Speaker Nancy Pelosi, appearing on CNN’s State of the Union Sunday morning, said that President Donald Trump’s “denial at the beginning” with respect to coronavirus was “deadly.”
Pelosi told Jake Tapper, “The president, his denial at the beginning, was deadly. His delaying of getting equipment to where it continued — his continued delay in getting equipment to where it’s needed is deadly. Now the best thing to do would be to prevent more loss of life rather than open things up, because we just don’t know. We have to have testing, testing, testing.”
Tapper noted how Trump had previously “downplayed the risks” for weeks before directly asking the Speaker, “Are you saying his downplaying ultimately cost American lives?”
A reporter asked Cuomo about the remarks from the president about the quarantine, and Trump saying he talked to Cuomo about it. The governor said he talked to Trump about other things, including the hospital ship headed to New York City, but not “about any quarantine.”
“Have you had any indication that that’s a possibility for New York or parts of Connecticut,” the reporter asked in follow-up.
“No, I haven’t had those conversations. I don’t even know what that means,” said Cuomo.
A few minutes later another reporter followed-up, asking: “The president said he’s looking at some sort of enforceable quarantine for new York, New Jersey, parts of the tri-state area. Is that a sound policy from your perspective? Or would you advise against that?”
“I don’t even know what that means,” the governor said again. “I don’t know how that could be legally enforceable. And from a medical point view of, I don’t know what you would be accomplishing.”
“But I can tell you, I don’t even like the sound of it,” he added. “Not even understanding what it is, I don’t like the sound of it.”
President Donald Trump floated the possibility of “quarantining” New York and “parts of” New Jersey and Connecticut as early as later in the day Saturday.
Trump spoke to reporters on his way to Marine One Saturday as he departed The White House en route to Norfolk, Virginia, and blurted out some fairly big potential news, if true.
Reporter: Should anyone who lives in a state that has a governor that you’re not getting along with well be concerned at all?
President Trump: Most of the governors are very appreciative, like I said I just spoke with Andrew Cuomo, I just spoke with Ron DeSantis, we’re thinking about certain things, some people would like to see New York quarantined because it’s a hot spot. New York, New Jersey, maybe one or two other places, certain parts of Connecticut quarantined. I’m thinking about that right now, we might not have to do it but there’s a possibility that sometime today we’ll do a quarantine, short-term two weeks on New York, probably New Jersey, certain parts, and Connecticut.
Reporter: Restricting travel from those places?
President Trump: Restrict travel. Because they’re having problems done in Florida, a lot of New Yorkers going down, we don’t want that.
Trump didn’t say how such a quarantine would be enforced.
Update: Trump has since added a tweet to his impromptu South Lawn announcement that he might quarantine the most densely-populated region in the country, saying he’ll decide on the measure “shortly.”
I am giving consideration to a QUARANTINE of developing “hot spots”, New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut. A decision will be made, one way or another, shortly.
When Pirro showed up, her appearance was slightly unkempt while hosting the rest of her program.
It isn’t clear what (if anything) was going on with Pirro that night, but as clips of her show made the rounds on Twitter, there were a lot of people who became convinced that she was intoxicated. As of this writing, Pirro’s name is a trending topic, along with the hashtag “DrunkJeanine.”
if you drink on air does it need to be in a bag? asking for a friend
Tonight could be the end of Judge Jeanine Pirro. Fox News doesn’t exactly have a lot of standards for its hosts. But showing up an entire segment late for your own show, and appearing to be severely drunk on-air, might be a bridge too far even for Fox:https://t.co/HrPMZLB7CC
Fox News is obviously a cancer, but it’s a unique opportunity to watch the worst media creatures of their generation experience what should be humiliating career-ending meltdowns three times per week. https://t.co/7XeIKnnD6d
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that the New York presidential primary election has been postponed until June 23, 2020 because of the coronavirus pandemic.
At his daily coronavirus update press conference, Governor Cuomo announced that the primary that was scheduled for April 28 will be be postponed:
We’re supposed to have a presidential primary election that’s coming up on April 28th. I don’t think it’s wise to be bringing a lot of people to one location to vote. A lot of people touching one door knob, a lot of people touching one pen, whatever you call the device on the ballots, so we are going to delay that and link it to an election that was previously scheduled on June 23rd.
