Biden Hits Trump After Attacks on Fauci: ‘The American People are Tired of Your Lies’

Joe Biden blasted Donald Trump on Monday after the president called Dr. Anthony Fauci an “idiot” on a campaign phone call, and attacked him on Twitter.

Said Trump on the call with campaign staff: “People are tired of Covid. People are saying, ‘Whatever, just leave us alone.’ People are tired of hearing Fauci and all these idiots. He’s been here for, like, 500 years. He’s like this wonderful sage telling us how — Fauci, if we listened to him, we’d have 700,000 [or] 800,000 deaths.”

On Twitter, Trump continued, whining: “Dr. Tony Fauci says we don’t allow him to do television, and yet I saw him last night on @60Minutes, and he seems to get more airtime than anybody since the late, great, Bob Hope. All I ask of Tony is that he make better decisions. He said “no masks & let China in”. Also, Bad arm! …P.S. Tony should stop wearing the Washington Nationals’ Mask for two reasons. Number one, it is not up to the high standards that he should be exposing. Number two, it keeps reminding me that Tony threw out perhaps the worst first pitch in the history of Baseball!”

Joe Biden responded in a statement.

Said Biden: “Coronavirus infections are spiking across the country, but President Trump decided to attack Dr. Fauci again today as a ‘disaster’ and call public health experts ‘idiots’ instead of laying out a plan to beat this virus or heeding their advice about how we can save lives and get our economy moving again. President Trump even criticized me yesterday for listening to the scientists — that’s not an attack, that’s a badge of honor.”

“Mr. President, you’re right about one thing,” Biden continued. “The American people are tired. They’re tired of your lies about this virus. They’re tired of watching more Americans die and more people lose their jobs because you refuse to take this pandemic seriously. Now, more than ever, we need a leader to bring us together, put a plan in place, and beat this virus — but you have proven yourself yet again to be incapable of doing that.”


Democratic Georgia Lawmaker Crowdsurfs at Trump Superspreader Rally: WATCH

Georgia state Rep. Vernon Jones, a conservative Democrat who supports Donald Trump, crowdsurfed over a packed, mostly maskless MAGA crowd at the president’s rally in Macon, Georgia on Friday night. Experts have warned a massive spike in COVID cases could be on its way to Georgia.

In April, Jones resigned from his seat after backlash from announcing his support for Donald Trump. A day later, he took it back.

In August, Jones spoke at the Republican National Convention: “Jones, a Black lawyer from suburban Atlanta, used a high-profile speaking spot on the first night of the Republican National Convention to praise President Donald Trump, saying he had delivered on promises, and to tear into Democrats, saying they had taken advantage of Black voters. ‘Why is a lifelong Democrat speaking at the Republican National Convention? That’s a fair question. And here’s your answer: The Democratic Party does not want Black people to leave the mental plantation they’ve had us on for decades,’ Jones said.”


Eric Trump on Trump’s Health: My Father Created a Vaccine for COVID and ‘Just Took It’ — WATCH

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Donald Trump’s son Eric told ABC News anchor Jonathan Karl that his father created a vaccine for COVID and took it.

“Yeah, listen, that first day he got hit hard. I can tell you as a son. It’s never fun watching your father fly up to Walter Reed on Marine One, right? That’s a day that no son wants to remember. That’s no fun to watch.

Said Trump: “I spoke to him three times that next Saturday. The guy sounded 100 percent. It was amazing. It actually probably goes to speak of how good some of these vaccines being created are. What my father did on the vaccine front, no one could have done. No one could have done.

“My father literally started day one creating this vaccine,” Trump bragged. “He worked to push this vaccine, and now my father just took it, and you see how well he got over it.”

Karl asked Trump to clarify what he said about a vaccine.

Replied Trump: “Meaning, when he was in Walter Reed. The medicines that he was taking. He sounds tremendous. I think it goes to show the power of medicine in this country and how far that we’ve come on COVID in the last six or seven months.”

