Trump’s Coronavirus Statements-A Timeline

As the coronavirus(covid-19) pandemic plays out in the United States, Americans are beginning to do what they’ve always done when faced with a national emergency and that is, questioning the government’s handling of the said emergency.

Seasoned politicos will agree that beyond any policy proposals any U.S. administration and /or President instututes, the legacy of most U.S. Presidents is ultimately shaped by how they handle a major crisis that happens under their watch.

President John F Kennedy for example is best remenbered for the way he handled the Cuban missile crisis(averted a nuclear war with the Soviets), and President George W. Bush for the bullhorn moment right after September 11, 2001 where he declared standing next to a first responder, “I can hear you!…The rest of the world hears you! And the people – and the people who knocked these buildings down will hear all of us soon.”

There is no question that the coronavirus pandemic is one of the biggest crisis this country has ever faced. This therefore means when Americans in the future will look back at Trump’s presidency, his handling of the coronavirus pandemic will tower above everything else in his presidency–unless of course a crisis bigger than coronavirus pandemic happens under his watch–let’s pray that it doesn’t.

Trump’s public statements about the pandemic are already paintng a picture of a confused/ bungled/ incompetent response to the crisis. Don’t take Yours Truly’s word for it, here’s a timeline of some the things President Trump has said publicly about covid-19–not exhaustive of course, but damning nonetheless.(source: mostly CNBC)

Jan. 22:“It’s going to be just fine. We have it totally under control.”

Jan. 24:“It will all work out well.”

Jan. 30:“We think we have it very well under control.”

Feb. 7 (tweet): “… as the weather starts to warm & the virus hopefully becomes weaker, and then gone.”

Feb. 10: “I think the virus is going to be — it’s going to be fine.”

Feb. 14: “We have a very small number of people in the country, right now, with it. It’s like around 12. Many of them are getting better. Some are fully recovered already. So we’re in very good shape.”

Feb. 19: “I think it’s going to work out fine. I think when we get into April, in the warmer weather, that has a very negative effect on that and that type of a virus. So let’s see what happens, but I think it’s going to work out fine.”

Feb. 24 (tweet): “The Coronavirus is very much under control in the USA. … Stock Market starting to look very good to me!”

Feb. 25: “You may ask about the coronavirus, which is very well under control in our country. We have very few people with it, and the people that have it are … getting better. They’re all getting better. … As far as what we’re doing with the new virus, I think that we’re doing a great job.”

Feb. 26: “Because of all we’ve done, the risk to the American people remains very low. … 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.”

Feb. 28: “I think it’s really going well. … We’re prepared for the worst, but we think we’re going to be very fortunate.”

Feb. 28: “It’s going to disappear. One day, it’s like a miracle, it will disappear.”–This is by far, Trump’s most damning covid-19 statement.

Feb. 28: “This is their new hoax.”

March 4: “Some people will have this at a very light level and won’t even go to a doctor or hospital, and they’ll get better. There are many people like that.”

March 9 (tweet): “So last year 37,000 Americans died from the common Flu. It averages between 27,000 and 70,000 per year. Nothing is shut down, life & the economy go on. At this moment there are 546 confirmed cases of CoronaVirus, with 22 deaths. Think about that!”
 
March 10: “And it hit the world. And we’re prepared, and we’re doing a great job with it. And it will go away. Just stay calm. It will go away.”

March 11: “I think we’re going to get through it very well.”

March 12: “It’s going to go away. … The United States, because of what I did and what the administration did with China, we have 32 deaths at this point … when you look at the kind of numbers that you’re seeing coming out of other countries, it’s pretty amazing when you think of it.”

March 15: “This is a very contagious virus. It’s incredible. But it’s something that we have tremendous control over.”

March 16: “If you’re talking about the virus, no, that’s not under control for any place in the world.”

March 17: “I’ve always known this is a, this is a real, this is a pandemic … I’ve felt that it was a pandemic long before it was called a pandemic.”

March 31:“This is going to be a painful two weeks….Our strength will be tested, our endurance will be tried.”

