Obama Roasts Trump At Rally: ‘It Wont Be So Exhausting Just Having A Normal President’

Barack Obama teases life after Donald Trump and it sounds amazing

The typically diplomatic Barack Obama just did the presidential equivalent of popping off. With 10 days (!) left before the election, there is no time to waste being polite, because Donald Trump has got to go and Obama is doing his part to make that happen. Speaking at a socially distant drive-in rally in Florida on Saturday, October 24, 2020 — Obama spent a cool 45 minutes reminding voters why Trump doesn’t deserve their vote and painted a very appealing picture of what life will be like when Trump is no longer in it.

“With Joe and Kamala at the helm, you won’t have to think about them every single day,” Obama said with a smirk. “There might be a whole day where they won’t be on TV. There might be a whole day when they don’t tweet some craziness. You won’t have to argue about it every day. It won’t be so exhausting, just having a normal president.”

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Can you even imagine? Can you imagine going one day without presidential chaos? Can you imagine trusting the commander in chief?

Throughout the speech, Obama mentioned some of Trump’s (many) insane suggestions over the years like when he suggested “selling Puerto Rico” or when Trump asked a top White House official if he could “nuke hurricanes.” Obama compared Trump’s behavior to “Florida Man,” the moniker given to idiots from Florida who commit bonkers crimes that could “only happen in Florida.”

“You can go about your lives knowing that the president isn’t going to suggest injecting bleach or retweet conspiracy theories…[or] threaten people with jail for just criticizing him. That is not normal behavior, Florida. You would not tolerate it from a coworker….’Florida man’ wouldn’t even do this stuff.”

 

Obama was on a roll, but then he got serious and attacked Trump’s tax evasion, his plan to roll back Obamacare and leave people with pre-existing conditions out in the cold, and his dismal response to the coronavirus pandemic.

“He doesn’t have a plan. He doesn’t even acknowledge the reality of what’s taking place all across the country,” Obama said. “Donald Trump isn’t going to protect all of us. He can’t even take the basic steps to protect himself.” Obama added that all Trump has ever done is “screw this thing up.”

Obama’s speech was part church part stand-up comedy and I, for one, am fired up. Florida is an all too important swing state in next month’s election and as Obama told Biden campaign staffers in the crucial state earlier this week, “If you bring Florida home, this thing’s over.”

C’mon Florida. Do you really want Florida Man running this country for four more years?

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San Francisco Wants To Let 16-Year-Olds Vote — And It’s On The Ballot This Year

One of the goals is to create life-long voting habits — sooner rather than later

San Francisco residents will be going to the polls in November — not only to vote for our president for the next four-to-eight years but whether the city should allow 16 and 17-year-olds to vote in local elections.

If it passes, San Francisco will become the first major American city to grant the right to vote in municipal elections to those under 18. NBC News reports that the concept was originally introduced in 2016 and narrowly failed to pass with 48 percent of the vote. The goal is to get youth to think about what’s happening in local government from an earlier age which may translate into them becoming active voters in the future.

“I really think that Vote 16 will help youth of color in San Francisco establish the habit of voting at an earlier age, and really provide them with the support and the resources that they need to continue building on that habit as they grow older,” Crystal Chan, an 18-year old organizer for Vote 16 SF, told the outlet.

San Francisco may be the first major city if the bill passes, but not the first city in the U.S. to join the initiative. Takoma Park, a suburb in Maryland, has allowed 16 and 17-year olds to vote in local elections since 2013 and say they’ve seen positive results in youth turnout.

“Research is clear on this, that voting is a habit. And 16 is a better time than 18 to establish that habit,” Brandon Klugman, Vote 16’s campaign manager, told NBC News. “Our motivation here first and foremost is to make sure that we put new voters in a position to establish that habit in the first election they’re eligible for, and then to continue participating throughout their lives which is good for democracy on every level.”

The initiative also has interest at a federal level. Congresswoman Grace Meng, D-NY introduced a constitutional amendment in 2018 to lower the voting age nationwide to 16. “I’m always inspired by our nation’s youth who have demonstrated wisdom, maturity and passion on issues like social justice, gun control, and climate change,” Meng said in a statement (via The Hill). “They are the leaders of our future and the decisions we make impact their lives every day. To capture their views and experiences, we must lower the voting age to 16 in all elections.”

