Cuomo Calls Trump Comments Bulls***, But Turns Out Cuomo Created That Bull with Selective Editing

CNN’s Chris Cuomo aired a selectively edited video this week in an attempt to mislead his viewers into believing President Donald Trump said he took no preventative action to protect the country from the coronavirus because he didn’t want to upset people.
Home with what he said was a high fever after being diagnosed with COVID-19, Cuomo took two clips from Trump’s Tuesday coronavirus task force media briefing and spliced them into a single piece of fake news.

“Well, the cases really didn’t build up for a while, but you have to understand, I’m a cheerleader for this country. I don’t want to create havoc and shock and everything else,” Trump said in a clip Cuomo aired on his CNN show “Cuomo Prime Time.”
The clip jumped ahead a bit in Trump’s remarks, conveniently leaving out what the president said in between.
“I’m not going to go out and start screaming, ‘this could happen, this could happen,’” Trump continued in the deceptively edited clip.

Cuomo then went into a prolonged rant chastising the president over those comments.
“That was the most asinine statement of leadership I have ever heard, and I can’t even dismiss it on the president having a 102 fever like I do, because that is clear thinking from him,” Cuomo said.

“I’m a cheerleader, so, I’m going to lie to you about the realities that your parents, your loved ones and your kids face — I’m not going to prepare the way I should because it reinforces the bulls— I’m telling you and I’m going to hope you’re OK with it,” Cuomo ranted.
WARNING: The following videos contain vulgar language that some viewers may find offensive. Viewer discretion is advised:

“That was the most asinine statement of leadership I have ever heard.”@ChrisCuomo responds to President Trump downplaying the dangers of coronavirus while calling himself a “cheerleader for this country.” pic.twitter.com/tdEujx39Tb
— Cuomo Prime Time (@CuomoPrimeTime) April 8, 2020

Of course, anyone who watched the briefing knew exactly what Cuomo did — he lied, just as liars do.

What Trump actually said Tuesday was that he was concerned with the potential danger of the virus early and took prudent actions, while simultaneously attempting not to panic the country.
The president clearly explained that he banned travel from China back in January and later extended the travel ban to Europe.
Those remarks, in case you were wondering, came between the two clips that Cuomo played on his show.
Cuomo didn’t include the full video because it didn’t further his narrative.

After watching the media briefing again, I noticed that Trump actually left out an important detail: He created the coronavirus task force on Jan. 27 and appointed Vice President Mike Pence to lead it.
Of course CNN, Cuomo’s network, mocked the task force for its “lack of diversity.”

Coronavirus task force another example of Trump administration’s lack of diversity | Analysis https://t.co/bs7L1rUZzc pic.twitter.com/MzzoslqZpT
— CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) January 30, 2020

The Daily Wire’s Ryan Saavedra tweeted Cuomo’s edited version of Trump’s comments and included the president’s full remarks in, context, at the end of the video.

CNN’s Chris Cuomo deceptively edited this clip to make it look like Trump said that he didn’t take action on the coronavirus because he didn’t want to upset people
After the CNN clip, Trump’s full remarks play which show Trump talking about the action he took
Cuomo cut that out pic.twitter.com/9cwgPvhj1u
— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) April 8, 2020

Trump doesn’t call CNN fake news for nothing.

Cuomo politicized his own case of the coronavirus — and had to lie while doing so — in order to try and make the president look bad.
Chris Cuomo has hosted his older brother, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, on his program multiple times.
Sidelined with COVID-19, the younger Cuomo has complained of his symptoms during the interviews but never once asked his governor brother why he was still downplaying the threat of the coronavirus last month.
On March 5, Andrew Cuomo took to Twitter to warn against “undue anxiety and fear,” while equating the coronavirus with “the flu.”

We are taking every action to make sure NYers are safe.
But undue anxiety and fear is a threat in itself. Let’s fight fear with facts:
•80% of the people who get the #coronavirus will self-resolve•Some context: There are thousands of people in the hospital today with the flu
— Andrew Cuomo (@NYGovCuomo) March 5, 2020

There wasn’t a word about the tweet from the younger Cuomo.
Cuomo’s duplicity and dishonesty is precisely why people should watch every White House news conference, if given the opportunity.

CNN has now resorted to editing his comments in order to conceal just how hard Trump is working for the American people.
This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

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Dem Michigan AG Faces Backlash After Condescendingly Anti-White COVID Tweet

Look, I don’t particularly think you should be out golfing during a stay-at-home order. Yes, I understand it’s very mild exercise, but golf course employees aren’t precisely essential and you can just as soon walk around your block as opposed going for a good walk spoiled on the links.
Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel, a Democrat, felt the same way. She’s a golfer but was apparently annoyed with the volume of requests she had to reopen the state’s golf courses under the state’s stay-at-home order.

“If your game is anything like mine, this temporary break won’t really matter much,” she said. “You’ll still be terrible at golf when you get back onto the greens.”
The people who work the course, she noted, couldn’t practice social distancing and weren’t critical infrastructure workers. Therefore, no golf. What irked people, however, wasn’t quite what she said but how she said it:

There’s nothing quite like a government official who sounds annoyed and exhausted that he or she has to condescend to answer your question. There were apparently still people who were complaining to Nessel about the fact they couldn’t golf and you could guess why.
However, between that April 2 Facebook posting and Tuesday, something changed for Dana Nessel. Yes, she sounded exasperated in the video, but sarcastic enough to take it with a grain of salt. Tuesday was a very different matter.

At 7:48 p.m. Eastern, she tweeted this seemingly unrelated thought about racial disparities in COVID-19 outcomes:

The high rates of infection and death within our African-American population from #COVIDー19 is staggering and horrific. It further establishes how AA’s are treated like garbage when it comes to equal opportunity and access to health care, housing, education and employment.
— Dana Nessel (@dananessel) April 7, 2020

“The high rates of infection and death within our African-American population from #COVIDー19 is staggering and horrific,” she wrote. “It further establishes how AA’s are treated like garbage when it comes to equal opportunity and access to health care, housing, education and employment.”
So far, so Democrat. Then, however, she decided to retweet herself along with racially charged insult regarding those golfers from before:

I just can’t hear about one more black health care worker, police officer or bus driver die while getting a barrage of complaints from white folks outraged because they can’t go golfing. https://t.co/PfpYOYdDeh
— Dana Nessel (@dananessel) April 8, 2020

Yeah, you uninfected white people who like golf had better realize that black health care workers, police officers and bus drivers are dying.
The efficacy of this argument, as you can probably realize, is somewhat wanting. The only thing that links the two groups is race — but then, what about black golfers or white health care workers? She can probably be forgiven for ignoring the former, but I think the latter might be something it would behoove a politician to care about at this moment in particular.
So anyhow, this became uglier when conservative Detroit News columnist Ingrid Jacques called out Nessel on her decision to racialize an already bizarre comparison between golfers and front-line workers.

Why is our attorney general turning a pandemic affecting all of us into a racial issue? “White folks outraged because they can’t go golfing.” Seriously? White folks are dying, too. https://t.co/EBM0uM5B4k
— Ingrid Jacques (@Ingrid_Jacques) April 8, 2020

“Why is our attorney general turning a pandemic affecting all of us into a racial issue?” Jacques wrote. “’White folks outraged because they can’t go golfing.’ Seriously? White folks are dying, too.”
So, why is it a racial issue? Ah, yes — because those who disagree with Democrats are responsible for racial inequities.

At least that was Nessel’s take in a new Twitter post:

Bc when you advocate against universal healthcare, a living wage, paid sick leave, public education and environmental regulations, the virus disproportionately impacts communities of color and black Americans get sick and die at exponentially higher rates. https://t.co/ZmFcDvf1Tw
— Dana Nessel (@dananessel) April 8, 2020

“Bc when you advocate against universal healthcare, a living wage, paid sick leave, public education and environmental regulations, the virus disproportionately impacts communities of color and black Americans get sick and die at exponentially higher rates,” Nessel wrote.

Unless you signed on to liberal policy prerogatives before the COVID-19 crisis, you’ve created a situation where “the virus disproportionately impacts communities of color and black Americans get sick and die at exponentially higher rates.”
Keep in mind: Michigan isn’t necessarily the most left-leaning of Rust Belt states, so Nessel just impugned a wide swath of her own population as being ostensibly racist.
The exchange continued apace:

I never said there aren’t disparities, @dananessel. We should be concerned, and we must tackle those issues. But right now, we are all in this together, and it affects all of us. https://t.co/FwleUN75ju
— Ingrid Jacques (@Ingrid_Jacques) April 8, 2020

“Right now” we all in this together. But tmr you will go back to railing against policies badly needed to assist communities most in need which would mitigate the racial disparities evident from the impact of the virus. Use this event to promote fairness and justice for all. https://t.co/DAq0PKpEIo
— Dana Nessel (@dananessel) April 8, 2020

Again, let me put Nessel’s argument in an uncharitable light: If conservatives don’t agree they’re wrong now and get in the liberal boat, there’ll be no unity. Beneath Nessel’s brave clap-back against a conservative politician is a psychological protection racket. We’re only accorded unity if we all pay up.

Some of us are allowed the luxury of rhetorical stridency, I suppose, in this crisis. For instance, it’s my job to give you my opinion. That’s not Dana Nessel’s job. She’s the attorney general of the state of Michigan. (The first openly gay politician elected to statewide office in Michigan history, in fact.)

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Being “all in this together” during the coronavirus pandemic doesn’t mean putting aside your political opinions so long as they’re pursued in a civil manner. It does mean, however, ceasing to cast aspersions of a racial nature on certain Michigan residents because of the positions they support.
You can’t claim to be for unity and then say it’s a false unity if others aren’t ideologically identical to you. That’s tribalism.

Most conservatives, given time, could effectively argue that all of the things that Nessel is arguing for, when put in the proper context, actually dispossess people of color and make them poorer, less educated and less likely to get the health care they need. (Democrat-dominated Detroit and its public schools would be an excellent example to start with, for instance.)
She doesn’t care. This is Twitter and this quick hit probably got plenty of clapping-hand emojis from people who think precisely like her. It debases the authority of a state government official when she needs it most, but so what?
This should be a time for politicians to remind the people they serve that they represent all of them. Instead, Nessel decided to own the white golfers and smear conservatives as oppressors of black front-line workers. Nice work.
This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

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CNN’s Jim Acosta Complains that Reporters Attending Today’s Briefing Must Be Tested for Coronavirus

CNN’s White House reporter Jim Acosta complained today about the fact reporters covering the coronavirus task force briefings have to be tested for the coronavirus.
Via CNN:

ACOSTA: “The White House is having all of the reporters covering this briefing today undergo a coronavirus test. I just had mine a short while ago, they gave me this fact sheet before giving me the test.”
“We have not gotten the results back and so the briefing for this reason, I believe, has been pushed to 6 o’clock, could be pushed later as we’re all waiting for these results to come back in.”

“But Wolf, the fact that we’re getting a test doesn’t really sit very well when we know so many Americans out there who need a test can’t get one. Wolf?”
BLITZER: “That’s an important point, too. Jim Acosta, thank you very much.”

Apparently Jim Acosta is as dense as a rock so I’ll explain it for him.
You’re going to a briefing with the President of the United States of America. President Trump has to stay healthy so he can lead during this coronavirus crisis.
So therefore you get a test before going to a meeting with him.
You would think Jim Acosta would be smart enough to know that, but who are we kidding. He’s not.
Maybe since he’s not smart enough to figure that out he shouldn’t be anywhere near the President.

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CDC Issues New Guidelines for People Going Back to Work, Fox News

Fox News is reporting that the CDC is in the process of issuing new guidelines for people going back to work.
Apparently it involves maintaining social distance between co-workers, particularly in industries deemed to be crucial.

Via Fox News:

CAVUTO: The CDC will have a lot riding on how we go about doing so [getting back to work] and how quickly. Here’s Johnathan Serrie on what the CDC might be thinking.

SERRIE: “Throughout this pandemic, we’ve been learning just how crucial food service workers are.”
We need to keep them healthy, or else we’ll all be in a whole lot of trouble.”

“Today, Smithfield Foods announced it will temporarily close its Sioux Falls plant to enhance its social distancing measures to protect his 3700 employees.”
“That after more than 80 employees there tested positive for Coronavirus. The closing will only last three days.”
“The company CEO explains people have to eat. This comes after the CDC announced those new guidelines for returning critical employees to work after potential exposure to Covid-19, they must pass a regular temperature checks, wear face masks in the workplace and practice social distancing, avoiding crowded break rooms and other spaces.”
“They should not share headsets or other objects that touch their face. Anyone who becomes sick must go home immediately.”
“Right now, these guidelines apply to workers in critical infrastructure but I have a feeling this will work as a blueprint when other workers start returning to their workplaces.”

CAVUTO: A lot of people live and work in tight and confined workplaces. It’s a lot more like 6 inches apart. How do they recommend that be addressed?
SERRIE: “They are saying that these workers have to be able to maintain social distancing in addition to the masks. If the workplace can accommodate that, then you probably don’t need to be bringing those workers back.”
“Just some example of our own social distancing. I’m broadcasting outside instead of inside our Atlanta bureau. I will continue to do that until things become safer to go back indoors.”
Whatever the new guidelines are for getting the economy moving again, lets get on with it as fast as possible.

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Report: President Trump Setting Up Second Task Force, This One Focused on Reopening Economy

President Donald Trump is preparing to announce the creation of a second coronavirus task force focused on reopening the economy, according to reports from people familiar with the matter.
The Washington Post reported that four people, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the smaller task force will focus on identifying which businesses need to rebound in order for a lot of the country to be reopened by April 30, the date that the White House’s current social distancing guidelines expire.

Top administration officials including chief of staff Mark Meadows, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and national economic adviser Larry Kudlow will reportedly be part of the new task force.
Officials from the private sector are also reported to be part of the new team.
Unlike the large coronavirus task force led by Vice President Mike Pence, this group would not meet every day. It will most likely hold most of its meetings over the phone and give in-person briefings to the president, according to The Post.

Two senior administration officials told The Post that Meadows will most likely lead the task force, but a decision has not been made yet.

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The announcement could come this week, but officials said there were plans to announce the second task force earlier this week that were delayed.
Trump first hinted at the creation of the new task force in a Saturday morning tweet.
In his tweet, he said Fox News anchor Dana Perino’s idea of creating a second task force to reopen the economy was a “good idea.”

Good idea Dana! https://t.co/Vx7yfwfpIU
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 4, 2020

When he was asked about the idea in his media briefing later that day, Trump confirmed he was “thinking about it.”

“Getting a group of people. And we have to open our country. You know, I had an expression: ‘The cure can’t be worse than the problem itself.’ Right?” Trump said.
“I started by saying that and I continue to say it: The cure cannot be worse than the problem itself. We’ve got to get our country open.”
Trump originally wanted to reopen the country on Easter Sunday, which falls on April 12.
But on March 29, Trump extended the coronavirus safety guidelines through the month of April in an effort to mitigate the effects of the pandemic outbreak.

“The better you do, the faster this whole nightmare will end,” Trump said.
House Republicans also hope to reopen the American economy by the end of April if progress has been made combating the coronavirus pandemic.
“Our focus is on locking down the virus while we’re taking the steps now to prepare to reopen the economy by the end of the month if the virus permits,” Texas Rep. Kevin Brady, the top Republican on the House Ways and Means Committee, told reporters on April 2, according to the Washington Examiner.
This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

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Bill Gates Praises China ‘Extreme Intervention’ Coronavirus Efforts, ‘They Were Able to Crush that Epidemic’

Billionaire Bill Gates today seemingly praised China’s draconian response to the Wuhan coronavirus, which included welding residents into their apartment buildings at night according to reports, saying those measures allowed China to crush the epidemic.
Gates also pushed for a nationwide lockdown versus letting the states take the lead, as President Trump has done.

Given the influence that Bill Gates has statements and claims like that are very troubling.
Via CNBC:

HOST: “Walk us around the globe right now. We are hearing things may be improving in China there is a talk of a second wave of transmissions taking place. What is your view of who is happening in China and Europe and United States and other places.”
GATES: “China took the situation in Wuhan, which was quite dramatic, and by extreme intervention in terms of reducing movement — they were able to crush that epidemic. Those hospitals are gone. Look at the commerce. Stores are open now in China and nowhere else, whereas before, it was the opposite.”

“It’s a real thing that they took a significant number of cases — not only flattened it but brought it down to very small levels.”
“Now if they open up, there will be slight rebounds, and it’s very valuable for them to share where that’s happening because all of the countries that have substantial epidemics now have to think, ‘OK, once you get down to the absolute level — before having a vaccine, what kind of activities should we reengage in?”
“You know, probably manufacturing. We can do probably construction. We can do probably because of the number of young people involved — we can do education.”
“But we’re going to have this intermediate period of opening back up, and it won’t be normal until we get this amazing vaccine to the entire world.”
HOST: “You talk about these intermediate steps the president tweeted he wants to get us reopen sooner rather than later when the time line you have in mind of when we can get back to business and head more towards normal.”

GATES: “Unfortunately, the U.S. Isn’t uniformly shut down. You’ll see a lot of increase in various communities.”
“Even though our testing numbers are going up, the days to get a testing response should be under 24 hours the things taking longer than that there is no system of prioritization still needs to be fixed.”
“If we get our act together and that testing including innovations like a swab, if those get into place by early June, we’ll be looking at some kind of opening up the definition of that is what we need to be working on now, studying what has been done in South Korea, what has been done in China and various parts of Europe including Sweden who at least has chosen not to go for a full shutdown like many other countries.”
Bill Gates is also a big fan of international institutions like the World Health Organization, which tells you all you need to know.

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Carville: Wisconsin Primary Proves Republicans Will Literally “Kill People to Stay in Power”

Today, Democrat party political consultant and pundit Jame Carville flat out said that the Wisconsin primary election proves that the GOP will literally kill people to stay in power.
Via MSNBC:

WILLIAMS: “James, last question. I’ve got 45 seconds for you to answer it. You said a while back if Biden does nothing he wins. Is that still true?”
CARVILLE: “Yeah. He’s going to do something obviously. That’s a little poetic license.”

“But I think he’s in a commanding position but we’ve got to be careful about is mucking around with voting. They’re going to try it.”
“Because Trump — all the Republicans admit it, we can’t win if everybody votes. And so my kind of mission here in the short term is to sound the alarm to say Mitch McConnell and the Supreme Court, they’re going to do everything they can to hold on to power and Speaker Pelosi and Leader Schumer we’ve got to dig in and make sure states have funding to conduct these elections and to put pressure on them to make sure they’re done fairly.”

“This thing in Wisconsin was one of the most awful things I’ve ever seen in my life. Just the extent they’ll go to to hold on to power. It was all about one Supreme Court seat in Wisconsin. They will kill people to stay in power, literally.”
The GOP literally wants to kill people? REALLY?
James Carville was always a Democratic party operative but he was never as deranged as he’s become lately.
It seems that the new Democratic Party operating procedure is to be sure and amp up the rhetoric to the nth degree and try and scare as many people as possible.
Sad, despicable but entirely predictable.

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Senate Democrats Block More Coronavirus Relief Because of Focus on Small Businesses

Senate Democrats today blocked more corornavirus relief for small business because they want more cash for their priorities.
Via CNBC:

“McConnell pushing to add an additional $250 billion to the Paycheck Protection Program for small businesses.”
“He is concerned that there’s so much demand for that program, it could be running out of funds sooner rather than later but Democrats blocking that move this morning.”

“They need unanimous consent on the Senate floor in order to get this done because there’s few senators around Democrats stepping in, saying, ‘No, no, no, what we want is a much bigger program, an additional $250 billion for states, localities, hospitals, all sorts of other entities.”
“The Democrats envision a much bigger program, they don’t want to just pass what’s called a clean bill just focused solely on the small business issue they’ve stepped up to block that. That means no deal, no replenishment of that fund today. We’ll see where this goes.”

One thing about this crisis is it has totally clarified how petty, despicable and vile Democrats really are.

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MSNBC Host Criticizes Red States Over Pandemic, Ignores Fact 36% of Cases Are in Dem-Run NY

The mainstream media never fails to exploit a crisis, and COVID-19 is no exception.
Since the beginning, the media has sought to use the situation as a way to undermine President Donald Trump.

MSNBC host Andrea Mitchell continued the effort on Monday, citing a Washington Post article that attempted to place blame for the spread of the virus at Trump’s feet.
“Well, ‘denial’ and ‘dysfunction’ have been the two words of the day, words that are used by The Washington Post in a searing account of the failures of the Trump administration to take COVID-19 seriously as the virus made its way from China into the U.S.,” Mitchell said, according to NewsBusters.
“For more than two months, time was squandered, warnings ignored, President Trump dismissing the virus as a hoax initially, only to lash out at the press and boast about his social media following.”

Contrary to the establishment media narrative of the administration having been in denial, Trump banned travel of foreign nationals from China to the U.S. on Jan. 31, one day after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed human-to-human transmission of the virus in the United States.
This does not sound like the action of an administration in denial.

As for Mitchell’s assertion that Trump dismissed the virus as a hoax, even the liberal-leaning fact-checker Snopes has debunked this claim.
Trump did not call the virus itself a hoax. He said the attempts by Democrats and those in the media to blame the virus on him were a new hoax, a claim that seems to have been confirmed by their subsequent behavior.

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For his decision to ban travel from China, Trump was ridiculed by the media and by Democrats, including former Vice President Joe Biden, who accused him of “xenophobia.”
“We are in the midst of a crisis with the coronavirus. We need to lead the way with science — not Donald Trump’s record of hysteria, xenophobia, and fear-mongering. He is the worst possible person to lead our country through a global health emergency,” Biden tweeted.

We are in the midst of a crisis with the coronavirus. We need to lead the way with science — not Donald Trump’s record of hysteria, xenophobia, and fear-mongering. He is the worst possible person to lead our country through a global health emergency.
— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) February 1, 2020

For weeks after Trump’s decision to restrict travel from China, prominent Democrats demonstrated they were not taking the threat of the virus seriously.
As late as Feb. 24, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was encouraging people to flock to San Fransisco’s Chinatown.
“We want to be vigilant about what is out there in other places,” she said at the time. “We want to be careful about how we deal with it, but we do want to say to people, ‘Come to Chinatown, here we are — we’re, again, careful, safe — and come join us.’”

On March 2, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio encouraged people “to go on with your lives + get out on the town despite Coronavirus.”

Since I’m encouraging New Yorkers to go on with your lives + get out on the town despite Coronavirus, I thought I would offer some suggestions. Here’s the first: thru Thurs 3/5 go see “The Traitor” @FilmLinc. If “The Wire” was a true story + set in Italy, it would be this film.
— Bill de Blasio (@BilldeBlasio) March 3, 2020

And on March 10, long after the White House coronavirus task force was up and running, New York Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was encouraging people to go out to Chinese restaurants because the establishments were “feeling the pain of racism.”

These statements from prominent Democrats sound an awful lot like denial, certainly more so than anything coming from the Trump administration during the same time period.
But, of course, the media does not care about that. With every story, their only concern is how it can best be used to hurt Trump.
That effort continues to this day, and it has now broadened to include not only Trump, but also his supporters.
Citing The Post piece, Mitchell asserted Monday that “there were a number of people in red states early on who didn’t heed the warnings to socially distance because they believed the president’s false comments.”

Instead of criticizing liberal politicians representing urban constituencies for not taking the virus as seriously as they should, she opted to focus on people living in “red states” instead.
But thus far, the hardest-hit areas have not been “red” areas — they’ve been liberal-run cities in states that are either predominantly run by Democrats or that have at least a Democratic governor.
There were roughly 423,135 confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. as of Wednesday afternoon, according to data from Johns Hopkins.

Of the 10 hardest-hit states, just two — Florida, No. 7, and Georgia, No. 10 — have Republican governors.
New York state, which is dominated by Democratic politicians, had a whopping 150,697 cases, or roughly 36 percent of the nationwide total.
But MSNBC has a narrative to push, and that narrative means slamming Trump and his supporters whenever possible.
As the coronavirus fallout continues, so will the deflections from Democrats and their allies in the establishment media.

Fortunately, Trump is not afraid to set the record straight. And if polling is any indication, it appears his determination is working.
President Trump understands that he is fighting a war on two fronts.
As his administration combats the coronavirus, he must also combat the relentless media narrative that looks to blame him.
This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

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Obama-Appointed Judge Throws Out 2A, Allows Los Angeles To Forcibly Shut Down Gun Stores

Though the severity of the restrictions differs depending upon locality, countless jurisdictions within the United States have trampled all over the civil liberties of American citizens during the response to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
One of the most egregious examples is the handful of jurisdictions that have deemed gun stores and manufacturers to be “nonessential” and thus ordered to close as part of broader “stay-at-home” orders intended to reduce the spread of the viral contagion.

The state of California is one such place where gun stores and firearms manufacturers, at least initially, were deemed nonessential. Thankfully, swift public backlash has compelled some officials to back off and allow the gun stores to remain open.
Amid the backlash, a coalition of concerned Second Amendment activists filed a lawsuit seeking to ensure that California (and Los Angeles County and the city of Los Angeles in particular) would be unable to order gun shops and manufacturers closed a second time.
A federal judge, however, ruled against those plaintiffs on Monday and denied a request for a temporary restraining order against the city and state, the Washington Free Beacon reported.

District Judge André Birotte Jr., appointed by then-President Barack Obama in 2014, rejected most of the arguments put forward by the coalition of gun rights advocates, which included the Firearms Policy Coalition, the National Rifle Association and the Second Amendment Foundation.
Birotte noted in his ruling that Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom, in declaring a state of emergency and then issuing an executive order for most businesses to close and people to remain home, had declined to address the question of gun stores and manufacturers and instead left that up to local sheriffs to decide.

Los Angeles County and the city of Los Angeles had issued similar orders, and Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva decreed that gun stores needed to be closed. Eventually, however, the sheriff reversed course and allowed the stores to reopen.
Birotte ruled that the plaintiffs had no grounds for a suit against the governor, though he did acknowledge that a case could be made against the county.

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He also ruled that the plaintiffs had failed to demonstrate a likelihood of success for their claim that the orders violated the Second Amendment, as well as their claim that due process rights had been violated, and ruled in favor of the defendants.
“The City’s and County’s stated objective — reducing the spread of COVID-19, a highly dangerous and infectious disease — undoubtedly constitutes an important government objective,” the judge wrote. “Moreover … the closure of non-essential businesses, including firearms and ammunition retailers, reasonably fits the City’s and County’s stated objectives of reducing the spread of this disease.”
In a statement provided to the Free Beacon following the ruling, the coalition of Second Amendment advocates said, “[t]he Court’s awful ruling in this matter is far from the end of this lawsuit.”

“We will continue to seek a preliminary injunction in this matter and are prepared to seek relief from the Ninth Circuit and the Supreme Court should doing so be necessary to end these unconstitutional bans, defend liberty, and fight for the rights of our members and the public.”
How this case fares on appeal remains to be seen, but there is reason for hope for gun rights activists.
Trump administration’s Department of Homeland Security recently published a memorandum designating gun stores and firearms manufacturers as businesses “essential” to maintaining “critical infrastructure” around the country.
While that designation isn’t binding — even though most states voluntarily adhere to the federal guidelines in that regard — it is worth noting that Newsom’s executive order, per the judge’s ruling, had exempted “critical infrastructure sectors” from the ordered closures.

It will be interesting to see how this case plays out in the appeals process. Meanwhile, despite the judge’s ruling, it is also unclear if gun stores in Los Angeles County, or anywhere else in the state, will be forcibly closed now.
As noted, Villanueva had already backed off his effort to shut down gun shops and announced on March 31 that gun stores would be allowed to remain open. Public pressure campaigns by gun rights supporters have seemingly been successful.
Unfortunately, this isn’t the only legal battle over gun rights in the midst of the pandemic, as there are lawsuits pending in other states and jurisdictions that will eventually be ruled on, and those fights will undoubtedly be appealed to the higher courts.
This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

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Home Depot Founder Blasts Dems for Impeaching Trump Instead of Dealing with COVID

For those still skeptical that the relentless investigations of President Donald Trump were a witch hunt, stirrings of further inquiries on his response to the coronavirus crisis from the likes of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff should leave little doubt.
This doesn’t sit well with Bernie Marcus, co-founder of both the Home Depot and the business advocacy group Job Creators Network.

In a Fox Business interview with Maria Bartiromo on Monday’s “Mornings with Maria,” Marcus unleashed on the idea of another investigation at a time like this.
“Look, this president has been hit with something that no president has ever had to deal with, and I just resent the people that are going after him now. They’re already talking about another impeachment,” he said. “I hate to tell you that Adam Schiff is already investigating this.”
Marcus was referring to Schiff’s recent actions to suss out supposed mistakes the president has made in dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic, even as the country is still in the thick of it.

“After Pearl Harbor and 9/11, we looked at what went wrong to learn from our mistakes,” Schiff tweeted April 1.
“Once we’ve recovered, we need a nonpartisan commission to review our response and how we can better prepare for the next pandemic. I’m working on a bill to do that,” he promised.

After Pearl Harbor and 9/11, we looked at what went wrong to learn from our mistakes.
Once we’ve recovered, we need a nonpartisan commission to review our response and how we can better prepare for the next pandemic.
I’m working on a bill to do that.https://t.co/uqO3BwVldN
— Adam Schiff (@RepAdamSchiff) April 1, 2020

Pelosi also announced her intention to form a bipartisan committee that, according to The New York Times, would “scrutinize” the president’s response to the coronavirus crisis as well as oversee the distribution of the more than $2 trillion coronavirus economic relief package.

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“The Congress has so far passed three pieces of legislation totaling over $2 trillion in emergency relief,” Pelosi tweeted April 2.
“To ensure that your tax dollars are being spent carefully and effectively, I am announcing the formation of the bipartisan House Select Committee on the Coronavirus Crisis,” she wrote.
“Led by @WhipClyburn, the Select Committee will root out waste, fraud, and abuse, and ensure money makes it to those who need it most – the working families struggling to pay rent and put food on the table,” Pelosi said.

Led by @WhipClyburn, the Select Committee will root out waste, fraud, and abuse, and ensure money makes it to those who need it most – the working families struggling to pay rent and put food on the table. #FamiliesFirst https://t.co/mlqwIZdA9O
— Nancy Pelosi (@SpeakerPelosi) April 2, 2020

Marcus went on to say that to find responsibility for this pandemic, the Democrats are barking up the wrong tree.
“You know, I think that Adam Schiff and Nancy Pelosi should start talking impeaching the God,” he said. “I mean, God is probably responsible, maybe the Chinese government. That will get them as far as they did with Trump.”

Bartiromo also pointed out that while those on the left were busy “looking for ghosts” in the investigations into Russia collusion and the withholding of aid to Ukraine, they missed what was happening in China.
“China has been eating our lunch,” she said, pointing to the United States’ dependency on China for important goods such as pharmaceutical ingredients even as issues in the nation went largely ignored during those investigations of the Trump administration.
“That is the story of the day — they’re continuing to eat our lunch and downplay this virus from the get-go,” Bartiromo said. The coronavirus is thought to have originated in China, and its mishandling of the outbreak is a big reason for the pandemic situation the world is in today.
Bernie agreed with Bartiromo, saying, “This whole country was tied up for two and a half months on the impeachment and nobody in Congress was doing what they had to do.”

He pointed out that what was happening in China went under the radar because the media, as well as the president himself, were so distracted by the investigations that they “lost sight of what was really happening around the corner, and now it’s caught up with us.”
Every day, the president is charged with the monumental task of dealing with the pandemic caused by COVID-19, the virus that has claimed nearly 14,000 American lives and sickened more than 400,000 as of Wednesday, according to Johns Hopkins.
While the crisis is still ongoing, Democrats are already circling like vultures, waiting to pick any political meat off the bones of Trump’s management of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Rather than trying to pin mistakes on the president, their time would be better spent focusing on the task at hand.

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National Intelligence Chief Slams Adam Schiff for ‘Politicizing the Intelligence Community’ with His New Push

Acting Director of National Intelligence Richard Grenell criticized House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff for “politicizing” the intelligence community by going to the Washington media public with a letter about personnel change concerns.
The Democratic representative and one of the best-known opponents of President Donald Trump had written a letter to Grenell Tuesday about his concerns about staffing changes Grenell had made in the Office of National Intelligence.

Grenell says that this letter was actually sent to the media before it was sent to him, as represented by a reporter for The Hill tweeting the letter.
“His letter was sent to the press before it was sent to me,” Grennell tweeted.
“These press leaks politicizing the intelligence community must stop.”

His letter was sent to the press before it was sent to me. These press leaks politicizing the intelligence community must stop. https://t.co/hdWIzGWvZr
— Richard Grenell (@RichardGrenell) April 7, 2020

A House Intelligence Committee aide disputed this accusation and said the letter was sent to Grenell’s office at 1:14 p.m. and shared with the media 14 minutes after, Politico reported.
In his letter, Schiff wrote that he was concerned Grennell was making organizational and personnel changes in the Office of the Director of National Intelligence “without consulting and seeking authorization from Congress and in a manner that undermines critical intelligence functions.”

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“These developments call into question both your commitment to ensuring that the Intelligence Community’s work on behalf of our nation is not inappropriately influenced by political considerations, as required by law and that the IC will continue to speak truth to power,” Schiff wrote.
Schiff also criticized Grenell for making changes while temporarily holding his position as he was not nominated to be the permanent DNI.
“President Trump did not nominate you for confirmation as permanent DNI, and it would be inappropriate for you to pursue any additional leadership, organizational, or staffing changes to ODNI during your temporary tenure,” he wrote.

“Any effort, moreover, to remove or otherwise initiate personnel actions against apolitical career officers based on their perceived loyalty to the President would contravene civil service protections.”
Schiff’s letter was sent days after President Donald Trump fired intelligence community Inspector General Michael Atkinson, who played a key role in the whistleblower complaint about Trump’s communications with Ukraine that led to Trump’s impeachment.
Schiff asked Grenell to provide an answer in writing as to whether he had prohibited Atkinson from “initiating, carrying out, or completing any investigation, inspection, audit, or review.”
“The Committee is reviewing the circumstances of Mr. Atkinson’s dismissal, including whether his termination was intended to curb any ongoing investigations or reviews being undertaken by his office,” Schiff wrote.

Grenell was appointed acting director of national intelligence in February after Joseph Maquire was removed from the position. Grenell is the first openly gay Cabinet member in history, Fox News reported.
Republican Texas Rep. John Ratcliffe, a prominent Trump supporter, has been nominated by the president to serve as the next permanent DNI and will most likely face a fierce confirmation battle in the next few months.
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Days Before Easter, California County Makes Going to Church a Crime

With the coronavirus pandemic burning its way across the globe, Christians everywhere are looking forward to Easter — a celebration of life, the faith and the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
For worshipers in California’s San Bernardino County, however, the very act of going to church is now a crime.

According to an April 7 order from the county’s health officer, even drive-up services are now considered a forbidden way to worship.
“This guidance does allow faith based services that are provided through streaming or other technology,” the order reads, “while individuals remain in their homes, but does not allow individuals to leave their homes for driving parades or drive-up services, or for picking up non-essential items.”
“Violation of or failure to comply with this Order is a crime punishable by fine, imprisonment, or both.”

As you can see, California isn’t a total nanny state — government officials have magnanimously allowed pastors to stream services to their congregations.
The shockingly restrictive order comes less than a week before Easter, when even people who don’t regularly attend church file into places of worship.

While the order also requires those venturing outside to wear face coverings and practice social distancing, there is no allowance made for churches that can ensure all their worshipers obey these rules.
The rules don’t explicitly ban religious services, but for the technologically challenged and those without internet access, chances are slim that they’ll be able to celebrate Easter with their church without outside help.

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It’s unclear if the order would classify that help as non-essential and therefore forbidden during the pandemic.
The crackdown on religious freedom is happening not only in the golden utopia of California, but in many other parts of the country, as well.
One pastor in Baltimore found himself at the center of a police visit in March for seemingly violating a similar health order.

Officers responding questioned the church leader on whether or not he knew about the order, a scene that the Baltimore pastor described as looking “like a police raid on a drug deal.”
Although that service ended shortly after police arrived, the pastor vowed the worship sessions would continue.
A preacher violating a similar order in Florida was not so lucky.
Tampa pastor Rodney Howard-Browne was arrested last month after violating a state order on gatherings of over 10 people, a move that came after officials slammed his ongoing religious services as “reckless disregard for human life.”

The church leader is now appealing to the statutes of man, and vowed the county sheriff would “get a lesson on the Constitution and discriminatory application of the law.”
The government is now proving that our religious freedoms, though enshrined in the first article of the Constitution, are only an official’s signature away from being trampled over.
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Dr. Birx: Gov’t Is Counting Death of Anyone with Coronavirus as a COVID-19 Death, Regardless of Other Conditions

As health experts develop statistics and models to track the impact of coronavirus on America, anyone who has the disease and dies will be counted as a COVID-19 death, regardless of what actually killed them.
Dr. Deborah Birx, coordinator of the White House coronavirus task force, explained at Tuesday’s daily news briefing that not all countries are doing things the same way.

“I think in this country, we’ve taken a very liberal approach to mortality, and I think the reporting here has been pretty straightforward over the last five to six weeks,” Birx said.
“Prior to that, when there wasn’t testing in January and February, that’s a very different situation and unknown,” she added.

“There are other countries that if you had a pre-existing condition and let’s say the virus caused you to go to the ICU and then have a heart or kidney problem — some countries are recording that as a heart issue or a kidney issue and not a COVID-19 death.”
Not so in the U.S., according to Birx.

“Right now, we’re still recording it, and the great thing about having forms that come in and a form that has the ability to mark it as COVID-19 infection, the intent is, right now — if someone dies with COVID-19, we are counting that as a COVID-19 death,” she said.
Birx was asked if that approach might skew the data.

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“I think that would apply more to rural areas that may not have the same level of testing,” she said.
“But I am pretty confident in New York City and in New Jersey and places that have these large outbreaks and COVID-only hospitals. I can tell you they are testing. New York and New Jersey together have — by proportion, are testing extraordinary well — as Washington state and Louisiana. So I don’t see that there’s been a barrier in testing to diagnosis.”
Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said the current experience in hospitals is that it is the virus, not an underlying condition, that triggers what proves to be a fatal health emergency.

“I think there’s so much focus now on coronavirus that — particularly if you take New York, which we all know is having a disproportionately higher proportion of the burden of the entire country is right now in New York,” he said.
“I can’t imagine if someone comes in with coronavirus, goes to an ICU, and they have an underlying heart condition and they die, they’re going to say ’cause of death: heart attack.’ I cannot see that happening. So I don’t think it’s going to be a problem.”

