According to a report from Axios this Thursday, Sen. Kevin Cramer (R-ND) was directed by the White House to block a resolution formally recognizing Turkey’s genocide of the Armenian people. Cramer’s move marks the third time the Trump administration has directed a GOP senator to block the resolution.
The move was met with widespread condemnation, some of which came from former GOP state Rep. Cole Wist (CO), who accused the White House of attempting to “whitewash history.”
“The fact that the Trump White House would go to these extreme lengths to prop up a brutal dictator and whitewash history is an outrageous moral failure,” Wist tweeted. “I am not sure how this bunch sleeps at night. What an embarrassing episode for America.”
The fact that the Trump White House would go to these extreme lengths to prop up a brutal dictator and whitewash history is an outrageous moral failure. I am not sure how this bunch sleeps at night. What an embarrassing episode for America. #ArmenianGenocide https://t.co/KQLEUv6Kas
— Cole Wist (@colewist) December 5, 2019
Others on Twitter expressed similar sentiments:
The U.S. needs to break its silence and recognize the Armenian Genocide. Truth matters. History matters. https://t.co/dsfsmgAo88
— Rep. Ted Lieu (@RepTedLieu) December 5, 2019
WHAT TRUMP GETS – Trump Tower Istanbul
WHAT ERDOGEN GETS – Block on condemnation for Armenian genocide
WHAT AMERICA GETS – A pro-genocide President https://t.co/nk0X7y7omy
— Jesse Ferguson (@JesseFFerguson) December 5, 2019
Because there is no chance at all Erdogan is not using the same excuses to cover up the brutality of his militias in attacking Kurds, Yazidis, & other minorities….https://t.co/Lqj9TDJPVM
— Irina Tsukerman (@irinatsukerman) December 5, 2019
— Andy Kenareki (@AndyKenareki) December 5, 2019
According to CNN’s Haley Byrd, Cramer said that he “doesn’t plan to object [to the proposal] again and predicts it will pass.”
“I don’t know that it can be an objected to much longer,” the North Dakota Republican reportedly said.
Trump’s health officials privately grumbling about his obsession with unproven anti-malaria drug for COVID-19: report
On Monday, Politico reported that some health officials in the Trump administration are privately "unsettled" by the president's ongoing fascination with hydroxychloroquine, the drug primarily used to treat malaria, lupus, and arthritis that is now being suggested as a treatment for the novel coronavirus.
The president has repeatedly touted hydroxychloroquine as a possible miracle cure, and has even suggested he might start taking it himself, even though his tests for COVID-19 have been reported as negative and even though there's a lack of data that it is safe or effective for that purpose.
Wisconsin GOP slammed for making people choose between their health and their vote
After Republicans nationally and in Wisconsin successfully sued in both state and federal court to block voters from being given extra time and options to cast votes in the middle of a pandemic, commenters on social media reacted with fury.
What just happened re: Wisconsin can seem a bit confusing. The TL;DR: The Supreme Court decided that Republicans winning elections is more important than keeping voters healthy & alive.
ESPN reports the NBA is looking to rapid COVID-19 tests to resume professional basketball
The NBA and the union representing players are working together on a possible solution to re-open professional basketball in America, ESPN reported Monday.
"In recent weeks, officials within the NBA and NBPA have been collaborating in assessing the viability of multiple blood-testing devices for the novel coronavirus that could provide accurate results within a matter of minutes, a process that would hopefully enable the league to track the virus in what's considered a critical first step toward resuming play in the near future," ESPN senior writer Baxter Holmes reported.