“It’s bad, it’s bad.”
After weeks of irresponsible dismissiveness about the coronavirus, President Trump finally brought himself to admit that, yes, Houston, we have a problem.
But to see all his coronavirus utterances together, compiled by the folks over at The Bulwark in chronological order, is truly mind-numbing. And horrifying.
“We have it totally under control. It’s one person coming in from China. It’s going to be just fine.”
“Well, we pretty much shut it down coming in from China. We have a tremendous relationship with China, which is a very positive thing. Getting along with China, getting along with Russia.”
“We pretty much shut it down coming in from China.”
“A lot of people think that goes away in April with the heat — as the heat comes in.”
“The Coronavirus is very much under control in the USA. Stock Market starting to look very good to me.”
“The number of people infected [is] going very substantially down, not up.The 15 [cases] within a couple of days, is going to be down to zero.”
“It’s going to disappear one day, it’s like a miracle.”
(On the prospects of a : “I’ve heard very quick numbers, that of months.”
(remarks at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention): “I like this stuff. I really get it. People are surprised that I understand it. … Every one of these doctors said, ‘How do you know so much about this?’ Maybe I have a natural ability. Maybe I should have done that instead of running for president.”
“I didn’t know people died from the flu.”
“Anybody who wants a test gets a test.” [Note: This was a lie at the time and remains dangerously untrue today. The previous day, Vice President Mike Pence said, “We don’t have enough tests today to meet what we anticipate will be the demand going forward.”]
“Good for the consumer, gasoline prices coming down!”
“It will go away. Just stay calm. It will go away.”
“If we get rid of the coronavirus problem quickly, we won’t need [economic] stimulus.”
“I don’t take responsibility at all.”
“I’ve felt it was a pandemic long before it was called a pandemic.”
As of this morning, there were 254,799 coronavirus cases recorded and 10,447 deaths.
Just 228 days until the November election, folks.
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The NDP has called on Secretary of State Bob Evnen and Governor Pete Ricketts to consider moving entirely to Vote-by-Mail ballots for the May 12 Primary Election in light of the coronavirus pandemic.
“Health officials are urging an abundance of caution in light of this pandemic, which is spreading rapidly and increasingly wreaking havoc across our country,” said NDP Chair Jane Kleeb. “This is a public health crisis and we need to avoid a situation where polling places and our elections get disrupted. We need an all Vote-By-Mail election to happen. Our party is ready to work hand-in-hand with the Republicans and the government to ensure a safe election and to protect our democracy.”
For our part, the NDP will mail Vote By Mail applications to voters in addition to launching an online portal for Nebraskans to request a Vote By Mail Application be sent to them. See the online request form here.
The Nebraska Democratic Party is focused on making sure our elections are accessible and that the public is safe. We are shifting the majority of our resources to assist candidates to campaign in a new virtual world and to assist voters to Vote By Mail.
For candidates, the NDP has compiled a guide for Campaigning During Coronavirus, which you can read here.
Thank you to our friends at The Management Institute, Tuesday Company, M&R Lab, Power Labs, Progressphiles listserv, epolitics.com, ASDC, DNC, Missouri Democratic Party, other Democratic state parties and committees, for providing some of the content that we repurposed for this guide.
In light of the coronavirus epidemic and the Nebraska Democratic Party’s recommendations to cancel in-person gatherings, postpone all in-person campaigning, and adopt remote/virtual environments, we want to provide our candidates, local Democratic parties and allied activist organizations with recommendations on how to continue campaigning and staying in touch with supporters during the coronavirus.
We leave you this week with a rendering by Mike Luckovich on the inadequacy of Trump’s preparedness and response to the coronavirus.
–By Kevin O’Hanlon, NDP Communications Director
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March 21: March SCC Meeting Facebook Livestream
March 29: Secular Candidates Forum (online)