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Fri Feb 28, 2020, 11:48 AM

Media Covering Coronavirus to 'Bring Down the President,' Mulvaney Claims

Source: New York Times

OXON HILL, Md. — Mick Mulvaney, the acting White House chief of staff, on Friday blamed the media for exaggerating the seriousness of coronavirus because “they think this will bring down the president, that’s what this is all about.”

Speaking at the Conservative Political Action Conference, an annual gathering of conservative activists, Mr. Mulvaney played down concerns about the virus that is spreading around the globe and panicking investors.

Mr. Mulvaney said the administration took “extraordinary steps four or five weeks ago,” to prevent the spread of the virus when it declared a rare public health emergency and barred entry by most foreign nationals who had recently visited China.

“Why didn’t you hear about it?” Mr. Mulvaney said of travel restrictions that were widely covered in the news media. “What was still going on four or five weeks ago? Impeachment, that’s all the press wanted to talk about.”

Read more: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/02/28/us/politics/cpac-coronavirus.html

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Reply Media Covering Coronavirus to 'Bring Down the President,' Mulvaney Claims (Original post)
denem Feb 28 OP
pwb Feb 28 #1
atreides1 Feb 28 #3
Bernardo de La Paz Feb 28 #5
The Velveteen Ocelot Feb 28 #2
Delphinus Feb 28 #25
RKP5637 Feb 28 #4
Laelth Feb 28 #6
The Velveteen Ocelot Feb 28 #8
captain queeg Feb 28 #7
Aristus Feb 28 #9
OneCrazyDiamond Feb 28 #10
SergeStorms Feb 28 #11
Aussie105 Feb 28 #30
SergeStorms Feb 28 #31
KPN Feb 28 #12
abqtommy Feb 28 #13
berni_mccoy Feb 28 #14
duforsure Feb 28 #15
Botany Feb 28 #16
Chemisse Feb 28 #17
hamsterjill Feb 28 #18
SeattleVet Feb 28 #19
Yavin4 Feb 28 #20
EarthFirst Feb 28 #21
abakan Feb 28 #22
sandensea Feb 28 #23
lagomorph777 Feb 28 #24
matt819 Feb 28 #26
CozyMystery Feb 28 #27
Shermann Feb 28 #28
Shermann Feb 29 #32
Aussie105 Feb 28 #29
Hugin Feb 29 #33

Response to denem (Original post)

Fri Feb 28, 2020, 11:49 AM

1. Mick has shit for brains.

Shut up wimpy man.

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Response to pwb (Reply #1)

Fri Feb 28, 2020, 11:52 AM

3. Shit for brains

And a secret offshore bank account, getting bigger with each allotment of "Wall" money that Trump keeps taking away from DOD!!!

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Response to pwb (Reply #1)

Fri Feb 28, 2020, 11:53 AM

5. Yup. Amateurs think they can sweep something this big under the carpet


... especially when they are scared shitless and don't know what to do because they just flushed their brains down the toilet (like firing the epidemic response team and cutting CDC budget 16%).

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Response to The Velveteen Ocelot (Reply #2)

Fri Feb 28, 2020, 06:33 PM

25. Thank you

I was just going to ask if he thought it was the entire world conspiring - or just us bad, bad dems.

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Response to denem (Original post)

Fri Feb 28, 2020, 11:52 AM

4. F'en idiot!!! n/t

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Response to denem (Original post)

Fri Feb 28, 2020, 11:54 AM

6. So, the media SHOULDN'T cover this dangerous, global epidemic ...

... because it might hurt Trump’s chances of being re-elected?

Is that what I am hearing?

This man is bozonko-crazy. I hope he doesn’t hold any position of power.

Whoops!



-Laelth

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Response to Laelth (Reply #6)

Fri Feb 28, 2020, 12:00 PM

8. That is exactly what we are hearing.

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Response to denem (Original post)

Fri Feb 28, 2020, 11:57 AM

7. The liberal fake news media is the problem... Squirrel!

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Response to denem (Original post)

Fri Feb 28, 2020, 12:01 PM

9. It's ironic that blaming the media is actually more media-friendly than

"He is spectacularly unqualified for the job."

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Response to denem (Original post)

Fri Feb 28, 2020, 12:04 PM

10. That is lame.

This won't affect Orange Agent re-election. The economy will.

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Response to denem (Original post)

Fri Feb 28, 2020, 12:04 PM

11. This was shithead's chance....

to act presidential, to lead the nation at a time when everyone is more than a little concerned about COVID-19. Instead, he continues to push his divisive, conspiracy theory bullshit, and is basically leaving the nation flapping in the wind.

