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Trump asks a reporter what the population of Seoul, South Korea, is. "I know South Korea better th

Trump gleefully shows the world his stupidity during his RoseGarden #TrumpRally

Aaron Blake @AaronBlake
Trump asks a reporter what the population of Seoul, South Korea, is.

"I know South Korea better than anybody," he says. "You know how many people are in Seoul?"

"38 million," he says.

It's about 10 million.



Vile @GOP Sen Ron Johnson: Re-Open Parts of Economy Because Death Is a Natural Part of Life

GOP Senator: Re-Open Parts of Economy Because Death Is a Natural Part of Life


By Jason Miciak March 30, 2020

You first, Senator Johnson. You go open up “parts of the economy” first, since you’re so open to death.

Yes, today Senator Johnson bemoaned the sickened economy and worried about its fate since an economy’s death is catastrophic, your colleague’s death is simply a part of life, as he wrote in USA Today:

What more people are saying is that as we learn more about COVID-19, we should evaluate the total societal cost of this awful disease and try to put things into perspective.

Each year, approximately 48,000 Americans commit suicide and an estimated 67,000 die of a drug overdose. That level of individual despair has occurred in a strong economy with near-record low levels of unemployment in virtually every demographic.

We absolutely should evaluate the societal costs, just as soon as we know the human costs, so we can weigh the dangers on each side. Johnson believes he’s already seen enough and is talking about 48,000 committing suicide and 67,000 drug overdoses – which, added together, is getting closer to the approximations that doctors are making now as to the total number of dead, somewhere between 100k and 200k, unless it gets much worse and is 2 million.

That is the point, we don’t know what “human cost” we’re dealing with yet, so it is not the point to evaluate the economic cost, either.

Every premature death is a tragedy, but death is an unavoidable part of life. More than 2.8 million die each year — nearly 7,700 a day. The 2017-18 flu season was exceptionally bad, with 61,000 deaths attributed to it. Can you imagine the panic if those mortality statistics were attributed to a new virus and reported nonstop?...


Crowds ignore social distancing rules to watch USNS Comfort

Source: nypost

March 30, 2020 | 2:25pm | Updated

Crowds of gawkers ignored New York’s social-distance regulations and packed the west side of Manhattan on Monday to watch a US Navy hospital ship arrive to give badly needed coronavirus aid.

The throngs of people stood shoulder to shoulder and took photos of the USNS Comfort as it pulled into Pier 90 near West 50th Street at about 10:40 a.m., photos of the scene show.

Some waved American flags and others huddled against one another at the fence of the pier. Meanwhile, joggers out for a morning run brushed past the onlookers.

At least a dozen NYPD cops stood by and initially did not disperse the bone-headed bystanders as they gathered and snapped cellphone photos of the ship pulling into the pier.

After members of the City Hall press corps tweeted about the throngs of people, Mayor Bill de Blasio’s communications team directed the NYPD to get the crowds to disperse.................................

Read more: https://nypost.com/2020/03/30/crowds-ignore-social-distancing-rules-to-watch-usns-comfort/




Trump Supporters Want Congress To Subpoena Dr. Fauci's Phone to See If He's Been Talking to Hillary

So what if Fauci talked with Hillary Clinton. She is an intelligent women who may have some good advice.

Posted on Mon, Mar 30th, 2020 by Darragh Roche
Trump Supporters Want Congress To Subpoena Dr. Fauci’s Phone to See If He’s Been Talking to Hillary Clinton


Trump supporter Bill Mitchell wants Congress to issue a subpoena for Dr. Anthony Fauci’s phone and accused him of contact with Hillary Clinton.



Mitchell has downplayed the severity of the Coronavirus since the global pandemic began. He has been on the fringes of the right since at least 2016 and has frequently attacked Dr. Fauci.

Mitchell is one of a number of conservative supporters of President Donald Trump who have painted Covid-19 as overblown or even a hoax.


Trump accuses New York hospitals of 'hoarding' masks and ventilators without evidence

Source: raw story

Published 1 min ago on March 29, 2020

President Donald Trump went off on a rant accusing hospitals, doctors and nurses of hoarding equipment and intentionally exaggerating the things they need.

Speaking in the Rose Garden Sunday, Trump asked, “How do you go from 10 to 20 to 300,000 masks? Where are the masks going, are they going out the backdoor?”


“They have to look into that in New York,” Trump said, noting that he heard they went from 10,000 masks to 300,000 masks.
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“I’m I don’t think it’s hoarding, it’s maybe worse than hoarding,” Trump said.

Read more: https://www.rawstory.com/2020/03/trump-accuses-new-york-hospitals-of-lying-about-ventilators-and-masks-theyre-using/

what an asshole!!

