Better Days Ahead?

The New York Times reported that President Trump and Jared Kushner, his son in law, are claiming a glorious victory. On the day the United States passed the one-million count of Americans infected with Covid-19, Trump announced “We think we have crossed a big boundary and much better days are ahead. I see the light at the end of the tunnel very strongly…If we didn’t do what we did you would have had a million people die, maybe more, maybe two million people die.”

This is in keeping with his unprovable rant during a previous press conference on Covid-19 that  “Look, If I wasn’t elected you would right now be at war with North Korea…Maybe the war would be over, hopefully with a victory, but if you remember when I first came in we didn’t have ammunition. Not a good way to fight a war. President Obama left us with no ammunition.”

Kushner said, “We’re on the other side of this, and I think we achieved all the different milestones that are needed.” He told Fox News, “The federal government rose to the challenge and this is a great success story.”

I wonder how families of the 60,000 Americans who died during the pandemic feel when they hear these words. And, I wonder how many of their loved ones might be alive today if the administration had not ignored January and February warnings from the intelligence community about the possibility of a pandemic. Instead of responding with action, the president told us that the disease was “no worse than the flu…it will disappear like a miracle.”

Another Presidential Lie Debunked

Jennifer Rubin of The Washington Post reported “Cornered on his claim that the Obama administration bequeathed him broken tests, Trump blathered in an Oval Office media availability: ‘We have broken tests. We had tests that were obsolete. We had tests that didn’t take care of people.’ ”

Rubin wrote, “This makes no sense and has been repeatedly debunked by fact checkers. (The faulty initial test for the coronavirus was created during Trump’s administration, in early 2020, by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Since this is a new virus that was first identified this year, the tests couldn’t possibly be ‘old’ or ‘obsolete’.) On its face, blaming the prior administration three years into your own presidency for a pandemic that developed several months ago is simply not credible.”

A Conservative Takeover of the US Judiciary

One of my favorite news sources is The Guardian US, a New York-based online presence of the British print newspaper. This week, it began a project that is an in-depth analysis of how President Trump and Senator Mitch McConnell have remade the US federal judiciary in their own arch-conservative image. They have, according to The Guardian, filled 30% of the entire federal bench with young, mostly white and mostly male right-wing lawyers.  The first article in the series, “Trump’s Judges: A Revolution to Create a New Conservative America” came out today.

Guardian reporter Tom McCarthy wrote, “Formerly reliable progressive benches have issued rulings that threaten access to reproductive healthcare, while others have greenlighted the Trump administration’s most reckless attacks on voting rights and on vulnerable populations, from the disabled to victims of police abuse to asylum seekers.”

This article—and the coming series—should be required reading, especially for those who believe that it doesn’t matter who we elect “because they are all the same.”


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