Wingnut Weekly – 24 May 2020

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Cartoonist Rob Rogers, who was fired for drawing cartoons that were critical of Trump, drew the above this past week to make this point …”This stuff is guaranteed to cure for that nagging disastrous pandemic response! It also works as a liniment for an aching economy. Get yours today!

We have lies, dammed lies, then going to the next level up on that scale and pushing it to the limit, we have Trump.

NPR took a look at his letter of rebuke to the WHO. The content of that earns him the crown of “Wingnut of the week”. You can scroll to the bottom for details. To be honest, when it comes to Wingnuttery, he is a pro and makes many other contenders look like amateurs. In the middle of a pandemic he decided that it was a good idea to attack and defund the World Health Organization, the one international body striving to tackle the threat like no other.

Let’s take a look at what else has been happening this past week amongst the wingnut community..

Wingnut proclamations from the last 7 days

It is all very much everything you might expect and a lot more. Here are some of the highlights …

Wingnut Coronavirus Claims – Utterly clueless and proud of that

  • Josh Bernstein thinks that people shouldn’t wear masks to stop the spread of COVID-19 because by wearing one, … “you’re keeping the germs inside of your own body, and you’re not letting the fresh air come in.
  • Brenden Dilley declares that he will never wear a mask to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 because it’s “better to be dead than a fucking dork.”

Wingnut Coronavirus Claims – Conspiracy Claims

Way beyond just Bizarre

  • Rick Wiles Will Be Heading ‘Underground’ Any Day Now …”End Times broadcaster Rick Wiles announced that he, his family, and his ministry would all go “underground” by the end of the year in order to avoid “the wave of bloodshed” he predicted was coming in America, during which he said Christians would be murdered during a massive nationwide purge.
    • He often says stuff like this. For example he renounced his American citizenship and vowed to flee the country after the Supreme Court legalized marriage equality in 2015
  • White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany says that she is “a Christian woman, someone who believes in equality, in truth, in loyalty and honesty” because “I know who I’m ultimately working for and it’s the Big Guy upstairs.
    • and yet at every press conference she happily lies for the idiot-in-chief
    • News One dug up some of McEnany’s old tweets, which happen to be full of racist dog whistles, birtherism, and general hypocrisy. (One example of the latter is McEnany scoffing at Barack Obama for going golfing when there was governing to be done — a charge she will no doubt fail to lob at her current jefe, who spends way more time on the greens than his predecessor.
  • Eric Metaxas claims that anyone who opposes racism or slavery does so because they got those values from the Bible: “That’s a fact. You don’t need to like it. You don’t need to be a Christian. But that’s a historical fact.

Oops

Anti-choice activists are lashing out at a forthcoming documentary in which Norma McCorvey (aka “Jane Roe”) reportedly confesses that her transformation into a born-against Christian and anti-abortion activist was “all an act.”

The Clinton Fan Club

  • Rodney Howard-Browne says that Hillary Clinton “is a practicing witch.
    • Rodney Howard-Browne is a practising nutter

The Obama Fan Club

  • Mark Taylor Remains Confident That Barack Obama Will Be Executed for Treason
    • Everybody else remains confident that everything Mark Taylor predicts is wrong
  • Bill Mitchell says that Attorney General William Barr’s statement that he doesn’t expect former President Barack Obama or former Vice President Joe Biden to be charged as part of the investigation into the origins of the Russian collusion investigation is just a feint designed to prevent Democrats from using the issue to mobilize voters in November.
  • Glenn Beck predicts that former first lady Michelle Obama will run for president in order to protect her husband from being prosecuted for “Obamagate.”
    • The only factual thing regarding “Obamagate” is that he has a house that does indeed have a gate. The rest is nonsense.
  • Chris McDonald declares that “our Founding Fathers would have hung” former President Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton.
    • Nope, they would not have done that.

What else came out of the Wingnut fantasy land?

Lots of other stuff. 

As always, it is an endless stream. Some of it is good, some sad, some is rather grim, and some is quite frankly hilarious. Here are a few more samples …

There are also good people out there …

Wingnut of the week – Trump

What gets him the title this week is his absurd letter of rebuke to the WHO (World Health Organization).

NPR takes it apart line by line and fact-checks it.

So this is the letter …

What did independent subject matter experts think?

“I found the letter full of unsubstantiated interpretations of certain events,” said Kelley Lee, a global health professor at Simon Fraser University. A U.S. withdrawal from WHO would seriously compromise efforts to unite and provide proper funding for a global response in a “profoundly important moment,” Lee said. 

NPR also tapped into subject matter experts and proceeded to pull it all apart. 

China

blaming WHO for China’s reporting delays and sample hoarding is misdirected. Of these charges by Trump, he said: “They’re valid critiques of China but not the World Health Organization.

WHO Ignored reports of the Virus spreading

The Lancet, a respected medical journal, said: “This statement is factually incorrect.”

“By [Dec. 31], Taiwanese authorities had communicated information to the World Health Organization indicating human-to-human transmission of a new virus. Yet the World Health Organization chose not to share any of this critical information with the rest of the world, probably for political reasons.”

WHO has repeatedly said this assertion is false. Taiwan’s health authorities also saidthey did not officially report to WHO that human-to-human transmission was happening by Dec. 31.

“On January 28, 2020, after meeting with President Xi [Jinping] in Beijing, [Tedros] praised the Chinese government for its ‘transparency’ with respect to the coronavirus, announcing that China had set a ‘new standard for outbreak control’ and ‘bought the world time.’ You did not mention that China had, by then, silenced or punished several doctors for speaking out about the virus and restricted Chinese institutions from publishing information about it.”

The World Health Organization did praise China at that point. “The United States was equally praising China at the time,” Georgetown Law’s Gostin pointed out.

On Jan. 24, Trump tweeted: “China has been working very hard to contain the Coronavirus. The United States greatly appreciates their efforts and transparency. It will all work out well. In particular, on behalf of the American People, I want to thank President Xi!”

“The only way forward for the World Health Organization is if it can actually demonstrate independence from China. My Administration has already started discussions with you on how to reform the organization. But action is needed quickly.”

This demand comes with no specifics, global health observers said. “What exactly does the Trump administration want WHO to do?” Simon Fraser’s Lee asked. It’s not clear what “action” the U.S. is asking for, or how WHO could demonstrate “independence from China,” because no solutions are outlined in the letter.

As for the threat of U.S. withdrawal, Gostin said he thinks the U.S. is unlikely to follow through with leaving WHO, because he does not believe Congress would approve such a move.

The Key criticism of Trumps letter is the complete and utter insanity of attacking and defunding the WHO in the middle of a global pandemic, and using many many false claims for doing so …

“For the United States to blame the World Health Organization for its own months and months and months of inaction seems factually untrue and designed to divide the world at a moment when global solidarity is needed most,” Meier said. “It undercuts the World Health Organization’s efforts to provide a collective response to this common threat [of the COVID-19 pandemic].”

The rather obvious is that this is simply a move to distract from his own complete and utter incompetence and inaction.

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