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A NEW LOW: NY Times Article Blames Coronavirus Outbreak on ‘Evangelicals’ and Religious Americans


Posted by Hannity Staff – 15 hours ago March 30, 2020

A sickening new article published by the New York Times Friday viciously claims the “road to Coronavirus hell” was “paved by Evangelicals” and other religious Americans; directly blaming hundreds of deaths and thousands of infections on people of faith.

“Donald Trump rose to power with the determined assistance of a movement that denies science, bashes government and prioritized loyalty over professional expertise. In the current crisis, we are all reaping what that movement has sown,” writes Katherine Stewart.
“By all accounts, President Trump’s tendency to trust his gut over the experts on issues like vaccines and climate change does not come from any deep-seated religious conviction. But he is perfectly in tune with the religious nationalists who form the core of his base. In his daily briefings from the White House, Mr. Trump actively disdains and contradicts the messages coming from his own experts and touts as yet unproven cures,” adds the author.
“When a strong centralized response is needed from the federal government, it doesn’t help to have an administration that has never believed in a federal government serving the public good. Ordinarily, the consequences of this kind of behavior don’t show up for some time. In the case of a pandemic, the consequences are too obvious to ignore,” Stewart concludes.

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URL of the original posting site: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/27/opinion/coronavirus-trump-evangelicals.html?auth=link-dismiss-google1tap

Ms. Stewart is the author of “The Power Worshippers: Inside the Dangerous Rise of Religious Nationalism.”


At least since the 19th century, when the proslavery theologian Robert Lewis Dabney attacked the physical sciences as “theories of unbelief,” hostility to science has characterized the more extreme forms of religious nationalism in the United States. Today, the hard core of climate deniers is concentrated among people who identify as religiously conservative Republicans. And some leaders of the Christian nationalist movement, like those allied with the Cornwall Alliance for the Stewardship of Creation, which has denounced environmental science as a “Cult of the Green Dragon,” cast environmentalism as an alternative — and false — theology.

This denial of science and critical thinking among religious ultraconservatives now haunts the American response to the coronavirus crisis. On March 15, Guillermo Maldonado, who calls himself an “apostle” and hosted Mr. Trump earlier this year at a campaign event at his Miami megachurch, urged his congregants to show up for worship services in person. “Do you believe God would bring his people to his house to be contagious with the virus? Of course not,” he said.

Rodney Howard-Browne of The River at Tampa Bay Church in Florida mocked people concerned about the disease as “pansies” and insisted he would only shutter the doors to his packed church “when the rapture is taking place.” In a sermon that was live-streamed on Facebook, Tony Spell, a pastor in Louisiana, said, “We’re also going to pass out anointed handkerchiefs to people who may have a fear, who may have a sickness and we believe that when those anointed handkerchiefs go, that healing virtue is going to go on them as well.”

By all accounts, President Trump’s tendency to trust his gut over the experts on issues like vaccines and climate change does not come from any deep-seated religious conviction. But he is perfectly in tune with the religious nationalists who form the core of his base. In his daily briefings from the White House, Mr. Trump actively disdains and contradicts the messages coming from his own experts and touts as yet unproven cures.

Not every pastor is behaving recklessly, of course, and not every churchgoer in these uncertain times is showing up for services out of disregard for the scientific evidence. Far from it. Yet none of the benign uses of religion in this time of crisis have anything to do with Mr. Trump’s expressed hope that the country would be “opened up and just raring to go by Easter.” He could, of course, have said, “by mid-April.” But Mr. Trump did not invoke Easter by accident, and many of his evangelical allies were pleased by his vision of “packed churches all over our country.”

Religious nationalism has brought to American politics the conviction that our political differences are a battle between absolute evil and absolute good. When you’re engaged in a struggle between the “party of life” and the “party of death,” as some religious nationalists now frame our political divisions, you don’t need to worry about crafting careful policy based on expert opinion and analysis. Only a heroic leader, free from the scruples of political correctness, can save the righteous from the damned. Fealty to the cause is everything; fidelity to the facts means nothing. Perhaps this is why many Christian nationalist leaders greeted the news of the coronavirus as an insult to their chosen leader.

