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We are currently being told that Donald will save us all. I have chosen to save myself, by paying as little attention to that degenerate moron as possible.
Any plan to reopen society MUST be driven by data and experts, not opinion and politics.
We will learn from the warning signs from other countries.
We will take every precaution.
We will work together as a region.25.5K4:56 PM – Apr 13, 2020Twitter Ads info and privacy4,820 people are talking about this
The President of the United States hasn’t heard of the 10th Amendment. He seems to think he has ultimate authority over all the states when he does not.
.@realDonaldTrump read up! Here’s a simplified version. #TrumpVirus #TrumpLiesPeopleDie #TaskForce
Donald Trump has ZERO legal authority to tell any state what to do and there are NO provisions of any kind. Even if we did, does anyone think he is going to be taken seriously now?
Here in Michigan, we are doing our best with absolutely nothing but interference from an out of control Federal government run by gangsters.
Raise your hand if you think the founding fathers of this country are all rolling over in their graves right now because Trump thinks he has the ultimate authority over the states. Kudos to @kaitlancollins for trying to get him to answer about who told him that.212:09 AM – Apr 14, 2020Twitter Ads info and privacySee Jennifer T. Senick’s other Tweets
Trump’s authority stops at the District of Columbus line. Russia Today:
“New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and five regional governors have banded together to decide when to reopen their economies. The move clashes with President Donald Trump’s insistence on making that call himself.
#PressBriefing Who the hell told Trump he has the ultimate authority?
Speaking at a press conference on Monday, Cuomo announced that he would work together with the governors of New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Delaware and Rhode Island to decide together when to lift the quarantine measures in their respective states.
Each state will nominate a public health official and an “economic health” official, who will lift restrictions in the region after consulting with the group as a whole. No date was given for the economic restart, with Cuomo stating that the decision will be made “smartly,” based on “the facts” as they present themselves.
All six governors are Democrats, and the decision to ignore federal directions and work together will likely set them up for a showdown with President Trump.
Earlier on Monday, Trump insisted on Twitter that “it is the decision of the president” when to reopen the economy, “and for many good reasons.” Trump has said that he will lift lockdown measures on May 1, a goal considered unrealistic by his own coronavirus task force.
Cuomo defended his decision to go it alone. “Let’s see what the federal government’s plan is,” he told reporters. Trump “left it to the states to close down. Without any guidance really, he took the position that it was the states’ decision.”
‘If they want to change the model, they can change the model,’ he said.
Cuomo’s working group will meet on Tuesday to discuss a date for the reopening. The governor did not suggest a date, but said he wishes to lift the lockdown ‘ASAP.’”
Michael StevensonWe thought everyone always knew every single bit of this:Someone on Quora asked “Why do some British people not like Donald Trump?” Nate White, an articulate and witty writer from England wrote the following response:A few things spring to mind.
Trump lacks certain qualities which the British traditionally esteem.For instance, he has no class, no charm, no coolness, no credibility, no compassion, no wit, no warmth, no wisdom, no subtlety, no sensitivity, no self-awareness, no humility, no honour and no grace – all qualities, funnily enough, with which his predecessor Mr. Obama was generously blessed.
So for us, the stark contrast does rather throw Trump’s limitations into embarrassingly sharp relief.Plus, we like a laugh. And while Trump may be laughable, he has never once said anything wry, witty or even faintly amusing – not once, ever.
I don’t say that rhetorically, I mean it quite literally: not once, not ever. And that fact is particularly disturbing to the British sensibility – for us, to lack humour is almost inhuman.But with Trump, it’s a fact. He doesn’t even seem to understand what a joke is – his idea of a joke is a crass comment, an illiterate insult, a casual act of cruelty.
Trump is a troll. And like all trolls, he is never funny and he never laughs; he only crows or jeers.And scarily, he doesn’t just talk in crude, witless insults – he actually thinks in them. His mind is a simple bot-like algorithm of petty prejudices and knee-jerk nastiness.
There is never any under-layer of irony, complexity, nuance or depth. It’s all surface.Some Americans might see this as refreshingly upfront.Well, we don’t. We see it as having no inner world, no soul.
And in Britain we traditionally side with David, not Goliath. All our heroes are plucky underdogs: Robin Hood, Dick Whittington, Oliver Twist.
Trump is neither plucky, nor an underdog. He is the exact opposite of that.He’s not even a spoiled rich-boy, or a greedy fat-cat.He’s more a fat white slug. A Jabba the Hutt of privilege.
And worse, he is that most unforgivable of all things to the British: a bully.That is, except when he is among bullies; then he suddenly transforms into a snivelling sidekick instead.
There are unspoken rules to this stuff – the Queensberry rules of basic decency – and he breaks them all. He punches downwards – which a gentleman should, would, could never do – and every blow he aims is below the belt. He particularly likes to kick the vulnerable or voiceless – and he kicks them when they are down.
So the fact that a significant minority – perhaps a third – of Americans look at what he does, listen to what he says, and then think ‘Yeah, he seems like my kind of guy’ is a matter of some confusion and no little distress to British people, given that:• Americans are supposed to be nicer than us, and mostly are.• You don’t need a particularly keen eye for detail to spot a few flaws in the man.This last point is what especially confuses and dismays British people, and many other people too; his faults seem pretty bloody hard to miss.After all, it’s impossible to read a single tweet, or hear him speak a sentence or two, without staring deep into the abyss.
He turns being artless into an art form; he is a Picasso of pettiness; a Shakespeare of shit. His faults are fractal: even his flaws have flaws, and so on ad infinitum.God knows there have always been stupid people in the world, and plenty of nasty people too. But rarely has stupidity been so nasty, or nastiness so stupid.He makes Nixon look trustworthy and George W look smart.In fact, if Frankenstein decided to make a monster assembled entirely from human flaws – he would make a Trump.And a remorseful Doctor Frankenstein would clutch out big clumpfuls of hair and scream in anguish:‘My God… what… have… I… created?If being a twat was a TV show, Trump would be the boxed set.