Dr. Birx says anyone who dies with COVID-19 (regardless of other health issues) is counted as COVID death.
That’s dumb.
Worse, CDC doesn’t require TESTS to confirm COVID before it’s coded as COVID death. If symptoms are present… that’s enough. Crazy.pic.twitter.com/Y0ZGvV6x5n
— Liz Wheeler (@Liz_Wheeler) April 8, 2020

Today we got definitive proof the death #s are invalid.
They code ALL deaths WITH or OF the virus the same – it’s for reimbursement. But using those numbers statistically invalidates everything!
So we have no idea what real death rate is, and neither do they.
— Heather O’Brien (@HOBrien_Author) April 8, 2020

I’ve been saying this for sometime,😡. Look at a chart on death’s now. Heart disease, pneumonia, etc all very, very low. If you go into a hospital with pneumonia and die, it will be marked #COVID19 . That in its self is disturbing 😠
— Braydn&Tempy’s Mamaw🇺🇸 (@ColeyLucy) April 8, 2020

Although some said that way of counting could result in errors, Dr. Michael Baden, a Fox News contributor, said the federal approach makes sense.
“In the normal course, autopsies would then determine whether the person died of the effects of the COVID virus, whether the person had a brain tumor or brain hemorrhage for example that might be unrelated to it and what the relative significance of both the infection and the pre-existing disease is,” Baden told Fox.
He also noted that in the current pandemic, the number of autopsies could be low.
“Then you will include in those numbers some people who did have a pre-existing condition that would have caused death anyway, but that’s probably a small number,” Baden said.

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Cartoon Shows Democrat’s Despicable Evolution on Trump’s Travel Ban, From January to Today

We all know that Washington Democrats are despicable and vile people who have no standards except for double standards, same goes for their media allies.
To once again make that point here in one cartoon is their despicable evolution on Trump’s China travel ban from January 2020 to today:

Does that about sum it up?
In January they were screaming the travel ban was racist and not needed, now Democrats are screaming at Trump for not doing it sooner.

Democrats are the most tone deaf, and vile people in politics today. JFK would be ashamed of what his party has become.
Speaking of lying, hypocrite Democrats…

Morning Joe Promotes ANOTHER Anti-Trump Conspiracy Theory, He Doesn’t Wan’t People Tested for Covid-19
The vile, lying Trump hating husband and wife hosts of MSNBC’s Morning Joe, Joe Scarborough and Mike Brzezinski, are at it again spreading vile and untrue conspiracy theories about our President and his Covid-19 response.

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As many readers know yesterday the DNC propagandists suggested that if the president is promoting an “unproven” treatment like chloroquine for Covid-19 patients it must because he is somehow profiting from it.
Scarborough must have gotten the DNC memo since yesterday many other left wing media type made similar claims weirdly all at roughly the same time.
Well the two lying scumbags must have decided that yesterday’s outrageous lie was not good enough so this morning they came up with something even more vile and despicable.

This morning the two promoted the idea that maybe President Trump doesn’t want more people tested because he doesn’t want the American people to know how bad the pandemic really is in our country.
The two were discussing Dr. Fauci’s claim that life may not return to “normal” for some time now when Scarborough started his ridiculous rant and started promoting his new anti-trump conspiracy theory.
“You know, we’ve said it for a very long time, it all comes down to testing, testing, testing. Everybody is actually saying that it all comes down to testing. Not only so we can track the virus, so we can map the virus, so we can contain the virus, but also so Americans can go back to work, so they can go back to shopping, so they can go back to getting the economy going again and going back to their daily lives.”
So far so good, but he then lost it “but the testing has been terrible. You know, these press conferences, I just, again, I will repeat again, if you’re not going to get any good information from them and if the President is just going to ramble and yell at reporters, say things that aren’t the truth, and yell at reporters when they ask important questions, which is what he does, then they shouldn’t have the press conferences,” Scarborough said.

He must not be watching the press conferences if he thinks no important information is being shared. The only time they go off the rails somewhat is when idiot reporters ask baited and loaded questions.
Bottom line problem though is if Donald Trump said the sky is blue people like Scarborough would argue he’s a liar because after the sun sets the sky no longer appears blue.
Scarborough then praised the mentally unwell Democrat party 2020 candidate Joe Biden for a minute or so before he got to his main point.
“A cynic might think that they don’t want Americans to get tested because they don’t want to know the full extent of how bad things are in the United States.”

Really Joe? You seriously think the Trump administration is sandbagging the testing so people won’t know how bad it is?
Nice way to scare the people who are dumb enough to watch your show every day.
Watch, as the day unfolds you’ll hear and see more and more on the left parrot this line of attack.

It must be the DNC talking point of the day.

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Police Handcuff Man for Allegedly Breaking Social Distance Rules While Playing T-Ball with Daughter

A simple game of T-ball at the park saw Colorado father Matt Mooney detained Sunday afternoon by local law enforcement officers for alleged violation of the state’s coronavirus-related social distancing guidelines.
Cooped up in the house like many American families by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, Mooney, his wife and his 6-year-old daughter had been enjoying a bit of family fun and fresh air at Donelson Park when they were approached by three Brighton Police Department officers.

Mooney, confident he was well within his rights to be there, was unwilling to provide identification — and that was reportedly all it took for the responding officers to slap the cuffs on and escort the father to a patrol car.
“[My daughter is] like, ‘Daddy, I don’t want you to get arrested,’” Mooney told KDVR. “At this point I’m thinking, ‘There’s no way they’re going to arrest me. There’s no way. This is insane.’ So I’m telling her, ‘Don’t worry, Daddy’s not going to get arrested. I’ve done nothing wrong. Don’t worry about it,’ and then they arrest me.”
Mooney would spend roughly 10 minutes in police custody before his release.

A passerby, former Brighton City Councilman Kirby Wallin, captured part of the incident on video, seemingly stunned by the detainment.

“Brighton Police are apparently arresting a dad for throwing a ball to his daughter, in complete isolation in a park of about, I don’t know, 30, 40 acres,” Wallin commentated in the video clip. “But apparently that is not allowed by Brighton. According to our police, he is not allowed to do it. He’s being taken away.”
But at just 35 seconds in length, the video does not capture the entirety of the exchange, which Mooney alleged was a major overreaction by the officers.

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“During this little contact, none of the officers had masks on, none of them had gloves on, and they’re in my face handcuffing me, they’re touching me,” the father said. “If we’re going to go ahead and start arresting people for no reason in front of their 6-year-old daughter, you’re just going to cause more problems later on.”
City officials, for their part, seemed to agree the situation was mishandled but have yet to indicate to what degree, awaiting the results of an internal police investigation.
“We recognize there was an error and we are doing a thorough investigation,” Cmdr. Al Sharon of the Brighton Police Department told The Western Journal. “I would say, at this point in time, I think they wouldn’t do it again the same way — and when the investigation is complete we’ll be sure of that.”

“It is evident there was an overreach by our police officers,” a city news release read.
According to the city’s account, Mooney was detained in relation to a concerned citizen’s complaint regarding a violation of social distancing guidelines at the park. In responding, the city said “officers encountered a group of about 12-15 people who appeared to be playing softball” and asked the crowd to disperse, claiming the park was closed.
KDVR, however, reported the park was in fact open to “groups of no more than 4 persons” for a number of outdoor activities.
Sharon was not able to verify the crowd size given his pending investigation.

The Mooney family deserves an apology.
We can’t let these guidelines be abused for authoritarian attacks on our civil liberties.https://t.co/YCFgM8CeFv
— Congressman Ken Buck (@RepKenBuck) April 7, 2020

The Brighton Police Department is currently conducting an investigation into a situation that occurred late this afternoon at Donelson Park. This is an active investigation and we are unable to provide additional information until the investigation is complete.
— Brighton PD (@BrightonPolice) April 6, 2020

Both the city manager’s office and the Brighton Police Department have reached out to Mooney with apologies and requests to further discuss the matter in person, but Mooney has declined the invitation, according to the news release.
Mooney wrote on Facebook that he has spoken with a lawyer.
Substantial controversy also seems to have spun up surrounding the Colorado father’s unwillingness to comply or make amends with the city, judging from the response of some of the comments on the man’s Facebook page.
Mooney, however, wrote in a recent update that the incident should serve as a teaching moment for those who had called him out.

“To everyone that says I would have just listened and moved on, that is the whole point of this,” Mooney wrote. “The government is stripping us of our rights because people just roll over go along with what they say. Sometimes you have to stand up and make a stand regardless of the costs.”
“To those that say I’m the one that subjected my daughter to the traumatizing event of me being arrested. Yes, you are partially right, I could have backed down and just complied to spare her that but this is also a teachable moment. We can teach our kids that the government is always right and tyrannical or we can teach them that yes YOU can stand up for what is right,” the father wrote.
“My question for Brighton Police Department is since when are constitutional rights something that is new? How are officers enforcing anything that they aren’t properly trained on?”
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Gayle King Asks Dr. Birx to Bash Trump, Birx Refuses and Confirms WHO Delayed Ability to Deal With Covid-19

During an interview with Gayle King of the CBS show “Good Morning America” Dr. Deborah Birx just blew apart the latest media narrative about President Trump, that he’s somehow scapegoating the World Health Organization (WHO) and blaming them for the current Covid-19 pandemic.
Dr. Birx basically confirmed what the President has been saying, that the W.H.O. has not been transparent, and delayed the world’s ability to deal with or contain the coronavirus.

King tried to get Dr. Birx to bash Trump by asking her “I would imagine you don’t want to step into this controversy that the president apparently has created where he’s blasted the W.H.O. Does he have a point for blaming them? What he says, for spreading the virus? Does he have a point?”
Yeah, right. King does not want Birx to get into the controversy over the President’s claim about the W.H.O. but asks her question anyway.
King must have been very surprised when Dr. Birx refused to bash the President and instead answered “You know, the WHO can only react to the data it’s given. And when you go back and look at the timeline, it wasn’t until I think almost the middle of January that China reported that there was human-to-human transmission.”

“We have to really investigate reporting and how the reports were received there. I think it did delay the ability to declare this a global pandemic, an emergency. We can do all of that when we get through this as a global community to really understand how to do this better the next time.”
Watch the entire exchange:

Dr. Birx and President Trump are not the only ones questioning the W.H.O.

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During an interview with Fox and Friends Florida Senator Marco Rubio said “There’s evidence that its been politicized, that the World Health Organization at its leadership level was politicized by Chinese influence and Chinese money.”
“And that’s unfortunate, because that organization should not be political and should not be making public health pronouncements under duress, but from any country in the world. It should be making those pronouncements on the basis of medical science. And so I have deep concerns about it and that’s why I hope that at a minimum we can get the leader of that organization to resign because he’s definitely been politicized.”
Fox Business host Charles Payne even went so far as to say the W.H.O. may have deliberately manipulated the data to protect the Chinese government, “It’s not that they got it wrong but deliberately got it wrong and that’s the distinction we need to make here.”

“I don’t know if you remember the market was reacting to this every single day. A China story initially. President XI was really aggressive with the World Health Organization and the world. He more or less told them what to say and what to do. And they did.”
“And it’s really interesting, you know, between their Tweets not being contagious human to human but also waiting for China to get it together before declaring it a global pandemic. It’s absolutely remarkable,” Payne added.
“From 2010 to 2017, we gave to the World Health Organization $2.8 billion, 1.9 billion was voluntary money, additional funding we wanted to give to help the world. 42% to Africa. 16% to Southeast Asia. 15% to the Western Pacific.”
“This is about helping the rest of the world fight polio, fight communicable diseases. We have voluntarily given so much more money we wouldn’t be on the call of duty all of those years so Americans should be upset but the world should be upset that this whole thing was run by China by President Xi.”

China and the World Health Organization need to pay a steep price for the damage, the death and the carnage that their duplicity has caused the people of the world.

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Local Governments Sharing Addresses of Covid-19 Positive People With Law Enforcement, Report

In a growing number of cities and towns across the nation local governments are sharing information about those who test positive for Covid-19 with law enforcement and other first responders, according to a report from NBC News.
The report says that governments are only sharing address data and not personally identifying information, but not sure there’s much difference.

The claim is that by sharing this data first responders can arrive adequately prepared with whatever personal protective equipment (PPE) is needed.
Via NBC News:
“Law enforcement officials say this information sharing — which is underway in Massachusetts, Alabama and Florida, and in select areas of North Carolina — will help keep officers and EMTs safe as they respond to calls at the homes of people who have been infected. The first responders can take additional precautions in those cases to avoid being exposed to the virus, state health departments and local police officials say.

But some public health experts and privacy advocates have raised concerns about police departments maintaining a list of addresses of confirmed coronavirus cases. They say that it could make people reluctant to seek medical care or get tested for COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, because of a fear of profiling by law enforcement. …
Officers who are dispatched to an address where someone has tested positive can prepare by donning full protective gear, said Assistant Chief Brian Long of the Burlington, North Carolina, police department, where the local health department is sharing addresses of positive tests. For calls where the risk is less clear, such as when the caller indicates that someone at the home is ill, officers use their own judgment, based on the urgency of the call, on what precautions to take.

“Here in Burlington, we only have about 139 cops, so we can’t afford to have a significant drop in personnel,” Long said. “We have to be able to maintain public safety. That is a primary concern for us as a department — managing the health of our organization so that we’re there and ready to go.”
This is a tricky one.

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Fully understand the concerns and needs of first responders.
No one wants to ask a police officer to put his or her life on the line by unnecessary exposure to a potentially deadly infectious disease.
At the same time what about the privacy rights of those who test positive for Covid-19?

How much of our personal information should be shared with the state and with law enforcement?
Carol Rose, ACLU executive director in Massachusetts has similar concerns:
“It’s not clear how this information sharing is taking place, or what precautions the government is using to share the sensitive data,” Carol Rose, the executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts, said in an email.
“Who is in charge of making sure the information isn’t being misused or abused? How many people can access the data, and who is providing oversight of that access? Who will be responsible for ensuring the information is safely deleted once the order is rescinded? Even in a public health emergency, the government must make every effort to protect the rights of people experiencing illness or at risk of illness.”

While not a big fan of the leftist leaning ACLU Ms. Rose does make some valid points here.
No one wants to put first responders at risk.
The question is how to balance the right to privacy with the need to keep first responders as safe as possible.
Police across the country already collect as much information as possible from 911 callers to protect officers from potential exposure to the coronavirus. Many agencies have instructed 911 dispatchers to ask callers a series of questions to help determine if police, firefighters or paramedics who arrive might be exposed, according to interviews with police and surveys conducted by the Police Executive Research Forum, which is helping law enforcement share information on how to respond to the pandemic.

Those questions, which vary from agency to agency, include asking whether anyone in the caller’s household has tested positive or come into contact with anyone who has been or is under quarantine, is exhibiting symptoms of the coronavirus or has traveled recently. If the responses indicate a risk, police may be instructed to take a report by phone (in the case of nonemergencies), wear protective equipment or meet the complainants outside.
Some agencies have gone further, asking — or demanding — local health authorities to share addresses of people who have tested positive or are in quarantine, even in cases where there’s no statewide directive calling for information sharing. Those addresses are then entered into the Computer Aided Dispatch system, where they pop up if someone calls 911 from one of the listed addresses.
One would hope that the people seeking help from law enforcement would answer questions honestly about whether or not anyone in the home has tested positive for Covid-19 but we know that’s not always going to be the case.
Given the fact that many people with the virus who can spread it are asymptomatic, perhaps a better approach for first responders would be to assume there are people in the home who carry the disease, and prepare accordingly.

Again, it’s a tricky one. What do you think about this?
Should governments share people’s health data with first responders?

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While Media Fearmongering Over Antimalarial Drug, Doctors Use It To Treat Thousands of New Yorkers

Here’s a project to take your mind off the existential dread many of us are feeling right now: Go to your favorite mainstream media outfit and type in the search term “hydroxychloroquine.”
For those of you tuning out all things coronavirus, this is an anti-malarial drug that President Donald Trump is under fire for promoting during his daily news briefings on the crisis. The establishment media are not a fan of these news briefings or hydroxychloroquine, as that search will quickly prove.

Sample headlines: “Hydroxychloroquine: The unproven ‘corona drug’ Trump is threatening India for” (BBC), “‘What do you have to lose?’: Inside Trump’s embrace of a risky drug against coronavirus” (The Washington Post), “Ignoring Expert Opinion, Trump Again Promotes Use of Hydroxychloroquine” (The New York Times), “Touting untested medicinal treatment, Trump adds, ‘What do I know?’” (MSNBC).
Well, what do doctors know? Probably a bit more than Trump in this department, I think we’d all concede — and in New York state, which has the highest number of coronavirus cases in the country, they’re using it to treat thousands of critically ill COVID-19 patients.
According to Fox News, an official with the state Department of Health confirmed it has shipped enough hydroxychloroquine “to treat 4,000 patients to date” to 56 hospitals in the state.

The University of Albany’s School of Public Health is looking at how patients respond, and it could have results in just a matter of weeks.
“Time is of the essence,’’ Albany Public Health Dean David Holtgrave said.

Meanwhile, the NYU Langone Medical School is studying whether hydroxychloroquine can be used to prevent infection, courtesy of a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
“Currently, there is no proven way to prevent COVID-19 after being exposed,” Anna Bershteyn, assistant professor with the Department of Population Health at NYU Langone and co-principal investigator for the study, told Fox News.

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“If hydroxychloroquine provides protection, then it could be an essential tool for fighting this pandemic. If it doesn’t, then people should avoid unnecessary risks from taking the drug.”
In that study, 2,000 adult volunteers who don’t have symptoms of COVID-19 but were in close contact with others who have been diagnosed with the disease (or have a pending diagnosis) are being recruited. The participants will receive either a vitamin C placebo or hydroxychloroquine.
In a news release, NYU Langone said it would provide answers as to whether this strategy was effective by summer.

“If so, the strategy could give health officials a much-needed boost in slowing person-to-person transmission,” the school said.
While New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has shown considerable tepidity toward the drug, he approved a study last month where what Fox News described as “last-ditch” COVID-19 cases would receive hydroxychloroquine in combination with antibiotic azithromycin.
Some studies have shown hydroxychloroquine has benefits, some haven’t. All of these studies are small and haven’t had a control group, both of which are problematic.
As for how the drugs might work, the theory is that the virus enters host cells through an acidic compartment. Hydroxychloroquine alters the acidity of this compartment. This potentially makes it more difficult for the virus to enter host cells, where it replicates.

The key word is “theory.” There has been no time to conduct large-scale tests on the drug for coronavirus.
While generally safe, the drug has several side effects that could be risky, including an irregular heartbeat and vision problems. Other side effects could include vomiting, tinnitus and hair loss.
Hydroxychloroquine is still considered the best, most practical potential pharmaceutical treatment we have for COVID-19 at the moment, however, with a poll of over 6,000 doctors across the world rating the anti-malarial drug as the most effective treatment against the infection, according to The Washington Times.
Doctors warn hydroxychloroquine isn’t a magic bullet against the disease, but it seems to be the best thing we have right now. Which raises the question, why are the media and the left up in arms over this?

If the drug doesn’t work, it doesn’t work. If it has some meliorative benefit, even if a small one, hydroxychloroquine could make a major difference in the fight against coronavirus, either as a treatment or a prophylactic.
Doctors in New York state certainly think highly enough of it to give it a shot.
Yes, Trump might have played up the drug during his news conferences, but he made it clear that it might work or not work. “What do you have to lose?” is his constant refrain, even if he’s referred to the treatment as “a very special thing.” He’s also said that individuals who have coronavirus should have the right to try the drug after consultation with their doctor.
For this, apparently, we’re going to put the president in the pillory again and throw rotten fruit at him.

Again, these attacks on the drug’s efficacy have little to do with its pharmaceutical potential and everything to do with the guy promoting it.
To be fair, the media attack Trump plenty, but it’s curious to see one article in which the drug is portrayed as dangerous and potentially deadly only to see another that laments that the numerous people who use it for conditions such as lupus and rheumatoid arthritis are facing shortages because of the coronavirus.
Nobody at the editorial desk seemed to realize the stories about the numerous people who had been taking the drug safely for years undermined the idea that this was some medical crapshoot that could end up costing lives. (The Johns Hopkins Arthritis Center, it must be noted, describes hydroxychloroquine as a “relatively safe and well-tolerated agent for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis.)
Hydroxychloroquine isn’t going to be a miracle drug, but there’s science behind it. As for it being unproven, every drug used against coronavirus right now is unproven. Let the studies run their course and then we can make a decision.

Until that time, we shouldn’t savage a treatment option merely because of its most enthusiastic promoter.
This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

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Dem. Chicago Mayor Violates Social Distancing for Utterly Disgraceful Reason – She Needed Her Hair Done

“Do as I say, not as I do” should be the Democratic Party’s national motto.
And Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot could be the poster child for the campaign after her decision to violate social-distancing guidelines for a ridiculous reason.

Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker issued a statewide “stay-at-home” order last month that closed businesses deemed nonessential.
But apparently, Lightfoot simply had to get a haircut.
And she couldn’t be bothered to wait until the coronavirus pandemic has passed, like Chicago’s other citizens.

The most ridiculous part of it all is that the mayor got a haircut days after shooting a series of public service announcements in which she told people what is and is not essential.
“Getting your roots done is not essential! Your dog doesn’t need to see its friends. You can work on your jump shot inside,” she said in one of the PSAs:

Those guidelines apparently don’t apply to her because, get this, she is the “face” of the city.
After photos of Lightfoot getting her hair done emerged this weekend, the mayor was confronted by reporters and, rather than apologize, she got testy.
“I’m the public face of this city,” she said, according to the Washington Free Beacon. “I’m on national media and I’m out in the public eye. I take my personal hygiene very seriously.
“I felt like I needed to have a haircut. I’m not able to do that myself, and so, I got a haircut. You want to talk more about that?”

Lightfoot seems to believe that the rules do not apply to her.
This is a common theme among liberals, be it environmentalist celebrities using private jets or liberal mayors getting haircuts while their constituents are supposed to be self-isolating.
They believe that you should do what they tell you to do, but that they don’t have to follow their own advice.
“Mayor Lightfoot decided it was essential for her to get a haircut, but no one else can go out and get one. This doesn’t look like social distancing to us, why the hypocrisy @chicagosmayor?” the Chicago GOP said in a tweet.

Mayor Lightfoot decided it was essential for her to get a haircut, but no one else can go out and get one. This doesn’t look like social distancing to us, why the hypocrisy @chicagosmayor? pic.twitter.com/iEi7zIqnwO
— Chicago GOP (@ChicagoGOP) April 6, 2020

The defiant mayor, meanwhile, insisted that “I’m practicing what I’m preaching,” because her hairdresser wore a mask and gloves.
On Tuesday, Robert Redfield, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said he expects the death toll from coronavirus to be “much lower” then the models have predicted, ABC News reported. That is based largely on the effectiveness of social-distancing measures that Americans are taking.

Now, no one is saying the mayor is single-handedly putting people in danger by getting a haircut.
But, as the media keeps saying about President Donald Trump, you lead by example. And her decision to get her a haircut simply did not set a good example.
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WHO Doctor Suggests Door-to-Door Searches To Find Sick and Then ‘Remove Them and Isolate Them’

While the world is gripped by the coronavirus pandemic, something more sinister may be brewing just beneath the surface.
Governments around the world and at all levels are cracking down on citizens in an effort to contain the virus, but what some doctors are saying could justify draconian measures being enacted by world leaders.

Something that Dr. Michael Ryan, epidemiologist and executive director of the World Health Organization’s Health Emergencies Program, said in a WHO virtual news conference March 30 could be a harbinger of a Big Brother approach to fighting COVID-19.
When asked whether it is more effective to quarantine in place at home or centrally to contain a virus, Ryan said the only way to contain the virus during a home quarantine would be for officials to start knocking on doors.
“The most likely person to become a case is someone who’s been a significant contact of another case,” he said, “and at the moment, in most parts of the world due to lockdown, most of the transmission that’s actually happening in many countries now is happening in the household at family level.

“In some senses, transmission has been taken off the streets and pushed back into family units. Now we need to go and look in families to find those people who may be sick and remove them and isolate them in a safe and dignified manner.”
Something about his use of the word “dignified” is chilling, as if there is a proper manner for removing a private citizen from his or her family and home.

He went on to say that “the transition from movement restrictions and shutdowns and stay-at-home orders can only be made if we have in place the means to be able to detect suspect cases, isolate confirmed cases, track contacts and follow up on the contacts’ health at all times and then isolate any of those people who become sick themselves.”

Although it seems reasonable to a doctor to track those who have come in contact with the disease to make sure they aren’t infecting others, being in the midst of a pandemic makes it nearly impossible without eventually sending government officials to visit all citizens to check on their health.
Measures such as these can easily be turned into tyrannical government involvement in the lives of private citizens.
Maria Van Kerkhove, another infectious disease epidemiologist and COVID-19 technical lead for the WHO Health Emergencies Program, tweeted a similarly subtle yet worrisome indication of the types of measures that might be used to justify authoritarian control.

“‘(Repeat with me)’… love this! Find, test, isolate and treat every case and trace every contact, engage all people, physical distancing, hand hygiene, all-of-society, all-of-government approach, etc. = comprehensive strategy to beat #COVID19,” she tweeted in response to a comment about masks being important but not enough.

“(Repeat with me)”… love this!
Find, test, isolate and treat every case and trace every contact, engage all people, physical distancing, hand hygiene, all-of-society, all-of-government approach, etc. = comprehensive strategy to beat #COVID19 #WeCanBeatThis #Solidarity https://t.co/HLymeUEWB0
— Maria Van Kerkhove (@mvankerkhove) April 6, 2020

The Western Journal has reached out to the WHO for further comment but has not yet received a response.

The “all-of-government” approach is particularly worrisome as the government has the power to implement immense control with tactics up to and including the use of force. Since Van Kerkhove is not a politician, she is likely unaware of the implications of that kind of recommendation.
No doubt these doctors, along with the rest of their colleagues at the WHO, are doing their very best to keep everyone healthy, and their dedication should be lauded.
If recommendations such as these stayed in the realm of medical advice, it wouldn’t be so worrisome, but governments have used much less to justify cracking down on citizens.
Already in response to the coronavirus crisis, governments are increasingly using an authoritarian approach. Many U.S. cities and states have issued unprecedented and constitutionally dubious shutdown orders that use the force of the government to declare that churches must close their doors and certain businesses simply cannot be permitted to operate.

Drones are watching the people of Manhattan and “encouraging” them to practice social distancing (encouraging is how it always begins).
In Pennsylvania, Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf signed a stay-at-home order that resulted in a woman getting fined for simply driving down the road.
The spirit of the law is to prevent people from moving about the state and interacting, spreading the contagion. Going for a joyride with the intention of never leaving the car does not spread coronavirus.
However, as so often happens, the letter of the law can be used against a citizen simply by virtue of being enacted.

We have to be careful in scary times such as these that we don’t allow governments to take advantage, even if the recommendations begin as well-meaning.
Once freedoms are lost, it has historically taken a great deal of bloodshed to get them back.
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Ben Carson Delivers Dose of Coronavirus Hope: ‘Looks Like It’s Moving Much Faster Than Anybody Thought’

One of America’s most prominent doctors had a dose of good news Monday as he talked about America’s battle with the coronavirus.
Dr. Ben Carson, who was a noted brain surgeon before he turned to politics, spoke Monday on the Fox News program “The Ingraham Angle” about the encouraging signs he sees as a member of the coronavirus task force and as President Donald Trump’s secretary of housing and urban development.

“This is going to pass, and it looks like it’s moving much faster than anybody thought,” Carson said. “And that’s kudos to the American people.
“You know, they have grasped the significance of this. They are self-isolating the way that they’re supposed to be doing. I find it very refreshing.”
“It’s just like the spirit that we saw back in World War II, where people are bonding together and recognizing that this is not a time for a lot of political argument,” Carson said.

Data from the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center indicates Carson’s assessment that the virus may pass faster than expected could be in line with an emerging trend. Although the number of new cases continues to rise, the data shows that the daily increase is below the peak recorded on April 3.
Officials in New York, where the coronavirus has had its greatest impact, also voiced hope that the region may be turning the corner, based on a slowing in the rate of increase of new cases, according to the New York Post.

“Something has started to change,” New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said Monday on NY1, noting that he has seen “some evidence” of a positive trend.
“The flattening — possible flattening — of the curve is better than the increases that we have seen,” New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said.

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During Monday’s show, host Laura Ingraham asked Carson about a second White House task force with a focus on recovery.
Carson said that the current task force includes members of Trump’s economic team, but pointed out that in working to stop the spread of the virus, discussions “have been heavily weighted toward the medical side.”
Carson said it is “a very wise thing” to think about the economic recovery, and added that Trump “talks about it all the time.”

“He’s criticized for talking about the fact that we need to preserve the underpinnings of our economic success,” Carson said.
“He recognizes fully that all we have to do is bridge the gap. The fundamentals of our economy are very strong. We just have to bridge this gap and we’ll be able to get right back to having that strong economy after this is over.”

Carson said that the current landscape of restrictions and rising cases will not endure forever.
“And we know that this, too, will pass,” he said. “One of the reasons that he’s been very interested in making it pass faster by being open-minded and looking at some of these possible therapies that can be used is because he recognizes that the longer we extend this period of hibernation, the weaker the infrastructure of the economy becomes.”
But critics will never stop Trump, Carson said.
“So he’s looking at all of these aspects, and the people who criticize him, they’re going to criticize him no matter what he does. So he kind of puts that aside,” he said.

“You know, I always find it kind of funny. They criticize no matter what he does. They don’t realize that it kind of invigorates him. If they really wanted him to go away, they’d stop criticizing, but they’re never going to do that. So it works just fine.”
Carson said the Trump administration is helping Americans sweat out these tough days by taking pragmatic actions such as putting a moratorium on foreclosures and evictions.
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Conservative Erects Lighted Cross To Support Med Workers, Newsweek Calls It ‘Burning Cross’

More than 360,000 Americans have now tested positive for the coronavirus and millions more are out of work as the global pandemic is now affecting virtually everyone alive. We are definitely living in a time of great fear and uncertainty, as Americans worry about their physical and financial health and the health of their families.…
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White House Shakeup Underway as Stephanie Grisham Abruptly Out as Press Secretary

White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham is stepping down from her position and rejoining the first lady’s office as chief of staff and spokeswoman for Melania Trump.
Grisham will be taking over for Lindsay Reynolds who served as the first lady’s chief of staff until she resigned earlier this week to “spend time with her family,” according to Melania Trump’s statement.

“I am excited to welcome Stephanie back to the team in this new role,” Trump said.
“She has been a mainstay and true leader in the Administration from even before day one, and I know she will excel as Chief of Staff.”
She added, “I appreciate all that Lindsay Reynolds did over the past three years, and wish her well in her future endeavors.”

Prior to becoming the press secretary, Grisham worked as the communications director for Melania Trump.
“I continue to be honored to serve both the President and the First Lady in the Administration,” Grisham said in the statement.

“My replacements will be announced in the coming days and I will stay in the West Wing to help with a smooth transition for as long as needed.”
Grisham only served as press secretary for nine months, taking over for Sarah Sanders when she resigned last year.

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Her departure leaves an opening for Trump’s fourth press secretary of his first term.
Unlike Sanders and her predecessor Sean Spicer, Grisham did not hold any traditional media briefings and instead communicated through interviews, statements and tweets, Fox News reported.
Daily briefings have only recently returned in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.

This latest White House shakeup comes as Mark Meadows takes over as chief of staff.
Axios reported last week that Grisham may be on the outs because Meadows was already meeting with potential new White House press secretaries, but when asked, Grisham seemed unaware of the change.
“Sounds like more palace intrigue to me, but I’ve also been in quarantine,” she told the publication.
“If true, how ironic that the press secretary would hear about being replaced in the press.”

Grisham had been in self-quarantine after a potential exposure to the novel coronavirus at Mar-a-Lago, NPR reported.
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Dem Lawmaker Who Had COVID: Trump Pushing Hydroxychloroquine ‘Saved My Life’

President Donald Trump has repeatedly ruffled media feathers with his push to make the drug hydroxychloroquine available to Americans suffering from COVID-19.
In its headlines chronicling Trump’s unyielding drive to get the drug into the hands of Americans who might need it, The New York Times has referred to Trump’s effort to promote an “Unproven Drug” and claimed that effort “Divides [the] Medical Community.”

Elsewhere, The Times accused Trump of “Ignoring Expert Opinion,” and creating “fears among doctors that it could unnecessarily expose patients to risks.”
But Democratic Michigan state Rep. Karen Whitsett, who represents parts of Detroit, has a different story that she is bound and determined to tell about hydroxychloroquine: “It saved my life.”
Hydroxychloroquine is designed to treat malaria.

The Food and Drug Administration, which regulates pharmaceuticals, has issued an emergency use authorization for the drug, so that doctors can prescribe it when a clinical trial is not feasible.
Trump has said that because the drug shows some promise — and there is nothing else on the horizon that can be shown to do so — Americans who are in danger of dying should be allowed the chance to take it.

During an appearance Monday on the Fox News program “The Ingraham Angle,” Whitsett endorsed Trump’s call for Americans to have a chance at taking the drug, citing nothing more scientific than her own journey back from death’s door.
“I really want to say that you have to give this an opportunity,” she said.
“For me, it saved my life. I only can go by what it is that I have gone through and what my story is, and I can’t speak for anyone else,” Whitsett added. “So that’s not what I’m trying to do here. I’m only speaking for myself.”

Whitsett said she went into self-quarantine on March 12. She saw a doctor on March 18, and was diagnosed with pneumonia and prescribed the antibiotic drug amoxicillin.
Then on March 31, she tested positive for coronavirus. She said her health “just plummeted” that day.

“It went from the headaches to being severe to fluid building up in my lungs, to sweats breaking out, the cough, my breathing being labored,” she said. “It all happened in a matter of hours.”
Whitsett then ran into bureaucracy. Democratic Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer had at first banned the use of hydroxychloroquine as a treatment for coronavirus, but then relented.
“I did have a difficult time, even that day, obtaining the medication because of an order that was put down in my state,” Whitsett said.

“And it was on that day, so you can imagine how terrified I was that I had to really beg and plead and go through a whole lot to try to get the medication.”
Within a “couple hours” of taking the drug, she said, her health improved.
Whitsett said that without Trump touting hydroxychloroquine at the daily briefings of the coronavirus task force, it could not have been an option for her.
“If President Trump had not talked about this, would it not be something that’s accessible for anyone to be able to get that right now,” she said.

“He is the only person who has the power to make it a priority,” she told the Detroit Free Press, further saying: “I do” believe Trump may have saved her life by pushing for the drug.
During Saturday’s White House coronavirus task force briefing, Trump made it clear that his support for the drug comes in the absence of anything else that has shown any impact against the disease.
Trump said sick Americans with few other options should embrace the choices they have.
“I say it: What do you have to lose? I’ll say it again: What do you have to lose?” he said. “Take it. I really think they should take it. But it’s their choice and it’s their doctor’s choice, or the doctors in the hospital.”

“[I]f this drug works, it will be not a game-changer, because that’s not a nice enough term; it will be wonderful. It’ll be so beautiful. It’ll be a gift from heaven if it works,” Trump added.
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Dan Crenshaw Reaches Across the Aisle To Echo John F. Kennedy’s Famous Call to Action

Texas Rep. Dan Crenshaw, a rising star among GOP lawmakers, asked Americans to remember President John F. Kennedy’s famous call to action on Fox News on Monday.
Appearing remotely on “Fox & Friends,” the former Navy SEAL spoke about what he thinks Americans can do to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus.

On the fight against the virus, Crenshaw offered his thoughts on how he thinks everyday people can make a difference.
“Fox & Friends” co-host Brian Kilmeade asked the congressman about his military service — in which he lost an eye during combat — and how the journey described in his new book can help others in a time of crisis.
Discussing his book “Fortitude: American Resilience in the Era of Outrage,” Crenshaw described writing about his journey and said that through his personal hurdles after leaving the service, he gained a great deal of “perspective” and “gratitude.”

“From that gratitude comes hope and perseverance,” he told Fox.
Crenshaw then said Americans must focus on a series of of small missions that must be executed by every citizen in order to vanquish the virus.

“The big mission is to get back to our lives, the big mission is to keep ourselves healthy, OK, so how do you do that?” the Republican asked. “There are a series of smaller missions. … You have a duty to get those small missions done.”
“Maybe that’s supporting your local business,” he added. “Maybe that’s making sure that you wash your hands and cover your face any time you are in public or interacting with other people.”
“The more we understand about this virus, the more empowered we actually are, so instead of always waiting for somebody to help us, Americans should remember the American spirit,” Crenshaw said.
“The American spirit really is about personal responsibility and accountability and taking on those smaller missions and asking what more we can do.”
The veteran then asked Americans to remember Kennedy’s 1961 inauguration address and apply it to their lives as the country faces its current health and economic crisis.

“Not asking what can be done for us. But asking what more we can do, and we’ve forgotten that John F. Kennedy quote to such an extraordinary degree, and I think this is the time to remember it,” he said.

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Kennedy, who in 1961 was a liberal Democrat, would likely be shown the door in today’s Democratic Party.

But his words resonate today as much now as they did in 1961, especially for Crenshaw.
On Jan. 20, 1961, speaking about the country’s fight against communism in the midst of the Cold War, the newly minted president delivered a rousing speech to unite the country against a common enemy.
“Let the word go forth from this time and place, to friend and foe alike, that the torch has been passed to a new generation of Americans — born in this century, tempered by war, disciplined by a hard and bitter peace, proud of our ancient heritage — and unwilling to witness or permit the slow undoing of those human rights to which this Nation has always been committed, and to which we are committed today at home and around the world,” the 35th president said at the Capitol in Washington, D.C.
He then delivered one of the most memorable lines in American history.

“And so, my fellow Americans: Ask not what your country can do for you — ask what you can do for your country.”
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Crenshaw shared an excerpt of his Fox News appearance in a Twitter post Monday, which he captioned, “Everyone has a mission right now. It is time to remind each other of our strengths, not our weaknesses.”

Everyone has a mission right now. It is time to remind each other of our strengths, not our weaknesses. pic.twitter.com/5DeYVxAy4v
— Dan Crenshaw (@DanCrenshawTX) April 6, 2020

As more Americans test positive for COVID-19 and jobless claims reach record numbers, Crenshaw is asking Americans to pull inspiration from a previous chapter in the history of the country — an era that was also filled with adversity and uncertainty.
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California Puts Rights of Criminals Ahead of Law Abiding Citizens, Reduces Bail to Zero For “Low Level” Crimes

During an emergency meeting on Monday that California Judicial Council, which is the policymaker for the State’s criminal court system, set bail for all misdemeanors and “non-violent” felonies to zero because of the coronavirus crisis, the Orange County Register reports.
The fear is that putting “low level” criminals in jail would unnecessarily expose them to the dangers of Covid-19.

The chairman of the California Judicial Council, California Supreme Court Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye said “We are at this point truly with no guidance in history, law or precedent” and “to say that there is no playbook is a gross understatement of the situation.”
“Working with our court stakeholders, I’m confident we can preserve the rule of law and protect the rights of victims, the accused, litigants, families and children, and all who seek justice,” she added.
The Orange County District Attorney Todd Spitzer is not too excited about this move and said the Judicial Council was working with a “risky population.”

“To put up a blanket definition irrespective of their criminal history, their background, is extremely dangerous,” and “we are doing everything we can to reduce the population at the jail, but not at the risk of public safety.”

