Monday, February 22, 2021

GOP EMBRACING TRUMP'S HERD IMMUNITY vs. THE ELDERLY DYING OF COVID IN NURSING HOMES WITH HIGH COMMUNITY SPREAD RATES

  COVID PATIENT being attended to (courtesy of the site)
In April of 2020 when the COVID-19 pandemic was raging in New York, former President Donald Trump and the GOP embraced the Swedish policy of herd immunity. Read my updated article about Sweden's attempt to embrace herd immunity that I wrote in May and updated in January. Trump and the GOP "rationalized" that the economy could be OPENED UP. So what if people got COVID-19. They would get over it and build up antibodies to not catch it again. The concept ignored that COVID-19 was highly contagious and DEADLY. It ignored Long Hauler syndrome; those with COVID-19 went months and months never being able to be free of the virus, thereby spreading the contagion to others in the community. It ignored the idea that if businesses opened too soon, there would be an exponential spread of COVID-19 in the community. The spread would skyrocket the infection rate, and target the elderly in and out of nursing homes with exponential death rates to follow. 

Early on, it was proven that the most vulnerable were the elderly in nursing homes. Right then, family could have taken their loved ones out of nursing homes and brought them home. However, if they didn't have the space to properly QUARANTINE their loved one from catching it from a family member, then that wouldn't work either. COVID-19 was an incredible risk. The possibility of death was high the older one was.

At the time much was uncertain about COVID-19. This was known by scientists and epidemiologists: it was 10X more infectious than the flu. It targeted the elderly in nursing homes. After further investigations, it was understood that asymptomatics from the community who worked in nursing homes or for nursing homes were the greatest spreaders to nursing homes. 


    New York Governor Andrew Cuomo during a briefing (courtesy of the site)

Early on, Cuomo called for everyone to wear masks; he quarantined the elderly in nursing homes; he tested staff and nursing home clients. Until it was understood that asymptomatics brought it in from community spread, the X factor of why the elderly died was unanswered. Thus, the higher the infection rate in the community, the greater the community spread and the greater the likelihood of COVID entering nursing homes and killing the elderly residents there. And the greater the likelihood that elderly in the community, and not in nursing homes, regardless of their prior health, would catch COVID and die from it.

Community spread is directly related to the death of the elderly whether in or out of nursing homes. Thus, the higher the infection rate in the community, the greater the likelihood of the elderly dying whether within or without nursing homes. To stop the death of the elderly in or out of nursing homes, one must lower the community spread, lower the infection rates in the community.

SO. WHY WOULD ANYONE THINK THAT BREATHING THE AIR, DOING NOTHING TO STOP THE SPREAD, TELLING THE SOCIETY TO INTENTIONALLY CATCH COVID-19 WOULD PREVENT THE ELDERLY FROM GETTING IT AND DYING FROM IT, WHETHER IN OR OUTSIDE OF NURSING HOMES?

Well, that's what the Republicans and Trump were saying and encouraging: no mask wearing, having superspreader rallies and events, opening up everything, not doing a lot of testing, tracing, monitoring of those who had COVID. IN OTHER WORDS, DOING LITTLE TO CONTAIN THE COMMUNITY SPREAD MEANT THEY WOULD BE KILLING THEIR OLD PEOPLE IN AND OUTSIDE OF NURSING HOMES. DID ANYONE CARE?

THE BLUE STATES CARED. TRUMP/REPUBLICANS ONLY CARED ABOUT THE 2020 ELECTION.

                        January 6th insurrection at the Capitol, QAnon Trumper (courtesy of the site)  

These facts were known around May when New York, through the guidance of Governor Cuomo and his brilliant COVID TASK FORCE had brought the infection rate from the highest in the world to the third lowest in the country.  But Trump was not interested in facts. He wanted the illusion of the economy and everything else to be normal. In April, "Open" and "FREEDOM" became the QAnon, Trumper, white supremacist domestic terrorist militia mantras, so much so that armed domestic terrorists stormed state capitols demanding the governors stop the lockdowns with Trump chanting in concert to "free the people." The riot factor was so bad that Michigan militias stormed the Lansing, Michigan Capitol building, breached it and took possession until Governor Whitmer called in the National Guard to end it. 

Little did any of us know that this was a dry run for Trump's inciting the January 6th riot at the US Capitol, attempting to free himself from the impending doom to follow months afterward in the coming indictments against him over a myriad of crimes he committed before, during and after being in office. His loss of the election of 2020 removed him from sheltering in a lockdown under the twisted Executive Privilege notion which should have been challenged, that "a sitting president cannot be criminally tried for his crimes." BUNK!

Now that Trump is OUT, he is being investigated for many crimes including election fraud in Georgia, and extensive financial fraud including tax fraud and campaign finance fraud in New York. Finally, in New York, his taxes (thanks to the Supreme Court) will be subpoenaed by DA Cyrus Vance of the Manhattan DAs office. However, Trump and his lackeys are ranging for revenge against New York State's Governor Cuomo. See yesterday's article for an in-depth discussion of this.

    Governor Andrew Cuomo at a Coronavirus briefing (courtesy of the site)
I wrote a number of articles about Trump's confused and negligent leadership acting like he was at war with CUOMO and the American people whom he wanted to breathe in the air and get COVID-19 which initially he called a hoax, then the flu, then the Kung Flu. By summer after a series of galactic blunders during abysmally rated press briefings, Trump abandoned even attempting to mitigate COVID-19. The numbers in New York fell dramatically thanks to Governor Cuomo's expert leadership which drove Trump and the GOP to frenetic QAnon heights slamming Cuomo about nursing home deaths while ignoring nursing home deaths in Florida, Texas, Arizona, Mississippi and other RED STATES.

