Wednesday July 29, 2020

Chyron In His Sleep

Remember George W. Bush's last press conference when he seemed to pity himself? Quote: 

I believe this—the phrase “burdens of the office”—is overstated. You know, it's kind of like, “Why me? Oh, the burdens,” you know. “Why did the financial collapse have to happen on my watch?” It's just—it's pathetic, isn't it, self-pity. And I don't believe that President-Elect Obama will be full of self-pity.

We mocked him for it. I did anyway. Until today I thought he actually was full of self-pity. He shouldn't have brought it up the way he did, particularly during such a dark time, but it wasn't as bad as I thought back then. But we‘re getting the real deal with Donald.

Again, though, if you listen to the whole thing, he seems to be mocking himself. There’s at least a light tone to it. I don't know if that makes it worse since 150,000 Americans are still dead. That's three times the number of Americans who died during the Vietnam War. And that's in the span of five months rather than over 12 years. In the press conference, he mentions a few of the things he did kinda sorta right, vaguely, like the China ban. But he half-assed that, too. It wasn't a smart ban. It wasn't “Chinese nationals are banned and anyone who's coming here from China has to be tested.” It was just the first part, while Americans, Europeans, etc. who arrived here from China could just waltz in. And guess what they waltzed in with? Meanwhile, Trump praised Xi. He said the virus would be gone in April. He said we had 15 cases and it would soon be down to zero. He said anyone who wanted a test could get a test. Then he wanted to reopen too soon. He told governors, “Get it yourself.” Then he pimped hydroxychloroquine as a cure, then bleach. He's made basic precautions—mask-wearing, social distancing—a partisan issue rather than a national urgency. The usual suspects helped him: Fox News, Rush, Sinclair. It's why our response has been the worst in the world. #AmericaFirst in Covid cases. Don't cry for us, South Korea. Or do. It's not getting better anytime soon. We still have a blistering idiot in charge. 

He's still on the hydroxychloroquine bandwagon. The other day he retweeted a video of a Houston doctor, Dr. Stella Immanuel, who says mask-wearing is unnecessary and the cure is here: hydrochloroquine. He was asked about it. He said this: 

“She was on-air, along with many other doctors. They were big fans of hydroxychloroquine. I thought she was very impressive. ... She said that she's had tremendous success with hundreds of different patients. I thought her voice was an important voice, but I know nothing about her.”

No vetting, just hoping. No science, just PR. 

The Daily Beast vetted Dr. Immanuel. Their report: 

She has often claimed that gynecological problems like cysts and endometriosis are in fact caused by people having sex in their dreams with demons and witches. She alleges alien DNA is currently used in medical treatments, and that scientists are cooking up a vaccine to prevent people from being religious. And, despite appearing in Washington, D.C. to lobby Congress on Monday, she has said that the government is run in part not by humans but by “reptilians” and other aliens.

The U.S. currently has 4.3 million Covid cases, 149,000 Covid-related deaths, and fewer than 100 days until the election. 

Posted at 07:25 AM on Wednesday July 29, 2020 in category Politics  
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