President Donald J. Trump joked Tuesday about the coronavirus pandemic that’s plagued his own country, killing more than 227,000 Americans to date. And, as the death toll from coronavirus in America steadily climbs with every passing day, it has not stopped the 74-year-old commander-in-chief from proclaiming the nation is “rounding the turn.”
According to the CDC, the seven-day average of new cases is nearly 70,000 — a record number that is only expected to get worse. The COVID Tracking Project cites that more than 42,000 people are currently hospitalized with COVID-19, up from an estimated 30,000 one month ago.
In Lansing, MI Tuesday at a rally, Trump told his mostly unmasked supporters, “Do you ever notice, they don’t use the word ‘death,’ they use the word ‘cases’? Like, Barron Trump is a case. He has sniffles, he was sniffling. One Kleenex, that’s all he needed, and he was better. But he’s a case.”
Later in the day, Trump traveled to Omaha, NE where he said, “With the fake news, everything is COVID, COVID, COVID, COVID. I had it. Here I am, right?”
On Wednesday during a campaign stop in Bullhead City, AZ, Trump claimed that a vaccine was coming “momentarily,” although scientists and pharmaceutical companies do not agree that this is true.
Trump’s assessment of the pandemic’s trajectory is not rooted in reality. Former Food and Drug Administration (FDA) chief Scott Gottlieb told CNBC Monday that the U.S. was at a “tipping point” of exponential spread in much of the country.
Journalist Alexander Burns wrote in The New York Times Wednesday, “Mr. Trump’s description of the disease is ungrounded in fact, and his theory of countering it has clashed with the preferences of medical officials at every level of government. The country has reported more than 8.8 million cases of the coronavirus, including a 39 percent increase in new cases over the last 14 days. More than 227,000 Americans have perished from the disease.”
Felix Vristow, 40, of Philadelphia, said, “Our leader lied to us, in my eyes. We experienced way too many deaths, and it could have been prevented if the situation was addressed earlier or more honestly.”
Burns continued later, “Like much else about Mr. Trump’s mode of leadership, his view of the pandemic has found an enthusiastic audience from a minority of the country. A national poll published recently by The Times found that nearly two in five voters agreed with Mr. Trump that the worst of the crisis was over. The president’s push to fully reopen the economy is not without appeal, at least to the voters who already support him, and they have remained loyal through various personal and political scandals, policy breakdowns and an impeachment trial.”
US lawmakers renew stimulus push as focus shifts to Biden
President-elect Joe Biden will present his economic team on Tuesday, as a bipartisan group of senators make a renewed push for another stimulus package to help the faltering US economy.
With Covid-19 cases spiking, the world's largest economy faces an uncertain outlook that Biden and his economic team led by nominee for Treasury secretary Janet Yellen will have to work to remedy.The diverse group, with women and minorities in key roles, will face millions in jobs losses and a rising wave of small businesses shutting their doors and major corporations laying off their workers.
Outgoing Treasury secretary Steven Mnuchin agrees on the need for more federal help for workers left jobless and business battered by the pandemic.
‘Conjecture and musings’: Dem senator tears into Trump ‘election fraud’ witness at Michigan hearing
Michigan state Sen. Jeff Irwin (D) blasted former state Sen. Patrick Colbeck (R) at an election fraud hearing on Tuesday.
At a state Senate Oversight Committee hearing, Colbeck suggested that there was a plot to use voting machines to steal the election from President Donald Trump.
For his part, Irwin noted that Trump had not requested a recount in Michigan.
"If you were on the losing end, much like, say, President Trump or candidate John James, would you have requested a recount?" the Democratic lawmaker asked.
"I've doubts with the integrity of the recount process," Colbeck replied. "So, I probably would not have done that."
Dem senator shames Steve Mnuchin to his face: ‘You’re leaving the country worse than you found it’
Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) on Tuesday shamed Trump Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin for his decision to not extend the Federal Reserve's emergency lending facilities that were designed to keep the economy afloat during the novel coronavirus pandemic.
Brown started off by giving Mnuchin a blunt assessment of the state of the economy that he will be handing off to his successor.
"Last week, 778,000 people filed for unemployment insurance," he said. "In October, 3.4 million homeowners were past due when their mortgages, many of them will run out of forbearance options by April. As many as 40 million renters will spend the holidays worrying that they will be evicted on January 1st if their government, if we don't do our job."