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He had one job.

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Among the deliberate acts to weaken the nation’s ability to respond timely and properly was ridding the White House and/or allowing Bolton to kick out the NSC specialists. For that matter, you can add the problem of a stupid, narcissistic, unfit and unqualified POTUS surrounding himself with sycophants and no one willing to dare speak truth to moronic power.

A few more nits:

I’m not sure there is a national lockdown order. OTOH, I live under Andy Cuomo so, you know, I don’t especially pay attention to what Killer Donnie says because of insufficient substance.

And I’d say Trump (not the administration because this is one of cowardly, irresponsible toadies) sat on any meaningful actions for at least a month and a half, maybe even over two months.

And to give Trump: There will be a time when anyone who wants a test can get a test — but that will be after the pandemic is under control, maybe after there’s a vaccine.

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Why do you think Trump would want to weaken our Military was this pandemic? Just a thought💩

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The sicknesses and death on the Theodore Roosevelt and Crozier’s action after following the rules resulted in the problem now on the ship should be a huge clue to Trump’s support of the military. Then again, like everything good from Trump, he has lip service and nothing more. Ever.

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It looks like the British media is even worse than ours. According to this article they have been using Boris Johnson’s illness to make him a hero and divert attention to his terrible response to the coronavirus. I find it curios that the article didn’t mention that the Sun, which is a major factor in this coverage and is shown in the picture, is owned by Rupert Murdoch.

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/04/16/opinion/coronavirus-boris-johnson.html?action=click&module=Opinion&pgtype=Homepage

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Oh interesting I had been curious what their coverage looked like

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On the other hand, BoJo is doing far better by the workers in the U.K. than McConnell would allow.

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I remain mystified that NO ONE in his family, despite being at the Coronavirus cluster at Mar-a-Lago became infected. That coincidence alone, regardless of what he did afterward, suggests something way more sinister than ineptitude.

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Maybe, although do you think we'd find out if they were infected? Not everyone who gets infected develops a serious infection.

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Please don't forget he always knew it was a pandemic. He knew it from the beginning. My head spins from each dizzying day of this administration. I cannot believe he remains in office. I am waiting for the day to see him in handcuffs.

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and now he wants to declare victory and “reopen” county

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Don't hold your breath. Remember when the GWB administration was put on trial for starting a war on false pretenses that killed hundreds of thousands and then allowing financiers to crash the world economy with mortgage fraud? Or when the Reagan administration was tried for conspiring with the Iranian government to throw the 1980 election and letting financiers loot the country in the S&L crisis? Or when Nixon was tried for conspiring with North Vietnam to throw the 1968 election and then directing a robbery of his opponent's campaign and covering it up? Yeah me neither.

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GOP does have a way of getting away with it

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Decades of support from the establishment press maybe is enabling?

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You forgot to mention how the media has buried the fact that Bush and his top people got multiple dire warnings over months from the CIA and FBI that Bin Laden was going to attack us but they refused to listen. Most people have only heard about the August 6 warning when Bush flippantly dismissed his briefer saying “all right you’ve covered your a— now.”

https://www.politico.eu/article/attacks-will-be-spectacular-cia-war-on-terror-bush-bin-laden/

Interesting that this article was in the EU version of Politico. American media outlets covered the story - briefly - then dropped it. Now they are pretending to be shocked that Trump refused to listen to his national security experts as if he were the first president to do so.

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If Bushie was a Democrat, the press would be on it.

But they were on Obama and Hillary over Benghazi which was a matter of natives being pissed over a CIA gun running operation using a consulate as a front. (But we showed the Libyans by turning their nation into a complete shit hole.)

Of course, in the press’ defense, Benghazi was so much worse than the disasters in Afghanistan and Iraq.

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In early April it was reported by Gabriel Sherman that Trump got serious because his good buddy got sick and because it was spreading to Trump country, threatening his re-election. It wasn’t that he didn’t focus before that he just didn’t care because he didn’t think the virus would hurt him or his buddies.

Thanks for the Jane Mayer link. She is one of the best. Too bad she is mostly ignored by the rest of the media. I bet she doesn’t waste her time trying to be one of the in crowd.

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good point about Trump momentarily becoming concerned abt pandemic bc a friend was sick. who knows what he was thinking while ignoring warnings from senior health and security officials all winter

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Clearly the friend’s illness was a very, very small inspiration judging from results.

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good point—trump “concern” lasted abt 24 hrs

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This article is from today’s WaPo. It sure seems to be an attempt to humanize Trump’s reaction to his buddy’s illness and death but maybe that is just my deep bias against Trump??

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/they-werent-close-but-new-yorkers-death-from-covid-19-hit-trump-hard/2020/04/15/0c5417b2-7dc1-11ea-a3ee-13e1ae0a3571_story.html

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'McConnell, a voracious reader of history, has been cultivating his place in it for many years. But, in leaving Washington for the long weekend, he had misjudged the moment. The hashtag #WheresMitch? was trending on Twitter. President Trump had declared a national emergency; the stock market had ended one of its worst weeks since the Great Recession. Nearly two thousand cases of covid-19 had already been confirmed in America.'

By Jane Mayer

New Yorker Magazine

April 12, 2020

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