Vote16.org’s reasons for wanting the bill passed are simple and they make a lot of sense. Lowering the voting age can lead to a long-term increase in voter turnout and helps strengthen civil education. Plus, teens are impacted by political issues and the age group is ready to vote and “have the necessary civic knowledge, skills, and cognitive ability to vote for their futures.”

Kids this age can legally drive a car, join a trade union, join the Armed Forces with parental consent, get married (in most states) and work, so why not have a say in their elected officials as well?

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Dr. Fauci Warns Things May Not Get Back To Normal Until End Of 2021

Dr. Fauci says things won’t return to “normality” until late next year

President Trump has been boasting about the accelerated COVID-19 vaccine timeline and how there might be an approved vaccine before the election, however, Trump’s brand of uhm, toxic positivity always needs to be tempered by actual facts and science and that’s why we have Dr. Anthony Fauci. Dr. Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, translated the Trump vaccine talk into an actionable timeline and essentially stated that by the time the vaccine is actually distributed to the American people and we can return to some semblance of “normality,” we’ll be well into 2021 — potentially even the end of next year.

“By the time you mobilize the distribution of the vaccine and get a majority or more of the population vaccinated and protected, that’s likely not going to happen until the end of 2021,” Fauci told MSNBC. “If you’re talking about getting back to a degree of normality prior to COVID, it’s going to be well into 2021, towards the end of 2021.”

The former Director of the CDC corroborated these claims, tweeting last month that “vaccines take a long time to get to people, often have stumbles in rollout, and don’t protect perfectly. Very important, but won’t end Covid.”

Last month, Fauci explained that once we get the vaccine, we’ll also still need to wear masks and practice social distancing.

“It’s going to depend very much on what the percent or level of efficacy of the vaccine is,” Fauci told Bloomberg, explaining that the vaccine will not be 100% effective. “I would be very happy with 70, 75 percent [efficacy], and I would be accepting of 50 to 60 percent, because that would be value added, superimposed upon and complementary to public health measures. So if we don’t get a vaccine that is highly, highly, highly effective, even though it could still be a good vaccine, I think we would have to have some degree of attention to public health measures.”

Although so many of us have leaned on the idea of a vaccine as a “back to normal” point, or that you get the vaccine and finally get to toss your masks, Fauci is lightly reining in expectations.

“It’s going to take a while to build up an accumulative amount of immunity, either induced by the vaccine or by natural infection, to get to the point where you really have a veil of protection over the community,” Fauci continued. “That’s not going to happen in the first couple of months of availability of vaccine. So we will not be able — we should not abandon public health measures even when we do get a vaccine.”

Currently, a number of drug companies are racing to develop a COVID-19 vaccine, all in various stages of development including clinical trials. Although Trump has told the CDC to prepare to distribute the vaccines as early as November 1, the collective drug companies have publicly stated that they will not release any vaccine or rush it out before it’s safe, ready, and sufficiently tested.

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93 Percent Of Black Lives Matter Protests Have Been Peaceful, Report Says

The report also showed that government authorities were more likely to intervene in BLM protests than in other demonstrations

Despite what Trump and members of his admin may think or say, nearly all Black Lives Matter protests this summer have been peaceful, a new report shows.

According to a report published Thursday by the Armed Conflict Location and Event Data project (ACLED) — a nonprofit organization that tracks political violence and instability — in partnership with Princeton University’s Bridging Divides Initiative, 93 percent of BLM protests have been “overwhelmingly peaceful.” More than 2,400 locations reported peaceful protests, while less than 220 reported “violent demonstrations,” defined as including “acts targeting other individuals, property, businesses, other rioting groups or armed actors.”

“There have been some violent demonstrations, and those tend to get a lot of media coverage,” Dr. Roudabeh Kishi, ACLED’s director of research & innovation, told the Guardian. “But if you were to look at all the demonstrations happening, it’s overwhelmingly peaceful.”

For the joint project — called the US Crisis Monitor — ACLED and Princeton researchers not only analyzed more than 7,750 demonstrations associated with the Black Lives Matter movement in more than 2,440 different locations across the United States between May 26 and Aug. 22, but they also documented more than 1,000 protests related to COVID-19, a third of which were linked to the reopening of schools and considered peaceful protests.

Government authorities were, however, more likely to intervene in Black Lives Matter protests than in other demonstrations. According to the report, “more than 9 percent — or nearly one in 10 — have been met with government intervention, compared to 3 percent of all other demonstrations.”

