The Washington Post reports:
President Trump’s head popped up during his top-secret intelligence briefing in the Oval Office on Jan. 28 when the discussion turned to the novel coronavirus outbreak in China. “This will be the biggest national security threat you face in your presidency,” national security adviser Robert O’Brien told Trump, according to a new book by Washington Post associate editor Bob Woodward. “This is going to be the roughest thing you face.”
Matthew Pottinger, the deputy national security adviser, agreed. He told the president that after reaching contacts in China, it was evident that the world faced a health emergency on par with the flu pandemic of 1918, which killed an estimated 50 million people worldwide.
Ten days later, Trump called Woodward and revealed that he thought the situation was far more dire than what he had been saying publicly. “You just breathe the air and that’s how it’s passed,” Trump said in a Feb. 7 call. “And so that’s a very tricky one. That’s a very delicate one. It’s also more deadly than even your strenuous flu.” “This is deadly stuff,” the president repeated for emphasis.
The book, using Trump’s own words, depicts a President who has betrayed the public trust and the most fundamental responsibilities of his office. In “Rage,” Trump says the job of a president is “to keep our country safe.”
But in early February, Trump told Woodward he knew how deadly the virus was, and in March, admitted he kept that knowledge hidden from the public.
“I wanted to always play it down,” Trump told Woodward on March 19, even as he had declared a national emergency over the virus days earlier. “I still like playing it down, because I don’t want to create a panic.”
Audio is here.
The whole area cooled off from the evil storm as Trump landed at the airport in Winston-Salem, NC yesterday. I was mending a wall last night or else I would have headed over to watch the madness.
Here’s a brief overview:
In “Disloyal: The Memoir,” Cohen describes thinking that his involvement in the Falwell photo matter would be a “catch and kill” — the practice of American tabloids to obtain and then suppress unfavorable stories about celebrities — “but in this case it was just going to be kill.”
He later writes: “In good time, I would call in this favor, not for me, but for the Boss, at a crucial moment on his journey to the presidency.”
Cohen has said that he helped persuade Falwell to endorse Trump just before Republican voters gathered in Iowa in February 2016 to nominate a presidential candidate. Falwell not only publicly vouched for Trump’s Christian virtues but also barnstormed with the candidate.
The material in Michael Cohen’s book, should it be true, is impressive. It would be difficult for any one person, as creative as they possibly might be, to publish this much creative fiction that resembles truthiness.
But this moment in particular is extremely stirring. If Falwell really led the evangelical pack with his coerced endorsement of President Trump, and then knowing now what happened with cuckolded Falwell and his wife, who not only slept with the pool boy for years, but gave her son’s friend blowjobs, the whole organization is nothing short of a mob.
Deceptive Manipulation is Trump’s middle name. And his supporters fellwell hook, line and stinker.
Imagine if you let a failed character like Falwell guide your voting decisions. What else might one be capable of?
Conservative talkshow host and writer Dennis Prager says:
There’s no escape. Remember, the left is totalitarian. I’ve said it all my life, most people think I’ve engaged in hyperbole. Maybe now you realize that is literally accurate. All leftists are totalitarian. Liberals are not, conservatives are not, leftists are. Total. Our control must be total. You cannot escape leftism. Not even on an American Airlines flight, that little bubble in the air. Why don’t they just rename it left-wing airlines?
You are not welcome if you consider police lives valuable. You are not welcome if you know that BLM is a despicable, fascist group. Why can’t people say that? It is so obvious. Do you see what they do in almost every city? Now Rochester and Pittsburgh. The other one was Washington, D.C. They scream and curse people, white people, who are having dinner because they’re white. And they’re not a racist organization? It’s the most racist organization in the country outside of the Ku Klux Klan. It’s just beyond belief. That the fact that there are many whites in it doesn’t make it non-racist. These sick people who join it. Angry, sick people.