Anderson Cooper Chokes Up Asking About Moment Gay ICU Doctor Died in His Husband’s Arms: WATCH

Last week we reported on Dr. Joseph Costa, the chief of the critical care division/ICU at Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore, who died of complications from COVID-19 in his husbands arms. He was 56.

On AC360, Anderson Cooper got choked up speaking with Costa’s husband David Hart, about how he took off his PPE in his husband’s final moments.

ICYMI: Colleagues Shaken as ICU Chief at Baltimore Hospital Dies of COVID-19 in Husband’s Arms: WATCH

“So many people did not have the privilege that I had and I cannot imagine going through what I went through and not being able to be in the room,” said Hart. “I contracted COVID from Joe at the time he was dying. I was just not going to not be able to touch him with my bare hands, with my cheek, so I took everything off. I just took it off. I know I wasn’t supposed to do that, but, at that point, it was what I wanted to do for him to help support and comfort him.”

“Unfortunately, those 20 people that he worked with, his fellow physicians and nurses, they had to leave that room and go back to work, so they did not have that luxury,” Hart continued. “So they had their hands in blue gloves on his body which was a very poignant moment for him. So I was holding him and I looked down the length of his body and that’s what I saw.”

“I feel for them,” Hart added. “For everybody who has been in that situation, for everybody who has lost a loved one, it’s important to be there. It’s important to touch somebody. That’s what’s so cruel about this disease, the quarantining, the not being able to touch somebody, to give somebody a hug.”

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Nashville Restaurant to Press Assault Charges Against COVID Rule-Defying ‘Bedazzled’ Bachelorette Party Attendee Who Coughed on Manager: WATCH

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Mikey Corona, who owns Nashville restaurant Mockingbird with his husband Brian Riggenbach, says he plans to press charges after a bachelorette attendee deliberately coughed on his manager when she was was told it was against the city’s COVID regulations to join two tables together.

WKRN reports: “He said the woman coughed three times while directing the cough with her hand toward his employee. He said the group of 10 stomped out after not being allowed to move their tables together, a violation of the current Phase Two health orders. Additionally, some in the bachelorette party refused to wear a mask, he said, but coughing on his employee elevated the disruption to another level.”

Said Corona to WKRN: “It was intentional, it was malice, it was not done in any sort of accidental way. We knew exactly what that meant. That’s the equivalent of spitting on somebody or slapping somebody, let alone during the pandemic. … You know we are all about fun in this town, but when you come in with your bedazzled cowboy boots and you stomp on us like we are a mat that’s not ok. That’s where you have to draw the line because we are also human and you should respect that first and foremost.”

Corona says the manager is now quarantined until she gets tested.

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Nancy Pelosi Says Dr. Birx is ‘Enabling’ Trump’s COVID Lies: She ‘Stands There While the President Says ‘Swallow Lysol” — WATCH

On CNN Monday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was asked about remarks she made over the weekend in which she said she had no confidence in Dr. Deborah Birx, Coronavirus Response Coordinator for the White House Coronavirus Task Force since February 2020.

Said Pelosi to ABC News’ Martha Raddatz: “I think the president has been spreading disinformation about the virus and she is his appointee so, I don’t have confidence there, no.”

Pelosi clarified the remarks to CNN’s Jim Sciutto, explaining a talk she had with White House officials: “What happened is we had a conversation about how we stop the virus, and when we did, they were making contentions about how tracing isn’t a valuable thing, we shouldn’t do it, and I said ‘Well that’s not what most scientists say.’ And they said ‘well we’ll bring a scientist to say that,’ and I said ‘Make sure it’s not Dr. Birx because I don’t have confidence in anyone who stands there while the president says swallow Lysol and it’s going to cure your virus.’”

“It’ll kill you and you won’t have the virus anymore,” Pelosi continued. “I don’t have confidence in somebody when the president says ‘it’s a hoax, magic, it’s going to go away by magic, a miracle,’ and all those things. No. I don’t have confidence.”

