SHORT RIBS AND RANDOM THOUGHTS , March 29, 2020

He’s getting desperate-and nasty.   (From POLITICO)  Trump attacked The Wall Street Journal for a story, claiming the Rupert Murdoch-owned newspaper writes “fake news.” And after Jon Karl asked him whether everyone who needs a ventilator will get one, he told the ABC News correspondent not to be a “cutie pie.”    That’s your  President. . 

SCHWARZENEGGER’S LATEST MOVE: Former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger donated $1 million to a GoFundMe account for first responders, founded with actor Edward Norton, that has quickly racked up another $2 million in contributions.

Susan Glasser’s latest for The New Yorker: “The disconnect between Trumpian reality and actual reality has never been on starker display than in the past few days, as the true face of the horror we are facing in the United States has shown itself…”

Trump’s appearances at the WH briefings, Glasser says, “have shown an irresolute leader who does not want to fight the war or even, on many days, admit that it exists. He is a cartoon caricature of a wartime President, not a real one…”

Via Mediaite’s Ken Meyer: “President Donald Trump’s reelection campaign is threatening to file lawsuits against local news outlets in several battleground states if they continue to air a political ad showing his attempts to downplay the coronavirus.”

MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough played the 30-second ad three times on “Morning Joe” Thursday, quipping “it sounds like all that ad’s doing is actually quoting him… Could you guys play that again?” After the second listen, Mika Brzezinski suggested, “If anything they’re missing a few [quotes].” Scarborough concluded, “The one thing I saw that was inaccurate was that they actually undersold… how many people are dying… A lot more people have died” since the ad was produced…

That’s all, Folks. Stay inside.

CALLING DR TRUMP-

Whose opinions on medicine are not widely followed. From POLITICO.

“WE CANNOT LET THE CURE BE WORSE THAN THE PROBLEM ITSELF,” Trump said in a tweet late Sunday. “AT THE END OF THE 15 DAY PERIOD, WE WILL MAKE A DECISION AS TO WHICH WAY WE WANT TO GO!” The president pushed the issue again in a marathon-length press conference at the White House on Monday.

Trump doesn’t  give a damn about YOUR safety or MY safety-  only the calls he gets from Republican  donors.  Balancing public health against  the economy is a false equivalent but it’s interesting how many Republicans are willing to sign up. Thank God we live in California!

While we’re at it,  how about the STATESMANLIKE behaviors of Govs. Cuomo and Newsom? Never been a fan of Gavin, but he’s winning me over.  And Andrew looks a lot more Presidential than that orangehaired nightmare in the Oval Office.  Everything is all about HIM!

Trump under stress- it’s not pretty

. David Remnick’s latest for The New Yorker:

“Misinformation and cant, along with a kindred scorn for science and professional expertise: these things are pathogens, too. Counterfeit facts can polarize, alienate, disaffect, rouse misdirected rage, and foment social division. They have long come at a cost to our civility; at a time of pandemic, especially, they also come at a cost in human lives.”

FROM THE WAPO: Read it HERE.

AND HOW ABOUT THIS

Trump’s snarling incompetence is awesome. It’s the only thing about him that is. He made a crack about Mitt Romney being under isolation. He is a contemptible human being and needs to be voted OUT.