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brooklynite

(94,266 posts)
Wed Jul 1, 2020, 07:57 AM Jul 2020

Shout or stay silent? Trump team splits over coronavirus surge

Source: Politico

The Trump White House has a new internal battle: how much to talk publicly about a pandemic that’s crippling huge swaths of America.

President Donald Trump’s top aides are divided over the merits of resuming national news briefings to keep the public informed about the latest coronavirus statistics as infection rates spike in large states including California, Texas, Florida, Arizona and Georgia.

White House chief of staff Mark Meadows, senior adviser Jared Kushner, press secretary Kayleigh McEnany and counselor to the president Hope Hicks are among the aides arguing against these regular sessions because they want to keep the White House focused on the path forward and the nascent economic recovery — without scaring too much of the country about a virus resurgence when infections are rising at different paces in different regions.

Other senior aides, as well as Vice President Mike Pence and his team, believe keeping Americans up to date about the nature of the outbreak is critical as the death toll rises. More than 126,000 people have perished in the U.S. because of the coronavirus, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the government’s own experts are warning of serious trouble ahead.

Read more: https://www.politico.com/news/2020/06/30/trump-team-coronavirus-emergency-346199

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Shout or stay silent? Trump team splits over coronavirus surge (Original Post) brooklynite Jul 2020 OP
Or they could erect a cheap and simple Somebody Else's Problem field on it muriel_volestrangler Jul 2020 #1
That is a very good analogy Danmel Jul 2020 #2
They should consider that Kushner is wrong about everything Renew Deal Jul 2020 #3
Fucking bastards.... Americans are dying and they fret about their image. groundloop Jul 2020 #4
Hope Hicks is Scarsdale Jul 2020 #5
Is Pence going to go against trump on the pandemic n/t marie999 Jul 2020 #6
If this were 126,000 people Bayard Jul 2020 #7
Wait, does Mike Pence actually have a soul, generalbetrayus Jul 2020 #8
He likes the camera time nt intrepidity Jul 2020 #9
He's probably hoping Trump gets evicted so he can run for the Rs. CozyMystery Jul 2020 #10
How is this even a question up for debate? HotTeaBag Jul 2020 #11

muriel_volestrangler

(101,258 posts)
1. Or they could erect a cheap and simple Somebody Else's Problem field on it
Wed Jul 1, 2020, 08:11 AM
Jul 2020
Douglas Adams's 1982 novel Life, the Universe and Everything (in The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy comedy science fiction series) introduces the idea of an "SEP field" as a kind of cloaking device. The character Ford Prefect says,

An SEP is something we can't see, or don't see, or our brain doesn't let us see, because we think that it's somebody else's problem. That’s what SEP means. Somebody Else’s Problem. The brain just edits it out, it's like a blind spot.

The narration then explains:

The Somebody Else's Problem field... relies on people's natural predisposition not to see anything they don't want to, weren't expecting, or can't explain. If Effrafax had painted the mountain pink and erected a cheap and simple Somebody Else’s Problem field on it, then people would have walked past the mountain, round it, even over it, and simply never have noticed that the thing was there.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Somebody_else%27s_problem

groundloop

(11,510 posts)
4. Fucking bastards.... Americans are dying and they fret about their image.
Wed Jul 1, 2020, 09:04 AM
Jul 2020

The whole lot of them are disgusting.

Scarsdale

(9,426 posts)
5. Hope Hicks is
Wed Jul 1, 2020, 09:06 AM
Jul 2020

Counselor to the President"??? Wasn't she a former employee of Ivanka's fashion company? Last I heard she was "Chief steamer in charge" of steaming tRump's pants (while he was wearing them) for public appearances. So, maybe they ARE doing what Ivanka advised, and hiring people for their abilities and experience, rather than a degree? I wonder if she has expanded her duties to include steaming Jared's pants, too?

generalbetrayus

(507 posts)
8. Wait, does Mike Pence actually have a soul,
Wed Jul 1, 2020, 12:34 PM
Jul 2020

or does he just realize that ignoring the pandemic as the body count continues to rise is actually a bad political strategy?

CozyMystery

(652 posts)
10. He's probably hoping Trump gets evicted so he can run for the Rs.
Thu Jul 2, 2020, 12:15 PM
Jul 2020

I can think of no other reason for him to side against Trump, even with this light touch.

Last week, I heard him say, in response to a question about the pandemic, that they were trying to uphold the First Amendment rights of all Americans (freedom of assembly, IIRC). He was totally wrong on this, IMO.

Then he goes to a church, and sits in the front row wearing a mask.

The Repukes are wavering slightly on the mask issue. I am thinking that they are putting out feelers re dumping Trump (at the convention?), and that Pence hopes that he will be crowned the New King of stalwart evil-doers across the country.

This is all conjecture, of course.

 

HotTeaBag

(1,206 posts)
11. How is this even a question up for debate?
Thu Jul 2, 2020, 12:27 PM
Jul 2020

What other group of people would feel that keeping Americans in the dark about what's happening would be the proper course of action?

How in the world did the worst of the worst end up running this country?

It truly is a Kleptocracy.

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