Ammon Bundy of the right-wing “vanilla isis” protests from a few years back says the lockdown is just like what Nazis did to the Jews. But where the Jews just gave up and let the Germans kill them, Americans are brave and will fight! Yes, I’m sure he’d stand up to the Nazis if he were in 1930s Germany. As Vox points out, the lockdown is certainly causing hardship, but a lot of the protests stem more from white privilege. Similarly, President Man-Baby thinks he’s being treated worse than Lincoln, and one legal argument against quarantine orders is that it’s just like interning Japanese Americans in WW II. Of course the internment didn’t let them stay at home, it was racially discriminatory and there was no imminent threat (the government knew that Japanese Americans were widely loyal) but lets not let the facts stop you.
Trump, of course, hates facts because they show he’s an incompetent loser (and despite Trump’s lies to the contrary, also a poor high-school athlete). So he’s silencing them. And so are some states. After all what’s important isn’t the death of thousands but the inconvenience to billionaires.
Jim Bakker, adulterer and Bible-thumping grifter, is in legal trouble for pushing a Trump Virus cure on his show. His lawyers’ defense: his show is a sermon so his selling quack cures is First Amendment-protected.
In another bizarre mashup of God and COVID-19, an Ohio Republican refuses to wear a face mask because our faces are in the image of God.
Anti-vaxxers are using COVID-19 concerns to spread their bullshit and get more people killed. Did you know the Trump Virus is a conspiracy for Bill Gates to implant microchips? Or designed by vaccine makers so they’ll have customers (I know that bit of crackpottery goes back at least 40 years)? Or that the real cause of the symptoms is plutonium falling from our satellites? My favorite quote:
“People keep saying, ‘We have to listen to the science,’ but what does that mean?” Kennedy said. “Does that mean we have to listen to virologists and ignore economists?”
Yes, it does, when we’re dealing with viruses. This is like arguing that we should consult virologists when discussing where the Federal Reserve should set the prime rate. And crackpot economists like Trump’s advisers shouldn’t even be consulted on that. Paul Krugman points out this isn’t a flaw in Trump’s character, it’s a flaw in the Republican Party: “Trump and company didn’t make a one-time mistake. They grossly minimized the pandemic and its dangers every step of the way, week after week over a period of months. And they’re still doing it.” And making it harder for states to fight the virus. And doing a bad job themselves.
As for further financial aid getting through the Senate? Now that the country’s reopening, federal aid is so passé.
Sen. Richard Burr sold off several hundred thousand dollars in stocks ahead of the pandemic shutdown. Turns out so did his brother-in-law.
Meanwhile, the “let the weak die” argument expresses basic fascism: only the strong have the right to survive. I’m pretty sure most of the protesters and the big money astroturfing the protests would snivel and demand treatment if they were the weak — but even if they live by their ideals, they’re still bad, fascist ideals.
To leave on a sort of upbeat note, here’s a biting British critique of Trump. “And worse, he is that most unforgivable of all things to the British: a bully. That is, except when he is among bullies; then he suddenly transforms into a snivelling sidekick instead. There are unspoken rules to this stuff – the Queensberry rules of basic decency – and he breaks them all. He punches downwards – which a gentleman should, would, could never do – and every blow he aims is below the belt. He particularly likes to kick the vulnerable or voiceless – and he kicks them when they are down.”