“These data reveal that the United States is in crisis,” the report states. “It faces a multitude of concurrent, overlapping risks — from police abuse and racial injustice, to pandemic-related unrest and beyond — all exacerbated by increasing polarization.”

 

Government officials were also more likely to intervene with force “such as firing less-lethal weapons like tear gas, rubber bullets, and pepper spray or beating demonstrators with batons.” In fact, authorities used force in more than 54 percent of the demonstrations they engaged in — a significant increase compared to last year. According to the report, “over 5 percent of all events linked to the BLM movement have been met with force by authorities, compared to under 1 percent of all other demonstrations.”

Journalists were also on the receiving end of attacks from government forces. Since May, ACLED recorded more than 100 separate incidents of government violence against journalists in at least 31 states and D.C. during demonstrations associated with the BLM movement.

As Time pointed out, ACLED also highlighted a recent Morning Consult poll in which 42 percent of respondents believe that “most protesters (associated with the BLM movement) are trying to incite violence or destroy property.” Of course, ACLED’s report shows otherwise.

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‘The Princess Bride’ Cast Will Reunite For A Live Virtual Script Reading

The movie’s most beloved stars will read their famous lines — in support of the Democratic Party of Wisconsin

This time, it’s conceivable! Robin Wright, Cary Elwes, Many Patinkin, and other beloved cast members of The Princess Bride are coming together again for a script reading to support the Democratic Party of Wisconsin.

The stars of the iconic 1987 film are taking part in the virtual reading of the script and will be answering questions afterwards from film’s director, Rob Reiner. Joining him will be Patton Oswalt, who will be moderating the panel, according to Deadline.

Other actors participating in the reading are Carol Kane, Chris Sarandon, Billy Crystal, and Wallace Shawn. Elwes made his own announcement on Twitter, writing, “#Inconceivable! I’m excited to announce a virtual #PrincessBrideReunion! Chip in any amount at the link & get an invite to this special event on Sun. Sept. 13th with myself, @RealRobinWright, @PatinkinMandy, @robreiner & many more!” He also included a gem of a hashtag, “#DumpTrumperdinck.”

Anyone who wants to join can signup here and donate in order to view the reading. There’s no minimum donation, and the event will be live-streamed on Sept. 13 at 7/6c.

“I think most people are aware by now that Donald Trump has completely abdicated his duties as President to represent and stand up for all Americans,” Elwes said in a statement, per Deadline. “He has failed to keep the country safe from COVID-19 and, as a result, he is responsible for the devastating chaos, violence and economic collapse that we are now experiencing.”

“If America is going to have a real chance at healing we must get rid of Trump. And that is only possible if we win Wisconsin,” Elwes continued. “I am thrilled to be part of this very rare reunion of my colleagues from The Princess Bride as a way to increase awareness and garner resources for the state that will determine the fate of America.”

Princess Bride fans got to see the late Carl Reiner in his final performance as a part of the fan-filmed version  directed by his son, Rob Reiner. But this gives us the chance to see the actors themselves read their famous lines, like, “Hello. My name is Indigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die.”

Ben Wikler, the chairman of the Democratic Party of Wisconsin, said of the event, “The 2020 election is just like The Princess Bride: giants, monsters, chases, escapes, miracles. We’re thrilled that some of the world’s greatest stars are joining us to relive the magic of my favorite movie in the world and help us safely navigate the fire swamp of Wisconsin politics.”

As you wish.

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Joe Biden’s Granddaughter Posts Throwback Photo With The Obama Girls

Who run the world? GIRLS.

Following last night’s Democratic National Convention, Joe Biden’s granddaughter Naomi Biden took to Twitter to share a throwback photo of her grandfather — wearing the Presidential Medal of Freedom — flanked by Naomi and former president Barack Obama’s two daughters, Malia and Sasha. Naomi also gave Democratic VP nominee Kamala Harris — and her mom — a sweet shoutout.

“Who run the world —> GIRLS,” Naomi captioned the image from 2017.

The Columbia Law School student’s tweets didn’t end there. During the DNC, the clearly proud granddaughter continued to show her support for Joe and his history-making VP pick, Kamala Harris.

“Tonight we learned: How @joebiden got to where he stands today: strong women,” Naomi also tweeted, “and how he will become the next POTUS: a strong woman. @kamalaharris you inspired girls around the world tonight that anything is possible. I think I know who we have to thank: Shyamala Harris.”

