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China is not the boss of us

There are many things wrong about this clip of the press conference that Trump had today.

First, just because you’re standing in front of a curtain wall of flags does not make what you say more accurate, trustworthy or patriotic.

Then there was being rude to the TWO female journalists trying to get answers to questions. If you run for office, you’d better get used to tough questions. And if you fuck up the economy with your pathetic response to a pandemic, then the questions are going to be extra tough. I suggest Trump man up, not leave in a huff because the journalists didn’t toady like his task force members did.

(we’ll talk about what I expected for my federal tax dollars in another post but let’s just say that if I’d known in advance that there would be no federal response, I would have asked for the money for oil subsidies and border walls and all kinds of stupid Republican nonsense back then.)

Here’s the worst thing about this press conference. He blames the whole thing on China.

But we already knew back in January that China had a huge problem with Coronavirus. You didn’t have to be a rocket scientist to figure out that China had a big problem with Coronavirus. China was right out there telling everyone it was shutting down cities. In fact, Apple couldn’t get its devices, lots of just in time inventories from China were halted, China just stopped sending stuff.

I’ll bet Anthony Fauci was watching news coming out of China and knew that it was going to be bad. Heck, *I* knew it was going to be bad and I’m not the brightest bulb in the pack just a little more sciencey than the average bear.

So, WTF is Trump and his minions blaming China for?

He either was 1.) unprepared 2.) uninterested and therefore unprepared or 3.) thought it would go away and was unprepared.

There’s no excuse here. It’s not China’s fault that Trump was unprepared and squandered 3 months lead time to get the country and economy prepared.

Look, you’d have to be dumber than a box of rocks to believe that China is responsible for our lack of preparation. I know that most people are not that dumb. So if you actually swallow this bullshit, you are deliberately ignoring what you intuitively know to be true.

The truth is that if we had wanted to, we could have put together a response to this virus that would have been the envy of the world. We’re that smart and innovative and hard working, clever, committed and strong. We didn’t have to wait for instructions from China.

China is not the boss of us.

China didn’t tell the Big Orange to sit on his fat butt and do nothing but tweet about the revenge he was going to take on crucial areas of our government for ratting on his Ukrainian extortion plan. He could have redeemed himself with a proactive, ingenious, unified response instead of making the senate impeachment vote look like a tragic missed opportunity.

You can fault China for a lot of things but saying “China made me screw things up” is something only a pathetic and weak person would say. That’s not something a strong, capable, courageous American would say.

I don’t care how many flags he’s standing in front of.

Oh FFS 🙄

People need to calm their tits already.

There are a bunch of students from The Far Side’s School for the Gifted branch in Florida who are protesting that gyms are not open. They’re doing squats and pushups on the sidewalk in Florida’s full sunshine and warmth. Hey, if they were in Pittsburgh, where the temp today is a balmy 43°F today, I could see where they might have reason to grumble for a few days. But it looks like paradise down there. All they need to do is schedule their low impact aerobics and toning classes in a park where they can spread out.

This must be a conspiracy to make Floridians look stupid.

Then there’s the coming showdown between Gov. Gretchen Witmer and the real conspiracy to whip up the rage of the ammosexuals to go rampaging through Lansing, Michigan with guns a-blazing. The “grassroots” group supposedly has 400,000 members.

Ok, fine. Go exercise your freedom to do whatever the hell you want. I think we established last week that protesters can invade the statehouse with their guns and dorky camo costumes. Those guys haven’t seen a boot camp in forever.

I can’t wait til they start watering the trees of Liberty with the blood of tyrants. Thanks to the ample warning and broadcasting their plans to the world, the battalions of extraordinarily well equipped, armored and trained police will make short work of taking them out. I mean, if it’s just a battle between which group has been itching to try out their arsenals on a hostile crowd, I’m going to give the edge to the officially blessed professionals with the real artillery, body armor and tactics.

It should be interesting to watch the legends in their own minds, gun totin’, QANON types finally see what they’re up against. Hopefully, they’ll all be scared s}#%less, say they made their point, declare victory and go home with fresh cases of Coronavirus.

There really is no other option. They don’t want to go there. No, they really don’t. It’s not going to be pretty. Better to just let their fantasies play out in their heads than actually see the Patriot Act in real life.