“I think that she has enabled [Trump’s lies],” Pelosi added. “But it’s not about her. It’s about the American people and how this administration has not had a strategic plan. …. If the president is saying these things, then who’s advising him that this is okay and enabling that to happen?”

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Seth Sikes Channels His Inner Judy for a Tribute to Fire Island and its Ferry: WATCH

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Fire Island Pines, the gay getaway approximately 90-minutes from New York City, made headlines several weeks ago when several videos spread across social media of gay men partying with nary a mask in sight and little to no social distancing. Since that round of incredibly bad publicity, a group has worked to ensure that rules are obeyed by hiring drag queens and go-go boys to hand out masks and sanitizer.

Cabaret singer Seth Sikes, who has had his gigs canceled due to the pandemic, offers another take on the island with this cheery and colorful parody of the Oscar-winning Johnny Mercer classic, “Atchison, Topeka and the Santa Fe” (covered by Judy Garland, Bing Crosby,and others) which highlights the transportation rituals and rules of this glammed-out sand bar.

“And don’t forget your mask or you’ll be sent home fast.”

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Right-Wing Texas Lawmaker Who Compared Coronavirus Restrictions to ‘Socialism’ Nearly Dies from COVID-19

Right-wing Texas state Rep. Tony Tinderholt, who pushed for reopening the state amid the coronavirus pandemic and compared the shutdown to “socialism,” says he thought he was going to die after recently testing positive for COVID-19.

“Though I am not quite back to 100% health, I am feeling much better and continue to self isolate and heal inside my home,” Tinderholt wrote on Facebook on Friday afternoon. “I praise the Lord for keeping my family safe and for sending an excellent medical professional who was not afraid to practice the medicine he felt was in the best interest of his patients.”

According to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Tinderholt’s treatment did not include hydroxychloroquine because doctors thought it would be too risky given that he has a titanium heart valve.

The Texas Tribune reports: “I truly thought last Friday was gonna be my last,” Tinderholt, an Arlington Republican, said in a text message to the Tribune. Tinderholt said his wife and two of his children also tested positive for the virus, though their symptoms were less severe. … Tinderholt is a member of the hardline conservative House Freedom Caucus, which has frequently criticized Gov. Greg Abbott’s response to the pandemic — shutting down businesses and requiring masks in public — as government overreach. In an April 24 letter to the governor, the caucus urged Abbott to “fully reopen” the state economy, arguing that the longer he waited to reopen, the longer it would take to recover.

Tinderholt also called for a special session of the Legislature to overturn Abbott’s statewide mask mandate. In his own letter to the governor, Tinderholt said the Founding Fathers would be “rolling over in their graves” if they witnessed the “massive growth in government power” that occurred when people were “gripped with fear” in the early days of the pandemic.

“Therefore, if we allow government to continue to grow one more iota over this level of threat, then we are ushering in the very foundations of socialism,” Tinderholt wrote. “The question I would encourage you ask yourself is this: do you want to be the governor who helped socialism take root in Texas or one who stood for freedom in the midst of great pressure? I know we both stand for freedom and personal liberty over socialist ideals. However, they will take root if we do not permanently change this course now.”

Tinderholt is perhaps best known to the LGBT community for filing an ethics complaint against the first judge to perform a same-sex marriage in Texas. Tinderholt has been married five times, including one relationship that ended with a restraining order against him. The lesbian couple involved in Texas’ first same-sex marriage had been together for 30 years, and one of the women was gravely ill with ovarian cancer.

Last year, Tinderholt introduced a bill that would have made it possible for women to get the death penalty for having abortions.

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Anti-mask Republican – who said gays should be sent to a desert island to die – tests positive for COVID-19. He’s 66

Anti-mask and anti-gay Texan lawmaker Louie Gohmert sent shudders through the Republican Party Wednesday (July 29) after announcing that he has tested positive for coronavirus.

