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CNN’s Avlon rips apart Trump’s ‘amateur hour’ administration that has led to over 75,000 pandemic deaths in the US

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For his “Reality Check” segment on CNN’s “New Day,” John Avlon took a hard look at Donald Trump’s administration that rewards loyalists and dumps those who displease the president and explained how it has exacerbated the coronavirus pandemic that has claimed over 75,000 American lives.

Getting right to the point after an introduction from “New Day’ host Alisyn Camerota, Avlon — reporting from home — began, “The American people are getting a crash course in why competent government matters. this is not a drill. this is a global pandemic, with more than 75,000 Americans dead and more than 30 million unemployed.”

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“It’s a time where we see why non-partisan experts matter,” he continued. “But instead we see CDC [Centers for Disease Control] plans developed by scientists being shoved by politicos and even amid the pandemic President Trump is purging professionals; stocking the government with hyperpartisans whose primary qualification seems to be unquestioning loyalty.”

“Now the latest purge claimed the lead vaccine director, Dr. Rick Bright, who claims early warnings about COVID-19 were ignored,” he explained, before quoting Bright writing, “I was pressured to let politics and cronyism drive decisions over the opinions of the best scientists we have in government ”

“In recent months we’ve seen Trump target the intelligence community, firing the inspector general which followed the dismissal of acting Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire, and the resignation of top deputies,” he continued before noting that the president’s most recent appointment to head the DNI, Rep John Ratcliffe (R-TX) was previously proposed but withdrew after it was revealed he’d embellished his law enforcement record.

“Now he’s back promising senators he would be apolitical and tell the unvarnished truth,” Avlon explained. “Here’s the thing about Senate confirmations: you don’t just believe what the nominee says, you look at what they’ve done. Once confirmed, the only person who can remove him is the president, and Trump looks for loyalty, not independence or expertise.”

“The latest example of that is Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner’s attempts to use volunteer loyalists to procure PPEs,” he continued. “None of the team members had significant experience in health care, procurement or supply chain operations, according to a whistleblower complaint. They prioritized requests from Fox News personalities and passed on a tip to New York state which led to a $69 million contract for ventilators, none of which arrived.”

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“Taxpayers have a right to expect competence in a government,” he stated as he wrapped up. “Rewarding sycophants and punishing expertise can lead to absurd excesses like the recent string of hiring college seniors, yes you heard that right, for senior White House positions. This kind of amateur hour, four years into an administration, would almost be funny if we didn’t live in such serious times. With so many Americans out of work, so many dying. and that’s your reality check.”

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Tolerance and violence: The fate of religious minorities during the plague under Christianity and Islam

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Pandemics are nothing new—they scythed through the ancient world as they did the pre-modern and, as we know to our grief and confusion, they are still mowing us down today.

We might think that human nature is fairly invariant across time and space, and expect the response to these catastrophes to be perennially the same. Certainly, in the 21st century there are disturbing echoes of the way Jews were blamed by European Christians of the 14th century for the Black Death. From the US to the UK, from Iran to Indonesia (the largest Muslim country in the world), there has recently been an escalation of abuse and violence against Chinese and Asian-looking people. And not just Asians. Political groups and politicians have latched on to coronavirus as a weapon in their anti-immigration policies, urging their partisans to hunker down and suspect the alien minority. In a bid for votes President Trump seems to be using coronavirus to whip up anti-Chinese feeling. In India, egged on by the BJP, the ruling Hindu nationalist party, Muslims have been viciously attacked and accused of conspiring to kill Hindus by deliberately spreading the disease.

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‘It’s always Republicans’: Conservative bashes his own party’s hostility to democracy

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Conservative David Frum blamed the Republican Party for undermining U.S. democratic institutions.

The former speechwriter for George W. Bush told MSNBC's "Morning Joe" that President Donald Trump's hardcore base was hostile to democracy, and both they and the president pose a real threat to constitutional law even if he loses in November.

"I think he'll issue a spate of pardons to his intimates, relatives and to himself," Frum warned, if Trump loses the election. "We've never had to test the question, whether a president can pardon himself. I imagine, I expect that we will be testing that question."

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These psychological motives have shaped right-wing conservatism in America ever since the Civil War

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Many people who see little rational basis for supporting Donald Trump ask themselves: Why is he so popular?  Relatedly, why did so many people support Richard Nixon, Adolf Hitler, and other avatars of popular right-wing conservatism?  There are, of course, many different reasons for each situation.  But there also key commonalities that have been identified in meta-analyses of the topic written by the psychologist John T. Jost and colleagues.  In relation to Jost’s work, I have examined aspects of the antebellum South in order to better understand its political culture, especially aspects of that culture that prompted many Southerners to become more emotionally receptive to the appeals of “fire-eater” secessionist conservatives.  More broadly, this historical lens can help illuminate the mass appeal of conservatism in general, focusing particularly on the psychological factors that tend to underlie this appeal.

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