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California declares state of emergency over coronavirus as death toll rises in U.S.

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Where is Trump in all of this? He made it a point to get out there and tell everyone that HE had this under control?

It is going to be hard for the US to contain this virus without taking drastic measures.

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Where to start....The CDC failed the first test of medicine by being unable to tell who has the disease and who does not. Our system will require expensive payment for treatment that millions of uninsured will be unable to pay. We just do not have enough doctors and nurses to handle this... and we lack the ability to move them to places where they are needed like China did. Our health departments are down to skeleton crews and have NEVER been strong. Hospitals have been downsizing and running on the cheap so they do not have any extra beds, even NOW. Who is going to organize drive-by testing for example so that ERs are not clogged with infectious patients who could be treated at home? Our health system is completely unable to handle this.. aside from the vacuous Trump crew in charge.

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What concerns me is manipulating the coronavirus issue with economy and adding the white collar criminals of Wall Street together to support panic on wide scale in the US and abroad.

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Why? I don’t see anyone else doing better with this.

South Korea has drive thru test centers, which is far better than the tepid response from the US government under Donny. Here, have a read so you can see the error Of your statement:

https://www.google.com/amp/s/fortune.com/2020/03/03/coronavirus-us-test/amp/

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South Korea has drive thru test centers,

A lot of good it’s doing it would seem.

https://www.wsj.com/articles/not-enough-doctors-in-daegu-as-virus-cases-rise-south-koreas-response-is-criticized-11582547600

https://www.bangkokpost.com/world/1869714/global-virus-death-toll-tops-3-000-as-south-korea-cases-soar

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Getting rid of Obamacare which leaves even more people standing out in the rain.

Keeping it and people not being able to pay their premiums doesn’t help them either.

Criticizing or not even listening to those who want to tell him the facts.

The msm media is not listening and instead making things worse by agitating the public over something not one single pundit knows about.

And even B.S.ing people by stating that everything is under control.

So far to a certain level, it is, it’s not like thousands of people are being infected on an hourly basis.

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Who knows where this is going to take us.

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Who knows where this is going to take us.

Agreed. It's all made worse by having untrustworthy leaders and their lackeys parroting every tweet and tantrum. One thing we're seeing in the US is a president (impeached) concerned primarily about his re-election. He knows the main thing he and his fellow establishment GOP followers have going is the economy. Watch him use the virus as another 'security emergency' and continue to goose his economy up (see interest rates) to provide another burst. While caring jack nada for the corrections to come after the election. Which he'll blame on the Democrats.

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Our system will require expensive payment for treatment that millions of uninsured will be unable to pay. We just do not have enough doctors and nurses to handle this... and we lack the ability to move them to places where they are needed like China did. Our health departments are down to skeleton crews and have NEVER been strong. Hospitals have been downsizing and running on the cheap so they do not have any extra beds.

All of this is because it is a system based on greed and seif centeredness, where in the name of free-market economy everybody is trying to grab as much for themselves without any regard for the vast majority. You are praised for being smart grabbing for yourself.

A system that is Everybody for themselves and God for all us.

It is not only healthcare what about education it cost as skyrocketed to the point that the vast majority cannot afford without getting into debt.

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The US has 11 dead, compared to Japan's 12, so emergency measures are required.

Donny's incompetence backed by the right wing ignorance is putting American lives at risk.

Pence seems to have made the sensible choice of getting smart people to handle it, but being Donny's pooch has its limitations. Once never knows when he will veer off course...

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So, one California resident -- an elderly person who'd already had serious ongoing health issues -- dies from the coronavirus, and this is grounds for declaring a state of emergency?

California cities have rampant cases of homeless people defecating on sidewalks and tossing needles everywhere after using illegal intravenous drugs. That would seem to be a far larger health concern.

I certainly see the need to take precautions over the coronavirus, but this seems to be an overreaction.

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Well, California's having its Diamond Princess moment.

The Grand Princess, operated by same cruise liner of the Diamond Princess, is anchored off the San Francisco harbor because more than 20 passengers and crew members are showing coronavirus symptoms. The California man who died from coronavirus was the passenger of this ship.

Japanese officials watch and learn how US officials handle a cruise ship outbreak.

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stop blaming Trump. MSM main medical PR guy just a few weeks ago was talking down the impact of the virus; now it seems he and they are in full panic mode, and of course the usual fall back of blaming Trump.

