Opinion: Watching The Last Dance: What Michael Jordan and the ‘90s Bulls Can Show us about Defeating Trumpism

Like millions of other viewers, I have been riveted to each episode thus far of ESPN’s The Last Dance. This ten-part documentary charts the Chicago Bulls’ rise to dominance in the 1990s, a decade in which Michael Jordan willed the Bulls to six NBA titles, only to have the team dismantled by the organization’s petty, insecure, spotlight-seeking general manager Jerry Krause.  While Krause’s mantra throughout Bulls’ historic decade was, “organizations win championships,” the drama in fact chronicles a dysfunctional organizational leadership that couldn’t handle its own success and often countervailed the excellence and aspirations of Jordan and the Bulls. read more

White House Press Secretary Claims Democrats Are Not “Acting in Good Faith” Regarding Fauci’s Testimony

White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany pushed back against criticism of the White House’s decision to block Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, from testifying before a House panel about the federal government’s response to the coronavirus pandemic.

“The House, however, and specifically Chairwoman Nita Lowey’s committee, did not act in good faith,” McEnany claimed. “Those details were never received, and instead we got a press release. So that’s what we call a publicity stunt.”

“Mark Meadows had three calls with Chairwoman Nita Lowey three nights ago when she called to ask if Dr. Fauci could testify before a subcommittee hearing and chief of staff Mark Meadows has made clear he wants to make the best use he can of the task force members’ time,” McEnany continued. “Lowey was unable to tell the chief of staff what the subject matter was.”

McEnany pointed out that Fauci will testify next week before the Senate, which is Republican-controlled. She said any claims from Democrats that Fauci is being blocked from testifying amount to little more than a “publicity stunt.”

“The notion that he’s being blocked is farcical,” she concluded.

Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany: "The notion that [Dr. Fauci's] being blocked is just farcical." pic.twitter.com/ZzluUcKoeo read more

Trump Says Democrats Want Him To Fail And Kill Americans

The President has suggested that Congress wants the administration’s response to Covid-19 to fail. Donald Trump says this is why he won’t let Dr. Anthony Fauci testify.

Trump spoke to the press before heading to Arizona on Tuesday. This will be his first trip outside Washington, D.C. since the pandemic began. He was asked why he wouldn’t let Fauci give evidence to Congress.

“Because the House is a set up. The House is a bunch of Trump haters,” the President said.

Watch the video:

REPORTER: Why won't you let Fauci testify before the House?

TRUMP: "Because the House is a set up. The House is a bunch of Trump haters … they, frankly, want our situation to be unsuccessful, which means death." pic.twitter.com/G3G5OoV5IV read more

White House Blocks Dr. Fauci from Testifying at Coronavirus Hearing

The White House has blocked Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and perhaps the most recognizable face on the coronavirus task force, from testifying at a House hearing next week.

Dr. Fauci had been requested to appear at a Wednesday morning hearing on how the government has handled the pandemic by the House Appropriations Committee’s subcommittee on the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies. Committee spokesman Evan Hollander said in a statement that the panel was “informed by an administration official that the White House has blocked Dr. Fauci from testifying.”

White House spokesman Judd Deere confirmed the news, saying that “it is counter-productive to have the very individuals involved in those efforts appearing at congressional hearings.” Deere added that the White House is “committed to working with Congress to offer testimony at the appropriate time.”

The move has received harsh criticism from analysts and many in Washington.

Now Trump wants to impose a gag order to stop Fauci from testifying to Congress. His excuse? That it would be “counterproductive." Translation: he doesn't want the public to hear the full truth, like “don’t inject disinfectants” or “we need more rapid testing." Free Fauci! https://t.co/NYBqE592LT read more

Poll: Dr. Fauci and Gov. Cuomo Are The Most Trusted Leaders on Coronavirus

According to a SurveyMonkey Audience poll conducted by Insider asking how much Americans trust 10 Trump administration and Democratic officials for their leadership on the coronavirus pandemic, Dr. Anthony Fauci and New York Governor Andrew Cuomo (D) are the most trusted leaders in the United States.

Insider asked the following: “When it comes to the official advice regarding coronavirus, please rate how much you trust the following messengers on a scale on 1 to 5.”

“On the scale, 1 means strongly distrust, 2 means somewhat distrust, 3 means neither trust nor distrust, 4 means somewhat trust, and 5 means strongly trust,” the outlet noted.

Dr. Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and the most recognizable face on the White House’s official coronavirus task force, received an average rating of 3.8 out of 5, with 39% of respondents giving him a rating of 5 and 64% trusting him overall.

Cuomo received a 3.2out of 5 on average, with roughly 25 percent of respondents giving him ratings of 5, 4, and 3 respectively.

President Donald Trump and his son-in-law and chief adviser Jared Kushner rank toward the bottom by comparison.