BREAKING: The California Judicial Council has issued a statewide emergency order setting bail at $0 for most misdemeanor and low-level felony offenses, in an effort to empty jails and limit the spread of COVID-19. https://t.co/TQoaF3Mt3D
— The Appeal (@theappeal) April 6, 2020

Reducing bail to zero for “low-level” crimes will only embolden criminals in the state much as similar policies have done in New York City.

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That combined with California’s release of 3,500 prisoners from state prisons will only serve to make the public less safe.
Especially during a time when many of that state’s gun stores are closed due to emergency regulations deeming them non-essential.
All of these measures taken together sure makes it seem like the safety of criminals is far more important to state leaders than the safety of innocent, law advising citizens.

This is disgraceful but what else can one expect from the Democrats who run the state of California.

California judicial leaders adopted a statewide emergency order suspending evictions to help deal with the COVID-19 crisis that has crippled the court system.
The council also set bail statewide at $0 for misdemeanors.https://t.co/MNLOJH4zOJ
— KTVU (@KTVU) April 7, 2020

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Trucker Association CEO Sends “Mayday-911” Letter to Trump, Warns Supply Chains at Risk

A few days ago Todd Spencer, the President and CEO of the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association sent the following letter to President Trump with HELP – MAYDAY – 911 as the headline in very large bold type: “Urgent and immediate action is demanded to safeguard our nation’s supply chain. Small-business truckers and professional drivers are…
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Morning Joe Promotes ANOTHER Anti-Trump Conspiracy Theory, He Doesn’t Wan’t People Tested for Covid-19

The vile, lying Trump hating husband and wife hosts of MSNBC’s Morning Joe, Joe Scarborough and Mike Brzezinski, are at it again spreading vile and untrue conspiracy theories about our President and his Covid-19 response. As many readers know yesterday the DNC propagandists suggested that if the president is promoting an “unproven” treatment like chloroquine…
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As Media Trashes Chloroquine, Doctor Describes Miraculous Recovery for ‘Every Patient’ He’s Given It To

In the time of the coronavirus pandemic, it would be reasonable to assume that a promising cure would be celebrated by everyone, regardless of political leanings.
Sadly, because Trump Derangement Syndrome has persisted even in the face a global crisis, the use of existing drugs to fight coronavirus has been downplayed at every opportunity, even as one doctor describes the near-miraculous results.

A KABC-TV report described Dr. Anthony Cardillo’s clinical experience with a regimen of drugs that included the anti-malarial drugs chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine, which may be extremely effective in the fight against coronavirus.
Dr. Cardillo mentioned that he was using a combination of hydroxychloroquine and zinc, which he found most effective.
“Every patient I’ve prescribed it to has been very, very ill and within 8 to 12 hours, they were basically symptom-free,” Cardillo said. “So clinically I am seeing a resolution.”

While this should be a reason for immense hope, that kind of report won’t make many headlines. As it turns out, the fact that President Donald Trump once touted those drugs is reason enough to make the establishment media hate the very idea, regardless of how many lives it would potentially save.

Trump originally called the drugs a “game changer” during a March 19 news conference and in a subsequent Twitter thread. He was optimistic because a small study found that chloroquine or hydroxychloroquine in conjunction with the commonly prescribed antibiotic azithromycin was effective at fighting the virus.
“HYDROXYCHLOROQUINE & AZITHROMYCIN, taken together, have a real chance to be one of the biggest game changers in the history of medicine,” Trump said of the drug regimen.
“The FDA has moved mountains – Thank You! Hopefully they will BOTH (H works better with A, International Journal of Antimicrobial Agents) be put in use IMMEDIATELY. PEOPLE ARE DYING, MOVE FAST, and GOD BLESS EVERYONE!”

….be put in use IMMEDIATELY. PEOPLE ARE DYING, MOVE FAST, and GOD BLESS EVERYONE! @US_FDA @SteveFDA @CDCgov @DHSgov
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 21, 2020

Almost immediately, the media went nuts trying to discredit the president’s claim. Stories came out about a married couple who mixed fish tank cleaner with soda because it had a similar sounding name to the drugs.

CNN also pointed a finger at Trump for the overdose of three Nigerian citizens on chloroquine, although it isn’t clear from any sources how they obtained the drug or if it even had anything specifically to do with the president’s endorsement.
For the media, it seems the drugs’ efficacy and safety are only predicated on the results from people who misuse them, rather its actual clinical performance.
The establishment media pounced on Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, following Trump’s statement at the news conference.
Fauci set the record straight that what Trump said was not at all wrong, but from the perspective of a scientist, it would take a broader study to prove its effectiveness.

If the media were really looking out for the best interests of the public rather than trying to advance an agenda, they would report that what Fauci said is pretty much the same thing — because of his background as a scientist, he requires more hard data to definitively endorse the treatment that Trump had hyped.
Because the media just can’t let it go, Fauci was asked about it on  “Fox and Friends” on Friday but reiterated the same message about the drugs.

Watch the latest video at foxnews.com

Meanwhile, as the media continues to hammer anyone who is hopeful about the treatment, nearly 4,000 are being given the drugs in New York hospitals where the treatment will also be subject to the kind of study Fauci said was necessary.
The use of existing drugs seems like a win-win-win for patients who are dying, scientists who are still likely more than a year away from a vaccine and the public who are practicing social distancing until further notice.

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Instead, the media tries to dash everyone’s hopes and smear the president while gleefully proclaiming that one of the best shots at a cure is a dangerous false hope. The media has been downright sinister as Chuck Todd asked former Vice President Joe Biden a leading question on “Meet the Press” on March 29.

Citing the supposed failures of the administration’s coronavirus response, Todd asked Biden if he thought there was “blood on the president’s hands considering the slow response?”
Biden’s reply wasn’t as consequential as the fact that with those words, Todd was laying down a gauntlet.
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When the dust settles, if it turns out that Trump was right and this treatment the media railed so hard against was effective, will the talking heads in the media have blood on their hands from the lives lost to their cynical skepticism?

Only history will be able to eventually tell that story. In the meantime, let’s all do what’s smart: Wash our hands, practice social distancing and not eat fish tank cleaner.
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COVID Backfiring on Media, New Polling Shows Trump Thrashing Biden, Likely Thanks to Virus Fallout

It wasn’t hard to predict what the media would do with COVID-19. In no time at all, it was transformed from a foreign virus into a bludgeon against President Donald Trump. It’s what the media has done with every event since Trump came down the escalator in 2015. True to form, the media has simply…
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Dem Rep Wants To Refer Trump for ‘Crimes Against Humanity’ for Supporting Drug Cuomo Calls Promising Too

Over the weekend, a Democratic lawmaker from Ohio said she intends to make a prosecutorial referral to the International Criminal Court for President Donald Trump for “crimes against humanity” after he continued to advocate for the use of the anti-malaria drug hydroxychloroquine to treat COVID-19 patients.
Meanwhile, at a news briefing on Monday, Democratic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said he planned to talk to Trump that afternoon about sending more supply of the drug to the Empire State because doctors are seeing “positive” results in coronavirus patients using it.

During the coronavirus task force’s daily briefing at the White House on Saturday, Trump highlighted that the Food and Drug Administration issued emergency authorization for hydroxychloroquine for use to combat COVID-19.
“I hope it’s going to be a very important answer,” the president said. “We’re having some very good things happening with it, and we’re going to be distributing it through the Strategic National Stockpile.”
He added that the federal government has currently secured 29 million doses, but more was on the way.

“And I hope they use the hydroxychloroquine, and they can also do it with Z-Pak, subject to your doctor’s approval, and all of that,” Trump said. “But I hope they use it because I’ll tell you what: What do you have to lose?”

CNN’s @JDiamond1 asks President Trump why he ‘promotes’ Hydroxychloroquine.
Trump: “I want to save lives. I don’t want it to be in a lab for the next year and a half as people are dying all over the place… only CNN would ask that question. Fake News.” pic.twitter.com/41nQfPMHFZ
— ALX 🇺🇸 (@alx) April 5, 2020

Ohio state Rep. Tavia Galonski, a senior advisor to the Joe Biden presidential campaign, tweeted in response to the president’s remarks she planned to make a criminal referral to the International Criminal Court at The Hague in the Netherlands.
“I can’t take it anymore,” she tweeted on Sunday. “I’ve been to The Hague. I’m making a referral for crimes against humanity tomorrow. Today’s press conference was the last straw. I know the need for a prosecution referral when I see one.”

I can’t take it anymore. I’ve been to The Hague. I’m making a referral for crimes against humanity tomorrow. Today’s press conference was the last straw. I know the need for a prosecution referral when I see one. https://t.co/XQin24gqY4
— Rep. Tavia Galonski (@RepGalonski) April 6, 2020

In a second tweet, the state rep called on “every lawyer that ever did any work on the international level to contact” her so they could “suit up” together against Trump.

Galonski may not have gotten the memo that attacking Trump for advocating the use of hydroxychloroquine is a talking point that if it ever had any efficacy has long since passed.

I need every lawyer that ever did any work on the international level to contact me at [email protected] immediately. When we worked on international custody cases we had a cadre of lawyers working on the case. Suit up! https://t.co/pkmF4cWGIQ
— Rep. Tavia Galonski (@RepGalonski) April 6, 2020

The facts on the ground are trouncing this Democratic media narrative.

Cuomo conceded as much at a news conference on Monday. When asked about the use of the drug, his rhetoric was at first guarded until he finally acknowledged “positive” results are being seen in patients who take hydroxychloroquine.
“We’ve allowed usage of the hydroxychloroquine with azithromycin pack in hospitals at their discretion,” the governor responded at first to a reporter’s question in what seemed like an attempt to split the difference between recognizing reality and appeasing those who hate the drug because Trump has called for its use.
Cuomo then went on to say New York has placed a 14-day limit on use of the drug just to guard the supply on hand, but if the federal government sent more, he would lift the ban.

Democrat Gov. Andrew Cuomo: asking federal government to increase hydroxychloroquine supply because there is some evidence that it appears to be workinghttps://t.co/PvaC51IjLY pic.twitter.com/oQXW00sA7t
— RNC Research (@RNCResearch) April 6, 2020

He then inched closer to acknowledging the drug’s apparent effectiveness.
“The tests in the hospital, they’re too short a period of time to get a scientific report,” Cuomo said. “Hospital administrators, doctors want to have a significant data set before they give a formal opinion. Anecdotally, you’ll get suggestions that it has been effective. But we don’t have any official data yet from a hospital or a quote-unquote study, which will take weeks if not months.”
A reporter followed up seeking clarification. Was the governor saying the use of hydroxychloroquine was “promising, but not conclusive” in COVID-19 patients?

“There has been anecdotal evidence that it is promising,” Cuomo said. “That’s why we’re going ahead.”
He offered the caveat that those with who have certain pre-existing conditions or are using other medications may not be able to use hydroxychloroquine.
“But anecdotally, it’s been positive,” Cuomo reiterated.
The governor even paused to write a note to himself to follow up with Trump regarding sending more hydroxychloroquine.

To summarize: The Democratic governor from the state that has been by far the hardest hit by the coronavirus wants Trump to send more hydroxychloroquine because it’s being used to positive effect, but Galonski wants to refer the president to The Hague for advocating its use.
As reported last week, Dr. Stephen Smith, founder of the Smith Center for Infectious Diseases and Urban Health in East Orange, New Jersey, said the remarkable results he is seeing in his coronavirus patients using a combination of the anti-malaria drug hydroxychloroquine and the antibiotic azithromycin marks the “beginning of the end” of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Smith found that among his 72 patients treated with the combination, none had to be placed on a ventilator.

Similarly, Dr. Anthony Cardillo of Los Angeles told KABC-TV on Sunday that he has been prescribing hydroxychloroquine in combination with zinc for the most severely ill COVID-19 patients with astounding results.
“Every patient I’ve prescribed it to has been very, very ill and within 8 to 12 hours, they were basically symptom-free,” Cardillo said. “So clinically I am seeing a resolution.”
Maybe a referral to The Hague should go the other way around. Galonski, by trying to score political points against Trump, is the one committing crimes against humanity by spreading misinformation when the truth can be literally a matter of life and death.
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Nikki Haley Piles On Biting Criticism of WHO Director – ‘So Much Suffering Has Been Caused’

Nikki Haley hasn’t gone away.
The former South Carolina governor, who put her own unique brand on the job of ambassador to the United Nations, stepped down from the job more than a year ago, but she’s still one of the best-known women in American politics.

And she hasn’t lost her touch for acerbic, accurate criticism of the world body she was once a part of.
Last week, Haley joined a growing group of bold-faced Republicans criticizing lawmakers and demanding an accounting from the head of the World Health Organization, Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, for why a group founded on the principle that health concerns should transcend politics has become a toadying front for the communist Chinese government.

The World Health Organization is supposed to represent the world. It can’t do that if it continues to bow to the Communist Chinese government. The United States should use the power of the purse to demand critical reforms. @standamericanow https://t.co/TKD7KWUrBa
— Nikki Haley (@NikkiHaley) April 3, 2020

“The World Health Organization is supposed to represent the world,” wrote Haley, who represented the U.S. in the U.N. from January 2017 until Dec. 31, 2018. “It can’t do that if it continues to bow to the Communist Chinese government. The United States should use the power of the purse to demand critical reforms.”

A good start for those reforms would be for Tedros to be forced to find another line of work – like maybe in the PR office of the People’s Republic of China.
However much Democrats want to attack President Donald Trump for problems with the country’s response to the arrival of the coronavirus on American shores after it traveled around the world from its origins in China, not even the densest critic can defend Tedros’ abysmal performance of his duties.

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And it would take the most deranged of the Trump Derangement Syndrome segment of the population to argue that Tedros’ performance did not contribute to the death count the world has witnessed (surpassing 72,000 as of early Monday afternoon, according to Johns Hopkins).
Maybe it’s because of the anti-American stance that seems endemic in officers of the U.N., maybe it’s because Tedros’ own communist background makes him sympathetic to the butchers of the Beijing dictatorship, maybe it’s because he was simply unqualified for the position in the first place, but the reality is that the WHO under Tedros consistently downplayed the deadliness of the threat posed by the coronavirus.
As Haley pointed out, as late as Jan. 14, after Chinese officials knew well that the coronavirus was a contagious killer, the WHO was tweeting out deceitful assurances to the contrary.

This was posted by the WHO on January 14th. The WHO owes an explanation to the world of why they took China’s word for it. So much suffering has been caused by the mishandling of information and lack of accountability by the Chinese. https://t.co/SooEnEPsjJ
— Nikki Haley (@NikkiHaley) April 3, 2020

“The WHO owes an explanation to the world of why they took China’s word for it,” she wrote. “So much suffering has been caused by the mishandling of information and lack of accountability by the Chinese.”
Other Republican critics were more direct.

Arizona Sen. Martha McSally, locked in a tight re-election race against former astronaut and anti-gun activist Scott Kelly, took to Fox News’ “Mornings with Maria” last week to demand Tedros step down.
“Dr. Tedros deceived the world,” she added in a tweet.
“At one point, he even praised China’s ‘transparency’ during its coronavirus response efforts despite a mountain of evidence showing the regime concealed the severity of the outbreak. This deception cost lives.”

It’s unconscionable that the WHO has helped China cover-up its mishandling of the coronavirus crisis for months, while thousands die globally. I’m calling on the Director-General of the WHO to resign. pic.twitter.com/f2TItzZcnh
— Martha McSally (@SenMcSallyAZ) April 2, 2020

Dr. Tedros deceived the world. At one point, he even praised China’s ‘transparency’ during its coronavirus response efforts despite a mountain of evidence showing the regime concealed the severity of the outbreak. This deception cost lives. https://t.co/ymmnCTeV8O
— Martha McSally (@SenMcSallyAZ) April 3, 2020

(It’s worth noting here that McSally’s reference to Tedros as “Dr.” wasn’t actually wrong, but it might be misunderstood. According to his WHO biography, he holds a doctorate in the philosophy of community health, he is not a medical doctor – the first WHO director-general to lack that seemingly crucial qualification.)

Other Republicans joined McSally in calling out the WHO, as the Washington Free Beacon reported, including Florida Sen. Rick Scott, Nebraska Sen. Ben Sasse and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz.
“The World Health Organization has consistently bent to the will of the Chinese Communist Party at the expense of global health and of containing the spread of the coronavirus, from downplaying the extent of the virus to systematically excluding Taiwan,” a Cruz representative told the Free Beacon.
“Sen. Cruz believes that the WHO has lost the credibility necessary for it to be effective, and a reevaluation of its leadership is urgently called for.”
Sane Americans, who’ve watched the coronavirus leap from China’s Hubei province to Europe to the United States – and only God knows where else – while the WHO and its director-general patiently parroted Chinese propaganda know that, too.

But Haley, with the rare perspective of having dealt with the inept corruptocrats of the U.N. on a personal basis, probably knows it better than anyone.
Haley hasn’t gone away — but with her high-profile attack, supported by top lawmakers of the United States — the country that pays most of the United Nations’ bills — it’s possible that Tedros and his particular brand of benighted incompetence just might.
Even the U.N. can be embarrassed sometimes.
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Race Against Time: Scientists Find ‘Possible Achilles Heel’ as Fauci Warns Virus Could Go Seasonal

It’s a nightmare situation with a glimmer of hope: Coronavirus could become a seasonal virus like the cold or flu, but it could have a “possible achilles heel.”
The bad news comes from Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and the most visible member of the Trump administration’s coronavirus team.

During an appearance on CBS’ “Face the Nation” Sunday, Fauci warned that the virus was on the brink of something that returns every year, with possibly deadly results.
“Unless we get this globally under control, there’s a very good chance that it will assume a seasonal nature in the sense that even if we, and I — and I hope it’s not just if, but when — we get it down to the point where it really is at a very low level, we need to be prepared that, since it unlikely will be completely eradicated from the planet, that as we get into next season, we may see the beginning of a resurgence,” Fauci said.
“And that’s the reason why we’re pushing so hard and getting our preparedness much better than it was, but importantly, pushing on a vaccine and doing clinical trials for therapeutic interventions so that hopefully if, in fact, we do see that resurgence, we will have interventions that we did not have in the beginning of the situation that we’re in right now.”

Fauci added that while the country is closer to the three things he said it needed to roll back stay-at-home orders — testing, the ability to isolate and to conduct contact tracing — it isn’t “100 percent there yet.”

However, he said that “it’s very clear that we are much, much better off than we were in the sense that in the next week or two, we’ll have an extraordinary amount more capability of doing the kinds of testing that’s essential.”
“Because testing is not only important to be able to identify individual cases, isolate them and contact tracing. But we really do need to get a feel for what the penetrance of this infection is in society. That becomes critical when you plan to start to get back to normal or at least take those first steps to getting back to normal.
“You have to know what’s out there. You have to know what you’re dealing with,” he continued. “So testing becomes even more important than what we’ve been speaking about in the past.”
In the midst of that sobering news, meanwhile, a glimmer of hope was coming out of Scripps Research in La Jolla, California.
According to the San Diego Union-Tribune, researchers there say they’ve discovered a spot in the novel coronavirus that “is a possible Achilles heel” and could be targeted by drugs.

Biologist and team leader Ian Wilson told the newspaper the discovery came, in part, because he had examined an antibody from a patient afflicted with Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome — the disease, known as  SARS, caused by a virus similar to the one that causes COVID-19. That antibody latched onto a specific point in the SARS virus.
It turns out the antibody does the same thing to the novel coronavirus. Although it didn’t latch onto the virus quite as tightly, it means the spot could be a weak point.
“That high degree of similarity implies that the site has an important function that would be lost if it mutated significantly,” Wilson said.
Alas, it’s not the beginning of the end, or even the end of the beginning. Researchers need to do quite a bit more work to see what the spot on the virus means, if anything. For starters, it’s not a spot that’s particularly easy to find.

“We found that this [spot] is usually hidden inside the virus, and only exposed when that part of the virus changes its structure, as it would in natural infection,” Meng Yuan, who worked on the project, said in a statement.
However, the researchers are now in the process of soliciting COVID-19 survivors to donate their blood, which would be screened for potential antibodies.
There is, it seems, a glimmer of hope. It comes as we enter what’s likely to be the darkest week of this virus.
You’ve heard it a million times, and you can count this as a million and one: Stay safe, stay in your home, wash your hands, don’t go out unnecessarily. Don’t take risks.

There’s a good reason for that, as you all well know. There’s not a vaccine around the corner and, if we aren’t able to get to the point where there’s universal testing, contact tracing and quarantining of patients, this is going to become a seasonal disease. Unlike the cold or flu, we can’t countenance the return of coronavirus every single year.
It’s a race against time. We can only hope we win.
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Morning Joe Pushes New Anti-Trump Conspiracy Theory, Trump’s Making Money From Potential Covid-19 Treatment

The lowlife lying scumbag husband and wife team of Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski are pushing a new anti-Trump conspiracy theory, one that is so awful they should be immediately pulled off the air, but given the media these days, that is unlikely. Scarborough’s lying slimedog America hating wife Mika Brzezinski today suggested that the…
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Wuhan Study Mentioned by Tucker Vanishes: Claimed Market Didn’t Sell COVID Bats, Was 500 Miles From Infected Bats

Did the novel coronavirus escape from a Chinese laboratory? It sounds like an unpleasant conspiracy theory, something that would appear on Infowars. However, the evidence is mounting that maybe this unpleasant realization isn’t as insane as we thought. In February, a paper about the origins of coronavirus showed up on ResearchGate authored by Botao Xiao…
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Chinese Building Co. Ordered Int’l Offices To Hoard Medical Supplies Then Ship Back to China: Whistleblower

In January, as news of the coronavirus was just unpleasant background noise in most of the world, an employee of Greenland Group — a massive, global property concern based in Shanghai, China, and backed by the government there — began turning its gaze away from the property market and toward a different set of activities.
“Basically, all employees, the majority of whom are Chinese, were asked to source whatever medical supplies they could,” a company insider told the Sydney (Australia) Morning Herald.

“There were numerous requests from the HR manager and even our direct reporting line [which] prioritized the assisting of the company in gathering these supplies over other work activities,” the insider said.
Instead of doing work, the source told the Herald, the company had “the entire accounts department, contract managers, the human resources team and even receptionists” tracking down surgical face masks, hand sanitizer, acetaminophen, thermometers, disinfecting wipes and gloves.
The accounts department was absent for days on end procuring the supplies, the report stated.

And this was hardly a secret. Greenland Group admitted it had done as much because China was the epicenter of the crisis.
The company said it “felt compelled … to assist in efforts to mitigate the spread of the virus, which had caused a shortage of crucial medical supplies in China.”

The Australian arm of the company aided in the effort “by arranging for medical supplies to be dispatched to China, which at that time, was the epicenter of the outbreak.”
Here are the numbers, from a Greenland Group company newsletter reported by the Herald: 3 million face masks, 700,000 hazmat suits and 500,000 pairs of gloves.
The supplies came from “Australia, Canada, Turkey and other countries,” the Herald reported.
And that’s part of the reason why, according to the U.K. Daily Mail, doctors and medical professionals Down Under are buying painting masks from home improvement stores because they can’t get surgical masks.
“No one … is getting information about what’s going on [with medical supplies] and although the case numbers are still low, people are starting to worry. What we can’t tolerate … is not knowing what’s going on,” a surgeon at a Sydney hospital said, according to the Daily Mail.

On Monday, the Daily Mail reported that an Australian TV program found a warehouse filled with pallets of goods bound for China — items which included milk powder, baby formula and medication.
Derryn Hinch, a former senator from the Australian state of Victoria, said sending items back to China like that was “disgraceful.”
“If, in fact, I can’t buy more than two things of shower cleaner, surely to God you can stop people sending tons of masks overseas,” he said, according to the Daily Mail.
“It could cost lives in this country.”

China, of course, is now ostentatiously promoting the fact that it’s sending medical equipment and supplies abroad. Which would be great, except for the fact that it so desperately wanted other countries’ medical supplies that it literally had state-linked property companies drop a fair amount of their usual business in order to help them stockpile equipment.
And this isn’t a small concern; Fortune lists Greenland Group as one of the world’s 500 biggest companies. Four of its projects under development will be in the world’s top 10 tallest buildings. This isn’t the kind of concern that just stops on a dime — and yet it did, in order to stockpile coronavirus-centric supplies and ship them back to China.
What are we supposed to make of this? These are values diametrically opposed to our own — to siphon one country’s ability to deal with the coronavirus threat by packing up supplies and getting them out of the country. China did it through a property-management firm, of all things, proof that the Chinese are nothing but creative in circumstances like this.
Australia’s number of cases is relatively low at the moment, with only 34 total deaths and 5,687 confirmed cases. Assume, however, it had become a hotspot. Or assume it does as the Southern hemisphere’s summer turns to fall, since experts have been predicting that everywhere will see a peak eventually.

If there were shortages of PPE and other medical supplies, would China take the blame? Or would it send along a handful of ventilators and lionize it for it via its official news agency Xinhua?
There is no excuse for this, not when doctors are wearing painters’ masks because they can’t get surgical masks. It’s one more apology that China owes the world.
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As California Receives Federal Help, Newsom Confirms State Is Bailing Out Illegal Aliens

Although President Donald Trump has said that the federal stimulus package aimed at supporting a nation battling the coronavirus outbreak will focus on American citizens, illegal immigrants will be in line for support in a California relief plan.
Democratic California Gov. Gavin Newsom said Friday that the state will support businesses that cannot qualify for federal aid administered by the Small Business Administration because they are operated by illegal immigrants, as well as those operated by citizens

“[W]e always consider those that are documented, those that are undocumented, those that are living in mixed-status families,” Newsom said Friday, according to The Daily Caller.
“Just yesterday, I announced the work we are doing to help support small businesses. I very specifically mentioned in my remarks yesterday that there are many businesses, tens of thousands of businesses that do not and cannot get the support of the SBA,” he said.

@GavinNewsom: In California, we’re providing “emergency grants” to businesses run by illegal immigrants pic.twitter.com/b4bfMa6JH6
— Tom Elliott (@tomselliott) April 3, 2020

Federal small business relief comes with strings attached that could mean businesses operated by illegal immigrants cannot get the money.

Newsom announced a $50 million state fund that would provide loan guarantees for small businesses unable to get federal money, including those in low-income communities and those run by illegal immigrants.
During Wednesday’s coronavirus task force briefing, Trump was asked about why “undocumented” immigrants were not included in the checks being given out as part of the relief bill.

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Trump picked apart the reporter’s use of the term “undocumented” in asking the question.
“Well, you know, you’re saying ‘undocumented,’ meaning they came in illegally. And a lot of people would say we have a lot of citizens right now that won’t be working. So, what are you going to do?  It’s a tough thing.  It’s a very terrible — it’s a very sad question,” Trump said.
“I must be honest with you. But they came in illegally. And we have a lot of people that are citizens of our country that won’t be able to have jobs,” Trump said.

lol at the reporter who asked Trump during the coronavirus briefing about illegal immigrants who pay taxes but won’t be getting stimulus checks.
I can’t believe that was a serious question.
Maybe that’s something you should consider before illegally moving to a foreign country?
— Alana Mastrangelo (@ARmastrangelo) April 2, 2020

Not all Americans who need it will qualify for the $1,200 stimulus (I’m not even talking about those who make more than $75k/year). How does helping undocumented/illegal immigrants take priority over helping some of the most vulnerable Americans make any sense?! Citizens first!!
— Kristin MD (@Kristin_MD) April 4, 2020

In light of that, House Democrats have developed legislation that would specifically benefit illegal immigrants, according to the Washington Examiner.
“I was appalled to learn hardworking, taxpaying immigrants were left out of the $2 trillion CARES Act. These taxpayers work in critical sectors of our economy, like agriculture, and contribute greatly to our country,” Democratic Rep. Lou Correa of California said in a statement on his website.
“While many of us sit at home, these hardworking immigrants are still at work in our hospitals, our fields, and countless other industries. The coronavirus doesn’t care about a person’s wealth, job, or immigration status. By casting out immigrants, we are placing some of our most vulnerable residents in grave danger. Every individual taxpayer, irrespective of citizenship status, needs government assistance now.”
Correa wasn’t the only Democrat to criticize the aid restrictions in the $2 trillion recovery package.

What Trump + Senate GOP have done is hold hospitals, working people, and the vulnerable hostage so they could get in $500 billion (that will be leveraged into $4T) in corporate welfare.
Without the Wall St giveaway, GOP refuses to fund hospitals & unemployment. It’s inhumane.
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) March 26, 2020

Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York has called it “inhumane” that illegal immigrants are not getting federal checks.
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Sheriff Rebels Against Governor: ‘We Will Not Be Setting Up a Police State’

The coronavirus cannot kill the spirit of American defiance in the face of government orders Americans believe to be unjust, as shown by Scott Nichols, the sheriff of Franklin County, Maine.
Democratic Gov. Janet Mills on Friday issued an executive order that requires all out-of-state travelers to self-quarantine for 14 days to lessen the chance of transmitting coronavirus, according to the Portland Press-Herald. The order also tells would-be visitors not to come to Maine if they have symptoms of the virus. Violators could face up to six months in jail and $1,000 fine.

“While I cannot simply close the state’s border or pull up the Maine-New Hampshire bridge, as a few people have suggested, I will insist that persons entering our state or returning to Maine from somewhere else that they self-quarantine for 14 days,” Mills said, according to the Press-Herald.
“For those people who come to Maine, however, my message is clear: You cannot escape the virus by coming here.”
Like other governors who closed businesses, Mills shut down hotels, motels and other lodging operations in the state, including RV parks and campgrounds.

Steve McCausland, spokesman for the Maine Department of Public Safety, said police will investigate reports of “blatant” violations.
To Nichols, a Republican, the travel ban smacked of the kind of government Americans fight against and not obey, and he posted his manifesto on the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office’s Facebook page.

“We will not be setting up a Police State. PERIOD,” he wrote.
“The Sheriff’s Office will not purposefully go out and stop vehicles because they are on the road or stop and ask why people are out and about. To do so puts our officers at risk. This is not Nazi Germany or Soviet Russia where you are asked for your papers!” he wrote.

Maine’s Sheriff responds to Gov. Mill’s stay home order, “WILL NOT BE SETTING UP A POLICE STATE” … “This is not Nazi Germany or Soviet Russia where you are asked for your papers!” Franklin County #Sheriff Scott Nichols added. https://t.co/aL3xL0emXA #Constitution #America
— Dietmar Scherf (@scherfcom) April 4, 2020

Nichols said the sheriff’s office will ensure that common-sense social distancing rules will be enforced.
“What we will take action on, if needed – are those rare situations where there are a lot of people overtly hanging out in public – obviously in defiance of the Governor’s order. Even in that case – we will first educate and try to disperse the group. We will avoid arrests unless absolutely necessary,” he said.

Nichols then issued a plea for everyone to work together.
“Please use common sense during this executive order. We are more interested in the safety and well-being of the public as well as our officers at this time,” he wrote. “With that being said, we are sworn to uphold the Constitution and laws of the State – for any unlawful act/situation, arrestees will be taken into custody and transported for fingerprinting and bail.”
The sheriff said that obey restrictions is the best way to be rid of them.

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“The best way to approach the coming days is to treat everyone as though they have the virus. Follow strict CDC guidelines and recommendations, use masks if needed, wash your hands frequently, disinfect, wear gloves and use common sense in all situations. The longer we do NOT follow these guidelines, the longer we wait in isolation,” he said.
In a time of tension, he noted, a little kindness goes a long way.
“Please look out for one another, especially the elderly and shut ins. Please be a good neighbor/citizen always showing compassion. Please be kind especially on social media, negativity online only adds to the stress people are currently experiencing,” he wrote.
Nichols signed his post “Of the People, For the People.”

It got plenty of attention.

Sheriff Scott Nichols is RIGHT! Law enforcement across the country need to adopt this attitude. Make it go viral! #SheriffNichols https://t.co/KRoyuEon1m
— Elliott Whitney (@ElliottGWhitney) April 4, 2020

In an article on PJ Media, writer Megan Fox commended Nichols.

“The sheriffs of America have great power and authority where unconstitutional executive overreach is concerned. All the sheriffs of our nation should start conferencing with Sheriff Nichols immediately to learn more about the limits of their offices,” she wrote.
“Frankly, I’m surprised it took this long for one to come forward with this common-sense response to unlawful acts by state officials. Perhaps a good exercise for people stuck on lockdown would be to call their local sheriff’s office and find out where the local sheriff stands on this very important issue of the people’s rights,” she wrote.
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Ocasio-Cortez Whips Out Race Card Over Gov. Cuomo’s Decision To Suspend Mortgage Payments, But Not Rent

Democratic socialist Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez criticized New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo this week for not offering the same relief to renters in the state that he has extended to homeowners amid the coronavirus outbreak, suggesting he’s “creating a class and race issue.”
Cuomo had announced earlier this month that homeowners affected by the crisis can have their mortgage payments suspended for three months.

While tens of millions of Americans of all races are suffering economically from the spread of the crisis, Ocasio-Cortez specifically highlighted racial minorities’ hardships in an attempt to advocate for suspending rent payments.
“There’s absolutely racial and class inequities baked into the crisis,” Ocasio-Cortez said Monday on WNYC’s “The Brian Lehrer Show.”
“If you are able to stay home, you are a privileged person in this moment.”

The New York congresswoman emphasized this point to argue for more government aid, claiming that those who are still working in essential businesses such as grocery stores and food delivery “are overwhelmingly lower-income. They’re black. They’re brown.”
“And they still have to pay rent tomorrow.”

Ocasio-Cortez used these claims to propose a relief plan for renters in line with her socialist beliefs, saying that racial minorities and poorer people are being neglected while the rich are being favored.
“We’re kind of creating a class and race issue,” she said. “We’re essentially rewarding and offering preferential treatment to landowners and folks who are more wealthy, and we’re not offering that same kind of relief to renters.”
“If you call for a suspension or moratorium on mortgage payments, then we should also call for that same treatment on rent payments,” Ocasio-Cortez also said.

Ocasio-Cortez again argued that the coronavirus is exacerbating racial divides by talking about the health care system.
She mentioned that she’s seen black and brown people die of the coronavirus after being denied coronavirus tests.

On March 27, three days prior to her comments, five Democratic members of Congress sent a letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar demanding a racial breakdown on who is being tested and treated for the coronavirus.
There is no evidence people have been denied tests on the basis of race. Difficulties in obtaining a test have been attributed to a shortage of resources rather than discrimination.

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Because of the detrimental effect that the spread of the coronavirus has had on the local economy, Ocasio-Cortez said she believes it will be impossible for many New Yorkers to pay for their housing. Therefore, she said, the government needs to step in and help.

“There is no way that hundreds of thousands of people in New York City are going to be able to pay their rent and pay their mortgage when through no fault of their own, half of the city’s economy has been suspended. We have to make sure we are addressing their needs,” she said.
“We can create this breathing space, and if anything, it can act like a back-door universal basic income. We’re able to put cash into people’s pockets, they’ll be able to take their rent money and use it for food, use it for child care, use it to go to the doctor, to afford medicine, without actually having the city or the state cut a tax.”
In fact, Cuomo has taken action to help renters. While he has not suspended rent payments, he has suspended evictions for the next three months.
“You cannot be evicted for non-payment of rent,” Cuomo said Monday, according to Fox News. “It’s not that you won’t owe rent at one time, right, because you signed a contract. Even the people to whom you pay the rent have to pay the rent, right, and they have expenses. So, no evictions for nonpayment of rent and then we’ll see where we are and we’ll see how long this goes on.”

Renters will thus still have to pay up later on, since Cuomo recognized there is no such thing as a free lunch, as landlords have to pay their bills too.
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Surgeon General Warns Next Two Weeks Will Be Saddest in Most Americans Lives, Our Pearl Harbor

The U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams is warning that the next two weeks will be the saddest in most Americans lives and will be the equivalent of our Pearl Harbor as the Wuhan coronavirus death toll peaks.
Adams told Chris Wallace that “This is going to be the hardest and the saddest week of most Americans’ lives, quite frankly.’

‘This is going to be our Pearl Harbor moment, our 9/11 moment – only it’s not going to be localized, it’s going to be happening all over the country. And I want America to understand that,’ he continued in his warning to Americans.
He then doubled down during an interview with NBC’s Meet the Press saying that coronavirus will be the defining moment for this generation and ‘hardest moment for many Americans in their entire lives.’
It started when Wallace asked the Surgeon General “Given the course of the disease in China and Italy and that we are weeks or months behind them, how bad is this epidemic going to be in America and how long will it last?”

Adams responded “Well, it’s tragically fitting that we are talking at the beginning of holy week because this is going to be the hardest and the saddest week of most Americans’ lives, quite frankly.”
He then pounded the point home “This is going to be our Pearl Harbor moment, our 9/11 moment only it’s not going to be localized, it’s going to be happening all over the country and I want America to understand that.”

“But I also want them to understand that the public, along with the state and the federal government, have the power to change the trajectory of this epidemic.”
“You mentioned Italy and Spain. They had a very, very hard time and they are still having a hard time, but they seem to have reached their peak and are coming back down on the other side.”

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“You say weeks, months, behind. I would actually look back a little bit,” he added. “When you look at their trajectory from about a month ago is when they really started to lean into their aggressive mitigation efforts.”
“There really aggressive mitigation efforts so I want Americans to understand that as hard as this week is going to be, there is a light at the end of the tunnel.”
“If everyone does their part for the next 30 days. We are seeing Washington, where they started, doing a much better job. California’s trajectory has leveled off, so there is hope, but we all have to do our part.

Watch the entire exchange on Fox News Sunday:

The news is grim, all we can do at this point is do our part, as the Surgeon General has said.
Stay inside, and lets do all we can to keep the numbers lower than they otherwise might be.

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On Jan 28 Sen. Cotton Predicted COVID Was Bigger Than Impeachment – Media Calls Him Conspiracy Theorist

It would hardly be news to report that Republican Sen. Tom Cotton of Arkansas isn’t exactly a left-wing establishment media heartthrob right now.
In fact, as the coronavirus crisis blossomed in recent months from a sizable, yet isolated regional health scare into a full-blown global pandemic, Cotton’s firmly — and quite publicly — raised eyebrow about the Chinese Communist Party has managed to earn him the not-so-coveted role of public enemy No. 1 in the eyes of the so-called Fourth Estate.

According to the National Review, Cotton’s willingness to hesitantly suggest that the CCP’s proven “duplicity and dishonesty” leaves the door open to endless questions regarding the circumstances surrounding this virus — including whether it may have originated from an accidental leak from Wuhan, China’s, Level 4 biosafety laboratory — saw him branded a conspiracy theorist by numerous mainstream outlets as early as February.
One Washington Post piece from Feb. 17 was headlined: “Tom Cotton keeps repeating a coronavirus conspiracy theory that was already debunked.”
Of course, the senator never argued such an origin was evidence of foul play or mismanagement, only that the prospect of international investigation should be left on the table.

It’s a possibility that many agree with, including a chemical biology expert at Rutgers University who was cited by the Post to try to debunk Cotton’s view.
But if that is the case and Cotton has been speaking common sense the entire time, then why the widespread media character assassination?

Well, likely because Cotton has made fools of the media establishment regarding this virus since Day One, on the record, before they or even President Donald Trump was talking publicly about the new contagion.