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In the same broadcast, Karl told viewers that the White House would not allow anyone on the president’s task force to appear on his show:

“We had hoped to talk to Dr. Fauci about both the outbreak at the White House and across the country. He was more than willing to join us, but the White House wouldn’t allow you to hear from the nation’s leading expert on coronavirus. In fact, they wouldn’t allow any of the medical experts on the president’s own coronavirus task force to appear on this show.”

Meanwhile, over on FOX News, Trump told Maria Bartiromo that he’s immune: “It seems like I’m immune, so I can go way out of a basement. … It looks like I’m immune for, I don’t know, maybe a long time, maybe a short time. It could be a lifetime. Nobody really knows. But I’m immune. So the president is in very good shape to fight the battles.”


‘Pet Shop Karen’ Calls 911 After Being Told to Put On Her Mask: WATCH

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A woman in Palm Springs, California called 911 after being asked to wear a mask inside the Bones-N-Scones pet store. The encounter was filmed by Aidan Bearshaw, an employee at the store, and posted to Facebook, where it has gone viral.

Said Pet Shop Karen: “As per the 1964 Civil Rights Act, I cannot be discriminated against. I do have a right to breathe O2 not CO2 and I am being discriminated against right now. I have a religious exemption right and a God-given right to breathe O2 not CO2. Yes, medical exemption too.”

After the 911 dispatcher said she was sending an officer, Karen turned to Bearpaw and sassed, “You are welcome to do your research to find out that in the end, I’m actually right.”

The New York Post reports: “The woman tells the dispatcher she’s leaving, while insisting that she’s in the “right” before heading back to her car. Bearpaw told Storyful that the woman called 911 on him the next day, sending police to the store. ‘She was feeling the public backlash and dispatched police on me again,’ he said. ‘My bosses were initially furious. It was very possible I was going to be fired. My co-workers were all very supportive and made it clear there would be consequences if I was terminated.’”

Local news station KESQ interviewed Bearpaw who said of Karen, “I think she was kinda waiting for that to happen just cause she had the A.D.A screenshot pulled up already. It was definitely really anxiety inducing. But it worked out in the sense that, you know, I was able to keep myself safe, and whatever customers were going to come that we’re going to come in safe.”

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Donald Trump’s COVID “recovery” tells Americans to work themselves to death

Less than a week after testing positive for COVID-19, Trump is back to work. He’s feeling really good. He beat the virus!

Trump wants the world to know that COVID-19 isn’t as serious, scary, or fatal as scientists, doctors, and the deaths of more than 200,000 Americans have proved it to be. That’s obvious.

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But his rushed return conveys a second message, this one about illness in general: get over it fast, and get back to work.

Don’t mind how winded he appeared after climbing the White House steps yesterday evening after three days at Maryland’s Walter Reed Medical Center. Instead, focus on the dramatically edited clip of his triumphant return from hospitalization, tweeted shortly after: soundtracked by epic instrumentals, he defiantly removes his mask, looks strong and unshakeable, then salutes military personnel.

There comes a time when a person is too sick to work. Sometimes a person needs months to recover. There are people who spend the majority of their lives with an illness that renders them unable to work.

Going back to work too soon is a way sick people can lose progress made during recuperation and may get sicker as a result. In cases of contagious illnesses – whether it’s the flu or a stomach virus or COVID-19 – fast-tracking recovery is a route to infecting others.

Trump emphasizes what our capitalist society has for so long encouraged: a person’s productivity matters more than their health. People too sick to work, then, are considered failures.

In another clip tweeted post-return, Trump says of COVID-19: “Don’t be afraid of it. You’re going to beat it.” How does that reconcile with the over one million people who’ve died worldwide as a result of Covid-19?

In Trump’s world, does dying of an illness, be it cancer or COVID-19 or heart failure, mean failure? What about a slower recovery than his own? In either case, the sick person must have done something wrong.

Not everyone has access to the same quality of care as the president of the United States, obviously. Barriers to healthcare are rampant in the U.S., especially for minority populations like Black and Latinx folks who are disproportionately affected by high costs as well as discrimination. The LGBTQ community faces these discrepancies, too.

Black, Latinx, and Indigenous people people are contracting the virus at higher rates than white people. They also require hospitalization and/or die from the illness more often.

