Chapter 4: Coronavirus Response

Cynical sucking up: Trump claims he's on the side of Democrats so Americans get $2,000 relief checks

Even as he puts his White House cronies on the board of the Kennedy Center, Trump criticizes its funding in the latest COVID relief bill.  Pam Bondi, who took an illegal $25,000 donation from Trump to drop prosecution in the Trump University suit,...

Researchers Estimate Trump Rallies Led To 30,000 Coronavirus Cases And 700 Deaths

A working paper from Stanford University researchers concludes that the communities that hosted Trump rallies "paid a high price in terms of disease and ...

Trump's Message to Wisconsin: Go Ahead and Get Sick

The President holds another superspreader event as state cases spike.

Trump's COVID-19 Comments Hurt Victims' Families

With each dismissive comment he makes about his own experience with the virus, the president minimizes the suffering of an ever-growing share of Americans.

Columbia study says at least 130,000 avoidable COVID deaths are due to Trump's incompetence

I knew — felt in my gut — that Trump’s reign of chaos would be, well, chaotic. But sheeee-ite, I never thought it would be this bad. And I can be a pretty dark guy. But gosh, I’m not a psychopath. I don’t watch snuff films. I don’t enjoy videos of...

Trump's Vaporware Vaccine

Plus: How our COVID response stacks up to the rest of the world.

China is beating the coronavirus while Trump leads America to defeat

Trump continues to mock science even as the Chinese show what it can do.

To Beat COVID-19, We Must Dump Trump

Everyone should have access to quality care, especially in the middle of a pandemic.

Trump Can’t Land a Glove on a Real Man Like Fauci

The doctor’s “60 Minutes” appearance showed a man happy with one wife, the hair God gave him, and a government job. To the president, all this makes him a sucker.

'No Wonder the US Leads the World in Covid Deaths': Trump Mocks Biden for Vowing to 'Listen to the Scientists'

The president also claimed the economy is rising "like a rocket ship," a claim belied by ongoing layoffs and widespread economic suffering.

Trump presses attack on Fauci in dispute over campaign ad

The nation's leading expert in infectious diseases has asked for a video that takes his words out of context to be removed.

Election 2020 Today: Trump resets, Biden harnesses history

Here’s what’s happening Monday in Election 2020, 22 days until Election Day: HOW TO VOTE: AP’s state-by-state interactive has details on how to vote in this election. TODAY’S TOP...

For the Secret Service, a New Question: Who Will Protect Them From Trump?

Secret Service agents are ready to take the president where he wants to go, even if it means putting their bodies in front of a bullet. But that guiding principle has been tested in recent days by President Donald Trump,...

No masks and no back up measures: How the White House became ripe for an outbreak

President Donald Trump had just concluded a hurricane briefing with local officials in Lake Charles, Louisiana, in August when Republican Sen. John Kennedy approached the President with a request for autographs from local law enforcement officials.

The Truth About Trump's COVID Test Timeline

Among the subplots and grotesqueries of President Trump’s response to COVID-19 outbreak in the White House is: When did Trump know he was sick? COVID-19 is a highly contagious pathogen. Once possible exposure is identified best practices for containment are…

Trump endangers our security with COVID carelessness: Joint Chiefs now quarantining

This is what happens when you don’t take a deadly virus seriously. Who knows who infected Adm. Charles Ray, but the blasé attitude that’s afflicted so many in Trump’s orbit appears to be imperiling our readiness: When Trump went down with COVID, I...

What Trump Has Said About Wearing Masks and Covid-19

During the pandemic, the president has expressed confidence that the virus would quickly go away and skepticism over the effectiveness of face coverings.

WH doctor refuses to answer questions about Trump’s last negative COVID-19 test

At a news conference on Monday, White House doctor Sean Conley refused to answer questions about when President Trump last had a test for COVID-19 that returned negative.

'A slap in the face': Families of COVID-19 victims slam president's downplaying of his diagnosis

Hours before he was released from a hospital stay for his coronavirus diagnosis Monday, President Trump tweeted his thoughts on the pandemic that's killed over 210,000 Americans, saying, "Don't be afraid." Many of them slammed the president's cavalier sentiment and warned that it

The Coronavirus-Denier-In-Chief Proves His Strategy Doesn’t Work

Trump has downplayed and dismissed not only the disease, but measures like mask-wearing and social distancing recommended by his own experts. Now he is s...

'Not a Tragic Accident—A Crime Scene': Critics Say Trump Covid Diagnosis a 'Culmination' of His Deadly Pandemic Response

"Now is not the time to be euphemistic about Trump's recklessness. His disregard for basic health protocols has been bad not just for himself and his staff, but also for countless Americans."

Trump seemed to defy the laws of science and disease. Then, the coronavirus caught up with him.

Mask-wearing had become rare among the president’s staff, and he rejected precautions before he tested positive.

Why Trump’s testing strategy failed him

Testing is important, but it's not enough to keep the virus in check.

Trump's Illness Further Demonstrates His Administration's Complete Incompetence.

Trump’s incompetence, and that of everyone he has chosen to surround him, don’t qualify as breaking news.  But, with the election just one month away, one can hardly imagine a more clear and obvious demonstration of what competence actually...

Trump again minimizes the coronavirus pandemic as officials warn of a fall surge

A new clash between Donald Trump's political goals and his duties to public health threatens to deprive America of presidential leadership in the critical weeks that will decide if a second wave of Covid-19 swamps the country this winter.

