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Tue May 12, 2020, 09:07 AM

Mitch McConnell blames Obama for Trump's failed pandemic response

By Emily Singer -May 12, 2020 9:28 AM

It has been widely reported that the Obama administration left Trump a 69-page pandemic playbook.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell went on a Trump campaign live stream Monday night and falsely claimed that former President Barack Obama left Donald Trump without any plan to handle a future pandemic.

"Clearly the Obama administration did not leave to this administration, any kind of game plan for something like this," McConnell said in an interview with Trump's daughter-in-law Lara Trump.

That claim is untrue.

The Obama administration quite literally left Trump with a pandemic playbook ó which Trump ignored.

Published with permission of The American Independent Foundation.

https://americanindependent.com/mitch-mcconnell-barack-obama-coronavirus-playbook-pandemic-senate-gop-covid-19/

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Reply Mitch McConnell blames Obama for Trump's failed pandemic response (Original post)
turbinetree May 2020 OP
spanone May 2020 #1
Raster May 2020 #2
underpants May 2020 #3
Laelth May 2020 #13
Hav May 2020 #4
VMA131Marine May 2020 #5
50 Shades Of Blue May 2020 #6
Proud Liberal Dem May 2020 #8
underpants May 2020 #17
Ms. Toad May 2020 #12
smirkymonkey May 2020 #18
kysrsoze May 2020 #7
CrispyQ May 2020 #9
Turbineguy May 2020 #10
dalton99a May 2020 #11
underpants May 2020 #16
karynnj May 2020 #14
colsohlibgal May 2020 #15
Docreed2003 May 2020 #19

Response to turbinetree (Original post)

Tue May 12, 2020, 09:11 AM

1. Kentucky must love a liar.

to keep electing this SOB

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Response to turbinetree (Original post)

Tue May 12, 2020, 09:12 AM

2. McConnell*s nose is so far up tRump*s ass, he has no choice but to lie and obfuscate...

...MoscowMitch knows what he's saying is not true. MoscowMitch also knows that if he tells the truth, HE and the Congressional GOP* will have to tell the American people HOW THEY ALLOWED a toxic, sociopathic monster to run roughshod all over the Constitution. in other words, MoscowMitchMcTraitor is way too deep.

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Response to turbinetree (Original post)

Tue May 12, 2020, 09:12 AM

3. Never happened. Nope. None of this is real.

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Response to underpants (Reply #3)

Tue May 12, 2020, 09:43 AM

13. +1 n/t

-Laelth

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Response to turbinetree (Original post)

Tue May 12, 2020, 09:16 AM

4. Even if it were true,

it's a stupid argument anyways. First, you are the President in your final year and ask that someone should have held your hand like a little kid? Secondly, then Obama could argue that the Bush admin didn't leave him anything he could have given to Trump.

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Response to turbinetree (Original post)

Tue May 12, 2020, 09:16 AM

5. The only reason the Republicans are doing this

Is because they, quite literally, donít have any reasonable defense for their ineptitude. The Obama transition team actually game-planned a pandemic scenario with the incoming Trump folks. Furthermore, this didnít happen in Trumpís first months on the job, it happened in his third fucking year. Anything that happens that late in a presidency is on the incumbent.

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Response to turbinetree (Original post)

Tue May 12, 2020, 09:18 AM

6. Why was it Obama's job to leave ANYTHING for Trump?

Did Bush leave Obama a pandemic playbook?

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Response to 50 Shades Of Blue (Reply #6)

Tue May 12, 2020, 09:27 AM

8. I think that Bush actually did work on Pandemic issues some

but it's well known what Obama left for Trump and what Trump got rid of and why.

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Response to Proud Liberal Dem (Reply #8)

Tue May 12, 2020, 10:09 AM

17. He/they did. Pandemics are a constant of planning

as you know. No coverage because itís all nerdy and science n stuff. Trump doesnít plan or manage. He sells and moves on to the next project. This has nothing to do with him so he doesnít give a rip about it. Still SOMEONE should have been on this.....other than ripping apart all the established parts. Post #3 above.

