Is the Christian right now in charge of public health inside the Trump administration? - 2020-03-09

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F358.png Is the Christian right now in charge of public health inside the Trump administration? March 9, 2020, Heather Digby Parton, Salon

If you've been following the latest news on the coronavirus outbreak, you probably saw at least some snippets of President Trump's visit to the CDC last Friday. It will stand as one of the most astonishing appearances by this or any other president — and that's saying something. When asked if he regretted firing the entire staff of the Office of Pandemic Preparation, Trump said, "This is something that you can never really think is going to happen." He said that everyone who wants to be tested for this virus can get tested, which is not even close to true. He called Gov. Jay Inslee of Washington state, who is on the front lines dealing with this epidemic, a "snake."

He made it clear that he wants to cook the numbers so it doesn't look as if the nation is in the midst of an epidemic. This has been obvious from the outset, but for the president to come out and say it is something else again:

Mostly, however, he patted himself on the back:

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