This all started in China, eating things that the rest of us dont eat. It seems to be dying out there, if the media reports are to be believed.

Even if a vaccine was developed tomorrow, many of you would still blame Trump.

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California cities have rampant cases of homeless people defecating on sidewalks and tossing needles everywhere after using illegal intravenous drugs. That would seem to be a far larger health concern.

Yes the perfect habitat for a virus but seems Nancy is more concerned with homeless and addicts rights than their health

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Even if a vaccine was developed tomorrow, many of you would still blame Trump.

A vaccine for what? Trump was talking about an vaccine for Ebola the other day according to the White House.

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the Obama reaction to Ebola and this virus is apples vs oranges. Those countries in Africa were not equipped to deal with that virus, so outside help was solicited, in this case China went at it alone and the initial reports were that it was not so bad. Its a completely different scenario. 1st word vs 3rd world; 3rd world travelers and economics are different than a country China. Obama had it easy compared to this outbreak.

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Donny's incompetence backed by the right wing ignorance is putting American lives at risk.

Yeah, and Pelosi and Chucky could do a much better job! (barf)

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stop blaming Trump.

Trump is now blaming Obama.

And we aren’t blaming Trump - I don’t think any of us think he is responsible for the virus. We’re simply pointing out his incompetence in dealing with it, and pointing out how his decision to gut the CDC budget over his term led to a less effective response.

You people who whined about Obama for eight years have zero standing to tell us to not criticize trump for his ineptitude.

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A lot of good it’s doing it would seem.

It actually has reduced deaths (percentage wise), more dectection = more treatment. The criticism is really for caving to China and keeping borders open weeks after NK closed its borders to China. The other criticism is the lack of recovery resources, which is fair enough.

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Well, California's having its Diamond Princess moment

Which is interesting because where was the WHO when the Diamond Princess was used as an incubation station? Silent.

Where's the WHO when Italy was having a kiss a Chinese campaign?

Where was the WHO when the SK cult was going kumbaya with infected parshioners?

Yes, that's right, busy criticizing countries for actually doing their job of containment.

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You're being misleading here. You're trying to impart the notion that you're an American citizen and that criticizing Obama was tantamount to criticizing your president and therefore you can justify your own criticism of Trump. You're not in a position to deride Trump and his supporters on account they criticized Obama. Obama wasn't your president. Your just a fan. You have no dog in the fight.

Incorrect. Stranger has never implied he was an American, no matter how much he wishes he were. (Let’s face it, everyone wishes they were from the greatest country in the history of great or countries.)

Everyone on the planet has a dog on the fight insofar as American presidents. When a president farts, there are global repercussions.

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Yeah, and Pelosi and Chucky could do a much better job!

Meaningless question, but Donny is still clueless.

(barf)

Not surprised!!

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Put the US politics away already!

We wouldn't be arguing today if the WHO had done its job as a champion of global health, and advised countries to contain rather open to appease China.

It said it didn't want a repeat of damaging an economy like in the Congo during the ebola outbreak. Well, the Congo economic damage is a walk in the park, compared to what we are witnessing today around the world, in all manner of industries, jobs upon jobs teetering over a cliff.

We should all be debating the existence of the WHO not national politics.

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What a bunch of pathetic, fear mongering comments here. For example -

 Our system will require expensive payment for treatment that millions of uninsured will be unable to pay.

There's not gonna be millions of Americans getting the coronavirus. Oh, sure, I suppose it's possible... sort of like it's possible Trump will lose the 2020 election. Or China becoming the #1 economy in the world by 2024, which it probably would have if Clinton had been elected in 2016.

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Newsom is well spoken, has good ideas, and unlike the current buffoon, actually knows how to govern. He could very well end up the president in a few years. If he does, the idea that he wouldn't out-preside the current moron in the throne is pretty ridiculous.

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Data has emerged that indicates this virus is not an equal opportunity malady. It appears that youth is a powerful deterrent with infection rates among twenty somethings, teens and kids being low, while the infection rate among the 30-79 age demographic is as high as 87%.

Co-morbidity appears to play a significant role in the chances of an infected person succumbing to this disease. Heart disease, diabetes, hypertension, chronic respiratory disease all greatly increase the odds of fatal complications to this virus. Mortality among those without preexisting conditions is less than 1%.