Notice they dismiss the possibility of it originating at the lab as a conspiracy that has been “repeatedly debunked by experts”
Then they cited the expert who just said it may have originated in that lab rebutting a completely different claim. pic.twitter.com/priCV77htZ
— (((AG))) (@AGHamilton29) April 3, 2020

In a Fox News video that resurfaced this week amid the backlash against Cotton, the senator could be seen on Jan. 28 telling host Tucker Carlson the then-ongoing Senate impeachment trial was distracting Congress and the executive branch from responding to the ballooning Chinese health crisis.
“Any time I come out of the impeachment trial for our brief breaks, it seems like there’s been reports of another thousand people who have contracted this virus and a few more that have been killed,” Cotton said.
“I suspect that months from now or perhaps even years from now, when people look back at this time, coronavirus will be considered the bigger story than impeachment,” the senator continued. “I hope that’s wrong. I hope that we can get this epidemic under control before it reaches our shores in wide and far-reaching numbers.

“But again, we should apply an ounce of prevention here, as opposed to a pound of cure after the fact,” he added.

Tucker Carlson from Jan 28
“Why am I watching impeachment coverage all day?”
Tom Cotton: “I suspect that months from now or perhaps even years from now when people look back at this time, coronavirus will be considered the bigger story than impeachment.”pic.twitter.com/AcbUbNG6eM
— Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) April 3, 2020

At that time, however, outlets like CNN were still referring to the outbreak as the “Chinese coronavirus” — shame on them, I guess — and Washington was far too busy addressing the second nothing-burger foreign interference scandal of the Trump presidency to worry about a major threat to the global economy and general well-being of the American people.

Heck, less than two weeks later, leading left-wing media personalities and 2020 Democratic front-runners were calling Trump’s ban on travel to and from China hysterical, xenophobic fear-mongering — only to accuse the president of not acting fast enough when the true threat of the virus was revealed, as Fox News reported.
And nobody in the media could ever be expected to admit fault. It’s far easier to simply blame a conservative.
So, now that we have a better understanding of the virus and its impacts, it’s entirely predictable that the press would shift blame to the feet of the president, tarring and feathering the one D.C. dweller to point out the political and media establishment’s inability to focus on things that matter as “absolutely crazy.”

That’s the best way to tell if a politician is speaking common sense and resonating with the American people, though: Just wait and see if the media paints a big fat target on his back.
This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

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Nasty CNN Reporter Asks Trump if Time to Level With Americans, Trump Smacks Him Down

A nasty CNN reporter tried to get President Trump with a “gotcha” type question, but the President refused to play along.
In fact he swatted back and hit the reporter right where it hurts the most.

The CNN reporter started the whole thing by asking a very combative question that assumed the President was lying to the American people.
“Mr. President, ventilator manufacturers are doubling, tripling production. Some are predicting there will still be shortages of tens of thousands of ventilators. Is it time for you to level with the American public that there likely will be shortages of ventilators in some cases?”
The President immediately saw what was happening and answered well “Could be. I mean, it could be you have shortages and it could also be that you have some that have way over-estimated the number of ventilators they need. We think that — we have a good amount ready to move. I mean, literally like an army. They’re ready to move to any hot spot.”

He then hit back hard at the rude reporter “Some of the ones you’re talking about — always a nasty question from CNN. Because you know remarks you’ve asked that question about 10 times over the course of a month. Look, we’re mobilized and ready to go.”
“We have a lot of ventilators ready to go. And if we had given them all out, we wouldn’t. And you would be over-stocked in many areas. What we’re doing is we have a very good plan to take from some areas, even though we have the ten or almost the 10,000, we’re also taking from areas that won’t be as badly hit as today we think they will be,” the President added.

He then patiently explained how things work to the ignorant journalist “There will be some areas hit harder than we think, and there’s nothing that Deborah or Tony or any of these professionals can do about it. This thing moves in a lot of ways.”
The President then made a grim prediction “But what we’re going to do is we are going to have — and you look at us compared to a lot of other countries. We’re in much better shape. But these professionals have done an amazing job. Now, over the next week and two weeks — this is going to be a very, very deadly period, unfortunately.”

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“But we’re going to make it so that we lose as few lives as possible and I think we’re going to be successful. I think we already are successful in that regard. When you look at that graph and you see all of the bumps if you want to call it at a very low level and you see a couple of the higher levels, they were tough.”
“But you see all of those levels. You know, when you look at, when you hear about Italy and you hear about France and — what we have is we have many Italys all over.”
“They’re like countries, California is a country, New York is a country. If you look at them from the standpoint of what we’re talking about. We have many like country spots.”

“Some are hot spots and there’s nothing we’re going to do about it. One of the biggest surprises is Louisiana. Because it started off so good and all of a sudden it shot up like a rocket. We’re going to try to have ventilators wherever we possibly can.”
Watch the entire exchange:

The mainstream media has absolutely become an enemy of the American people.

It’s why sites like ours are so popular, we are biased for sure, but we don’t try and hide it and pretend we’re objective journalists.
With sites like this people know they’re going to get the truth but through the lens of a conservative point of view.
We praise the President when he’s doing a good job, and can be critical when we think his administration has made a mistake, versus the mainstream media who frames everything Trump does in a negative and harsh way.

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House Republicans Set Target Date for Reopening Economy If Progress Made on Virus, End of April

House Republicans hope to reopen the American economy by the end of April if progress has been made combating the coronavirus pandemic.
“Our focus is on locking down the virus while we’re taking the steps now to prepare to reopen the economy by the end of the month if the virus permits,” Rep. Kevin Brady, the top Republican on the House Ways and Means Committee, told reporters Thursday, according to the Washington Examiner.

The Texas Republican said that the unemployment and gross domestic product numbers will “feel brutal over the short term. It’s because they are.”
“This economy is taking hits like we’ve not seen in most of our lifetimes,” he said. “But it is just a short-term hit.”
The Department of Labor reported that 6.6 million people filed for unemployment benefits during the last full week of March.

“We all know things are terrible. We all know millions of people are losing their jobs,” Peter Boockvar, chief investment strategist at Bleakley Advisory Group, told CNBC.
“We had this sharp decline in anticipation of this news. The next batch of news we don’t know is what is the duration of this and what is going to happen in May. We hope at the end of April that we are looking at a slow reopening.”

Chris Rupkey, chief financial economist of MUFG Union Bank, told CNBC that March’s 4.4 percent unemployment rate could rise into the teens.
“Everybody knows that people are going to be out of work,” Rupkey said.

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“Until the stay-at-home orders are lifted by states and local governments, the most important number for forecasting the economy is not job losses. The most important number is indication that the virus spread is slowing.”
Economists say the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act can help companies and workers get through the shutdown, but more financial aid is needed.
Brady also praised the $300 billion in tax rebates, as well as the deferral of payroll taxes for businesses included in the CARES Act.

“This, in essence, applies to all businesses of all sizes. It is an interest-free loan,” he said.
“It allows businesses to keep these dollars in their bank accounts, not Washington, until the end of the year and give them fully two years to pay it back.”
President Donald Trump originally wanted to reopen the country on Easter Sunday, which falls on April 12.
But on Monday, Trump extended the coronavirus safety guidelines through the month of April in an effort to mitigate the effects of the pandemic outbreak.

“The better you do, the faster this whole nightmare will end,” Trump said.
This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

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CDC Tells Hospitals To List COVID as Cause of Death Even if You’re Just Assuming or It Only Contributed

The problem with making informed decisions about coronavirus is that we don’t have a whole lot of data on it at the moment.
The data that we do have, meanwhile, could end up being terminally skewed, particularly the data that’s been coming out of China.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s guidance on determining COVID-19 as a cause of death isn’t going to help those numbers.
Issued March 24, the guidance tells hospitals to list COVID-19 as a cause of death regardless of whether or not there’s actual testing to confirm that’s the case.
Instead, even if the coronavirus was just a contributing factor or if it’s “assumed to have caused or contributed to death,” it can be listed as the primary cause.

The International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems, or ICD, has established the code U07.1 for death by coronavirus infection. There’s a secondary code, U07.2, “for clinical or epidemiological diagnosis of COVID-19 where a laboratory confirmation is inconclusive or not available,” according to the CDC guidance.
“Because laboratory test results are not typically reported on death certificates in the U.S., NCHS is not planning to implement U07.2 for mortality statistics.”

Therein lies the problem.
“The underlying cause depends upon what and where conditions are reported on the death certificate. However, the rules for coding and selection of the underlying cause of death are expected to result in COVID- 19 being the underlying cause more often than not,” the guidelines read.

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“COVID-19 should be reported on the death certificate for all decedents where the disease caused or is assumed to have caused or contributed to death. Certifiers should include as much detail as possible based on their knowledge of the case, medical records, laboratory testing, etc.,” the guidance continued.
“If the decedent had other chronic conditions such as COPD or asthma that may have also contributed, these conditions can be reported in Part II.”
Author and former New York Times reporter Alex Berenson, one of the few well-known figures to question some of the statistics on COVID-19, questioned the new CDC guidelines as well:

1/ As you sit home watching #COVID death counts spiral, please know the official @CDCgov guidance for coding COVID-related deaths is as follows: any death where the disease “caused or is *assumed* to have caused or *contributed to* death.” Confirmed lab tests are not required… pic.twitter.com/H4D6mcti3R
— Alex Berenson (@AlexBerenson) April 3, 2020

2/ And, btw, other possibly relevant factors, like, oh, COPD, are considered secondary. The rules “are expected to result in COVID-19 being the underlying cause more often than not.” https://t.co/o003zuLQHt
— Alex Berenson (@AlexBerenson) April 3, 2020

Earlier this week, President Donald Trump and members of his coronavirus task force announced that they were expecting a death toll of between 100,000 and 240,000 from coronavirus.
In an article on Friday, The Washington Post said some experts didn’t think the White House’s prediction models were accurate. It wasn’t because those experts thought that figure was too high or too low: It’s just because they didn’t think there was enough data to determine a death range yet.
“We don’t have a sense of what’s going on in the here and now, and we don’t know what people will do in the future,” Jeffrey Shaman, a Columbia University epidemiologist whose work was used by the White House to determine the death ranges, said.
“We don’t know if the virus is seasonal, as well.”

It doesn’t help that data when the guidelines for determining who’s actually died of the coronavirus are profoundly vague.
For instance, what happens when an elderly person with numerous underlying conditions comes into the hospital and dies?
What happens when someone suffering from late-stage cancer or liver failure dies in the hospital? If that person was in the final stages of life and no testing is done and no autopsy conducted, what are we to assume?
If no testing is done and a patient’s symptoms are close enough to the seasonal flu, will that person’s death automatically be attributed to COVID-19? And how much of a difference would that make in the numbers, if any?

The Western Journal has emailed the CDC for comment, but did not hear back in time for publication of this article.
There’s no doubt that this guidance will inflate the numbers, the only question is how drastically.
In places like New York City, where medical professionals are painfully overstretched, anyone who dies with an infection that’s vaguely COVID-19-like could potentially have COVID-19 listed as their cause of death.
Consider, for instance, that the CDC is estimating there were between 24,000 and 63,000 deaths in the United States from influenza between October and March.

In NYC, does that mean some of those deaths got lumped under COVID-19? Will this keep on happening?
If so, that could skew the data in a significantly different direction — and it could influence the government’s intervention to stop the spread of the virus.
This is a haphazard way to gather data at a time when that data needs to be more accurate than ever. We can and should do better than this.
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It Only Took Ocasio-Cortez 15 Months To Become a Complete DC Sellout

It is the last scene, the most famous one, from the 1972 movie “The Candidate.”
Robert Redford’s character, Bill McKay, having essentially given up all of his beliefs for a Senate seat, is alone in a room with his campaign manager as reporters clamor outside. It was the existential cry of the politician with no morals left to bargain with: “What do we do now?”

Powerful stuff.
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez must have watched that in school at some point, probably when her U.S. History teacher decided they wanted some time to mark papers.
AOC’s was a different story, though. She would be unique.

After she won a shock victory in a primary, there wasn’t much of a general election to speak of. She didn’t have the Bill McKay problem. All she had to do was smile along with Stephen Colbert and things would be fine.
Fifteen months after being sworn in as a U.S. congresswoman, AOC is having her Bill McKay moment.

The troublesome thing with her is that she isn’t even at the point where she’s asking her campaign manager what she does now. We’re maybe at the beginning of the third act.
However, as a report published by Politico on Monday pointed out, the darling of the left seems to be rapidly getting subsumed into the Democratic Party establishment.

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The piece, by Alex Thompson and Holly Otterbein, noted at the outset that Ocasio-Cortez has done significantly less campaigning for candidates willing to primary sitting members of Congress, something she and other far-left politicians aligned with the Justice Democrats were known for during the 2018 cycle. (That’s how she got into office, after all.)
In 2018, for instance, she was on the stump for St. Louis-area candidate Cori Bush, who lost a primary to a garden-variety liberal, Rep. William “Lacy” Clay. Bush is taking him on again, but this time with no support from AOC — who’s only backed two primary challengers endorsed by the Justice Democrats this cycle. Those are Jessica Cisneros in Texas and Marie Newman in Illinois, both of whom had some support from the establishment wing of the party because their opponents were pro-life.
“Ocasio-Cortez’s endorsement moves are not a fluke but part of a larger change over the past several months,” the article read.

“After her disruptive, burn-it-down early months in Congress, Ocasio-Cortez, who colleagues say is often conflict-averse in person, has increasingly been trying to work more within the system. She is building coalitions with fellow Democratic members and picking her fights more selectively.”
That’s not exactly how you win an insurgent candidacy against an establishment figure, but once you win the election — a lot like Bill McKay did in “The Candidate” — it doesn’t necessarily make much sense to continue being an insurgent.
Also gone are her plans for a “corporate-free” caucus along the lines of the House Freedom Caucus for Republicans, and presumably not just because “Corporate-Free Caucus” only sounds appealing to the kind of person who finds “Democracy Now!” exciting.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, with whom she was once feuding bitterly, is now referred to by AOC as the “mama bear of the Democratic Party,” words that don’t sound like they were crafted by AOC herself.

And look at who’s speaking favorably of AOC now: “The Democratic Party is the party of coalitions, not a cult,” James Carville, the hypercaffeinated political hack best known for his work with Clinton, Inc., said of the new AOC. “I’ve observed her. I think she’s really talented, that she’s really smart. Maybe she is — I don’t speak for her — coming to the conclusion that she wants to be part of the coalition.”
Didn’t see that partnership coming, did you?
Center for American Progress head Neera Tanden, meanwhile, told Politico that AOC’s shift is “a sign of leadership.”
“There are some people on the left who thought that their views represented a strong majority, and the primary process has shown that voters diverged, that [Bernie] Sanders is winning a minority and smaller minority than he had four years ago,” Tanden said.

The congresswoman’s supporters are torn, Thompson and Otterbein said, between embracing the new AOC and discounting this as the behavior of a sell-out. One imagines nothing is so divisive as her relationship with Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, a 2020 Democratic candidate for president.
AOC endorsed Sanders and had been one of his most effective surrogates out on the campaign trail. However, on March 13, HuffPost reported that several sources within the Sanders campaign confirmed Ocasio-Cortez refused to campaign with Sanders after the New Hampshire primary.
“It was like pulling teeth to get her to New Hampshire,” a source told HuffPo. They managed to get her up there once for a rally the day before the Feb. 12 primary. Between then and March 8 — several days after Sanders’ Super Tuesday losses — she wouldn’t return to the campaign trail for Bernie.
Part of it, the HuffPost article postulated, was because of podcaster Joe Rogan’s endorsement of Sanders (and Sanders’ subsequent embrace of the endorsement). Rogan isn’t profoundly woke and often veers into politically incorrect territory, which led to plenty of grousing from more progressive quarters of the party.

And then there was the matter of a January speech in which Ocasio-Cortez declined to mention Sanders by name as she closed, a fact which Vanity Fair said led to a nastygram text from Sanders campaign manager Faiz Shakir.
She also chastised the “Bernie Bros” over their penchant for online harassment and tacitly went after Sanders and the progressive movement for being too “conflict-based” — which is, last I had checked, what she had built her brand on.
There have also been two major staff departures from AOC’s team: chief of staff Saikat Chakrabarti and communications director Corbin Trent.
Chakrabarti, co-founder of the Justice Democrats, was behind much of that primarying and had called some moderate members of the Democratic caucus “new Southern Democrats.” Trent, meanwhile, reportedly didn’t just want AOC to push for “Medicare for All” but rather a completely nationalized health care system like Britain’s National Health Service.

In short, AOC doesn’t necessarily want to be Bernie Sanders. One might guess she saw the writing on the wall before things began to fall apart in South Carolina or officially disintegrated on Super Tuesday. On the other hand, there’s not a whole lot to set her apart from other first-term members of Congresss other than the fact that she’s off-the-spectrum far left.
To be fair, she’s managed to regain a bit of that mojo during the coronavirus crisis, what with her uninformed statements about property ownership and who should get checks.
However, what should be clear from reports is that it’s difficult to make points by railing against the establishment when you’re quickly becoming part of the establishment.
She’s gone from hate-tweeting Nancy Pelosi to calling her “mama bear.” That’s quite the fast track — becoming a D.C. sell-out in just 15 months.

It all raises the question: What does she do now?
This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

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President Trump Crushes Democrats Hope of Vote-By-Mail: ‘A Lot of People Cheat’

President Donald Trump came out strongly against attempts to expand mail-in voting by Democrats, arguing that the practice will increase the likelihood of voting fraud.
During Friday’s White House press briefing, ABC’s Jonathan Karl — citing concerns about the COVID-19 outbreak — asked the president if he feels the country should prepare to vote by mail in the November election.

“No, because I think a lot of people cheat with mail-in voting,” said Trump, who has been consistent in his support for voter identification laws, which can limit opportunities for fraudulent voting by requiring voters to present identification before obtaining a ballot.
“I think people should vote with ID, voter ID. I think voter ID is very important, and the reason they don’t want voter ID is because they intend to cheat,” Trump continued.
“It should be you go to a booth and you proudly display yourself. You don’t send it in the mail where people can pick up — all sorts of bad things can happen — by the time it gets in and is tabulated,” he said.

“You should vote at the booth. And you should have voter ID, because when you have voter ID, that’s the real deal,” he concluded.

President Trump: “The reason they don’t want voter ID is because they intend to cheat.” pic.twitter.com/BOUxuWgMQh
— The Hill (@thehill) April 4, 2020

In August, the president weighed in on a congressional debate surrounding election security.

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“No debate on Election Security should go forward without first agreeing that Voter ID (Identification) must play a very strong part in any final agreement. Without Voter ID, it is all so meaningless!” he wrote.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is among a growing number of Democrats making a broad push to nationalize not only elections, but also voting by mail.
The California Democrat is seeking to allot $4 billion in a phase-four stimulus plan for voting by mail, Reuters reported.

“Vote by mail is so important to … our democracy so that people have access to voting and not be deterred, especially at this time, by the admonition to stay home,” Pelosi said.
Pelosi said Friday that pushing citizens to participate in voting by mail is “essential” to protecting the integrity of the country’s elections.
“Vote by mail is essential to protecting the future of our democracy as we confront this public health crisis. There is no legitimate argument against enacting it,” Pelosi said on Twitter Friday.
Citing what she said the country’s Founders “had in mind,” Pelosi added, “in this next bill we hope to get more resources to vote by mail.”

Vote-by-mail is essential to protecting the future of our democracy as we confront this public health crisis. There is no legitimate argument against enacting it. #LSSC pic.twitter.com/WPgOgIivK0
— Nancy Pelosi (@SpeakerPelosi) April 3, 2020

Pelosi attempted to attach provisions in the phase three coronavirus stimulus bill that would have required states to mandate voting by mail and would have placed the country’s elections under the control of the federal government.
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton also pushed for voting by mail last month on Twitter when she shared a post from Democratic Party attorney Marc Elias, who claimed voting by mail will decrease risk for voters fearful of contracting the coronavirus.
“Congress needs to act to make voting by mail the norm going forward, with the specifics outlined by election expert Marc Elias below to make it accessible for all,” Clinton commented.

Congress needs to act to make voting by mail the norm going forward, with the specifics outlined by election expert Marc Elias below to make it accessible for all. https://t.co/K2TlHIJx2d
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) March 18, 2020

Republican National Committee spokeswoman Mandi Merritt told CNN Friday, “Democrats are attempting to use this crisis as a way to get wholesale election changes that fit their far-left agenda.”
“While the RNC of course supports efforts to ensure that no voters are disenfranchised due to emergency protocols, national vote by mail would open the door to its own set of problems, such as potential election fraud and ballot harvesting,” Merritt said.
“Imposing a new system onto states unnecessarily will result in significant problems in the November election, and it is critical we work to preserve the integrity of the democratic process,” she concluded.

This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

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President Trump Explains Why No National Stay at Home Order, It’s Because of the Constitution

President Trump just explained why he has not issued a stay at home order, and why he has pushed for the governor of each state to make their own decision.
The president said, it’s because of the Constitution, which he cherishes.

A reporter asked the President “You just said you wanted to keep as few lives lost as possible in the pandemic, but there are still eight governors, all Republicans, who have refused to issue the statewide these stay at orders. Your stay at home orders. Your own experts, including Dr. Fauci, say that stay at home orders are the most effective way to stop the virus. Why not do everything you can right now?”
President Trump responded correctly in the only way he could by saying ““We have a thing called the Constitution, which I cherish, number one. Number two, those governors I know every one of them, they’re doing a great job.”
“They’re being very, very successful in what they’re doing,” he added. “And as you know, I want the governors to be running things. Now, in some cases we’ll supersede, but in this case it’s not — I think it depnds, it depends on the individual state that you’re talking about. But they’re doing very well, and they’re doing a magnificent job in running their states”

The reporter then asked “South Carolina has 1700 cases right now of coronavirus. Utah has 1255. I mean, are these not states that should have those stay at home orders”
“They’re doing a great job. Well, that’s a very small number of cases relative to their population,” the president responded.

The reporter interrupted the President “It’s larger than some states that do stay at home order,” he said.
Trump responded “If I saw something wrong, if I saw a massive breakout of which that’s not, I would come down very hard but in these cases, I know the states you’re talking about.”

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“By the way, I think you’re up to 92% of the country is covered. And from a constitutional standpoint, they made the difference. They call the shots.”
Watch the entire exchange:

Personally think the President is doing a good job managing this crisis and he’s right.
The Constitution precludes the president from implementing a national stay at home order as the governors are in primarily in charge of their own states, know their states well and can respond more quickly than the federal government.
Lets just hope that the medical problem is resolved sooner rather than later either through widespread testing, an effective treatment, a vaccine or all of the above.
One would think with all of the resources this country has in terms of research facilities, talented researchers and scientists, and with all of that focused on solving a single problem, the war against the invisible enemy can be won rather quickly.

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Leftist Vox Told Readers Not To Use Masks, But Not Before Co-Founder Made Sure He Got His

Matthew Yglesias, one of the co-founders of liberal outlet Vox, has some explaining to do on masks.
Vox, like everyone else, was pretty much spouting the same advice just a few weeks ago: Don’t buy surgical masks. They were supposed to be useless in preventing coronavirus from spreading, we were told.

In fact, as part of a Twitter thread from the digital rag early in March, they advised against them.
The first piece of advice in the thread was about washing your hands.
The second piece: “Oh, and face masks? You can pass on them. Masks are only useful if you have a respiratory infection already and want to limit the risk of spreading, or if you’re working in a hospital in direct contact with people who have respiratory illnesses.”

2/ Oh, and face masks? You can pass on them.
Masks are only useful if you have a respiratory infection already and want to limit the risk of spreading, or if you’re working in a hospital in direct contact with people who have respiratory illnesses.⁣ https://t.co/IEFrOOxEkE pic.twitter.com/XC2LN8qZJm
— Vox (@voxdotcom) March 2, 2020

Yglesias had not only discouraged the use of face masks but seemed to actively call for them to be “rationed” if that was necessary to protect health care workers’ access to them:

I have never understood this message — are the masks ineffective or are they vital for health care workers? If it’s the latter shouldn’t we explicitly ration rather than trying to discourage purchases informally? https://t.co/ZSUhR1QWGW
— Matthew Yglesias (@mattyglesias) February 29, 2020

As you may know by now, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention changed its guidance on wearing face masks Friday.
One day before that, Yglesias had a message for his followers: He was having issues wearing the face mask he assumedly bought on the free market:

(I have it with me in case it’s needed but it fogs up my glasses)
— Matthew Yglesias (@mattyglesias) April 2, 2020

Well, I mean, surely he got lucky amid the panic buyers across the nation and managed to score himself some incredibly scarce surgical masks, right?

To people asking where you can buy a mask, I don’t know. I ordered mine in February when they were available.
But here’s a guide to making one at home. https://t.co/YH4YMnDKJf
— Matthew Yglesias (@mattyglesias) April 2, 2020

In February. Hrm.

Yglesias isn’t the most popular person on social media at the moment, as you can no doubt imagine.

Via @ComfortablySmug
Look at this little trust fund gremlin. It’s difficult to imagine anything more unethical from a media outlet. pic.twitter.com/vKyfWdQcOI
— The Partyman (@PartymanRandy) April 3, 2020

“I ordered mine in February when they were available.”
But Matt, you guys published an article making fun of techbros for being worried about the virus in February…https://t.co/kFCjEMcoir
— Jayson Virissimo (@JaysonVirissimo) April 2, 2020

I’m glad that you got your mask while your publication downplayed the threat of coronavirus and repeated BS claims about masks. Great work!
— Nerove (@MrNerove) April 2, 2020

Wait… “When they were still available”? Weren’t you nice folks at Vox telling the public not to use masks when you ordered yours? pic.twitter.com/xWGbplHGiz
— Hans O’Low (@namasteinyrlane) April 3, 2020

Yglesias had an explanation for this, since of course he did:

Since everyone is feeling chippy these days, I think:
a) The early US government guidance on masks was obviously very bad
b) “Masks are only helpful if you’re already sick” even if true is very consistent with “you should own a mask in case you get sick.” https://t.co/BiUUlGOvxm
— Matthew Yglesias (@mattyglesias) April 3, 2020

“Obviously?” Your publication was parroting that guidance!

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Vox was telling people in early March that they didn’t need to wear face masks when you had bought yours the month prior.
Now that we’ve cleared all that up, got advice for his problem, folks? Those glasses aren’t gonna de-fog themselves, after all.

How expendable does Yglesias think the plebes are?
When it comes to the original guidance Vox gave on masks, who knows how much input he had on it? He’s not a health reporter, but he is on the editorial team.
I would thus assume he certainly knew of his publication’s position on the matter.
He’d also made it a point to say that if the masks needed to be used for medical professionals, they should be rationed. Except in his case, of course.

The tone-deafness of his first tweet was astounding, particularly in light of what Vox had to say about the masks and the fact one can’t be had for love or (especially) money these days. Yeah, he was into face masks before they were cool.
And then, after that landed with a thud, he responded with a tweet that really needed a shrug emoji and “#sorrynotsorry” appended on it.
“Since everyone is feeling chippy these days,” Matt?
I wonder why that is.

Perhaps you can elucidate your theories on this strange conundrum.
This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

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Expert COVID Prediction of 50K Hospitalizations in NY by April 1 Turned Out To Be 400% Too High

As coronavirus models go, the one put forth by the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington, or IHME, has been one of the more optimistic ones.
According to The Washington Post, the model predicted 38,000 to 162,000 deaths in the United States — lower than most models and lower than the White House estimate of 100,000 to 240,000 deaths.

Even though it may be conservative, however, the IHME model might not have been conservative enough.
Take New York, the epicenter of the disease. According to the IHME model, the state would have needed 50,962 hospital beds on April 1, on the way to peak usage April 9. On that day, it would need 76,130 hospital beds.
Now, New York isn’t in particularly good shape when it comes to coronavirus, recording at least 1,867 deaths in New York City alone as of Saturday morning, according to Johns Hopkins University data.

However, the IHME model’s prediction of how many people would be hospitalized in the state by April 1 was much higher than what the actual number ended up being.
Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington.

The model found that on April 1, New York would need 50,962 beds.
Former New York Times reporter Alex Berenson noted that projection was far off — it was 400 percent too high, in fact.

This is the @IMHE_UW model for #Covid_19, the new US standard. It was put out SIX days ago (post lockdown). It projects New York State will have 50,000 hospitalizations TODAY. Instead NYS has 12,000. Wrong by 4x in under a week. What on earth are we doing? https://t.co/zdRwaS4UJr pic.twitter.com/bRroolmKgw
— Alex Berenson (@AlexBerenson) April 1, 2020

The actual number as of April 1 was 12,226, according to WROC-TV. A total of 3,022 intensive care beds were needed, far short of the 10,050 predicted by the model.
While there could be an undercount given the nature of the disease and of testing, it’s unlikely that number has been undercounted by over 37,000 hospital beds total and over 7,000 ICU beds.

Keep in mind that this also isn’t like the much-cited Imperial College study out of the United Kingdom, which assumed a worst-case scenario where nothing was done and deaths topped 1 million people.
“The IHME model assumes every state will quickly impose stay-at-home orders, which some states, including Alabama and Missouri, have yet to do,” The Post reported. “It also assumes the entire country will maintain these restrictions until summer.”
This still doesn’t mean the situation is great, as New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo noted earlier this week.

“For me, facts are facts, and the facts that we offer the people of this state, and this country, they’re not pessimistic facts or optimistic facts — they are just the best information we have, as of this time, and I think that is empowering, and in some ways relaxing,” Cuomo said.
The models he’s looking at say the apex will come at the end of April and high death rates will persist in the state through July.
“They refine the model over time and the model changes and the numbers change, but what we’re looking at now is the apex, roughly at the end of April, which means another month of this,” he said.
Are the models right, though?

Dr. Anthony Fauci, a rare individual in Washington respected by people on both sides of the aisle, had this to say on the issue at a coronavirus task force meeting this week, according to The Post piece: “I’ve looked at all the models. I’ve spent a lot of time on the models. They don’t tell you anything. You can’t really rely upon models.”
The director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases said there were too many variables involved in the predictions.
This could be good or bad.
The Post article, for instance, is about how experts don’t trust the White House’s models; not that they didn’t think that deaths might not fall within that range, just that no one could express enough confidence to make those projections.

“We don’t have a sense of what’s going on in the here and now, and we don’t know what people will do in the future,” Jeffrey Shaman, a Columbia University epidemiologist whose work was cited by the White House, said.
“We don’t know if the virus is seasonal, as well.”
And that’s the thing — we don’t know.
Take this virus seriously. Wash your hands. Use masks, if you can find them.

What’s going on in New York City should sound a tocsin of alarm about what happens when coronavirus isn’t taken seriously enough.
However, taking models at face value is problematic.
Consider what Christopher Murray, the IHME head, said about the purpose of his work: “The reason we created our model is to help hospitals plan. How many beds you’ll need, how many ventilators, when the peak is likely coming.”
If they’re wrong about hospital beds — overestimating the number New York would need by over 400 percent — what does that say about the rest of the model?

Have we avoided the worst? Is the worst yet to come?
We don’t know — but what we can extrapolate is that, on some critical numbers, the IHME model is very wrong.
This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

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Arizona Doctor Helps Build Innovative Device To Protect Health Care Workers Fighting Coronavirus

Thanks to an Arizona physician, health care professionals across the country could soon be safer as they continue to lead the fight against the novel coronavirus.
Dr. Ben Reeser, an emergency room physician in Phoenix, developed a new piece of medical technology that limits viral exposure between medical workers and their patients.

Based on a design by Dr. Hsien Yung Lai of Taiwan, the device is a fiberglass box meant to be placed around an infectious patient’s head.
Two holes are cut out to allow physicians to tend to their patients and perform intubation without risk of aerosolized exposure.
“Every time we intubate, there’s probably at least four other people in the room,” Reeser told KNXV-TV.

“There is the physician, a nurse, respiratory therapist, and more all exposed during that procedure.”

Resser’s development solves that problem, providing protection for nurses, doctors and any other medical professionals required to work in close proximity to their patients.
Reeser enlisted the help of Matthew Moore and Urban Plough Furniture, a Phoenix-based company, to help with the production of the equipment.
“He said, ‘We have these things that we have to make to save people’s lives,’” Moore told the station.
“That’s all it took for us to get started right away.”
An additional company, Tuft & Needle, has contributed money to produce the devices, KNXV reported.

Thanks to these companies and Reeser’s smart thinking, several boxes have already been shipped to intensive care units in the Phoenix area.
They have placed the design on the website Intubationbox.com so that health care providers across the country can make their own. The site notes that, “We have a very limited ability to fabricate and ship out ready to assemble boxes,” but encourages hospitals in Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico and Utah to request one.
This isn’t the only recent example of a doctor’s innovation helping combat the coronavirus.
On March 14, Dr. Charlene Babcock, who practices in the Detroit area, released a video showing how one ventilator could be easily modified to provide ventilation for four adults.

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This unprecedented global catastrophe caused by the coronavirus has caused the world a fair bit of pain and suffering, with New York the hardest-hit site in the U.S. The high death rate of COVID-19 has proven very difficult for many countries to handle.
Amidst all this panic comes one silver lining, however.
The COVID-19 pandemic has shown just how uniquely poised America is to tackle such enormous crises. The stress of combating this epidemic has proven how powerful American determination truly are.

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It Begins: Judges Order Infected Citizens To Wear Ankle Monitors and Stay at Home

As bad as America’s COVID-19 outbreak is, it remains a chance to set the United States apart from the world — to show that we can come together and defeat this virus while still maintaining the rights that make our country so unique.
For the most part, that’s been the case.

American authorities haven’t welded apartment blocks shut, like those in China reportedly did.
There have been no mass roundups or summary executions, either.
Even some state officials’ attacks on our constitutionally guaranteed right to bear arms have been stopped cold once President Donald Trump stepped in.

While Americans overwhelmingly reject tyranny amidst the outbreak, Kentucky residents are now beginning to see another attempt at unsettling government control creep into their lives.
According to the Louisville Courier-Journal, two Kentucky circuit court judges have used their power to tag and monitor infected people who have broken quarantine.

Of the three people fitted with ankle monitors and ordered to stay home, two have tested positive for the coronavirus.
The other individual does not even have the novel coronavirus, but is a family member of one of the infected Kentuckians.

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The individuals were ordered to wear the devices by judges after they were believed to have left their homes instead of self-isolating, and in one case checked out of the hospital after testing positive.
Now, these innocent people risk arrest if they break quarantine again.
The move sets a shocking precedent, one that is seemingly unheard of in the United States, but appears to follow a Kentucky law that gives county health officials the power to force isolation in certain cases.

The order is presented as being an appropriate measure for extreme circumstances, but it’s a shockingly authoritarian response to this “crime.”
While the low-tech solution of an ankle monitor may seem scary, the real horror show starts when big tech steps in.
Instead of forcing people into wearing a monitoring device, companies like Google can simply use data pouring out of cell phones — devices already attached at the hip of most people.
According to Reuters, the tech giant harvested location data from billions of users’ phones to better help officials gauge the effects of quarantines and lockdowns.

Although Google purposefully obscured the data, governments’ willingness to bend civil rights mean that this could be a nightmare scenario should the tech company ever reverse their decision.
Personal information about someone’s travel habits, as well as their current whereabouts and work, home and recreation locations, would be downright deadly in the wrong hands.
Facebook is similarly sharing information on users that is intended for use by governments during the current pandemic.
If we’re not careful, this trend will only continue to increase in America.

And the further government takes its power, the harder it will be to wrest it back.
This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

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County That Arrested Pastor for Holding Service Reverses Course, Recognizes Churches as ‘Essential’

Hillsborough County and the state of Florida have newly recognized religious services as “essential” activities after a Florida pastor was arrested for holding service.
Gov. Ron DeSantis said in a media conference on Thursday that closing churches was unconstitutional and “we can’t start ripping up the Constitution,” WFTS-TV reported.

DeSantis explained that people need religious services, though he encouraged houses of worship to adhere to recommended guidelines, holding online services or ensuring that people stay six feet apart from one another for in-person services.
Hillsborough County’s Emergency Policy Group expanded on the guidelines, asking people to adhere to public health experts’ recommendations.
“Religious Services are considered an essential activity under” DeSantis’ “stay-at-home” order, the guidance read.

“Those who choose to attend religious services in-person should follow the public health and safety guidelines recommended by the Centers for Disease Control,” it added.
“This includes providing at least 6 feet of space between attendees and avoiding gathering in groups larger than 10 people.”

This decision comes after Pastor Rodney Howard-Browne of The River at Tampa Bay Church was arrested Monday on charges of unlawful assembly and violating Hillsborough County’s “safer-at-home” order, which banned groups of 10 people or more from gathering during the coronavirus outbreak.

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Liberty Counsel, the nonprofit legal firm group representing Howard-Browne, called for Sheriff Chad Chronister to provide written documentation that he would not arrest people gathered at their church after the reversed ruling.
According to Liberty Counsel, the sheriff had told the pastor last week the church could meet and then issued a warrant for the pastor’s arrest.
“The criminal charge must be immediately dismissed, and the file sealed,” Liberty Counsel wrote.

“The sheriff has done great damage to Pastor Howard-Browne and The River church.”
Liberty Counsel Founder and Chairman Mat Staver said that the county made the change because it “knew the lawsuit was coming this week and knew they would not win.”
“We are also pleased that every church in Florida is now free to worship. Pastor Rodney Howard-Browne brought worldwide attention to an unconstitutional order and arrest,” Staver said.
However, Howard-Browne wrote in a statement Thursday that in response to the antagonistic climate, the church will be closed on Sunday.

Big Announcement – please do not listen to the #fakenews #lies 👇🏼 pic.twitter.com/HryRpEMjzH
— Rodney Howard-Browne (@rhowardbrowne) April 2, 2020

“We do not make this decision lightly. This is Palm Sunday,” he wrote. “We are entering the time of year that is most important to Christians around the world in which we remember and celebrate the death, burial, and resurrection of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.”
He added that the church did not have ulterior motives for holding service when it did.

“We did not hold church to defy any order; nor did we hold church to send a political message. We did not hold church for self-promotion or financial motives, as some have wrongly accused,” Howard-Browne wrote.
“We held church because it is our mission to save souls and help people, and because we in good faith did everything possible to comply with the Executive Order.”
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Oakland Could Become Next Epicenter as Crowds Party on Streets

Despite warnings and orders to stay at home, some California residents have chosen to party with hundreds of their friends and neighbors instead.
While New York remains the epicenter of the American outbreak of COVID-19, reckless behavior on the West Coast may soon see California given the grim designation.

As San Francisco’s KTVU reported, Oakland police say that about 450 people opted to violate the state’s “shelter-in-place” order to participate in “disruptive and illegal behavior.”

Sunday during our sideshow enforcement 3 people were arrested 14 others cited & 12 vehicles towed. Roughly 450 people took part in this disruptive and illegal behavior. Special thanks to “ARGUS” our police helicopter which played a major role. Weekend enforcement will continue. pic.twitter.com/L8zxE2bSJI
— Oakland Police Dept. (@oaklandpoliceca) March 30, 2020

Revelers mingled and watched as drivers conducted stunts with cars in the middle of the street.
Video from the spontaneous gathering shows people without face masks clearly breaking the six-feet social-distance spacing guidelines recommended by health officials and other experts.

