Former Republican lawmaker Joe Walsh has generally been very supportive of President Donald Trump — except when it comes to his handling of the Russia probe.
During a CNN panel on Friday, Walsh called out Trump, the Republican Party and Fox News for trying to downplay the role that Russia played in interfering in the 2016 presidential election. In particular, he said Trump deserved some blame for not taking the threat of Russian interference seriously.
“So much of this, when you really look back on this year, is so self-inflicted,” Walsh said. “I mean, the president said that this Russian investigation makes the United States look bad. We know that Russia interfered in the election. Finding out what happened and how it happened to make sure it doesn’t happen again, I mean, that makes the United States look good.”
Walsh also said that, even though Trump said he expected special counsel Robert Mueller would treat him “fairly,” he still bears responsibility for his allies in Congress and right-wing media attacking the special counsel and his team.
“What Trump is doing right here is good cop-bad cop,” he said. “Look, I think it is disgusting and offensive that my former colleagues and Fox News and everybody is maligning Robert Mueller. They’re not doing that, Anna, if the president didn’t want them to. And, so, it is perfectly easy for Trump to come out last night and say, ‘You know what, Mueller will be fair.’ These Republicans, they have his blessing, Anna, to go after Mueller. I think that’s a horrible thing.”
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Harvard researchers want less accurate tests for COVID-19
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Michael Mina, assistant professor of epidemiology at Harvard University, has for weeks been pushing for what he calls "crappy" tests.
His idea is to move away from the current high-precision molecular tests, known as PCR tests, which are still scarce in large swathes of the country and which people often have to wait hours to get done, and then have to wait days -- or up to a week -- for the results.
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"And in some parts of the country, people are waiting as long as two-weeks to get their test results -- which is insane. The whole point of testing is to find cases, isolate them and trace their contacts. If it takes two weeks, it's pointless."
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So Crazy Nancy Pelosi said horrible things about Dr. Deborah Birx, going after her because she was too positive on the very good job we are doing on combatting the China Virus, including Vaccines & Therapeutics. In order to counter Nancy, Deborah took the bait & hit us. Pathetic!