Almost immediately after the death of Associate Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, President Donald Trump nominated Amy Coney Barrett, then a federal judge, to fill her seat. The nomination was highly contentious; Barrett came under fire for her views her critics believed would tilt the balance of the court in a partisan direction. The Republican-controlled Senate confirmed Barrett to the nation’s highest court within a month.
Last night, the Supreme Court voted to bar the state of New York from reimposing Covid-19 restrictions on religious gatherings. The court voted 5-4 in an emergency ruling issued just before midnight. Justice Amy Coney Barrett, who was just recently confirmed, sided with her conservative colleagues in a crucial swing vote.
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has offered to help President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris to tackle the coronavirus pandemic as soon as they’re in office.
“I offered to him and his team access to New Zealand health officials in order to share their experience on things we’ve learnt on our Covid-19 journey,” Ardern said after she had her first joint meeting with both the president-elect and vice president-elect.
As the CDC urges against holiday gatherings, Second Lady Karen Pence is sending out invitations to a Christmas party next month.
Andrew Giuliani, a White House staffer and the son of President Donald Trump’s attorney Rudy Giuliani, has tested positive for the novel coronavirus.
Giuliani announced the news via Twitter.
“This morning, I tested positive for COVID-19,” he wrote. “I am experiencing mild symptoms, and am following all appropriate protocols, including being in quarantine and conducting contact tracing.”
During an appearance on “Fox and Friends,” commentator Geraldo Rivera said the United States should honor President Donald Trump by naming the Covid-19 vaccine after him.
“I have an idea. You know, with the world so divided, and everybody telling him he’s got to give up and ‘time to leave’ and ‘time to transition’ and all the rest of it,” Rivera said. “Why not name the vaccine ‘The Trump’? Like, ‘Have you got your Trump yet?'”
Ben Carson, President Donald Trump’s Housing and Urban Development Secretary, used an unapproved herbal supplement to treat Covid-19 following a recommendation from Mike Lindell, the CEO of MyPillow.
More and more people are testing positive for Covid-19 and death rates across the United States are climbing as the nation prepares for the winter months. That’s in line with the projection scientists and public experts have made from the beginning, but President Donald Trump, who often claimed that the coronavirus would “disappear” after the November 3 general election, has continued to push more falsehoods about the virus.
Senator Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) will quarantine after being exposed to Covid-19.
“I learned today that I’ve been exposed to the coronavirus,” Grassley said in a prepared statement. I will follow my doctors’ orders and immediately quarantine as I await my test results. I’m feeling well and not currently experiencing any symptoms, but it’s important we all follow public health guidelines to keep each other healthy.”
President Trump tried to take credit for Moderna’s Covid-19 vaccine after the company announced its vaccine is 94.5 percent effective, according to early data it released today.“Another Vaccine just announced. This time by Moderna, 95% effective. For those great “historians”, please remember that these great discoveries, which will end the China Plague, all took place on my watch!” the president wrote.
Another Vaccine just announced. This time by Moderna, 95% effective. For those great “historians”, please remember that these great discoveries, which will end the China Plague, all took place on my watch!
Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) appeared to imply that Pfizer‘s Covid-19 vaccine announcement was planned in time for Joe Biden to win the 2020 presidential election. Cruz provided no evidence for his claim, merely using his Twitter presence to highlight a similar tweet from Steve Guest, the GOP‘s Rapid Response Director.
Pfizer confirmed it did not work with the Trump administration to develop its coronavirus vaccine, which the company announced is 90 percent effective.
That did not stop Vice President Mike Pence from taking credit for the news, saying that the vaccine was the result of “the public-private partnership forged by” President Donald Trump as part of Operation WarpSpeed.
President Donald Trump appeared to take credit for recent stock market gains and the news that Pfizer’s early vaccine is more than 90 percent effective.
“STOCK MARKET UP BIG, VACCINE COMING SOON. REPORT 90% EFFECTIVE. SUCH GREAT NEWS!” the president wrote.
During an Election Eve rally, Donald Trump bizarrely claimed that his son, Barron, recovered from COVID-19 in mere seconds.
Idaho Lieutenant Gov. Janice McGeachin (R) criticizes coronavirus restrictions in a video for the Idaho Freedom Foundation, a libertarian organization that claims Idaho’s leadership is infringing on individual liberties to battle a pandemic that “may or may not be occurring.”
White House strategic communications director Alyssa Farah said President Donald Trump‘s promise to have a coronavirus vaccine available by Election Day was “arbitrary.”
“We’ve got nearly half a dozen vaccines that are in Phase Three clinical trials, which is record time to get it there for a novel virus like we’re dealing with,” she said.
The Trump campaign accused Minnesota officials of stifling free speech after the state ordered that they cap attendance at 250 people amid concern that a larger event would spread the coronavirus.
“The announcement comes as Trump’s campaign sought to shift the venue to a nearby business but ultimately reversed course and moved ahead with the rally at the airport,” ABC News reports.
President Donald Trump claimed that therapeutics are “working” and lowering coronavirus fatality rates despite another surge in coronavirus infections across the United States.
“More Testing equals more Cases. We have best testing. Deaths WAY DOWN. Hospitals have great additional capacity! Doing much better than Europe,” he claimed.
Appearing on “Fox and Friends,” White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany denied that the White House has a “herd immunity” approach to the novel coronavirus pandemic as harsh criticism continues to mount over the Trump administration’s response and as states around the country report record highs of daily cases.