The Cultural Attaché
Becca Sinclaire | Jason Thomas | Gabrielle Bourne
The Novo Coronavirus has taught us that there are LEADERS and there are OPPORTUNISTS.
Leaders are men and women who get in front of a crisis and take charge to mitigate further disaster, save lives and to coordinate efforts to ensure the viability of their communities. An opportunist is a person (man or woman) who seize power through manipulation and 'fake news' propaganda in order to ensure their lasting administration and wealth building through intimidation and secrecy.
In the United States of America, you have community leaders who are also elected officials, Governor Cuomo of New York and Governor Gavin Newsom of California. In addition, amazing congressional freshman leaders such as Katie Porter of California who secured free testing for Covid-19 for ALL Americans.
Meanwhilst at the White House, President Trump had literally blocked important news about Covid-19 to be widely disseminated to the American people due to his refusal that the virus was a real Pandemic. He continued to call it a 'hoax' and that it would just 'go away' leading into March 2020, He also berated reporters asking legitimate questions and seeking clarification from a 'conflicted' President. Many right-wing media such as Fox News were telling their viewers that this virus was a 'common cold' or 'like the flu' and not a big deal.
President Trump had failed to fully use the Defense Protection Act going into April and only invoked its full power on 2nd April 2020. The Defense Protection Act gives the President of the United States the authority to direct U.S. manufacturers such as automobile companies to focus on making medical equipment for hospitals and medical staff. New York had been begging for more ventilators and Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) from the Trump Administration for at least two months. it is an understatement to state that the need is critical in New York.
On Thursday, 2nd April 2020, Jared Kushner, President Trump's son-in-law, told the American people that they had no right to access the Strategic National Stockpile (SNS) because it was meant to be used by the Federal Government. Before this blundering statement, the SNS was a depository of pharmaceuticals and medical supplies that were designed to support state efforts during a crisis such as the Covid-19 Pandemic. Since Thursday's press briefing, the language of SNS's website had 'mysteriously' changed in a 'confusing effort,' noted by the 'weird' language. The timing of the change was 'suspiciously' convenient.
This page continues to be updated. More below.
Before Jared Kushner's statement. 02/04/2020
After Jared Kushner's statement. 02/04/2020
Donald Trump has fired four inspectors general in six week sparking outrage, yet few consequences so far. MSNBC analyst Elise Jordan joins Joy Reid to discuss. 17/05/2020
The Lincoln Project - Almost from the start, Chinese government interests have directly benefited Ivanka Trump by giving her lucrative trademark deals for her personal business interests. From any family other than the Trumps this would be seen as criminal corruption. For them, it’s just business as usual. 23/04/2020 (Update)
The Lincoln Project - We all know Trump’s a scammer. Stiffed contractors. Ripped-off business partners. False advertisements. Bankrupted businesses. 13/03/2020 (Update)
NowThis - Here’s how Trump could’ve saved 90% of American lives lost to COVID-19. 03/05/2020 (Update)
NowThis - 'We have a petulant, angry child. Thin-skinned, vindictive, and narcissistic.' — Former U.S. Secretary of Labor Robert Reich says he's fed up with Trump's awful leadership. 03/05/2020 (Update)
Stephanie Ruhle discusses the problems from the latest round of funding from the Paycheck Protection Program and the president's reaction. 28/04/2020 (Update). The SBA and Trump Administration was woefully unprepared for the surge, in addition to "language" that grouped both small businesses and big businesses alike vying for the same pool of available money.
Government reports over the past several years and a mock exercise warned of the likelihood that a pandemic could hit the U.S. and cautioned the U.S. may not be prepared for it. 30/04/2020
Trump's daily screw ups in his coronavirus response are embarrassing and obvious on the global stage. John Iadarola and Nayyera Haq break it down on The Damage Report. 26/04/2020. Maryland's Governor Larry Hogan (R) secured 500K testing from South Korea due to Trump Administration's testing snafu. South Korea never went into a full lock down.
The Economist - America's covid-19 death toll is higher than anywhere else in the world—and is continuing to mount. What’s behind the country’s coronavirus pandemic failings? 21/04/2020 (Update)
Dana Bash calls out Trump's treatment of female reporters. 19/04/2020 (Update). "Needy President." Fact check on testing - President's claims NOT true.
SE Cupp: No excuse for Trump's pandemic response. 17/04/2020 (Update)
“Baghdad Don”: Trump Blasted For Most Inept Response To “Any Crisis In History” 17/04/2020 (Update)
NowThis - Alarming Data Puts U.S. Coronavirus Response into Perspective. 12/04/2020 (Update)
The coronavirus 'propaganda' video Trump played to media. Donald Trump has used a White House press briefing on coronavirus to play a propaganda-like video he said was produced by his aides. Prior to airing the video, which comprised clips from his preferred network, Fox News, he said: ‘Most importantly, we’re going to get back on to the reason we’re here, which is the success we’re having’ 14/04/2020 (Update)
Morning Joe - Trump Was Slow To Absorb The Scale Of Virus' Risk: NYT. 13/04/2020 (Update)
Dr. Fauci: 'It Became Clear That We Were In Real Trouble' With Coronavirus Mid-January. 12/04/2020 (Update). Dr. Fauci was asked if he advised the administration and authorities that 'we were in fact seeing something different here and that it could be a major problem?' Dr. Fauci: "You bet."
The Beat With Ari Melber | 'Liar': Trump Fact-Checked For Dangerous Coronavirus Claims. 10/04/2020 (Update)
NowThis - Obama Warned The U.S. To Prepare For A Pandemic Back In 2014. 09/04/2020 (Update)
How the government delayed coronavirus testing. 09/04/2020 (Update)
Morning Joe: Wisconsin Primary Was Reckless, Irresponsible To Public Health. 08/04/2020 (Update)
Day That Was - 'Partisan BS': Wisconsin Holds In-Person Voting During COVID-19 Pandemic. 08/04/2020 (Update)
The Telegraph - Trump: Coronavirus is Democrats' 'new hoax' 29/02/2020
NYT: January memo warned White House of pandemic risks...AND did nothing. 07/04/2020 (Update)
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