When, in 1914, the designers of the New York General Post Office inscribed in stone the words that became the United States Postal Service’s motto — “Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds” — they clearly didn’t envision the presidency of Donald Trump. For months, President Trump has been relentlessly attempting to delegitimize and discourage vote-by-mail — a critical tool for election participation in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic that requires social distancing. Trump has been spreading unsupported con...
At the conclusion of an interview with CNN's Jake Tapper on the rise of the omicron Covid variant, Dr. Anthony Fauci was given the opportunity to respond to Sen. Ron Johnson (R_WI) who earlier in the week claimed the doctor "overhyped" the Covid-19 crisis with Johnson also downplaying the deaths from AIDS decades ago.
Speaking with Fox's Brian Kilmeade, Johnson stated, "Fauci did the exact same thing with AIDS. He overhyped it. He created all kinds of fear, saying it could affect the entire population when it couldn’t. And he’s doing, he’s using the exact same playbook with COVID, ignoring therapy, pushing a vaccine.”
Speaking with the doctor, host Jake Tapper stated, "Obviously, that's a bizarre and false assertion. President George W. Bush gave you the Presidential Medal of Freedom because of your leadership in the AIDS crisis. I did want to give you an opportunity to respond."
A visibly irritated Fauci responded, "How do you respond to something as preposterous as that? Over-hyping AIDS? It killed over 750,000 Americans, 36 million people worldwide. How do you overhype that?"
"Over-hyping Covid?" he continued. "It killed 780,000 Americans and over 5 million people worldwide. I don't have any clue of what he is talking about."
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Chuck Todd blames Democrats for GOP anti-vaxxers: 'They've allowed the right to dictate the messaging'
NBC Meet the Press host Chuck Todd declined to criticize Republican governors with anti-vaccination agendas while he blamed Democratic President Joe Biden and his administration for not pushing vaccine mandates hard enough.
"I feel like they've been pretty reluctant to go back and put this front and center until this week when I think the Omicron variant made it impossible for them not to do it this way," Todd said during a promotion for Meet the Press. "What are they going to do to push back on anti-vaccine mandate pushback. There they have done -- they have not defended their vaccine mandate. It's a soft mandate. They've allowed sort of the right to dictate the messaging on that."
"They're also telling us they want to have more tests available," he continued. "That's a promise that goes back two presidencies now. We've been promised more available testing, quicker, faster, at-home for over -- for now almost two years -- basically for the entire pandemic -- and we're still not there."
Despite Todd's complaint, PCR tests are widely available from CVS and other pharmacies.
Watch the video below from NBC.
During a CNN "Inside Politics" panel discussion on the effectiveness of House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), congressional correspondent Lauren Fox bluntly stated that the senior Republican has a "huge problem brewing" because he can't stop the infighting among his caucus members and has lost control.
Speaking with host Manu Raju, Fox was asked how McCarthy has been holding up as Reps. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) and Nancy Mace (R-SC) continue their attention-grabbing fight.
"He wants to focus on issues, and this is not a winning issue, but how much control, Lauren, does Kevin McCarthy have?" host Raju asked.
"He has a huge problem brewing if the Republicans take over the House of Representatives, which right now they look like they have a path to do," she replied. "He will he have a hard time doing basic funding, trying to fund the government, cut any deals with Democrats on things like the debt ceiling."
"This is a major issue that it is constantly in the news he has members of his conference attacking Democrats with, you know, terrible comments, constantly," she continued. "Then he has people like Marjorie Taylor Greene and Nancy Nace having a multiple-day news cycle because they're fighting with each other publicly. He calls them both to his office and it does not seem to help. Clearly he does not seem to have control."
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