This disease clearly is the greatest threat to the elderly and those who are in overall poor health. Imagine this disease getting into the vast homeless communities in San Francisco, LA, San Jose or any other homeless mecca on the West Coast. What a nightmare.

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This will likely cripple the USA. Not because of the mortality rate just because they don't have free healthcare system like everyone else

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The ship has 2,500 passengers. Let see how the US handles it.

Whatever any country does, let’s hope those in charge are speaking wisdom.

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What a bunch of pathetic, fear mongering comments here. 

Ignorance, even if coated with brashness, is still ignorance.

While the right wing nutters might feel proud of their lack of education, but that just shows their ignorance plain and clear.

These statements have no basis in reality.

They sure do, reality might be hurtful but it still is that, reality!!

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Well...he's been wanting to close off the border and everyone called him racist. The lefties block everything he tries to do.

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If you are not old and sick...you'll be fine.

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Actually conservatives tend to be smarter as they major in math sciences and computer technology

Are you sure? I majored in science and I don’t remember a majority of conservatives studying science. Is it different these days? I’d just add that my wife majored in Law and I’d say she’s smarter than me on the whole although I’m better at mathematics.

Why does Trump court and attract poorly educated people? He said he loved them. Surely he should be going for the more cerebral types ( which you seem to see as STEM graduates ). His speeches seem to aimed at people with pretty limited intellects. He doesn’t seem to court the clever types, which you seem to think are mostly conservative, despite being capable of playing 4D chess and having all the best words.

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U.S. lawmakers reached bipartisan agreement on an $8.3 billion emergency bill to help fund efforts to contain the virus. The bill garnered enough votes to pass in the House of Representatives.

Now that Newsom wants federal money all of a sudden? Unbelievable this guy!

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If you are not old and sick...you'll be fine.

Totally wrong.

A new born baby was infected in China because the mother was, there are a few 10 year olds in Japan getting infected. They will hopefully recover but chances are they might have passed on the disease to others.

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Unbelievable this guy!

Unbelievable that he wants his people to be safe.

We should just listen to donny who said its contained and harmless or Limbaugh who said its just a common cold.

Meanwhile 11 people are dead.....

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stop blaming Trump. MSM main medical PR guy just a few weeks ago was talking down the impact of the virus; now it seems he and they are in full panic mode, and of course the usual fall back of blaming Trump.

Geez, how soon some Trump supporters here forget who was elected Chief Executive in 2016 - let em quote a certain orange failed businessman in 2015 regarding Bush II's responsibility for 9/11 - "It happened on his watch"...

https://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2015/10/16/trump_hits_bush_for_911_the_world_trade_center_came_down_during_his_time.html

Even if a vaccine was developed tomorrow, many of you would still blame Trump.

True, that's because;

1) He froze hiring at the CDC and cut their budget...

https://markets.businessinsider.com/news/stocks/trump-defends-cuts-cdc-budget-federal-government-hire-doctors-coronavirus-2020-2-1028946602

2 ) He disbanded the Office of Pandemic Response...

https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/trump-fire-pandemic-team/

He's clearly incompetent - and has put the nation at risk.

And as for politicizing it, the Moron comes out today and tries to blame President Obama...which has already been fact-checked as a lie.

https://edition.cnn.com/2020/03/04/politics/donald-trump-obama-testing-lamar-alexander/index.html

What a weak, pathetic excuse for a leader...

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Some Trump fan bois are such hyper-partisans that they criticize bi-partisan funding to research the coronavirus. Ridiculous.

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Newsom is well spoken, has good ideas,

The consensus here is he is a pretty worthless Politician that will NOT walk his talk. His policies destroyed San Francisco and he is not doing much better in the city if the angels. He will not make a second term. Also, it is a known fact that secretly he likes your buddy TRUMP. He just can’t publicly show praise for him as it would hurt his chance for future elections.

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It seems Grand Princess ship brings more infected passengers (2500) to San Francisco. They will be quarantined for 14 days there.

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A new born baby was infected in China because the mother was

It was suspected at the time that the newborn was infected by close contact with its mother during delivery. In subsequent cases with infected expectant mothers, the babies were delivered by C Section and there was no transmission. It appears that the virus can't penetrate the placental barrier.

If you are not old and sick...you'll be fine.

Yeah, that's pretty much what the data is showing. Of course there will be exceptions, but overall that looks like that's the case. Probably the greatest problems that will be faced by the US won't be of a medical nature, but societal. Public hysteria poses a greater danger.

