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Tuesday, August 04, 2020

Axios' Jonathan Swan covered a fair amount of ground with Donald Trump in an interview that aired last night ... In context, Trump insisted that the crisis is "under control" in the United States. Swan, incredulous, asked how the president could make such a comment when so many Americans are dying of COVID-19 every day. ... Trump appeared to roll his eyes and said, "They are dying, that's true. And it is what it is. But that doesn't mean we aren't doing everything we can. It's under control as much as you can control it."

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... Trump appeared to roll his eyes and said, "They are dying, that's true. And it is what it is. But that doesn't mean we aren't doing everything we can. It's under control as much as you can control it." ...

Aside from Pres Trump seeming to trivialize the death of over 150,000 Americans, I disagree with Pres Trump's self-assessment that he is doing everything he can do.

For starters...

Where is the nationwide testing plan, a plan that includes assuring the resources needed for testing and evaluating the test samples? Where is it?

#1 | Posted by LampLighter at 2020-08-04 11:33 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

Stepping back, the interview left little doubt that the president, apparently unaware of what's going on around him, is still struggling to understand just how severe the effects of the pandemic are in his country and what he should be prepared to do about it.

And therein lies the problem: Trump is obviously flailing, and instead of having a White House staff that helps steer him in responsible directions, aides appear to be feeding his worst instincts, providing him with bogus "proof" that makes him feel better about his catastrophic failures.

Never in the history of the United States has a President failed as completely and catastrophically as has Donald Trump as
159,000 Americans who were breathing 6 months ago no longer are.

Preventable (when compared to most other industrialized nations on the planet) coronavirus deaths in America? "It is what it is" said no U.S. leader ever........ until this one.

#2 | Posted by tonyroma at 2020-08-04 11:33 AM | Reply

Threw in the towel assumes he was trying.

Once Demented Don saw that it was blue states that were dying, he decided to not do anything to help because he thought it would help him politically.

That is scumbaggery at it's highest.

If Obama had done that, the rights collective head would be exploding in rage.

Congress needs to investigate these accusations now. I guarantee no one will answer the subpoenas especially that evil ---- Jared. Smarmy douchebag.

#3 | Posted by Nixon at 2020-08-04 11:36 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

"Where is the nationwide testing plan,"

what would that cost?

We should really have implemented that months ago.

#4 | Posted by eberly at 2020-08-04 11:37 AM | Reply

Where is the nationwide testing plan

The genius scrapped it because he stupidly thought it would just stay in blue states.

Both him and that evil f Jared said this would be over by June and the economy would come roaring back in July.

Now they are pushing to ignore the deaths, cheerlead that they are doing a great job and force kids back to school.

I saw pictures of a school in GA that went back, kids crammed into the hallways without masks. This is going to end very badly. Dementia Don is just gambling with everyone's lives that the spike in the cases from this won't hit until after the election.

#5 | Posted by Nixon at 2020-08-04 11:39 AM | Reply

what would that cost?

Comprehensive testing won't cost 33% (annualized) of the US GDP, so cost should never have been an impediment.

#6 | Posted by tonyroma at 2020-08-04 11:42 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

Dementia Don is just gambling with everyone's lives that the spike in the cases from this won't hit until after the election.

And I can most certainly predict one of the upcoming vote negation issues that will have Trump supporters up in arms: Early voters who submit/cast legal ballots but then die before Election Day from Covid-19.

Don't believe me, just watch.

#7 | Posted by tonyroma at 2020-08-04 11:47 AM | Reply

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But nobody can do anything about it, right?

#8 | Posted by eberly at 2020-08-04 11:49 AM | Reply

Person Woman Man Camera TV.
It is what it is.

#9 | Posted by snoofy at 2020-08-04 11:50 AM | Reply

But nobody can do anything about it, right?

Don't know, each state has its own rules. Here's how I see it. By law, many states do not actually count early ballots, absentee, or mail ins until Election Day or in some states, after the polls close that day.