Considering how easily the novel coronavirus jumps from human to human, there’s little doubt that a single infectious person in this crowd could have spread the disease to dozens.
Judging by the blatant disregard for simple social-distancing guidelines, this party likely won’t be the last large social gathering many of these people attend.
Additional video footage of the street parties appears to show more of the same — unprepared or unaware people too close to one another during a pandemic:

A surge in cases may be exactly what California’s Democratic leadership is hoping for, however.
Gov. Gavin Newsom recently said he hopes the deadly COVID-19 outbreak will be a chance to “reshape the way we do business and how we govern.”
It’s unclear why California wasn’t able to shape its own government under the progressive leadership of the Democratic Party — a group that has controlled the state for nearly a decade.
Newsom isn’t alone in his push for a seemingly Democrat-led restructuring of wealth and class.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced the creation of a new committee to oversee the distribution of the roughly $2 trillion relief package, a congressional group that is already becoming a political force with subpoena powers of its own.
A surge of coronavirus cases in California would threaten to buckle the state’s welfare and health care systems, setting the stage for Democrats to play the blame game against President Donald Trump and begin enacting their reforms.
If the crowds gathered in Oakland to party are any indication, the upcoming weeks could be rough for California.
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Ex-ESPN Host Jemele Hill Attacks Patriots Owner for Trump Connection as He Secures Load of N95 Masks

Upon learning New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft used his team’s private airplane to import more than a million protective masks from China, former ESPN host Jemele Hill attacked him Thursday over his personal relationship with President Donald Trump.
Kraft and his son, Patriots president Jonathan Kraft, partnered with Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker to help out during the COVID-19 crisis by purchasing 1.7 million N95 masks in Shenzen, China, MassLive reported. The team plane returned Thursday from China, where it required special permission to even land.

A true team effort.
The story of how this week’s Patriotic mission for PPE unfolded: https://t.co/ScWF2V5Q8Q
— New England Patriots (@Patriots) April 3, 2020

The move was to ensure health care workers on the front lines of the fight against the coronavirus have the requisite equipment needed to protect themselves.

The Krafts even had a team truck deliver 300,000 of the masks to unfriendly territory in New York — a state filled with Giants and Jets fans.

We’re all in this together.
Headed to New York with hope, love and 300,000 masks for healthcare workers. #TogetherWhileApart pic.twitter.com/uV6vS0LPkb
— New England Patriots (@Patriots) April 3, 2020

During the global COVID-19 pandemic, even sports rivalries are being shelved.
Robert Kraft told the New York Post, “We got the governor [Baker] to release 300,000 masks and we paid for them and we gave them to New York City just out of love of the city.’’
While the move was almost universally hailed as a gesture of goodwill and charity by both Republicans and Democrats, far-left Hill apparently wasn’t impressed.
Unable to put her politics aside during a national crisis, the woke former “SportsCenter” co-host attacked Kraft on Twitter for his friendship with Trump.

“This is where I remind people that Robert Kraft is friends with Donald Trump and gave to his campaign. It’s incredible the Kraft family is doing this, but hope they understand their money helped empower their ‘friend,’” Hill wrote on Twitter.

This is where I remind people that Robert Kraft is friends with Donald Trump and gave to his campaign. It’s incredible the Kraft family is doing this, but hope they understand their money helped empower their ✌🏾friend✌🏾 https://t.co/IytC5C5bIX
— Jemele Hill (@jemelehill) April 2, 2020

Hill refused to stand down on her criticism of Kraft after one of her followers reminded her of the country’s current crisis.

Yes it is necessary. If we don’t critically think about how we got here, we will be back here again.
— Jemele Hill (@jemelehill) April 2, 2020

The leftist “Atlantic” writer also responded to another follower who reminded her, “This isn’t the time to be divisive.”
“If you consider facts divisive, oh well. But maybe these owners and billionaires need to better understand that just as their money can do a good deed, it can cause also cause irreparable damage,” she wrote.

If you consider facts divisive, oh well. But maybe these owners and billionaires need to better understand that just as their money can do a good deed, it can cause also cause irreparable damage.
— Jemele Hill (@jemelehill) April 2, 2020

Hill eventually concluded, “Nowhere did I say he shouldn’t do it. Nowhere did I say the gesture wasn’t needed. Politics aren’t a game. Bad policies ruins lives. Bad leadership, as we’ve seen, literally kills people.”

Nowhere did I say he shouldn’t do it. Nowhere did I say the gesture wasn’t needed. Politics aren’t a game. Bad policies ruins lives. Bad leadership, as we’ve seen, literally kills people.
— Jemele Hill (@jemelehill) April 2, 2020

“The reminder is that charity doesn’t erase structural inequality. Billionaires are very loyal to structural inequality because it works for them. We keep getting fooled by good deeds when these are independent acts that don’t get to the root of the problem,” she said.

The reminder is that charity doesn’t erase structural inequality. Billionaires are very loyal to structural inequality because it works for them. We keep getting fooled by good deeds when these are independent acts that don’t get to the root of the problem
— Jemele Hill (@jemelehill) April 2, 2020

Hill’s comments also drew the attention of Logan Allen, a relief pitcher for the Cleveland Indians.

“Why can’t this just be a nice gesture done by the Kraft family? People these days twist EVERYTHING. You’re part of the problem,” Allen wrote.

Why can’t this just be a nice gesture done by the Kraft family? People these days twist EVERYTHING. You’re part of the problem https://t.co/sXDPUxzxKX
— Logan Allen (@Logan__Allen) April 3, 2020

In 2017, while she was with ESPN, Hill referred to Trump as a “white supremacist.”

Donald Trump is a white supremacist who has largely surrounded himself w/ other white supremacists.
— Jemele Hill (@jemelehill) September 11, 2017

She and her former hyper-political co-host Michael Smith eventually left ESPN, but not before cratering ratings for the sports network’s 6 p.m. “SportsCenter” slot.
Sports Illustrated reported that after Hill and Smith were replaced on the program, “SportsCenter” was able to win back 19 percent of its audience.

Hill’s latest comments further highlight the spectacle she made of the sports commentary and analysis show.
As the country wages a war against a virus that affects every American, Hill’s hatred for Trump apparently supersedes efforts to protect human life.
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Trump Says He ‘Hit 3M Hard’ After Reports Company Is Selling Masks to Other Countries Instead of US

President Donald Trump said that he “hit 3M hard” after it was reported that the U.S. mask manufacturer prioritized foreign countries who outbid the U.S. for the critical N95 protective masks to fight the coronavirus.
“We hit 3M hard today after seeing what they were doing with their Masks. ‘P Act’ all the way,” Trump tweeted Thursday.

“Big surprise to many in government as to what they were doing – will have a big price to pay.”

We hit 3M hard today after seeing what they were doing with their Masks. “P Act” all the way. Big surprise to many in government as to what they were doing – will have a big price to pay!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 3, 2020

President Trump on Thursday evening invoked the Defense Production Act to force 3M to ramp up production of masks.
The order directed acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf to “use any and all authority available under the Act to acquire, from any appropriate subsidiary or affiliate of 3M Company, the number of N-95 respirators that the Administrator determines to be appropriate.”

Trump’s Thursday tweet came after the director of the Florida Division of Emergency Management, Jared Moskowitz, told Tucker Carlson that he discovered 3M was favoring foreign buyers and had refused to sell him the masks for healthcare workers on the frontlines in Florida.
“For the last several weeks, we have had a boiler room in our EOC chasing down 3M authorized distributors, brokers, supposedly representing that they sell the N95 masks, only get to warehouses that are completely empty,” Moskowitz said on “Tucker Carlson Tonight.”
“[We are] being told that our shipments are on cargo planes and the flights don’t even appear on FlightAware. We are chasing ghosts, Tucker. I just decided to turn up the heat and tell people what is actually happening in the N95 mask space.”
Moskowitz described the dire system and said that authorized distributors couldn’t tell him when he would receive masks he had ordered months ago and he couldn’t cancel orders.
He said he reached out to 3M to tell them that their distributors told him his orders were being pushed down because “foreign countries are showing up with cash.”

He voiced his criticisms on Twitter and was later contacted by the communications team who reportedly confirmed: “the system is completely broken.”

Hi @3M. I’m your new Troll. I’m the Director of Emergency Management for the State of Florida @FLSERT. Please send us N95 masks directly to our hospitals, first responders and the state. How many brokers and distributors do we have to negotiate with only to find empty warehouses? https://t.co/0E3gLc3R5t
— Jared Moskowitz (@JaredEMoskowitz) March 30, 2020

According to Moskowitz, the company did not dispute the claims that they were prioritizing foreign countries who showed up to warehouses with cash and said they had not put out any guidance to prevent it from happening.
Moskowitz emphasized that his frustrations were not targeting the factory workers who are working 24 hours a day to create personal protective equipment.

“This is about the executives who decided not to put America first and its going to have devastating consequences,” Moskowitz said.
He added that he told 3M he had cash, but they said they didn’t have any masks to sell him.
He said that he was shocked that he couldn’t “get this life-saving PPE because a company decided to make a globalist decision and not put America first.”

“The idea that an American company is selling masks away from our hospitals, away from our doctors, away from the real heroes on the front lines, is something that will long be investigated after this but is really criminal,” Moskowitz said.
Chief Executive Mike Roman responded to the reports and President Trump on CNBC Friday morning.
“The idea that 3M is not doing all it can to fight price gouging and unauthorized reselling is absurd. The idea that we’re not doing everything we can to maximize deliveries of respirators in our home country – nothing is further from the truth,” Roman said.
A Friday statement from the company said Trump’s order “also requested that 3M cease exporting respirators that we currently manufacture in the United States to the Canadian and Latin American markets.”

“Ceasing all export of respirators produced in the United States would likely cause other countries to retaliate and do the same, as some have already done,” the statement said. “If that were to occur, the net number of respirators being made available to the United States would actually decrease.”
“We will continue to maximize the amount of respirators we can produce on behalf of U.S. health-care workers, as we have every single day since this crisis began,” 3M said.
Roman and 3M said the company has already been working with the Trump administration on getting more masks to the U.S.
“We have been working closely with the Administration to do exactly that, and we appreciate the authorities in the DPA that provide a framework for us to expand even further the work we are doing in response to the global pandemic crisis,” 3M said. “We look forward to working with FEMA to implement yesterday’s order.”

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Coronavirus Task Force To Roll Out New Guidelines Urging Face Masks in Public: Report

The White House coronavirus task force is preparing to announce updated guidelines prepared by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommending some Americans wear some type of facial covering in public, according to new reports.
This change is just the latest in efforts to combat the spread of COVID-19 in areas hit the hardest by the novel coronavirus.

“Because of some recent information that the virus can actually be spread even when people just speak as opposed to coughing and sneezing — the better part of valor is that when you’re out, when you can’t maintain that six-foot distance, to wear some sort of facial covering,” Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, told the Fox News morning program “Fox & Friends” on Friday.
“The important point to emphasize though is that that should in no way ever take away from the availability of masks that are needed for the health care providers who are in real and present danger of getting infected from the people that they are taking care of.”

He added, “This is an addendum and in addition to the physical separation, not as a substitute for it.”
People have been advised for weeks by the Trump administration, the CDC and the World Health Organization that only people who are ill or have underlying health conditions should wear face masks to preserve equipment for health care workers.

In response to reports that the CDC is now considering recommending Americans wear masks made of fabric in public, former CDC Chief Medical Officer Dr. Robert Amler told Fox News that if the guidelines are recommended, people should “respect it.”
“I can tell you having drafted many CDC guidelines over the years that these are done very carefully and on the best available evidence,” he said. “Those guidelines, when they do go out, are not casual or frivolous.”

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“It’s protective for people around you — that’s going to be the case whether or not there is a shortage.”
The wearing of face masks by the general public has been debated because of the shortage of personal protective equipment available for health care workers.
President Donald Trump on Thursday evening invoked the Defense Production Act to force 3M to ramp up production of masks.

The order directed acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf to “use any and all authority available under the Act to acquire, from any appropriate subsidiary or affiliate of 3M Company, the number of N-95 respirators that the Administrator determines to be appropriate.”
Trump’s order came after the director of the Florida Division of Emergency Management, Jared Moskowitz, told Fox News host Tucker Carlson that he discovered 3M was favoring foreign buyers and had refused to sell him the masks for health care workers on the frontlines in Florida.
“This is about the executives who decided not to put America first and it’s going to have devastating consequences,” Moskowitz said.
The company said it has already been working with the Trump administration on getting more masks to the U.S.

“We have been working closely with the Administration to do exactly that, and we appreciate the authorities in the DPA that provide a framework for us to expand even further the work we are doing in response to the global pandemic crisis,” 3M said in a statement. “We look forward to working with FEMA to implement yesterday’s order.”
As of Friday morning, there were over 261,000 cases of COVID-19 in the United States, according to data from Johns Hopkins.
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Jim Acosta Just Got Shredded By His Own Colleague In New Book, ABC Reporter Karl Says Acosta Acts Like Opposition Party

You know you are not good at your job when one of your colleagues, who is often on the same side as you, bashes you. That is the position CNN White House correspondent Jim Acosta finds himself in as a new book has been written that details what he is. And what he is, ABC…
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NRA Sues NY for ‘Effectively and Indefinitely’ Suspending Part of the 2nd Amendment

The National Rifle Association is suing New York state for launching what it calls “pointless and arbitrary attack on the constitutional rights of New York citizens” by closing gun stores as part of Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s edict to deal with the coronavirus.
On March 20, Cuomo issued an executive order stating that only what he deemed essential businesses could operate.

Gun stores were not on that list, which the NRA’s lawsuit said “effectively and indefinitely suspended a key component of the Second Amendment.”
“This lawsuit redresses a pointless and arbitrary attack on the constitutional rights of New York citizens and residents,” the suit said.
“Defendant Cuomo effectively and indefinitely suspended a key component of the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution — shutting down all gun stores in the State of New York, including federally licensed gun stores, by deeming them ‘non-essential’ businesses.”

On March 28, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security issued its own guidance delineating which workers were essential and which were not.
“Workers supporting the operation of firearm or ammunition product manufacturers, retailers, importers, distributors, and shooting ranges” were deemed essential, according to the document.

The federal guidance resulted in some areas, such as New Jersey and Los Angeles County in California, which had originally ordered gun stores shuttered, to allow them to open back up.
That has not happened in New York state, prompting the lawsuit.

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“There isn’t a single person who has ever used a gun for self-defense who would consider it nonessential,” Wayne LaPierre, CEO & executive vice president of the NRA, said in a statement on the NRA’s website.
“This is clearly another assault by Gov. Cuomo on the NRA, on the rights of New Yorkers to defend themselves and their families, and on our Second Amendment freedoms. The NRA will continue to fight all such attacks until Gov. Cuomo recognizes that constitutional rights are for every New Yorker and every American — and not just for politicians and their privileged friends.”
The lawsuit argued that “Citizens of New York (with few exceptions) can only purchase firearms through a regulatory patchwork entailing federally-licensed dealers and background checks. By closing federally licensed dealers, Defendants have cut off the only way of legally purchasing firearms in the State. As a result of the government’s overreach, most New Yorkers have no legal way to exercise the constitutional right to purchase arms or ammunition.”

“The United States Supreme Court recognizes that the right to keep and bear arms is fundamental and belongs to the individual, not the government. Moreover, a core purpose of that right is self defense,” it added.
“The current public health emergency does not justify impeding the exercise of Second Amendment rights, especially during a time when many New Yorkers have valid concerns about the ability of the government to maintain order — and criminals are being prematurely released from jails,” the lawsuit said, noting the federal guidance issued March 28 by the DHS.
The lawsuit said there is a clear and present public safety danger to New Yorkers in the current crisis.
“Many New York citizens and residents desiring to purchase firearms and ammunition have experienced empty shelves, long lines and tense atmospheres while shopping for other essential goods,” the lawsuit said.

“They have read about the release of thousands of prisoners by state officials, and they are concerned about the ability of police forces to maintain order when officers fear contact with COVID-19 or have fallen ill themselves.
“The desire of these New Yorkers to purchase firearms and ammunition to protect themselves and their families is rational and well-founded. More importantly, Defendants do not have the right to substitute their own judgment for that of individuals who might want to purchase firearms and ammunition, or to declare that the Second Amendment does not apply until further notice.”
New York State Attorney General Letitia James indicated the state has no intention of allowing gun stores to reopen.

Everyone, including the NRA, must follow the law and all executive orders of New York.
We will aggressively defend the state against yet another legal assault by the NRA.https://t.co/xjFaHikr65
— NY AG James (@NewYorkStateAG) April 2, 2020

But the lawsuit indicated that shuttering gun stores goes beyond what is necessary to deal with the virus.
“Defendants’ closure of firearms retailers is a cynical and pretextual attack on the Second Amendment rights of the people of New York,” the lawsuit said, noting that Cuomo has considered as essential “sales of goods such as liquor, pizza, coffee, donuts, and luxury condominiums.”
“History reminds us that incursions upon constitutional liberties which are rationalized in the midst of an emergency frequently linger longer, and do more harm, than the emergency itself,” the suit said.

“Reasonable steps to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus do not include the suspension of the Second Amendment.
“Plaintiff asks the Court to declare that the Second Amendment right to bear arms requires that citizens and residents of New York be afforded reasonable access to purchase firearms and ammunition, and to prohibit Defendants from needlessly forcing gun stores to remain closed.”
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Poll: Large Number of Small Businesses Are on the Brink of Permanent Closure as Coronavirus Shutdown Takes Its Toll

A new survey shows that the restrictions imposed to slow the spread of the coronavirus are causing major damage to the ranks of the nation’s small businesses. In many jurisdictions across the nation, businesses deemed “nonessential” by state or local authorities have been forced to shut down. The MetLife & U.S. Chamber of Commerce Small…
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Newsom Confirms Exactly What We Warned About: Pushes To Use COVID To Launch New Progressive Age

It’s opportunistic, it’s insensitive, it’s downright appalling — in other words, it’s exactly what you’d expect a Democrat to do in a crisis.
California Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom was asked in a news conference Wednesday if he sees the coronavirus pandemic crisis as “potential” for a “new progressive era” and gave his honest answer.

“Absolutely. We see this as an opportunity to reshape the way we do business and how we govern. That shouldn’t put shivers up one the spines of one party or the other,” Newsom said — except that it does.

Calif. Gov. @GavinNewsom: Coronavirus an opportunity to create a new “progressive era”
“We see this as an opportunity to reshape the way we do business and how we govern.” pic.twitter.com/LongRVqcMS
— Tom Elliott (@tomselliott) April 2, 2020

Newsom trotted out all of the usual leftist talking points even as he closed by listing his capitalist bona fides as a business owner.
The governor pointed to his state’s economic successes but said, “The wealth distribution, the income inequality, was not something that was substantially improving.

“The middle-class feeling squeezed. Increasingly, the trend lines were suggesting what is self-evident become a headline and that is we were going from a three-class society to a two-class society.”
If you’ve paid attention to any of Newsom’s comrades on the left and their class warfare rhetoric, you know this is the same tired, recycled Marxism that Democrats perpetuate for political gain.
“So something was fundamentally flawed in that global context, manifested quite acutely here in the state of California, the richest and the poorest state with the number of the most impoverished metros in the country,” Newsom said, as if unaware that his party has been in power for quite some time in the state. “And we’ve long been struggling to address those issues.
“So I see this quite substantively through that lens, that equity lens.”
Since 1992, California has voted for the Democrat in every single presidential race, and it has had a Democrat governor for almost a decade.

Newsom drove home that he wants politicians to “think more systemically, not situationally,” which sums up the thrust of Democrat philosophy to reset the political system in a crisis.
His plan echoes Rahm Emanuel’s famous line, “You never want a serious crisis to go to waste.” Emanuel uttered that call to arms when he was President Barack Obama’s chief of staff during the administration’s handling of the 2008 economic crisis.
Even as President Donald Trump was working on a way to help the economy during the coronavirus pandemic, Democrats were trying to worm all kinds of nonsense into the Coronavirus Aid Relief and Economic Security Act.
Texas GOP Sen. Ted Cruz called out the Democrats for doing exactly what Emanuel had said as they tried to push for ridiculous new regulations.

“Sadly, we’re seeing the embodiment of that cynical approach right now,” he said of Democrats’ opportunistic exploitation of the bill.
“Because all the people out of jobs, the Democrats are using to push – what are they pushing for? Changing the emission standards on airplanes,” Cruz said.
“Mr. President, what the hell do the emissions standards on airplanes have to do with thousands of people dying and millions of people out of work in the coronavirus epidemic?” the senator said in his impassioned plea.

Sen. @tedcruz UNLOADS on Dems from the Senate floor:
“What the hell do the emissions standards on airplanes have to do with thousands of people dying and millions of people out of work in the Coronavirus epidemic?” pic.twitter.com/zXiQjJRpRA
— Caleb Hull (@CalebJHull) March 23, 2020

Even after the massive $2 trillion bill CARES Act passed, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was sniffing around for a tax break for her and her wealthy neighbors by repealing the cap on state and local tax deduction for those making over $100,000, according to The New York Times.
The Ways and Means GOP Twitter shared the news about her effort. “Pelosi is trying to make good on that promise by aiming to roll back the SALT cap, which would result in funneling money to the wealthy elite,” the post said.

Dems have told us that they will never let a crisis go to waste. Pelosi is trying to make good on that promise by aiming to roll back the SALT cap, which would result in funneling money to the wealthy elite. https://t.co/RQneTLWkLH
— Ways and Means GOP (@WaysandMeansGOP) April 1, 2020

Former Vice President Joe Biden, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, is dusted off and propped up anytime there’s a chance for him to gain any relevance. Before the CARES Act, the 77-year-old politician made sure to reach for the youth vote by including one of their pet causes.
After parroting the trite talking points about why the bill should pass, Biden urged the inclusion to “forgive a minimum of $10,000/person of federal student loans, as proposed by Senator [Elizabeth] Warren and colleagues,” he wrote.
“Young people and other student debt holders bore the brunt of the last crisis,” he said, evidently forgetting that he was the vice president during the 2008 economic downturn. “It shouldn’t happen again.”

Additionally, we should forgive a minimum of $10,000/person of federal student loans, as proposed by Senator Warren and colleagues. Young people and other student debt holders bore the brunt of the last crisis. It shouldn’t happen again.
— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) March 22, 2020

The vultures on the left are using the coronavirus crisis for their own ends.
If they have their way, they will reshape the government in their own image and funnel taxpayer dollars to their causes while everyone else is concerned with the actual crisis at hand.

It is important, even as lawmakers and citizens alike grapple with the unprecedented emergency, that liberty not be another casualty of the coronavirus.
This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

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Cuomo Praises Trump For Moving Quickly on Request to Convert Javits Center to Covid-19 Only Patients

Once again New York Governor Andrew Cuomo blows the Democrat narrative that Trump is doing little to respond to the Wuhan coronavirus pandemic to smithereens.
This time the governor praised the President for moving quickly to convert the federally run Javits Center to a Covid-19 patients only hospital against the objections of the federal agencies responsible for running the center.

During his daily press conference Governor Cuomo said ” “Javits is going to be converted to a COVID facility.”
“The original plan was to just Javits — Javits is the state convention center, it was retrofitted by the Army Corps of Engineers to hold 2500 people — the original plan was that it would not take COVID patients, COVID-positive patients, it would take non-COVID patients and would be an overflow for hospitals.”
“As it turned out, we don’t have non-COVID people to any great extent in the hospitals,” Cuomo added. “Hospitals have now turned into, effectively, ICU hospitals for COVID patients.”

“So we wanted to convert Javits from non-COVID to COVID. The [Javits Center] it’s federally run.”
Cuomo then got to the point “frankly, the federal agencies were not eager to do that. FEMA was not eager to do that. I called the President. I spoke to him about it yesterday morning.”

“That afternoon — yesterday afternoon, the President called me back, said he spoke to the task force and they would grant the request to transition the Javits Center to COVID-only.”
The governor then went on to praise the president for not only granting his request but for moving on it so quickly.

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“That adds 2500 beds so that’s a very big deal. I thank the President for doing it. He did it despite the fact that the federal agencies were not eager to do it and he did it quickly.”
“So I thank him for that. It’s a big deal for us.”
Watch the entire thing:

While not a huge fan of leftist, gun grabbing New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, in this crisis he is at least taking decisive action, unlike the mayor of New York City, and is not afraid nor hesitant to thank the President and his team for their assistance.
That is a rare and commendable thing in this hyper-partisan world we live in.
Too bad it took a crisis of this magnitude for that to happen.

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Reminder: Trump Talked Coronavirus Preparation in Feb. SOTU, But Pelosi Tore It Up

Nancy Pelosi is attempting to use the coronavirus pandemic as a means to paint President Donald Trump as an aloof and unprepared official, seemingly responsible for every COVID-19 death in America.
If the House speaker would have paid attention during the president’s most recent State of the Union address however, she might have noticed that Trump was planning a response to the outbreak well over a month before American cases surged.

“Protecting Americans’ health also means fighting infectious diseases,” Trump said in the Feb. 4 speech.
“We are coordinating with the Chinese government and working closely together on the coronavirus outbreak in China. My administration will take all necessary steps to safeguard our citizens from this threat.”
Watch Trump’s remarks on the coronavirus below, complete with Pelosi absentmindedly shuffling papers in the background:

Instead of listening, it appears Pelosi was more intent on preparing for her big stunt — tearing up a copy of Trump’s speech after the president’s closing remarks.

Even before Trump’s infamous speech, he was acting to fight against coronavirus.
In January, the president banned travel to the U.S. of foreign nationals from China and instituted a quarantine on American soil of incoming U.S. citizens who had traveled to areas of China where they may have been exposed to the virus, a step seen as extraordinary by some at the time.

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While the House speaker is now claiming Trump was unprepared, it looks like Pelosi was the one who was blindsided by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The first mention of “coronavirus” on Pelosi’s Twitter account was on Feb. 24, nearly three weeks after the president’s speech and almost a month after he stopped travel from China.
When Pelosi finally did catch on that there was an impending pandemic barreling toward America, it looks like her response only made things worse.

Instead of urging citizens to prepare by securing life-saving prescriptions and other essentials, she encouraged people to fill city streets. The House speaker made a point to tour San Francisco’s Chinatown while assuring people there was nothing to worry about.
If it’s not abundantly clear by now, the last thing you want to do during the current pandemic is crowd city streets and mill around an area known for being a tourist destination.
Thankfully, Pelosi is not in charge of the coronavirus response — but she’s not letting that stop her from trying to become the head honcho.
The House speaker announced Thursday that she is creating a committee to oversee coronavirus relief funds, and yes, her creation will have subpoena power.

It seems the Democratic Party should now change their motto to something more appropriate, maybe something along the lines of “never let a good crisis go to waste.”
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Nancy Pelosi Versus President Trump on Dealing With the Coronavirus Crisis Brutally Summed Up By One Cartoon

We all know that Nancy Pelosi and her crew of bottom dwelling scum-sucking Democrats are pieces of garbage that hate our country and need to be swept out of power this November.
While President Trump and his team is hard at work trying to win the war against the invisible enemy Pelosi and her crew got busy setting up another investigation of the president.

Here the difference between Nancy Pelosi and President Trump on dealing with the coronavirus crisis brutally summed up in one cartoon:

Does that about sum it up?

Democrats and their media allies are truly the enemy of the American people.
Watch as House minority leader Andy McCarthy rips Nancy Pelosi a new one for starting a new oversight committee in the middle of a pandemic, while the President is getting the job done for the American people:

Read the transcript, every American needs to know about this nonsense in the middle of a crisis:

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DOOCY: “House Speaker Nancy Pelosi launching an oversight committee with subpoena power to oversee the Trump Administration’s response to COVID-19. Here with reaction is House minority leader Kevin Mccarthy, he joins us from Capitol Hill. Leader, isn’t that what Congress is supposed to do? Aren’t they supposed to provide oversight to the administration?”
McCARTHY: “Yes. And we are all providing that. Think for one moment. You have the oversight committee, that that’s all they focus upon.
But in the last bill that we just passed, the CARES Act, we created three new oversight entities, right?

We’ve created the pandemic oversight that is a set-up of inspector generals, Glen Fine is running that.
We created a special individual who will be appointed by the President, confirmed by the Senate, and then we actually created a congressional oversight that is appointed by all the leaders from Schumer to McConnell to Pelosi and myself.
This is redundant.
But what’s most telling here is who she appointed. She didn’t go with the Oversight Committee chair, her own. She appointed Clyburn.

Remember what Clyburn said, her majority whip. He said this is the time to restructure, into their vision, government.
This isn’t about oversight. Sounds like pure politics.
Really, what the Speaker should be focused on, what we need to deliver to the American public, let’s take care of the crisis at hand right now.
We have five different oversights already looking at this, and this is what she comes up with?

We need to implement the trillions of dollars that we just said that we passed.
Let’s get it to small business. Let’s get people continuing to work. Let’s make sure we get that $140 billion out to the hospitals who actually need it, our modern day soldiers in the medical community.”
DOOCY: “Yeah. You know, it sounds like there are a number of Democrats, including Speaker Pelosi who is already talking about phase 4. We have just barely gotten phase 3 started right now. But when you listen to some of her — some of her agenda items regarding phase 4, it does sound like it’s a lot of what the Democrats proposed in January. The only difference is now they have added some money for hospitals and community clinics. Right?”
McCARTHY: “What she is proposing is the things she was denied in the last bill, things that had nothing to do with coronavirus.

The Green New Deal, changing election law, bailing out states on pensions that were spent incorrectly, providing more money to sanctuary cities, everything that doesn’t deal with the coronavirus, Planned Parenthood.
These are the things that why she held this bill up for more than four days. I mean, this would already be implemented today, we would be talking about how we are getting the money out, had she not held the bill up earlier.”
DOOCY: “You know, since phase 3 is now underway and it sounds like some people are going to wind up getting checks as early as next week. As a former small business owner yourself, you know, I think you started a business when you are about 20 years old, how important is it for people who are finding these times so challenging with their small business that they get on the website and start the process of getting the money that is out there for them today?”
McCARTHY: “This is the most important thing to do. This bill does a number of things.

What it does with small business is important. If you are a sole proprietor. A small business where I was when I was 20 years old. Government has shut you down to most of those small businesses so you have no income. We want to provide you liquidity.
It’s only a two page form that you have to fill out. It’s out there.
Go to my Twitter page, I will have it up there. GOP leader to be able to send it to you. What do is pay your employee and pay your rent and pay your utilities, that’s no longer a loan.
A portion of that is a grant. We want to keep people working. We want to supply you the resource.

If you are a larger business we will secure a loan and give you retention tax credit to pay for half of your employees.
Individuals will get a check directly to them if they are making $99,000 or less and hospitals get resources that’s what the cares act did. That’s what we should be focused on making sure we are implementing instead of looking at some other bill or some other oversight we just instatued three new oversight committees to oversee this.”
DOOCY: “Speaking of oversight spokesman said this bipartisan committee’s work will help save lives and taxpayer dollars in realtime not after it’s too late to make a difference and that’s something everyone should welcome. Your response to that?”
McCARTHY: “That’s just not true. Halls she not learned from the impeachment and maybe that’s what she is thinking about here. You cannot create a new select committee without Congress voting. I’m here because I’m meeting with the president today. But nobody is here in Washington.

When will we come back and vote on this? It would be too late.
That’s why in the cares act we implemented three new oversight entities within there that she has an appointment.
To say but we already have the oversight committee only to focus on this and we also have every single committee has an oversight subcommittee.
It seems to me this is just politics as usual instead of focused on the crisis that we need to be today delivering for the American public. Making sure we are getting the resources to them.”

DOOCY: “Well, Kevin Mccarthy standing alone on Capitol Hill. Thank you very much.”

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NYC Mayor Calls for National Conscription of Medical Workers; ‘Country Is Not in a Position to Deal with this Crisis’

During an interview with Mike Brezinski on MSNBC’s show “Morning Joe” NYC mayor Bill De Blasio just essentially called for national conscription of medical workers to help fight the coronavirus pandemic.
In response to a question about his national conscription position from Brezinski, De Blasio said “the truth is, unless there is a national effort to enlist doctors, nurses, hospital workers of all kind, and get them where they are needed most in the country in time, unless that happens, I don’t see, honestly, how we’re going to have the professionals we need to get through this crisis.”

“Look at the skyrocketing number of cases,” the mayor added. “Look at how many of these patients need ICU care.”
“That takes a lot of medical personnel. That takes ventilators. This country is not, actually, this moment, this is the sad truth, Mika, this country is not in position to deal with this crisis going forward.”
“Whatever we’ve seen up till now, I’m guaranteeing you that next week is going to be a lot tougher. I say that with no joy.”

De Blasio then hammered home his main point, force people to work and take orders “I’m saying it to try to jolt our national leaders into understanding that next week in New York City is going to be very tough.”
“Next week in New York state, in Detroit, New Orleans, and a lot of other places, unless the military is fully mobilized and we create something we’ve never had before, which is some kind of national enlistment of medical personnel moved to the most urgent needs in the country constantly, if we don’t have that, we’re going to see a hospital simply unable to handle so many people who could be saved.”

“And I’ve been talking to the leaders of this nation for weeks now, saying we are running out of time. I think we have literally days to create something that’s never existed before, for a crisis this country has never seen before.”
De Blasio then hammered home his point once again “we have days to set up a structure to truly mobilize the medical community of this nation, to truly mobilize our military. If that is not done in the coming days, you’re going to see people die who did not need to die. Not just in New York but in many parts of this country.”

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Watch the entire exchange:

I understand the mayor is panicked, understandably so, but that is no reason to essential enslave people.

Read the entire chilling transcript, it shows how wanna be leftist dictators think when under pressure:
BRZEZINSKI: “Joining us now, the mayor of New York City, Bill de Blasio. Mayor de Blasio, that is a pretty extreme decision that has to be made, given the shortages of doctors, for the most part. I want to start there. You’ve called for a national enlistment of medical personnel.
From what we’re hearing from the front lines, we have doctors that are in crisis. Also, a mental health crisis, given the fact that their fellow doctors and nurses are falling ill right beside them. Are we going to have enough doctors to get through this?”
DE BLASIO: “Mika, the truth is, unless there is a national effort to enlist doctors, nurses, hospital workers of all kind, and get them where they are needed most in the country in time, unless that happens, I don’t see, honestly, how we’re going to have the professionals we need to get through this crisis.

Look at the skyrocketing number of cases. Look at how many of these patients need ICU care.
That takes a lot of medical personnel. That takes ventilators. This country is not, actually, this moment, this is the sad truth, Mika, this country is not in position to deal with this crisis going forward.
Whatever we’ve seen up till now, I’m guaranteeing you that next week is going to be a lot tougher. I say that with no joy.
I’m saying it to try to jolt our national leaders into understanding that next week in New York City is going to be very tough.

Next week in New York state, in Detroit, New Orleans, and a lot of other places, unless the military is fully mobilized and we create something we’ve never had before, which is some kind of national enlistment of medical personnel moved to the most urgent needs in the country constantly, if we don’t have that, we’re going to see a hospital simply unable to handle so many people who could be saved.
Mika, this is what gets me so angry.
And I’ve been talking to the leaders of this nation for weeks now, saying we are running out of time.
I think we have literally days to create something that’s never existed before, for a crisis this country has never seen before.

We have days to set up a structure to truly mobilize the medical community of this nation, to truly mobilize our military. If that is not done in the coming days, you’re going to see people die who did not need to die. Not just in New York but in many parts of this country.”
BRZEZINSKI: “Well, let’s try and message some facts to our leaders here. Let’s talk, Mayor de Blasio, as tough as it is, about the rate of deaths in New York City, and accommodating the bodies. The government has put in an order for 100,000 body bags. What is the rate of death right now in New York City? What do you expect it to be next week? What does that look like? And are you able to accommodate that?”
DE BLASIO: “Mika, I think it’s so important for people to hear the truth.
You have doctors, nurses, firefighters, police officers, EMTs, paramedics, all doing their job in a heroic fashion. They are fighting to save every life. I have absolute faith in them.

What I don’t have faith in is that they will have the equipment they need, certainly, especially those ventilators, and they’ll have the reinforcements they need.
Because here’s the problem. So many of our health care workers and first responders, they’ve gotten sick themselves.
Most of them come back after seven days, ten days. But we’ve got to recognize, we’re not even — we don’t have our full complement we would normally have of these crucial, crucial, these life-saving folks, because a lot of them got sick themselves.
On top of that, the demand keeps surging.

That’s why we need those reinforcements.
Now, Mika, again, I say to the president of the United States, I said to the Pentagon over a week ago, 1,000 nurses, 150 doctors, 300 respiratory therapists, for the nation’s largest city, 8.6 million people.
You’d think in a country this big, this strong, that would be an easy request to fill.
I’m still waiting.

So those reinforcements have to come or our health care professionals will just be swamped.
1,500 deaths already, and we have not even gotten to the hard part of this.”

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Trump Addresses Why Illegal Immigrants Not Eligible for Stimulus Checks: ‘They Came in Illegally’

President Donald Trump made clear on Wednesday the reason the millions of unauthorized immigrants residing in the United States will not be sent coronavirus payment checks: “They came in illegally.”
“Over five million immigrants in this country do pay taxes through their IT numbers, yet they will not receive any money in the stimulus package,” one reporter told the president.

“And no undocumented immigrant will receive any aid from the government during this crisis. How do you suppose they survive during the COVID-19 [outbreak]?”
“Well, you know, you’re saying ‘undocumented,’ meaning they came in illegally,” Trump answered.
“A lot of people would say we have a lot of citizens right now that won’t be working, so what are you going to do? It’s a tough thing,” the president said.

Trump went on to acknowledge it is a sad and difficult situation that illegal immigrants are in.

President @realDonaldTrump:
“You say Undocumented, meaning they came in Illegally…” pic.twitter.com/jpUkJ2ogTR
— ACTforAmerica (@ACTforAmerica) April 2, 2020

“It’s a very sad question, I must be honest with you, but they came in illegally and we have a lot of people that are citizens of our country that won’t be able to have jobs,” he said.

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Trump predicted a “boom economy” once the coronavirus outbreak is quelled, allowing jobs to come back.
“It’s a really sad situation, and we are working on it,” he reiterated regarding illegal immigrants. “I’m not going to give you a hard and fast answer, because I just want to tell you it’s something I think about, and it’s something we’re working on.”
The Pew Research Center has estimated there were 7.6 million illegal immigrants in the U.S. labor force or looking for work in 2017, making up 4.6 percent of the nation’s workers.

Legal immigrants — i.e. those with green cards, as well as the hundreds of thousands of people in the country under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program — will receive the stimulus payments because their legal status, the Miami Herald reported.
The United States allows over 1 million people to legally immigrate into the country per year.
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York accused Trump and GOP lawmakers of cutting checks to Americans off the backs of “taxpaying immigrants,” highlighting specifically illegal aliens.
“To clarify, $1200 checks are ONLY going to some w/social sec numbers, NOT immigrants w/ tax IDs (ITINs),” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted on March 26.

