So instead of dealing with Covid-19, Republican leaders and right-wing media figures have tried to make the pandemic into the kind of threat they want to talk about. It’s “kung flu,” foisted on us by villainous Chinese. Or it’s a hoax perpetrated by the “medical deep state,” which is just looking for a way to hurt Trump.
The good news is that the politics of virus denial don’t seem to be working. Partly that’s because racism doesn’t play the way it used to: The Black Lives Matter protesters have received broad public support, despite the usual suspects’ efforts to portray them as rampaging hordes. Partly it’s because the surge in infections is becoming too obvious to deny; even Republican governors are admitting that there’s a problem, although they still don’t seem willing to act.
The bad news is that partisanship has crippled our Covid-19 response. The virus is winning, and all indications are that the next few months will be a terrifying nightmare of rampant disease and economic disruption.
Vitriolic emails have even referred to lynching – all because of the statue of Captain Hamilton, which was removed from the city’s Civic Square earlier this month.
It was removed the day before a Black Lives Matter march after a member of the public threatened to forcibly remove it as well as a formal request from local iwi Waikato-Tainui.
Source: Hamilton mayor suffers from abuse after Captain Hamilton statue removal | RNZ News
The bill was proposed by Sen. Lindsey Graham, chairman of the Senate Judiciary committee, along with Sens. Tom Cotton and Marsha Blackburn
Source: Republicans Push Bill Requiring Tech Companies To Help Access Encrypted Data – Slashdot
on the local level, the source of the false information has usually been more subtle, and shows the complexity of stunting misinformation online. The bad information often first appears in a Twitter or Facebook post, or a YouTube video there. It is then shared on online spaces like local Facebook groups, the neighborhood social networking app Nextdoor and community texting networks. These posts can fall under the radar of the tech companies and online fact checkers.
“The dynamic is tricky because many times these local groups don’t have much prior awareness of the body of conspiratorial content surrounding some of these topics,” said Renée DiResta, a disinformation researcher at the Stanford Internet Observatory. “The first thing they see is a trusted fellow community member giving them a warning.”
Twenty-nine states and U.S. territories posted an increase in their rolling average of new reported cases on Monday, with nine states reporting record average highs.
— Read on www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2020/06/23/coronavirus-live-updates-us/
As a former Republican member of the Florida Legislature, whose parents fled political oppression, I am appalled that my community would tolerate such an attack on our voting rights.
Based on my 16 years of experience, I can assure voters that there is no merit to Trump’s baseless claims of widespread fraud in mail ballots.
As part of the Republican legal team, we commenced each election cycle with the hypothetical presumption that the Democrats would attempt to commit fraud with the mail ballots. Based on that false supposition, we investigated numerous allegations and never found any credible signs of voter fraud in mail ballots. This was confirmed by our team’s physical presence before the county Canvassing Board that scrutinized the ballot signatures.
Source: Trump knows he could lose election with mail-in voting | Miami Herald
The visa categories that will be affected by the new order include H-1B visas for skilled workers, L-1 visas for workers being transferred within a company, most J visas for academics and researchers, the H-2B visas for seasonal workers. Some categories of seasonal workers, like those in the food processing industry, will be exempted.
Businesses who depend on foreign workers have long opposed curbs to legal immigration, while the US Chamber of Commerce, the nation’s largest business association, has said the policy will stifle the economic recovery.
(no rent from workers, no spending on goods and services, no taxes paid – not jobs for unemployed US service workers,)
Source: Trump to extend US work visa ban until end of 2020 | News | DW | 22.06.2020
After the president’s remarks, White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany “said the decision to reopen based on the new federal guidance is “up to the governors.’”
The CDC also published a detailed report about how an Arkansas church was the center of an outbreak: “Among 92 attendees at a rural Arkansas church during March 6–11, 35 (38%) developed laboratory-confirmed COVID-19, and three persons died. Highest attack rates were in persons aged 19–64 years (59%) and ≥65 years (50%). An additional 26 cases linked to the church occurred in the community, including one death.”
This past week, two churches, one in Georgia and one in Texas, were forced to close after parishioners tested positive for coronavirus.
Source: Coronavirus Updates: Trump Says Houses Of Worship Are Essential And Must Open “Right Now” – Gothamist
Let’s be clear; this entire theory is a diversion, a predictable move from the Trump political playbook.
When the daily media cycle is going against them, it’s often easily upended with an inflammatory tweet or outrageous press conference.
Source: Donald Trump’s cries about ‘Obamagate’ are a ploy to distract the media from the coronavirus – ABC News