The June 23rd date is for state legislative races and congressional races, we’ll move the presidential election to that date.
Ironically I had advocated that it be on that date all along anyway, so there’s only one election, and people only needed to come out once. Everybody wants to vote, everybody wants to do their civic duty, but don’t make me come out and vote you know 11 times, put the elections together so I can go to the ballot once. And this will actually do that.
This is week two of all of late night being off the air during the coronavirus pandemic. But hosts have continued doing shows from home and brought in plenty of special guests to entertain viewers. We’ve put together some of this week’s highlights below:
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
Jimmy Fallon returned with more at-home Tonight Show episodes this week, some some pretty big guests, but there’s just nothing like a good old-fashion jam session. And Fallon and The Roots got together do just that, performing the classic “Stuck in the Middle With You.” In the same episode, Fallon also chatted with Tina Fey and chef José Andrés.
Jimmy Kimmel Live!
The 2020 election right now has largely taken a backseat to the coronavirus pandemic and the international ramifications. But this week Jimmy Kimmel brought on Joe Biden to ask him about his own quarantine, President Donald Trump’s personal response to the crisis, and whether there’s a chance POTUS could postpone the election.
Late Night with Seth Meyers
Seth Meyers has been off, but he returned from home this week with new installments of “A Closer Look” ripping the president’s coronavirus response. In Thursday’s installment, Meyers reminded viewers of Trump’s impeachment and how he sees everything as transactional — to contextualize the way the president has been trashing governors who have been publicly critical of the federal government response to coronavirus.
The Daily Show with Trevor Noah
Dr. Anthony Fauci has been all over the media informing people about the spread of the coronavirus, and this week me made his late night debut with Trevor Noah. Noah reviewed a lot of the basics of what people need to know, especially young people. Fauci also emphasized that “the virus is the clock” and that setting arbitrary goals to reopen the country is not advisable.
Full Frontal with Samantha Bee
Samantha Bee continued hosting from somewhere in the woods this week, highlighting how the working class and small business owners are struggling and how dumb spring breakers have been acting. She also called out companies not doing enough to support workers during this time. What stage of of cabin fever is “hallucinating cartoon birds” again?
Lights Out with David Spade
Everyone’s new favorite Netflix obsession is Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness, a wild docuseries about the life of Joe Exotic. If you know who Joe Exotic is, you are in for a treat. If not, even more so. Anyway, this week, David Spade (who has continued doing “lo-fi” versions of his show) interviewed fan favorite Kelci Saffery, whose arm was amputated after a nasty tiger attack. Saff chatted with Spade about that crazy ordeal and who could potentially play Joe Exocit in the movie.
Late night shows have continued using their at-home shows to raise money for various charities. We’ve included links below:
Independent Vermont Senator and Democratic presidential still-candidate Bernie Sanders has recently made it clear that he sees a political opportunity in the coronavirus pandemic, an opportunity that will do nothing but increase the chances that Donald Trump will be reelected.
Former Vice President Joe Bidenabsolutely crushed Sanders in the last several rounds of primaries, and currently holds a twenty-point national lead in polls. Biden could lose every remaining primary election by as many as six points and still come away with the majority of delegates required to win the nomination.
After Super Tuesday 2, it looked like Sanders might have been ready to wake up and smell the coffee. He went around saying he would “assess” his campaign and concentrate on the Covid-19 outbreak.
As time wore on, Sanders began to talk about how the pandemic had changed the campaign, and at first, it seemed like a play to agitate for his policies to be folded into Biden’s campaign to the degree possible. Biden began reaching out to Sanders’ supporters the night he scored those last decisive wins, and has already made several progressive adjustments to his policy proposals.
Even when Sanders toldAnderson Cooper that he still wants to debate Biden in April, it was possible to believe that Sanders still mainly just wanted to advocate for his policies and ideas to be included in, as he put it, a “conversation” about the systemic issues illustrated by the coronavirus crisis.
From an electoral standpoint, there is no real conversation to be had. Biden and Sanders had that conversation at the last debate, at length, and the voters overwhelmingly chose Biden — and still are choosing Biden. But a person inclined to think favorably of Sanders could see some utility in trying to pull Biden a little more to the left, if they chose to ignore the consequences of extending the primary.
But Sanders has now essentially admitted that he sees the coronavirus pandemic as an opportunity to potentially catapult himself to victory over Biden.
