The "I Need You To Do Me A Favour" Edition
This is the kind of blackmail that got Trump impeached, except in this case he proposes threatening American citizens with unemployment, sickness, and death. https://t.co/owY2rjFF6A— Rep. Don Beyer (@RepDonBeyer) April 28, 2020
Light Seen Ahead
White House senior adviser Kevin Hassett says on CNN that unemployment could hit 20 percent by June and GDP could contract by as much as 40 percent in the second quarter pic.twitter.com/YHD7FENTvz— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) April 28, 2020
The Department of Justice is arguing in federal court that Congress basically has no check on Trump's spending power https://t.co/x9zv20m9sO— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) April 28, 2020
The Lies Start Early Today
Trump, asked about early intelligence, says most people thought earlier this year that the #coronavirus was going to blow over; he says he would have to check when the early warnings came pic.twitter.com/mOJ5Cnvzxd— Jeff Mason (@jeffmason1) April 28, 2020
The warnings were coming from inside the White House! As early as January! 🤬https://t.co/gLk7oZQJcu— Zander (@Amlaf3) April 28, 2020
It's worse. November.https://t.co/xdIAaS1kmf— Danielle (@danni671) April 28, 2020
REPORTER: South Korea has done 5 times more tests than the US per capita. Why is that?— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) April 28, 2020
TRUMP: I don't think that's true
R: That is true, and you said the US passed South Korea in virus testing
T: I don't think that's true. Who are you with?
TRUMP: *has Birx answer* pic.twitter.com/SDsk2Csr0e
Here's Trump spitballing during a public event about banning travel from foreign countries to the US pic.twitter.com/emYUAW0NTg— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) April 28, 2020
"That's why nobody knows who you are, including me" -- Trump and Birx team up to attack the Yahoo reporter who asked earlier about testing pic.twitter.com/ZBrqOiCKGm— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) April 28, 2020
JON KARL: Were you warned about coronavirus back in January?— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) April 28, 2020
TRUMP: "I think probably a lot more than the Democrats. A month later, Pelosi was saying, 'Let's dance in the streets of Chinatown'" ... most people thought this was going to blow over." (Both of those claims are lies) pic.twitter.com/eTYxWHDurp
There is no fucking way Anthony Fauci was saying “this is no big deal, it will blow over” in late February.— Matt Tierney (@MattTierney53) April 28, 2020
So he admits he was warned, yet didn't do anything?— Stay Calm It's Only Me #Resist #Veteran (@StayCalmItsMe1) April 28, 2020
Rants about random pet peeve ☑ pic.twitter.com/44HkPsQPl3— HiraethResists (@Hiraeth37857409) April 28, 2020
Trump just repeated his obscene lie that Ivanka Trump "has created many jobs."— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) April 28, 2020
"I think you got up to almost 15 million people," Trump said -- a total that's more than twice the entire number created during his term before the coronavirus hit pic.twitter.com/IdZXY8oeuG
15 million jobs is 10% of all the jobs in the entire United States. It's one of his more insane lies, but he loves saying it.
November 12, 2019: "She's now created 14 million jobs. And they're being trained by these great companies – the greatest companies in the world – because the government can't train them."
December 12, 2019: "14 million people she's gotten jobs for. Her goal when she started it two years ago was 500,000 jobs. She's done over 14 million, so that's really something."
April 7, 2020: "She created over 15 million jobs working with some of you, but working with the biggest companies in the world. They were training and training like nobody's ever seen. She started off with a goal of 500,000 jobs, and now she's up to over 15 million. ... Thank you honey, very much."
From January 2017 to November 2019, almost three full years, the US economy added about 5.7 million jobs (and most of them were part-time with no benefits). However, Ivanka did use her legally-questionable White House connections to pocket $100 million last year.
As The Guardian reports: "Many of these 'jobs' are in fact training opportunities that have been pledged to be made available at some point over the next five years by various companies in a non-binding agreement and publicity move, which is nice, but nowhere close to the president's lie that so many jobs have already been created."
For the second time in less than 24 hours Trump has invited assorted corporate CEOs to the White House to give speeches for reasons that are not entirely clear pic.twitter.com/fIkSy0mmLC— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) April 28, 2020
Trump's face matches Ivanka's outfit pic.twitter.com/AKLUjRmtti— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) April 28, 2020
Asked how he explains that the number of coronavirus cases didn't go down to zero on its own like he said it would in late February, Trump points out that eventually it will in fact go down to zero pic.twitter.com/44OmzH0kTI— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) April 28, 2020
Trump on Feb. 26: “And again, when you have 15 people, and the 15 WITHIN A COUPLE OF DAYS is going to be down to close to zero, that’s a pretty good job we’ve done.” (emphasis mine) https://t.co/hMOuoXHKw2— Robert Maguire (@RobertMaguire_) April 28, 2020
As part of his case that he saved hundreds of thousands of lives, Trump is now citing made-up experts who he claims said that the coronavirus wouldn't impact the US (no experts thought this) pic.twitter.com/OJT6XTFNOn— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) April 28, 2020
Trump says he wants blue states to give him "sanctuary-city adjustments" in exchange for federal financial relief pic.twitter.com/wY2edZifPQ— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) April 28, 2020
REPORTER: Experts say the US needs to do 5 million tests per day to safely reopen. Why doesn't your testing plan go that far?— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) April 28, 2020
TRUMP: "We inherited a very broken test." (The coronavirus didn't even exist until nearly 3 years into his term as president) pic.twitter.com/XjlIxbmMjg
Trump says the US is "getting very close" to conducting 5 million tests per day (the US is currently conducting about 200,000 tests per day, so this is a lie) pic.twitter.com/1IrUboariP— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) April 28, 2020
Trump on why he thinks it's a good idea for states to reopen economies without a coronavirus vaccine or even effective treatments available: "I think what happens is it's going to go away." pic.twitter.com/0hyIQ0GqV3— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) April 28, 2020
Trump seems to be blindsided by a question about whether he's talked to the families of any coronavirus victims besides those of his friends and rambles his way through an answer. (It doesn't appear he has.) pic.twitter.com/o2cQmLk0xQ— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) April 28, 2020
Trump concludes the April 28 #TrumpPressBriefing by indicating he still hasn't figured out that the 1918 flu pandemic didn't happen in 1917 pic.twitter.com/0Hftb204ol— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) April 28, 2020
We have more than 50,000 dead because this man has spent months wishing the virus away, instead of fighting it. As long as that mindset continues, the death toll will also continue to mount. https://t.co/wAggYZWZbI— Ronald Klain (@RonaldKlain) April 28, 2020
Mike Pence has taken the lead in misleading the public about what the federal government is doing (or isn't doing) to expand the US's coronavirus testing capacity https://t.co/QnYTbzKjKA— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) April 28, 2020
So I didn’t have to complete my law school tests to get credit?— Joe Scarborough (@JoeNBC) April 28, 2020
Now you tell me. https://t.co/cCJCtZgw99
Tucker Carlson baffled why Fauci says we should stop shaking hands but can still have sex https://t.co/L3tDecnmro— Jonathan Chait (@jonathanchait) April 28, 2020