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Thursday, May 14, 2020

Rick Bright, who filed a whistleblower complaint after being removed from his position as head of the agency in charge of pandemic response, testified for just under four hours Thursday before the House Committee on Energy and Commerce's health subcommittee. Bright slammed the Trump administration's coronavirus response and urged lawmakers to listen to the voices of scientists to prevent "unprecedented illness and fatalities." Here are a few key points Bright made in his testimony:

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Lives were lost' as US officials refused to ramp up production of N95 masks, whistleblower says

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Of course, Trump called him a, "disgruntled employee".

#1 | Posted by Corky at 2020-05-14 06:06 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

I sincerely hope that Mr. Bright is a frequent spokesman on this subject from now to November 3rd.

He's a better ambassador for truth from outside the Trump administration than he was allowed to be from within.

#2 | Posted by Twinpac at 2020-05-15 02:40 AM | Reply

If there are any readers here from Texas or North Carolina, put these two names on your list of those who continue WITHOUT CONSCIENCE to assist in the unnecessary deaths of thousands of people.


Rep. Michael Burgess of Texas
Rep. Richard Hudson of North Carolina.

Rep. Michael Burgess of Texas, the top Republican on the panel, said "every whistleblower needs to be heard," but added the hearing was "premature" and a "disservice" to the Special Counsel's investigation since Bright's complaint was filed only a week ago."

Republican Rep. Richard Hudson of North Carolina claimed that "the hearing was not about the whistleblower complaint but undermining the administration during a national and global crisis."

May the voting public give these (and like minded) their just deserts. VOTE THEM OUT OF OFFICE!

#3 | Posted by Twinpac at 2020-05-15 03:00 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Biden should be holding press conferences with Dr. Bright or similar scientists every time Trump gets in front of a microphone and says something stupid about Coronavirus.

A competent opposition party would be playing offense and correcting the dangerous lies our "president" continues to tell - not just because it would look good politically, but because it would probably save lives.

#4 | Posted by JOE at 2020-05-15 07:04 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 4

#2
Nailed it.

#5 | Posted by Doc_Sarvis at 2020-05-15 07:05 AM | Reply

"Biden should be holding press conferences with Dr. Bright or similar scientists every time Trump gets in front of a microphone and says something stupid about Coronavirus."

I agree, but he's decided that the path to victory is to sit back and let Trump do all the talking because doing otherwise might alienate the centrist Republicans his campaign strategy is directed toward by making Biden seem combative.

#6 | Posted by Hagbard_Celine at 2020-05-15 08:25 AM | Reply

Only when voters realize that the Republican plan for their future is to use them and allow them to die in their efforts to achieve herd immunity which no one even knows actually is possible with this virus will they finally reject all Republicans as the evil wannabe murderers of the working class that they are. How many times do they have to demonstrate that they just don't care if you die from this disease before you get it?

#7 | Posted by danni at 2020-05-15 08:59 AM | Reply

I agree, but he's decided that the path to victory is to sit back and let Trump do all the talking because doing otherwise might alienate the centrist Republicans his campaign strategy is directed toward by making Biden seem combative.

POSTED BY HAGBARD_CELINE AT 2020-05-15 08:25 AM

I don't think that's a completely accurate portrayal Hagbard. Joe Biden is merely following the instructions of health experts - as are many states whose citizens rate their governors' performances very highly. The only politician in America running around and putting other peoples' lives at needless risk is Donald Trump - who continues to tweet to his lemmings that it's macho to defy orders to wear masks and to deliberately ignore strict social distancing guidelines.

Biden isn't trying to appeal to "Republicans" as much as he's trying to show a sane and rational leadership that contrasts with Trump's maniacal bouncing from hither to yon - repeatedly musing that if less testing were done then the numbers of infected would be less, something he called "common sense," or that people should look into injecting disinfectants into the human body because he saw how quickly it kills the virus on inanimate surfaces.