In person early votes would probably count regardless, but mail-in/absentee ballots might be subject to be pulled if the voter died before Election Day. At any rate, I can see this being brought up as an issue by Trump's team, particularly in key swing states.

And I equally have no doubt that Biden would want every vote counted since when submitted the voter was legally entitled to have their selections counted regardless.

#10 | Posted by tonyroma at 2020-08-04 11:59 AM | Reply

-I can see this being brought up as an issue by Trump's team, particularly in key swing states.

Because the mail-ins will favor Biden?

#11 | Posted by eberly at 2020-08-04 12:02 PM | Reply

Because the mail-ins will favor Biden?
#11 | POSTED BY EBERLY

Because casting doubt on the legitimacy of the political process is what tyrants do.

What's with the wide-eyed questions act today?

#12 | Posted by snoofy at 2020-08-04 12:07 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Because the mail-ins will favor Biden?

Just spitballin' here, but what do you think the majority preference will be of voters who contract coronavirus?

Will they vote for the candidate who called for the government to activate a coordinated response in January or the candidate who says about coronavirus deaths "It is what it is"?

#13 | Posted by tonyroma at 2020-08-04 12:15 PM | Reply

"They are dying, that's true. It is what it is."

Dig trenches; get rid of them.

#14 | Posted by Zed at 2020-08-04 12:27 PM | Reply

Case in point,

Stinging Obituary Blames Trump For Texas Man's Needless' Death From Coronavirus

The newspaper obituary for David Nagy of Jefferson, Texas, makes it crystal clear who his family blames for his "needless" death from the coronavirus.

President Donald Trump, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) and other politicians who failed to take the pandemic seriously are responsible for the 79-year-old's July 22 death, the family wrote in the obituary published by the Jefferson Jimplecute in East Texas on Thursday.

Now granted, that is the family's position, not necessarily the deceased's. But I have to think that as many corona patient are sick and some dying, they will not harbor the best of feelings toward Donald Trump for having accentuated their own suffering, fear and misery.

#15 | Posted by tonyroma at 2020-08-04 12:42 PM | Reply

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I was thinking more in terms of who would utilize mail in voting but I see your point.

I don't see how mail-in ballots where the voter dies before the election day would get challenged.

But we will see.....

#16 | Posted by eberly at 2020-08-04 12:45 PM | Reply

Eb's,you're just not seeing the total corruption in place here. If they are Trump votes they will be counted. Biden votes will be disqualified if the person who cast it dies before it's counted.

With Any luck the SCOTUS will side with the administration when it is inevitably ajudicated.

It's all good,Trump can't lose here.

WINNING,BIGLY!!

#17 | Posted by Effeteposer at 2020-08-04 01:29 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Trump: "Yea, I killed 160,000 Americans. Who cares? Not me."

Trumpublicans: "Who cares about other Americans? I'm doing just fine. Trump is the best! Obama was worse. My gut says so."

#18 | Posted by ClownShack at 2020-08-04 01:40 PM | Reply

[Scene: GOP Congressional hearings on Benghazi]

GOP: Isn't it true that four Americans died at Benghazi?
H. Clinton: It is what it is.

[GOP stands, applauds, lifts Clinton onto their shoulders while cheering]
[exeunt]

#19 | Posted by censored at 2020-08-04 03:46 PM | Reply

I saw pictures of a school in GA that went back, kids crammed into the hallways without masks. This is going to end very badly. Dementia Don is just gambling with everyone's lives that the spike in the cases from this won't hit until after the election.

#5 | Posted by Nixon at 2020-08-04 11:39 AM | Reply

Don't worry, the numbers from Georgia won't show it. I was looking at the stats on Worldometer, and despite a more than 5x daily case rate, the daily deaths from CoViD-19 are magically the same as they were back in May. There was also an interesting drop in the deaths in late June/early July that doesn't correspond to any change in the daily case rate, especially looking back the 3-ish weeks typical from infection to death.

The numbers from Georgia just don't seem to make a lot of sense based on everything we know about this disease.

#20 | Posted by StatsPlease at 2020-08-04 06:54 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Not just Georgia, the same with Texas and Florida too. Amazing how quickly things have changed since HHS is responsible for reporting instead of the CDC.

