Ladies and gentlemen, behold, some s*** the president said during the previous week:
Here is another example of Donald Trump speaking to Fox News and perhaps forgetting that everyone else can hear him, too. It is rare, though not as rare as it should be, to hear a Republican politician just say out loud that they want to restrict voting not out of some principled concern about voter fraud but because when everyone votes, Democrats tend to win. High turnout elections favor Democrats. So Donald Trump would like less voting, please. Under a normal presidency, this would be a scandal.
Said our president about other countries, while he stands shoulder to shoulder next to five other people.
Donald Trump is not number one on Facebook. He has never been number one on Facebook. Barack Obama has roughly 24 million more Facebook followers than Donald Trump. Even if Donald Trump quadrupled his followers overnight, he would still wake up the next morning and brush his lying teeth without being number one on Facebook.
“We’re also doing testing getting into planes. Very strong testing. States are doing testing of people that leave planes because they don’t want to have people coming in that are infected…Some states are doing when they land – they’re doing very strong, very powerful testing.”4/1/2020 at the White House.
Nope, no one is doing this. It’s just pure make believe. Also this is slightly off-topic, but when I think of someone swabbing my throat through my nose the last way I would want that described is “very strong, very powerful.” Does he know any other adjectives?
Let’s just be real and say that these kind of logistics are extremely hard. Everyone is working hard to get things where they need to be. The difference here is that one person, our president, sure takes a lot of detours to question other people’s motives. Here, he suggests that governors asking for life-saving medical supplies are just playing politics.
Interesting that some states would be thrilled by the job of the Trump Administration. According to Pro Publica, half of what’s been distributed so far was sent out according to each state’s population, with no regard as to how widespread the outbreak is in the state. This means that some states received more than they requested, while many others received just a small fraction.
“Oh, what are you asking. I mean, what’s that, a gotcha? ‘I gotcha.’ Our. You used the word ‘our.’ You know what ‘our’ means? It means the United States of America, that’s what it means. It means our – our. It means the United States of America. It means we take that our, and we distribute it to the states.”4/3/2020 at the White House.
The day before this question, Jared Kushner asserted that the Strategic National Stockpile of surplus medical equipment was actually not meant for the states. This has been the understanding of approximately no one, so even though the HHS website was changed later that day to agree with Jared’s crazy idea, it was nice to hear President Trump straighten it out the following day. Of course this medical equipment will go to the states most in need. Why wouldn’t it?
“Not that we have to – because we need it for the government, and we need it for the federal government. But…to keep for our country because the federal government needs it too, not just the states…I mean, it’s such a basic, simple question and you try and make it sound so bad. You ought to be ashamed of yourself. You know what? You ought to be ashamed.”4/3/2020 at the White House.
Wait, what? What happened to the very last sentence prior to this? “We distribute it to the states,” then, “the federal government needs it too, not just the states.” If my computer did this I’d have to unplug it and plug it back in. What does the federal government need a 10,000-ventilator stockpile for if not to distribute it to hospitals, anyway? And of what is the country made, if not states? New York expects to need ventilators by approximately Wednesday, 4/8. Stay tuned to see whether they get any!
This spoke to me personally, as I have a six year-old who is just now beginning to miss tee ball practices. I am looking for anything that could get us back to normal so I could spend some time on a baseball field with my kid right now. Well, almost anything. I’m not about to let a Donald Trump promise get my hopes up. Sadly, there are more than zero dads out there that saw this and believed it.
That’s our report for this week. Be sure to check out the links for more info on any particular topic and, as always, thanks for reading.