While Trump lives in a work environment with the most stringent testing, tracing, and isolation protocols in America, he keeps insisting that everyone else who can't surround themselves with negatively tested people should simply roll the dice for the sake of his obsession with the Dow Jones index.

When you look at the polling which consistently shows that more than 2/3rds of Americans are more concerned with minimizing the spread of this pandemic than they are with ignoring expert recommendations by throwing caution to the wind and restarting our economy without the needed mitigation factors insuring greater public safety. The reason primary voters en-mass migrated toward Biden independently is not because they were looking for a firebrand to out Trump Trump. I believe it was because of exactly what we're seeing: However unexciting his age and energy might be, in this time of crisis Americans are looking for a steady, experienced hand to guide us through the maelstrom and tragedy that Trump's "guidance" finds us overwhelmed by.

#8 | Posted by tonyroma at 2020-05-15 09:01 AM | Reply

Tony, I think you're really superimposing your hopes onto the Biden campaign. IMO doing status quo media interviews isn't quite making the contrast between Biden and Trump as forcefully as we might hope or need. I think he needs to be engaging with the scientists and experts on CV and a number of other important topics in a public way to show people what a president is supposed to look like. But I'm also afraid that he just doesn't quite have the energy to do that consistently and convincingly, which is why his campaign advisers have him generally limited to four minute interviews being lobbed softball questions in front of friendly media. But maybe you're right and simply being not Trump is enough

#9 | Posted by Hagbard_Celine at 2020-05-15 09:31 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

I agree, but he's decided that the path to victory is to sit back and let Trump do all the talking

I find that to be an incompetent and dangerous strategy. Letting Trump hang himself on Coronavirus means more dead Americans.

#10 | Posted by JOE at 2020-05-15 09:44 AM | Reply

I feel pretty sure that when November gets here we will be living in a different world than we are today and that the importance of competent leadership will be much clearer to far more people. I have to agree with Hagbard, we are going to need someone with great energy and a vision for our future and I am sorry, but that is just not Joe Biden and, of course it is not Donald Trump. I think the person best positioned and ready is Andrew Cuomo, he has the popularity, he is a strong leader, he isn't ancient and FDR was the Gov. of NY before he became President and right now....we need a new FDR.

#11 | Posted by danni at 2020-05-15 09:54 AM | Reply

IMO doing status quo media interviews isn't quite making the contrast between Biden and Trump as forcefully as we might hope or need. I think he needs to be engaging with the scientists and experts on CV and a number of other important topics in a public way to show people what a president is supposed to look like.

He is doing this almost every day Hagbard. He doesn't yet get the coverage that Trump does. He's been doing hours long events daily, some public, others private, but he's been quite prolific.

His advisors understand the dynamics, but the reality is that Biden's campaign is far down the list of pressing news priorities right now. And the only reason Trump can elevated his campaign is because he violates government regulations by turning what are supposed to be taxpayer-funded non-political events into tacit Trump/Pence 2020 rallies.

I watched Joe for an hour last night (The Last Word) and he never wavered one bit. But again, I'll readily admit, what I'm looking for is not a politician right now, it's a competent leader to extract us from this morass. And I also think those trying to place the usual presidential campaign template upon the 2020 race are missing the forest for the trees. The way Biden is running his campaign will likely be the way most, if not all campaigns are run because there aren't going to be safe mass gatherings of people until a vaccine is available.

With tens of millions unemployed, my belief is that people aren't looking for a show, they want solutions, not slogans. Trump's carnival barker act is ineffective as thousands keep dying everyday due to his incompetence. That will be the issue the vast majority will vote on, and since so many will not have jobs, I feel more strongly than ever that we will see record turn out in November.

And you know who record turnout is going to help.

