On February 2, 2020, Donald Trump said the United States had "shut down" the coronavirus in the US. But 22 days later, he said the virus "was very much under control" in the US, an odd claim to make if he truly had "shut it down" three weeks earlier. Over the next week, Trump said the virus would disappear on its own "like a miracle", probably in April, when warmer weather arrived, the number of cases in the US would be "down to close to zero ... within a couple of days", and that his administration was "doing a great job".
On successive days (March 15-16), Trump claimed the virus is "something that we have tremendous control over" and the virus is "not under control for any place in the world".
Roughly one month ago, Mike Pence stated that "by Memorial Day weekend, we will have this coronavirus epidemic behind us".
Hmmm. Memorial Day weekend is ... checks notes ... already behind us. The pandemic most certainly is not. The number of new cases is actually rising in more than a dozen states as a lot of the country begins to loosen (or stop entirely) social distancing measures.
I know far too many Americans are struggling to survive during the quasi-lockdown (and certainly were struggling before the pandemic hit) and Trump refuses to help in any significant way and he truly doesn't give a shit whether the death toll ends up being 2 million or 25 million, but I still have trouble understanding the impatience of people rushing to malls and restaurants, risking their lives and the lives of their children.
The virus has infected 1,760,000 Americans. The US death toll is now over 102,000 and the issue upper-most in Donald Trump's mind is: He cannot tweet as many lies as he would like without a few tweets being fact-checked by Twitter.
Trump has thrown temper tantrums for two days, vowing to take "big action" against Twitter. Of course, Trump can't do anything, except pretend to be a tough gut to his Death Cult. Twitter is a public company and has a right to enforce its own policies. If a Twitter user doesn't like those policies or believes they are unfair, he can stop using Twitter.
Someone known as Duty To Warn tweeted: "Twitter fact checked one of your 20,000 lies. What intolerable persecution."
Trump loses again:— Bill Madden (@maddenifico) May 27, 2020
A federal appeals court rejected claims that tech giants Twitter, Facebook, Apple. and Google conspired to suppress conservative views online.https://t.co/RurVKTraiK #TrumpMeltdown #TwitterFactCheck
Well, he did say "arguably."— pinhead (@evpinhead) May 27, 2020
God Is Great (T&P For Carolyn Gombell)
It's Getting Harder To Identify Parody
Twitter will #TwitterFactCheck & Label All MY Tweets that are lies! UNFAIR! But Twitter WON'T Label MY Tweets that are True! I'll show how it works: “Donald Trump is an obese LOW-IQ mentaly unstable man-baby!" Do you see the Twitter label BELOW that shows that statement is a lie?— Donald J. Trump ᵖᵃʳᵒᵈʸ (@realDonaldTrFan) May 27, 2020
This Should Be Parody
I explain to Kellyanne Conway why some peoples' willingness to wait an hour for a cupcake does not mean everybody should have to do that to vote https://t.co/KotRSnLHpo— Jonathan Chait (@jonathanchait) May 27, 2020
What a silly thing to say. Comparing getting a cupcake with the centerpiece of our democracy -- voting. If you have not noticed @KellyannePolls there have not been a lot of cupcake lines lately since there are 100k dead. https://t.co/fHjQemahw2— Joe Lockhart (@joelockhart) May 27, 2020
Kayleigh McEnany has voted by mail eleven times in ten years. https://t.co/TQxClWT5Hn— Scott Bixby (@scottbix) May 27, 2020