“It Is What It Is” Says He

According to the latest reported numbers, the U.S. now has 6,676,601 total cases of the coronavirus, and 198,828 total deaths.  Both of those statistics are under-reported.  Let’s be clear, the daily “new cases” number has been significantly smaller of late, but NOT because we have fewer cases!  It is a result of a combination of things, including less testing being done, per Donald Trump’s orders.  Remember when he said that if we did less testing, we would have fewer cases?  Only an imbecile would make such a statement, but it is Trump we’re talking about here.  But there’s more … there seems to be some outright manipulation of the numbers.

From a Politico report yesterday …

The health department’s politically appointed communications aides have demanded the right to review and seek changes to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s weekly scientific reports charting the progress of the coronavirus pandemic, in what officials characterized as an attempt to intimidate the reports’ authors and water down their communications to health professionals.

In some cases, emails from communications aides to CDC Director Robert Redfield and other senior officials openly complained that the agency’s reports would undermine President Donald Trump’s optimistic messages [emphasis added] about the outbreak, according to emails reviewed by POLITICO and three people familiar with the situation.

Now listen, folks.  I know all about political gaming and I know that with Donald Trump, everything is a game, is all about him, his image, his profit, and what benefits him.  BUT these are our lives he and his adoring sycophants are playing with and I’m sick and damn tired of it!  We are not simply Donald Trump’s chattel to play with as he wishes!

The story continues …

But since Michael Caputo, a former Trump campaign official with no medical or scientific background, was installed in April as the Health and Human Services department’s new spokesperson, there have been substantial efforts to align the reports with Trump’s statements, including the president’s claims that fears about the outbreak are overstated, or stop the reports altogether.

Caputo and his team have attempted to add caveats to the CDC’s findings, including an effort to retroactively change agency reports that they said wrongly inflated the risks of Covid-19 and should have made clear that Americans sickened by the virus may have been infected because of their own behavior, according to the individuals familiar with the situation and emails reviewed by POLITICO.

Caputo’s team also has tried to halt the release of some CDC reports, including delaying a report that addressed how doctors were prescribing hydroxychloroquine, the malaria drug favored by Trump as a coronavirus treatment despite scant evidence. The report, which was held for about a month after Caputo’s team raised questions about its authors’ political leanings, was finally published last week. It said that “the potential benefits of these drugs do not outweigh their risks.”

As a CPA, I once worked for a company that asked me to make the monthly revenue numbers match the predictions the managers had sent to the corporate offices earlier in the month.  In other words, alter the facts to mirror the projection.  I refused and gave my notice the next morning.  It’s called ‘integrity’.  Facts and statistics cannot be tampered with to make a corporate manager or politician look good, for at that point they are no longer facts and statistics but are mere fantasy. Just as financial reports should have integrity, so should reports about how many people are sick and dying because of the greed and cruelty of the so-called president.

We the People cannot make wise decisions if we don’t have the facts.  Period.  If we had believed Trump back in the first quarter of this year, we would have gone on about our merry way, exposing ourselves on a daily basis … oh wait, that is what a lot of people, mainly Trump supporters, did, and that is why our death toll will surpass 300,000 by the end of this year!

And we now know, thanks to Bob Woodward’s book, Rage, coming out on Tuesday, that not only did Trump lie to us, but he did so fully knowing that lives would be lost as a result of his lies.  And now … he’s trying to fit a square peg into a round hole as he has his minions trying to manipulate the actual numbers.  Now, we have no credible source of information.  Now, we are entirely on our own to try to figure out what is safe and what isn’t.  And we will never know how many cases there actually were in the U.S., nor how many died as a result of the pandemic when they could have been saved if only Trump had put us ahead of his own financial & political gain.  Remember last month, when in an interview where he was being questioned about the death toll, he shrugged his shoulders and said, “It is what it is.”  That is how much he cares about you, me, or anybody else.

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34 thoughts on ““It Is What It Is” Says He

        • from twitter and this is an excellent point about trump and the state of things as they are now. You may not agree and that’s okay but here it is anyway.

          “This misdirect (always finding a way to blame Trump as the Left burns the country to the ground) is akin to complaining that the last guy guarding the gate talks funny and is rude as he keeps the barbarians at bay. Trump is imperfect, but he isn’t the cause of this lunacy.”

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          • I wonder in what way the person thinks the “left” is burning the country to the ground? We’re not the ones going about carrying assault rifles and threatening to kill people we don’t agree with. We’re the ones advocating for equal rights for all, for health care and better education for all. We’re the ones trying to get our government to take climate change seriously before it’s too late. I’m confused by that statement. And what Trump is trying to do is turn the nation into an autocracy, not protect it but rather destroy it.

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  1. As I read this excellent post something came to my mind, for no discernible reason, that I had first read decades upon decades ago in a 1945 faded clothbound book found in my Gram’s bookcase. In that book, “Letters of Rainer Maria Rilkie 1992-1910”, Gram had placed a bookmark at the page of a letter Rilkie had written to his wife, Clara, on January 1st in 1907. It has long been my tradition to read that page every year on New Year’s Day and 2020 was no exception. “And now let us believe in a long year that is given us, new, untouched, full of things that have never been, full of work that has never been done, full of tasks, claims, and demands; and let us see that we learn to take it without letting fall too much of what it has to bestow upon those who demand of it necessary, serious, and great things.” 113 years later, 2020 is indeed a year full of things that have never been and full of work that has ‘not’ been done…and the price has been high! Thank-you!