The 66-year-old, who once said gay men should be thrown onto a deserted island so they could “die-off”, may himself have to get used to isolation.

He declared his positive result for COVID-19 only moments before a planned trip on Air Force One with US president Donald Trump to Midland.

He was tested during a pre-flight screening at the White House, an insider told CNN.

In a video recorded from his Capitol Hill office, a smiling Gohmert casually declared he had acquired the “Wuhan virus”. How? Because he’s been wearing a face mask for the last two weeks, he said.


He said he was asymptomatic and that “the reports of my demise are a great deal premature”. Later, he told KETK TV that he may have acquired the virus incorrectly wearing his mask.

“I can’t help but wonder if by keeping a mask on and keeping it in place, that if I might have put some germs or some of the virus onto the mask and breathed it in,” Gohmert mused, adding he would isolate for 10 days.

Louie Gohmert tests positive for coronavirus, sending all of Congress into panic. 

Gohmert’s declaration was certain to rankle his fellow Republicans, who are choreographing a risky dance of inflaming civilian disdain for face masks and minimising the ongoing pandemic as a still distant threat.

All the while, the American death tolls balloon to figures seen nowhere else in the world.

Donald Trump himself acknowledged last week the urgency to wear masks, bringing an end to a months-long approach of downplaying the virus and, in turn, the measures needed to curb it.

Louie Gohmert attends a US House Natural Resources Committee hearing. (Michael Reynolds-Pool/Getty Images)
Louie Gohmert attends a US House Natural Resources Committee hearing. (Michael Reynolds-Pool/Getty Images)

The news prompted House speaker Nancy Pelosi to announce a new mandate demanding lawmakers and staff wear a mask on the House floor and in House office buildings.

Moreover, Gohmert, who has this week actively voted and engaged in congressional hearings, often wearing a bandanna, sparked several rank-and-file lawmakers and aids to quarantine and even attorney general William Bar to get tested.

It has prompted questions about how safe Congress is. Across the pond in Britain, parliament temporarily enacted measures to allow lawmakers to digitally attend legislative proceedings in April and enforced social distancing when in building chambers.

According to monitoring group GovTrack, Gohmert the tenth legislator to test positive.

Republican Texan has a long, long history of anti-LGBT+ comments. 

Since 2005 Gohmert has represented a deeply conservative patch of east Texas. During his career, he has levelled vile attacks against LGBT+ people.

As a senior-level lawmaker, American queer activists were stunned in 2015 to hear Gohmert devise a plan to stop the debate over marriage equality – sending queer men and women to a deserted island.

Louie Gohmert. (SAUL LOEB/AFP via Getty Images)
Louie Gohmert. (SAUL LOEB/AFP via Getty Images)

“Take four all-male couples and put them on an island with all they need to sustain life,” he said. “Take four couples of women, married, and put them on an island, and let’s come back in 100 to 200 years and see which one nature says is the preferred marriage.”

His track record doesn’t quite end there, however.
In the past he has compared gay rights advocates to Nazis in the US House of Representativesclaimed that equal marriage will force churches to hire cross dressers and Satan worshippers, and – most bizarrely – argued that gay people shouldn’t serve in the military because they’ll need massages.

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Indict Trump for Negligent Homicide

“Negligent homicide occurs when a defendant kills another person while engaging in conduct that they should have known carried risks.”

The last months have been some of the most difficult in the history of our republic and there appears to be no end in sight.  COVID-19 is devastating our country, with experts predicting near a quarter of million dead by election day.  Many who survive the plague face months of recovery and may experience serious neurological, respiratory, and cardiac side effects for an exceptionally long time.

When the surge hit the Northeast and particularly New York and New Jersey, we hardly knew anything about COVID-19. Thanks to heroic actions by governors, scientists, and everyday Americans, we learned (and are still learning) painful lessons about how to fight this virus.  Tragically, hundreds of thousands died on this learning curve.

