On CNN Tuesday, medical analyst Sanjay Gupta broke down President Donald Trump’s latest false talking points minimizing the severity of coronavirus, as he attempts to build public support for ending shutdowns and other measures negatively impacting the U.S. economy.
“There’s this false comparison that people keep making, President Trump among the people who keep making them, comparing the coronavirus either to the flu or to car accidents,” said anchor Jake Tapper. “Take a listen to what he said today.”
“We never turned the country off,” said Trump in the clip. “We lose much more than that to automobile accidents. We didn’t call up the automobile companies to say stop making cars, we don’t want any cars anymore. We have to get back to work.”
“Now, I would observe that what the U.S. government has done with automobiles is forced them to put in seat belts, forced them to put in airbags, impose speed limits, put cops on the road. There are lots of steps,” said Tapper. “But let’s start with the flu comparison. He said we don’t shut down because of the flu. [Dr. Anthony] Fauci has already said both of these are false comparisons. What do you think?”
“Look, this is one of the first conversations I had with President Trump about this whole topic, was to remind people that this was more lethal than the influenza,” said Gupta. “The flu is a big deal. People don’t pay attention to it, they should, it’s a fair point. There’s been 20-some thousand deaths this year. This is 10 to 20 times more lethal, Jake, 10 to 20 times. There’s no vaccine for this. There’s no buffer against this. This is a novel virus, our body’s immune system has never seen this. They’re both pathogens, they’re both viruses, but they share very little in common besides that.”
Black students brutalized by Atlanta cops call for ‘total reset in policing’ on CNN
The two black students who were brutalized by police in Atlanta went on CNN Wednesday to demand fundamental change from American police departments.
In an interview on CNN, students Taniyah Pilgrim and Messiah Young, who were pulled out of their car by Atlanta police and tased earlier this week, said that police behavior toward peaceful demonstrators shows exactly why protesters are taking to the streets in the first place.
Even evangelical groups were disgusted by Trump’s Bible stunt: former White House faith adviser
On CNN Tuesday, former Obama White House faith and race adviser Joshua Dubois said President Donald Trump's Bible photo-op in front of the church near the White House could backfire on him with his most critical voting bloc.
"I thought it was farcical. And it is kind of blowing up in his face even in the faith community and communities that support, him like some conservative evangelical communities," said Dubois. "The reason is Jesus stood up for everyday people, including the vulnerable, and didn't believe in false displays of piety, and yesterday President Trump ordered — or was okay with — everyday people being gassed and shot with rubber bullets in order to make his way to a false display of piety."
Former NBA player overcomes ‘crippling anxiety’ for protests: ‘We are tired of the tyranny of police’ and Donald Trump
Former NBA player Royce White overcame his anxiety to lead protests over the weekend in Minneapolis.
Speaking to CNN Tuesday, White noted that if only people listened to football star Colin Kaepernick, who peacefully protested by taking a knee during the "National Anthem" sung at games, this would not have happened. He was trying to raise awareness about police brutality and the disproportionate attacks on people of color at the hands of police. At the time, conservatives, including President Donald Trump, blasted him for the protest, ignoring the reason for doing it and focusing instead on how he refused to stand for the song.