Trump and the GOP, in love with the idea of herd immunity had Scott Atlas, the "herd immunity king" take a key part in the Trump Administration COVID-19 response. The COVID-19 rates rose as Trump and the GOP held superspreader events and rallies and "breathed the air." COVID-19 spread in the communities across the nation gaining higher and higher infection rates. One has only to look at WORLDOMETER statistics to gain an understanding about which states had/have high infection rates. New York, slammed in the Spring of 2020, controlled its rate in the summer and brought it to under 1% with a few days of NO DEATHS. No other RED STATE did that. 

But that was hard to monitor because Trump made sure to have RED STATE governors quash the number of deaths, active cases and positivity rates. All of this is changing under President Joe Biden Jr. and his team. Once they straightens out the horror that Trump left with his herd immunity policy and abdication of leadership the last 8 months of his presidency regarding mitigating COVID-19 and establishing a well organized vaccine rollout, the Biden administration will assess the numbers in each of the states. 

Boogaloo Bois, etc. "protesting" the lockdown in Lansing, Michigan in April (courtesy of the site)
However, with herd immunity which the GOP embraced, one thing was and is clear. The elderly in nursing homes and in the communities were sacrificed for the sake of being able to have the "illusion" of a "disease-free" society. The elderly in nursing homes and in the communities were being sacrificed so that the economy would be up and running normally. Thus far, no state economy is up and running normally. The two assumptions for why the elderly must be sacrificed for the rest of the society are COMPLETE AND UTTER LIES AND FALSE ASSUMPTIONS.

The Swedish herd immunity followed by lobbyist Scott Atlas was a canard. First, we do not have socialized medicine. Second, Sweden's population is around 10 million. Ours is 334 million. Third, we have a multicultural society; the demographics have no relation to Sweden. So the idea to use herd immunity was predicated, not because of the similarities between Sweden and the US, but because Trump was concerned about reelection and he was lazy and incompetent to lead. The economy was his "Ace in the Hole." With ignorance, he equated Wall Street with the economy, whereas Main Street was largely forgotten. The economy is both. 

Since the pandemic, businesses, restaurants, mom and pop shops in cities and small towns have been badly hit and most have gone under, no thanks to Trump's corrupt management of the PPP which gave huge loans to the wealthy and stiffed everyone else. Millions and millions are out of work; the Main Street economy was and still is smoking like the aftermath of a California wildfire. 

    Trump and Putin at Helsinki, "All Roads Lead to Moscow" (courtesy of the site)
As Governor Cuomo rightly suggested, one is able to mitigate the spread of COVID and open the economy and rebuild the economy by doing both gradually. However, Trump/GOP decried Cuomo and used QAnon, Russian Military Intel Soc Puppets, the RNC shills and Trumpers to fight against Cuomo's and BLUE STATE governor's wisdom in leading their recovery. And Trump, the RED ultra right-wing media, QAnon, Trumpers and misled Democrats even now scream "nursing home deaths" at Cuomo and impugn him and his team for dastardly, horrific actions. 

This is outrageously hypocritical in light of Trump and RED STATE governors' "herd immunity" policies and complete incompetence and depraved indifference with regard to MITIGATING the COMMUNITY SPREAD of COVID-19 with their delinquent actions. They refused to enforce mask wearing. They allowed "open" economies without social distancing or masking. They encouraged folks to gather in crowds, bars and restaurants and superspreader events to "breathe the air." They justified these actions by saying everyone should get COVID-19 to breathe the air; this was after they promulgated that COVID-19 was a hoax/the flu/an exaggeration.

This is a blueprint for how to spread death in a pandemic the likes of COVID-19. It's an easy equation.The higher the infection rates, the greater is the community spread. The greater the community spread is, the greater the likelihood of COVID to spread to nursing homes, brought in by asymptomatic and symptomatic staff who need to work to pay the rent. The greater the likelihood of COVID spread in nursing homes, the higher is the death rate in nursing homes. 

  VP Mike Pence, SWAT Team (note the "Q" on the quy on the left) Florida (courtesy of the site)
Cuomo's action and intent to lower the community spread with his network of surge and flex, his massive testing, tracing and monitoring of COVID IN THE COMMUNITY, to lower the spread, shows a diligence and care for all the communities throughout the state. Because if you care about all the communities in a state and keep the infection rate low, the greater the likelihood the deaths of the elderly in an out of nursing homes will be low.

That the RED STATES, TRUMP, RED UBER RIGHT WING MEDIA, QANON CONSPIRACIES, TRUMPERS, MILITIAS, KKK, WHITE SUPREMACISTS ON LONG ISLAND AND ELSEWHERE IN NEW YORK STATE AND ACROSS THE NATION COULD LAUD POLICIES OF HERD IMMUNITY AND SACRIFICING THE ELDERLY TO OPEN THE ECONOMY THEN TURN AROUND AND SLAM GOVERNOR CUOMO AND OTHER GOVERNORS FOR THEIR MASK MANDATES, CAUTION ABOUT OPENING THE ECONOMY TOO SOON AND RESTRICTIONS TO SAVE LIVES...THEN SPEAK ABOUT NURSING HOME DEATHS???? THIS IS A MONSTROUS HYPOCRISY.

The hypocrisy screams to GOD AND THE HEAVENS. Investigate, by all means. But you who are without sin, among you, RED STATES, GOVERNORS, REPUBLICANS? You are innocent? No! Cast the first stone, immersed in your own guilt. THE RED STATE active COVID cases on Worldometer speak volumes. INVESTIGATE YOUR OWN NEGLIGENCE IN NURSING HOMES, RED STATES. You have high infection rates in your communities without doing due diligence in mitigating the spread. That means for a fact, your nursing home deaths are in tandem, high. And it means your elderly deaths outside of nursing homes are high.