Bottom line folks, the jury is still out on how Trump handles covid-19, which is still ravaging this country and many others. But if the timeline of Trump’s public statements about covid-19 are anything to go by, history will judge him very harshly for his response. No reasonable person can ever conclude that a President is a handling a pandemic well after he he goes on live TV and says the pandemic is “totally under control” and will miraculously “go away”, only for it to turn around and kill thousands of Americans(and counting). The only way Trump can salvage his legacy re covid-19 will be for him to step aside and let his very capable health professionals handle the crisis from here on out. This also means letting the said health professionals be the primary sources of covid-19 related information as opposed to Trump himself.

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Top Voting Machine Vendor Lied About Remote Access Software


One of the leading voting machine vendors ES&S has just made a bombshell admission that they did indeed sell voting machines with remote access software to roughly 300 jurisdictions in the U.S. between 2000-2006.


Many people don’t know it, but there was a lot of controversy surrounding President George W. Bush’s election victories in 2000 and 2004, especially over how he won Ohio. This bombshell revelation by ES&S about remote access software is sure to reignite the 2000 & 2004 election controversies.





The biggest question raised by the ES&S revelation however has more to do with the 2016 elections than the 2000 & 2004 elections. The unavoidable question for ES&S now becomes, if they lied about remote access software in their machines from 2000-2006, how can they assure the public that their machines didn’t have the software in 2016, allowing the Russians to hack into them.?

Remember one of the arguments used by 2016 Russian election hacking deniers, especially GOP state Secretaries of State has been that the voting machines didn’t come with remote access software so there was no way the Russians could have penetrated them. This stunning revelation by ES&S pokes holes into that defense and should be cause for a renewed debate as to what actually happened in the 2016 elections as regards Russian hacking.

Yours Truly is particularly interested in the battleground states of MI, WI, PA & FL. Which of these 300 jurisdictions mentioned were in these battleground states?

Bottomline Dems and the mainstream media need to really get to the bottom of this bombshell ES&S revelation to find out if the Russians used ES&S remote access software to hack into voting machines and thereby alter vote tallies.

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Trump Admin Deporting Immigrants In the Military


In December 2008 right before he left office, George W. Bush began a program called MAVNI (Military Accessions Vital to the National Interest) to give immigrants living in the U.S. a fast-track to U.S. citizenship in return for them enlisting in the U.S. military. This was at a time when the U.S. military was not only in serious need of recruits to fill highly skilled positions(doctors, dentists, linguists, I.T. etc) but also wanted to ramp up its general recruitment for the various military deployments overseas.

A brilliant decision was made by the Bush Administration to tap into the U.S. immigrant population most of whom tend to be highly educated and would readily jump at the opportunity to display their loyalty to their adopted home (U.S.) through military service–a perfect symbiotic relationship. According to the Rachel Maddow Show(Joy Reid subbing) the MAVNI program has lived up to its symbiotic expectations, with the U.S. military benefiting from the technical expertise and an eagerness to serve from immigrants, and the immigrants reaping the benefits of U.S. citizenship–a very rational arrangement which the Obama administration gladly adopted from the Bush administration.

Enter the irrational Trump administration. In 2017 the Trump administration, probably assuming this was Obama-created policy it had to reflexively nix, suspended the MAVNI program that has worked so well both for the U.S. military and the families of the immigrants who opted into it. Then on July 5, 2018 the AP reported that the Trump administration has began discharging from the military, immigrants who enlisted through the MAVNI program subjecting them and their families to immigration jeopardy up to and including deportation

Like the “Zero Tolerance” policy that led to worldwide outrage for it’s senseless separation of children from their parents, the decision to nix the MAVNI program also appears not to have been well thought out in advance. There is no rational explanation for summarily discharging members of the U.S. military in good standing and subjecting them and their families to deportation. If anything, just like the family separation policy, this is yet another illustration of the cruel and inhumane nature of the Trump administration.

Bottom line, Dems must go to bat for these immigrant families the same way they did against the evil "Zero Tolerance" policy. Countless immigrant families should not be allowed to suffer because of the irrational Trump administration's decision to end the MAVNI program that has worked very well for both the U.S. military and immigrant families.

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