To clarify, $1200 checks are ONLY going to some w/social sec numbers, NOT immigrants w/ tax IDs (ITINs).
Thanks to GOP, these checks will be cut off the backs of *taxpaying immigrants,* who get nothing. Many are essential workers who pay more taxes than Amazon.
Wall St gets $4T
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) March 26, 2020

“Thanks to GOP, these checks will be cut off the backs of *taxpaying immigrants,* who get nothing. Many are essential workers who pay more taxes than Amazon. Wall St gets $4T,” she added.
In the legislation signed by Trump on Friday, $300 billion goes in direct payments to Americans.

An additional $260 billion goes to enhanced unemployment benefits, so workers — including those in the gig economy — get 100 percent of what they were earning when they lost their jobs.
Another $350 billion goes to small businesses employing 500 or fewer as loans they do not have to pay back if they keep their workers on the job at least until the end of June.
The payments were designed to help employers be able to make payroll so they do not need to lay people off.
Finally, $500 billion will go to large corporations like Boeing and others in the airline industry in the form of loans and grants to keep them afloat through these challenging economic times.

Those corporations, however, must pay back the loans to the government with interest.
This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

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New York City Reportedly Bribing Prisoners with Anti-Virus Gear To Dig Mass Graves

New York City is reportedly using its Rikers Island jail workforce to dig mass graves, seemingly in anticipation of the fallout from the city’s spike in coronavirus cases.
To lure convicts (those in jail awaiting trial are not part of the arrangement) into joining the work detail, the prison system is even offering a major increase in pay over what jobs normally pay behind bars, as well as access to masks and protective gear that much of the general population would have a hard time securing, according to a new report.

While the prisoners will reportedly be handed gear for the work under this arrangement, average Americans are finding it near impossible to buy masks, gloves and other protective equipment due to shortages and appropriation.
According to The Intercept, inmates will also receive $6 per hour for the work.
This is nearly a tenfold increase in pay over what the average New York state prisoner earns, which was discovered to be around 65 cents per hour in a 2017 Gothamist report.

Clearly, New York City wants these graves.
A spokesperson from Mayor Bill de Blasio’s office confirmed the existence of the graves, but claimed they were not specific to COVID-19.

Hart Island, where the graves are to be dug, is home to a public cemetery which is already maintained by inmates.
While the mayor’s office may claim the graves are not specifically intended for coronavirus victims, official documents hint the Hart Island cemetery will be used exactly for that purpose.
A 2008 document prepared by the city’s chief medical examiner highlighted Hart Island as a destination for a hypothetical surge of corpses following a deadly viral outbreak.
“As of 2007, the [NYC Department of Correction] reported that Hart Island has two prepared sites able to accommodate 19,200 decedents and an additional undeveloped site to support future interments,” the report reads.
Although the document used influenza to model the deaths, it’s been shown that COVID-19 is a much deadlier illness.

All things considered, it appears that the government doesn’t even need to bribe inmates with inflated wages and hard-to-get gear in order to get the work done.
It’s likely that prisoners digging the graves are in a much better position than those inside prison facilities.
For one, the SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes COVID-19 thrives in packed and unsanitary conditions like those of Rikers Island and other New York prison facilities. (Harvey Weinstein, locked up in a Buffalo-area prison, caught COVID-19 while behind bars.)
Working in the open air while using the personal protective gear issued by the prison would likely give inmates on grave-digging detail a much better chance of avoiding infection.

While New York is the state hardest hit by the viral pneumonia, numbers from Johns Hopkins show the mounting number of deaths have not yet come close to requiring the digging of mass graves.
When considering Americans’ propensity for ingenuity, like when doctors discover new ways to use ventilators, and the fact that production capacity for consumer goods is being shifted toward medical gear, it’s far from certain that these graves will ever be filled with the bodies of New Yorkers.
This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

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Chuck Todd’s Outrageous Disclaimer Before Trump’s COVID Briefing Flushes Media’s Last Shred of Credibility

I’m not one for cancel culture, but I wouldn’t mind seeing it applied to Chuck Todd at this point.
Not that he’d do anything that would get the millennial Twitterati to give him the ol’ #ChuckToddIsOverParty treatment. If anything, Todd has probably become a popular figure among the #Resistance crowd, given the fact that he’s emerged as one of the most consistent Trump-baiters out there.

Consider, for instance, when Todd — host of “Meet the Press” on NBC — made news by comparing the impeachment investigation into former NBC employee Donald Trump to the trial of another rather infamous former NBC employee, O.J. Simpson.
“I’m having a quick flashback to the O.J. trial, frankly, where the facts were damning, but it didn’t matter,” Todd said in November of last year.
That’s pretty much par for the course when it comes to Todd and President Trump — and now, thanks to coronavirus, we have him giving disclaimers before Trump coronavirus news conferences.

Todd, who was on desk duty on MSNBC Tuesday afternoon when the president’s COVID-19 update was about to come on (he’s also the host of “MTP Daily” on MSNBC), decided to add his own viewer discretion warning.
“And the White House coronavirus briefing is about to begin. But before we go to it, we want to note a few things,” Todd began. “First of all, we know these briefings have a tendency to veer in a lot of different directions, not all of them are informative or relevant in the midst of this crisis.

“So we will listen as the president talks and we will make sure we’re giving you a fact check and putting what he says in context on the other side,” he added. “If it veers too much off, we will break in — we will break off and come back here. But for the most part, we want to listen in to the information, we hope, he is bringing to all of us. Let’s take a listen.”

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It’s curious to hear someone from MSNBC — Todd in particular — discoursing about how the president’s briefings regarding COVID-19 had “a tendency to veer in a lot of different directions, not all of them are informative or relevant in the midst of this crisis.”
What do the viewers at home suppose they’ve been watching?
This isn’t particularly uncommon talk from the media, either. After lamenting for the first three years of his presidency that Donald Trump didn’t hold enough news briefings, the media is now livid that he’s holding too many of them during the biggest crisis of his presidency.

No network has lamented the monkey’s-paw nature of coronavirus quite as much as MSNBC, however. Just the day before, Chris Hayes called the decision to continue to air the news conferences “crazy” and “dangerous.”

“I think that regular information in times of crisis from the government on sort of the science and facts and policy are essential. But I personally can’t help but feel these daily sessions are bad for the country, even dangerous from a public health perspective,” Hayes said Monday night.
“It’s obviously above my pay grade. I don’t make the call about [whether] we take them or not, but it seems crazy to me that everyone is still taking them when you got the My Pillow guy getting up there talking about reading the Bible.”

Mike Lindell, “the My Pillow guy,” was up on the dais because he’s making N95 masks in his factory while Hayes is making … a mostly forgettable hour of opinion broadcasting.
This sentiment from MSNBC hosts isn’t a new thing, either.
On March 20, nigh on two weeks ago, Rachel Maddow said that “there may be other people in the federal government who are saying things that are true, but these daily briefings from the White House are a litany of things from the president that would be awesome if they were true, if they were happening. But they’re not, and so the sooner we come to terms with that, I think the better for all of us.
“If it were up to me and it’s not, I would stop putting those briefings on live TV,” she continued.

“Not out of spite but because it’s misinformation. If the president does end up saying anything true, you can run it as tape, but if he keeps lying like he has been every day on stuff this important, we should — all of us should stop broadcasting it. Honestly, it’s going to cost lives.”

Well, I guess he really is on par with O.J. Simpson, then.
Todd, Hayes and Maddow all sound like pornographers who unabashedly detest their own product but can’t stop selling it because it sells too well. And, be not mistaken, it sells exceptionally well.

As The New York Times pointed out, the TV ratings for Trump’s daily briefings have “rivaled the audiences for hit reality shows and prime-time football.”
“Since reviving the daily White House briefing — a practice abandoned last year by an administration that bristles at outside scrutiny — Mr. Trump and his coronavirus updates have attracted an average audience of 8.5 million on cable news, roughly the viewership of the season finale of ‘The Bachelor,’” The Times reported March 25.
“And the numbers are continuing to rise, driven by intense concern about the virus and the housebound status of millions of Americans who are practicing social distancing. On Monday, nearly 12.2 million people watched Mr. Trump’s briefing on CNN, Fox News and MSNBC, according to Nielsen — ‘Monday Night Football’ numbers.”
If MSNBC’s hosts really think these media conferences are so vile, they certainly get a lot of mileage talking about them. It’s like the old “Mondo Cane” documentaries from the 1960s, where the narrator would pretend to be genuinely scandalized at shock footage of “rituals” from around the world that were presented, at arm’s length, as “education.”

All three of these people are some of the most powerful in media. If they didn’t want to show up to work to protest airing the media conferences, they could. If they didn’t want to talk about them, they could do that, too.
All of these options are open to them — and yet, they continue to talk about them because they want ratings, too. No one begrudges them the fruit of their labor, but they probably shouldn’t call the vine they’re picking it from so poisoned to be extirpated and burned on a pyre.
There’s no need for condescending warnings before the president’s media conference, no need for a hyperventilation about the media briefings costing lives, no need to talk about how dangerous they are.
The assumption from these hosts is that we’re all so dumb the president would just be pouring information straight into our poor little brains without their intervention.

This says a lot more about how they regard their viewers, however, than it does about anything that goes on at these news briefings.
This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

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Medical Expert Sees ‘Beginning of the End’ in Coronavirus Fight with New Treatment Results

Dr. Stephen Smith, founder of the Smith Center for Infectious Diseases and Urban Health in East Orange, New Jersey, said the remarkable results he is seeing in his coronavirus patients using a combination of the anti-malaria drug hydroxychloroquine and the antibiotic azithromycin marks the “beginning of the end” of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Appearing on Fox News’ “The Ingraham Angle” on Wednesday night, Smith said not a single patient he has been treating with the combination over a five-day period has had to be placed on a ventilator.

“The chance of that occurring by chance, according to my sons Leon and Hunter, who did some stats for me, are .000-something,” he said, adding that “it’s ridiculously low.”
The doctor told host Laura Ingraham he was currently treating 72 COVID-19 patients.
“It’s a game-changer. It’s an absolute game-changer,” he said, arguing his findings support what a French researcher’s study determined.

“I think this is the beginning of the end of the pandemic. I’m very serious,” said Smith, whose facility is in the New York metropolitan area, the U.S. hotspot for the coronavirus outbreak.

Dr. Stephen Smith, an infectious disease specialist, on using hydroxychloroquine/azithromycin combo to treat #COVID19 patients:
“It’s a game changer. It’s an absolute game changer. … I think this is the beginning of the end of the #pandemic. I’m very serious.” pic.twitter.com/F716IhtEvA
— Nicole Saphier, MD (@NBSaphierMD) April 2, 2020

Similarly, Dr. Mehmet Oz told Fox News host Sean Hannity on Wednesday that the Chinese have conducted a “randomized trial” with hydroxychloroquine after noticing that none of the patients taking the drug for lupous and rheumatoid arthritis were contracting the coronavirus.

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The study consisted of 62 COVID-19 patients in which researchers gave half of them hydroxychloroquine over a five-day period, Oz said.
“What they realized was pretty interesting,” he said.
“First off, the symptoms. The temperature, the fevers, instead of lasting three days, in a typical illness, it only lasted two days,” while coughing also went from three to two days for the people receiving the drug, Oz said.

All the people in the study had pneumonia, and over the course of the five days, 81 percent of the people taking hydroxychloroquine saw improvement in their lungs compared with 55 percent of those not given that medication.

Additionally, four people in the control group not receiving hydroxychloroquine died, while none of the patients in the experimental group taking the medication did.
Oz recommended that the United States do a search of the entire Medicare database and see if any of those being treated with hydroxychloroquine for other medical conditions had developed COVID-19.

He said New York-Presbyterian Hospital, where he works as a surgeon, has launched a study among its staff to see if taking hydroxychloroquine has a prophylactic effect of keeping people from developing the illness.
Regarding the drug’s efficacy for treating COVID-19, Oz said, “We’ll only prove it with a larger trial, but this is tantalizing bait.”
On Sunday, the Food and Drug Administration issued an emergency use authorization for hydroxychloroquine to treat coronavirus patients.
President Donald Trump has said he sees the drug as a potential “game-changer” in the fight against COVID-19.

This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

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Report: Trump Campaign Has Been Anonymously Donating Meals to Hospitals Across the Country

The Trump campaign has been anonymously donating meals to hospitals in the areas hardest hit by the coronavirus outbreak, including New York, New Jersey, Michigan and Washington state, according to a report Thursday.
Fox News political reporter Brooke Singman reported that President Donald Trump’s re-election campaign has been placing the orders since last Thursday.

“They’re doing it as a donor who cares,” a source was quoted as saying. “So nothing politically is tied to it. … We’re just trying to, you know, show a thank you.”
“They’re trying to send things that are like, local restaurants that may need support [and] cool restaurant icons of the area that may need the business,” a source said.
Singman tweeted that the Trump campaign “has been quietly calling local restaurants and ordering large amounts of food to be delivered to hospitals in an effort to feed doctors, nurses & first responders and support local restaurants.”

EXCLUSIVE: @realDonaldTrump‘s campaign has been quietly calling local restaurants and ordering large amounts of food to be delivered to hospitals in an effort to feed doctors,nurses& first responders and support local restaurants #coronavirus #COVID19 https://t.co/6A3Zfe5QEz
— Brooke Singman (@BrookeSingman) April 2, 2020

She reported that the Chit Chat Diner in Hackensack, New Jersey, was one of the beneficiaries of the Trump campaign’s new initiative.
“An anonymous donation providing lunch to some hardworking staff at Hackensack Hospital this afternoon. We are so grateful,” the restaurant posted on Instagram earlier this week.

Another order, from Antonio’s Trattoria, was for 100 individuals to be delivered to the Lincoln Hospital in the Bronx.
“It was 20 penne vodkas, 20 pastas with tomato sauce, 30 chicken parmesans, and 30 house salads with grilled chicken,” the manager told Fox News. “He only gave his first name and said he wanted to remain anonymous.”
A source said the president’s campaign has spent tens of thousands of dollars at restaurants and plans to expand the effort.

On Wednesday, Trump encouraged Congress to change the tax laws in order to help restaurants bounce back quicker from the imposed coronavirus shutdown.
“Congress must pass the old, and very strongly proven, deductibility by businesses on restaurants and entertainment,” he wrote.
“This will bring restaurants, and everything related, back – and stronger than ever. Move quickly, they will all be saved!”

Congress must pass the old, and very strongly proven, deductibility by businesses on restaurants and entertainment. This will bring restaurants, and everything related, back – and stronger than ever. Move quickly, they will all be saved!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 1, 2020

The Hill reported that the 2017 Republican tax reform law “revoked a provision allowing corporations to make annual tax deductions for entertainment expenses and limited deductions that could be made for meals.”
Internal Revenue Service guidance issued in 2018 indicated companies could deduct up to 50 percent of business meal expenses as long as they were not considered “lavish.”
At a Rose Garden news conference Sunday, Trump said he had discussed the idea with restaurateur Wolfgang Puck.

“I think it’ll have a tremendous impact and maybe keep them open,” the president told reporters. “Some are closing right now, despite the fact that they could be open in the not-too-distant future, and we expect that.
“But there are some that aren’t going to be able to get open, and we want to make sure they do.”
This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

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Pelosi Wants To Talk Blame for COVID Spread? Here’s Video of Her Telling People To Crowd into Streets

In George Orwell’s dystopian novel “1984,” the protagonist works for the Ministry of Truth, where his job is to revise any past news that doesn’t fit the current narrative and send the evidence down the “memory hole” to be incinerated and forgotten.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and her comrades in the establishment media are attempting to do just that when it comes to what they were doing about coronavirus until just last month.

Thankfully we live in the internet age, where revising history is impossible, and Pelosi cannot run from the fact that her own actions literally set people up to catch the coronavirus.
Starting with what she’s saying currently, Pelosi appeared with host Jake Tapper on CNN’s “State of the Union and hammered President Donald Trump for his alleged inaction in the coronavirus pandemic.
The show’s Twitter account provided this clip captioned, “@SpeakerPelosi says the President downplaying the severity of #coronavirus is ‘deadly.’” It quotes Pelosi’s line, “As the President fiddles, people are dying. We just have to take every precaution.”

.@SpeakerPelosi says the President downplaying the severity of #coronavirus is “deadly.”
“As the President fiddles, people are dying. We just have to take every precaution.” #CNNSOTU pic.twitter.com/y8bFNbaPJy
— State of the Union (@CNNSotu) March 29, 2020

“What the president — his denial at the beginning was deadly,” the California Democrat told Tapper. “His delaying of getting equipment to where — it continues — his delay in getting equipment to where it’s needed is deadly.”
She even invoked the famous Watergate line “What did he know and when did he know it?” just to augment her Trump-hating leftist bona fides. Liberals love the Watergate scandal because it was the last time they came close to throwing out a Republican president.
Did Pelosi miss the Navy hospital ships sailing to New York and Los Angeles, the Army Corps of Engineers building field hospitals, Trump signing the CARES Act economic relief package and enacting the Defense Product Act to use American industry for emergency supplies if need be, not to mention the praise he has received from even her own state’s far-left governor, Gavin Newsom?
The fact is that Pelosi was singing a different tune not long ago, as were many in the media.
When the president instituted a ban on travel from China, where the virus originated and quickly raged out of control while state-controlled Chinese media downplayed it, leftists were decrying the actions of Trump and others who tried to contain the risk by cutting it off at the source.
One such was detractor was fellow Democrat Joe Biden. The presidential candidate and former vice president tweeted just one day after the travel ban went into effect, “We are in the midst of a crisis with the coronavirus. We need to lead the way with science — not Donald Trump’s record of hysteria, xenophobia, and fear-mongering. He is the worst possible person to lead our country through a global health emergency.”

We are in the midst of a crisis with the coronavirus. We need to lead the way with science — not Donald Trump’s record of hysteria, xenophobia, and fear-mongering. He is the worst possible person to lead our country through a global health emergency.
— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) February 1, 2020

Even as Trump was already mobilizing to protect the United States from the coronavirus, leftists all over the world wasted no time turning the real fear of coronavirus spreading outside of China into an opportunity to virtue signal.
“In Italy, many Chinese restaurants have closed, children are being bullied in school and on streets. A one man street campaign of #IoNonSonoUnVirus started in Firenze, ending in #HugaChinese and public awareness,” LiyaYu, who identifies herself as a German Chinese writer, said as she shared a video of this ridiculous campaign.

In Italy, many Chinese restaurants have closed, children are being bullied in school and on streets. A one man street campaign of #IoNonSonoUnVirus started in Firenze, ending in #HugaChinese and public awareness 👇🏽👍🏽❤️ #ichbinkeinvirus #IAmNotAVirus #JeNeSuisPasUnVirus pic.twitter.com/SOV7vCefNT
— LiyaYu 喻俐雅 (@LiyaYuBerlin) February 5, 2020

Here in America, Pelosi was doing her own virtue-signaling, coronavirus-spreading tour of Chinatown in her San Francisco district as late as Feb. 24.
The fan-girl coverage by KPIX-TV’s Anne Makovec was nauseating enough, but look at Pelosi huddled in a crowd, reassuringly holding the hands of a woman she was talking to outside of a Chinese gift shop. No gloves and no hand sanitizer were in sight as she did exactly the wrong things to stop the spread of coronavirus.

“It’s exciting to be here, especially at this time, to be able to be unified with our community,” the House speaker said while encircled by supporters and media.
“We want to be vigilant about what is out there in other places. We want to be careful about how we deal with it, but we do want to say to people, ‘Come to Chinatown, here we are — we’re, again, careful, safe — and come join us.’”

That’s right — Pelosi was not only shaking hands and spending time in crowds, but she was also urging folks to flock to Chinatown.

As of Thursday afternoon, San Francisco had 434 confirmed cases and seven deaths from COVID-19 and California was close to 10,000 total infections, according to Johns Hopkins.

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And yet Pelosi is attacking Trump for not taking the threat seriously enough as her pals in the media are silent about her hypocrisy.
Hindsight is always 20/20, so nobody should blame Pelosi for not taking the threat more seriously back then.

However, for her to make dramatic statements about the president’s inaction during the pandemic while she herself was holding hands, standing in crowds and not practicing social distancing as recently as late February is political posturing at its worst.
ALX from the student organization Turning Point USA made a good point to that end as he shared a clip of Pelosi tearing up the president’s “State of the Union” speech on Feb. 4.
“President Trump didn’t take Coronavirus seriously? He restricted Travel with China in January and emphasized that he was taking action against it at the State of the Union in February,” ALX said in a tweet. “Democrats were focused on Impeachment and Speaker Pelosi was still playing partisan games.”

President Trump didn’t take Coronavirus seriously?
He restricted Travel with China in January and emphasized that he was taking action against it at the State of the Union in February.
Democrats were focused on Impeachment and Speaker Pelosi was still playing partisan games. pic.twitter.com/cw4EMYhxTg
— ALX 🇺🇸 (@alx) March 31, 2020

Pelosi’s buddies in the media were piling on too, probably thinking they smelled blood in the water now that the coronavirus death toll could reach hundreds of thousands of Americans.
Responding to the news briefing Tuesday in which the White House coronavirus task force projected as many as 200,000 deaths, Joe Scarborough of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” claimed, “That is actually the briefing the intel community begged Donald Trump to give in January and February. They saw this coming.”

It’s wonderful how suddenly (or, more accurately, retroactively) these folks are sounding the alarm bells now that the data are coming in rather than having to figure it out beforehand.
The Trump administration responded to the crisis as it unfolded in exactly the way any leader is expected and able to do.
Had he shut down the country in February when Madame Speaker was busying herself on a public relations tour through San Francisco, he would have been excoriated and accused of manufacturing a crisis.
But while Trump and his administration work hard mobilize every effort necessary to fight the pandemic, Pelosi and the establishment media will do everything in their power to sit back and criticize that he’s not doing enough.

So, it’s the president who isn’t taking coronavirus seriously? It seems that Nero fiddling while Rome burned is more akin to Pelosi “pressing the flesh” and urging visitors to pour into Chinatown even as the body bags were piling up in China.
This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

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Scarborough Loses COVID Blame Game as Video Shows Own Guest Telling Us Not To Be Overly Concerned

If only Joe Scarborough had been president. He was a representative once upon a time, after all. And, he’s apparently omniscient. That’s a pretty good qualification for the job, I must say.
I’m taking that part from Scarborough’s claim on Wednesday that not only did he know what was coming down the pike with the coronavirus back in January, we all knew it.

It came during a Scarborough interview with Obamacare architect Ezekiel Emmanuel.
“We’ve heard, Zeke Emanuel, that nobody could have seen this coming,” the MSNBC host said regarding the COVID-19 crisis.
“The fact is, everybody saw this coming. Everybody saw this coming in early January.”

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This is either one prescient man or someone who is lying about what he knew and when he knew it. The answer, unsurprisingly, is the latter.

In late January, medical contributor Dr. Dave Campbell appeared on “Morning Joe.” He was asked by co-host Mika Brzezinski about whether viewers should be panicking regarding the outbreak, then mostly thought to be confined to China.
“No, Americans do not need to panic,” Campbell said.
“The Chinese are already panicking — as they should, because this virus is spreading all through the central parts of China, and it’s a new virus. It has never been seen before, so its mechanism of spreading is not quite known yet.
“What I would suggest, however, is that Americans take this as a wake-up call for seasonal flu. We are not out of the flu season. We’ve already had 15 million cases of the flu in the U.S., 140,000 hospitalizations, 54 children have died. Almost as many as have died from the novel coronavirus and everybody’s not vaccinated yet.
“Even if you get vaccinated and get the flu, it lowers the complication rate from the flu,” he continued.

“So we don’t need to be overly concerned yet in the United States about the novel coronavirus, we do need to keep our eyes open for the seasonal flu. We’re right in the middle of the flu season still.”

CORRECTION: That was the first mention on MSNBC. The first mention on Morning Joe was Jan. 24th, when an “expert” said Americans should worry about the flu, not the Coronavirus pic.twitter.com/aG0BjwHxKj
— Tom Elliott (@tomselliott) April 1, 2020

If Scarborough, an outspoken critic of President Donald Trump, was among the “everybody” who knew what was coming in early January, why would he have a medical contributor on talking about how the real culprit would be the seasonal flu? If Scarborough was so well informed, after all, this would be disinformation.

And, as The Intercept’s Glenn Greenwald pointed out, it’s not as if Scarborough’s Twitter account evinces a man consumed with coronavirus fears, either. In fact, he was much more preoccupied with a different set of topics.

Look what a pathological liar @JoeNBC is. Today he said about the coronavirus pandemic in the US:
“Everybody saw this coming in early January.”
Number of @JoeNBC tweets in January by topic:
Impeachment – 29Election – 11Sports – 7Coronavirus – 0pic.twitter.com/qjhX11wguH
— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) April 1, 2020

So, 29 tweets about impeachment, 11 about the election, seven about sports and a whopping zero about coronavirus. For a man who saw the country more or less being locked down from coast to coast and the economy being frozen in place in just two months’ time, this was a guy who had a different set of priorities to talk about.

This isn’t to excoriate Scarborough for not getting this right. Most of us got this one wrong. We still don’t have a particularly fantastic grasp on how coronavirus will turn out, what the policy prescriptions should be and how soon we’ll recover.
You’ll note, in fact, that no one was calling Scarborough out for not knowing the future. Instead, he’s going on the offensive and calling other people out.
Didn’t foresee the scope of this? Well, according to Scarborough, you should get on board with literally everybody who saw this coming.
Don’t you listen to scientists? Oh, wait, of course you don’t — you’re disagreeing with Joe Scarborough.

And everybody knows Joe Scarborough knows everything, right?
This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

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Nancy Pelosi Using Coronavirus Crisis To Push Tax Break for Her Wealthy Neighbors

To Nancy Pelosi,  all politics is local – even in an epidemic of global proportions.
The House speaker, who hails from one of the wealthiest congressional districts in the United States, is pushing to use government efforts to fight the coronavirus outbreak as a weapon to fight for a tax break that would benefit the wealthiest Americans – very much including her neighbors.

Dems have told us that they will never let a crisis go to waste. Pelosi is trying to make good on that promise by aiming to roll back the SALT cap, which would result in funneling money to the wealthy elite. https://t.co/RQneTLWkLH
— Ways and Means GOP (@WaysandMeansGOP) April 1, 2020

Less than a week after President Donald Trump signed a $2 trillion emergency relief measure to help Americans hit hard by the coronavirus outbreak, Pelosi wants a new recovery package to include a restoration of tax deductions for wealthy Americans in high-tax states, according to Fox News.

The state and local tax deduction was eliminated by the Republican tax reform of 2017 — the tax reform that helped spur an economy that was roaring before the coronavirus hit.
For Pelosi, the San Francisco liberal who represents a California district where the median household income is $113,919, according to the Census Bureau, that would mean getting back a big tax break for her neighbors – and herself.

As Fox reported:
“Pelosi and her husband have a property tax liability of approximately $198,337.62 considering their two homes, a winery and two commercial properties, public records show, indicating that the couple could reap substantial benefits in the event of a full SALT repeal.”

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Imagine a Democrat reaping “substantial benefits” from government tax policy.
It was almost enough to make social media users think Pelosi’s professed sympathy for the poor had more to do with hypocritically helping herself and her wealthy neighbors than aiding the country’s less fortunate.

So the Democrats stand for tax breaks for the wealthy. Bad idea, but bad ideas are normal for the Democrats.
— Paul DeGeorge (@yokelII) March 31, 2020

Giving tax breaks to elite lefties on the coast. That’ll help us average Americans.
— CryptoNewman (@CryptoNewman) March 31, 2020

So @SpeakerPelosi now wants a tax cut for herself and her rich friends, isn’t that interesting considering @TheDemocrats continuously blame @GOP for this
Pelosi pushes ‘SALT shakeup’ stimulus that could reduce her tax bill and enrich her wealthy districthttps://t.co/xKpsPvMWMC
— Jason Farmer (@JasonFarmer15) April 2, 2020

The Democrats have hated that part of the Republican tax cut from the get-go.
When the state and local deductions were legal, governments of Democratic-run states like Pelosi’s California and deep-blue New York could tax their wealthy residents without worrying too much because those taxes could just be written off on the federal tax bill.
Once the reform kicked in, the tax bills on wealthy liberals started to bite.

The Democrats who control the House of Representatives under Pelosi’s malicious reign would like nothing more than to be able to use that power to restore the deduction — so the country’s richest liberals could go back to hiding behind high state taxes to reduce their federal bill. (Liberals love high taxes when everyone else is paying them.)
But with Republicans still firmly in control in the Senate, Pelosi’s push isn’t likely to get much further than her own chamber.
“This is a nonstarter,” a representative for Sen. Chuck Grassley, chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, told Fox News. “Millionaires don’t need a new tax break as the federal government spends trillions of dollars to fight a pandemic.”
Ah, but Pelosi thinks they do.

Her neighborhood, after all, is listed by the financial news website GoBankingRates as the 24th-richest congressional district in the country. Her constituents, her neighbors, could sure use that new tax break.
She could even use it herself.
And for Nancy Pelosi, even in the middle of an epidemic of global proportions, all politics is local.
This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

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Fauci’s Warns, We’re ‘Getting Hit Very Hard’ by COVID-19, ‘Going to Get Worse Before It Gets Better’

Watch as the nation’s top infectious disease doctor Dr. Anthony Fauci gives his most somber and serious warning to date about the impact of Covid-19 on our country:

This is extremely serious folks. Read the partial transcript below, every American should know this information:
GUTHRIE: Let me ask you about what Vice President Pence said yesterday. He said the U.S. trajectory right now, most closely resembles Italy.
That is not great news.

Italy right now represents more than a quarter, almost 30% of all global deaths from Covid-19.
Can you explain why the U.S. looks like it’s on the same path as Italy right now?

FAUCI: Yeah. It’s just the reality, Savannah. It’s the truth. If you look at the curves of the acceleration of cases, hospitalizations and deaths it’s superimposed corrected for population, it’s a really serious issue.
Italy got hit very hard and it’s very clear we are getting hit very hard.

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Right now the epicenter of it in the United States is New York City.
But as you see it’s not going to be confined to New York City. We’re going to be seeing this kind of thing in other large cities. It’s a very difficult situation. As was predicted.
This is going to get worse before it gets better, for sure.

GUTHRIE: The Surgeon General was on with us just yesterday. And said my advice is that the 30-day guidelines to stay home from the federal government amount to a national stay at home order. Is that how you see it too? Do you agree?
FAUCI: Well, yeah, I mean, if you look at what’s in those 30-day recommendations of the guidelines, that’s essentially what it is.
I mean, I know it’s difficult but we’re having a lot of suffering, a lot of death. This is inconvenient from an economic and personal standpoint but we just have to do it. That is our major weapon against this virus right now. We don’t have a vaccine that’s deployable.
This is the only thing we have. And we can get through it if everybody really leans forward and pushes on this.

GUTHRIE: Can I ask you about that? You know, more states yesterday started having these stay at home orders, but not all states do. And even the states that do, some have exemptions.
Florida exempts religious services in some cases. I saw New Hampshire had exempted florists at one point. Arizona had exempted hair salons at some point.
With all due deference to states, shouldn’t there be a national order, a national lockdown, a requirement rather than this hodgepodge, piecemeal method?
FAUCI: You know, you have a point there. But it’s one of those things that in our country there still is that issue of central government versus the ability and the right of a state to make their own decision.

But again I agree with you.
When you see things like some of those exemptions, I mean, I can’t make any official proclamations here.
But I can say really seriously consider, are those exemptions appropriate when you think about what’s going on?
And I urge the people at the leadership of the state level to really take a close look at those kinds of decisions.

GUTHRIE: Doctor, we’re all getting a little bit of a medical education, unfortunately, in these times and you said on an interview the other day that there was something mysterious, my word not yours, about the pathogenesis of this disease.
That was your word.
You said some people have mild and even no symptoms and then others who aren’t necessarily old with underlying illness get really, really sick and we just don’t know why.
Are we any closer to figuring that out?

FAUCI: No. That’s going to require what we call natural history studies.
I mean, I have been puzzled from the beginning. I mean, that sharp dichotomy that said if you’re older or if you have an underlying condition you get into trouble. If you’re younger, the likelihood of that is still very low. Which it is.
But it is very strange how one individual can get infected and have either mild or no symptoms and another individual could rapidly deteriorate with viral pneumonia and respiratory failure.
There’s something in mechanism, whether it’s genetic, whether it’s immune response.

The one thing I can say that we have to be humble.
I’ve been doing infectious diseases now for almost 50 years and I can tell you I don’t fully understand exactly what the mechanism that is and we really need to figure it out.
GUTHRIE: Yeah.
FAUCI: Because it could be completely devastating rapidly in one person, and absolutely nothing in another person.

GUTHRIE: I know our best brains are on it. There’s a new study in the journal nature that showed patients with mild symptoms, mild symptoms can shed high levels of the virus early on during the first week of infection. I don’t have to tell you how disturbing that is.
Do you credit that study?
FAUCI: Yeah. I mean, that’s the truth.
I mean, we’re seeing a lot of things now that are falling into place.

Remember, weeks ago when I interviewed with you I said we know a lot, but there’s still a lot that we don’t know.
I mean, the idea of someone who’s asymptomatic shedding high — of virus is very disturbing because that person could be out there feeling well and inadvertently and innocently spreading the infection.
GUTHRIE: Dr. Fauci it’s horrendous to have to ask you about this but there’s a report in the “Washington Post” that suggests there have been threats against you, some from admirers.
Well, some threats and even some disturbing interest from admirers.

Whatever it is that you’ve had to increase your security detail, not asking you for the details of that but I will ask you if you yourself feel personally threatened at all, do you feel safe, do you feel that your family is safe?
FAUCI: You know, I do, Savannah. I’ve chosen this life. I mean, I know what it is.
There are things about it that sometimes are disturbing.
But you just focus on the job you have to do. And just put all that other stuff aside and try as best as possible not to pay attention to it. And just forge ahead.

We have a really, really, very, very difficult situation ahead of us. All of that other stuff is secondary.

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Biden Gives Most Unintelligible Answer We’ve Ever Heard, Tops All His Previous COVID Gaffes

If you’ve spent any time on social media, you’ve probably seen one of those threads that encourages the reader to use predictive text to complete a sentence and post the funny results.
Predictive text is a form of artificial intelligence that your device uses to suggest what word you might want to use next based on the phrases and words you commonly use. You may see that option as you’re composing a text or social media post from your iPhone, for instance.

Repeatedly selecting the predictive text produces funny and often nonsensical sentences full of familiar words that don’t make too much sense when strung together.
I’m beginning to think that may be what is currently happening in former Vice President Joe Biden’s head.
Speaking to MSNBC’s Yasmin Vossoughian Monday, the 2020 presidential hopeful was asked what he would say to Americans who are “terrified” by the coronavirus outbreak.

What he had to say was, well, confusing.

“My message is that the president has to move more rapidly,” Biden began. “You know, we know from experience that speed matters. We know that you can’t go too fast. It’s about going too slow.”
At that point, it was already looking like he wouldn’t be answering Vossoughian’s question about what to tell the American people as he seemed to be rattling off the usual “President Donald Trump is messing things up” talking points. It got worse.

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“And in order to avoid that — those very high (death) numbers, we have to do at least several things,” he continued, presumably about to make a coherent list. Instead, his answer really went off the rails from there.
“One, we have to depend on what the president is going to do right now. And first of all, he has to tell — wait till the cases — before anything happens — look, the whole idea is he’s got to get in place things that were shortages of,” Biden said, speaking about — I’m not really sure, actually.
“We’re not testing enough people,” he continued. “We don’t — our first responders, docs and nurses, don’t have the gloves, the masks. They don’t have the equipment they need. We’re short on ventilators,” he said, making sure to add the magic word that liberals hope is Trump’s Achilles’ heel.

“And as this spreads to other areas, and which is likely to do, we don’t have the capacity to surge the equipment that they need,” the former VP said.
“We have to — he has to use the Defense Production Act much more aggressively, including not just in ventilators, but getting gloves, masks, shields, gowns, etc.,” he ended, finally making at least a little semantic sense, even if his point was factually wrong.
Just like predictive text, Biden was sort of saying the right words that are related to the subject, definitely hitting all the Democratic National Committee talking points, but altogether it was mostly gobbledygook.
This connection between Biden’s speeches and its predictive-text-like feel was hilariously parodied by Twitter user “Predictive Text Joe Biden.”

(At least I think it’s just a parody; the account, just created in February, contains many tweets that sound suspiciously like Biden.)
“If you don’t want coronavirus then just don’t remember what the reason for that was and you will be the time you got bad health insurance,” is just one of those tweets.

If you don’t want coronavirus then just don’t remember what the reason for that was and you will be the time you got bad health insurance
— Predictive Text Joe Biden (@PredictiveJoe) March 11, 2020

In his usual fashion, Trump was happy to share a compilation of all of Biden’s gaffes before more serious coronavirus coverage took over. This is just a snippet of some of the things nonsensical things Biden has uttered.
“WOW! Sleepy Joe doesn’t know where he is, or what he’s doing. Honestly, I don’t think he even knows what office he’s running for!” Trump tweeted last month, referring to a clip in which Biden says he’s running for U.S. Senate.

WOW! Sleepy Joe doesn’t know where he is, or what he’s doing. Honestly, I don’t think he even knows what office he’s running for! pic.twitter.com/454v9GFpgF
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 3, 2020

As much fun as all of this is, there is one clip that admittedly makes me feel a little bad for the guy and reveals a little more about what may be happening to him cognitively in an interview with MSNBC’s Nicolle Wallace on March 25.

“Why doesn’t he just act like a president,” Biden said emphatically about Trump before suddenly going silent.
“That’s a stupid way to say it, I guess,” he added before an awkward moment when Biden and Wallace both tried to speak.

Shaking his head, he looked down and muttered “sorry.” Wallace tried to urge him on, but he waved her away, saying, “no, it’s probably best I don’t.”
The exchange is reminiscent of the kind of thing that happens with elderly patients in nursing homes.
Biden caught himself saying something he thinks maybe he shouldn’t have, although he didn’t seem to know exactly why it was wrong, so he apologized and just went silent.
If he were my grandfather, I’d want to give him a hug in that moment. But he’s not my grandpa; he’s a candidate for president of the United States, so rather than being endearing, it’s frightening.

It’s becoming apparent that Joe Biden doesn’t have the wherewithal to even form complete sentences, so maybe it’s best that he doesn’t run for leader of the free world.
Next time, instead of trying to answer these questions and getting all confused, he should actually try predictive text — the results might make a little more sense.
This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

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Deranged California Man Allegedly Tries to Damage Hospital Ship USNS Mercy With a Train

Just when you think you’ve seen and heard just about everything you get surprised, and this time not in a good way.
This has to be one of the most insane things of all time.

An engineer deliberately ran and derailed a train at high speed yesterday in an attempt to damage the USNS Mercy.
No, I’m not kidding, this is not some kind of a joke, it’s 100% real. You could not make this up if you tried.

