Friday, May 22, 2020

"480 Minutes" - Chloroquine With A Clorox Chaser

It is criminal for a leader to threaten to withhold aid from the citizens s/he is sworn to protect during a local crisis. It is criminal for a leader to threaten to withhold aid from the citizens s/he is sworn to protect during a global pandemic. The so-called *president did both this week (and then, as usual, the blustering bully had to walk it back). The offense these states were to be punished for? Seeking safe ways (like by mail) for Americans to vote in November.

Why is the Mendacious Orange Bully so anti-voting by mail? He claims it's rife with fraud. Here in the real world there have been investigations and court cases -- the results have shown time and again that the level of voter fraud in this country bears no resemblance to the GOP's fear mongering about it, and their prescriptions (poll tax/voter ID, armed guards at "certain" polling stations, restricting voting by mail) all somehow manage to directly and disproportionally disenfranchise poor and minority voters.  This administration even set up a special committee to investigate voter fraud and had to disband it in shame because it found nothing. Despite reality, here we are: the cartoon *president of the United States threatening citizens of the United States because they want the ability to vote safely.

The least responsible human to ever hold the Oval Office also announced this week that he is taking hydroxychloroquine daily as a prophylactic against COVID-19. It is not a prophylactic against COVID-19.  The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has been warning since April that the drug should not be used for that purpose because it could cause irregular heartbeats and other cardiac trauma. Also, promoting it makes people who don't need it (like him) buy it, which is bad for those people and for the afflicted who actually do need it. I hope the Dangerous Dotard is actually telling the truth for once.

In response to the know-nothing's answer to a question about new outbreaks at meatpacking plants he ordered open, Rachel Maddow opined, "Three months into this thing he just throws word salad at anything, tries to approximate a noun that might have something to do with the real problem he was asked about."

As of this writing the official number of COVID-19 fatalities in the U.S. is 95,000; 92% of Republicans polled approve of the job done by a "leader" who takes zero-responsibility.

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480 Minutes / Year 16 - Episode 20/695 - Chloroquine With A Clorox Chaser

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