Biden Sees Surge of Support from Healthcare Professionals as Trump Falters Over Pandemic Response

Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden is enjoying a surge of support from those working in healthcare, receiving more than  $3.8 million in donations from healthcare leaders and their employees, including pro-Biden super-PACS, according to data from the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics.  The news comes as President Donald Trump and his administration continue to weather heavy criticism over their response to the coronavirus pandemic. read more

Trump Announces U.S. Will Sever Ties with WHO as Coronavirus Deaths Top 104,000

President Donald Trump announced earlier today that the United States will sever ties with the World Health Organization (WHO) during his press conference earlier today.

“China has total control over the World Health Organization despite only paying $40 million per year compared to what the United States has been paying, which is approximately $450 million a year,” Trump said during a news conference in the White House Rose Garden. read more

Opinion: Trump Would Sound Better Wearing a Mask

Trump Insults Auto workers at Ford factory

Anyone who endures the Trump presidency understands why there’s a minimum age qualification to be president.  Trump proved, however, that chronological age doesn’t necessarily reflect the maturity that one needs to make rational decisions as the president of the United States.  Trump’s outbursts are more like that of a two-year-old having a tantrum than of a grown man in control of his emotions. read more

Opinion: Putin’s effort to undermine trust in science aids Trump and evangelicals’ COVID-19 malfeasance

Combined with Vladimir Putin’s crusade to undermine trust in science among Americans, Trump’s efforts to sow suspicion of Federal health officials’ expertise is exacerbating the spread ofCOVID-19. Subsequently, Americans are dying needlessly which is a value-added treat for Putin in his campaign to aid dirty Don’s reelection.

It is encouraging to see surveys revealing that the majority of Americans trust health experts and medical scientists’ assessments of how best to mitigate the spread of the novel coronavirus. However, there is an alarming percentage of Americans who place their trust in dumb Don Trump and his acolytes sequestered in “camp runamuck” more than health experts; because Trump’s supporters are as inherently stupid as they are religiously afflicted. Coupled with their willing embrace of all manner of conspiracy theories, it is little wonder America leads the world in coronavirus fatalities.

Russian President Vladimir Putin’s decades-long effort to instill distrust of science in Americans with less intellect than an amoeba is aiding Trump for sure, but like Trump’s religious cult following, a segment of the population typically eschews reality and facts regardless they are personally affected negatively.

Donald Trump did not create the level of stupid infecting America’s population, but like his Republican facilitators in Congress and loyal evangelical clergy, he is taking advantage of the imbecile class embracing idiocy and rejecting science.

For years political commentators have marveled at the number of Americans who regularly vote against their own best interests on many different issues – many of them life-threatening. Whether it is opposing access to healthcare, denying climate science,  antipathy to nutrition assistance, rejecting sane gun safety measures, or eliminating regulations banning toxic chemicals in the air and water, there is a decidedly Republican sect ready and willing to embrace insane policies.

Donald Trump, like his Republican facilitators, understands the imbecile class of Americans and has parlayed that understanding into ardent electoral support that not only allowed him entrance to a place he should be banned from visiting, it is jeopardizing the lives of tens-of-millions of Americans.

Republicans have used the imbecile class’ suspicion of science, education, and intellect to advance dangerous conservative policies that are detrimental to the rest of the population for decades. It is curious because nearly all Americans are, or were, educated in the same public school system that produces some of the finest minds on the planet. And yet despite spending 12 years learning basic information created to produce an educated populace crucial to a free democratic society, there are far too many Americans anxious to embrace truly insane conspiracy theories and advice from politicians lacking any expertise whatsoever on any issues.

No matter which side of the political isle any American falls, it is fairly certain that most Americans were shocked when dumb Don Trump suggested that ingesting bleach was an “interesting” treatment against COVID-19 that warranted further investigation. Still, despite label warnings in plain English against internal use of bleach or any other disinfectant, there were morons who put their trust in Trump’s non-medical advice and ended up with internal injuries.

