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'A conspiracy of dunces': CNN's Acosta accuses Walter Reed of misleading Americans about Donald Trump
A new book by Donald Trump’s former chief of staff claims that Trump tested positive for COVID-19 three days before his first debate against his rival Joe Biden on Sept. 29, 2020. Mark Meadows’ upcoming book, "The Chief’s Chief," claims that Trump initially tested positive for the virus before taking another test, which came back negative, according to The Guardian.
But the White House never shared president’s test results with the public.
CNN on Wednesday accused Walter Reed doctors briefing the press and the public about the president of intentionally misleading people to cover for Trump.
"This just goes to how totally reckless Donald Trump and his White House was about COVID," said Jim Acosta. "They were just totally reckless the entire time. I've been talking to my sources this morning and one of my sources who were in the administration at the time said — you have to remember, not only were they keeping this close to the vest, but they were keeping Trump's COVID battle close to the vest. Remember how sick Trump was with COVID at the time. And what were we told in the press, he just has mild symptoms and so on. Meanwhile, he's struggling to hang on to life at the hospital at Walter Reed."
They showed a clip of Dr. Sean Conley, who was asked by the press about the last date that Trump tested negative. He refused to say.
"The White House physician was reassuring Americans the president was doing okay, while Mark Meadows, who wrote this book, was going around Dr. Conely and telling reporters individually and this has come out subsequently that, no, Trump was doing much worse than what was being reported at the time," Acosta recalled. "Keep in mind also, Chris Christie got COVID right after this. He was doing debate prep for Donald Trump at that time. And some of this may explain why Trump was so erratic and crazy during that first presidential debate. Remember, this was the debate where he said that the Proud Boys should stand back and stand by. And so I mean there are just tons of red flags that were popping up at the time. This one White House source, Trump White House source I talked to this morning said this is consistent with how they were behaving at the time."
Speaking about Dr. Conely specifically, Berman noted "he knew exactly when the president had been tested and when the positive and negative tests were and he chose there to dodge."
"I don't want to call it a conspiracy to deceive everybody — it was a conspiracy of dunces in the way they were handling this," Acosta said. "It was just stupid lying the way they were -- the way they were communicating this to the American people. And, remember, you know, the thing that people have to remember about Donald Trump and the way the white house handled COVID, they were reckless the entire time."
He went on to recall Trump's "joy ride" around Walter Reed in a closed car with the Secret Service agents.
"They were completely out of control and how they were handling this pandemic the entire time. From telling people they could inject themselves with disinfectants, it was all going to go away, time and again this is how they behaved," Acosta recalled. It was also later revealed by Bob Woodward in his book that Trump knew the dangers of the virus in Feb. and March 2020. Acosta noted that everyone under Trump treated the virus with the same cavalier attitude that Trump did.
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Prince Charles' racist microaggressions go much further than the 'melanin levels of his future grandchildren': psychologist
In a new book titled “Brothers and Wives: Inside the Private Lives of William, Kate, Harry, and Meghan," author Christopher Andersen takes a deep dive into the racial microaggressions plaguing the future of the English monarchy.
Andersen recalled the morning Prince Charles and his wife Camilla Parker Bowles were having breakfast and began discussing the "melanin levels of his future grandchildren." Charles has denied the author's allegation. A spokesperson for Prince Charles responded that the claim was “fake and does not merit further comment."
Except it does merit further comment, according to Duke University psychology professor Sarah E. Gaither, who argued that the simple statement that it does not is exactly the problem.
The term "microaggression" was coined in the 1970s by psychiatrist Dr. Chester Pierce and refers to "brief and commonplace daily verbal, behavioral, or environmental indignities, whether intentional or unintentional, that communicate hostile, derogatory, or negative racial slights and insults toward people of color."
Buckingham Palace also addressed Meghan and Harry’s allegations with a brief statement, saying, “The issues raised, particularly that of race, are concerning. While some recollections may vary, they are taken very seriously and will be addressed by the family privately.”
"Imagine that upon your engagement, instead of congratulations, you hear that your future father-in-law has begun musing about your future son or daughter’s complexion. Now imagine how that would feel if you were biracial and the first Black-identified person to marry into the modern British royal family, and none other than the next king of England was allegedly speculating about the race of your hypothetical children," Gaither wrote in a column for NBC News.
"As a Black person who has lived and grown up in the U.K. all my life, we are acutely aware of the racism that exists," Taal told NBC News. "The only difference now is someone from the inside now is saying it and laying it bare."
According to the American Psychological Association, "Some racism is so subtle that neither victim nor perpetrator may entirely understand what is going on—which may be especially toxic for people of color."
There is no class system for racist microaggression - it literally happens between anyone, royal or commoner alike - and denying it only perpetuates the inevitable mental health effects on the minority party involved.
Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) is skeptical of Mark Meadows' cooperation with the House select committee investigating the U.S. Capitol riot.
The former White House chief of staff spent Jan. 6 alongside Donald Trump as the former president's supporters stormed the Capitol to stop the certification of his election loss, and Schiff told MSNBC's "Morning Joe" that Meadows could be a key witness for the bipartisan committee -- if he fully cooperates in good faith.
"He is producing documents, I can't speak to the contents yet," Schiff said. "In terms of whether he is cooperating, time will tell when he comes in to be deposed. We'll find out whether this is a gambit or whether he is serious about cooperating with the committee. We don't know. I have to say, I'm a bit skeptical, given his track record, but we are going to find out very soon."
"We think he has a lot to offer the committee, but I think at this point, it is still too early to tell whether this is a legal strategy to avoid being held in criminal contempt or whether we're seeing the road that Steve Bannon is on," he added. "He made a decision to change course. We'll find out when he comes for the deposition. If he tries to assert privilege over things that are not privileged, it is clearly a legal stratagem. We don't think there is any meritorious claim of privilege here, and we have to decide what to do if he makes assertions."
That includes a referral to the Justice Department for contempt of Congress charges.
"We won't take anything off the table," Schiff said.
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