LGBTQ adults are more likely to be living with certain preexisting conditions that could complicate recovery from a respiratory illness like Covid-19. That there are higher rates of depression and suicidal ideation within the community is another unfortunate reality.

And so much about COVID-19 is unexplainable: very healthy people have died from the illness just as statistically high-risk people have survived it.

It’s the third-leading cause of death in the U.S., but our country’s supposed leader makes light of it, as he has throughout the pandemic, even after contracting it.

“Worried about COVID-19? Forget about it. Get out there,” he tells the public.

Recovering from COVID-19 is a snap, after all. So heading promptly back to work despite illness is a given. In Trump’s world, those who don’t comply — even if they can’t — are less than.

Trump Can Handle COVID Pandemic Better Than Biden Because He Contracted the Virus, Campaign Spokeswoman Argues: WATCH

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Donald Trump can handle the coronavirus pandemic better than Joe Biden because he contracted the virus and Joe Biden didn’t, according to Trump campaign spokeswoman Erin Perrine.

Said Perrine on FOX News: “Firsthand experience is always going to change how someone relates to something that has been happening. The president has coronavirus right now. He is battling it head-on as toughly as only President Trump can. And listen, of course that will change the way that he speaks of it because it will be a first-hand experience. But that experience of not only coronavirus, but being President of the United States, that’s why you just see a different tone overall from him.”

“He has experience as Commander in Chief. He has experience as a businessman. He has experience now fighting the coronavirus as an individual,” Perrine added. “Those firsthand experiences, Joe Biden, he doesn’t have those.”


Donald Trump’s still in the hospital. The Vice Presidential debate is still on.

On October 7, only 5 days will have passed since it was revealed that President Donald Trump was diagnosed with COVID-19, and subsequently hospitalized.

And – barring any changes in his status – the Vice Presidential debate for 2020 will go on.

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The debate between the incumbent, Vice President Mike Pence, and the challenger, Senator Kamala Harris, will be held at the University of Utah’s Kingsbury Hall in Salt Lake City, Utah this Wednesday. The moderator is Washington Bureau Chief Susan Page of USA Today. Masks will be required for every person in the debate room (except these three).

Page, tasked with following up Fox News’ Chris Wallace, is already under exuberant pressure. Given how Wallace struggled to get Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden to adhere to the rules – leading to a debacle on live television that no one enjoyed – Page will be tasked with enforcing the rules with two, less-unpredictable candidates.

The question of her impartiality is now front and center as well. Page faces scrutiny for previously hosting a taxpayer-funded event in 2018 that honored two women members of the Trump administration, Seema Verma and Heather Wilson. USA Today, defended the events as normal in political circles and often hosted by veteran woman journalists.

In addition to all of that, LGBTQ activists have demanded her attention. On Thursday, several groups representing 11 million LGBTQ voters and 57 million “Equality Voters who prioritize LGBTQ issues” sent a 3-page letter to Page and the Commission on Presidential Debates, asking that she “address LGBTQ issues at the upcoming debate.”

“[The voters] need to hear the candidates address these critical issues and their vision for our future…Our community is in crisis,” the letter states. “In 2016, moderators did not ask candidates a single question about LGBTQ issues across four debates. You have the opportunity to change that,” it points out.

They cite: the effects of COVID-19, the discrimination allowed by ‘religious freedom’ rules, “hate-fueled violence”, and bullying of LGBTQ children, among other reasons. They also outline, with specifics, Pence’s long history of anti-LGBTQ action and rhetoric. Vice President Pence and Senator Harris “have deeply divergent records on equality that should be highlighted for Americans,” the letter points out.

The signees to the letters include the Human Rights Campaign, Center for American Progress Action, Equality Federation, LGBTQ Victory Fund, Media Matters Action Network, and the National LGBTQ Task Force Action Fund. Read the full letter here.

The debate questions are solely determined by Page and will not be shared publicly before hand, so we’ll only know if she’s heeded to the letter on Wednesday.

