Trump to Texas: Drop Dead

As we all know, the Lone Star State is the National Lab for Bad Policy, but usually it is them doing it to themselves. This is freaking alarming:

“The Trump administration is planning to end federal support for local coronavirus testing sites across the nation at the end of the month — including seven in Texas, where confirmed cases of COVID are spiking.

“Texas officials are urging the White House to rethink the move, warning of ‘catastrophic cascading consequences’ of pulling federal support for testing sites, four of which are in Houston and Harris County and administer thousands of tests per day. City officials consider two of those sites — the largest in the city, administering up to 500 tests each per day — the backbone of Houston’s testing efforts.”

The LATimes morning mail thingie tells us:

Still, the Trump administration, eager to claim victory, has been considering scaling back the national emergency declared to control the pandemic, according to healthcare industry officials who have spoken with the administration. The prospect has stoked alarm among public health leaders, physicians, hospital officials and others who fear that such a move would make it more difficult for state and local governments and health systems to keep the coronavirus in check.

Pressed on the issue Tuesday, White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany told The Times that no such move was imminent. But White House officials have a history of contradicting themselves, most recently on Monday when McEnany claimed President Trump was joking over the weekend when he said he’d directed aides to slow coronavirus testing. Trump said Tuesday it wasn’t a joke.

Lord Damp Nut really wants the number of cases to go down, and as he’s pointed out so elquently if you don’t test the number of cases don’t rise, so he’s gonna shut-down testing. We’re totally eff’ed in the dark.

 

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14 Responses to Trump to Texas: Drop Dead

  1. Redhand says:

    He’s absolutely willing to sacrifice the lives of Americans to get re-elected.

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  2. sos says:

    I was unaware that red states could also be considered ‘government freeloaders’. Good to know. Even red states that he absolutely requires for reelection. Red states that may even be trending blue. Red states that he’s going to have to spend lots of his own campaign money to hold.

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    • Red states with down ticket elections that might well flip. (Like AZ….it’s not only increasingly likely that AZ will have two Dem Senators, we might even flip the state to Biden, and if Dem turnout is that big, we could flip the state House which is now only held by the R’s by two; the state Senate is R by four, so harder.

      But if we do it’ll be the first time in over 45 years that the State House hasn’t been under the control of the GOP.

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  3. Dennis Cole says:

    The lower his morale goes, the more he increases the punishments. This is also just another form of the extortion he’s become so famous for, the Quid go Pro,” while the rest of you remain amateurs.

    “Ya got nuthin’ fer me, so’z I got nuthin’ fer YOU.”

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  4. MDavis says:

    TRump’s polling is down across the board.
    States trending bluer than before he was installed in office.
    Attempts to corner the market on snake oil and then sell it, unsuccessful.
    Rallye turnout lower than expected.
    He’s got problems.
    He’s tried firing people to fix problems (soothe his injured ego)
    He’s tried threatening various politicians to get them to fall in line behind him.
    He’s tried firing investigators and judges to stop them looking into his failures.
    He’s tried insulting the media to discredit them when the report on him accurately.
    He’s tried threatening the media with his goons to stop them reporting in the first place.
    He’s tried stopping testing for COVID (since January!) to make it seem we are not affected by a pandemic.

    None of his solutions has been fully successful, so far.
    Will this be his final solution?

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  5. Infidel753 says:

    Not sure how a bunch of overwhelmed hospitals and piles of corpses will help him get re-elected. Reducing testing may lower the number of confirmed cases, but it won’t lower the number of people actually getting sick, with consequences that can’t be so easily hidden.

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    • tengrain says:

      Infidel – I think he’s going for the old stalinist standard: a single death is a tragedy but 100K deaths are a statistic. And his followers really do not understand statistics. Hell, he doesn’t understand statistics.

      Rgds,

      TG

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      • Infidel753 says:

        If so, what he’s doing is counterproductive. Infection rates are statistics, but masses of sick and dying people in hospitals can be endlessly mined for individual human-interest stories in the media.

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  6. Jado says:

    You guys just don’t get it – this is the TRUE TEST of loyalty for the Trumpanistas. Can they still toe the line when people around them are dropping like flies? Can they refrain from masks when their state has no idea where the hot spots will be in one week, as testing has stopped? Can they keep up the red-faced spittle-flecked rage when they have no idea if they or their loved ones are next? Can they do what Trump needs them to do even as they gasp out their last breaths in a hospital ICU? THIS is the bottom of the ninth, bases loaded, down three, full count breaking slider / 5 seconds left, up 4, 2 yard line goal line stand, no time on the clock, down 1, 1-and-1 foul shots, SUDDEN DEATH overtime for the Trump Klan. AND THEY WILL NOT FORSAKE THEIR SAVIOUR!!!

    4 MORE YEARS!! 4 MORE (cough) YEARS!! 4(couchcoughcough) MORE (cough…wheeze…cough…gasp) YEarssss…

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  7. roket says:

    So dying from Covid-19 is now a states rights issue? Red states beware. Your governors want to kill you.

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