The ranking is as follows: 

  • Dr. Anthony Fauci: 3.8 out of 5
  • Governor Andrew Cuomo of New York: 3.2 out of 5
  • White House coronavirus response coordinator Dr. Deborah Birx: 3.1 out of 5
  • Health & Human Services Secretary Alex Azar: 3.0 out of 5
  • Governor Gavin Newsom of California: 3.0 out of 5
  • Presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden: 2.7 out of 5
  • Vice President Mike Pence: 2.6 out of 5
  • Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin: 2.5 out of 5
  • President Donald Trump: 2.3 out of 5
  • Jared Kushner: 2.3 out of 5
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    Dr. Fauci Warns a Second Coronavirus Wave Is “Inevitable” and U.S. Could Have a “Bad Winter”

    A second wave of Coronavirus is inevitable, according to Dr. Anthony Fauci. The severity of a the virus in the fall and winter will depend on what actions are taken now.

    The head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases told CNN that we must take the correct steps to reduce the risk of the virus in the coming months.

    “If by that time we have put into place all of the countermeasures that you need to address this, we should do reasonably well,” Fauci said.

    “If we don’t do that successfully, we could be in for a bad fall and a bad winter.”

    Fauci warned that lifting restrictions too quickly could “get us right back in the same boat that we were a few weeks ago” and lead to many more deaths.

    “The truth is that we’re going in the right direction,” Fauci said.

    “But we need to continue to partner in a very active collaborative way with the states, we need to help them the same way they need to do the execution.”

    Fauci said on Tuesday that a second wave of the virus is definitely coming. He’s warned that the U.S. shouldn’t reopen the economy too soon as this would risk lives.

    “It’s inevitable that the Coronavirus will return next season,” Fauci said.

    “When it does, how we handle it, will determine our fate.”

    Some states have already moved to lift lockdown restrictions, while Republican figures have criticized the public health measures and Democratic governors who’ve introduced them.

    President Donald Trump has been clamoring to restart the economy for weeks and recently suggested reopening the schools.

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    Government Agency Led by Dr. Fauci: Don’t Take Coronavirus Drug Trump’s Been Touting

    Americans should not take a drug the President has been promoting, according to the National Institute of Health. The agency has warned of “potential toxicities.”

    A panel put together by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease issued the advice about hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine. Dr. Anthony Fauci is head of the NIAID.

    “At present, no drug has been proven to be safe and effective for treating COVID-19,” the panel said.

    “There are no Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-approved drugs specifically to treat patients with COVID-19.”

    They referred specifically to drugs that President Trump has repeatedly mentioned, saying there was no evidence that they were effective treatments and should be avoided.

    “There are insufficient clinical data to recommend either for or against using chloroquine or hydroxychloroquine for the treatment of COVID-19,” the agency said.

    The panel recommends against the use of “The combination of hydroxychloroquine plus azithromycin (AIII) because of the potential for toxicities.”

    Trump has touted these drugs for several weeks, without evidence of their efficacy. However, following a recent study, the President appears to have changed course.

    “Obviously there have been some very good reports and perhaps this one’s not a good report—but we’ll be looking at it,” Trump said at his Tuesday briefing.

    In March, Trump said the drug could be “one of the biggest game-changers in the history of medicine”.

    “I sure as hell think we ought to give it a try,” he said.

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    Dr. Fauci on Social Distancing Protests: Reopening the Economy Too Soon Will ‘Backfire’

    Dr. Anthony Fauci has warned that reopening the country prematurely will backfire. He was responding to recent protests against social distancing measures in some states.

    Fauci spoke to Good Morning America‘s George Stephanopoulos  on Monday. He didn’t criticize the protests directly but his message to those opposed to Coronavirus restrictions was clear.

    “Clearly this is something that is hurting from the standpoint of economics and the standpoint of things that have nothing to do with the virus,” Fauci said.

    Watch the video:

    “Clearly this is something that this is hurting …. but unless we get the virus under control, the real recovery, economically, is not going to happen.” — NIAID director Dr. Anthony Fauci on protests against stay-at-home orders. pic.twitter.com/n7x3cunEAm read more

    New Poll: Only 36% of Americans Trust Trump’s Rhetoric on Coronavirus


    A large majority of Americans don’t trust the President on Coronavirus, a new poll shows. Donald Trump’s approval on the issue has declined slightly since March.

    A new NBC News-Wall Street Journal poll released on Sunday reports that large majorities continue to disapprove of Trump’s handling of Coronavirus.

    Only 36% of Americans trust the President’s rhetoric on the disease, while an overwhelming 52% do not. This is likely due to Trump’s habit of spreading disinformation about the virus.

    Americans have much greater trust in the Centers for Disease Control. A full 69% trust what the CDC says, while 60% trust Dr. Anthony Fauci, who has been leading the response to the outbreak.

