A stunning Vanity Fair exposé revealing the Trump administration actually spent months creating a nationwide testing program, only to quietly kill it because they thought the coronavirus would be contained to blue states and have minimal effect on red states is getting attention.
Jared Kushner, the president’s son-in-law and senior advisor, was responsible for creating the program and for the decision to kill it – reportedly on the grounds it would be politically advantageous for Trump to blame Democratic governors for high coronavirus cases, and presumably, deaths.
“The political folks believed that because it was going to be relegated to Democratic states, that they could blame those governors, and that would be an effective political strategy,” said the expert.
“It was very clear that Jared was ultimately the decision maker as to what [plan] was going to come out,” the expert added.
On social media many are furious. Some are calling for Kushner’s resignation, some are accusing Kushner of murder or even genocide, and others are demanding his prosecution.
“The refusal to try it and the proof that it was politically-motivated means this was a crime against Americans and humanity,” author, political commentator, and associate professor Jared Yates Sexton says, adding: “Let’s call it what it is and stop playing around. Genocide. This is genocide.”
U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) tweets: “Jared Kushner is more than incompetent – he’s complicit. He was willing to let Americans die in Democratic-led states because it might help his father-in-law’s politics. In any other administration, Jared Kushner would be investigated and fired.”
Colin McMillen, Ph.D. responds to Sen. Warren:
That’s not just incompetence, it’s malice — and these latest revelations only serve to prove that Kushner and the rest of his accomplices deserve nothing better than a lengthy term in jail.
— Colin McMillen, Ph.D. (@mcmillen) July 31, 2020
USA Today opinion columnist and former Justice Department prosecutor Michael J. Stern responds to former federal prosecutor turned legal analyst and Politico columnist Renato Mariotti:
Wait, they planned to let Democrats in blue states die?
That was the Trump administration’s calculation?
Do Republicans have a reaction to this?
Is this the thing that’s enough to stop Agent Orange? https://t.co/jwniUSL5Fo
— Michael J. Stern (@MichaelJStern1) July 31, 2020
Looking at the whole picture, some are putting the blame on President Trump, calling him a “war criminal” who “murdered” his own people – namely Democrats and minorities.
“Trump encouraged and accelerated covid deaths in blue states as political retribution. He literally murdered democrats and minorities to cull his opposition ahead of the election,” says author and pundit Patrick S. Tomlinson.
Trump encouraged and accelerated covid deaths in blue states as political retribution. He literally murdered democrats and minorities to cull his opposition ahead of the election.
This is public record now. https://t.co/03MIImqgXN
— Patrick S. Tomlinson (@stealthygeek) July 31, 2020
Trump said he was a wartime president. Well now we know who he was at war against, and it wasn’t Covid, it was his fellow Americans.
He is a war criminal.
— Patrick S. Tomlinson (@stealthygeek) July 31, 2020
Democratic strategist, nonprofit consultant, and professor Tom Watson calls it a “a crime against humanity,” and says Trump should be sent to the International Court of Justice at the Hague.
Vanity Fair buried the lead on that Kushner testing expose. Holding back on supplies and relief to “blue states” is a crime against humanity. Trump to the Hague.
— Tom Watson (@tomwatson) July 31, 2020
Instead of coordinating a federal response to a devastating pandemic, the Trump administration just let thousands die.
Kushner thought it wouldn’t matter because the victims would be black and brown Democrats.
Send him to The Hague.https://t.co/Bx4ceWFopF
— Max Berger (@maxberger) July 31, 2020
Governments that willingly enable the killing of their own citizens for political purposes is a gross human rights violation.
Jared Kushner’s decision to politicize the Coronavirus response has cost tens of thousands of lives.
The Hague should investigate. https://t.co/CBzNIgZ5e7
— Joel Rubin (@JoelMartinRubin) July 31, 2020
Some are calling it murder or “enabling mass murder”:
Why is Jared Kushner not being investigated for tens of thousands of cases of negligent homicide? Then again, as this was a political attack, that proves malice and intent to create death. That sounds like enabling mass murder to me.https://t.co/xwK27NxVfX
— Dr. DaShanne Stokes (@DaShanneStokes) July 31, 2020
Above my pay grade, but 18 U.S. Code § 1111.Murder: “perpetrated from a premeditated design unlawfully and maliciously to effect the death of any human being other than him who is killed, is murder in the first degree.” fits with Kushner’s willful acts. https://t.co/BKy23ezCse
— Kyle Garner (@KyleGarnerMO) July 31, 2020
And others say it’s just “one step away from ok-ing genocide.”
And people still wonder how ‘good’ Germans allowed Hitler to slaughter millions of people. This is how. We are there. This is one step away from ok-ing genocide. How you would have responded to the Nazis and Bull Connor is what you are doing now.https://t.co/VP0AOEoBug
— Darlene McDonald (@VoteDarlene) July 31, 2020
Experts issue dire warning on Trump executive action on unemployment insurance
"Literally every new detail about these executive orders confirms that in addition to being wildly unconstitutional, they will do absolutely nothing to help anyone who's suffering."
On top of serious questions about the directive's legality and workability, experts are warning that President Donald Trump's executive action to extend the federal boost to unemployment benefits at $400-per-week—using $44 billion in funds meant for disaster relief—leaves out the poorest Americans by design.
Senior officials battling White House over urgent risk of reopening schools
Public health officials are increasingly worried that states -- especially in the South -- are not seriously considering the coronavirus risks associated with reopening schools.
Trump administration officials have insisted to governors that reopening schools could be done safely, but senior officials have recently pressed White House officials to improve their messaging about the potential risks, reported The Daily Beast.
“If you have Trump going out there and saying everything is fine there’s a risk that that’s what people are going to think going back,” said one senior official. “There’s a real possibility that counties won’t implement all the measures outlined in the [Centers for Disease Control] guidelines and will just say, ‘Look, we’re doing the best we can and that’s it.’ There’s no one to enforce that stuff.”
WATCH: COVID truther goes on wild rant about communism after getting pulled over by cops
A South Carolina woman this week was caught on video going on a wild rant about Jesus and communism after a police officer pulled her over because her anti-vaccination signs were completely obscuring her car's rear window.
The video shows that the woman was driving a car that was covered in signs that protested not just economic shut downs, but also simply testing people for COVID-19.
After the officer pulled her over, she demanded to see his badge number and started yelling at him.
The officer tried to calm her down and told her there was no reason to be upset.
"Oh, no reason to get upset just because we're in communist Greenville, South Carolina?!" she yelled back. "I am not being disorderly! I have freedom of speech! You're being disorderly!"