Who pays $20,000 for a plane ticket, or a Final Four ticket, or an Inaugural ticket, and should you blame some other country for your own incompetence. And Pence and Trump will still have rallies in Wisconsin next week.
Trump misstated his own policy in an Oval Office address touching off a mass panic that led to large crowds gathering in enclosed spaces. https://t.co/GBN0fx2yiO— Matthew Yglesias (@mattyglesias) March 12, 2020
Fox And Trump R Embracing Xenophobia 2 Defend Against The Coronavirus https://t.co/iPbdKoN54M via @miriamelder “US has a particular history of epidemic control & particularly Sinophobia,Ã¢ÂÂ he said, pointing 2a 1900 outbreak of bubonic plague in Hawaii following an epidemic in Asia
— Bill Bishop (@niubi) March 11, 2020
Pence just said on Fox: Ã¢ÂÂThe risk to Americans of contracting the virus remains lowÃ¢ÂÂ & Ã¢ÂÂWeÃ¢ÂÂll have thousands of casesÃ¢ÂÂ
Congress' in-house doctor told Hill staffers he expects 70-150 million Americans to contract the virus (Axios)
WhoÃ¢ÂÂs right? Thousands or tens of millions?
— Jim Sciutto (@jimsciutto) March 12, 2020
Rep. Katie Porter writing the cost of testing on a white board while grilling the CDC's Redfield. pic.twitter.com/ZQN9InhXW1
— Dan Friedman (@dfriedman33) March 12, 2020
Moscow Mitch is going to do nothing while Americans die. https://t.co/3uq8P114nl
— Adam Parkhomenko (@AdamParkhomenko) March 12, 2020
NOW: Trump, responding to questions about limited availability of COVID-19 tests: “Frankly, the testing has been going very smooth.”
— Peter Alexander (@PeterAlexander) March 12, 2020
Transactional activity has transaction costs. “In economics and related disciplines, a transaction cost is a cost in making any economic trade when participating in a market.” In social interactions, a sociopath (like Trump) drives up those costs because his self-serving behavior ignores the contingencies and conditions of decision-making.
WORTH REPEATING: In 2018, Trump fired the entire US pandemic response team.
These were the experts with decades of experience dealing with precisely the kind of situation we are in today.
Trump did not replace them.
He eliminated the positions.https://t.co/LSp7ORU7Qq
— Judd Legum (@JuddLegum) March 12, 2020
“Epidemics are a category of disease that seem to hold up the mirror to human beings as to who we really are. … They show the moral relationships that we have toward each other as people, and weÃ¢ÂÂre seeing that today.” https://t.co/sJSgq3Sr9p
— Stephanie M. Lee (@stephaniemlee) March 12, 2020
“…some analysts have proposed that President-elect Trump was inaugurating a new era of “transactional diplomacy” as opposed to the kind of “transformational diplomacy” championed by the administration of President George W. Bush.”
President-elect Trump, who seems to frame every policy problem in cost-effective terms and assumes that it could be resolved as a business transaction needs, therefore, to recognize that his job goes beyond making deals.
But we also saw the “transactional” Trump this week, who behaves in exactly the same gaslight-scented fashion. He imposed stringent-sounding tariffs on imported steel and aluminum, suggesting a return to the “economic nationalism” of Steve Bannon — but exempted most of the countries from which we actually import steel and aluminum. In a seemingly pointless piece of theater, the president briefly pretended on Friday that he might veto the “omnibus” spending bill that had just passed Congress by a large bipartisan majority. Ultimately someone convinced Trump (or he understood from the beginning) that even he could not get away with single-handedly provoking a government shutdown while blaming others for it.
Pence plans to be in Wisconsin in the morning on March 19, while @realDonaldTrump has a rally in Milwaukee scheduled for that afternoon to announce a new coalition of Catholics who support his candidacy
— Scott Bauer (@sbauerAP) March 11, 2020
Kenneth Copeland healed viewers of the coronavirus through their televisions last night. pic.twitter.com/8lwHufTIy4
— Right Wing Watch (@RightWingWatch) March 12, 2020