Months into this pandemic, we have a core base of knowledge that is accepted by the scientific and medical communities.  This includes these basics: shutdowns did work; opening up too soon is deadly; our economy can’t recover until we get this pandemic under control; wearing masks and social distancing is the most effective way for individual Americans to fight the disease; and local leaders can’t fight the pandemic alone without strong national leadership. 

Clear, powerful, and courageous leadership is urgently needed at the national level.  

At first, Trump was overwhelmed by COVID-19.  This virus respected no boundaries, no blue states or red states, no political party and certainly couldn’t care less about the upcoming election.  Trump fumbled around looking for a place that he should land when this virus, which he had been warned about, arrived.  I honestly believed that in the early days he was like the rest of us, attempting to find his way on a road filled with harsh and bloody rocks. 

We will give him those early moments.  

Instead of providing the national leadership urgently required with regard to testing, masks and contact tracing, Trump has progressed along the most evil and disastrous path imaginable, allowing Americans to die in an attempt to save his presidency.  

There is no disputing this fact.  Now, Trump undoubtedly has the information and knowledge needed to make tough decisions, and he has chosen his own well-being over the national interest. 

It is one thing to ignore a crisis and hope it will go away, or to not be able to summon the leadership required.  It is another to embark on a program of deliberately disseminating misinformation with full knowledge that the path will kill tens of thousands of Americans.  

His actions over the last weeks, with the support of his henchmen Ron DeSantis, Brian Kemp, Greg Abbott and Doug Ducey, perfectly fit the definition of negligent homicide. By refusing to curb this pandemic for political reasons, spreading copious amounts of disinformation, and implementing a campaign of character assassination against those attempting to oppose his deadly policies, Trump has created a clear-cut case for his indictment. 

Unfortunately, there is great legal uncertainty as to whether a U.S. president can be indicted for any of his policies.  Most constitutional lawyers would say that he cannot.

However, the U.S. Supreme Court recently made clear that no person, including this president, is above the law.  Trump’s actions in recent weeks will lead to hundreds of thousands of American deaths and tens of thousands of others will be damaged for life by the disease.  He knowingly chose a path that not only failed to slow the pandemic but one that aided its spread for political reasons.

It is time to hold him responsible for these premeditated actions and indict him for negligent homicide. I hope somewhere in America there is a brave prosecutor or district attorney that will put those charges in front of a grand jury of Americans and let them decide if Trump’s crimes against humanity are so egregious that he should be indicted.  

Our president is a killer.

All opinions expressed are those of the author.

David Mixner, whom Newsweek once named the most powerful gay man in America, has been a highly regarded leader in American politics and international human rights for over 40 years and is a best-selling author of Stranger Among Friends, At Home with Myself, and Brave Journeys (co-written with Dennis Bailey). A sought after keynote speaker around the globe, Mixner has lectured at Oxford, Harvard, Stanford, Princeton, and the London School of Economics.

Mixner has raised over $30 million for candidates and charity organizations, including well over $1 million for openly gay and lesbian candidates across the country, and has participated in over 75 election campaigns, serving as campaign manager, fundraiser, or strategist. Campaigns include Gephardt for President, Clinton for President, Hart for President, McGovern for President, Bradley for Mayor, and Brown for Governor and Senate. Additionally, Mixner is a past member of the Democratic National Committee, the Democratic Party National Commission on Delegate Selection and Party Reform, the Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund (former National Co-Chair).

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Couple Shopping at Walmart Proudly Flaunts Nazi Swastika Masks: WATCH

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A couple shopping at a Walmart in Marshall, Minnesota were captured on video proudly wearing face masks emblazoned with Nazi swastikas.

Said a man observing the couple: “You’re sick. Yeah, you’re sick. You have an illness. You can’t be American and wear that mask. We literally had a war about this.”