Last night, Kamala made history as the first woman of color to accept a major party nomination for Vice President — and her speech did not disappoint.

In her speech, Kamala recognized and paid tribute to the women who fought for the passage of the 19th amendment, which guarantees all American women the right to vote. “Yet so many of the Black women who helped secure that victory were still prohibited from voting, long after its ratification. But they were undeterred,” Kamala said.

“Without fanfare or recognition, they organized, testified, rallied, marched, and fought—not just for their vote, but for a seat at the table,” she continued. “These women and the generations that followed worked to make democracy and opportunity real in the lives of all of us who followed. They paved the way for the trailblazing leadership of Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton. And these women inspired us to pick up the torch, and fight on.”

Kamala then spoke of her mother, Shyamala Gopalan Harris, a woman “whose shoulders I stand on,” she said.

“My mother instilled in my sister, Maya, and me the values that would chart the course of our lives,” Kamala continued. “She raised us to be proud, strong Black women. And she raised us to know and be proud of our Indian heritage. She taught us to put family first—the family you’re born into and the family you choose.”

The entire speech is a must-watch/listen, and it ends with Kamala explaining why Joe must be elected as president.

“We have a chance to change the course of history,” she said. “We’re all in this fight. You, me, and Joe—together. What an awesome responsibility. What an awesome privilege.”

“We are all now Obama-Biden-Harris Democrats,” Naomi tweeted last night. “I am proud to be your granddaughter every single day @JoeBiden. But tonight, I am just as proud to be an American,” she wrote the night prior.

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Taylor Swift Calls Out Trump For ‘Calculated Dismantling Of USPS’

Taylor Swift slams Trump over USPS corruption and urges fans to vote early

Once upon a time, Taylor Swift stayed out of politics to focus on the music. That Taylor is gone, and we are here for angry, new political Taylor. In a couple of tweets on Saturday, August 15, 2020, Swift lashed out at Trump and got her fans up to speed on the very scary stuff that’s happening with the U.S. Postal Service.

The corruption surrounding the USPS is bad enough, but it’s even more worrisome considering there’s an election in three months and more people than ever before are planning to vote by mail as safer alternative to physically going to the polls during the coronavirus pandemic. The USPS literally warned the country that it might not be able to deliver ballots in time and now Trump is pushing a false narrative that voting by mail is fraudulent and wants to defund the USPS. However, without a functioning and bipartisan postal service, mail-in and absentee ballots will become a lost cause.

It’s not wrong to fear the fate of the USPS and its impact on the election and on Saturday, Swift made her opinions on the subject crystal clear.

“Trump’s calculated dismantling of USPS proves one thing clearly: He is WELL AWARE that we do not want him as our president,” Swift tweeted. “He’s chosen to blatantly cheat and put millions of Americans’ lives at risk in an effort to hold on to power.”

“Donald Trump’s ineffective leadership gravely worsened the crisis that we are in and he is now taking advantage of it to subvert and destroy our right to vote and vote safely. Request a ballot early. Vote early,” Swift added.

Notably, Swift urged her fans to vote “early” if they want their voices heard, and she’s right to recommend that. As the postal service experiences loss of funding, you should expect delays, so making sure your ballot doesn’t get — quite literally — lost in the mail ahead of the election is very important.

If you want to do your part to help the USPS, The Slacktivists says an easy way to start is by buying stamps from the USPS. And to guarantee that your vote is counted, you must make sure your ballot is mailed 15 days before election day, so mail that sucker in by October 20!

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Dr. Fauci Had To Hire Security To Protect His Wife And Daughters

Fauci said his family received death threats from people who object to his work on the pandemic

In today’s edition of “What The Hell Kind Of World Do We Live In?”, Dr. Anthony Fauci — our nation’s top infectious disease expert and a member of the White House coronavirus task force — revealed he had to hire security to protect his family, including his three daughters, who’ve been harassed and received death threats.

“Getting death threats for me and my family and harassing my daughters to the point where I have to get security is just, I mean, it’s amazing,” Fauci said during a chat with CNN‘s Dr. Sanjay Gupta on Wednesday.

“I wish that they did not have to go through that,” Fauci continued. “I wouldn’t have imagined in my wildest dreams that people who object to things that are pure public health principles are so set against it… that they actually threaten you.”

During the live-streamed talk hosted by Harvard’s School of Public Health, Fauci went on to say that the crisis “brings out the best of people and the worst of people” and that his wife and daughters were “fine” but stressed.

