It is unclear how the President could be under the impression that 99% of cases are "totally harmless." There have now been at least 2.8 million cases of coronavirus in the United States, according to the latest data from Johns Hopkins University. While the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that about 35% of cases are asymptomatic, those patients can still spread the virus. As of Saturday, Johns Hopkins estimated that the fatality rate for the US was 4.6%. The White House has not returned CNN's request for comment on the President's claim. … [Read more...] about With inflammatory July 4 message, Trump distracts from the real threat to America
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If fear of infection dissuaded tens of thousands of big-time, red-hat-wearing Trump fans in a state he won by 36 points from attending an event meant to show the whole world that America was “reopening,” what does that say about the status of Trump’s fight against the “Kung Flu,” as he called it in a racist neologism in Tulsa? It sent the opposite message from the one he intended. … [Read more...] about The Tulsa Rally Was a Really Bad Sign for Trump
The BOK Center, the indoor arena in Tulsa where the rally was held, has a capacity of 19,000 people — and Trump and his campaign predicted demand would far exceed that capacity on Saturday night. The president said there wouldn’t be an empty seat in the house and convinced Tulsa’s mayor to partially lift his curfew around the arena so that supporters could camp out in line overnight. The Trump campaign — which bragged that it had received more than a million ticket requests in what current campaign manager Brad Parscale crowed was the “biggest data haul and rally signup of all time by 10x” — was so sure of a big crowd that it built, at what was surely considerable expense, a large stage outside the venue so that Trump and Vice-President Mike Pence could address the overflow crowd. … [Read more...] about All the Reasons Trump’s Tulsa Rally Was a Complete Disaster
Religious fundamentalism of all kinds disputes science. A friend I grew up with in New York City remembered his apostasy in second grade: “ I asked Rabbi Fuchs how the world could be only 5,000 years old when I was seeing dinosaurs that were millions of years old in the museum. His reply is still with me today: ‘Those are fakes put there by goyim to fool the Jews.’ Boom! I was re-created as an agnostic.” … [Read more...] about Op-Ed: Are Trump’s coronavirus failures Ronald Reagan’s fault?
WHITE HOUSE - Amid continuing concern among members of the White House Coronavirus Task Force he leads, U.S. Vice President Mike Pence emphasized the positives in the current state of the outbreak ahead of his trip Wednesday to Arizona, one of the areas with the biggest spike in infections. … [Read more...] about Pence Accentuates the Positive as COVID Task Force Worries About Surge in States