JUST IN: An engineer deliberately ran a train off the tracks at high speed in an attempt to damage the USNS Mercy hospital ship, prosecutors say. https://t.co/UTNw4FVd3q
— Eyewitness News (@ABC7NY) April 1, 2020

Via ABC7NY.com:

An engineer deliberately ran a train off the tracks at high speed near the Port of Los Angeles in an attempt to crash into and damage the USNS Mercy hospital ship, prosecutors say.
The Pacific Harbor Line train derailed Tuesday, running through the end of the track and crashing through barriers, finally coming to rest about 250 yards from the docked naval ship.
Federal prosecutors allege train engineer Eduardo Moreno, 44, of San Pedro intended to hit the ship, saying he thought it was “suspicious” and did not believe “the ship is what they say it’s for.’”
The train crashed into a concrete barrier at the end of the track, smashed through a steel barrier and a chain-link fence, slid through one parking lot and then a second lot filled with gravel and hit a second chain-link fence. It came to rest after passing under a ramp leading to the Vincent Thomas Bridge. The train remained in that position Wednesday.
Even worse the alleged perpetrator told police that “You only get this chance once. The whole world is watching. I had to. People don’t know what’s going on here. Now they will.”

Engineer intentionally derails train near Navy hospital ship, says ‘USNS Mercy was suspicious’
“You only get this chance once. The whole world is watching. I had to.” https://t.co/jxqRvwgmWo pic.twitter.com/QMG5DzuKS9
— Navy Times (@NavyTimes) April 2, 2020

Clearly the work of a deranged madman who had no business being within five hundred yards of any heavy equipment, let alone a train.
Wonder how long it will take the leftist media to blame President Trump or Fox News for this?

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Rush Warns We’re Going To Destroy America: ‘I Have an Overriding Sense of Foreboding’

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, a substantial portion of our nation and economy has essentially been shut down.
In many parts of the country, gatherings of 10 people or more are prohibited, all major events are canceled, countless businesses have been forced to closed and tens of millions of American citizens are being ordered to remain in their homes for an indeterminate length of time, often under threat of arrest and fines or prosecution.

Of course, while all of this is being done to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 and reduce the final death toll of the infectious disease, it increasingly appears as though this “cure” could prove more damaging and deadly than the illness itself, particularly in terms of the incalculable economic and psychological damage being wrought on the country.
That was the recurring theme throughout conservative talk radio host Rush Limbaugh’s program on Tuesday, which he touched on right off the bat and repeatedly circled back to over the course of the day.
“I have an overriding sense of foreboding here, folks. I’m really in a dilemma as to how much of what I really think do I share with you,” Limbaugh said to start his show, according to a transcript on RushLimbaugh.com. “Some of it I can’t. I’d be run out of this studio if I were to tell you some of what I think. And I’m talking about in terms of what needs to be done, not the circumstance that we’re in, but the solution, because the overriding sense of foreboding I have is that this cannot go on.”

“This just can’t go on. We cannot go on like this for months. We are going to destroy the country or the economy, however you want to look at it,” he continued. “The favorite word of millennials is ‘sustainable.’ Well, this isn’t sustainable. And we, as a society, down the road are going to be faced with some really, really serious questions that we cannot avoid. The longer we go, the more unavoidable answering some of these questions is.”
Limbaugh spent a moment discussing what a potential “recovery” might look like once people began to return to work — if they still had a job waiting for them — and whether that recovery would be rapid or more of a slow build-up back to where our nation once was just about a month ago.

In Limbaugh’s view, everything is contingent upon the development of a safe vaccine, which likely won’t occur for another 12-18 months, or at least an effective “pharmaceutical cocktail” of drugs to treat those who became infected.
Widespread testing of the population for the virus, while helpful, wouldn’t be sufficient to support a reopening of the nation’s economy, since there could easily be a resurgence of the virus that brings about another lockdown once people resumed their normal activities.

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“So you have the medical reality and then you have the economic reality. This can’t go on. I mean, how many people want to see the United States economy destroyed? I doubt very many,” Limbaugh said.
“But then what is gonna be required to prevent that from happening? People going back to work. It’s gonna be things reopening without a vaccine. What’s that expose people to? It’s a serious, serious question.”
He then noted how the predictive models of total cases, deaths and death rates continue to be revised downward, and cast a critical eye toward the media for not placing any focus on the number of people who’ve recovered from the disease.

“The number of recoveries has never been a singular item reported here, and then there is the undeniable fact that there are forces in the American culture who want you to continue to think the worst of this, and they want you to blame President Trump for it,” he said. “They want you to think it isn’t getting better, that it won’t get better because of Donald Trump.”
Limbaugh also spent some time talking about the coronavirus situation in his particular area, Palm Beach County in Florida, and how, in the grand scheme of things, the numbers of sick and dead in that county were relatively low, certainly in comparison to a place like New York City.
“Total cases in Palm Beach County: 514,” he said. “Total deaths: 11. Hospitalizations (the number of people who are hospitalized with coronavirus): 57. Does that strike you as a large number?”
“So much of what happens during crises like this … So much of this has been politicized, folks, that it’s just impossible anymore to actually find factual truth,” Limbaugh lamented.

Later on in the program, he took some calls from listeners who shared their concerns about how governors and mayors were sharply cracking down on the citizens in their jurisdictions with unconstitutional lockdown orders.
As for the liberal pundits and elected officials who seemed to trust and side with the Chinese Communist Party, which has tried to cover up the virus, Limbaugh said, “Most people tell me they think the American left is the worldwide Communist Party now and that they are willingly subverting this economy and destroying it for the purposes of eliminating and wiping out capitalism.”
“Whether that’s the design or not, that is happening. This economy is being shut down. That’s why this is not sustainable,” he added.
“Are we just gonna sit by and watch $22 trillion …? That’s the value. That’s the sum total of the GDP. That’s the U.S. economy. Are we gonna sit by here and watch it evaporate? ‘Cause that’s what we’re doing under the guise of not losing any unnecessary life, meaning we want to try to save as many lives as we can.”

Limbaugh raised a number of valid points. And he is certainly not alone in his concerns over whether the prescribed “cure” for coronavirus — a virtually complete lockdown of our capitalistic society — is actually doing worse damage than the virus itself would ever be capable of on its own.
This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

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Michigan Gov Threatened Docs Who Used Promising COVID-19 Drug, Now She’s Begging Trump for It

Months after China allowed a few dozen cases of a new coronavirus to grow into a global pandemic, the world is racing to find a cure for COVID-19.
While a clinically proven vaccine is still in the works, there are hopeful reports of existing drugs that are seemingly able to help patients triumph over the worst the disease has to offer.

These apparent wonder drugs, which include hydroxychloroquine, have sparked a worldwide debate over their usefulness.
Some who have taken the anti-malarial drugs credit the medications for their survival, and proponents point to these uplifting examples as the best news yet in the current pandemic.
Others, like Democratic Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, took a different stance on hydroxychloroquine.

Whitmer’s Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs threatened doctors who prescribed the drug with investigations and administrative punishments, according to a letter issued by the agency last week.
This came after President Donald Trump himself hyped the promising drugs, a move which caused critics in politics and the media to wage a campaign against the medicines’ use:

President spreading super dangerous misinformation that will make crisis worse.
— David Rothschild (@DavMicRot) March 21, 2020

The Michigan governor, whose anti-Trump attitude and political presence make her a potential vice presidential pick for Democratic candidate Joe Biden, appears to have changed her mind on the usefulness of hydroxychloroquine.
Only a day after the Food and Drug Administration issued an emergency use authorization for hydroxychloroquine sulfate, Whitmer was gunning for her cut from the national stockpile.
Michigan Department of Health and Human Services spokeswoman Lynn Sutfin confirmed to Michigan news outlet Bridge Magazine on Monday that the administration is not only asking, but “pursuing a request” for the drug.

The change of heart could not have come at a better time, either.
Michigan has been one of the areas of America hardest hit by the coronavirus.
While it doesn’t have the same sheer number of cases as New York, Michigan’s 7,615 confirmed cases make it the fourth-worst-off state, according to data from Johns Hopkins.
The new flow of drugs provides hope that the tide may soon turn.

Some experts, like Dr. Vladimir Zelenko of New York, say the drugs are a game-changer.
Zelenko claims his cure rate with a hydroxychloroquine cocktail is 100 percent.

#coronavirus News Alert: Dr. Vladimir Zelenko, a board-certified family practitioner in NY, has now treated 699 Covid-19 patients with 100% success using Hydroxychloroquine Sulfate, Zinc and Z-Pak. All symptoms of shortness of breath resolved within 4-6 hr https://t.co/siCvNg845Q pic.twitter.com/lOrUvBHp0A
— Adam Milstein (@AdamMilstein) March 29, 2020

Although several countries have embraced the drugs, many still remain skeptical of the promised effects.
Hydroxychloroquine is becoming such a hot commodity that one of the medication’s main producers, Hungary, has banned the export of the potentially life-saving substance, according to Reuters.
It remains unclear if this will threaten the supply chain enough to endanger American lives, but if it does, it could be high time for President Donald Trump to whip out his infamous “Art of the Deal” negotiation style so that every citizen — Democrat and Republican alike — will have access to this drug when it’s needed the most.
This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

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Mike Pence Hits Back When CNN Host Questions Trump’s Coronavirus Response

Vice President Mike Pence schooled Wolf Blitzer Wednesday when the CNN host slammed President Donald Trump’s response to the coronavirus pandemic.
After Pence praised the response from all levels of government in America to deal with the crisis, Blitzer went on the attack.

“It would have been good if the president wouldn’t have been belittling the enormity of this crisis, the coronavirus pandemic, as he was. Now he’s finally on board,” Blitzer said.
The host noted that current estimates of 100,000 deaths from the virus assume there is a national lockdown in place, saying not all of the nation was “on the same page” regarding restrictions and asking why the administration would not impose a nationwide order to stay at home.
“Well, Wolf, respectfully I take issue with two things that you just said,” Pence replied. “I don’t believe the president has ever belittled the threat of the coronavirus.”

As Blitzer tried to talk over his guest, Pence continued.
“I think he’s expressed confidence that America will meet this moment,” Pence continued. “I think he’s expressed gratitude and confidence in health care workers in this country, and the American people can be assured that President Trump is going to continue to be confident that we will meet this moment.”

Blitzer cited as evidence comments made by Trump during the weeks when the extent of the impact of the virus on the nation was unclear, even among experts.

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Pence responded that cherry-picking quotes ignores the fundamental truth of the early days when the nation knew the virus existed.
“I will be very candid with you and say that in mid-January the CDC was still assessing that the risk of the coronavirus to the American people was low. The very first case, which was someone who had been in China, I believe took place in late January around the 20th day of January,” Pence said.
In an oblique reference to the impeachment trial that dominated Washington during January, the vice president added that “while a lot of other things were going on in Washington, D.C., before January was out, the president stood up the White house coronavirus task force, assembled a whole-of-government response, and then did what no other president had ever done in American history: He suspended all travel into the United States from China.”

“At that point, other than cases that had been people who had been in China, we had virtually no cases in this country but the president took that unprecedented action on the recommendation of his coronavirus task force, and every step of the way, as the president did again this weekend, we’ve been taking bold and decisive steps at the president’s direction to put the health of America first,” Pence said.
When Blitzer pressed the vice president about an alleged “late start,” Pence noted that the world did not know then what it knows now.
“Well, the reality is that we could have been better off if China had been more forthcoming,” he said.
“The reality is that China’s been more transparent with regard to the coronavirus than certainly they were for other infectious diseases over the last 15 years,” he said. “But what appears evident now is that long before the world learned in December that China was dealing with this, maybe as much as a month earlier than that.”

Pence also told Blitzer that Trump “is an optimistic person.”
“We’ve been from the very beginning, when the president suspended all travel from China and stood up the White House coronavirus task force in January, we have been hoping for the best but planning for the worst, and that’s been being worked out every single day. And what the American people can see in this president every day is a leader who knows that we will get through this,” he said.
Pence urged Americans across the nation to follow federal, state and local guidelines, but noted that “there are tough days ahead.”

Together, we can slow the spread of #COVID19. Here are the most recent guidelines for Americans from the @WhiteHouse and @CDCgov. #coronavirus pic.twitter.com/KrF0tyxi5n
— HHS.gov (@HHSGov) April 1, 2020

He said that if all Americans do their part, “by some time in early June, we could well have the coronavirus largely behind us as a nation.”
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1,400 NYPD Members Test Positive for Coronavirus, Thousands More Out Sick

In New York City, the United States epicenter of the coronavirus, 1,400 members of the New York City Police Department have tested positive for COVID-19.
New York City Police Commissioner Dermot Shea confirmed that roughly 17 percent of the department, 6,172 employees, are also out sick, CNN reported.

“We are scrambling, but that shouldn’t have a negative connotation,” Shea told CNN’s Jim Sciutto.
“We are able to handle many, many different tasks here. We’re still fighting crime.”
Shea said the department is in a “constant state of planning.”

“Right now, we’re in a good shape in New York City,” he added. “But the bottom line is anyone that can help will be asked upon to help to keep people safe.”

More than 1,400 NYPD officers have tested positive for coronavirus and 17% of the force is out sick, per a law enforcement source.
“The mantra here is next woman, next man up,” Commissioner Dermot Shea tells @JimSciutto.
“We’ve had people return [from coronavirus]… to help.” pic.twitter.com/CeitHhFniG
— CNN Newsroom (@CNNnewsroom) April 1, 2020

On Monday, Shea appeared on Fox News’ “The Story” to discuss the coronavirus deaths of a uniformed officer and four civilian members.
“Five members of the family. It’s a very difficult time for the members of the New York City Police Department,” he said.
“Any time we lose someone, it’s difficult. This is a very surreal feeling. We pride ourselves in taking care of our family and we’re in a situation right now where we don’t even really have time to mourn. It’s every man and every woman stepping in and trying to get a mission done.”
He added, “And we will mourn, but it won’t be today. There is just too much work to do.”

Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Wednesday the death toll in New York has reached 1,941, ABC News reported.
Over 83,000 people have also tested positive for COVID-19 in the state and 12,000 of those have been hospitalized.
“Anyone can get this disease. Relatively young people, strong people, people who take a lot of vitamin pills, people who go to the gym a lot,” Cuomo said. “There is no superhero who is immune.”
He also presented a model that projects about 16,000 New Yorkers will die from coronavirus before the pandemic is over, according to the New York Daily News.

“We’re still looking for the curve to straighten, we’re still looking at where we see a plateau,” Cuomo said. “The line is still going up.”
Shea told CNN that “it’s been clearly a difficult time for New York City as a whole. The message is to all New Yorkers that we’re all in this together.”
Although previous messaging has said that older people are at the highest risk of contracting the coronavirus, data suggests that younger people are still at some risk, too.
According to Dr. Mike Ryan, the World Health Organization’s emergencies chief, 10 to 15 percent of people under 50 with COVID-19 have “moderate to severe infection,” ABC News reported.

“So many patients are not fitting the picture that we’ve been told from China or Italy. This is not just elderly patients; it’s anyone,” doctor Kaedrea Jackson told Bloomberg.
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Calif. Gov. Newsom Commutes Sentences of Two Child Killers, Nine Other Convicted Murderers

Liberals too often make the worst decisions for their citizens when they are in positions of leadership and California Gov. Gavin Newsom is no exception.
In response to coronavirus, the governor has decided to commute the sentences of 21 inmates, San Francisco Gate reported.

According to Breitbart, nine of them were in prison for murder.
I guess the thinking behind the decision is if coronavirus doesn’t get you, one of these convicted murderers will.
The commutations include Suzanne Johnson, 75, who has been in prison for 22 years for an assault on a child causing death.

Another is Joann Parks, 64, who has done 27 years for starting a fire in her home the ended the lives of her three children — a crime she still denies committing.
Rodney McNeal, 50, who has been in prison for 22 years after being convicted of fatally stabbing his pregnant wife, is another one. McNeal still claims innocence.

Still another is Steven Bradley, 56, who has been behind bars for 32 years for the murder of a gas station attendant that occurred during a robbery.
Although the commutations do not mean those inmates will automatically be released from prison, it does get them one step closer to parole, according to KGET-TV.
“The commutation of Bradley’s sentence does not immediately grant his release, prosecutors said, but it gives Bradley an opportunity at release in future parole hearings by reducing his life without parole sentence to 32 years to life in prison,” KGET reported.
The Kern County District Attorney’s office was rightfully furious with Newsom’s decision to commute Bradley’s sentence.
“Governor Newsom’s clemency order, issued amidst a public health emergency, intentionally glosses over Bradley’s crimes in a drastically misguided effort to justify his potential release,” District Attorney Cynthia Zimmer said in a news release.

“The Kern County District Attorney’s Office will continue to strongly oppose any possibility of parole for this convicted killer.”
The governor’s decision follows a similar move by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo to release 1,100 inmates from prison, as ABC News reported.
Yet another decision by state officials has allowed eight sex offenders, three of whom were convicted of raping minors, to be freed.
How does allowing dangerous criminals to roam among the people make anyone safer?

Democrats are going out of their way to promote their progressive agenda and using the cover of the coronavirus crisis to do it.
But if these criminals go on to commit more crimes, they are going to have to explain their decisions to the voters — and there are not many who are going to want to hear it.
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Iranian Muslims May Be Creating COVID-19 ‘Super-Spreaders’ Through Pilgrimages

In countries around the world, public places such as schools, stores, theme parks and even houses of worship have shuttered their doors in an effort to promote social distancing to stop the spread of COVID-19.
Yet there is one place that is still seeing its share of visitors despite these measures, and that is a pair of Islamic shrines located in Qom, Iran. The city is considered holy to Shiite Muslims and draws pilgrims from around the globe.

Authorities in Iran closed the city shrines on March 16, sparking protests by Islamic faithful and some clerics at the shrines, including at the Fatima Masumeh Shrine in Qom, according to Time.
Despite the purported closures, Iranian journalist Masih Alinejad tweeted a video Monday allegedly showing tour buses and pilgrims on foot are still headed toward one of the city’s holy sites.
“Iranian authorities are creating #CoronaVirus super-spreaders,” Alinejad wrote.

“You know how? By keeping open these religious shrines in Qom, epicentre of the virus in Iran. These pilgrims will then travel to their own countries. The regime is endangering the health of Iranians & world.”

Iranian authorities are creating #CoronaVirus super-spreaders.
You know how? By keeping open these religious shrines in Qom, epicentre of the virus in Iran.
These pilgrims will then travel to their own countries.
The regime is endangering the health of Iranians & world pic.twitter.com/UNtXXQbium
— Masih Alinejad 🏳️ (@AlinejadMasih) March 30, 2020

The subtitled footage appears to have been taken from a moving vehicle with a male voice describing the scene as he apparently passes a holy site only identified as being in the city of Qom.
He describes how “busloads of pilgrims” are pouring in, likely bringing Indian and Pakistani Muslims to the shrine. “Strangely, authorities keep denying this,” he says, according to the subtitles.
At one point, the video’s narrator rolls down his window as he pulls up to another man on a motorcycle.
It appears from the subtitles that the motorcyclist, who is wearing a protective medical-style face mask, comments, “You know, they say every place should close down and people should self-isolate. Who are these people?”

The driver of the vehicle replies, “We don’t know where they’re coming from. They’re all in Qom, visiting the shrine.”
He ends his remarks and the video by asking rhetorically, “Is this how they want to break the coronavirus pandemic? Really, like this?”
Iranian authorities were initially slow to respond to the coronavirus and even more reluctant to close the shrines as they covered up news of the pandemic in their country.
As a result, Iran now has a staggering number of coronavirus infections as 47,593 are sickened and 3,036 have died as of Wednesday, according to Johns Hopkins.

If the footage and the commentators’ statements are correct, visitors to the city are in serious danger of further spreading coronavirus and pose an urgent threat to public health.
During this time of tragedy and uncertainty, it makes sense that the faithful would be drawn to holy sites to gather in prayer, but the unfortunate reality is that large gatherings spread sickness and death during the global coronavirus pandemic.
Holy sites for other religions are closed around the world, including the Vatican in Italy as well as the healing springs at Lourdes, France, both of which are important pilgrimage sites for the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics.
“Pope Francis, giving an extraordinary #UrbiEtOrbi in a rainy and empty St. Peter’s Square is a powerful image,” reads a Catholic Talk Show tweet showing the startling image of the pope addressing an empty plaza outside of St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican.

Pope Francis, giving an extraordinary #UrbiEtOrbi in a rainy and empty St. Peter’s Square is a powerful image. pic.twitter.com/zkTHRn2OKK
— The Catholic Talk Show (@CatholicTalkSho) March 27, 2020

Closing holy sites in Iran is a sensitive issue, to be sure, but allowing pilgrims to defy the supposed closure is reckless in a country of over 81 million citizens that is already battling the virus.
The problem is compounded exponentially as the pilgrims visiting the holy sites today will become the “patient zeros” of tomorrow as they bring the virus back to their families and home countries.

The greatest risk might come from those who return home feeling well and continue with business as usual, silently spreading the virus to family, friends, neighbors, shopkeepers and so on.
When millions are sacrificing so much everywhere else in the world, a situation such as this could negate the impact of others who are practicing social distancing. These pilgrims can indeed become the “super-spreaders” that Alinejad warned about.
We are all in need of comfort, and turning to God in uncertain times is admirable. Spreading coronavirus, however, is not.
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Biden, Dems Have Found a Creative New Way To Mess With The Election, They’re Calling For Virtual Voting

Former Vice President Joe Biden and the Democrats have found a new way to attempt to steal the November presidential election.
Using coronavirus as a reason, the Democratic presidential front runner has suggested virtual voting for the 2020 election.

This from the same people who have insisted that Russia “hacked” the 2016 presidential election though no evidence exists that that happened.
Biden was talking to Brian Williams on MSNBC on Tuesday when he made the radical suggestion of online voting.
He said that there is “no rationale for eliminating or delaying” the general election this November despite the pandemic.

And he said he does not see how the Democrats are going to be able to hold their convention in July.
“It’s hard to envision that,” he said to Williams during the “11th Hour” “We should listen to the scientists.”

“We ought to be able to do what we were able to do in the middle of the Civil War all the way through to World War II,” he said.
“Have Democratic and Republican conventions and primaries and elections and still have public safe — We’re able to do both.”

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House Speaker and Democrat California Rep. Nancy Pelosi wanted $ billion in the stimulus for help with the election.
But the things she wanted included same day voter registration, absentee ballots for every registered voter and more early voter registration.
These were opposed by Republicans but these would be simple ways for an election to be stolen by any Party.

“The things they had in there were crazy. They had things, levels of voting that if you ever agreed to, you would never have a Republican elected in this country again,” President Trump said in an interview on “Fox & Friends.”
“They had things in there about election days and what you do and all sorts of drawbacks. They had things that were just totally crazy,” he said.
But Biden said that the president’s assessment was “absolutely ridiculous” when he spoke to Williams.
“This is about making sure that we’re able to conduct our democracy while we’re dealing with a pandemic. We can do both,” Biden said.

“It may mean a difference in the way we do it. It may mean that social distancing doesn’t get it done. It may mean that you have a circumstance where you have drive-in voting literally, you pull up and you vote. There’s a lot of ways to do it, but we should be talking about it now,” he said.
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White House Halts USAID’s Foreign Shipments of Coronavirus Aid, Diverts Supplies to US

The White House coronavirus task force has temporarily stopped the U.S. Agency for International Development’s overseas shipments of personal protective equipment and requested for the aid to be sent to the United States instead, according to a Tuesday report.
Vice President Mike Pence is leading the task force as it investigates foreign shipments of aid and struggles with a shortage of medical equipment back home, Politico reported.

One anonymous person close to USAID said Pence’s ongoing review of the disbursement of supplies has made an impact.
“They’re really trying to walk a fine line between making sure Americans get everything they need and then starting to provide assistance elsewhere, and the vice president’s oversight is slowing down the decision-making process,” the person told Politico.
The coronavirus task force is looking into how to address the shortage of protective gear in the United States compared with other countries’ ability to address the problem themselves.

“The idea is to figure out what is in short supply and how it compares to what USAID has overseas,” an aid official told Politico.
“Given what’s happening in the United States and the shortage of critical supplies, it would be really difficult to be sending things abroad when we need them here at home.”

The danger of scrutinizing coronavirus-related aid is the possibility of damaging relationships with allies who could be of help later down the road.
“One of the big questions the task force is discussing is how foreign aid could help us when a second wave hits, whether that’s in the fall or later this summer,” another person close to USAID told Politico.

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“Pence realizes you have to wait for the right time to provide assistance, but also that foreign assistance can help us as well.”
Although shipments from USAID have been temporarily stopped, private companies are still shipping supplies to foreign buyers with as many as 280 million masks purchased per day, Forbes reported.
The Trump administration has recently received criticism from Democrats about a shipment of medical supplies sent to China in the early days of the virus outbreak.

In February, the administration announced it was sending 17.8 tons of medical supplies, including masks and respirators, to China to help it fight the virus.
The move has received criticism from Democrats now that the United States is facing a shortage of supplies.
“Trump, you incompetent idiot!” California Rep. Maxine Waters tweeted Monday.
“You sent 18 tons of PPE to China early but ignored warnings & called COVID19 concerns a hoax. You’ve endangered doctors, nurses, aids, orderlies, & janitors – all risking their lives to save ours.”

Trump, you incompetent idiot! You sent 18 tons of PPE to China early but ignored warnings & called COVID19 concerns a hoax. You’ve endangered doctors, nurses, aids, orderlies, & janitors – all risking their lives to save ours. Pray 4 forgiveness for the harm that you’re causing!
— Maxine Waters (@RepMaxineWaters) March 30, 2020

Dan Pfeiffer, a senior White House adviser to former President Barack Obama, suggested the shipment of 2 million masks to China before COVID-19 came to America “would be a devastating ad.”

Trump sending two million masks to China weeks before COVID came to America because he didn’t take the threat seriously would be a devastating ad. https://t.co/SujjXAupQl
— Dan Pfeiffer (@danpfeiffer) March 29, 2020

“That was kind of a different era when there was not much of an appreciation of this hitting the United States,” an anonymous Trump administration official told Politico in response.
The Trump administration also said the shipment to China came from private donations instead of the Strategic National Stockpile.
“It’s a good thing that we’re taking a holistic look at where and when we’re sending [personal protective equipment] as we’re looking to fulfill needs at home,” Pence spokeswoman Katie Miller said.

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‘Are You Working For CNN?’ Trump Goes Off On Fox News Reporter For Parroting Democrat Talking Points

Fox News has changed a ton in recent times and that was shown again at the White House coronavirus press briefing.
Fox News White House correspondent John Roberts went after President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence with Democrat talking points.

Roberts asked the president why his administration disbanded the pandemic response team, which the president said was a “false story.”
“We didn’t do that. That turned out to be a false story,” the president said. “Now you’re starting to go — are you working for CNN?”
“I’m pointing out what they have said and what you have said, that’s all,” the reporter said before the president cut him off.

“Fox isn’t so easy either, don’t kid yourself,,” the president said. “Look, John, let me tell you something. You know that’s a false story. What you just said is a false story, this doctor knows it better than anybody … you shouldn’t be repeating a story that you know is false.”

The President lashes out at John Roberts from Fox News for asking about the pandemic team. He asks Roberts if he’s working for CNN pic.twitter.com/Pq6mHSIXwy
— Acyn Torabi (@Acyn) April 1, 2020

And later Roberts again hit the president and vice president on health insurance.
“There are a lot of people who are worried about getting sick and do they end up in a hospital, people who are uninsured and will they be crushed by medical bills,” he said.
“You were considering last month… reopening the healthcare.gov exchanges. There has been a determination not to do that.
“Could you tell us what the rationale was behind that decision? And what would you have as an alternative?” he said.

President Trump handed the question to Vice President Pence who is in charge of the coronavirus task force.
“The president has made a priority from the outset of our task force work to make sure every American knows that they can have the coronavirus and they don’t have to worry about the cost,” Pence said.
“We were very inspired as well, because of the president’s engagement with the leading health insurance companies in the country, that now, so far, two of the not only willing to waive co-pays on testing, testing is fully covered because of the bill the president signed for every American,” he said.
But Roberts did not take that as an answer and kept going after the vice president on the same topic.

“There will be people who get sick before any of these mitigation efforts are put into place. And without opening the health care exchanges, where can they find insurance?” he said.
“People who aren’t insured by these companies that are covering the cost of the copay. Where can people go now to get health insurance if they get sick — before they get sick?” he said.
“All across America we have Medicaid for underprivileged Americans” he said, and he said that what health insurance companies have been doing is “inspiring.”
“That’s for people who already have insurance,” Roberts said before the vice president moved on to other questions.

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Trump Warns Iran Is ‘Planning a Sneak Attack on US Troops,’ Issues Threat

President Donald Trump on Wednesday warned of a potential Iranian attack on U.S. forces in Iraq.
According to an afternoon tweet from the president, intelligence suggests Iran and its terror affiliates have been “planning a sneak attack” on American assets in the region.

Warning against such an attack, however, Trump said there would be a “very heavy price” exacted on the nation should U.S. interests be targeted in the coming weeks.
“Upon information and belief,” he wrote on Twitter, “Iran or its proxies are planning a sneak attack on U.S. troops and/or assets in Iraq.
“If this happens, Iran will pay a very heavy price, indeed!”

Upon information and belief, Iran or its proxies are planning a sneak attack on U.S. troops and/or assets in Iraq. If this happens, Iran will pay a very heavy price, indeed!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 1, 2020

Far more aggressive with regard to Western influence in the Middle East at the outset of the new year, Iran has quieted substantially in recent weeks, reportedly grappling with the ballooning negative effects of the global COVID-19 pandemic.
Prior to the outbreak, however, heightened tensions between the U.S. and Iran flared with military posturing and sabotage events on both sides leading to an Iran-backed siege on the American embassy in Baghdad beginning Dec. 31, 2019, and carrying on into the new year.
U.S. armed forces’ termination of ranking Iranian general, and reported mastermind of the embassy siege, Qassem Soleimani in an airstrike ordered by Trump on Jan. 3, in turn, resulted in substantial international backlash, as well as a series of Iranian military reactions.
According to the BBC, that reaction has included several Iran-backed missile strikes on coalition military bases in Iraq, none of which resulted in any American casualties.
Though the threat of a potential Iranian, or Iran-backed, attack on U.S. assets warned of Wednesday by Trump remains unconfirmed, sources do indicate the struggling nation might be newly motivated to lash out.

Iran has grown increasingly hard-pressed in its coronavirus response, under the thumb of harsh U.S. sanctions imposed by the Trump administration as tensions flared between the two nations in recent years and months, The Washington Post reported.
According to Al-Jazeera, the Iranian foreign ministry also told local media Wednesday that the nation was outraged over alleged American “warmongering” in light of reports the U.S. had deployed an increased number of Patriot air defense missile systems to Iraq last week.
The deployment, in direct opposition to a nonbinding January vote by the Iraqi parliament to expel U.S. troops from the nation, was a hostile American showing of force, the Iranian foreign ministry said — one with the potential to trigger “instability and disaster.”
Pentagon spokesman Sean Robertson, however, said the deployment was simply carried out to provide U.S. and coalition forces in Iraq safety from the rare, but no less dangerous, missile strike from Iran and its proxy forces.

“The U.S. is moving defensive systems into Iraq to protect Iraqi, coalition, and U.S. service members from a variety of air threats seen at Iraqi bases that host coalition troops,” Robertson said, according to Al-Jazeera.
“It is important to note that repeated attacks on Iraqi bases, which violate Iraqi sovereignty, have killed and injured Iraqi, coalition, and U.S. service members,” he continued. “The establishment of ground-based air defenses in Iraq continues, but for operational security reasons, we are not providing status updates as those systems come online.”
The White House and Department of Defense did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
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California Rep Adam Schiff Already Planning ‘Commission’ To Blame Trump for Coronavirus Crisis

What the country needs now is more Adam Schiff.
The California congressman and chairman of the House Intelligence Committee who the led unsuccessful impeachment prosecution of President Donald Trump has been self-isolating for the past two weeks after a staffer tested positive for the coronavirus.

But he returned with a splash this week, using an interview with The Washington Post to announce he is introducing a bill to set up a “commission” to study the country’s response to the pandemic – and no doubt lay the blame on Trump’s head.
Schiff has been communicating with his constituents in virtual town halls while spending time in self-isolation, according to the Los Angeles Times, after a staffer tested positive for the coronavirus. He broke the news about the commission in an email to Post columnist David Ignatius.
In the email, Schiff graciously acknowledged that events will have to play out before his proposed commission could start getting to the bottom of how it could turn into a weapon against the administration.

“We will need to delay the work of the commission until the crisis has abated to ensure that it does not interfere with the agencies that are leading the response,”  Schiff told Ignatius. “But that should not prevent us from beginning to identify where we got it wrong and how we can be prepared for the next pandemic.”
Even a country reeling under attack from an invisible enemy like the coronavirus, which had killed over 4,500 Americans as of Wednesday, according to Johns Hopkins University statistics, can remember it was only a few months ago that Schiff was leading the sham effort to oust a sitting American president on the most spurious of charges.

They’ll also remember that it all took place with the blessing of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who appeared to hint at some sort of post-coronavirus commission in a Sunday interview on CNN’s “State of the Union,” where she referred to an “after-action review” that would be prepared to judge — and no doubt crucify — the president’s response.
To pretend this that this man has the moral fiber or intellectual integrity to do anything other than use a commission to try to destroy Trump again would be to believe in fairy tales. And conservatives aren’t usually the side of politics that’s vulnerable to that.

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Any Schiff-tainted investigation of the current situation would be a trial of Trump before a hanging judge, with the noose already tied.
The news Schiff is planning to cynically use the coronavirus crisis in yet another attempt to take down Trump did not sit well with many social media users who responded to Schiff’s announcement on Twitter on Wednesday.
While he had the expected comments from Trump-hating liberals (science will find a cure for COVID-19 long before it cures Trump Derangement Syndrome), a fair number had Schiff’s duplicitous number.

Let me help: China and WHO lied to everyone. There’s your report.
— Stephe96 (@Stephe96) April 1, 2020

You and all the corrupt Dems don’t even know HOW to be nonpartisan! Politics, money, and power. It’s all you care about.
— Melinda Tortolano (@MelindaTortola1) April 1, 2020

SHAM IMPEACHMENT is what went wrong!
— Wise Guy Greg (@Gregonimo) April 1, 2020

That last one raises an excellent point. While Democrats and their childish cheerleaders in the establishment media were pretending they had a chance of removing Trump from office while his party held control of the body that was actually voting on the issue, Washington was essentially paralyzed.
At a news conference Tuesday, Trump said he didn’t think his attention was diverted from the coronavirus crisis by the threat to his presidency and the facts show that he was already responding, if it wasn’t being noticed by the impeachment-obsessed media.

The White House Coronavirus Task Force was established on Jan. 29, Trump chaired a meeting of the task force that same day and on Jan. 31, Trump imposed a travel ban on travelers from China.
Clearly, Trump was still performing his duties as president, and the White House was functioning in an orderly manner, but it’s impossible to believe it wasn’t affected at all by the fact that, all the while, House Democrats were making their insanely stupid argument in the Senate that the president should be forced from office for his disputed handling of aid Ukraine.
And Congress, naturally, was incapable of any action at all.
Even at a remove of only two months, it’s nearly impossible to believe.

The fact that that argument was led by the loathsome Schiff — a man whose reputation for partisan dishonesty was cemented by the fact that he almost certainly lied throughout the impeachment charade about whether he knew the identity of the “whistleblower” who started the long national nightmare — won’t be forgotten by any sane American.
The reality is that Democrats have covered themselves in such disgrace throughout the Trump presidency, painting themselves as a #Resistance force instead of as a loyal opposition, that they have zero credibility with any Trump supporter, and probably just as little with any “independent” who kept an open mind about the president.
The only ones who will likely support any commission Schiff is involved in creating — “nonpartisan” or otherwise — are Trump-hating Democrats. And all but the dumbest of them would know its results will be a lie, but a lie they can use politically.
Actually, what this country doesn’t need more of is more Adam Schiff. It’s got coronavirus on its hands already.

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George Soros-Funded Outlet: Coronavirus Crisis Is The Perfect Time To ‘Abolish the Family’

The wackjobs working at openDemocracy, a George Soros-funded non-profit in the U.K., are using the coronavirus pandemic to push their anti-family agenda.
Now, when I say “anti-family” agenda, I literally mean the group is calling for an end to the family unit.

In an article last week titled, “The coronavirus crisis shows it’s time to abolish the family,” a mentally deranged woman named Sophie Lewis — yes, I did just assume her gender — tries to convince her readers that the COVID-19 pandemic is precisely the time to liberate themselves from “the nuclear household.”
Why does poor Sophie believe this? Well, because in most home environments today, she writes, there exists “the mystification of the couple-form; the romanticisation of kinship; and the sanitization of the fundamentally unsafe space that is private property.”
Wait, what? Private property is “unsafe”? “Romanticizing” kinship (that means loving your family, right?) is problematic?

Lewis claims that too many homes today are “defined by the power asymmetries of housework” and that land ownership, mortgage payments, and “patriarchal parenting” are bad for our health.
How any of that is at all inter-related is beyond me.

Nevertheless, Lewis goes on to claim that “Queer and feminized people, especially very old and very young ones are definitionally not safe” in such “capitalist home” situations.
There are a myriad of other bizarre arguments made in Lewis’ article. Most of them are basically feminist and communist critiques about how the male-headed family is oppressive and that we need a complete overhaul of how we think about economics and the family.

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Standard stuff for the left, in other words: In socialism, the state always comes before the family. And a look at the funders of openDemocracy, provided by the organization itself, shows Soros’ leftist Open Society Foundations among the top givers, along with other outfits that fund progressive causes like the Ford Foundation.
Perhaps the most ridiculous claim marshaled in the essay is when Lewis says, “we deserve better than the family. And the time of corona is an excellent time to practice abolishing it.”
What this Marxist wing-nut at openDemocracy has in mind to replace the family unit isn’t spelled out in any detail, but she does use a lot of impressive-sounding words in explaining what should come next.

“Far from a time to acquiesce to ‘family values’ ideology, then, the pandemic is an acutely important time to provision, evacuate and generally empower survivors of – and refugees from – the nuclear household,” she writes.
From what I can gather, Lewis seems to want taxpayers to provide blankets and subsidized housing to gender non-conforming trans teens who ran away from home so they can have a judgment-free safe space to hide out at. Or something.
In any case, Lewis complains that “the private family qua mode of social reproduction still, frankly, sucks.”
Why does it suck?

“It genders, nationalizes and races us. It norms us for productive work. It makes us believe we are ‘individuals.’ It minimizes costs for capital while maximizing human beings’ life-making labor…” and on and on and on.
Give me a break.
It’s good to know that this wholly unhinged way of thinking won’t be gaining ground anytime soon. Men and women are hard hard-wired by God to find a spouse, start a family, and raise children.
In fact, there is anecdotal evidence that suggests the coronavirus is actually bringing families closer together and that communal bonds are strengthening at this time.

