President Donald Trump’s administration was harshly criticized on Friday after a new report from NBC News.
“After several months of mixed messages on the coronavirus pandemic, the White House is settling on a new one: Learn to live with it,” reported Carol Lee, Kristen Welker and Monica Alba.
“Administration officials are planning to intensify what they hope is a sharper, and less conflicting, message of the pandemic next week, according to senior administration officials, after struggling to offer clear directives amid a crippling surge in cases across the country. On Thursday, the United States reported more than 55,000 new cases of coronavirus and infection rates were hitting new records in multiple states,” NBC News reported.
Here’s some of what people were saying about the report:
No sir. The America I know and love doesn’t surrender, doesn’t give up. If you can’t do it, let’s find others who can. https://t.co/MAtAYiP8FE
— Dan Rather (@DanRather) July 3, 2020
We are the richest country in the world with the best health care system — failing badly while Europe and others nations beat the threat.
The President has power to act to fight the virus. This isn't a message: this is laziness and incompetence masking as a "strategy." https://t.co/XZaHGBFR1c
— Ronald Klain (@RonaldKlain) July 3, 2020
— The Lincoln Project (@ProjectLincoln) July 3, 2020
Where other western nations have brought the epidemic under control, Donald Trump asks if the government has white flags in stock. https://t.co/NVlmikYPvr
— Bill Prady (@billprady) July 3, 2020
“We’re the shithole country now” isn’t the campaign slogan I was expecting. https://t.co/OOKil7cd3Y
— Hemant Mehta (@hemantmehta) July 3, 2020
Trump wondered from the beginning why we didn't just "let it wash over the country." Fauci was shocked and told him because it would kill many people.
Obviously, that was not a major concern then or now.
All the dead people are, by definition, not living with it. https://t.co/Pj4MVpaZDH
— digby (@digby56) July 3, 2020
"Live with it"? More like die with it. https://t.co/ZNQ3QRHUbS
— Philip Klinkner (@pklinkne) July 3, 2020
What is this peoples and gents?
5. Depraved indiference
6. Homicidal Recklessness
7. Premeditated Murder
8. Crimes Against Humanity
9. All Of The Above
🤔 🤨 🧐 https://t.co/iVtlg998vq
— Liza Sabater 🇵🇷👸🏾🌹 (@blogdiva) July 3, 2020
Trump surrenders to the virus. https://t.co/WgWOpXOWPE
— Topher Spiro (@TopherSpiro) July 3, 2020
they just fuckin gave up completely https://t.co/E4tHlEqnqx
— darth™ (@darth) July 3, 2020
I guess "we fucked up and have blood on our hands" didn't poll as well https://t.co/DQdYvCJwAt
— Adrianna McIntyre (@onceuponA) July 3, 2020
Trump/Pence 2020: May the Odds Be Ever In Your Favor. https://t.co/k1cgV0wI4g
— Jeet Heer (@HeerJeet) July 3, 2020
This speech could be the sort of generational event that consigns a party to opposition status for decades on end. https://t.co/BkzQok1TpQ
— Eric Kleefeld (@EricKleefeld) July 3, 2020
Morning Joe busts Trump for trying to scam the public with a fake tax cut proposal
Taking up the executive orders signed by Donald Trump on Saturday, MSNBC "Morning Joe" co-host Joe Scarborough pointed out a big loophole in the president's proposal for a tax cut, saying he is hiding the fact that voters will be on the hook for deferred taxes after the election.
After first pointing out the president's contempt for Americans struggling to make ends meet during the coronavirus pandemic that has crippled the economy.
"It was a huge, gigantic nothingburger when you look through the policies at the end," Scarborough began. "In fact, some of the policies he put forth are going to hurt people, hurt small business owners the most. Again I go back to the payroll tax cuts -- economists, Republicans, Democrats, everybody is opposing this.
Lawmakers demand removal of Postmaster General DeJoy over ‘nefarious’ efforts to ‘aid Trump re-election’
"He is working to dismantle a fundamental institution of our democracy. He needs to resign or be removed, now."
On the heels of a "Friday Night Massacre" at the U.S. Postal Service that deeply alarmed lawmakers, activists, and ordinary citizens nationwide, two House Democrats are demanding the immediate removal of Postmaster General Louis DeJoy over his sweeping operational changes to the beloved government service that have slowed the delivery of essential packages and jeopardized mail-in voting.
Trump isn’t a king — he may be worse
With each passing day, it seems, the Trump administration seems intent on replaying the lead-up to the English Revolution.
This article first appeared in Salon.
Like King James I of England (aka James VI of Scotland), Trump believes that he, to quote James' tract of 1598, "The True Law of Free Monarchies," "is above the law," accountable only to God. He asserted in a July, 2019 speech that Article II of the Constitution means "I have to the right to do whatever I want as president." Like James' son, Charles I, who ruled England for 11 years without a parliament, Trump is increasingly governing through executive orders rather than making laws with the House and Senate.