CALLING ON RED STATES. Where are your investigations? Where are your people clamoring about nursing home malfeasance? Your policy of herd immunity was and still is indecent, monstrous, cruel and hateful to the elderly in and out of nursing homes. HYPOCRISY? Yes OAN, FOX, SPUTNIK, TRUMPERS, DOMESTIC WHITE SUPREMACIST TERRORISTS, SOON TO BE INDICTED TRUMP, ROBERT MERCER'S PARLER, BREITBART, NYP AND ALL RIGHT-WING LYING FANATICS WHO CONDONED THE DEATH OF THE ELDERLY FOR THE SAKE OF TRUMP WINNING THE ELECTION. Report your numbers RED STATES without obfuscation, if you dare. Bill Barr only asked for a report of BLUE STATES in the summer to LEVERAGE FOR TRUMP AGAINST THE TERRIBLE JOB HE KNEW HE WAS DOING. And then Bill Barr was fired because he was unable to stomach Trump's lawbreaking and intimidation and violence in his urge to overthrow the election of JOE BIDEN JR.'S WIN.  

Scott Atlas, former President Trump's coronavirus advisor

                                                                                                            
What of Atlas' and Trump's and Republicans' and right-wing media's violence to the elderly in their embrace of herd immunity that skyrocketed the infection rates and community spread that infected and killed the elderly inside and outside of nursing homes? Herd immunity and "catching COVID" to sacrifice the elderly for the economy, embraced by the GOP, uber right-wing media, Trumpers, QAnon conspirators are a SHAMEFUL BLOT ON OUR HISTORY. That is a BLOT along with the high numbers of black and brown communities who died of COVID. Such depraved indifference and lack of humanity can only be attributed to the cruelty and unpatriotic actions of a wanton party of Republican miscreants, not worthy to lead the American people. They must be voted out, everyone who supported Trump in his wide journey of genociding the American people.



 


Saturday, February 20, 2021

Governor Andrew Cuomo's SINS: NOT BOWING TO TRUMP, TRUMPERS, WHITE SUPREMACISTS and THE POWER-HUNGRY SELFISH

 A disappointed GOP donor who believed #thebiglie (courtesy of the site)

The GOP's vs. the Democrat's psychic warfare continues, though Donald Trump has lost the 2020 election. Biden and Democrats, where they can, attempt to form a more perfect union and in many cases are succeeding (i.e. the Texas recovery). A small percentage of MAGAS, white supremacists, Republicans searching for their party, agent provocateur ultra conservatives and Trumper/QAnons are pushing an agenda of "they know not what." With Trump attempting to exert his influence, they resist, resist, resist, ironically, to their own destruction, which they seem hell bent to effect. 

Continuously, the #biglie swirls in the fantasies of the QAnon Trumpers. The FBI slowly and surely identifies the insurrectionists who caused the death and destruction at the Capitol on January 6, 2021. And Trump foments on Parler and secret phone conversations plotting to use the Trumper Party to raise money that he can pocket for his failing businesses and whatever else his cronies can stomach.

Despite Biden being inaugurated on January 20 (Hillary and all the Hollywood pedophile/cannibals were supposed to be arrested) despite Trump's Capitol attack failure, despite JFK Jr. never showing up in 2018 to be Trump's VP, despite Trump being evicted from the WH to make way for the inevitable transfer of power, Trump is loved by a dwindling level of supporters he can pay off. However, thousands flee worshiping him because he has betrayed them, and Biden looks to be the president of all Americans in his rescue plan which receives support from 70% of Americans from both parties.

    The DNC is inclusive to a fault (courtesy of the site)

As expected, Biden is confident, experience competent, and practiced, surrounding himself with excellence and genius. He has given many briefings; he is taking his policy proposals for the funding package on the road to the American people. For over 70% of citizens in this nation, Biden has done more in one month than Trump has done in four years.

THE BEACHED WHALE

Meanwhile, the great "Rambo"-god Trump has foundered like a beached whale, choking on the weight of his own lies, slanders, insults, obfuscations, canards, myths and his depraved indifference and negligence in NOT mitigating COVID the last eight months of his presidency. His treasonous insurrection ended up killing more people at his incitement, in addition to the COVID worldometer number for the United States at the top of the list in just about every category, the death toll now 510,000 being the worst on the globe. It is a death toll which he never acknowledged nor ever took any responsibility for. In other words, Trump was a self-professed non leader who just happened to be in the White House, most probably because Putin put him there and hoped to keep him there but for COVID. 

    The former president now untwittered (courtesy of the site)
 

Deprived of his Twitter Account and other social media, though Don Jr. is incompetently trying to fill in the breach, Trump ranges for revenge. He does this with the hope of distraction and misdirection with another #biglie, Governor Cuomo's responsibility for nursing home deaths. (If he could have, Trump would have blamed Cuomo for every COVID death that happened. But Trump gets the credit and Cuomo just has to settle for accepting responsibility for the deaths in New York, which he has since this horrible public health crisis began a year ago, despite RED MEDIA ULTRA FANATICAL QANON and extremist GOP portraying otherwise.

 Trump has gotten a few of his loser lackey supporters to brainwash as many as who will listen to believe this great lie about nursing homes. Who perpetrates it? Some QAnons, Trumpers, some Democratic legislators who back CEOS of nursing homes who don't want to lose their profitable businesses to Cuomo reform, some questionable Democrats with an agenda not to protect the vulnerable (their dilatory action reveals this) but to serve themselves, and the Republican MAGA community which is dwindling as I write this into Independent hell. Meanwhile, the betrayed MAGAs either "go Indi" or embrace the retrograde QAnon (Russian Military Intelligence fueled on Social).

These lackeys, Trump and/or trumpers encourage behind the scenes. They must beat down and discourage New Yorkers who have faith in Governor Cuomo's care and concern for keeping them safe and guiding them with facts and science to slow the COVID infection spread, especially since we have variants showing up on our horizon. Trump and his GOP allies and hate mongers in New York (KKK, militia, white supremacists) have had fun smearing, slandering calumnizing and sullying the reputation of Cuomo and his COVID task force. There is still a Trumpian residue of revenge about this. 