In an interview on March 13 on “Fox & Friends,” Jerry Falwell Jr., the president of Liberty University, called the response to Coronavirus “hype” and “overreacting.” “You know, impeachment didn’t work, and the Mueller report didn’t work, and Article 25 didn’t work, and so maybe now this is their next, ah, their next attempt to get Trump,” he said.

When Rev. Spell in Louisiana defied an order from Gov. John Bel Edwards and hosted in-person services for over 1,000 congregants, he asserted the ban was “politically motivated.” Figures like the anti-L.G.B.T. activist Steve Hotze added to the chorus, denouncing the concern as — you guessed it — “fake news.”

One of the first casualties of fact-free hyper-partisanship is competence in government. The incompetence of the Trump administration in grappling with this crisis is by now well known, at least among those who receive actual news. February 2020 will go down in history as the month in which the United States, in painful contrast with countries like South Korea and Germany, failed to develop the mass testing capability that might have saved many lives. Less well known is the contribution of the Christian nationalist movement in ensuring that our government is in the hands of people who appear to be incapable of running it well.

Consider the case of Alex Azar, who as secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services has had a prominent role in mismanaging the crisis. It seems likely at this point that Mr. Azar’s signature achievement will have been to rebrand his department as the “Department of Life.” Or maybe he will be remembered for establishing a division of Conscience and Religious Freedom, designed to permit health care providers to deny legal and often medically indicated health care services to certain patients as a matter of religious conscience.

Biden’s Worst Fears Come True: Even ABC News and the Washington Post Couldn’t Cover It Up


Written by Staff Writer – March 29, 2020

ABC News/Washington Post released a poll on Sunday and none of it is good news for Joe Biden…None of it. Also, since this poll is being conducted by ABC and WashPo I would bet it’s even worse then they are reporting.

Biden has the lowest enthusiasm support on record for a Democratic presidential candidate in the last 20 years, Biden has just 24%. Meanwhile, at least 53% (you know it’s more than that) of President Trump’s supporters are highly enthusiastic about his re-election (try at least 80%).

One bombshell in this report is that ABC News is stating that 15% of those that supported Senator Bernie Sanders will vote for President Donald Trump.

ABC News tried to sound the alarm:

The Democrats’ biggest risk is under the surface, in Trump’s big advantage in backers who are “very” enthusiastic about supporting him. Strong enthusiasm for a candidate can help boost turnout on Election Day, a must-have particularly for Democrats, who rely more on motivating less-frequent voters to come to the polls.

While trailing Trump by 29 points in high-level enthusiasm, Biden makes up some of the difference with those who are “somewhat” enthusiastic. But he still trails Trump by 12 points in the combined measure, 74 vs. 86%.

Hidden three-quarters of the way down the article is the real bunker buster:

Even among those who support Biden for the nomination, his very enthusiastic support against Trump is just 39% (with an additional 50% somewhat enthusiastic). That’s dwarfed by strong enthusiasm for Trump among his supporters, including a peak of 81% among strong conservatives and broad majorities of Republicans, seniors and rural residents.

ABC News also pointed out in their poll that three other candidates experienced close to the same poor numbers Clinton, Romney, and McCain. Considering all three of those candidates lost in the general election it appears that Biden worst fears are coming true.

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NY DRUG TRIALS: President Trump Sending Hydroxychloroquine and Zithromycin to NYC – the Epicenter of Coronavirus


Posted By Pamela Geller – on 

URL of the original posting site: https://gellerreport.com/2020/03/nyc-hydroxychloroquine-and-zithromycin.html/

 

HYDROXYCHLOROQUINE and AZITHROMYCIN

A specific combination of existing drugs has shown it is capable of wiping out the #coronavirus in a study conducted in France. NY will start clinical drug trials on Tuesday for two newly approved drugs by the FDA including Chloroquine, which is used to treat malaria.

