On Monday, during the debut broadcast of Joy Reid’s new primetime MSNBC broadcast “The Reid Out,” former Vice President Joe Biden tore into President Donald Trump’s management of the coronavirus pandemic.
“There’s no leadership here … he’s surrendered,” said Biden. “He talked about how we were going to be in a position where we would be able to lead the world, etcetera, and he was going to be a wartime president fighting the virus. He raised the white flag, he has no idea what to do. He has one thing in mind, how does he win re-election, and it doesn’t matter how many people get COVID or die from COVID. He fears that if the economy is strapped as badly as it is today, that in fact he is going to be in trouble, that’s what it’s all about. I have never seen a president that was so self-serving in the conduct of the office.”
“One of the ways I think he believes he will get re-elected is by going back to the play book that he, before — go after Obamacare, the Affordable Care Act, which was passed of course during the administration with yourself and President Obama, and to go after immigrants,” said Reid. “What do you make of a president of the United States who is threatening, again, to take health care away from 20, 30 million people as his campaign strategy?”
“Look, this guy has no sense of empathy or concern,” said Biden. “People are dying. Families are bereft … I don’t understand it, he has absolutely zero sense of empathy. Have you heard a word of him talking about how badly he feels about the losses, about the emptiness? Those folks who lost somebody feel like they have been dragged into a dark deep hole in the middle of their chest. They don’t know what to do, they are scared to death, and what does the president do? He talks about taking away health insurance.”
‘Not gonna work!’: A Republican tried to promote masks — and got angrily booed by Trump voters
Republican Lt. Gov. Jon Husted of Ohio learned quickly on Monday that President Donald Trump’s voters aren’t ready for even mildly encouraging statements about wearing masks to stop the spread of COVID-19.
He appeared ahead of the president at a Trump rally in Ohio, and he tried to promote a series of Trump-branded masks. To the attendees’ credit, his speech was pretty condescending. Husted seemed to think he could convince them to wear face masks — which have become demonized on the right — just because they were branded with Trump logos.
But Husted was at least trying to encourage healthy behavior among his voters, which Trump has repeatedly declined to do. Experts agree masks are one of the most effective ways to reduce the spread of the respiratory virus, and the fact that this advice has become anathema to large swaths of the country — primarily supporters of the president — is extremely dangerous on its own terms and disturbing for what it says about our politics.
‘It affects elderly people … that’s it’: Trump falsely downplays coronavirus to Ohio supporters
At a rally in Ohio on Monday, President Donald Trump falsely claimed that coronavirus only affects the elderly, and that young people don't die from the illness.
Trump: "We now know the disease... it affects elderly people with heart problems and other problems. That's what it really effects. That's it."
— Andrew Solender (@AndrewSolender) September 22, 2020
Ron DeSantis pushes bill legally protecting drivers who run over members of ‘a mob’
On Monday, Gov. Ron DeSantis pushed a bill that would aggressively crack down on the right to protest — and protect drivers from liability if they run over members of "a mob" in the course of trying to escape.
Today I announced bold legislation that creates new criminal offenses and increases penalties for those who target law enforcement and participate in violent or disorderly assemblies. We will always stand with our men and women in uniform who keep our communities safe. pic.twitter.com/ITl5GmmrZJ