So fuck you Trump, fuck you Mulvaney, and fuck all the small minded idiots and greedy assholes who voted for this farce of a president. Trump is a horrible human being, and an even worse president.

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Response to SergeStorms (Reply #11)

Fri Feb 28, 2020, 07:10 PM

30. basically leaving the nation flapping in the wind . . .

is the only method of running the government these clowns know.

Sad that Trump thinks this way, but he is old and senile and learnt those bad habits throughout his life.

That there are normal, functional adults that play along with this though, for some undefined personal gain, is inexcusable and evil.

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Response to Aussie105 (Reply #30)

Fri Feb 28, 2020, 07:42 PM

31. ..."for some undefined personal gain".....

That's it in a nutshell. What do these people expect to get in return for their blind allegiance to Trump? Play at one of his over-priced crappy golf courses? Share a bucket of chicken with him? He certainly isn't going to give them anything of monetary value. It's all a one-way street with Trump. Suck up to him, and then be forgotten after you abased yourself, and lost the respect of everyone else.

Are you an Aussie resident, or an ex-pat living elsewhere? G'day, mate.

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Response to denem (Original post)

Fri Feb 28, 2020, 12:18 PM

12. No, if coronavirus brings down the tRump administration, it will be their own abject failure,

negligence and incompetence that did it.

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Response to denem (Original post)

Fri Feb 28, 2020, 12:19 PM

13. What's this? Is Mulvaney auditioning a stand-up act to pursue when he leaves government?

My first reaction is that The Media is a tRUMP co-conspirator. Trump is their cash cow so they
wouldn't moove (my spelling is correct) against him. Second is that nobody tries harder than tRUMP to bring himself down and I'm sure he'll achieve success in that without help from anyone else. Beyond that all I have is eye-rolling to direct at Mulvaney...

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Response to denem (Original post)

Fri Feb 28, 2020, 12:20 PM

14. If this is how the Administration is handling this crisis, we are seriously fucked

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Response to denem (Original post)

Fri Feb 28, 2020, 12:22 PM

15. When the truth exposes them as a failure and a fraud

They attack it claiming others are lying, and promote propaganda in its place, or like trump and the GOP did promoting putins propaganda for him they knew was false. Trump knows the truth makes him look bad, and why he's now muzzled Heath officials from publicly speaking on corona virus. Trump lied about the virus from the start .

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Response to denem (Original post)

Fri Feb 28, 2020, 12:30 PM

16. So the media made the Trump Administration get rid of the CDC's staff that was made to ...

... respond to such a crisis as the one we are seeing with the corona virus now 2 years ago?


It is also true that in 2018 the Trump administration fired key officials connected to the U.S. pandemic response, and they were not replaced.

Also in 2018, news reports circulated that detailed the Trump administration’s cut by 80% to the CDC’s program that worked in various countries to fight epidemics. “Countries where the CDC is planning to scale back include some of the world’s hot spots for emerging infectious disease, such as China, Pakistan, Haiti, Rwanda and Congo,” the Washington Post reported in 2018.

https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/trump-cut-cdc-budget/

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Response to denem (Original post)

Fri Feb 28, 2020, 12:43 PM

17. A crisis does not bring down a president.

It can actually make that president look heroic and secure his or her place in history.

What Mulvaney knows is that with the spotlight on Trump's every move he is bound to look like the bumbling fool and selfish asshole that he is.

Now he has looked that way all along, of course, but his devotees have ignored it all. But even the stupidest Trumpite is going to realize pretty quickly that Grandma is dead because Trump's stripped CDC sent in untrained people who then carried the virus out into the public.

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Response to denem (Original post)

Fri Feb 28, 2020, 12:50 PM

18. I despise these idiots!

This is NO time for partisan politics. People are dying. This is a grown up situation. We need adults. We need leadership. We need science.

Instead, we have this idiot and Pence.

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Response to denem (Original post)

Fri Feb 28, 2020, 01:54 PM

19. How is Mulvaney still in an 'acting' position?

He started in January of last year, and the Federal Vacancies Reform Act of 1998 has a 210-day limit on occupying an office in an 'acting' capacity (unless a nominated replacement is rejected by the Senate or is withdrawn, which starts the 210-day clock again, but only once).

I think I know the answer already - the laws of this country just don't apply to anything having to do with this (mis-)administration.

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Response to denem (Original post)

Fri Feb 28, 2020, 02:46 PM

20. Everything and everyone is a conspiracy against Trump

They've gone from supporting Trump to being Trump

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Response to denem (Original post)

Fri Feb 28, 2020, 03:11 PM

21. We'll sure it is!

That’s why they intend to control the information from doctors; scientists & heath organizations...