New York State will start trial testing antiviral medicines on Tuesday in an ongoing effort to stem the coronavirus pandemic statewide, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced on Sunday.

  • 70,000 Hydroxychloroquine –
  • 10,000 Zithromax
  • 750,000 Chloroquine From the Federal Government.

Trials will start Tuesday.

President Trump is sending thousands of samples of the drugs hydrooxychloroquine, zithromax and chloroquine to New York for testing.

President Donald Trump drew attention Thursday to drugs often used to treat illnesses like malaria that could also help treat COVID-19 patients.

In January, researchers at the University of Utah identified hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine as effective methods of COVID-19 treatment after conducting a series of test tube studies, according to Dr. Kurt Hegmann, center director of Rocky Mountain Center for Occupational and Environmental Health at the University of Utah.

Multiple studies and reports testing the efficacy of the drugs around the world have also shown positive results, Hegmann said during a Friday press conference with politicians, health professionals and business owners.

Two days ago, a study conducted and published in France showed a stark drop in virus replication among patients who were prescribed the drugs, in contrast with those who weren’t, Hegmann explained. While the study was not randomized, it’s exceptionally difficult to see results that stark caused by another factor, he added.

“We’re going to get this supply and the trial will start this Tuesday,” Cuomo said at his daily briefing on the pandemic in Albany. “[President Donald Trump] is optimistic about these drugs and we are all optimistic that it could work. I’ve spoken with a number of health officials and there is a good basis to believe that they could work.”

These drugs are especially exciting because they’ve already been around for 80 years now, said Senate President J. Stewart Adams. And side effects generally only display themselves if a patient has been taking the medication for years, Richards added. (KSL)

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CORONAVIRUS: NY GOV. CUOMO SAYS STATE TO START CLINICAL DRUG TRIAL, AUTHORIZES TEMPORARY HOSPITALS, ASKS US TO NATIONALIZE MEDICAL SUPPLY BUYING

NEW YORK STATE IS  RUNNING A CLINICAL TRIAL BEGINNING TUESDAY OF A TREATMENT REGIMEN OF HYDROXYCHLOROQUINE AND AZITHROMYCIN, TWO DRUGS THAT DOCTORS IN AFRICA AND ELSEWHERE SAY THEY’VE SEEN GOOD RESULTS IN FIGHTING THE VIRUS.

The new state measures Cuomo announced include:
  • Army Corp of Engineers to construct four temporary hospitals in Stony Brook, Westchester, Westbury and the Javits Convention Center in Midtown Manhattan. The locations were chosen for various reasons including dormitory space for medical personnel
  • FEMA to construct four federal hospitals of 250 beds each
  • New York City to present a plan to reduce social interaction and density in parks and public spaces within 24 hours for the state to review
  • Hospitals must create plans to increase capacity by at least 50 percent, with a goal of 100 percent increase
  • All elective non-critical surgery will be canceled as of Wednesday
  • New York State will begin implementing trials of two drugs to treat COVID-19, the anti-malaria drug chloroquine and the antibiotic azithromycin on Tuesday.

Cuomo said that New York State currently has 53,000 hospital beds available. Projections estimate that as many as 110,000 beds could be needed as coronavirus cases peak.

Besides the multifold state response, Cuomo called on the federal government to nationalize the production of medical supplies needed for the pandemic.

“The states just can’t deal with finding the medical supplies they need.” Hospitals need these materials now, Cuomo urged.

Cuomo also asked the FDA to approve serological testing for antibodies to assess what percent of the population may have already been exposed to COVID-19.

As of Sunday morning, the total number of cases in New York reached 15,000. Here is how the current state statistics break down:

  • 53 percent of cases are 18 to 49 years old
  • 50,000 new tests were administered
  • 4,800 new cases were confirmed
  • 374 deaths to date have been recorded in New York State
  • 70 percent of deaths so far were 70 years or older and the majority had underlying health conditions
  • 80 percent of deaths under 70 years old had an underlying condition
  • 1,900 patients have been hospitalized. The 13 percent hospitalization rate is lower than the previous rate of 15 percent.