Those same idiots still believe that because Trump prescribed an anti-malaria drug as an effective prophylactic against the novel coronavirus, the medical experts were wrong and using the drug hydroxychloroquine is completely safe. A study published on Thursday reported that people embracing Trump’s miracle cure faced a higher death rate than those who trusted science over an idiot in the Oval Office.

It is no different with the alarming number of Americans who refuse to wear masks or practice social distancing – because Trump contradicts his administration’s medical experts, idiots are wantonly spreading the virus simply because they refuse to believe science and why should they? Trump disputes science, including his own medical experts advice, and given the choice; the morons believe a ranking member of their own idiot class despite clear empirical evidence to the contrary.

This opposition to science did not begin with Trump, but he has taken full advantage of it; likely because he witnessed the success Republicans enjoy on a variety of issues. For example, a few years ago while California was suffering an historical drought, a Republican running for Congress claimed the lack of precipitation was the work of President Barack Obama and the EPA; despite the lack of rain was in full stride three years prior to Mr. Obama’s election in 2008.

It is the same with a successful claim by Republicans that Democrats and environmentalists were diverting river water from the mountains to flow into the ocean causing the lack of rainfall. Although every 2nd grade student learns that water naturally flows from the mountains into the ocean, no small number of voters supported each and every GOP candidate who claimed environmental scientists were lying to deny the farmers access to water.

This opposition to, and gross suspicion of, science has probably always existed in a small percentage of the population, but it has increased exponentially over the past decade or two because Russian President Putin has sown distrust to undermine confidence in government. Putin’s success at installing a con man like Trump in a leadership role to sow more distrust of any kind of expertise has aided Trump significantly. If that were not the case, Trump’s supporters would not malign experts like Dr. Anthony Fauci with unfounded conspiracy theories the idiot class believe as if uttered by their biblical god.

It is noteworthy that chief among Trump’s supporters who oppose science are Republican evangelical fanatics who trust Trump, as god’s anointed one, over medical and federal health professionals. As Katherine Stewart recently noted in the New York Times:

Trump’s response to the pandemic has been strongly influenced by a movement that denies science, bashes government and prioritized loyalty over professional expertise. This denial of science and critical thinking among religious ultraconservatives now haunts the American response to the coronavirus crisis.” read more

Michigan AG Tells Trump: You Have a ‘Legal Responsibility’ to Wear a Face Mask When You Visit

Donald Trump has a legal responsibility to wear a face covering when he visits Michigan on Tuesday, according to the state’s attorney general. The President has not worn a mask in public yet.

Michigan AG Dana Nessel wrote a letter to President Trump on Wednesday telling him he had to wear a face covering during his visit to Ford car plant this week.

“Michigan has been hit especially hard by the virus, with more than 50,000 confirmed cases and 5,000 deaths,” Nessel’s letter said.

“Anyone who has potentially been recently exposed, including the President of the United States, has not only a legal responsibility, but also a social and moral responsibility, to take reasonable precautions to prevent further spread of the virus,” she wrote.

Nessel, a Democrat, reminded Trump that Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s recent executive order required manufacturing facilities to “suspend all non-essential in-person visits, including tours.”

Whitmer’s order also requires “that any individual able to medically tolerate a facial covering wear one when in any enclosed public space.”

Ahead of President Trump’s planned visit to tour a Ford Motor Company plant, @MIAttyGen @dananessel has sent an open letter asking that he respect the hard work and safety of our automakers by wearing a face covering during his visit. ➡️https://t.co/UfjfGN01tj pic.twitter.com/FhCtqYp8wN read more

Pelosi and Schumer Request Trump Lower Flags When Coronavirus Deaths Reach 100,000

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) have preemptively requested President Donald Trump order flags on public buildings nationwide to fly at half-staff when the national death toll from the novel coronavirus reaches 100,000. The current death toll is 95,016, according to the most up-to-date statistics.

The two legislators noted that Monday is Memorial Day, a day when the United States honors service members who have died in combat.