FOR TRUMP, IF YOU DON'T BOW, YOU MUST BE TORTURED AND TRUMP/REPUBLICANS WILL SOLICIT LACKEYS TO DO IT.

 It is tragic that a few NY Democrats are joining the Cuomo haters to push their own agenda which there is no way of testing, except to think that they would have done a better job at leading NY out of COVID HELL NUMBERS in the Spring. THAT, I WILL NEVER BELIEVE. Cuomo became who he is BECAUSE of the pandemic and BECAUSE of his EXECUTIVE POWERS. He shocked everyone with his incisive action and the decision-making of the people he selected for his task force, some of the brightest minds around. He even received praise from some of the most dour of individuals for how he handled Trump, COVID, gearing up the testing process and procuring PPE when Trump was ineffective and downright obstructive. His surge and flex program saved lives.

I shudder to think if the legislature didn't give the Executive Powers to act in a crisis, as the female legislator I heard on MSNBC suggested. I do not believe that New York would have done as well as we did. I do think the legislators and senators would have been dithering and deciding by committee while New Yorkers died waiting for actions that helped the state lower the infection rate to .1%. Yet, a few legislators didn't agree with the Executive Powers he was granted in this COVID EMERGENCY. They SCREAM about nursing home deaths? THIS IS WRONG HEADED THINKING. As we learned: nursing home deaths are dependent upon COMMUNITY SPREAD. It was those staff in nursing homes who picked up COVID from the community; they brought in COVID to the nursing homes. If you decrease community spread, you decrease deaths overall and especially in nursing homes. To think that the legislators would have prevented the nursing home deaths without decreasing community spread, without the leadership of Governor Cuomo and his task force, I find laughable. 

But pardon me. I gather the few legislators know better and can lead better. I gather they have Governor Cuomo's experience and wisdom. I gather they would have selected a better task force. Would Governor Cuomo have done all he did without the Emergency Powers being granted? Then fine. Take them away. If not, then don't. We are still in the middle of the COVID crisis and screaming and complaining about Governor Cuomo's being a bully rings like Trumpism. Trump's bullying was for the sake of his bottom line: money and reelection so he could keep his money and not be investigated. He bullied suggesting violence. How should this word be used with respect to Governor Cuomo?

 Is Governor Cuomo looking out for money and his bottom line? His briefings belie that. What was the context of the bullying? We have heard Trump's bullying, INSULTS and death threats. To use that word evokes a comparison between Trump and Cuomo; it is sloppy thinking and a patent distortion. For those accusing him of "bullying" behind the scenes? That is tantamount to calumny and MISINFORMATION. Frankly, it disgusts me, and as a former English teacher and writer, I would be willing to give the legislators lessons in the precision and selection of choosing the right word to communicate. The association of "bullying" is appalling. And if he did "bully," the legislators should have immediately resigned and lodged a complaint, right at that moment. Why didn't they? This is after the fact? Why?

The complaints now, after Trump has left and is being investigated by New York state are pointed, directed and have an agenda. I don't know what it is, but I suspect the accusers. Governor Cuomo is not an angel. On the other hand, his leadership which filled in the void of Trump's lack of leadership was paramount. The noises being made are grunts by highly partisan news organizations like a chorus of directed Trump farts. I suspect the smell; it stinks to heaven because there are investigations going on in New York that can send Trump to jail if he is guilty. I suspect whether witting or unwitting, the democratic legislators are allowing themselves to be used as pawns.

For example. The fact that legislators are offended at Cuomo's Executive Powers gives me pause. Really? Would they have done what he did? Could they have stood up to Trump who was frightened of Governor Cuomo enough to back down about opening up the state before we were ready? Governor Cuomo's experience working in the Federal Government, his legal background allowed him to use his intelligence and experience along with his task force to answer Trump who continually had to back down when confronted by Cuomo.

As sure as I am who I am, I do not think that Cuomo would have had the confidence to stand for New Yorkers without the Executive Powers. We needed a leader to calm the storm and hell brewing in all of our minds because Trump couldn't lead. He was incompetent. Trump refused to use his Executive Powers to gear up the DPA which Cuomo knew he should. Instead, Trump used his Executive Powers to avoid investigation (turning Barr into his personal attorney) and instead, investigate his enemies, Cuomo being one of them.

Time and again against Trump's obstruction and delinquence, Cuomo stepped up and showed his competence. I find the complaints I heard on MSNBC disingenuous at a time when the infection rate is decreasing in New York, though the possibility of the variants are increasing; someone on Long Island has been identified with the South African strain. Great! Complain away, legislators and weaken New York State's COVID response; hamper Governor Cuomo's ability to lead in what is still an emergency and crisis. If you think you could have done better? Prove it. This is the wrong time to clamor and complain. When the state has been vaccinated, when the variants are vanquished along with COVID-19, please feel free. Otherwise, become a Republican because surely that is what you are in spirit and in focus and in wrong-headed thinking. And why is the NYP printing distortions and lies, in effect making the nursing home mess a complication upon complication? Who benefits? Trump!

    New York Governor Cuomo at a briefing (courtesy of the site)
 

Cuomo violated the Trump commandments and stood up to Trump. Wasn't it necessary to have the force of full state law Executive Powers to stand up to a delinquent, incompetent and vicious president gunning for BLUE STATES?

DO THE FEW DEMOCRATIC LEGISLATORS, etc. AGREE WITH WHAT CUOMO DID WHICH ACTUALLY STRENGTHENED THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY? 

 CUOMO'S SINS AGAINST TRUMP, MAGA DEFIANCE

 1)Thou shalt not tell the truth about Trump's COVID BOTCH JOB and Jared Kushner's Azar's and other's complicity in creating havoc in this nation exacerbating the spread of the pandemic, not mitigating it and thereby wrecking the Main Street economy.

2)Thou shalt not make Trump and his administration look like complete incompetents by revving up a testing, tracing and tracking system, gleaning global expert advice to create your own statewide system never instituted before to keep New Yorkers safe, and then to outsource the system to other states to help them.