    Governors also perform well in the new poll with 66% of respondents saying they generally trust what their state governors say about Covid-19. This undermines recent protests against social distancing measures.

    Disapproval of Trump’s handling of the virus has increased slightly to 52%. It stood at 51% in March and so the change is not statistically significant. However, it shows Americans remain unhappy with the President’s response.

    Forty-four percent approve of Trump’s handling of the crisis – a number significantly higher than those who generally believe what the President says.

    Meanwhile, 65% of Americans say Trump didn’t take the Coronavirus seriously enough but just 45% say he still isn’t dealing with the crisis seriously enough.

    Just 20% said Trump’s response to the virus has become effective since the outbreak began.

    There have now been more than 735,000 confirmed cases of Covid-19 in the United States and more than 40,000 deaths with more expected. In spite of this, the President

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    Trump Retweets, Later Deletes Tweet Calling for Him to Fire Dr. Fauci

    Trump HHS IG report

    President Donald Trump retweeted––and later deleted––a tweet calling for him to fire Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases who has become the national face of the White House Coronavirus Task Force.

    The tweet came from DeAnna Lorraine, a former Republican Congressional candidate who is still tweeting similar messages. Earlier today, she suggested that liberals “bothered” by the president’s retweet are wasting their time calling for Trump to be removed from office.

    The Liberals are bothered that Trump quote retweeted my #FireFauci tweet so they're now trying to get #FireTrump to be a thing.

    Sorry, we're not firing the best President of all time.

    He's not going anywhere in November either.

    Four more years. Deal with it. read more

    Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin: U.S. Will Reopen ‘As Soon as the President Feels Comfortable with the Medical Issues’

    The Treasury Secretary has said the U.S. could reopen as early as May. Steve Mnuchin told CNBC that the economy will open for business when the President feels the time is right.

    Mnuchin spoke to CNBC’s Jim Cramer on Thursday about the much vaunted effort to get Americans back to work.

    “Do you think there’s a possibility, if the doctors let us, that we could be open for business in the month of May?” Cramer asked.

    “I do, Jim,” Mnuchin replied before framing the question in terms of President Trump.

    “I think as soon as the president feels comfortable with the medical issues, we are making everything necessary that American companies and American workers can be open for business and that they have the liquidity they need to operate their business in the interim.”

    Trump is anxious to get people back to work because of the serious toll Coronavirus has taken on the economy. He has repeatedly suggested easing restrictions for economic reasons.

    The President said on Wednesday that “it would be nice to open with a big bang” but agreed that the disease should be in decline before that decision could be taken.

    “We have to be on the down side of the slope,” Trump said.

    However, Dr. Anthony Fauci warned on Thursday that getting the country back to normal wouldn’t be easy.

    “When you’re talking about getting back to normal, we know now that we can get hit by a catastrophic outbreak like this,” Fauci told NBC.

    “It can happen again, so we really need to be prepared to respond in a much more vigorous way.”

    The economic impact of Coronavirus has been severe. Unemployment claims rose by 6.6 million in the past week.

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    Ohio Democrat Wants Trump Prosecuted for Crimes Against Humanity

    Trump says coronavirus will wash away by July or August

    An Ohio lawmaker wants to prosecute President Donald Trump for crimes against humanity. The Democrat has called on The Hague to take action over Trump’s hydroxychloroquine claims.

    “I can’t take it anymore,” Ohio state Rep. Tavia Galonski said on Twitter.

    “I’ve been to The Hague. I’m making a referral for crimes against humanity tomorrow.”

    Galonski cited the President’s Sunday press conference where he once again touted the effectiveness of hydroxychloroquine in fighting Covid-19.

    I can’t take it anymore. I’ve been to The Hague. I’m making a referral for crimes against humanity tomorrow. Today’s press conference was the last straw. I know the need for a prosecution referral when I see one. https://t.co/XQin24gqY4 read more

    White House Trade Adviser Navarro Claims He Was Qualified to Disagree with Dr. Fauci on Coronavirus

    White House trade adviser Peter Navarro defended his decision to disagree with Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, on the unproven efficacy of hydroxychloroquine, an anti-malarial, in treating coronavirus.

    “Doctors disagree about things all the time. My qualifications in terms of looking at the science is that I’m a social scientist,” he told CNN’s John Berman. “I have a Ph.D. And I understand how to read statistical studies, whether it’s in medicine, the law, economics or whatever.”

    “That doesn’t qualify you to treat patients,” Berman responded.

    Berman: What are your qualifications to weigh in on medicines more than Dr. Fauci?

    Navarro: My qualifications in terms of looking at the science is that I'm a social scientist. I have a PHD, I understand how to read studies

    Berman: That doesn't qualify you to treat patients! pic.twitter.com/ZugKSZXFPs read more

    Dr. Fauci Says He “Doesn’t Understand” Why Some States Haven’t Issued Stay-at-Home Orders

    Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases who is the chief health expert on the White House coronavirus task force, says he “doesn’t understand” why every state hasn’t ordered its residents to stay home amid the coronavirus pandemic.