“We will always carry their memory in our hearts,” Pelosi and Schumer wrote in a letter addressed to the president, who would have to make the order through a presidential proclamation. “As we pay our respects to them, sadly, our country mourns the deaths of nearly 100,000 Americans from COVID-19. Our hearts are broken over this great loss and our prayers are with their families.”

“Respectful of them and the loss to our country, we are writing to request that you order flags to be flown at half-staff on all public buildings in our country on the sad day of reckoning when we reach 100,000 deaths,” they continued. “It would serve as a national expression of grief so needed by everyone in our country.”

It’s unclear if Trump will comply with the request, which comes shortly after Pelosi clashed with the president over his claim that he takes the anti-malarial drug hydroxychloroquine, which he has touted as a probable treatment for the coronavirus.

“I would rather he not be taking something that has not been approved by the scientists, especially in his age group and in his, shall we say, weight group, morbidly obese, they say,” Pelosi said earlier this week. read more

Nearly 40 Million Americans Are Now Unemployed As a Result of the Coronavirus Pandemic

According to new data from the Department of Labor, another 2.44 million Americans filed for initial unemployment benefits last week

The current unemployment rate of 14.7 percent means that nearly 40 million Americans are out of work as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, which has forced many businesses to declare bankruptcy or impose layoffs. An estimated 20 million jobs were wiped out last month.

“While the month of May still represents a staggering total of job losses, the number of unemployment benefit claims has been in gradual decline after hitting a peak of 6.8 million for the week ending March 28,” NBC reports. “Continuing claims, or the number of people who are still filing for ongoing weekly benefits, is now at 25 million people, having hit a record 22.8 million for the week ending May 2.”

Claims for the week ending May 9 were revised from 3 million to about 2.7 million after Connecticut’s Labor Department announced it had overreported the number of claims from the prior week.

President Donald Trump has repeatedly touted the strength of the economy under his leadership, but at least one election model predicts the dire economic costs of the pandemic would cause him to lose in a landslide.

According to an Associated Press report, the president’s allies are recruiting “extremely pro-Trump” doctors to go on television and advocate reopening the national economy as speedily as possible. This would be “without waiting to meet safety benchmarks proposed by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to slow the spread of the new coronavirus.”

In an interview with CBS News’ “60 Minutes” that aired on Sunday, Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell said the economy can only sufficiently recover once medical research produces a vaccine.

“Assuming there’s not a second wave of the coronavirus, I think you’ll see the economy recover steadily through the second half of this year. So, for the economy to fully recover people will have to be fully confident and that may have to await the arrival of a vaccine,” he said.

Oxford Economics Election Model Predicts Trump Will Lose Popular Vote

A new election model from Oxford Economics forecasts President Donald Trump will lose the popular vote in November.

An unemployment rate above its global financial crisis peak, household income nearly 6% below its pre-virus levels, and transitory deflation will make the economy a nearly insurmountable obstacle for Trump come November,” Oxford Economics said in its report.

Oxford Economics has a strong track record of predicting the outcomes of presidential elections and forecast last fall that Trump would win 55 percent of the popular vote. In April, as the coronavirus pandemic tore through the country, it forecast that Trump would win 43 percent of the popular vote.

The Oxford Economics forecast comes a day after the latest poll from Quinnipiac University, which shows that presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden leads President Donald Trump 11 points in the general election match-up.

The poll of more than 1,300 self-identified registered voters found that Biden enjoys an 11 point lead, 50 percent to Trump’s 39 percent.

“What does the 11 point Biden lead tell us? At best for Team Trump, it says voter confidence in President Trump is shaky. At worst for them, as coronavirus cases rise, Trump’s judgement [sic] is questioned – and November looms,” said Quinnipiac University polling analyst Tim Malloy.

“More than two months into the coronavirus crisis in the U.S., President Trump’s job approval rating ticks lower. 42 percent of voters approve of the job President Trump is doing, while 53 percent disapprove. That’s compared to a 45 – 51 percent job approval rating he received in April, his highest ever,” the poll observes.