3)Thou shalt not investigate Trump or use any legal arm of the state to go after Trump's finances, frauds, illegal campaign financing machinations and other crimes.

4)Thou shalt not be more popular than Trump to the point where entertainers are saying Cuomo should be president because he can lead in a crisis when Trump can't.

5)Thou shalt not take Trump's perceived power and make him look like a fool when he commands states to open up and Cuomo leads the blue state charge by evoking Article 10 of the constitution. Thou shalt force Trump to back down in front of the nation, bowing to the BLUE STATE GOVERNORS unable to force those states to "OPEN UP THE ECONOMY PREMATURELY" and be "free" to die of COVID.

6)Thou shalt not support Trump in his reckless endangerment of wantonly spreading COVID in massive election rallies and events AND by helping Governor Gretchen Whitmer fight against lawless militias who raided the Capitol building in Lansing, Michigan, a forerunner of the storming of the US Capitol on January 6th.

7)Thou shalt not embarrass Trump by stating peaceful protest is lawful and legal, and by decrying that tear gassing peaceful protestors is against the constitution. Thou shalt not decry Trump QAnon looters, rioters and agent provocateurs to fight and terrorize BLM peaceful protestors.

8)Thou shalt not stand against every illegal and unconstitutional effort by Trump to disenfranchise the voting citizens of the US, for example, destroying the USPS and forbidding early voting and mail in balloting.

9)Thou shalt not support BLM as a group having the right to peacefully protest police brutality.

10) Thou shalt not make Trump feel shame for his own stupidity, incompetence and cruelty. 

NYS Department of Health Commissioner Howard Zucker (courtesy of the site)

Shamed, vilified, made unpopular by his botched COVID response and his own stupid actions like telling citizens to drink bleach and or Lysol, Trump was an unmitigated loser whose staff had to stop his daily briefings. The news refused to cover his lies about COVID and his self-congratulating testimonials about what a great job he was doing. Meanwhile, Cuomo, eloquent, wise, concerned, was doing a great job. The facts showed the infection rate had decreased to .1% and lower and for a few days, there were no deaths anywhere in New York State in the summer. Imagine! NO DEATHS IN NURSING HOMES BECAUSE COMMUNITY SPREAD HAD BEEN ALMOST ELIMINATED.

TO QAnon GOD, TRUMP, NO DEATHS IN NEW YORK WAS BLASPHEMY, NOT A CAUSE FOR CELEBRATION.

For, as Cuomo predicted, the other states, especially the Red States had increasing infection rates during the summer and until January. Of course! They followed Trump lies: COVID WAS AN EXAGGERATION; IT WASN'T SERIOUS; IT WASN'T SPREAD AND SOCIAL DISTANCING WASN'T NECESSARY, EXCEPT FOR TRUMP TO STAY FAR AWAY FROM CROWDS AT HIS RALLIES. 

Rather than to follow Cuomo's actions and advice, Trump disdained Cuomo. It was an act of suicide for Trump's career, his supporters, numbers of whom believed Trump and died, and the Red State economy which started and stopped and did poorly despite Wall Street doing well. The Red States with a few exceptions OBEYED THEIR GOD.

CUOMO COMMITTED SINS AGAINST TRUMP?  CUOMO'S NEW YORKERS HAD TO PAY IN PAIN AND SUFFERING.

Families of the deceased who were in nursing homes/hospitals were the perfect ploy for Trump's terrorists on QAnon, Social Media, Fox, OAN, Sputnik, New York Post and other uber right-wing sites. And to grab on and fit in, add the NYT recently. They tortured, tormented, stabbed in the back and manipulated into confusion and great grief those families who lost loved ones in nursing homes. This happened only if those families were in BLUE STATES. Red State families who lost loved ones in nursing homes? Trump could care less. They could go scratch. No RED STATE investigations, by god, were necessary. Who cared about RED STATE nursing home deaths anyway? NOT RED STATE GOVERNORS.

Trump's MO with the help of strategists to eliminate Cuomo's power and praise, most probably in the RNC, complicit power-hungry democrats and even Putin, decided to burn a hole in the brains of the families whose loved ones died in nursing homes IN BLUE STATES, while staying away from investigating RED STATE nursing home death tolls. The NY Post was excellent for raising doubt against what Cuomo was saying at briefings. And an upstate reporter who acted more like a NY Post reporter rather than a NYT reporter recently reported the "scandal" that the uber right-wing news outlets made into a scandal.

Trump, the GOP, Trumpers' and uber right-wing media's intent was/is TO MAXIMIZE THE PAIN, SUFFERING OF FAMILIES AND POINT THE FINGER AT HORRIBLE CUOMO AND HIS LOUSY TASK FORCE, WHO DARED TO DISOBEY TRUMP BY NOT BOWING TO HIM. CUOMO CALLED TRUMP OUT. HE CALLS EVERYONE OUT WHO DOES NOT UNDERSTAND OR RUNS COUNTER TO THE WISDOM OF THE TASK FORCE ON COVID.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo at a briefing (courtesy of the site)

WHAT HAPPENED?

The clamor about nursing homes began in March and has steadily increased to a roar. There was a hearing. Then there was an investigation about nursing homes to check due diligence of nursing home owners providing appropriate conditions to receive clients from hospitals and to properly quarantine clients and to look into deaths. Could the NURSING HOMES mask clients, socially distance them, provide rooms for quarantine? If they could not and kept the clients and didn't follow protocols, the nursing homes would be fined and would have to contact the state who would find the client a placement. If the client died and got sick of COVID, well, the point was moot. The New York legislature asked for the numbers of dead in nursing homes. And Bill Barr's DOJ requested the numbers of nursing home deaths. The Federal request had to be answered before the state legislature's request. Cuomo told the legislature what he was doing, answering the Federal request first which by law he had to.  A majority of the legislature, according to Cuomo, was fine with it. 

