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Disaster Preparedness expert ‘flabbergasted’ Trump thinks he can reopen everything by Easter: ‘It’s mind boggling’

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An MSNBC panel of experts were shocked by President Donald Trump’s decision to reopen everything by Easter, which will be Sunday, April 12 this year. While most establishments are closed on the Christian holiday, Trump wants to see an economic explosion.

Dr. Anand Parekh, the former deputy secretary of the Health and Human Services Department explained that for every person with COVID-19, they can infect two to three people. Using social-distancing, he said they can bring it down to just one or fewer and stop the crisis before it kills too many people.

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“Right now we are on the up-slope of the pandemic curve, so I would say, right now, I applaud all of those governors who put forward a stay-at-home order trying to limit non-essential movement and travel. I think that has to be the posture right now. This is a public health crisis. The economy will follow, once we can focus on the health aspects of this and we can turn the corner of the economy,” said Dr. Parekh.

Dr. Irwin Redlener, an expert in disaster preparedness at Columbia University, was floored by Trump’s decision to re-open everything in a matter of weeks.

“It is mind-bogglingly inappropriate to even think about that,” he told MSNBC’s Stephanie Ruhle. “I think we have to understand that this is a really totally unprecedented crisis, really since 1918, we have not experienced anything like this. If we want to have any chance of slowing the spread and flattening the curve, that really means slowing the spread, and protecting ourselves and our health care workers. We have to keep this going as long as we need to keep it going. The economy will take care of itself, which is why we need a massive intervention and appropriation from the federal government to make sure that not only the larger economy or business gets supported, as it needs to be, but that every single family does not have to fear for the loss of income during whatever — however long it takes to get this under control.”

He went on to say he “was kind of dumbfounded that the president thinks that we can just, by fiat, say that the time for social separation is” over. Americans, he explained, will have to adapt and that means the president as well.

Watch the full conversation below:

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Trump’s attempt to look tough backfires — and even Republicans seem to see the writing on the wall

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From the moment that protests against racist police violence started to spread from Minneapolis to the rest of the country (and the world), after a white police officer named Derek Chauvin killed an unarmed black man named George Floyd in a gruesome incident captured on video, it's been clear that Donald Trump thought this was exactly the Hail Mary he needed to win re-election. Trump has been desperate for a way to distract the country from the soaring death rate of the coronavirus pandemic (now at 108,000 and counting) and the 40 million left unemployed in the resulting economic collapse. He believed that a racist and sadistic backlash against the protesters was just the ticket.

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‘Like George W. Bush after 9/11’: Kayleigh McEnany declares Trump Bible photo op a historic moment

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White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany on Wednesday defended the use of force against protesters in order to clear way for President Donald Trump's photo op at St. John's Episcopal Church.

At her daily press briefing, McEnany was asked why it was necessary for Trump to walk to the church, where he held up a Bible.

McEnany suggested that Trump's photo op had been a historic moment.

"This was a very important moment," she explained. "I would note that through all of time, we've seen presidents and leaders across the world who have had leadership moments and very powerful symbols that were important for a nation to see at any given time, to show a message of resilience and determination."

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When police killed Breonna Taylor in her own bed it wasn’t caught on video

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Whatever you think about the unrest gripping this country–whether you’re outraged by cops’ across America brutally repressing peaceful protesters or the people breaking windows and looting businesses–the proximate cause was officer Derek Chauvin, who was still on the job despite being named in 18 previous complaints, slowly murdering George Floyd on the street–compressing his throat for 8 minutes and 46 seconds–as other officers looked on and a small crowd screamed that Chauvin was killing him. That video quickly went viral and here we are.

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