'Off The Charts': Coronavirus Hot Spots Grow In Midwest

03/28/2020 11:27 pm ET Updated 16 hours ago

‘Off The Charts’: Coronavirus Hot Spots Grow In Midwest

The spread of COVID-19 is making its way into big cities like Detroit and Chicago along with small, rural towns.
Kat Stafford and Martha Irvine


DETROIT (AP) — The coronavirus continued its unrelenting spread across the United States with fatalities doubling in two days and authorities saying Saturday that an infant who tested positive had died. It pummeled big cities like New York, Detroit, New Orleans and Chicago, and made its way, too, into rural America as hotspots erupted in small Midwestern towns and Rocky Mountain ski havens.

Elsewhere, Russia announced a full border closure while in parts of Africa, pandemic prevention measures took a violent turn, with Kenyan police firing tear gas and officers elsewhere seen on video hitting people with batons.

Worldwide infections surpassed the 660,000 mark with more than 30,000 deaths as new cases also stacked up quickly in Europe, according to a tally by Johns Hopkins University. The U.S. leads the world in reported cases with more than 120,000. Confirmed deaths surpassed 2,000 on Saturday, twice the number just two days before, highlighting how quickly infections are escalating. Still, five countries have higher death tolls: Italy, Spain, China, Iran and France. Italy has more than 10,000 deaths, the most of any country.

Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker said Saturday that an infant with COVID-19 died in Chicago and the cause of death is under investigation. Officials didn’t release other information, including whether the child had other health issues.

“If you haven’t been paying attention, maybe this is your wake-up call,” said Illinois Department of Public Health Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike.

New York remained the worst-hit U.S. city. Gov. Andrew Cuomo said defeating the virus will take “weeks and weeks and weeks.” The U.N. donated 250,000 face masks to the city, and Cuomo delayed the state’s presidential primary from April 28 to June 23........................................


Biden to Trump: 'Stop thinking out loud'

I do see Trumps blabbering as thinking, but whatever.

Biden to Trump: 'Stop thinking out loud'

Biden urged the president to focus on implementing the stimulus package signed into law on Friday.


By KAMRAN RAHMAN 03/29/2020 12:34 PM EDT

Joe Biden urged President Donald Trump on Sunday to “stop thinking out loud and start thinking deeply” about his administration’s response to the coronavirus pandemic.

“Look, the coronavirus is not the president fault, but the slow response, the failure to get going right away, the inability to do the things that needed to be done quickly — they are things that can’t continue,” the former vice president and Democratic presidential candidate said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”


Biden, appearing on NBC from a make-shift TV studio in his Delaware home, criticized the president’s messaging during the coronavirus crisis, urging him to focus on implementing the stimulus package that he signed into law on Friday.

"He should stop thinking out loud and start thinking deeply," Biden said. "He should start listening to the scientists before he speaks. He should listen to the health experts. He should listen to his economists”

Tapper: "...are you saying his [Trumps] downplaying ultimately costs lives?" Pelosi "Yes I am.....

Pelosi said it straight. Now the RW is sputtering.

Aaron Rupar @atrupar
TAPPER: When you say Trump’s denial was deadly, are you saying his downplaying ultimately costs lives?

PELOSI: "Yes I am ... when he was signing the [coronavirus] bill, he said, 'just think, 20 days ago everything was great.' No, everything wasn't great."




Trump ramps up smear campaign on Obama's ebola czar for exposing the president's COVID-19 bumbling..

Dems have to hit hit hit 24/7 Trump on his slowness to respond to the virus. hit hit hit

Trump campaign ramps up smear campaign on Obama’s ebola czar for exposing the president’s COVID-19 bumbling: report


Published 57 mins ago on March 29, 2020

By Tom Boggioni

Stung by a highly effective video he made for Vice President Joe Biden criticizing Donald Trump's response to the growing COVID-19 pandemic, the communications team working on the president's re-election is going after President Barack Obama's former ebola czar, Ron Klain.

Klain, who is now becoming a fixture on cable news, took part in a video ad touting the campaign of Biden, and used his expertise to rip into the Trump administration's efforts to deal with the national health crisis. That put a target on his back as the president's 2020 campaign team is trying to stem the damage that threatens the president's chances of being re-elected in November.


With Politico noting Klain, ” ….successfully managed the U.S. response to the Ebola virus in 2014, Klain is viewed as Biden’s most articulate and most trusted surrogate for what has suddenly emerged as the most important issue of the campaign: coronavirus response,” the ex-Obama administration official stated he obviously touched a nerve with Trump’s people.

“Perhaps a video with 4.7 million views got their attention,” Klain told the reporter in an email.....................


"It is a beautiful thing to watch!" Trump says of the Hard working WH staff.............

and watch is what he does.

Will be doing a press conference today at 5:00 P.M. The White House. People are working harder than I have ever seen people work. It is a beautiful thing to watch!



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