CUOMO STATES IF MEMBERS OF THE LEGISLATURE WEREN'T ALL RIGHT WITH WHAT HE WAS DOING, THEY SHOULD HAVE SENT A DEMAND LETTER OR SUBPOENA THE NUMBERS OF DEAD IN NURSING HOMES.  THEY DIDN'T BECAUSE THEY KNEW WHAT TRUMP WAS DOING AND THEY KNEW THAT CUOMO HAD TO ANSWER THE FEDS FIRST. APPARENTLY, THAT WASN'T GOOD ENOUGH FOR SOME LEGISLATORS WHO IMPUTED CUOMO WITH CONVENIENT SINS FOMENTED BY THE NYP.

WHAT WAS THE DOJ REQUEST ABOUT? FOR REELECTION PURPOSES, TRUMP AND THE RNC INTENDED TO SLAM  BLUE STATE GOVERNORS BY SHOWING HOW BADLY BLUE STATES WERE HANDLING COVID. THE REQUEST WAS DONE TO PROVE HOW TRUMP AND RED STATES WERE  DOING GREAT. MEANWHILE, RED STATES WERE DOING GREAT BECAUSE NO ONE KNEW WHAT THEIR DEATH NUMBERS WERE. REPUBLICAN MAJORITY RED STATES WERE COMMANDED BY TRUMP NOT TO REPORT NUMBERS. THAT WAY NURSING HOME DEATHS COULD BE USED TO SMEAR AND CRIMINALIZE BLUE STATES SO THAT THE FAMILIES WOULD VOTE FOR TRUMP/REPUBLICANS.

On another level, Trump was projecting his own wanton negligence and egregious death tolls on BLUE STATES. The problem is Trump was not the president of just RED STATES. He was responsible for the entire United States and the death toll in all of the states combined was the worst in the world. He was responsible. Just because he refused to acknowledge responsibility, didn't mean he wasn't accountable. He was. And everyone knew it, except for the WILLING BLIND.

Trump's MO by now is obvious. Blame the enemy (BLUE STATES WHO WOULD NOT VOTE FOR HIM) for the very thing Trump was guilty of: HIS DEPRAVED INDIFFERENCE WITH REGARD TO COVID---HIS INABILITY TO LEAD THE ENTIRE U.S. TO SAFETY.  With Russian Military Intelligence eying the 2020 election, scapegoats and smear tactics were an imperative then. With the 2022 election one year away, they are even more of an imperative now, especially with internecine political battles in New York. Cuomo's nursing home numbers, a patent lie, an egregious falsehood, a canard, an obfuscation were the perfect distraction then, and they still are now. One says, "Look! Look there! It's Cuomo who is the one who showed wanton depraved indifference to families of those in nursing homes. How monstrous Cuomo is. In fear, he lied about the number of deaths. What a hypocrite he is for writing a self-congratulatory book where he touts science 'by the numbers.'" Doubt is raised about Cuomo. Why now? What is the clamor more deafening than before? Trump is about to be INDICTED IN NEW YORK? TRUMP WANTS REVENGE? SULLY CUOMO USING HIS FAVORITE RAG MEDIA THE NYP AND OTHER UBER RIGHT MEDIA? Gee. I can't imagine!

                        What the lies of QAnon and Trumpers produce is dangerous (courtesy of the site)

That CUOMO and his team created a surge and flex hospital program, got up a magnificent testing, tracking and tracing state of the art program to monitor infection rates, convinced New Yorkers to stay the course and wear masks and created PR and a program and policies to stop the spread is nothing short of mind-blowing. Considering that New York had the worst infection rate in the world, it is beyond mind blowing. And on top of that, infrastructure projects were done that wouldn't have been able to be done easily before. 

BUT NONE OF THAT MATTERS. EVERY OTHER POLITICIAN COULD HAVE DONE BETTER, ESPECIALLY COMPLAINING DEMOCRATS IN THE LEGISLATURE. WORSE, CUOMO COMMITTED SINS AGAINST GREAT GOD TRUMP.  IN FACT THE DECREASING INFECTION RATE WAS AN AFFRONT TO TRUMP AND  TRUMPERS. FOR THIS, HE CANNOT BE FORGIVEN. NOR CAN HE BE FORGIVEN THAT HIS STATE IS INVESTIGATING TRUMP.

NURSING HOMES. NURSING HOMES. NURSING HOMES. CHANTED FROM THE ROOFTOPS IN MOSCOW AND ON QANON, IN THE NYP AND RED MEDIA. But no one was looking at the genesis of the COVID horror in 2018 when Trump threw out Obama's pandemic playbook. For Trump is god and he is not accountable. Whereas on the other hand, Cuomo apologized daily, recognized and acknowledged the pain and suffering of loved ones who died everywhere in the state, took actions with his task force and said he was sorry, specifically about the deaths in nursing homes, a place where COVID crept in and still attacks the elderly, despite state mandates to follow intense and strict protocols to prevent it from entering. 

AND THE DEATH COUNTS ACROSS THE UNITED STATES IN NURSING HOMES STILL ACCRUE. New York is 34th in the nation. Which states are first, second, third?

Florida Governor De Santis who plans to run for president in 2024 (courtesy of the site)

DEATH COUNTS IN RED STATES

Governor De Santis' nursing home death toll in Florida? Governor Abbott's death toll in nursing homes in Texas? Say what??? Who cares if the elderly died in nursing homes in RED STATES. Those states were guaranteed to vote for Trump. Those elderly in RED STATES were old and dead. Trump could care less. He never, ever acknowledged the elderly were dying or that anyone was dying from COVID unless it was tied to Democratic states. Otherwise, he was not accountable. It wasn't his business. Trump's business was to keep his business churning in the money, dupe as many followers who would give him chunks of cash to reelect him and continue on. 

