How humane is the not-mean Trump:
Daniel Dale covers the 14 lies from the Trump Town Hall last evening:
The coronavirusTrump claimed, “We got hit with the virus really three weeks ago, if you think about it, I guess. That's when we first started really to see some possible effects.”Facts First: The US had its first confirmed case of the coronavirus on January 21, more than six weeks before Trump spoke here, so it's not true that the US had not really seen even “some possible effects” until three weeks ago.
Obama and coronavirus testingTrump repeated his claim that he had reversed an Obama-era decision that had somehow impeded testing for the coronavirus, saying, “They made some decisions which were not good decisions. We inherited decisions that they made, and that's fine … We undid some of the regulations that were made that made it very difficult, but I'm not blaming anybody.”Facts First: There is no regulation from President Barack Obama that impeded coronavirus testing. The Obama administration did put forward a draft proposal related to lab testing, but it was never implemented. When asked what Obama administration decision Trump might be referring to, Peter Kyriacopolous, chief policy officer at the Association of Public Health Laboratories, said: “We aren't sure what rule is being referenced.” Dr. Joshua Sharfstein, who was principal deputy commissioner of the FDA under Obama and is now professor of the practice at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, said, “There wasn't a policy that was put into place that inhibited them. There was no Obama policy they were reversing.”
Let them eat line chalk.