The "No Money For Masks Or Gloves Or Life-Saving Ventilators, But We'll Spend Billions To Send A Rocket To Mars" Edition
Trump Wants To Disband The Coronavirus Task Force This Month
The Trump administration winds down the coronavirus task force at a time when new cases per day hasn't fallen below 20,000 in well over a month pic.twitter.com/0VEE3cw5GQ— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) May 5, 2020
Mission Accomplished! Time to wind down the task force. https://t.co/92Ip0xMBVO— Ken Tremendous (@KenTremendous) May 5, 2020
Seems Like The Right Time, Wouldn't You Agree?
TRUMP: "The people of our country should think of themselves as warriors. Our country has to open. Those projections are with no mitigation." (This is a lie. The coronavirus models Trump is referring to reflect his preferred course of action, which is to relax distancing.) pic.twitter.com/D7tOz7dYDn— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) May 5, 2020
"I have 252 beautiful brand-new conservative wonderful judges" -- Trump talks about judges like they're condos he's trying to sell in Trump Tower pic.twitter.com/B47N84enwy— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) May 5, 2020
1. Those judges are not Trump's possessions.
2. Though he does think he's a dictator.
3. No Democrats seem to be arguing too heavily against that idea.
4. Everything is off the table, right, Ms. Pelosi?
5. The correct number of judges is 193.
Lives Will Have To Be Sacrificed For The Economy (Any Volunteers To Be Cannon Fodder For The "Wartime President"?)
Trump on why businesses should reopen: "I'm viewing our great citizens of this country to a certain extent and to a large extent as warriors. They're warriors. We can't keep our country closed. We have to open our country ... Will some people be badly affected? Yes." pic.twitter.com/hNXws4bwtd— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) May 5, 2020
Asked by @Acosta to explain the logic of phasing out the White House coronavirus task force while the pandemic is ongoing, Trump immediately pivots to talking about ventilators and testing and indicates his priority going forward will be on reopening the economy pic.twitter.com/uPIZaScUxU— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) May 5, 2020
.@jeffmason1: With doctors saying there might be a recurrence of coronavirus in the fall, why is now the time to wind down the task force?— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) May 5, 2020
TRUMP: "Well because we can't keep our country closed for the next 5 years." pic.twitter.com/2IXL8vucbl
I expected this Presidency to be horrific but human sacrifice still a slight surprise https://t.co/maIvhAqUTf— rabia O'chaudry (@rabiasquared) May 5, 2020
"If It's A Mask Environment, I Would Certainly Wear A Mask." ... Trump Lied. Surprise!
Trump not wearing mask but goggles at Honeywell facility. Other aides not wearing masks at all. Sign in facility says “face mask required in this area.” pic.twitter.com/Uq7Fr2ioeS— Jim Acosta (@Acosta) May 5, 2020
The Fourth Quarter
Trump's trip to Honeywell is an official White House event but his political rally music is playing as he approaches the podium pic.twitter.com/DzefDXgPlZ— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) May 5, 2020
nobody:— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) May 5, 2020
President Trump: pic.twitter.com/jRUST1qhLY
REMINDER: This is a taxpayer-funded official White House event, not a campaign one pic.twitter.com/g5lYDGiHsb— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) May 5, 2020
Why doesn’t @realDonaldTrump visit the Tyson plant in Iowa that he has forced to remain open? They just reported that 58% of their work force is sickened with coronavirus.— KIM DAVIS (@Bella_Davis) May 5, 2020
I think he needs to go there next.
some high-risk name reading here by Trump pic.twitter.com/lusd36Vs5f— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) May 5, 2020
"It's a reopening of our country. Who would have ever thought we were gonna be saying that? One day they came to us, and they said, 'sir, we're going to have to close it down' ... fourth quarter is gonna be very good" -- Trump pic.twitter.com/cgmvxwzgzD— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) May 5, 2020
"Our journey together to Mars. It is happening very soon." -- roughly 1,500 Americans are dying daily from the coronavirus, Trump says he doesn't have money to help states whose budgets have been ravaged and are crying for help, and yet he's teasing a trip to Mars pic.twitter.com/NS0k5w7cVl— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) May 5, 2020
Trump, on and off script, says Honeywell workers "helped our brave astronauts plant our American flag on the face of the Moon. And we're getting ready to do it again. But we're really using the Moon as a landing pad for its journey, and our journey, to Mars."— Daniel Dale (@ddale8) May 5, 2020
In An ABC Interview, Trump Says He's The President of China
ABC: Do you believe the reality is that lives will be lost to reopen the economy?— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) May 5, 2020
TRUMP: "It's possible there will be some, because you won't be locked into an apartment or a house or whatever it is. But at the same time, we're going to practice social distancing." pic.twitter.com/d9ISmjIyqy
ABC: You're three years into your term. What did you do when you became president to restock those cupboards that you say are bare?— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) May 5, 2020
TRUMP: "Well, I'll be honest, uh, I have a lot of things going on." pic.twitter.com/7l9v3dgrOz
That’s the biggest question of his presidency. WHY DID YOU DO NOTHING— John (@DotDotDot_John) May 5, 2020
Finally someone asked him that question!!! His answer is exactly what I thought it would be - nonsense!!— Patty Chernick (@PChernick) May 5, 2020
"I banned people from coming into China" -- while trying to defend his February comment that the coronavirus would go away on its own, Trump confuses which country he's president of and comes across as a parody of an incompetent leader pic.twitter.com/dn7JzILYSP— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) May 5, 2020
"Well, that is what it is" -- Really poignant stuff here from Trump on the topic of his message to hurting Americans pic.twitter.com/uUNBPp8FNZ— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) May 5, 2020
“I’m going to pay my respect to a great company,” Trump just said about his AZ trip today. https://t.co/gFNQbyU0LX— Eli Stokols (@EliStokols) May 5, 2020
Trump on George Conway: "Just take a look at that guy. The man is a stone-cold loser. So they should not call it 'the Lincoln project.' They should call it 'the losers project.'" pic.twitter.com/ydTHDIR7oH— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) May 5, 2020
Trump continued to call the Lincoln Project group of anti-Trump Republicans "losers," to insult George Conway's appearance, and to suggest Kellyanne Conway may be responsible for her husband's opposition, saying, "Kellyanne must’ve done a big number on him."— Daniel Dale (@ddale8) May 5, 2020
It's pretty clear they're planning to lock down people over 60 for years, pull all financial support, tell everyone else to get back to work -- and just accept millions of people playing russian roulette with the illness and hundreds of thousands of preventable deaths— digby (@digby56) May 5, 2020