If Trump had won in 2020, he would have pressed to remove term limits for the presidency and continue on until he died and then the mantel would be passed to Yvanka. If he won 2020, he would never be investigated, ever, because he would put in a new head of DOJ who would investigate his enemies following Mussolini's style. Mussolini had his enemies (socialists) assassinated in the UK. THE DEAD IN RED STATES? ARE PEOPLE DYING OF COVID IN RED STATES? Nah!!!  JUST BLUE STATES. RED STATES ARE IMMUNE.

This abject lie about nursing home deaths began in March to shut Cuomo up about Trump's botch job in not using the Defense Production Act. The lie swarmed amongst families who grieved. What happened in nursing homes? Cuomo sought to prevent the spread from the outside and was among the first of the governors to ban visitors; he apologized and expressed the monstrous actions of this. The elderly were upset and complained and yet, they died. Why? Upon later investigation, not given by CDC guidance which Cuomo and his team followed, asymptomatics brought in COVID. It was all about community spread. If you slow the spread in the communities of New York, you decrease the likelihood that COVID will creep in through asymptomatics to the nursing homes.

THAT'S NOT GOOD ENOUGH FOR A FEW WILLING STATE DEMOCRATS TO MAKE THEIR BONES OFF CUOMO'S CARCASS.

Though Cuomo listed those who died in nursing homes in his daily briefings, that didn't matter to Trump and others. It's not that Trump cared people died. It's that he intended to use the deaths to beat Cuomo and Blue State governors over their heads with guilt, shame and humiliation that he refused to accept for himself in his botch job and killing Herman Cain and others at superspreader events he held. It also didn't matter that the RED STATE governors were ordered by Trump to hide their numbers and calculate them differently WHICH THEY DO EVEN TO THIS DAY. When a whistleblower identified that Governor De Santis' numbers were wrong, she was fired. 

Thus, the only nursing home deaths that mattered were in BLUE STATES. By that point New York was 34th in nursing home deaths. But that didn't matter either. Nursing homes in New York. Nursing home deaths in New York., screamed on Fox, NYP and all the GOP RAGS. Nursing homes screamed throughout the galaxy. And everyone knew it was about CUOMO and New York.

NO ONE SCREAMED ABOUT NURSING HOME DEATHS IN RED STATES BECAUSE THOSE DEATHS WERE USELESS. But the deaths in BLUE STATES could be LEVERAGED to SMEAR DEMOCRATS WHO ARE THE BLUE STATES. THIS IS GOING ON TODAY. THE LIES AND SMEARS LEVERAGE POWER. So New York's nursing home deaths are not a total waste, for those with the CREEPINESS to use them to serve their own interests. For the Democrats who are leveraging this, I pray they are sincerely concerned for people.

From the Women's March in 2017 in Manhattan (Carole Di Tosti)

Throughout the crisis, Cuomo and New Yorkers slowed the spread and moved the infection rates to the third, fourth or fifth lowest in the nation even recently when numbers have been high after coming off the holiday season. Considering that New York once had the highest infection rate in the world in the spring, this is not shabby. If any of the other states were watching, they followed Cuomo's example. Some states did. De Santis refused as did other Red State governors, arrogant that their COVID NUMBERS WERE LOW. A lie. 

Nevertheless, what Cuomo and New York accomplished was incredible. And Cuomo's exuberance was unmistakable. However, lurking was Trump's intention to destroy the state that was investigating him and his corrupt business enterprise. So he took it out on New Yorkers by going after the families of those who died in nursing homes and went after New Yorkers themselves by whipping up the police to anger and whipped up the militias during BLM protests and he whipped up others to protest Cuomo's orders to slowly open up the economy.

The fact that New York's infection rate, its testing, tracking and mitigating ARE superior given what New York went through was galling to Trump. Cuomo's book was galling to Trump and many; a testimony of Cuomo's and New Yorkers success in remaining safe and keeping each other safe was galling to Trump. Indeed, Cuomo got an Emmy for his TV briefings; that was the last straw. Galling! By comparison, Trump's performance was the opposite of Cuomo's, whom millions and millions believed should be the president, not Trump who couldn't lead his way out of a paper bag, let alone a crisis. One of the reasons why Trump lost 2020 was his COVID botch job, his lack of concern and humanity and his lack of decency.

 If Cuomo was expecting praise from Trump for showing the RED STATES the way to mitigate the virus with great success, Trump took the opposite direction. Like a willful child, he used his supporters and RED STATE governors as his animals to slaughter and make sick because he could and because he didn't care if they died. The piece de resistance was the superspreader event at the White House, the glory of railroading through Justice Amy Coney Barrett, despite all the hypocrisy that went with it. Trump forced the one thousand strong, self-congratulating Republican crowd not to socially distance or wear masks. Wearing a mask was a badge of weakness that Trump ridiculed. 

Trumpers protesting to "Open Up the Economy" a preliminary trial for January 6th, 2021 (courtesy of the site)

He fell on his own sword and got a severe case of COVID, we learned recently and was ready to go on a respirator. All of this was withheld from the public, in a great lie of omission. Instead, Trump, a few days after a million dollar treatment, stood on the WH balcony and ripped off his mask in an act of defiance. Others at the White House got very sick and some staff died. Who cared, especially if they were old.

Now, Trump is gone, but the cries of CUOMO'S NURSING HOMES, CUOMO'S NURSING HOMES ring loudest as QAnon, willing Democrats, QAnon newspapers, Fox, OAN, NYP and others repeat the phrase to identify who can scream the loudest. But Trump's weapon of choice, slashing the grieving families with the hue and cry of NURSING HOMES is a tragedy that won't work. The cries reek of self-interest in comparison to Cuomo's behaviors to keep New Yorkers safe with daily briefings of encouragement. For days on end people turned on and watched globally and Cuomo reassured them and led them. 

