The GOP Becomes the Party of Trump

Republicans adopt Trump’s mental illness manifestations as “strategy”: Lie, deny, blame others:

A new Republican strategy memo advises Senate candidates to blame China for the coronavirus outbreak, link Democrats to the Chinese government and avoid discussing President Trump’s handling of the crisis.

Washington Post

Remember “Death Panels”? How Republicans Became the Party of Death

People are disposable. So is income. For the ‘pro-life’ party, one is more important.

But the political way out [of the coronavirus crisis] reveals a stark divide, and some true madness. For Republicans, that pro-life slogan of theirs is just another term for nothing left to lose. They are now the party of death.

When Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick of Texas doubled down this week on prior remarks elevating commerce above life — There are “more important things than living,” he said on Fox News — he was speaking for a significant slice of his party. People are disposable. So is income. But one is more important.

NY Times

Trump Madness: Manufacturer of Lysol Issues Warning to NOT Ingest Its Disinfecting Products

A leading disinfectant producer has issued a strong warning not to use its products on the human body after Donald Trump suggested they could potentially be used to treat coronavirus.

During Thursday’s White House coronavirus task force briefing, an official presented the results of US government research that indicated coronavirus appeared to weaken faster when exposed to sunlight and heat.

The study also showed bleach could kill the virus in saliva or respiratory fluids within five minutes, and isopropyl alcohol could kill it even more quickly.

Mr Trump then hypothesised about the possibility of using a “tremendous ultraviolet” or “just very powerful light” on or even inside the body as a potential treatment.

“And then I see the disinfectant where it knocks it out in a minute. One minute,” he said. “And is there a way we can do something like that, by injection inside or almost a cleaning?

“Because you see it gets in the lungs and does a tremendous number on them, so it’d be interesting to check that,” he said.



Man Dead From Taking Chloroquine Product After Trump Touts Drug For Coronavirus

FDA issues warnings on chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine after ‘serious poisoning and death’ reported

Right-Wing Funders of Anti-Quarantine, Anti-Mask, Protests

While the recent protest by right-wingers opposing quarantines, business shutdowns, and wearing masks are promoted as “grassroots” efforts, that’s a lie.

Just like the teabaggers, these protests are funded and promoted by right-wing groups. Example:

The Michigan Freedom Fund, which said it was a co-host of the rally, has received more than $500,000 from the DeVos family, regular donors to rightwing groups.

The Guardian

From today’s news (4/20/2020):

Plutocrats Promote Hate by Organizing and Promoting Street Theatre

The Koch machine (the Kochtopus) and its ridiculously rich members, as well as people like the DeVos family, spend hundreds of millions of dollars to promote hate and anger. Their agenda: No rules (which they call “economic freedom”) and control of government.

A bunch of right-wing protesters in Michigan demonstrate how the plutocrats brainwash simple-minded people into doing their bidding. There was a Michigan protest against the social distancing and voluntary quarantining ordered by Michigan’s governor Gretchen Whitmer. They brought all their teabagger paraphernalia (snake flags, nazi flags, confederate flags, assault rifles) and blocked ambulances making runs to the hospital.

This is the modern Republican party.

It’s controlled by plutocrats like the Koch and DeVos families.

Hopefully, those Republican puppets at the protest contracted the coronavirus.



In the standard prestige media presentation, the “spontaneous” protestors against COVID-19 restrictions in Michigan and elsewhere are presented thus: those salt-of-the-earth working folk, battered by economic hardship, who want their jobs back. However misguided, their motives generally aren’t questioned.

Who could have imagined that they [included] neo-Confederates, NRA extremists, anti-vaxxer lunatics, and other fringe types [and that their organizers included groups that have been] funded in part by the Koch brothers and a Trump cabinet member, Betsy DeVos? Why does it take a British newspaper to make that clear?

The Atlantic

Understanding Republicans: They Need An Enemy.

The Republican party needs a perpetual liberal enemy.

In other countries — Canada, for example — the coronavirus has created unprecedented levels of cross-party cooperation and consensus, as everyone recognizes that it’s in the common national interest to fight the virus through mass measures like social distancing.

In the United States, by contrast, even positions on basic medical issues, like whether hydroxychloroquine should be promoted as an effective therapy for the virus, are becoming partisan-signaling fights. Conservative media in the US is touting a more relaxed “Swedish response” to the crisis — despite Sweden’s lack of restrictions producing far higher death tolls than those of its neighbors — and arguing that liberals are exploiting the restrictions to impose their agenda on the country.


GOP Tax change in coronavirus package overwhelmingly benefits millionaires, congressional body finds

The provision, included by Senate Republicans, would cost taxpayers approximately $90 billion in 2020

More than 80 percent of the benefits of a tax change tucked into the coronavirus relief package Congress passed last month will go to those who earn more than $1 million annually, according to a report by a nonpartisan congressional body expected to be released Tuesday.

USA Today