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  • Yep,
    Nick Bryant won't be expecting to be added to the Trump Xmas card list.

  • True, although I suspect he was resigned to that already.


    A pretty sad story all-round.

    The public relations firm that works on behalf of the Time’s Up Legal Defense Fund is SKDKnickerbocker, whose managing director, Anita Dunn, is the top adviser to Biden’s presidential campaign.

  • I don’t think I’ve ever been as disturbed by Trump or certain sections of US society’s appetite for his bullshit as I am today reading about his presser yesterday. It’s one thing to bully your opinion to the front of the line whilst playing up to your base and echoing the dangerously ill informed at a time of unprecedented global vulnerability. It’s quite another to claim that those dangerous responses were other people’s and that you and only you are making heroic and informed calls to save lives.

    In the context of the global publicity of his ignorance in relation to this crisis I’m frankly terrified that anyone at all can consider sipping his KoolAid let alone the proportion of Americans who still support him.

    There just isn’t any space in politics for a leader to see the error of what they have done and walk it back without a false re-write of history. Imagine a scenario where he’d simply said “this moved faster than anyone was prepared for, we’re a huge and varied population with a complex social structure and a dynamic economy and we’re doing our best to stay ahead of the problem”. That would have been spin, but it wouldn’t have been a lie.

  • This taken directly from the BBC live feed today...
    Trump 'has stake in anti-Malaria drug'
    Hydroxychloroquine. Chances are you only heard that word recently. And there's an even higher chance you heard it because it was mentioned by US President Donald Trump.

    Trump has been pushing the drug - a known anti-malarial drug - as the treatment for the virus, encouraging patients to take it, saying: "What do you have to lose?"

    Perhaps the real question is - what does Trump have to gain? Quite a bit, says a report by the New York Times.

    The report suggests that Trump himself has a "small personal financial interest in Sanofi, the French drugmaker that makes Plaquenil, the brand-name version of hydroxychloroquine".

    The report also suggests that several other pharmaceutical companies also stand to profit - including those with shareholders that have connections to Trump.

    But one doctor believes there are more noble reasons for the president's interest.

    "I understand why [he's] pushing it. He has to project hope," said Dr Joshua Rosenberg of the Brooklyn Hospital Centre. "Even if there isn't a lot of science behind it, beccause it is at this point, the best, most available option for use."

  • Unnngggg the situation on this is a mess, but hinting that they are where they are with it because Trump, and these mysterious people 'connected' to him, are going to make money out of it is really, really cruddy.

  • You know how you know it's true? Because he took the time to learn how to say "Hydroxychloroquine" without fucking it up.

  • Particularly as it's a generic that anyone and there dog can make (but have otherwise not bothered with, as it doesn't maker them any money)

  • I so hope he recants on his “I don’t think I’m gonna’ be doing it” and rocks up to the next press conference in a MAGA mask. 🤞🏻

  • What do you need when coronavirus strikes? More guns.

  • Four more years of trump....

  • I fear you are probably right

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  • I very much doubt it.

  • Peak Trump is KAG2032.

  • Heard on the radio that Trumpo cancels the US contribution to WHO. I don't even know what to say, his legacy is gonna something special

  • The US is 200 mil behind on payments anyway. Also it's up to Congress ultimately, but he can hold up funds.

  • Now don’t get me wrong, Trump is a grade-A cunt here.
    But... last year the states gave $400m to the WHO.
    There’s over 2000 billionaires in the world. A little under $200k from each of them would cover that right?
    They shouldn’t have to (and they might already) but they could?
    Bezos could do the lot tomorrow

  • I'm not sure that Bezos just has a checking account with a lot of zeros in it. I think some of his net worth is tied up in things like Amazon and space shuttle ports. Things which can't be taken down to the pawn shop and exchanged for cold hard cash

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