I can only imagine the examples of love and charity taking place right now are giving folks like Sophie Lewis a massive headache. And that’s a good thing.
This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

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‘Tip of the Iceberg’: FBI Broke FISA Rules for Wiretap Warrants in Every Case IG Studied

This is one development President Donald Trump’s supporters will need to remember come November — and the mainstream news media and Democrats are hoping the country forgets.
With the tidal wave of coronavirus news reports swamping pretty much every other development in the news these days — and understandably so — it’s easy for even major news items to vanish beneath the surface of American political life.

But this one is one that can’t be swept away.
As Fox News reported, the Justice Department Inspector General reported Tuesday that the FBI’s failure to follow its own supposedly rigorous process for obtaining a secret warrant to investigate the Trump presidential campaign is part of a pattern of almost criminal carelessness in the nation’s premier law enforcement agency.
According to the IG’s report, the office reviewed 29 of about 700 FBI requests for warrants under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act between 2014 and 2019.

The audit showed every single one had problems with documentation, errors, or — most damningly — “inadequately supported facts,” according to the report.

The #FBI’s bungling of Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act applications runs far deeper than the well-known problems with the bureau’s surveillance of the Trump campaign according to a newly-released inspector general’s audit. #TWTFrontPagehttps://t.co/IZKSCbi3ll
— The Washington Times (@WashTimes) April 1, 2020

In a masterpiece of bureaucratic understatement, Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz wrote that the documented “deficiency in the FBI’s efforts to support the factual statements in FISA applications … undermines the FBI’s ability to achieve its ‘scrupulously accurate’ standard for FISA applications.”
That’s pretty dry language for describing what amounts to a corruption — intentional or otherwise — of the secret court system set up to protect Americans from being spied on by their own government.
Republicans on Capitol Hill were more colorful.
In a Twitter post, Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley, the former chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, wrote that the audit shows the FBI’s problem with its FISA applications go far beyond the warrants it received to investigate Trump campaign aide Carter Page – warrants that turned out to be shaky at best.
“We r learning FBI flubs on Carter Page spying case r just tip of iceberg,” Grassley wrote. “IG audited 29 other spying applications on Americans+found problems w EVERY ONE OF THEM! Constitutional rights r at stake when FBI fails 2justify use of spying tools Reforms needed 2protect civil liberties.”

We r learning FBI flubs on Carter Page spying case r just tip of iceberg IG audited 29 other spying applications on Americans+found problems w EVERY ONE OF THEM! Constitutional rights r at stake when FBI fails 2justify use of spying tools Reforms needed 2protect civil liberties
— ChuckGrassley (@ChuckGrassley) March 31, 2020

Naturally, Grassley got a lot of criticism from liberals demanding how he could be focusing like a little thing like the FBI abusing its powers to spy on American citizens when the nation is facing a health crisis.
And the #Resistance Democrats and mainstream media would nothing like more than for the country to get so distracted by the coronavirus crisis that its voters forget how Trump opponents in the Justice Department, FBI and major media institutions spent three years investigating the Trump administration based on slanted, incomplete or outright false information.

But the reality is that the United States is a nation of more than 300 million people with a constitutional form of government more than 230 years old. It’s been through world wars and changed the face of the globe and a Civil War that nearly ripped the country apart. The coronavirus crisis — as serious as it is — is going to pass.
What the country looks like moving forward is going to depend a lot on how a supposedly self-governing people react to the kind of governmental behavior documented in the Horowitz report.
In the Senate, South Carolina Republican Lindsey Graham, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, has announced he wants Horowitz to appear for hearings on the new report, according to National Review.

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That will doubtless revive questions in Horowitz’s previous report that found multiple, glaring problems with how the FBI handled the Page investigation — the subject of Horowitz’s previous appearance before Graham’s committee (which did not go well for the FBI).
Republican Jim Jordan of Ohio, ranking member of the House Judiciary Committee, officially asked Democratic Chairman Jerrold Nadler of New York to schedule hearings on the matter as well. Considering Nadler’s chief interest in his office is attempting to remove Trump from the White House, it’s a fair bet that isn’t going to happen during the 116th Congress.
With Congress barely able to muster its members last week to pass the massive $2 trillion coronavirus relief package, legislative business such as Judiciary Committee hearings is going to be on hold for the foreseeable future.
But even if the coronavirus flood hasn’t peaked yet, it’s inevitable that it’s going to recede at some point.

When it does, Republicans, Trump supporters and all American voters are going to need to remember exactly what was happening in their government before COVID-19 cases wiped out every other consideration.
Democrats and the liberals in the media who spent years assuring the country that the FBI’s reputation is unassailable, that the FISA court system was a rock-solid guarantor of American liberty against police-state abuse, are going to have a lot to answer for.
And no American should forget it.
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Classified US Intelligence Document Reveals China Hid Extent of Coronavirus Outbreak: Report

A classified U.S. intelligence report to the White House revealed China has hidden the extent of the coronavirus outbreak in its country, according to three anonymous U.S. officials.
The officials, who asked not to be identified or detail the contents of the report, told Bloomberg the gist of the document said that China’s reporting on COVID-19 cases and deaths was “intentionally incomplete.”

As of Wednesday morning, there were 82,361 cases of COVID-19 in China and 3,316 fatalities from the disease, according to data from Johns Hopkins.
Comparatively, there were 190,740 cases in the United States and 4,127 fatalities.
However, two of the officials told Bloomberg the classified intelligence document concluded China’s reported numbers are fake.

According to Bloomberg, Chinese officials have revised the methodology for counting cases of the virus and imposed a strict lockdown, causing skepticism of the reported numbers both inside and outside of the country.
There have also been reported stacks of ash urns at funeral homes in Wuhan, China, which have also increased scrutiny of the government’s containment narrative, Bloomberg reported last Friday.

The Trump administration has long criticized China for covering up the extent of the coronavirus.
“The medical community made — interpreted the Chinese data as: This was serious, but smaller than anyone expected,” White House coronavirus task force coordinator Dr. Deborah Birx said at a news conference on Tuesday.

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“Because I think probably we were missing a significant amount of the data, now that what we see happened to Italy and see what happened to Spain.”
Other countries have also been accused of hiding the actual number of coronavirus cases and deaths.
In a statement on March 23, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo listed the ways the Iranian authorities have contributed to the global spread of COVID-19, including by lying to the public about the true scale of the crisis in the country and continuing flights to China as the virus was spreading.

“The regime continues to lie to the Iranian people and the world about the number of cases and deaths, which are unfortunately far higher than the regime admits,” Pompeo said.
Moreover, despite there being 9,887 cases of COVID-19 in South Korea as of Wednesday, according to data from Johns Hopkins, North Korea has not reported any cases of the virus.
However, the Financial Times reported March 25 that North Korean officials have been secretly seeking international help in the last several weeks, citing people familiar with the matter and a document it had viewed.
Pompeo has urged the nations to be transparent about the virus, according to Bloomberg.

“This data set matters,” he said at a Tuesday media conference.
“I would urge every nation: Do your best to collect the data. Do your best to share that information.”
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Dr. Fauci Gives Sliver of Good News: Mitigation Efforts Are Having ‘Dampening Effect’ on Coronavirus

While girding Americans for the possibility of a spike in COVID-19 deaths, Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, also held out some hope on Tuesday.
During an appearance on CNN, Fauci called the next two weeks “a critical time.”

Noting that Americans have been largely adhering to the administration’s policy of social distancing to slow the spread of the virus, Fauci said the strategy could be working.
“We have very intensive mitigation … with the physical separation. If you look now, we’re starting to see glimmers that that is actually having some dampening effect,” Fauci said, while making clear that the numbers of Americans infected and dying remains at a serious level.
“We clearly are seeing cases going up. The people in New York are in a difficult situation,” he said.

“We are still in a very difficult situation,” Fauci added. “We hope, and I believe it will happen, that we may start seeing a turnaround. But we haven’t seen it yet. We’re just pushing on the mitigation to hope that we do see that turnaround.”
The doctor explained that the both the number of new cases and the rate of increase are key measures. He went on to say that cases will rise at an exponential rate until the peak of the epidemic is reached.

“Once you start to level off, then you’re going to have less people who are going to be going into intensive care,” Fauci said. “And then later on, later on, because it always lags, you’ll see a decrease in deaths.”

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“What we’re starting to see right now is just the inklings. And I don’t want to put too much stock on it, because you don’t want to get overconfident, you just want to keep pushing at what you’re doing,” he continued.
“You’re starting to see that the daily increases are not in that steep incline, they’re starting to be able to possibly flatten out.”
In an interview with Vanity Fair published Tuesday, Fauci repeated that hope, but added a caution.

“We hope — we don’t know for sure — that we’re starting to see the leveling off of new admissions to hospitals. That’s the first sign that we may be making some headway with our mitigation strategies,” he told the outlet. “But multiple cities are at different timing of what their problem is.
“We have New Orleans now, we have a situation in Detroit and Chicago. So you will see different waves of increases, sharp inflections, peaks and then turnarounds. I think the most important thing that we need to do as a nation is to very aggressively implement the mitigation strategies.”
Fauci was also asked about his relationship with President Donald Trump.
“I take the tack that I will say what’s true and whatever happens, happens. As a matter of fact, in fairness to him, the president has listened very carefully to what I’ve said,” the doctor replied.

“He’s taken my recommendations almost invariably, and he has never really contradicted things that I have recommended to him. He listens. I mean, there’s a lot out there in the press about conflict between the both of us. There’s absolutely none. There really isn’t.”
When asked about the possibility of a “second wave” of COVID-19, Fauci said the virus is not going away.
“I feel that it is highly likely that we will have — I don’t know whether you want to call it a second wave — but we will have a return of infections as we get into the next season,” he said.
But Fauci also voiced optimism regarding the scope of the virus’ potential return.

“I believe given the fact that we’ll be much, much better prepared, there will be a number of people who have already been infected so that they will be immune,” he said.
“The second iteration of this will very likely be much less severe. That’s for a number of reasons. So I don’t see this coming back and hitting us the way it hit us the first time around.”
As of Tuesday, the United States had 189,510 confirmed coronavirus cases, according to Johns Hopkins. Over four thousand have died and roughly seven thousand have recovered.
Trump himself said at Tuesday’s coronavirus task force briefing that difficult days are coming.

“I want every American to be prepared for the hard days that lie ahead. We’re going to go through a very tough two weeks,” the president said.
Although Trump expressed confidence that America will “start seeing some real light at the end of the tunnel,” he also did not mince words about the state of the pandemic.
“This is going to be a very painful, very, very painful two weeks,” he said.
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CNN Slammed Trump for His COVID Death Rate Estimate – But 4 Weeks Later They’re Making the Same Claim

A study published Monday from The Lancet Infectious Diseases, a medical journal in the United Kingdom, found that the death rate for COVID-19 was significantly less than the 3.4 percent originally predicted by the World Health Organization.
The news wasn’t particularly surprising. The Lancet study put the death rate at 0.66 percent — higher than the seasonal flu, which kills 0.1 percent of people who get it, but still a lot less than what we had feared.

The writing had been on the wall for weeks, as various studies had concluded that when mild or asymptomatic cases of coronavirus infection were taken into account, the death rate could be well south of 1 percent. This is cold comfort, given the fact the United States is expecting upward of 100,000 deaths, but it gives us a better idea of what we’re dealing with.
On Tuesday, CNN reported on it — and why wouldn’t they?
“Coronavirus death rate is lower than previously reported, study says, but it’s still deadlier than seasonal flu,” the article by Arman Azad was titled. I shan’t go into the particulars here, but suffice it to say that the title basically says what you need to know.

This is interesting inasmuch as it stood in stark contrast to what Brian Stelter — professional fulminator and/or host of CNN’s “Reliable Sources” — was saying at the beginning of the month, when he slammed President Donald Trump for even suggesting that the death rate might come in under the WHO estimate.
Stelter’s rant — titled “Trump makes spurious claims about coronavirus in phone call with Sean Hannity” — came after Trump phoned into Sean Hannity’s show on March 4 and said he thought “3.4 percent is really a false number.”

“Now, this is just my hunch,” Trump said, “based on a lot of conversations with a lot of people that do this, because a lot of people will have this, and it’s very mild — they’ll get better very rapidly, they don’t even see a doctor, they don’t even call a doctor — you never hear about those people, so you can’t put them down in the category of the overall population, in terms of this corona flu, and/or virus. So you just can’t do that.”
“If we have thousands or hundreds of thousands of people that get better, just by, you know, sitting around and even going to work, some of them go to work, but they get better, and then when you do have a death, like you’ve had in the state of Washington, like you had one in California, I believe you had one in New York.

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“You know,” he continued, “all of a sudden it seems like 3 or 4 percent, which is a very high number, as opposed to a fraction of 1 percent. But again, they don’t know about the easy cases because the easy cases don’t go to the hospital. They don’t report to doctors or the hospital in many cases. So I think that that number is very high. I think the number, personally, I would say the number is way under 1 percent.”

Trump to Hannity on WHO saying coronavirus death rate is 3.4%: “I think the 3.4% number is really a false number. Now this is just my hunch, but based on a lot of conversations … personally, I’d say the number is way under 1%.”
Astoundingly irresponsible. pic.twitter.com/uC9c03zX31
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) March 5, 2020

Stelter’s screed after the appearance was meant to give the impression of a man shaking with vehement rage in front of his MacBook.
“I hesitate to even print the United States president’s words here, because they’re so at odds with what health experts are saying,” Stelter wrote. “But the president’s statements to Sean Hannity are significant because millions of people were watching live.”
Stelter went on to say that “Hannity televised Trump’s irresponsible ‘hunch’ to the world” and was yet another person to spread the lie that Trump was “discarding his own administration’s advice to stay home if you’re feeling sick.” (He very clearly said that people were going to work without knowing they had coronavirus, not that people should go to work if they didn’t know they had coronavirus; if you heard something different, you wanted to hear something different.)
It’s been a long month, I know. What we know about coronavirus has significantly changed over the past four weeks. I don’t think there’s anyone covering this or writing about it that didn’t have their preconceptions changed.

That said, there’s a certain consistency to the Stelterian worldview. It’s difficult to take anyone seriously if they view President Trump’s handling of the coronavirus with unmixed delight. Those who view it with unmixed rage, however, should be similarly discounted — and that’s pretty much what Stelter has done since the moment the current president took office.
Here’s a recent set of Stelter headlines which require no further context from the article itself to tell you where this guy’s head is at right now:
April 1: “Journalists challenge Trump’s ‘revisionist history’ regarding coronavirus response.”
March 30: “Trump is self-isolating at his safe space: Fox News.”

March 30: “As coronavirus death toll rises, Trump focuses on a different set of numbers: TV ratings.”
March 25: “How the Fox News presidency has politicized a national health crisis.”
Politicizing a health crisis, completely unlike what’s going on at CNN.
So the facts may change, but the Stelterian outlook never does. All right, you’re saying, but can you hold Stelter and CNN accountable for what they said when the death rate was, as Donald Rumsfeld might have put it, a known unknown?

Yes. The problem with Stelter’s original attack was a question of asymmetric information. Bluntly put: The president knew more about the virus than he did.
I know, this probably comes as a shock to Stelter, a man who seems to view the president as an adult infant with a television tuned to Fox News and a cell phone with the Twitter app permanently open.
However, Stelter kept sticking on the fact that Trump said the word “hunch” What he probably should have looked harder at was the part where Trump said this was “based on a lot of conversations with a lot of people that do this.”
Not the most elegant language, I admit, but this was something the president was being briefed on.

When this is all done, I would be surprised to find out he didn’t have some idea of the limits of testing as well as the limits of the WHO’s model.
There’s also the area of common sense: If testing is limited and there’s a cohort of people who have mild symptoms or are asymptomatic, it only goes to reason that the WHO’s 3.4 percent number was too high. This is just common sense.
As for why Trump said what he did on “Hannity,” I have to admit that I don’t know the chain of events that led to it. It’s basically an a priori hunch.
Then again, what Brian Stelter had was a hunch, too. It turned out to be wrong.

A little less than four weeks later, his network published a story that proved Trump’s hunch was correct.
I’m just letting you know, since I don’t think you’re going to hear about it on “Reliable Sources” anytime soon.
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Democrats Blame Trump For Coronavirus Response, But Watch as They Give Americans Dangerous Covid-19 Advice

Democrats are chastising President Trump for his handling of the Coronavirus global pandemic, but a review of their initial handling of the crisis looks far worse in retrospect.
As news reports began circulating that the disease was able to be transmitted from person to person, Democratic lawmakers continued encouraging Americans to gather in large groups.

The Coronavirus, De Blasio said February 14th, “should not stop you from going about your life, should not stop you from going to Chinatown and going out to eat. I’m going to do that today myself.”
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi likewise urged Americans to patronize restaurants, specifically in Chinatown. While touring Chinatown businesses on February 28th, Pelosi said: “It’s exciting to be here, especially at this time, to be able to be unified with our community. We want to be vigilant about what might be on a — what is out there in other places. We want to be careful about how we deal with it, but we do want to say to people, come to Chinatown. Here we are. We’re, again, careful, safe and come join us.”
In New Orleans, as the city geared up for Mardi Gras despite pleas from health officials to cancel the annual week-long party, the city’s EMS confidently reassured those planning to attend: “There is no concern at this time for coronavirus in our region … the risk for us is very low.”

New York City’s health commissioner, Oxiris Barbot, ostensibly responsible for advising New Yorkers on best health practices, largely spent the last two months encouraging Gothamites to defy popular guidance for avoiding crowds as well as people recently back from China.

Barbot said that riding public transit and going out into public — including attending the Chinese Lunar New Year parade in Chinatown, were not just responsible behaviors, but would additionally help defeat anti-Asian prejudices.
“We are encouraging New Yorkers to go about their everyday lives and suggest practicing everyday precautions that we do through the flu season,” Barbot said on January 26th. She even added that those “who had recently traveled from Wuhan were not being urged to self-quarantine or avoid large public gatherings.”
On February 2nd, she urged the same lack of caution: “The risk to New Yorkers for Coronavirus is low, and our preparedness as a city is very high. There is no reason not to take the subway, not to take the bus, not to go out to your favorite restaurant, and certainly not to miss the parade next Sunday.”
”I’m going to be there,” she added for extra reassurance.
The same day, New York State Senator John Liu likewise urged New Yorkers to avoid “social distancing.”

“There is no need to panic and to avoid activities that we always do as New Yorkers,” Liu said at a press conference. “We are hardy people. As an Asian-American, I’ve been disturbed if not outright appalled by some of the comments or gestures that I have seen. Diseases originate from anywhere or from particular places in the world.”
On February 7th, Barbot offered New Yorker’s the same bad advice, telling NY1: “The important thing for New Yorkers to know is that in the city currently their risk is low and our city preparedness is high. And so we know that this virus can be transmitted from one individual to another, but that it’s typically people who live together. That there’s no risk at this point in time — we’re always learning more — about having it be transmitted in casual contact, right?”
“So we’re telling New Yorkers, go about your lives, take the subway, go out, enjoy life, but practice everyday precautions,” she said.
On March 2nd, De Blasio said during a Coronavirus press conference that there was no reason to take any precautions behind basic hygiene: “In fact, the facts are reassuring, all New Yorkers should really pay attention to this. We have a lot of information now. Information is actually showing us things that should give us more reason to stay calm and go about our lives.”

By March 10th, De Blasio was still urging New Yorkers to congregate in mass gatherings.
“For the vast majority of New Yorkers, life is going on pretty normally right now; we want to encourage that,” De Blasio told MSBNBC. “We have to look out for people here, especially those who are over 50 years old and have pre-existing conditions, like lung disease, heart disease, cancer, diabetes. These are the folks we really, really need to be careful for. But if you’re under 50 and you’re healthy, which is most New Yorkers, there’s very little threat here. This disease, even if you were to get it, basically acts like a common cold or flu. And transmission is not that easy. I think there has been a misperception that Coronavirus hangs in the air, waiting to catch you. No. It takes direct person-to-person contact, direct transmission of fluids.”

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GOP Senator Calls for Investigation into WHO’s Relationship with China in Wake of Coronavirus ‘Cover Up’

As the United States prepares to carry out another 30 days of “social distancing” to combat the Wuhan coronavirus, one Republican senator intends to make sure that those responsible for the severity of the pandemic are held accountable.
Sen. Rick Scott of Florida wants a congressional investigation into the World Health Organization.

“The @WHO receives millions of dollars in US taxpayer $$ and helped the Chinese Communist Party cover up a global pandemic,” he wrote Monday on Twitter. “Today, I’m calling for a Congressional investigation into what the WHO knew and when they knew it. Read more: http://bit.ly/SRS_WHO”

The @WHO receives millions of dollars in US taxpayer $$ and helped the Chinese Communist Party cover up a global pandemic.
Today, I’m calling for a Congressional investigation into what the WHO knew and when they knew it. Read more: https://t.co/PnfWOz7EK1
— Rick Scott (@SenRickScott) March 31, 2020

Scott said in a statement that WHO officials “need to be held accountable for their role in promoting misinformation and helping Communist China cover up a global pandemic. We know Communist China is lying about how many cases and deaths they have, what they knew and when they knew it — and the WHO never bothered to investigate further. Their inaction cost lives.
“As soon as Congress is back in session, there should be a hearing, along with a full investigation, to review whether American taxpayers should continue to spend millions of dollars every year to fund an organization that willfully parroted propaganda from the Chinese Communist Party.”

According to a WHO invoice posted on its website, the United States was assessed roughly $331.6 million for 2020 and 2021, half payable in U.S. dollars, the other half in Swiss francs.
There is considerable evidence that the organization parroted lies by the Chinese government, including a Jan. 14 tweet that claimed there was “no clear evidence” of humans infecting other humans with the virus.

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National Review noted that the tweet from the WHO came less than two weeks after several doctors were either reprimanded or arrested for trying to warn about COVID-19 on the Chinese social media platform WeChat.
In addition, Taiwan says it warned the WHO in December, according to the Financial Times.
When asked about Taiwan’s warning, Bruce Aylward, a senior adviser to WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, hung up on a journalist.

Scott’s news release said the senator “is gravely concerned about China’s efforts to isolate Taiwan when it comes global health and the WHO’s continued refusal to include Taiwan in its membership, meetings, and information, especially in the face of the Coronavirus.”
Numerous conservative leaders have also called for an investigation into China’s apparent cover-up of the initial outbreak.
Such an investigation is very necessary.

As of Wednesday morning, 189,633 Americans have tested positive for COVID-19, and 4,081 have died, according to Johns Hopkins.
The apparent malfeasance of China’s communist government and the World Health Organization has resulted in a death toll of Americans that already has far exceeded that of 9/11.
China has been trying to use propaganda to distract from the credible allegations of a cover-up.
This clearly warrants not just an investigation but action if that malfeasance is proven, given the lives that have been lost and the economic damage done to this country.

This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

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Democrat Frontrunner Joe Biden Says His Running Mate Could Be Michigan Governor Whitmer

Former Vice President Joe Biden has backed himself into a corner by declaring that he would pick a female vice-presidential candidate.
The Democratic front runner for the presidential nomination has been speculated to have former Democrat presidential candidate Hillary Clinton on the short list.

Many have also considered Sens. Kamala Harris and Elizabeth Warren to be among those Biden could choose from.
But now that President Donald Trump has made Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer one of his enemies Biden admitted she is on his short list.

I love Michigan, one of the reasons we are doing such a GREAT job for them during this horrible Pandemic. Yet your Governor, Gretchen “Half” Whitmer is way in over her head, she doesn’t have a clue. Likes blaming everyone for her own ineptitude! #MAGA
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 28, 2020

When Biden talked to MSNBC host Brian Williams on Tuesday he sang the praises of the governor, naming her as a possible choice for vice president.

“If you are indeed the nominee, can you share with us at least how many names are on your potential grab bag list for vice president and if any of the figures who have emerged from this coronavirus crisis — thinking specifically of, say, the governor of Michigan — if any of those figures have lengthened the list?” Williams said to Biden.
“She hadn’t lengthened the list — she made the list, in my mind, two months ago,” the former vice president said.

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The Michigan governor has been criticized after she decided to crack down on prescriptions of hydroxychloroquine, a drug that President Donald Trump has said helps fight coronavirus.
“Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has come under criticism for a statewide order cracking down on prescriptions of hydroxychloroquine, a drug touted by President Trump to treat the novel coronavirus,” The Washington Times said.
“The Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs issued an order Wednesday warning physicians against writing prescriptions ‘without a legitimate medical purpose’ and instructing pharmacists to evaluate the ‘legitimacy’ of hydroxychloroquine or chloroquine prescriptions,” it said.

Studies done in other nations have shown that the drug has the potential to work on those who have the disease.
But many believe that the Michigan governor is playing politics with the inexpensive drugs with her decree.
“During a time of crisis, in which physicians continue to see patients despite not having enough protective gear, this threatening, authoritarian stance from our governor is counterproductive at best,” Kathy Hoekstra of the Pacific Legal Foundation said in an op-ed for The Detroit News.
“The implications of Whitmer and her administration’s knee-jerk scare tactics should terrify all Michigan residents.

“Not only is our state’s top leader threatening the selfless health care workers who are on the frontline trying to save lives, but she’s denying possible life-saving medications to actual COVID-19 victims,” she said.
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Private Sector Comes to the Rescue as J&J Plans To Distribute 1B Doses of COVID-19 Vaccine

In another testament to the power of the free market, American pharmaceutical giant Johnson & Johnson said Monday it has developed a possible vaccine for the coronavirus and plans to initiate human trials by September so that the drug can be made available as soon as early next year.
J&J announced it is working on what CEO Alex Gorsky said is “a candidate that has a high degree — a probability — of being successful against the COVID-19 virus.”

The vaccine would be a game-changer, as the only way to stop the pandemic currently is through drastic social distancing measures, which have effectively shut down the United States and other countries that are battling the virus.
Gorsky explained on NBC’s “Today” that the company not only has a promising vaccine in the works, but also has the ability to “ramp up production of this in a relatively short period of time so that it can become available. That’s why we’re entering into this agreement with the government.”

The agreement Gorsky referred to is a deal between the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority, a division of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services responsible for the development of vaccines to fight disease outbreaks, and J&J, which is working to successfully develop a COVID-19 vaccine.
Together, the government and J&J have pledged a total of $1 billion to accelerate the development and production of a vaccine, according to a Johnson & Johnson news release, which said the company is working toward “the goal of providing global supply of more than one billion doses of a vaccine.

“The Company expects to initiate human clinical studies of its lead vaccine candidate at the latest by September 2020 and anticipates the first batches of a COVID-19 vaccine could be available for emergency use authorization in early 2021, a substantially accelerated timeframe in comparison to the typical vaccine development process,” the statement said.
Gorsky promised the company will make sure that as many people have access to the vaccine as possible.
“We’re going to be investing more than a billion dollars, accelerating the clinical development as well as the production, and we want to make sure the patients, certainly here in the United States but around the world, can get access in a very affordable way,” he said.
“In fact, we’re going to make sure that we’re offering this at a not-for-profit basis here in the United States and around the globe.”
Gorsky called the rapid development a vaccine a “moonshot” for his company.

“What would usually take 5 to 7 years, we expect to be able to accomplish in five to seven months,” he said.
“We’re working right now on early tests that tend to be very predictive of how these vaccines are eventually going to work in humans and we want to, first of all, make sure that they’re safe, that the platform is safe, that it can be effective.”
This kind of progress demonstrates the perfect symbiotic relationship that can exist between government and private industry when both are allowed to operate as designed.
The government does not have to mandate that companies do their part, but instead can incentivize when necessary or simply leave the private sector alone when it is working.

For all the talk about the supposed need for President Donald Trump to invoke the Defense Production Act and take over the means of production for critical coronavirus supplies, private industry has already taken the initiative.
The apparel company Fanatics, for instance, has switched from manufacturing sports gear to producing face masks and hospital gowns.
“We’re proud to partner with @MLB to support emergency personnel who are fighting against COVID-19 and face a need for masks and hospital gowns. We’re utilizing our manufacturing plant in Easton, PA to make masks and gowns out of the same jersey fabric that the players wear,” the company tweeted last week.

We’re proud to partner with @MLB to support emergency personnel who are fighting against COVID-19 and face a need for masks and hospital gowns. We’re utilizing our manufacturing plant in Easton, PA to make masks and gowns out of the same jersey fabric that the players wear pic.twitter.com/5jEg1B2iUa
— Fanatics (@Fanatics) March 26, 2020

Ford Motor Company, which previously pledged to help make ventilators, had an exciting announcement about their progress Monday.
“Starting in April, we’re producing a ventilator with @GEHealthcare, leveraging the design of @AironCorp’s FDA-cleared ventilator. It’s designed to operate on air pressure without electricity, making it a versatile solution to help those fighting #COVID19,” Ford tweeted.

Starting in April, we’re producing a ventilator with @GEHealthcare, leveraging the design of @AironCorp’s FDA-cleared ventilator. It’s designed to operate on air pressure without electricity, making it a versatile solution to help those fighting #COVID19. #BuiltFordProud pic.twitter.com/DtsB0fPGe0
— Ford Motor Company (@Ford) March 30, 2020

Companies that previously made alcohol for consumption are not producing hand sanitizer after the country’s supply was gobbled up in the early days of the coronavirus outbreak.

We are making hand sanitizer today. 🤷🙌 Hard to believe all retailers in the area are still out-of-stock of something that is so simple to make and so vital in this crisis.#handsanitizer #coronavirus #covid_19 #craftspirits #whiskey #whisky #rum #oakland #california #brandy pic.twitter.com/nBlXLimmJU
— Wright & Brown Distilling Co. (@wrightandbrown) March 22, 2020

It seems that examples of the free market finding solutions are popping up every day, and J&J’s vaccine development is just the latest, and possibly most substantial, to date.
Critics might say that this unprecedented vaccine development is due to government incentives rather than the free market at work, but the government’s willingness to take on some the financial risk of creating and manufacturing an unproven vaccine is truly making a difference.
Normally, companies work for years to create and test new drugs and treatments at their own expense. Their only chance at recovering expenses and turning a profit is to sell a successful, approved product, which can take decades.
In this case, J&J is able to prioritize the vaccine without worrying as much about footing the bill if it doesn’t work — as evidenced by the fact that the government is co-funding the vaccine research. Not everything can be developed this way, but in a global pandemic like this one, it makes sense to allow the government to help out so the company can put aside other, more reliably profitable endeavors.

The coronavirus has been a powerful proving ground to dismantle so many liberal lies.
Totalitarian regimes such as China failed miserably at containing the virus and treating its citizens, while the United States remains equipped to handle the onslaught of new cases as citizens, government and private industry to fight the disease.
Despite liberals’ mistrust of for-profit industry and hatred of billionaires, private companies and wealthy individuals continue to go out of their way to help mankind in the face of this devastating crisis.
When citizens around the globe eventually roll up their sleeves to receive protection against the coronavirus, that inoculation may very well come courtesy of the freest, most prosperous nation in the world.

This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

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Cruz: ‘Plausible’ that Covid-19 Was Being Studied at Wuhan Institute of Virology and Escaped From the Lab

During an interview with Fox Business News host Maria Bartiromo Texas Senator Ted Cruz said it was plausible that Covid-19 was being studied at the Level 4 lab located in Wuhan and escaped, thus creating our current pandemic.
As part of a larger discussion Cruz said “what seems plausible, if not likely, is that this was a virus that was being studied at the lab, we knew they were studying bats, we knew they were studying coronaviruses, it was being studied at the lab, and the natural imprint if there’s an outbreak right next to where they’re studying this virus is somehow it escaped, presumably accidentally, that some safety protocol wasn’t followed.”

“We don’t know that, but China doesn’t want that question answered for the world to know and in fact, the Chinese government tweeted out that the American military brought this virus into China,” Cruz added.
“I mean, what a ridiculous propaganda lie. China doesn’t want this known.”
Cruz then accused the World Health Organization of helping China cover it all up “the World Health Organization which is dependent on China for a whole lot of money, they don’t want this known.”

“And much of the American media, you look at the big media companies, there are very few things that are more important to them than access to the Chinese market.”
“This is all about money. This is about the network executives saying we got to get into China, there’s a whole lot of money to be made so let’s defend China at all costs.”

“Once we defeat this pandemic and our priority now needs to be the immediacy of beating this pandemic, once we defeat it, there needs to be serious careful inquiry into what the hell happened, how could it have been stopped and how could we have saved all of the lives that are being lost right now through this terrible disease.”

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Read the transcript below, it will send chills down your spine:
BARTIROMO: We are going to be looking forward to your leadership on this issue, Senator, because we need this change and we are looking to you you to move the needle on this.
Let me ask you this, as far as the origin of this Coronavirus, we know it came from Wuhan. Do we know if it came from the only level four super lab in China, which is located in Wuhan, or was it this from the open markets there?

Because there is a lot of conversation on whether or not we at some point are going to learn that somebody made a big mistake by playing around with biochemicals and it got out.
CRUZ: You are exactly right. That is a critically important question to ask, how did this start, what could have been done to prevent it, the short answer is no, we do not know the origin of this virus we know where outbreak first began it was Wuhan.
And you are right.
There is a level four biomedical research, the Wuhan institute of Virology a few miles away.

That is the level four is highest level security. We know that at that facility they were he researching highly, highly infectious diseases including coronaviruses, including coronaviruses that derived from bats.
So they’re researching the exact same type of disease that became a pandemic.
And it is a natural question to ask, there have been multiple stories written in the global media about how this security protocols at this Wuhan institute were lacking, they weren’t very good, that this is you know this is a sort of place you — see in movies people come in hazmat suits and it’s you all sealed off because there are some very dangerous diseases there.
It’s a very natural question to ask well, did somebody make the mistake, were they studying this virus and did it escape accidentally and is that part of why the communist government in China tried so hard to cover this up.

And you know, I’ll say it’s an interesting thing, Maria.
There were initially some questions being asked right at the start of this outbreak, right along these lines, then you saw much of the mainstream media react in lockstep, and oppose it with a ferocity that was just curious.
There were a whole series of stories
BARTIROMO: Disgusting.

CRUZ: That’s exactly right. There were a whole series of stories that said no, the science demonstrates this virus was not made in a lab.
Well, no one is arguing that this is a biological weapon the Chinese army created.
In fact, what seems plausible, if not likely, is that this was a virus that was being studied at the lab, we knew they were studying bats, we knew they were studying coronaviruses, it was being studied at the lab, and the natural imprint if there’s an outbreak right next to where they’re studying this virus is somehow it escaped, presumably accidentally, that some safety protocol wasn’t followed.
We don’t know that, but China doesn’t want that question answered for the world to know and in fact, the Chinese government tweeted out that the American military brought this virus into China.

I mean, what a ridiculous propaganda lie. China doesn’t want this known.
The World Health Organization which is dependent on China for a whole lot of money, they don’t want this known.
And much of the American media, you look at the big media companies, there are very few things that are more important to them than access to the Chinese market.
This is all about money. This is about the network executives saying we got to get into China, there’s a whole lot of money to be made so let’s defend China at all costs.

Once we defeat this pandemic and our priority now needs to be the immediacy of beating this pandemic, once we defeat it, there needs to be serious careful inquiry into what the hell happened, how could it have been stopped and how could we have saved all of the lives that are being lost right now through this terrible disease.

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Pelosi Invokes Language of Watergate, Suggesting Trump Coronavirus Response Investigation

In recent interviews, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has employed words made famous during the Watergate hearings in reference to President Donald Trump’s response to the coronavirus outbreak, suggesting a congressional investigation into his conduct will occur.
On Sunday, Pelosi accused Trump of not working urgently enough to address the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We should be taking every precaution. What the president — his denial at the beginning was deadly,” Pelosi told host Jake Tapper on CNN’s “State of the Union.”
The speaker then referenced one of the most noteworthy questions asked during the 1973 Watergate impeachment hearings against then-President Richard Nixon: “What did the president know and when did he know it?”

“I don’t know what the scientists said to him. When did this president know about this, and what did he know? What did he know and when did he know it? That’s for an after-action review,” Pelosi said.
“But as the president fiddles, people are dying. And we just have to take every precaution,” she added.

Pelosi asked the same question Tuesday on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe, wondering what and when scientists were advising Trump about COVID-19.
Republican National Committee spokeswoman Elizabeth Harrington responded to Pelosi’s interview, tweeting, “Democrats are so impeachment obsessed, Pelosi is trying to turn a virus from Wuhan into Watergate.”

Democrats are so impeachment obsessed, Pelosi is trying to turn a virus from Wuhan into Watergate
“What did he know & when did he know it?” Is she talking about Xi?
POTUS mobilized CDC, created task force, and stopped travel, while Dems wasted our time on a Ukraine witch hunt pic.twitter.com/Erfee6VL4i
— Elizabeth Harrington (@LizRNC) March 31, 2020

“‘What did he know & when did he know it?’ Is she talking about Xi?” Harrington continued. “POTUS mobilized CDC, created task force, and stopped travel, while Dems wasted our time on a Ukraine witch hunt.”
On Jan. 31, Trump announced the then-controversial decision to ban flights coming out of China into the United States, making the U.S. one of the first nations to do so, according to a CNN timeline.

The move came 10 days after officials confirmed the first American case of the virus.
That same week, the president established a coronavirus task force to monitor the unfolding public health situation.

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Even as the news coming out of China worsened, Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer were pushing for additional witnesses and documents to be included in Trump’s impeachment trial, which would have resulted in the proceedings continuing for weeks or perhaps months.

Following Pelosi’s Sunday CNN interview, the president called her a “sick puppy” and a “disgrace” in response to her claim his administration is costing people’s lives.
He accused her of playing a political “game.”
“It’s a sad thing,” Trump told Fox News.
“She’s a sick puppy, in my opinion. She really is. She’s got a lot of problems, and that’s a horrible thing to say especially when … I stopped some very, very infected, very, very sick people, thousands coming in from China.”

“She was playing the impeachment game, her game where she ended up looking like a fool,” he added.
By invoking the language of Watergate, Pelosi may be seeking to shift the coronavirus narrative.
Recent polling shows a majority of Americans support Trump’s handling of the outbreak.
A Gallup poll released last week found 60 percent approve of the president’s COVID-19 efforts, including 27 percent of Democrats in the survey.

Similarly, an ABC News/Washington Post poll published late last week showed Trump with 51 percent approval and 45 percent disapproval in his handling of the crisis.
Additionally, for the first time in ABC News/Washington Post polling conducted during Trump’s presidency, a majority of Americans approve of his overall job performance: 48 to 46 percent.
This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

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Remember the Woman Who Died Waiting for a Coronavirus Test in New Orleans? Her Tests Came Back Negative

Remember the woman who died waiting for a coronavirus test in New Orleans last week? The media ran sensational headlines after 39 year old Natasha Ott was found dead in her home while awaiting the results of a coronavirus test as a way to create panic and whip up anger against the Trump administration. Here’s…
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In One Of The Worst Moments In The History of TV News CNN Decided To Not Air Trump’s Start To The Daily Briefing

In what is an unbelievable moment in television and news broadcasting history CNN has taken the mask off and show how truly petty they are. CNN did not carry the start of the briefing of the President of the United States during a coronavirus pandemic and instead kept Wolf Blitzer on. MSNBC, which is unabashedly…
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