Fox News' Neil Cavuto tests positive for COVID — and says getting vaccinated saved him from 'dire situation'
On Tuesday, CNN reported that Fox Business host Neil Cavuto has tested positive for COVID-19 — and wants to impress upon people that the vaccine protected him from the worst of the illness.
"While I'm somewhat stunned by this news, doctors tell me I'm lucky as well," said Cavuto, according to a statement from Fox News Media. "Had I not been vaccinated, and with all my medical issues, this would be a far more dire situation. It's not, because I did and I'm surviving this because I did." He added that "I hope anyone and everyone gets that message loud and clear. Get vaccinated, for yourself and everyone around you."
Cavuto has long tried to act as a voice of reason at the right-wing Fox Business network, particularly when it comes to COVID-19 misinformation.
He corrected former Trump Housing Secretary Ben Carson when he tried to push an unproven COVID therapy involving a malaria drug, fact-checked the former president when he suggested injecting disinfectants, and warned that these suggestions hyped by Trump and right-wing personalities "will kill you."
Trump, for his part, has raged at Cavuto for contradicting him, last year even retweeting people who called him "an idiot," "foolish," and "gullible."
Pentagon officials scrambled to stop 'outrageous' Trump plan to send 250,000 troops to guard southern border: NYT
A new report from the New York Times claims that former President Donald Trump wanted to send as many as a quarter of a million American troops to guard the southern border from undocumented immigrants.
According to the Times, then-Secretary of Defense Mark Esper believed that the plan was "outrageous" and scrambled to talk the former president out of it when he floated it last year.
The plan reportedly was concocted by former Trump aide Stephen Miller, an immigration hardliner known for promoting extreme and cruel measures to deter immigration, including the separation of migrant parents from their children.
The Times' sources say that Esper "was enraged by Mr. Miller's plan" and that he also worried that "deploying so many troops to the border would undermine American military readiness around the world," as the deployment would account for more than half of the active duty United States Army and roughly one-sixth of the American armed forces overall.
Additionally, reports the Times, Esper got Trump to back off a plan to send American military personnel into Mexico to kill cartel leaders.
"Mr. Trump hesitated only after aides suggested that to most of the world, military raids inside Mexico could look like the United States was committing an act of war against one of its closest allies, which is also its biggest trading partner," reports the Times.
Trump gets mowed down by historian after making a very basic error in his defense of Thomas Jefferson
Former president Donald Trump falsely claimed that Thomas Jefferson was "a principal writer of the Constitution" on Tuesday.
Trump made the error in a statement criticizing the the removal of a Thomas Jefferson statue from New York City Hall.
"Well, it's finally happened. The late, great Thomas Jefferson, one of our most important Founding Fathers, and a principal writer of the Constitution of the United States, is being 'evicted' from the magnificent New York City Council Chamber," Trump said in the statement from his Save America PAC. "Who would have thought this would ever be possible (I did, and called it long ago!). Next up, Benjamin Franklin, Abraham Lincoln and, of course, George Washington. The Radical Left has gone crazy, and it's hurting our Country badly—But someday soon, sane people will be back, and our Country will be respected again!"
In response to Trump's tweet, historians and others pointed out that while Jefferson is credited with authoring the Declaration of Independence, he was in France during the Constitutional Convention — and, therefore, did not write the Constitution.
"It's difficult to argue that removing a statue of a historical figure erases history when you can't even get the basic facts straight," historian and author Kevin M. Levin wrote in response to Trump. "Thomas Jefferson was in France when the Constitution was debated and written."
Mother Jones reporter Dan Friedman said of Trump's statement, "The error here of course completely undermines his supposed reverence for the founders."
The Hill reports that the New York City Public Design Commission voted unanimously Monday to relocate a 188-year-old statue of Jefferson.
"The vote followed a years-long debate regarding the Jefferson statue, which focused on the fact that the former president was a slave owner. According to Jefferson Monticello, the third president owned roughly 130 slaves by the time he died in 1826," according to the Hill.
A few more responses to Trump's statement below.
Jefferson didn’t write the Constitution. Conservatives just endlessly make shit up. https://t.co/Vq88WBwZ3b— Moribund T. Burgermeister (@Moribund T. Burgermeister) 1634677817.0
Clearly didn’t even watch Hamilton. Remarkable levels of stupidity https://t.co/fN6s7ayLfo— Biscayne Bae (@Biscayne Bae) 1634677082.0
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