Closing Thought–27Feb20

Coronavirus….was covered by the president in his presser last night…this is something that a hero of Trump had to say before the presser…..

There is lots of copy these days on the virus and its spread around the world into a pandemic.

I write a lot about the mental midgets on the Right…and one that needs to be ignored is good old Rush……now he has theories on the virus that he shares with the dullards that listen to his “news” and “comment”……

Rush Limbaugh is back in the news again, this time while airing some controversial theories about the coronavirus. “It looks like the coronavirus is being weaponized as yet another element to bring down Donald Trump,” Limbaugh said during his Monday radio show, per HuffPost. “Now, I want to tell you the truth about the coronavirus,” he added. “Yeah, I’m dead right on this. The coronavirus is the common cold, folks.” Limbaugh pointed out that only a small fraction of people who contract the illness die. “The survival rate of this is 98%,” he said. “You have to read very deeply to find that number, that 2 percent of the people get the coronavirus die. That’s less than the flu, folks.” He’s right about the survival stat, notes the Washington Post, which adds that, unlike the flu, the very new coronavirus has no vaccine and relatively little is known about it.

Still, Limbaugh sees an anti-Trump agenda behind much of the media coverage. “It’s really being hyped as a deadly Andromeda strain or Ebola pandemic that, ‘Oh, my God, is going to wipe out the nation. It’s going to wipe out the population of the world,'” he said. The idea, he added, is to spread the idea that “Trump and capitalism are destroying America and destroying the world.” It wasn’t the only controversial virus theory he espoused. Limbaugh also raised a widely debunked claim about the origin of the coronovirus. He alleged that “ChiComs,” or Chinese Communists, were trying to “weaponize” the virus in a lab, “and it got out.”

How nice Capt Orange hangs a medal around his neck and he instantly becomes a health care expert. (If only that were true)  Although I do agree with him, Rush, on one issue…the hype is getting out of hand.

But not to worry Trump’s choice as head of Homeland Security is just as incompetent as all his other advisers…he proved it when questioned by the Senate.

Sen. John Kennedy (R-La.) slammed acting Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Chad Wolf on Tuesday for Wolf’s lack of answers during a tense grilling on the U.S. response to the coronavirus outbreak.

In a subcommittee hearing on the 2021 DHS budget, Wolf failed to provide specific answers Kennedy’s questions, including one on how many people are predicted to become infected with the new strain of virus.

“We’re working with HHS to determine that,” Wolf said, repeatedly deferring to the Department of Health and Human Services.

“Yes, sir, but you’re head of Homeland Security and your job is to keep us safe,” Kennedy shot back, often talking over Wolf. “Don’t you think you ought to check on that?”

https://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/484523-sen-kennedy-slams-acting-dhs-secretary-on-coronavirus

I feel confident that we as a nation are screwed by these incompetent tools at the president’s side.

And a closing thought to the closing thought…..what a difference 5 years can make….for his orange highness…..

What a difference five years and winning a presidential election makes.

In the summer and fall of 2014 — less than a year before he officially launched his presidential bid — Donald Trump posted about 100 mostly panicked tweets about the Ebola virus. Many of them attacked then-President Obama for his handling of the outbreak, and some of them went as far as to accuse the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) of lying about what was going on.

America is now confronting the possibility — or even likelihood — of a coronavirus outbreak within its borders. The novel virus and Covid-19, the disease it causes, could quickly become President Trump’s problem, and it’s instructive to look back at what had to say about Ebola and Obama’s response to it.

Spoiler alert: None of it is reassuring.

https://www.vox.com/2020/2/26/21154253/trump-ebola-tweets-coronavirus

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4 thoughts on “Closing Thought–27Feb20

  1. Both the US and the UK have some incredibly hopeless politicians at the moment. I can’t recall a time when it was this bad in both of our countries.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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