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Response to denem (Original post)

Fri Feb 28, 2020, 04:51 PM

22. This is so stupid it hurts!

I knew the press and Democrats are powerful, but this is so convoluted I fail to wrap my brain around it.
I think they should let up on the koolaid.

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Response to abakan (Reply #22)

Fri Feb 28, 2020, 05:18 PM

23. Sure - but it gives their mouth breathers something to parrot

And boy, will they ever.

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Response to denem (Original post)

Fri Feb 28, 2020, 05:21 PM

24. Hey Mickey. Get over it.

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Response to denem (Original post)

Fri Feb 28, 2020, 06:43 PM

26. They're reporting accurately

You fucking moron.

And accurate reporting in the reality-based universe shows your boss to be a moron of the first rank. If he was doing anything right, they’d report that. But you know why they don’t report that? Because he doesn’t do anything right, and his Team of Sycophants doesn’t have the moral fiber of a dead flea so they say yessir, good idea sir.

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Response to denem (Original post)

Fri Feb 28, 2020, 06:55 PM

27. I think that if ...

Covid-19 becomes a major public health problem across the U.S., the stock market continues to do badly, and the country is thrown into a recession, Trump will not be re-elected.

Why? Because too many people will die -- people voters know. Too many voter's retirement accounts will be decimated, and people will be out of work and, in many cases, out of health insurance. Their unemployment checks will not nearly cover their necessary bills. Forget credit cards ... rent, mortgages, utilities, food, gas, car insurance, health insurance. Those who cannot afford to save money won't have emergency savings. The lower income groups will be screwed.

I do not trust the government to contain Covid-19 so that it does not become widespread. I have listened to what has been said by the president and top government officials and I am appalled at the level of their incompetence and at their obvious contempt for the people of this country.

Beyond containing the virus, what steps are being taken to make sure we have enough prescription drugs for those of us in the US who take them. There are a lot of us, but not one peep about how our drugs are outsourced to Chinese companies.

There is not a word about whether there will be a plentiful supply of Covid-19 test kits for all medical institutions who need them. Who will pay for those?

There is not a word about what healthcare professionals should do to avoid getting the disease. From what I have read they need a full respiratory mask that meets specific criteria. Will there be enough of those to go around? Who will pay for them?

Now that Pence is in charge, I want to scream. This is a man who disdains science in favor of prayer and being what ... optimistic? ... no, a complete idiot.

My son said to mention that I am not rooting for the coronavirus. Well, of course I am not. We will do our best to defeat Trump without the help of a war between a virus and the people.

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Response to denem (Original post)

Fri Feb 28, 2020, 06:57 PM

28. We traded it all away

It's OK to pull out of the Paris Agreement because STOCKS!
It's OK for our leaders to not have any shred of credibility left because JOBS!
It's OK to demonize the free press because ECONOMY!
It's OK to give tax breaks that blow a hole in the deficit because STOCKS!
It's OK to gut government programs like Medicare and the CDC because JOBS!
It's OK to cheat in an election because ECONOMY!

Well so much for the STOCKS. I hope the JOBS and ECONOMY hold up...

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Response to Shermann (Reply #28)

Sat Feb 29, 2020, 09:59 AM

32. Also anything else that isn't OK is OK

...because HILLARY'S EMAILS

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Response to denem (Original post)

Fri Feb 28, 2020, 07:05 PM

29. China clamps down

on media reporting and probably under reports infections and deaths, because it looks bad for the government.
Anything below 100% control over anything and everything is unacceptable to the Chinese government.

That people may be getting sick and possibly dropping dead in the street in the future is of a lesser concern. Let the peasants die, but protect the government reputation.

The same now applies to the USA.

Mick's concern is not for keeping the virus out of America for the sake of the people, but that it might look bad for Trump.

The Chinese approach is a given, but in America it should cause a massive stink.
There is no room in the US for a government that is paranoid about maintaining its image, false as it is to start with.

If the virus gets a foothold in the US, expect the government talking heads to ramp up the distraction, the misdirection, the blame shifting, the 'it isn't happening, so relax' story telling.
Some Republican voters might even realize, before the end of year election, the level of cow fertilizer thrown their way over the last few years hasn't improved their lives any, and that voting for a competent government to clean up the mess is much more important than party loyalty.
In short, this pandemic may be the shock some need to be deprogrammed from all the mind control static they have been subjected to over the years.

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Response to denem (Original post)

Sat Feb 29, 2020, 10:21 AM

33. Why? King Shit Midas seems to be doing fine bringing himself down.

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