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    • Sigh. And I fear things that will never be done and work that will never be done, for we are a nation that is so divided, so shattered, that we don’t know how to start. The price has, indeed, been high and is going to go even higher before the year is ended. 😥 Love you, my friend. ❤

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  2. in my opinion, and that’s just what it is, not a personal attack, but remember that the democrats, in January and february encouraged people to go about their lives too, nancy told people to go celebrate in china town so, also, in my humble opinion, the president is not the only one to blame. Joe Biden didn’t like the travel ban form China that he wanted to institute, screaming that it was a racist move.
    Why do you not hold them acountable for their part in inaction but always say that everything is the fault of the president?
    Do the democrats not make mistakes, are they not human too, do they not mess up from time to time?
    It’s not an attack so don’t get all worked up but it’s a genuine curiosity.
    you talk of facts but facts need to be objective, meaning that they are not partison.
    Think about it.

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    • In January and February, very few were aware of how dangerous Corona-19 was — especially since our president had emphatically nay-sayed its effects. Taking this into consideration, Nancy’s visit to Chinatown in February didn’t even include masks … because they had not yet been recognized as a necessary precaution against infection. In hindsight (always a better view), it would seem she was simply trying to boost the local economy.

      As for the travel ban remark, I think you need to do a bit more research. Try this.

      Of course the Democrats mess up! But under this presidency, the Republicans have won the title of Supreme Mess-Ups.”

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    • What democrats, Scott? In Congress? They weren’t privy to the information Trump had.

      Sure, democrats make mistakes … who doesn’t? But, they aren’t willfully destroying lives. Donald Trump is.

      Objectivity is difficult with all the abominations being perpetrated by Trump and his sycophants, but I do try. My opinions are my own, but are always based on proven facts.

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  3. All that, yet it’s futile to try to pry loose Trump’s zombie-like cult followers. He cares not the least about them or anyone but himself, but his loyal supporters–mostly white evangelicals–refuse to budge.

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    • I hold every single Trump supporter responsible for what is about to happen to this nation. They are all complicit … they are all fools of the highest order. Did we truly learn nothing from the experience of the Germans in 1933??? Sigh.

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      • should we hold every obama supporter responsible for the droning of civilians in foreign lands?

        The truth is that holding every trump supporter responsible for his actions is just silly and that is also not an insult of personal character but an opinion of the statement itself which is clearly irrational.

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        • Scott, while I did not agree with everything Obama did or said, I did not have reason to question his “sense of decency or empathy” as conservative pundit David Brooks says Trump is found lacking. And, while Trump has done a a few good things, consistently lying, bullying and denigrating people has made us a less trustworthy nation and one with greater discord. A Pew survey said 64% of Europeans do not trust Donald Trump. America is less trusted because its president is untrustworthy.

          Yet, to this point, the president was briefed multiple times in January and early February by intelligence and health officials of the COVID-19 pandemic risk. Instead of being the president we needed, he decided to naysay, downplay, and even call it a hoax as late as February 27th at a rally. Now, what kind of person holds rallies with his most loyal supporters (who would vote for him anyway) without forewarning them of the risks they face by attending just so he can hear their applause? And, it still going on today, even after the beans were spilled. The word that comes to mind his sociopathic. This is beyond narcissism.

          Mission one in a pandemic is tell people the truth per an epidemiologist and historian who served on a George W. Bush task force. Then, they will listen to health safety direction. Yes, it is good Trump cut off travel from China, but that was in part to blame China. If he had been truthful from the outset, we would have fewer than almost 200,000 COVID-19 deaths. One thing you said that I agree with is I hate politicians who say “do the opposite” just because the other side said it, regardless of who does it. Let’s get to the truth. We are owed that. That is my more than two cents. Keith

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  4. Jill, this is further evidence that the president of the United States cannot be trusted with information or doing the right thing. After hearing his confession of what we already knew, that he was aware of the pandemic danger, yet put (and is still putting) his biggest fans at risk so he can hear applause, is sociopathic behavior.

    Donald J. Trump, over a lifetime of lying, which has increased with his current role, has earned the right not to be trusted with anything. DO NOT BELIEVE A WORD TRUMP SAYS is a bold sign that should be held up at his rallies. It will be the most truthful sentence there. Keith

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    • How many more abominations must he commit before the people of this country wake up and smell the coffee??? To me, this is … a slap in the face to us all.

      I like your idea of that sign at his rallies! Almost makes me tempted to attend the next rally he holds close to hear and carry just such a sign! I wonder if he’d have me beaten or arrested??? It would be worth it!

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  5. Hello Jill. Just think the difference it would have made if he had asked his cult to wear masks knowing it was airborne. One article I read said more than 50,000 lives could have been saved, and more going forward. Those needless deaths, all those medical bills far too many can not pay, all the healthcare workers overwhelmed and sickened / died taking care of people struggling to live due to the virus. He knew! But now instead of wanting parents to know how dangerous schools are for kids he is hiding the information. He is being helped by sycophants to force kids and staff in to risky dangerous situations for the gain of the wealthy and the stock market. Their deaths and the costs are on him. Hugs

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    • Yes, he could have stepped up to the plate and our death rate might have been half of what it is … or even less. But no, he is not a president, but a monster whose only interest is in gaining power and wealth, no matter who he steps on to get it. Worse yet, nearly half the people in this country have drunk his Kool Aid. I have never hated anyone quite as much as I hate him. Hugs.

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  6. Meanwhile, bars and restaurants in Vancouver are banned from playing music over conversation level because loud music promotes closer contact to converse and facilitates shouting which spreads respiratory droplets. How would that fly in America? Rolling on the floor laughing while trying to imagine Miami bars swallowing that rule. WTF?

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    • Well THAT is something I never would have thought of!!! Yeah, just the thought of them trying to impose that in Miami … or almost anywhere in this country … is laughable! Heck, we can’t even get people to wear masks!

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