This isn’t the first time Fauci and his family have been on the receiving end of threats. Last month, he said during an interview on “The Axe Files” podcast that his family faced “serious threats,” calling them “a little bit disturbing.”

“I’ve seen a side of society that I guess is understandable, but it’s a little bit disturbing,” he told CNN political commentator David Axelrod. “It’s really a magnitude different now. As much as people inappropriately, I think, make me somewhat of a hero … there are people who get really angry at thinking I’m interfering with their life because I’m pushing a public health agenda.”

Fauci was also given a security detail back in April after receiving threats, The Hill reported at the time. But when asked about it at a press briefing, Fauci deferred the question to the Department of Health and Human Services inspector general. Fauci later called the threats and his safety “secondary” to the pandemic.

“I’ve chosen this life. I know what it is,” Fauci said during an appearance on the Today show. “There are things about it that sometimes are disturbing, but you just focus on the job you have to do and just put all that other stuff aside and just try as best as possible not to pay attention to it.”

Fauci, who’s been the head of the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases since 1984, has gained a reputation as a staunch truth-teller, even if that means openly correcting Trump, who has, in response, made very clear his anti-Fauci stance. Not only has Trump frequently undermined and contradicted Fauci’s guidance and recommendations throughout the pandemic, but he’s even retweeted #FireFauci tweets.

In fact, just this past weekend, Trump retweeted a video of a Fauci explaining why the U.S. has seen a surge in cases while European country have seen the opposite, writing, “Wrong!”

“We have more cases because we have tested far more than any other country, 60,000,000. If we tested less, there would be less cases. How did Italy, France & Spain do? Now Europe sadly has flare ups. Most of our governors worked hard & smart. We will come back STRONG!” Trump wrote.

This is the world we live in, folks. And we need to protect Fauci — and his family — at all costs.

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Reminder: We Have Fewer Than 100 Days Before The Presidential Election––6 Things To Do Now

It’s hard to believe in the middle of COVID-19, but we’re less than 100 days out from Election Day, the first Tuesday in November: in this case, November 3, 2020. Trump’s saying he wants to cancel it, claiming that mass mail-in voting would lead to “an INACCURATE & FRAUDULENT election.” Newsflash: he can’t do that, reminds The New York Times. Only Congress can, and he has no power over both the House of Representatives and the Senate.

So we’re having elections in the middle of a mass pandemic. They’re happening. And it’s time to get serious. It’s time to get out the vote. We’ve got less than 100 days, and if we want that man out of office, if we want to take back the House and the Senate, if we want to effect change on a local level, we’ve got to start for real. And we’ve got to do it now. 

Make Sure You’re Registered to Vote

With less than 100 days to go, you’ve got to register to vote, pronto. Start here to figure out how to register. You’ll select your state from a pull-down menu, and it’ll take you to a website for your state’s election commission, which will have detailed information about how to register. Do this now. 

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Scared of COVID-19? Know Your Mail-In Vote Deadline

You have even less time in this 100 days if you don’t want to wait in line to vote. No one wants to stand in a queue of possible coughing, virus-ridden people. Each state has a different rule about when absentee ballots must be postmarked. Find out your deadline here; the link to your state’s election website on the same page will also tell you how to obtain an absentee ballot. Some states allow you to request one by email; other require a phone call or a visit to the county office.

But We Need To Worry About More Than Our Own Votes in This 100 Days

With so little time to go, we can’t rest. It’s time to fight, people. Registering to vote and getting your own absentee ballot isn’t enough.

You’ve got to start by haranguing everyone you know. Make a Facebook post about it. Something like “Did you know we only have x number of days until the election? Register to vote!” “Did you know your absentee ballot must be postmarked x number of days before the election in our state?” Put it on your Facebook feed. Make it part of your Insta story. Tweet it. Get the word out via social media.

More About Using Social Media

Speaking of social media, we need to make the most of it during the next 100 days, especially since no one wants to go out publicly because of the pandemic. A study of 61 million Facebook users published in 2012 found that political mobilization messages in advance of an election “directly influenced political self-expression, information seeking and real-world voting behaviour of millions of people.” Even better, according to the study, “[T]he messages not only influenced the users who received them but also the users’ friends, and friends of friends.” And that was only Facebook.