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See, that's what Mr. I-know-everything-better because of such a high IQ thinks.

Trump talking to Hannity about a serious medical issue requiring knowledge, precision of thought and an objectivity?

A great Tweet nailed this:

Trump says what people who don’t think are thinking.

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We should just listen to donny

I never said that, but this fool rides on his high horse claiming Californians don’t need the Feds help, they have enough money, now all of a sudden he needs and gladly takes the money from Washington, the guy is a joke.

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I can't speak for most states, but in my home state of New York, a lot of companies were forcing their employees to work from home in order not to attempt spreading the virus among coworkers. A lot of companies are mandating that this process hold up for the entire month of March. Some companies that need people have begun restricting their services and placed their staff on partial day shifts so if they need people they are only coming in for short bursts and not daily for long hours.

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In subsequent cases with infected expectant mothers, the babies were delivered by C Section and there was no transmission.

Even new born babies are not safe, that was the point. There will be cases where you are infected, there will be where you are not. Infections don't follow rules!!! Subsequent cases do not undo the one baby that was infected.

Yeah, that's pretty much what the data is showing. Of course there will be exceptions, but overall that looks like that's the case.

If you are old and sick then any infection can kill, but the issue here is getting infected . A young person might get infected and pass it on to an old person who might die. So not taking the disease seriously just because only the old die is stupidity!!

The Chinese did not take it seriously when only a few hundred were infected and we are at a situation where there are more than 90,000 infections and 3000 dead!! Its time to take is seriously whichever political side you are on.

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I never said that, but this fool rides on his high horse claiming Californians don’t need the Feds help

Only fools play politics when the lives of their citizens are in danger.

A country the size of China, and by no means poor, is struggling to cope with the disease.

So nothing wrong with the Governor looking out for his people.

Playing politics in such a situation is stupid and despicable!!!

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The consensus here is he is a pretty worthless Politician that will NOT walk his talk.

The consensus here is that he seems like a person who cares for the people in his state.

The consensus here is that he doesn't play politics with the lives of innocent people.

Only despicable , worthless people put their petty politics over the lives of people!!!

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Only fools play politics when the lives of their citizens are in danger.

So then CNN and DHS msm should stop politicizing this serious issue. You're right, it is despicable.

A country the size of China, and by no means poor, is struggling to cope with the disease.

Literally every country is, so it’s counterproductive to criticize the President when he’s just reiterating comments that he hears from his medical team that he has put in charge of this and the president is allowed to see or comment on whatever he wants to, it doesn’t mean that people have to like it or except it but he’s not making policy and he’s not telling people how they should medically handle this, he’s never said that.

So nothing wrong with the Governor looking out for his people.

No one said that, but it’s just funny how now he needs and wants help from Washington when before in every other situation, he told them to blank off. The guy is joke.

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So then CNN and DHS msm should stop politicizing this serious issue. You're right, it is despicable.

Some people find the truth despicable. News channels do what they are supposed to, report news.

Unfortunately some people have issues with that.

Literally every country is, so it’s counterproductive to criticize the President when he’s just reiterating comments that he hears from his medical team

No he was not. He was contradicting them because the truth hurt the fairy tale he was spinning.

 The guy is joke.

Sure, caring for people is a joke!!!

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Some people find the truth despicable. News channels do what they are supposed to, report news.

CNN has not done that since 2004 and especially now more than ever.

No he was not. He was contradicting them because the truth hurt the fairy tale he was spinning.

Well, you guys can’t stop him, don’t worry, drown it out and listen to his medical team talk.

Sure, caring for people is a joke!!

No, but Newsom is.

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CNN has not done that since 2004 and especially now more than ever.

Could be more with some people not understanding things after 2004.

Well, you guys can’t stop him, don’t worry, drown it out and listen to his medical team talk.

Stop him in what? He doesn't seem to understand much and know what to do.

No, but Newsom is.

Donny is the biggest joke ever...

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The right wing nutters might not like it, but California took the most sensible step.

The spread of virus is a crisis and if it takes an Emergency to stop its spread, so be it.

Donny will joke about it, and show how stupid he is, but hopefully there are sensible people in the administration who do the right thing!!

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Could be more with some people not understanding things after 2004.

The they shouldn’t be in the business if all they want to do is just bash conservatives or more to the point Republican Presidents and then they wonder why people tune them out.