In an interview with NPR, Sanders went a bit further than he did with Cooper, repeating his desire to promote his ideas and again observing that the cancellations of upcoming primaries had changed things, but also saying “it’s going to be a very steep road” to defeat Biden.
As ill-advised as extending the campaign long enough for one more debate in April would be, there’s no mistaking Sanders’ intentions in continuing through another round of primaries that aren’t likely to take place until June. This isn’t about some pageant of ideas, it’s about Sanders deluding himself into thinking his online variety shows and rants about “the system” are going to suddenly turn the tide and propel him to victory against Joe Biden.
Like I said before, Biden has a big enough lead to lose every remaining primary and still carry the nomination, but there is every indication that Biden will, in fact, stomp Bernie’s guts out. Biden continues the focus on crisis management that propelled him to victory over Sanders at that last debate, and Sanders continues to make the systemic critiques that make for great viral videos and neat suggestions for other leaders to consider.
But he’ll be stomping Sanders’ guts out in June, weeks before the Democratic convention, which means even if Bernie finally does feel the fork that’s already been stuck in him, his supporters will have had months more to smear Biden and barricade themselves in their Bernie-or-Bust bunkers.
And continuing this campaign will come at the cost of months of unified campaigning to bring as many of Sanders’ supporters into the fold as possible, and to unseat Trump. That’s the lesser of the two costs, as Biden has basically been proceeding as though he’s only running against Trump, while being as gracious as possible to Sanders and his supporters.
The irony is that the coronavirus crisis has provided Bernie with a standout moment that shows where he really belongs. His scorching floor speech on the first coronavirus aid package was exactly the sort of advocacy that Sanders was built for, and had a much greater impact than all of his virtual campaign events put together.
Another sad irony is that not only can this only hurt Biden, it will definitely hurt Sanders. The former VP is walking a fine line these days, presenting a model of crisis management lacking in the current response for the broad public while managing Democratic constituencies he needs to turn out for him in November. Sanders has been a scant distraction thus far.
But if Bernie wants to force the issue, Biden is more than capable of defeating him in another debate. Yes, Sanders’ systemic critique resonates with many Americans, but the last debate showed that voters prefer Biden to lead in a moment like this. More than that, though, the bloodbath he will inflict on Sanders when primaries resume will be truly humiliating.
If the object is to unseat Trump, then Biden is correct when he says “We’ve had enough debates” and “we should get on with this,” but if the object is to weaken the presumptive nominee just so Bernie Sanders can feed the delusions of his supporters, and they his, then having Bernie hang around until June is just what the doctor ordered. But it also serves only to help Trump.
The new presidential preference poll from Fox News, which shows former Vice President Joe Biden beating President Donald Trump by a comfortable margin nationally and a wider margin in counties that were close in 2016, caused a stir heading into the weekend.
So much so that it resulted in quite the on-air moment on Friday when Trump campaign spox Kayleigh McEnany essentially called the network’s poll false – twice – when speaking with Fox anchor Martha MacCallum for The Story on Friday night.
“It is interesting, though, Kayleigh, when you take a look at this recent Fox News poll, if the election were held today, you still got 49% saying they would vote for Joe Biden, and 40% saying they would vote for President Trump.”
“Yeah, I don’t believe that,” said McEnany. “You know, our internals show President Trump trouncing Joe Biden, he would defeat Joe Biden.”
McEnany then went through the usual list talking points about the great “leadership” of Trump and “ineptitude” of Biden during the coronavirus crisis.
After McEnany’s pitch was complete both MacCallum and her other guest, Fox contributor Jessica Tarlov, began to push back, talking over each other for a moment in their haste to address McEnany saying she doesn’t believe Fox’s poll.
“If we’re not going to believe polls, then only 20% of Americans approve of the job that President Trump is doing handling coronavirus,” said Tarlov, as McEnany began to talk over her.
“No I believe polls, I just believe our polls,” said McEnany, implying even more strongly that the Fox poll was somehow untrustworthy or deliberately biased against Trump.
“Alright, you know what? We put the numbers out there for everybody to take a look at, and at home, they can decide if they agree, if that poll, you know, rings true for them or not,” said MacCallum, holding her apparent irritation back. “You know the ultimate poll of course happens in November and we’ll see how that goes.”