    “I don’t understand why that’s not happening,” he said, adding that the states should “really consider” issuing stay-at-home orders as the number of cases continues to mount.

    “You know, the tension between federally mandated versus states’ rights to do what they want is something I don’t want to get into,” he said. “But if you look at what’s going on in this country, I just don’t understand why we’re not doing that.”

    Fauci also advised against relaxing guidelines on social distancing, considered essential to curbing the virus’s spread.

    “If you back off, and you don’t mitigate, there is a possibility that number [of deaths] will go up,” he said. “And that is the worst possible thing in the world you want to see. And that’s the reason why I am so adamant about when we say we have got to follow those guidelines, you really got to take it seriously.”

    You can watch footage of Dr. Fauci’s remarks below:

    Dr. Anthony Fauci on some states still not issuing stay-at-home orders: "I don't understand why that's not happening. … If you look at what's going on in this country, I just don't understand why we're not doing that. We really should be." #CNNTownHall pic.twitter.com/qXL39eQ90v read more

    Trump Supporters Want Congress To Subpoena Dr. Fauci’s Phone to See If He’s Been Talking to Hillary Clinton


    Trump supporter Bill Mitchell wants Congress to issue a subpoena for Dr. Anthony Fauci’s phone and accused him of contact with Hillary Clinton.

    “Congress should subpoena Dr. Doom Fauci’s phone records and see how many times he has called Hillary in the past 60 days,” Mitchell said on Twitter.

    Mitchell has downplayed the severity of the Coronavirus since the global pandemic began. He has been on the fringes of the right since at least 2016 and has frequently attacked Dr. Fauci.

    Mitchell is one of a number of conservative supporters of President Donald Trump who have painted Covid-19 as overblown or even a hoax.

    He’s taken aim at Fauci as the doctor became a recognizable face in the pandemic response.

    Mitchell is spreading

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    Trump Implied Obama Failed H1N1 Crisis Over 13,000 Deaths — But Fauci Predicts COVID-19 Could Bring More Than 15 Times That Number

    In defending his administration’s response to the coronavirus pandemic earlier this month, President Donald Trump brought forward an unusual comparison, implying that his predecessor had done a worse job than him during a separate viral outbreak.

    Speaking with Sean Hannity during an interview on Fox News on March 4, Trump claimed that the swine flu (H1N1) resulted in 17,000 deaths across the country — a result that came about, Trump suggested, because former President Barack Obama “didn’t do anything” to contain the disease. (His numbers were off — there were about 13,000 deaths as a result of the swine flu.)

    Trump’s comments were examined by a number of different fact-checking sites, and were found to be obscenely false. The Obama administration, these sites concluded, had responded appropriately to the H1N1 pandemic. Indeed, the President’s Council of Advisers on Science and Technology in August 2009 predicted between 30,000 and 90,000 were going to die from the disease,  a range that is many times larger than the actual outcome, all things considered.

    Trump used the numbers to demonstrate that his administration was doing a better job than Obama’s had — but it was an apples-to-oranges comparison, as it was looking at Obama’s record at the end of a crisis, and comparing it to Trump’s at the beginning of his.

    In all likelihood, Trump’s final tally is going to be grimmer.

    Dr. Anthony Fauci, a member of the president’s coronavirus task force, spoke on Sunday morning on CNN’s “State of the Union.” When asked about what outcome the crisis could have, Fauci warned that his predictions were based on models he had observed, and that they could be different in the end.

    Dr. Anthony Fauci says there could potentially be between 100,000 to 200,000 deaths related to the coronavirus and millions of cases. “I just don’t think that we really need to make a projection when it’s such a moving target, that you could so easily be wrong,” he adds. #CNNSOTU pic.twitter.com/F2MOHY3xl4 read more

    Dr. Birx Unbelievably Claims Trump Is ‘Attentive to the Scientific Literature and the Details’

    Dr. Deborah Birx has praised President Donald Trump for his interest in the scientific literature about the Coronavirus. Birx told the Christian Broadcasting Network (CBN) that Trump is also interested in details.

    The CBN News anchor asked Birx what Trump was doing behind the scenes.

    “He’s so attentive to the scientific literature and the details and the data,” Birx said.

    “I think his ability to analyze and integrate data that comes out of his long history in business has really been a real benefit during these discussions about medical issues,” she said.

    Watch the video:

    "[Trump is] so attentive to the scientific literature & the details & the data. I think his ability to analyze & integrate data that comes out of his long history in business has really been a real benefit” — this is shocking, hackish stuff from Dr. Birx. pic.twitter.com/c2phsRYaJs read more