Ladies and gentlemen, behold, some s*** the president said during the previous week:
“We started off with bad, broken tests and obsolete tests…we had tests that didn’t take care of people.”4/30/2020 at the White House.
In context, this was President Trump blaming the Obama administration very specifically for not providing coronavirus tests – three years before COVID-19. Asked by a reporter how Obama could possibly have prepared for a virus that didn’t exist until three years after he left office, Trump mentioned something about the military not having ammunition when he took over (which is false) and “bad medical.”
“Our death totals, our numbers per million people, are really very, very strong.”4/30/2020 at the White House.
We’ve lost 68,000 Americans and counting to this virus. I know he is hard-wired to sell his own actions as always the best, but just once I’d like to see our president show a sliver of humanity instead of branding failure as success. We have something like five percent of the world population, 33% of reported COVID cases, and roughly 35% of the worldwide deaths. That is a horrible result.
“I don’t know [Captain Crozier], I’ve never spoken to him, I think he’s a very, very good man who had a very bad day. And then he wanted to be Ernest Hemingway. You know, he starts writing long memos. You can’t do that.”4/29/2020 at the White House.
This is now the second time President Trump mentioned the length of Captain Crozier’s memo as a specific reason for his firing. Crozier was the captain of the U.S.S. Theodore Roosevelt, a Navy ship with a severe COVID outbreak, leaving its captain up a creek without a paddle, so to speak. When Crozier wrote the secretary of the Navy to communicate the issue, the memo leaked and he was fired. In case you’re wondering, there is no rule against Naval officers writing memos, even long ones.
“We had the greatest economy ever in the world, in the history of the world. We had the best economy. I say it openly. Nobody even challenges it. And they would if they thought I was wrong.”4/29/2020 at the White House.
Counterpoint: the economy under Trump was never the “best ever,” and everyone challenges this repeated boast. Whether we’re talking about rate of GDP growth, the unemployment rate, average hourly earnings, etc., the Trump economy was good but not the greatest. What’s worse is that Trump burned $2 trillion to light that fire in the form of tax cuts, which exploded the deficit and left us in a worse position to respond to economic hardship. What’s worse still is that economy is gone now, and the only thing that could possibly get it back is a public health solution which we seem nowhere near.
Our president speaks as if Michael Flynn was fired by CNN. Michael Flynn was actually fired by Donald Trump, after news came out that he had lied to the FBI about having spoken with Russia during the presidential transition. We know this because Flynn admitted to this felony in open court. Did I mention that Flynn was hired as our national security adviser while he was also a foreign agent of Turkey? This latest angle – that Flynn was set up by some FBI conspiracy – just isn’t true.
Caught doing what? Our president never got around to saying. Which is everything you need to know.
This was after midnight on a Wednesday night, so, quite a project he’s working on. Hey, speaking of low IQ individuals and rankings and stuff, here’s four straight minutes of Donald Trump making up words and not being able to read.
Despite staying up half the night on Wednesday working on this list of TV hosts he feels aren’t as smart as him, we need to add a late entry. The president disparages MSNBC’s Nicolle Wallace here while pluralizing the word “persona” for reasons unknown.
In the above three tweets, our president mentions five people: cable news hosts Brian Williams, Don Lemon, Joe Scarborough, and Nicolle Wallace, and certified word-dictator-on-the-planet Kim Jung Un. He only has nice things to say about one of those people. It’s Kim Jung Un.
Tried to steal the election, how? Our president never got around to saying. Which is everything you need to know. Regardless, the power to make 2020 work out better is in our hands.
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.