#12 | Posted by tonyroma at 2020-05-15 10:00 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Obama was a candidate of the present moment, who was also forward looking/leaning. Obama was inspirational and aspirational. Biden is not that candidate, but I think he recognizes the need for such people within the party, and my hope is he will do his best to promote them within his administration, starting with his VP pick. Because of all the damage Trump has done to our government's institutions and to the country as a whole, I am okay with someone who has years of governmental experience, and the insights and contacts that go with it, being president at this time. I think Biden will know who to appoint within the system to help rebuild the so-called administrative state that Bannon promised Trump would destroy and which Trump has done a heckuva job accomplishing. Biden is seen by those who voted for him as a steady hand, a calming and competent force for stabilizing the country and binding up the wounds inflicted on us by 4 years of Trump and GOP rule. My hope is that, with the backing of a Democratic House and Senate, he can deliver.

#13 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2020-05-15 10:13 AM | Reply

"And the only reason Trump can elevated his campaign is because he violates government regulations by turning what are supposed to be taxpayer-funded non-political events into tacit Trump/Pence 2020 rallies."

Well, that and all the outrageous things he tweets and says that the media continue to follow like red bouncing balls. Have they/we learned nothing from 2016?

#14 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2020-05-15 10:17 AM | Reply

#13 I should point out that I am assuming why people voted for Biden as I didn't actually vote for him myself. (Or for anyone as the Democratic primary here in April was called off.) He was not my first choice when primary season started, so I'm sort of imagining what I think so many Democratic voters are/were thinking.

#15 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2020-05-15 10:20 AM | Reply

I'm fairly certain that Biden is only planning on sitting for one term, which means (if elected) that his VP choice will almost certainly - barring catastrophe - become the Democratic frontrunner for 2024. And since he's announced that it will be a woman, there is no need to speculate what that means from here.

Perhaps Trump will feel he has to dump Pence (who'll bow out gracefully for "personal reasons") and run with Haley - which to many will only cement his weakness and fecklessness. And if not, Haley is already positioning herself for a 2024 run anyway, and four years distance away from Trump - should he lose - would only help her candidacy.

Either way, 2024 will almost certainly usher in the United States' first female President, and it will be long overdue.

#16 | Posted by tonyroma at 2020-05-15 10:29 AM | Reply

I find that to be an incompetent and dangerous strategy. Letting Trump hang himself on Coronavirus means more dead Americans.

#10 | POSTED BY JOE

How? Biden doesn't have any power to change anything and his campaigning surely isn't going to make Trump do something different.

#17 | Posted by jpw at 2020-05-15 10:31 AM | Reply

"solutions, not slogans"

Which would actually be a good slogan. :)

#18 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2020-05-15 10:32 AM | Reply

#17 If he held serious conferences with respected scientists debunking Trump's lies about Coronavirus it could very well make some people take the pandemic more seriously, his inability to actually change policy notwithstanding.

#19 | Posted by JOE at 2020-05-15 11:02 AM | Reply

He's a better ambassador for truth from outside the Trump administration than he was allowed to be from within.

#2 | POSTED BY TWINPAC

In this administration apparently you are not allowed to speak the truth until you are on the outside. And even sometimes then Trumpy can have his diplorables go after you if Trumpy runs out of ways to harass and destroy you in public. No one will be truly be safe from Trump until AT. (After Trump) even then we will be dealing with his aftermath of list, confused and dangerous deplorables.

#20 | Posted by donnerboy at 2020-05-15 12:00 PM | Reply

List = lost

#21 | Posted by donnerboy at 2020-05-15 02:56 PM | Reply

JOE

"#17 If he held serious conferences with respected scientists debunking Trump's lies about Coronavirus it could very well make some people take the pandemic more seriously, his inability to actually change policy notwithstanding."

There are already a number of "respected scientists" on TV nearly every day debunking Trump's lies.

One thing about "respected scientists" is that they're more interested in science than partisan politics.

Why would Joe Biden want to upset THAT applecart?

#22 | Posted by Twinpac at 2020-05-16 02:25 AM | Reply

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