The American Association of University Women (AAUW) has some specific advice about using social media to get out the vote. First, make sure you use the right hashtags. They recommend #Election2020, #ItsMyVote, and #GOTV. But according to Best Hashtags, here are some of the best ones to use to tag your voting posts:

#voting #vote #election #elections #politics #democracy #votingrights #votingmatters #covid #news #ivoted #electionday #registertovote #govote #civilrights #votersuppression #coronavirus #music #votebymail #votingpolls #government #debate #votingday #fashion #voter #youth #discussion #voterregistration #bhfyp

Make sure you also use good, eye-catching pictures, the AAUW recommends. There are plenty available on free photo sites like Dreamstime, Shutterstock, and Pixabay. Obviously you probably aren’t going to go out and take pics of a voter registration drive, so you can find good pictures on places like this. You can punch them up with words or photos from free sites such as Canva or PicMonkey.

And don’t forget places like TikTok.

Join ‘Text Out The Vote’ — Or Do Virtual Phone Banks

If you want to help immediately from home, the Democratic Party needs help now. Join Text Out the Vote, an organization that contacts you when the Democratic Party has a texting campaign. Then, from the safety of your own home, you can text other people to help get out important voting and campaign information. Super simple— and super effective.

They also have virtual phone banks you can sign up to help with. There’s one happening soon, and they’ll certainly be more as we count down through this 100 days.

Make Contact With Local Candidates

Before, local candidates used to win on the strength of canvassing, or face-to-face knocking on doors, and speeches. That can’t happen this year. It’s incumbent on you to reach out to them in the next 100 days to ask how you can help them to win. That may be through virtual phone banking. It may be through putting up signs. It may be through helping fold and stamp mailings. You might find yourself wearing a mask at a campaign headquarters. But however you do it: you’ve got to reach out.

Make sure that social media outreach is hitting local people, too. Post in your neighborhood groups. Reach out to local friends. Know the twitter handles of local candidates. And don’t forget the old-fashioned letter to the editor.

We’ve got less than 100 days left, folks. The time is now.

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White House Blocks CDC From Testifying In Upcoming Hearing On Reopening Schools

Trump administration bans CDC director from testifying at a hearing on how to reopen schools

Just days after the Trump administration ordered hospitals to send all their COVID-19 data directly to the White House instead of to the CDC as they had been, the Trump administration is now refusing to allow the CDC to testify in a hearing next month on reopening schools, and you are not wrong if you’re extremely worried right now.

Trump has made it very clear that he wants to reopen all schools for the 2020-2021 school year and even complained on Twitter that the CDC’s guidelines for reopening schools were “very tough & expensive.” In response, the CDC said they would change their reopening guidelines — presumably to appease the Trump administration — though no new guidelines have been released thus far.

Now CNN is reporting that neither the CDC director Dr. Robert Redfield or any of his colleagues will be allowed to testify at a House Education and Labor Committee hearing on how K-12 public schools can safely reopen for in-person classroom instruction this fall.

“It is alarming that the Trump administration is preventing the CDC from appearing before the committee at a time when its expertise and guidance is so critical to the health and safety of students, parents, and educators. This lack of transparency does a great disservice to the many communities across the country facing difficult decisions about reopening schools this fall,” House Education and Labor Committee Chairman Bobby Scott said in a statement (via The Hill).

A White House official, who confirmed the decision to block the CDC’s participation, said that Dr. Redfield has already testified before the House at past hearings and is not needed at the school reopening hearing because “we need our doctors focused on the pandemic response.” Unclear how that tracks, because reopening schools seems to fall in line with the “pandemic response.”

We have a hunch as to why the Trump administration would prevent CDC officials from testifying as Dr. Redfield stated this week that masks are “the key” to reopening schools and the president is extremely resistant to wearing masks. “If you really look at it, the data is really clear — [masks] work,” Redfield said during a webinar on Tuesday (via CNN).

A handful of school districts have already released their guidelines for returning to school in the fall as the Trump administration continues to insist that all schools reopen for in-person classroom learning. New York City will stagger attendance and combine two-day a week in-class learning with remote learning. Richmond, Va, Prince George’s County, Md announced they will all do online-only learning this fall, and California just announced new coronavirus infection thresholds that schools have to meet to allow in-person classroom instruction, and currently, very few counties meet the requirements. Most shocking is Florida, who will require all school districts to reopen campuses in August, despite the news that 30% of children in Florida getting tested for COVID-19 are testing positive for the virus.

 

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