The woman wearing the swastika mask replied: “If you vote for Biden, you’re going to be in Nazi Germany. That’s what it’s gonna be like. … You aren’t getting it. I’m not a Nazi. I’m trying to tell you, if you vote for Biden this is what we’re gonna have.”

KARE11 reports: “The 59-year-old man and a 64-year-old woman confronted another group of shoppers who recorded the incident on their phone. Video on social media subsequently went viral. … Marshall PD says they responded to the incident around noon on Saturday, on reports that the couple’s masks were causing a disturbance. According to Marshall PD Sergeant Jason Buysse, his department issued a notice of trespass to the two shoppers.”

The couple was reportedly told they’ll face arrest if they return to the Walmart.

Raphaela Mueller, who posted the video to Facebook, wrote: “I was born and raised in Germany, and I grew up hearing about my great-grandmother who fought in the underground against the first wave of Nazis in the 1930s and 40s. Let me make this abundantly clear once and for all – THE SWASTIKA IS A HATE SYMBOL AND YOU DO NOT FLY THE FLAG, YOU DO NOT WEAR THE SYMBOL ANYWHERE ON YOUR BODY, YOU DO NOT USE OR DEFEND THIS SYMBOL, EVER. END OF STORY.”

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Navarro: China ‘Spawned’ COVID-19 in a Lab, Then Sent Infected People to ‘Seed’ the U.S. (WATCH)

White House economic advisor Peter Navarro claimed Friday afternoon — without evidence — that the Chinese Communist Party “spawned” the novel coronavirus in a biological lab, then sent hundreds of thousands of infected citizens to “seed” COVID-19 in the U.S.

“They spawned the virus. They hid the virus. They sent hundreds of thousands of Chinese nationals over here to seed and spread the virus before we knew,” Navarro told MSNBC’s Ali Velshi. “The dateline is November. They spawned the virus, probably came out of the biological lab. For two months, they hid the virus from the world and the possibility of a pandemic, behind the shield of the World Health Organization. While they did that, they vacuumed up the world’s protective equipment, including 2 billion masks. While they were preventing any domestic travels from Wuhan to Beijing or Shanghai, locking down their transportation network, they freely sent hundreds of thousands of Chinese nationals on aircraft to go around the world. …They deliberately allowed Chinese nationals to come to the United States, Italy, and everywhere in between, who were infected, while they were locking down their own transportation network.”

Asked why COVID-19 is spiking in the U.S. but not other countries, which have gotten the virus under control, Navarro responded: “That’s a very interesting question, and it goes to the origins of the virus. When the virus came out, one of the other things the Chinese did, was not really divulge what the genome sequence actually was, so that we could get a handle on that. They basically scrubbed all those labs where this might have come out. Everybody thought, and this was a reasonable presumption, that the heat and humidity would get rid of the virus. It doesn’t look that way. This looks more like a weaponized virus.”

Navarro also attacked Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious diseases expert.

Watch the full interview below.

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‘Why Hasn’t the President Condemned White Power?’ — Kayleigh McEnany Abruptly Exits Contentious WH Press Briefing: WATCH

Kayleigh McEnany abruptly exited a White House press briefing as reporters shouted questions, asking the White House Press Secretary why Donald Trump hasn’t condemned “white power” after he tweeted a video over the weekend of his supporters yelling it.

The exit occurred after McEnany cited the “Russia hoax” and slammed the New York Times and the Washington Post when asked about credible and confirmed reports that Trump was briefed by U.S. Intelligence as early as January that Russia was paying bounties to the Taliban to kill U.S. troops in Afghanistan and did nothing.

McEnany also falsely characterized the U.S. coronavirus surge as “embers” that need to be “put out” and was asked if Trump believes “it was a good thing that the South lost the Civil War.”

McEnany called the question “absurd” and said, “he’s proud of the United States of America.”

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