Stop him in what? He doesn't seem to understand much and know what to do.

Some people might think that, others don’t.

Donny is the biggest joke ever...

But he’ll still get elected, as for Newsom, he can be as two faced as he wants, but I’m sure the next time he needs help Washington will definitely remind him.

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Trump is now blaming Obama.

That means all the good things happening under Trump (like the 6% GDP) is really from Obama's policies.

Keeping it and people not being able to pay their premiums doesn’t help them either.

WRONG! Premiums going way up under TrumpCare. What's the solution to premium expensive TrumpCare? Just don't pay, ditch your bill and come back to Japan. It's perfectly legal and it's the Trump way. Trump doesn't pay his bills and look where he is now.

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Some people might think that, others don’t.

I know the far-right loves postmodernism, but truth does exist. You can't visit a victim of the coronavirus and say to them "in my opinion, you're not sick".

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I know the far-right loves postmodernism, but truth does exist.

Liberal truth...oh, dear lord....lol

You can't visit a victim of the coronavirus and say to them "in my opinion, you're not sick".

That has absolutely nothing to do with my previous original point.

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I know the far-right loves postmodernism, but truth does exist.

Liberal truth...oh, dear lord....lol

Smh

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Everybody, everybody...........just relax!

There is nothing to worry about because the stable genius has just declare that the 3.4% deathrate reported by WHO is hoax!

Trump claims 3.4% death rate from coronavirus is 'false,' contradicting World Health Organization

https://news.yahoo.com/trump-claims-3-4-death-043855657.html

Who cares the Trump administration disbanded the team directly responsible for global health security and potential pandemics in 2018.

When Trump is performing incompetently (like always), he can just blame someone else or claim that it is fake news!

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Trump claims 3.4% death rate from coronavirus is 'false,' contradicting World Health Organization

Yahoo news?? Ohhh, not Mother Jones or Buzzfeed?

Who cares the Trump administration disbanded the team directly responsible for global health security and potential pandemics in 2018.

They did so well with SARS.

When Trump is performing incompetently (like always), he can just blame someone else or claim that it is fake news!

And we’re supposed to believe.....

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The they shouldn’t be in the business

The peddlers of lies would want that, wouldn’t they.

But Faux can churn that out hour after hours, with a dose of bigotry added in.

Some people might think that, others don’t.

The ones who think, think that, the ones who don’t think, don’t.

But he’ll still get elected, as for Newsom, he can be as two faced as he wants

Just like he got impeached, Donny cannot be limited to two faces, he had a new one every day.

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@Bass wrote:

Yahoo news?? Ohhh, not Mother Jones or Buzzfeed?

Trump claims 3.4% death rate from coronavirus is 'false,' contradicting World Health Organization

https://www.businessinsider.com/trump-claim-death-rate-coronavirus-word-health-organization-2020-3

Do you feel uncomfortable yet?

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And we’re supposed to believe.....

The experts........

Fact-checking President Trump’s coronavirus news conference

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2020/02/28/fact-checking-president-trumps-coronavirus-news-conference/

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“Well, I think the 3.4% is really a false number,” Trump said. “Now, this is just my hunch, but based on a lot of conversations with a lot of people that do this, because a lot of people will have this and it’s very mild. They’ll get better very rapidly. They don’t even see a doctor. They don’t even call a doctor. You never hear about those people.”

What an absolute moron.

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Trump claims 3.4% death rate from coronavirus is 'false,' contradicting World Health Organization

Yahoo news?? Ohhh, not Mother Jones or Buzzfeed

Are you denying he said that? Seriously?

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The experts........

We hear them on TV everyday.

Are you denying he said that? Seriously?

Do we have a video or transcript?

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@Chip Star, your comments, "Let’s face it, everyone wishes they were from the greatest country in the history of great or countries" (typo there, I'm sure) and "Everyone on the planet has a dog on the fight insofar as American presidents. When a president farts, there are global repercussions." both made me want to barf. If my grandparents hadn't moved back to Canada from LA for a family wedding in the late 1920's I'd have been born an American. Every day, and I mean it - every day - I'm thankful for that. The U.S. is NOT the greatest country. It has more 'sicknesses' running rampant in its society than coronavirus could ever compete with.

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California has done what Donny didn’t have the balls to.

Maybe that’s why he’s going on another Twitter rant...

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