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Response to 50 Shades Of Blue (Reply #6)

Tue May 12, 2020, 09:43 AM

12. Because that's the way transition works in a democracy.

That's why candidates get access to a whole host of things once they become a major party candidate. It is part of the peaceful transition of power, so our country doesn't fall apart while the new guy figures out which end is up. Each president owes this not to their successor, but to the country.

And yes, even though i don't have a list of what Bush left for Obama, it almost certainly included a pandemic plan.


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Response to 50 Shades Of Blue (Reply #6)

Tue May 12, 2020, 10:21 AM

18. Thank YOU!

Mitch is such a hypocrite! Can you imagine if a Democrat effed up this badly after being in office for 3.5 years and tried to blame the previous republican president for not leaving him "instructions"? What a pathetic, lame ass, useless bunch of people!

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Response to turbinetree (Original post)

Tue May 12, 2020, 09:24 AM

7. So let's see. They didn't get any help, but didn't bother to consider the risks themselves? FAIL.

Fuck that entire party.

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Response to turbinetree (Original post)

Tue May 12, 2020, 09:33 AM

9. I hate this fucker even more than the Con.

~insert flip-the-bird smilie here

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Response to turbinetree (Original post)

Tue May 12, 2020, 09:34 AM

10. In a way he's right.

If Obama had not put things in place, trump would not have had to dismantle them and start over using something different. He could have done exactly what Obama would have done and taken credit for it.

So yes, it's Obama's fault.

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Response to turbinetree (Original post)

Tue May 12, 2020, 09:41 AM

11. Hey, MoscowMitch, maybe you should ask your wife to ask China

No?



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Response to dalton99a (Reply #11)

Tue May 12, 2020, 10:06 AM

16. Oooooh!

Thatís a standing 8 count right there.

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Response to turbinetree (Original post)

Tue May 12, 2020, 09:59 AM

14. Trump has been president 3 and a half years, EVEN IF TRUE, he should have dealt with it

Instead, he cut the CDC, the NIH etc. In 2009, Obama worked to stimulate a failing economy, rescue.the auto industries and kept the country's economy an that of the world, from going off the cliff. He wasted no time listing all the things his predecessors that led to the collapse.

The fact is that Obama DID step up domestically and internationally on Ebola, created an office in the WH to coordinate response and then after the threat was under control, sponsored a major WH effort to identify best practices and to write up a comprehensive plan.

Trump via John Bolton eliminated that office and he then paid no attention to the playbook. It is on Trump that he did nothing other than his very porous bans for China, that still allowed over 100,000 people into the US and a later European ban. He FOUGHT Washington state from testing early community spread cases. What is completely clear now is that the horse was out of the barn before his hand, Not to mention returning AMERICANS from China and Europe were the source of the virus.

He glances China for not being transparent in December, but his own January thru March comments were FAR worse in hiding what he knew about the problem. At a time where integrity, honesty and transparency is needed to lead the country to make whatever sacrifices are needed, we have a president engaged in conspiracy theories, lies and anger.

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Response to turbinetree (Original post)

Tue May 12, 2020, 10:05 AM

15. Historic World Class Lying

His Fox News base will but it but the other 70+ % of us know it is not true at all.

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Response to turbinetree (Original post)

Tue May 12, 2020, 10:43 AM

19. What a colossal fucking lie

Obama's team left them the NSC Pandemic Response handbook which they haven't followed, they had a rapid response team which Trump disbanded, they held "war games" exercises with the incoming Trump administration officials and they blew it off because it was boring...again and again and again Trump has undermined the possible pandemic response in this country and now that its slapping him in the face his lackeys like McTurtle are just yawing away about how it's all Obama's fault. Such a colossal lie and absolute horse shit. Fuck every one of these bastards. They are actively destroying our country and think feeding their base red meat to keep their control is the answer. I hope we can rise up against this crap and wake our country up to the threat we are facing, not just from coronavirus.

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