The plan is no plan for IMPOTUS*, the new normal will be a death toll daily equivalent to a 9/11 every day. Federal guidelines are being ignored by states because Trump has decided to ignore it as well.
“The plan is to have no plan” is not a strategy, really. Nor would I call it a policy. It has a kind of logic to it, but this is different from saying it has a design— or a designer. Meaning: I do not want to be too conspiratorial about this. To wing it without a plan is merely the best this government can do, given who heads the table. The manufacture of confusion is just the ruins of Trump’s personality meeting the powers of the presidency. There is no genius there, only a damaged human being playing havoc with our lives.
The plan is to have no plan, to let daily deaths between one and three thousand become a normal thing, and then to create massive confusion about who is responsible — by telling the governors they’re in charge without doing what only the federal government can do, by fighting with the press when it shows up to be briefed, by fixing blame for the virus on China or some other foreign element, and by “flooding the zone with shit,” Steve Bannon’s phrase for overwhelming the system with disinformation, distraction, and denial, which boosts what economists call “search costs” for reliable intelligence.
Breaking on @MSNBC: NBC News confirms Trump's coronavius taskforce is in the early stages of winding down, according to two people familiar with the matter. The meetings in the Situation Room have been shorter and they no longer meet every day.— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) May 5, 2020
It's not often that you can recognize — in real time — the kind of mistake that will haunt a politician every remaining day of their blessed lives, but it helps when five of them co-sign it together, under a headline like this.https://t.co/FqdGz9qrnz— Rachel Maddow MSNBC (@maddow) May 5, 2020
Five Republican governors: Our states stayed open in the covid-19 pandemic. Here’s why our approach worked.
Mark Gordon, Pete Ricketts, Asa Hutchinson, Kim Reynolds and Mike Parson
Mark Gordon is governor of Wyoming. Pete Ricketts is governor of Nebraska. Asa Hutchinson is governor of Arkansas. Kim Reynolds is governor of Iowa. Mike Parson is governor of Missouri. They are all Republicans.
This argument really hurts red states, which are massively subsidized in US federal system. https://t.co/XdamuOmplG— ian bremmer (@ianbremmer) May 5, 2020
Refusing to permit #DrFauciand others to testify before the #House is the act of an out of control tyrant. He is a coward and a control freak. #TrumpPressConf #TrumpIsAnIdiot pic.twitter.com/xila7ZAJyP— Steve Cohen (@RepCohen) May 5, 2020
Trump said he won't let Anthony Fauci testify before the House because it's "a set-up" with a "bunch of Trump haters."https://t.co/29ch2gQpti— Axios (@axios) May 5, 2020
New York's reported death rate at nursing homes hit 2,785 yesterday. It went up by about 900 since Friday because the state is newly separating out presumed COVID deaths.— Yoav Gonen (@yoavgonen) May 5, 2020
The number of deaths at certain nursing homes also jumped with the change:https://t.co/VFhuIHYJYb
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