The Commission, which oversees the debates, has reportedly made some changes in light of these events – while refuting others. After the Biden/Harris campaign “raised a health and safety objection” with the Commission, they have put more distance between the two candidates. They will now be a planned 12 feet apart as opposed to seven feet. Biden and Trump were standing 12 feet, eight inches apart behind podiums in their first debate.

The candidates will remain seated, as the Trump/Pence campaign asked for, denying the request of the Biden/Harris campaign that they stand. It also appears the candidates will not be tested on-site, but expected to have received a negative test result from in-campaign testing before entering the debate facilities.

Harris has already travelled to Utah and is doing her debate prep in-state. Pence, meanwhile is slated to stay in Washington filling in for Trump until at least late Monday, when he’ll travel to the Beehive State.

Then, he’ll go right back to campaigning, despite the President’s absence and several Republican members already turning up positive for COVID-19 since last week. Even former Trump officials are advising against it, but the Vice President and Trump’s family will be “out in full force” in the coming days, the campaign has announced.

Adviser Hope Hicks, RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel, campaign manager Bill Stepien, former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, former adviser Kellyanne Conway, personal aide Nick Luna, and U.S. Senators Mike Lee (R-UT), Thom Tillis (R-NC), and Ron Johnson (R-WI) have all tested positive with coronavirus over the weekend – in addition to Trump.

Trump’s Doctor Dodges Question on Oxygen Treatment, Reveals Timeline Suggesting President Attended Fundraiser Knowing He Was Positive: WATCH

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Donald Trump’s doctor Sean Conley gave a report on the president’s condition Saturday morning that raised several red flags, one being the timeline of Trump’s diagnosis. Conley said that the original diagnosis was 72 hours ago. He also said that Trump has been fever-free for 24 hours.

The timeline suggests that Trump went to a fundraiser in Bedminster, New Jersey after already being diagnosed as positive and receiving some treatment.

Conley also dodged a question on whether Trump has received supplemental oxygen.

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Trump later tweeted: “Doctors, Nurses and ALL at the GREAT Walter Reed Medical Center, and others from likewise incredible institutions who have joined them, are AMAZING!!!Tremendous progress has been made over the last 6 months in fighting this PLAGUE. With their help, I am feeling well!”


Donald Trump is going to the hospital with COVID symptoms. He won’t be back for days.

President Donald Trump was flown to the Walter Reed Medical Center “out of an abundance of caution,” the White House announced this afternoon. Trump reportedly has a fever and has been lethargic.

While they report that he will “be working from the presidential offices” at the nation’s largest and most renowned joint military medical center, the fact that he is being transported via Marine One, the presidential helicopter, has created a sense of urgency across the country.

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The President walked to Marine One to leave for the hospital. He is expected to stay at Walter Reed for a few days.

This comes less than 24 hours after it was announced that the President and his wife, First Lady Melania Trump, had tested positive for the novel coronavirus. The First Lady has a slight cough, according to the White House, and the remainder of the first family reportedly tested negative.

Their diagnoses come hours after reporters revealed that top Presidential aide, Hope Hicks, had tested positive. Republican National Committee (RNC) Chairman Ronna McDaniel, former White House adviser Kellyanne Conway, Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) and Sen. Thom Tillis (R-NC) have also tested positive in the last 24 hours. All three had contact with Donald Trump recently.

These developments come after the President downplayed the seriousness of the deadly virus, and after he proclaiming multiple times that the pandemic caused by the virus “will disappear” or “will go away.”

CNN reports that officials “do not expect” to transfer power, temporarily or not, to Vice President Mike Pence. The Vice President is briefed and on standby at his official residence in the Number One Observatory Circle at the U.S. Naval Offices.

UPDATE: 6:40 PM EST – Trump recorded a video prior to his departure from the White House and posted it to Twitter. “I think I’m doing very well,” Trump said in the video, “that but we’re going to make sure that things work out” by going to Walter Reed.”

UPDATE: 10/03/2020 12:30 AM EST – White House physician Sean Conley announced that President Trump is being placed on Remdesivir therapy, a multiple therapeutic treatment for coronavirus that limits the severity of its symptoms. In a tweet after the announcement, Trump wrote “Going well, I think! Thank you to all. LOVE!!!”