This 19 April 2020 video from the USA says about itself:
US President Donald Trump told a female reporter to keep her voice down and to ‘relax’ when she asked about what his administration had done to prepare for the coronavirus in February.
CBS reporter Weijia Jiang asked Trump why he waited so long ‘to warn people the virus was spreading like wildfire’ in February ‘instead of holding rallies with thousands of people’? An irritated Trump touted his China travel ban as proof he acted fast. Jiang persisted with her point and said: ‘When you issued the ban, the virus was already here,’ to which Trump said: ‘Do your research.’
ECHOES OF CHARLOTTESVILLE President Donald Trump defended right-wing, pro-gun and anti-vaccination protesters who weren’t following social distancing guidelines in demanding the end of coronavirus restrictions, saying they were “great people.” His response echoes his handling of the 2017 deadly white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. [HuffPost]
PRO-GUN ACTIVISTS STIR THE POT Three pro-gun activist brothers appear to be behind Facebook groups pushing for anti-quarantine protests in several states. According to polls, most Americans don’t want to reopen the economy too soon, but online activity engineered by right-wing activists makes it seem like there’s more grassroots opposition. [Washington Post]
HEALTH CARE WORKERS BLOCK DENVER PROTESTS A small group of medical workers in Denver stood in intersections and blocked hundreds of protesters in their cars calling for an end to stay-at-home orders, resulting in some dramatic scenes. [HuffPost]
TRUMP TESTING CLAIMS ‘DELUSIONAL’ Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam (D) and Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R) disputed Trump’s claim that states had the necessary testing capacity to reduce social distancing. Multiple governors have criticized the testing capacity, and health officials have warned against reopening too early. “It’s not accurate to say there’s plenty of testing out there and the governors should just get it done,” said Hogan, who heads a national group of governors. [HuffPost]
Piers Morgan lashes out at his pal Trump.
U.S. CASES TOP 750,000 The death toll from the novel coronavirus rose above 40,000 in the U.S., the highest in the world, with more than 750,000 confirmed cases. Although it’s home to about 4% of the world’s population, the U.S. now accounts for more than 30% of the world’s total COVID-19 cases. [Reuters]
NO WATCHDOGS ON CORONAVIRUS FUND The Treasury and Federal Reserve are spending hundreds of millions of dollars of the $2 trillion coronavirus relief law without meaningful oversight due to sabotage by the Trump administration and congressional apathy and deadlock. [HuffPost]
Broadway star Nick Cordero has leg amputated due to COVID-19 complications.