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That's not how it works in regimes like this.

Being worshipful doesn't save you no matter how close you are to tyrants. As they collapse, their wrath moves closer and closer to the center of power. Could Pence go down like Goebbels or Bormann? Maybe. But I think it's more likely Pence will do exactly what Himmler, Goring and Speer did: panic and try to save himself at the very end.

Trump sidelines public health advisers in growing rift over coronavirus response

Washington Post
Lena H. Sun and Josh Dawsey
July 9, 2020 at 2:33 p.m. MST

The June 28 email to the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention was ominous: A senior adviser to a top Health and Human Services Department official accused the CDC of “undermining the President” by putting out a report about the potential risks of the coronavirus to pregnant women.

The adviser, Paul Alexander, criticized the agency’s methods, and said its warning to pregnant women “reads in a way to frighten women . . . as if the President and his administration can’t fix this and it is getting worse.”


As the country enters a frightening phase of the pandemic with new daily cases surpassing 62,000 on Wednesday, the CDC, the nation’s top public health agency, is coming under intense pressure from President Trump and his allies, who are downplaying the dangers in a bid to revive the economy ahead of the Nov. 3 election. In a White House guided by the president’s instincts, rather than by evidence-based policy, the CDC finds itself forced constantly to backtrack or sidelined from pivotal decisions.

The latest clash between the White House and its top public health advisers erupted Wednesday, when the president slammed the agency’s recommendation that schools planning to reopen should keep students’ desks six feet apart, among other steps to reduce infection risks. In a tweet, Trump — who has demanded schools at all levels hold in-person classes this fall — called the advice “very tough & expensive.”


Read More: https://www.washingtonpost.com/health/trump-sidelines-public-health-advisers-in-growing-rift-over-coronavirus-response/2020/07/09/ad803218-c12a-11ea-9fdd-b7ac6b051dc8_story.html

Infuriating article. WaPo does have a paywall but I think you can read one or two articles for free.

This administration will go down as the most defective and corrupt in history.



But it's swinging back and forth over his neck like a pendulum.

I don't think it helps him on the election.

The mere fact that he's so enraged in itself achieves so much, because he makes mistakes when he's this angry.

+1



If we were smart, we'd totally use talking points like this instead of dismissing them, regardless of their unlikeliness.

"Steve Schmidt needs his own show"



Right now on MSNBC:

"He is unfit mentally.

He is unfit physically.

He is unfit intellectually....

He has desecrated his office..."

I could listen to him all day!!!!

...

My dad always said he was traumatized by that movie. There were three movies that

traumatized him.

Bambi (when he was really young)
Psycho
The Exorcist (If he couldn't take Bambi, he probably should have known better than to see that one)

Beautifully put:

They don't want criticism or their financial bottom line harmed by their own speech.

What we're experiencing reminds me of that scene in Network in which

Max Schumacher (William Holden) finally gets through to Diana Christenson (Faye Dunaway) and tells her, "You're madness, Diana. You're television incarnate."

In a way that is what Trump has become: Media incarnate.

Responsibility shifting

Once they confronted him, he invoked Trump--his savior hero--and instead of saying "I'm going to..." he threw it to his idol, "Trump is going to..." Like, "My Daddy is going to come back tonight and beat you up because I can't, i'm just a small little shit-for-brains. But My Daddy will fix it all. He's all-powerful!"

These people are extreme cowards who follow Trump because they think he grants them power. They are all miserable failures. Confront them and many of them just collapse on the spot.

We did know this but it's always good to have further corroboration

Sources: Fire and Fury and the NYT (fairly recently, too, although it added in that he spends one hour a day on the phone with governors.)

He also goes to bed very early (around six pm) to watch Fox News, eat and use an unsecured cellular phone to call "friends."
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