These new mandates come after previous measures such as all non-essential employees being asked to stay at home and new rules concerning social distancing and “Matilda’s Law” for senior citizens and other vulnerable people.

Cuomo repeated pleas for residents to socially distance.

“You would think nothing was going on. There is a density level that is not appropriate and it has to stop now.”

Cuomo reassured residents that food and medication supply chains are not at risk of collapse.

“All essential services will be maintained”

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Today’s Politically INCORRECT Cartoon by A.F. Branco


A.F. Branco Cartoon – Crack Kills

Trump was called a racist and a xenophobe for his early travel ban from China that probably saved thousands of lives.
Trump China Travel BanPolitical cartoon by A.F. Branco ©2020.
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Donations/Tips accepted and appreciated –  $1.00 – $25.00 – $50.00 – $100 –  it all helps to fund this website and keep the cartoons coming. – THANK YOU!

A.F. Branco has taken his two greatest passions, (art and politics) and translated them into the cartoons that have been popular all over the country, in various news outlets including “Fox News”, MSNBC, CBS, ABC and “The Washington Post.” He has been recognized by such personalities as Dinesh D’Souza, James Woods, Sarah Palin, Larry Elder, Lars Larson, Rush Limbaugh, and has had his toons tweeted by President Trump.

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A.F. Branco Cartoon – Friends With Benefits

Many in the mainstream media here in the U.S are siding with Chinese propaganda to blame Trump for the Coronavirus.
Media Sides with China to Blame TrumpPolitical cartoon by A.F. Branco ©2020.
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Donations/Tips accepted and appreciated –  $1.00 – $25.00 – $50.00 – $100 –  it all helps to fund this website and keep the cartoons coming. – THANK YOU!

A.F. Branco has taken his two greatest passions, (art and politics) and translated them into the cartoons that have been popular all over the country, in various news outlets including “Fox News”, MSNBC, CBS, ABC and “The Washington Post.” He has been recognized by such personalities as Dinesh D’Souza, James Woods, Sarah Palin, Larry Elder, Lars Larson, Rush Limbaugh, and has had his toons tweeted by President Trump.

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CNN host credits Trump for ‘remarkable’ response to coronavirus pandemic: ‘He is being the kind of leader that people need’


President Donald Trump has been taking the coronavirus threat more seriously in the past week, and even one CNN host has taken notice and given the president credit for his response.

CNN’s Dana Bash on Tuesday pushed back on criticism of Trump by pointing out that, at least with his recent words and tone, he’s doing a good job managing the crisis.

“If you look at the big picture, this was remarkable by the president of the United States,” Bash said. “This is a nonpartisan, this is an important thing to note and to applaud, from an American standpoint, from a human standpoint. He is being the kind of leader that people need, at least in tone, today and yesterday, in tone, that people need and want and yearn for in times of crisis and uncertainty.”

An NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll showed that 49% of Americans disapprove of Trump’s handling of the pandemic, compared to 44% who approve. Only 37% say they have either a “good amount” or a “great deal” of trust in information from the president about the coronavirus, while 60% say they trust the president “not very much” or “not at all” on the issue.

After initially taking a more casual stance toward the significance of the coronavirus, President Trump in recent days has shown a willingness to enact drastic measures, both socially and economically, to help the United States reduce the spread of the coronavirus and minimize the economic impact on businesses and Americans.

With the stock market significantly down over the past week and several industries being crippled by a lack of consumer activity directly resulting from the threat of the coronavirus, the Trump administration is working with Congress on an economic stimulus package that could exceed $1 trillion and may include bailouts for travel and hospitality companies, direct payments to Americans, and various forms of support or relief for small businesses.

On Monday, the president urged all Americans to stay home as much as possible from work and school, and to limit gatherings to 10 people or fewer to slow the spread of the coronavirus so that a high number of cases doesn’t overwhelm the health care system.

(H/T: The Daily Wire)

 

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