Words of Advice:

"We have it totally under control. It's one person coming from China. It's going to be just fine." -- Donald Trump, 1/22/2020

“We will not see diseases like the coronavirus come here..and isn't it refreshing when contrasting it with the awful presidency of President Obama."
-- Trump Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany, 2/25/20

"I don't take responsibility for anything." --Donald Trump, 3/13/20

"If Something Seems To Be Too Good To Be True, It's Best To Shoot It, Just In Case." -- Fiona Glenanne

"Flying the Airplane is More Important than Radioing Your Plight to a Person on the Ground Who is Incapable of Understanding or Doing Anything About It." -- Unknown

"There seems to be almost no problem that Congress cannot, by diligent efforts and careful legislative drafting, make ten times worse." -- Me

"What the hell is an `Aluminum Falcon'?" -- Emperor Palpatine

"Eck!" -- George the Cat

Thursday, February 27, 2020

Because Controlling Information About Trump Flu Worked So Well For China, Pence Will Clear All Statements (and Pray Away the Pandemic)

The White House on Thursday directed the government’s health officials and scientists to clear all coronavirus statements and public appearance with the office of Vice President Mike Pence, according to several officials familiar with the new approach.

Dr. Anthony S. Fauci, one of the country’s leading experts on viruses and the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infections Diseases, told associates that the White House had instructed him not to say anything else without clearance.
Because medical and scientific information has to be spun politically.

Because a Wingnut politician who applies his political bent to responses to health emergencies is the best guy for the job.

Keep in mind that Pence is a clown who denied that smoking was harmful, thinks that condoms don't deter STDs, thinks evolution is a fraud and he thinks praying cures being gay. About the only good thing that one can say about Pence's knowledge of science is that he might not be a Flat-Earther. But don't be shocked if he is.

This is the guy who is in charge of American response to the Trump Flu?

We are so screwed, people.

4 comments:

Ten Bears said...

Missed in all the political correctness, tucked away behind all the pomp and circumstance, literally should be shouted from the rooftops: Pestilence is one of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. This guy believes this is one of the signs and portents in the heavens heralding Jesus floating down out of the sky on a flying rainbow unicorn with thousands of angels on rainbow unicorns to rescue his kind and carry them all off to paradise.

This guy thinks the world is flat, 6000 years old and it's ok to have sex with children.

CenterPuke88 said...

Just wait, he’s following the Chinese playbook. Next will be local lockdowns, followed by serious movement restrictions, for a “public health emergency”. The real goal, suppress Democratic campaigning while he flys around freely, “rallying” the country. If he can spin it long enough, the November elections get “delayed” because of the virus.

Steve J said...

Hopefully his rallies will become plague vectors.

dinthebeast said...

Not only did Fergus dissolve the pandemic response program instituted by the Obama administration, but last year he defunded the Bush era PREDICT program, instituted in the wake of the H5N1 bird flu outbreak, which for ten years studied diseases that pass from animals to humans.

https://www.the-scientist.com/news-opinion/zoonotic-disease-research-program-shut-down-66641

Seems like that would be kinda useful about now, along with all of those scientists they ran out of the USDA.

-Doug in Oakland