I don't believe we're getting an accurate picture anymore and Trump couldn't be happier.

#21 | Posted by tonyroma at 2020-08-04 07:24 PM | Reply

Joe Biden's response to Trump's "It is what it is" comment. twitter.com

#22 | Posted by tonyroma at 2020-08-05 09:43 AM | Reply

Here in Texas, we simply ignore antibodies tests and third party tests. So if you have covid confirmed by one of these tests or died from covid confirmed by one of these tests, you are sick or died of something else.

Our numbers are actually WAY worse than reported by the State.

Welcome to how Republicans run things: Lies.

#23 | Posted by Sycophant at 2020-08-05 01:37 PM | Reply

If you submit a mail-in ballot but die before election day, why would that ballot be invalid? It was a valid vote by a valid voter when it was cast. If I dropped dead immediately after casting an in-person vote, would that be invalid, too? If not, why not?

#24 | Posted by WhoDaMan at 2020-08-05 05:53 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

If you submit a mail-in ballot but die before election day, why would that ballot be invalid?

As dictated by a 2001 state law, the South Dakota Department of Health is responsible for furnishing the county auditors with a list of registered voters who have died each month. This information is used to update the state's electronic voter-registration file, which was created by a different 2001 law. Absentee ballots are collected by county auditors and remain sealed until the election, so if an absentee voter dies prior to the election, then her ballot is never opened.

In 2004, USA Today reported that California, Texas, Tennessee, Ohio, and West Virginia all allow for the counting of absentee ballots of deceased voters while many other states technically do not. Many states that prohibit these so-called "ghost votes," however, lack the reporting system to quickly update voter rolls with recent deaths. That means it's very unlikely that a recently deceased voter would have his or her absentee ballot nullified.

slate.com

Depends on the state, but that was the point of my supposition - in key swing states I wouldn't put it past the GOP to fund such operations if they believe it will help Trump.

#25 | Posted by tonyroma at 2020-08-05 07:53 PM | Reply

160,000 less Biden voters!

#26 | Posted by ClownShack at 2020-08-05 08:09 PM | Reply

When Trump loses this election in a landslide, it is what it is!

#27 | Posted by a_monson at 2020-08-05 10:41 PM | Reply

It's only people who live in a fantasy land of unicorns and rainbows who feel any kind of way about this statement. People are dying. It's a novel pandemic. That's what happens. Not one person in reality can contradict that with any kind of evidence as we have millennia of evidence that proves people die during these situations.

It has no bearing on what efforts are being made to combat it. The worst part is the article even puts the whole quote which CAN'T be taken out of context and yet people still find some way to whine because they don't like the person making the statement.

#28 | Posted by humtake at 2020-08-06 12:26 PM | Reply

It (COVID deaths) has no bearing on what efforts are being made to combat it.

#28 | Posted by humtake at

Are you insane?

#29 | Posted by Zed at 2020-08-06 12:34 PM | Reply

It (COVID deaths) has no bearing on what efforts are being made to combat it.

#28 | Posted by humtake at

Are you really that far up Trump's ass?

#30 | Posted by Zed at 2020-08-06 12:35 PM | Reply

28 | Posted by humtake

I notice you've taken to rag on people for partisanship. Strange, since you come across as such a fanatic.

#31 | Posted by Zed at 2020-08-06 12:38 PM | Reply

#28 | Posted by humtake at

Are you insane?

#29 | POSTED BY ZED

Well, he IS a trumpet. I believe it is a requirement. Everyone says you have to sign a Non disclosure form and a release of liability form verifying that you are insane and that you have no clue and so can't be held liable for your actions.


#32 | Posted by donnerboy at 2020-08-06 02:15 PM | Reply

People are dying. It's a novel pandemic. That's what happens.
#28 | POSTED BYHUMTAKE

Why are there 160,000 dead Americans and 350 dead South Koreans?

Why is that what happens?

#33 | Posted by snoofy at 2020-08-06 02:54 PM | Reply

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