“AM Joy” host Joy Reid sat in for Lawrence O’Donnell on Thursday’s edition of “The Last Word,” where she mocked President Donald Trump and U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley for threatening the U.N. General Assembly in vain about moving the capital of Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
On Tuesday, Haley admonished United Nations delegates to remember that the U.S. would be “taking names” of countries that did not support a resolution declare Jerusalem the capital.
“And we can sum up the General Assembly’s response to that threat in two words,” Reid said before playing the famous clip of rapper Ice Cube from the film “Friday,” in which he says, “Bye, Felicia.”
“That is the two-line classic dis from the movie, ‘Friday,'” Reid explained, “denoting when your threats are meaningless because people are just DONE with you.”
The resolution failed by a massive margin, with even Canada voting against so as not to look like a U.S. “puppet.”
CNN counterterrorism analyst Philip Mudd said that this marks a low point for the U.S. on the global stage.
“Twenty-eight countries said we’re a bunch of idiots,” Mudd said. “I think the rest of the world is laughing at us.”
“(T)his is diplomatic prostitution,” he said. “We’re telling people unless you vote with us, we’re not going to give you money, and if your heart doesn’t agree with American policies, we’re not going to support you in terms of U.S. aid.”
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As coronavirus seizes the state, Florida hospitals are in panic mode
This article first appeared in Salon.
There are 47,663 hospital beds in the state right now with 11,782 available (meaning a remaining capacity of 19.82 percent) and a total staffed bed capacity of 59,445, according to the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration's Hospital Bed Capacity Dashboard. The state Department of Health also reported on Friday that, out of 95,300 individuals who received coronavirus test results over the course of the previous day, 11,433 tested positive for COVID-19 (all but 90 of whom were Florida residents), meaning that more than 12 percent of the new cases had positive test results. The state also reported 93 new deaths due to COVID-19. (Salon reached out to the Florida Department of Health for comment on this story.)
The GOP is a suicide cult
Welcome to another edition of What Fresh Hell?, Raw Story’s roundup of news items that might have become controversies under another regime, but got buried – or were at least under-appreciated – due to the daily firehose of political pratfalls, unhinged tweet storms and other sundry embarrassments coming out of the current White House.
Back in March, we argued that Donald Trump had become the charismatic leader of the dumbest suicide cult ever. There were fewer than 500 confirmed cases of Covid-19 at the time, but it wasn't difficult to see the trajectory we were on at even that early date. At the time, we were commenting on the President's* repeated claims that the whole thing was a big hoax and polls showing that Democrats were twice as likely as Republicans to say they were taking steps to avoid becoming infected.
Trump has committed at least 11 disgraceful acts just since April: conservative
On Saturday, writing for The Washington Post, conservative columnist Max Boot outlined all of the chaos President Donald Trump has caused just in the last three months — arguing that "he has disgraced the nation’s highest office as no previous occupant has come close to doing."
"Think about all that has happened since April 5," wrote Boot. "That was before security forces attacked peaceful protesters in Lafayette Square so that Trump could stage a bizarre photo-op. Before he pushed to send the armed forces into the streets. Before he embraced 'white power' and called Black Lives Matter 'a symbol of hate.' Before he vowed to veto the defense authorization bill to prevent the renaming of military bases named after Confederate generals. Before he used the novel coronavirus as an excuse to shut down immigration and threatened to revoke the visas of college students unable to attend classes in the fall."