McEnany may doubt the results, but it wasn’t just Martha MacCallum and Jessica Tarlov who who disagreed. Even competitor and frequent target of criticism from Fox personalities Jim Acosta of CNN was on board for this Fox poll.
CNN’s John Harwood shared it, too.
new Fox News poll:
Trump job performance
48% approve, 51% disapprove
(approval +1 point since Feb)
Puppies from the Atlanta Humane Society got free reign at the Atlanta Aquarium — which is closed to the public due to the coronavirus pandemic — and are spreading terminal cuteness through viral videos of their escapades.
Amid the stress and misery of the coronavirus pandemic, there are few better treatments for the soul than emergency puppies, as evidence by the adventures of Odie and Carmel, a pair of shelter tykes who reportedly had a “ruff” day roaming the halls of the Atlanta Aquarium this week. From The Atlanta Aquarium’s Facebook page:
Puppies + Ocean Voyager = Quarantine therapy
Our friends at Atlanta Humane Society stopped by for a brief puppy field trip with pups Odie and Carmel. It was such a ruff day.
The video released by the aquarium features the tiny task force of Odie and Carmel tackling such action items as gazing wondrously at sea creatures, loping freely around the aquarium, and curling up for the occasional nap.
The Atlanta Humane Society released a longer video of the visit that included the pups’ human companions, footage of the road trip to the aquarium, and an extended look at the visit. Kittens, it’s your move.
Trump personal attorney and confidant Rudy Giuliani posted a tweet featuring misinformation about the coronavirus and Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer, which was then deleted by Twitter because it violated the platform’s rules.
On Friday, Giuliani tweeted direct quotes from dedicated Trump supporter Charlie Kirk, rather than retweeting him for some reason.
“Hydroxychloroquine has been shown to have a 100% effective rate treating COVID-19
Yet Democrat Gretchen Whitmer is threatening doctors who prescribe it
If Trump is for something—Democrats are against it
They’re okay with people dying if it means opposing Trump” @charliekirk11
The tweets link now gives users the message “This Tweet violated the Twitter Rules.”
Kirk made that concentrated series of false claims in a tweet that was also deleted Friday for violating the rules:
Hydroxychloroquine has been shown to have a 100% effective rate treating COVID-19
Yet Democrat Gretchen Whitmer is threatening doctors who prescribe it
If Trump is for something—Democrats are against it
They’re okay with people dying if it means opposing Trump
Fact: those are not facts. Kirk and Giuliani appear to be riffing on an article posted by conspiracy blogger Jim Hoft of Gateway Pundit, and which falsely claims that:
“Hydroxychloroquine is safe and in at least three international tests was found 100% effective in treating the coronavirus.” — There have been extremely limited studies that aren’t scientifically significant, neither of which show the drug to be “100% effective.” One of the studies showed no benefit at all from the treatment.
“Michigan Democrat Governor Gretchen Whitmer is the latest Democrat to ban doctors from prescribing the lifesaving drugs hydroxychloroquine and Z-Paks to save senior citizens in the state.” — Like many states, Michigan is warning prescribers not to hoard the medications for themselves by improperly self-prescribing.
It’s literally the first sentence in the warning letter:
The Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs has received multiple allegations of Michigan physicians inappropriately prescribing hydroxychloroquine or chloroquine to themselves, family, friends, and/or coworkers without a legitimate medical purpose.
The letter also notes that the drug is not proven effective against Covid-19, and that improper prescribing may be “investigated”:
Prescribing hydroxychloroquine or chloroquine without further proof of efficacy for treating COVID-19 or with the intent to stockpile the drug may create a shortage for patients with lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, or other ailments for which chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine are proven treatments. Reports of this conduct will be evaluated and may be further investigated for administrative action. Prescribing any kind of prescription must also be associated with medical documentation showing proof of the medical necessity and medical condition for which the patient is being treated. Again, these are drugs that have not been proven scientifically or medically to treat COVID-19.
As the letter notes, these prescribing practices are causing shortages of the drugs for patients suffering from ailments that hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine are actually proven to treat.
Earlier this week, President Donald Trump also cited a falseGateway Pundit article to attack a governor, in that case Governor Andrew Cuomo of New York. Trump is currently in a public feud with Cuomo and Whitmer over his response to the outbreak.