With Trump's Coronavirus Diagnosis, The World Sees A Fully Failed Pandemic Response

The president's illness brought sympathy, but boosted the prognosis that the U.S. is a mess.

GOP faces reckoning over Trump's virus strategy, diagnosis

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s coronavirus diagnosis was a moment of reckoning for his Republican Party, whose leaders largely adopted his strategy of playing down the disease but are...

Trump, first lady positive for virus; he has 'mild symptoms'

WASHINGTON (AP) — Stricken by COVID-19, a feverish and “fatigued” President Donald Trump was taken to a military hospital Friday after being injected with an experimental antibody cocktail at the...

Trump Held Fundraiser, Mingled With Crowd Hours Before Revealing COVID-19 Diagnosis

The president's New Jersey fundraiser has prompted Gov. Phil Murphy to initiate contact tracing and urge attendees to get tested for the coronavirus.

Trump’s Recklessness Hits Home

The president worried that a public show of concern would create panic and imperil his reelection—but instead, his approach enabled the virus’s spread.

US election 2020: Fact-checking Trump on coronavirus

The president has tested positive for Covid - we've looked at what he's said about the virus.

Like most who have had COVID-19 Mr. Trump is unlikely to recover 100% according to study from Korea

A new study from Korea has some bad news for COVID-19 survivors like me, and the six million other Americans who recovered from coronavirus. 90% of recovered coronavirus patients experience side-effects, study says The FINANCIAL -- Preliminary study by...

Let's tell the truth about the pandemic: Donald Trump is guilty of mass murder

Trump's lies, failures and denials during a public health crisis meet the legal standard for second-degree murder

COVID-19 deaths: 200,000 souls are asking their fellow Americans why

Our View: Donald Trump and his administration aren't the only ones to blame in how America is losing against the coronavirus pandemic.

Remember the 200,000 Americans who have died from covid-19 — and vote

Trump said “nothing more could have been done” about covid-19, but nothing is further from the truth.

New government report shows how Trump’s pandemic response is still totally incoherent

As the U.S. Covid-19 death toll passed 200,000 on Monday, the Government Accountability Office published a report arguing that "timely and concerted federal leadership will be required" to respond to the challenges posed by the combination of an already-strained public health system, the current hur

Trump Gives Himself "A+" on Covid-19 Response as US Death Toll Hits Grim 200,000 Milestone

"Trump and his cowardly enablers, they all have blood on their hands," said an activist who lost his father to Covid-19.

I Was An Evangelical Christian, And I Know Why Many Of Them Resist Logic About COVID-19

This global pandemic has revealed there’s already a virus inside some American forms of belief.

Trump reveals he has no regrets over 195,000 COVID deaths: ‘I think we did a great job’

President Donald Trump on Tuesday sat down with ABC News anchor George Stephanopoulos for a town hall meeting in Philadelphia. Trump was asked about downplaying the COVID-19 pandemic. “Well, I didn’t downplay it it,” Trump falsely claimed. “I actually, in many aways, up-played it in terms of action,” Trump argued. “Did you not admit it […]

At town hall, Trump gives incoherent coronavirus response defense

The questions were tough. But the president kept responding with falsehoods. Here's a guide to 24 of them.

With no end in sight, Trump's lies just keep making the pandemic worse

Trump has risked his followers' lives and damaged the credibility of science — and for what? It's not nearly over

‘Trump is a mass killer’: Michael Moore slams Trump’s disastrous COVID-19 response for killing more Americans than Osama bin Laden

The COVID-19 coronavirus, according to Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, has killed more than 924,000 people worldwide — and at least 194,000 of those deaths are in the United States. The fact that the U.S. has become the COVID-19 hotspot of the world isn’t lost on liberal/progressive filmmaker

Fact check: Trump makes four false claims in one sentence

In what may be a new record for President Donald Trump, he made four false claims in one sentence of a tweet on Saturday.

Fauci: 'I have to disagree' with Trump saying U.S. is rounding the corner on coronavirus
Science Magazine Editor Pens Scathing Critique Of Trump's 'Shameful' COVID-19 Lies

"These lies demoralized the scientific community and cost countless lives in the United States," wrote Herbert Holden Thorp, editor in chief of Science magazine.

As Trump played down virus, health experts' alarm grew

WASHINGTON (AP) — Public health officials were already warning Americans about the need to prepare for the coronavirus threat in early February when President Donald Trump called it “deadly stuff”...

Bob Woodward book: Woman says Trump should resign over coronavirus response

"The president is on record lying," Kristin Urquiza, whose father died of COVID-19, told The Arizona Republic. "It’s undeniable, and it’s inexcusable."

Public vs. private: A timeline of Trump's comments on virus

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's comments on the threat posed by the coronavirus have varied widely depending on whether he was speaking in public or private.

Trump twists history of Churchill and FDR to cover up pandemic denialism

President Donald Trump is now not just downplaying the coronavirus -- he’s resorting to absurd historical allusions about great World War II leaders to try to disguise his culpability in 190,000 American deaths.

'Appalling Betrayal': New Report Details Dozens of Trump Rollbacks Perpetrated Under Cover of Covid-19

"Nearly 200,000 Americans are dead and more than 6 million have been infected with Covid-19 because of the administration's disastrous response, but Trump's top priority is showering giant corporations with deregulatory special favors," says Matt Kent of the consumer advocacy group Public Citizen.

Editor: Thomson von Stein

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