was dripping with praise for the way Trump is stepping up to handle this national emergency.

Th pallets started arriving the next day.

A plea for help? . . . or a job interview?

You take a guess.

#13 | Posted by Twinpac at 2020-04-01 04:31 AM | Reply

There should be a law requiring federal aid (in the form of money or equipment) to be apportioned out to the states on a per capita, per hospital or per infected basis in the event of a pandemic. They shouldnt even have to ask people like Trump for help.

#14 | Posted by JOE at 2020-04-01 07:24 AM | Reply

Why does Trump have any discretion in this matter whatsoever?

#15 | Posted by JOE at 2020-04-01 07:24 AM | Reply

But Pres Trump's re-election committee was happy because of his name in LARGE LETTERS on that postcard.
Ditto for having Pres Trump's signature on the $1,200 checks.
#6 | POSTED BY LAMPLIGHTER

Conservatives sure LOVE giving people "free stuff".

#16 | Posted by gtbritishskull at 2020-04-01 10:17 AM | Reply

"I find it doubtful that will help Trump win re-election, but, you know... Florida."

Unfortunately, yes, I do know Florida. I suspect they put something in the water to keep people stupid down here.

#17 | Posted by danni at 2020-04-01 10:34 AM | Reply | Funny: 1

Who is going to pay for all the healthcare expenses being run up right now? The tax payers. Thus....Socialized healthcare, like it or not, that's what we now have.
Who is going to pay benefits to all the unemployed? The tax payers.

Thus....Socialism is here, like it or not.

#18 | Posted by danni at 2020-04-01 10:38 AM | Reply

States like California get a few broken ventilators.

New York gets ignored and called hoarders by Trump.

While Florida, which still ignores quarantine recommendations because the President hasn't told them to do it gets everything they ask for.

It's time for Blue States to simply start seizing Federal supplies.

#19 | Posted by Sycophant at 2020-04-01 01:13 PM | Reply

- Gov. Ron DeSantis

Has authorized only one of four Fed recommendations on social distancing... and he will have blood on his hands because of that.

Compare the projections in FL for length of epidemic and deaths compared to the US and other states....

covid19.healthdata.org

#20 | Posted by Corky at 2020-04-01 01:30 PM | Reply

DeSantis finally issued a statewide stay-at-home order.

Florida governor issues stay-at-home order after weeks of resistance

#21 | Posted by tonyroma at 2020-04-01 01:46 PM | Reply

Has authorized only one of four Fed recommendations on social distancing... and he will have blood on his hands because of that.
Compare the projections in FL for length of epidemic and deaths compared to the US and other states....
covid19.healthdata.org

#20 | POSTED BY CORKY

Fake News.

It's April. We are magically down to 0 cases now thanks to Trump.

#22 | Posted by Sycophant at 2020-04-01 06:20 PM | Reply

covid19.healthdata.org

#20 | POSTED BY CORKY

Here is the scary part:

The model predicts 81,000 deaths IF we keep full Social Distancing in place through August AND there isn't a resurgence when we end Social Distancing.

It doesn't give us values if Social Distancing ends sooner or is weakened or there is a resurgence.

#23 | Posted by Sycophant at 2020-04-01 06:26 PM | Reply

"The model predicts 81,000 deaths ... through August"

^
That's what I've been trying to tell you guys.
They're not telling you the whole story.
They don't want to cancel school in the fall yet.
Betsy DeVos can't figure out how to make money by closing the schools.

To be fair if we could theoretically have a half-decent treatment by then. So it makes sense to not look too far out, like to, I dunno, the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November.

But the math doesn't care.

#24 | Posted by snoofy at 2020-04-01 06:32 PM | Reply

The stay-at-home order issued by Florida's governor has a caveat ~~ "Limit all movement" outside of essential services and activities.

So it's more like 'highly recommended' rather than an order since the word "essential" is subjective.

#25 | Posted by Twinpac at 2020-04-01 09:01 PM | Reply

Essential activities include going to Church, Synagogue, Houses of worship. I assume they'll stay 6' apart, no shaking hands, or hugging. No laying on of hands, no communion, etc.

#26 | Posted by YAV at 2020-04-01 10:39 PM | Reply

#26 Another pandemic response experiment opportunity. Scientists love A B tests.

#27 | Posted by bored at 2020-04-02 12:25 AM | Reply

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