The NURSING HOME MANTRAS AND MEMES WILL HAVE TO BE REPEATED EVERY DAY AND NIGHT, EVERY MINUTE TO CUOMO SUPPORTERS. REGARDLESS, THEY WILL REMEMBER HIS BRIEFINGS, HIS WISDOM AND THE LOVE AND COURAGE EXPRESSED, IN THE FACE OF TRUMP'S LIES, OBFUSCATIONS, HATREDS.

Cuomo accusers began with MAGAS, Trump, Fox, NYP, RED STATE fanatics, QAnon, Trumpers, the NY KKK, white supremacists, and all those with their own smearing agendas. Democrats sitting with these corrupt to take up the hue and cry tarnishes them. Who are they to side with QAnon? Fox? Trumpers? OAN? NYP? NEWSMAX? The agendas of Trump and the RNC and even the few screaming Democrats are OBVIOUS. 

The investigations of Trump in New York are ramping up. Nursing Home reforms are on the horizon facilitated by AG Letitia James' Report and Cuomo's recent statements in his Friday briefing. And as for the investigation by the FBI via Brooklyn, bring it on. Why Brooklyn? Who is bringing it and what ties do they have to nursing home CEOs, Trump, the RNC and Republicans or their own power agendas? Are those bringing the investigation really concerned about the families? Did they lose a parent, a relative, a friend? All of us have lost parents, relatives, friends in this crisis. When does the blame stop? 

Stockholm, Sweden. Sweden followed herd immunity until it admitted the cost to the elderly in community spread in nursing homes was too great (courtesy of the site)

QUESTIONS ABOUT NURSING HOMES

Why didn't the families, immediately take their loved ones out of nursing homes which the news reported were the NUMBER 1 PLACE OF VULNERABILITY IN THE NATION. Didn't these families watch the news about Italy? Who let in COVID TO NEW YORK? WHY WEREN'T FLIGHTS FROM EUROPE CANCELLED IN JANUARY THE MOMENT TRUMP GOT WORD OF COVID'S DANGER? WHY DID TRUMP CALL IT A HOAX? THEN THE FLU? WHY DID CUOMO AND HIS TASK FORCE FOLLOW CDC GUIDANCE WITH REGARD TO NURSING HOMES? WHY DIDN'T ASYMPTOMATICS WEAR A MASK WHEN THEY WENT TO THEIR CLEANING JOB IN THAT NURSING HOME? DID WE KNOW AT THE TIME ASYMPTOMATICS WERE KEY CARRIERS OF THE VIRUS?

Why are investigations only in New York? Every RED STATE in the nation, perhaps every state in the nation that has a nursing home should be investigated for malfeasance, then. Could folks have done better? NO, according to Trump. YES, according to Cuomo who admits it. Go! After! Cuomo!

If there are ties to Trump, nursing home CEOs, the RNC, Republicans and Democrats' personal agendas, then the grieving families are being used as pawns. The dead bodies are the weapons of choice for the political scramble of a party bereft that it lost and not bereft that thousands of people died and still die from a pandemic botch job on FORMER REPUBLICAN PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP'S WATCH THAT COULD HAVE BEEN GREATLY AVERTED IF HE HAD TAKEN DUE DILIGENCE IN JANUARY. If Democrats have personal agendas which allow them to obviate all of what has happened in New York State to only accuse Cuomo of egregious sins, then their personal agendas will out. For the accusers will be scrutinized.

        President Joe Biden Jr. held a memorial for the COVID dead (courtesy of the site)

This is the great tragedy of this time. That the Republican Party, and their lackey henchmen have no remorse. Specifically, Donald Trump never held a memorial for all the dead of COVID. It took a man with a heart, President Joe Biden Jr. to hold a memorial. It took Governor Andrew Cuomo giving daily briefings before any other governor got out there to reassure his New Yorkers, and to apologize, and to show his frustration at Trump who was doing nothing, and to relay the numbers daily and to talk to families to save New Yorkers from destroying themselves in a pandemic. And people still keep on dying, though every precaution is taken by NY leadership. It is still NOT ENOUGH. I could NOT have done better than Cuomo. Trump? Absolutely, I could have done better! Perhaps average New Yorkers who complain could have done better to stop deaths than Cuomo. Have another drink at the bar!

Did expressions of grief come from RED STATE officials and governors? Or was there QAnon talk about the hoax, the flu, "Plandemic," death threats against Dr. Fauci, death threats against Governor Whitmer and most probably death threats against Governor Cuomo, ridicule and effrontery that masks were not necessary, and the disgusting talk that the elderly should be the ones to sacrifice themselves for the economy (from the Texas Lieutenant Governor). 

IT IS AN IRONY THAT TRUMP AND THE GOP WHO PROPOUNDED HERD IMMUNITY DIDN'T CARE THAT THE ELDERLY IN NURSING HOMES AND OUT OF NURSING HOMES WOULD BE THE FIRST TO DIE IN THE PANDEMIC. YET, HE AND REPUBLICANS DIDN'T WEAR MASKS, DIDN'T FOLLOW MASK MANDATES AND ENCOURAGED EVERYONE TO GET COVID KNOWING FULL WELL THAT THE ELDERLY WOULD DIE AT A FASTER RATE.  THEY KNEW THE ELDERLY WERE THE TARGET OF COVID!

GEE! SO HAPPY TO SEE OAN, NEWSMAX, FOX, NYP, SPUTNIK, ULTRA RIGHT-WING MEDIA have a change of heart regarding Cuomo and the elderly to MAKE HIM ACCOUNTABLE, WHEN TRUMP AND THE REPUBLICANS AND THESE "NEWS" SITES ENCOURAGED ELDERLY TO SACRIFICE THEIR LIVES FOR THE ECONOMY, ALL ALONG.  NO WONDER WHY RED STATE GOVERNORS COULD CARE LESS TO INVESTIGATE THEIR DEAD IN THEIR NURSING HOMES. THEY COULD CARE LESS IF THE ELDERLY DIED AS A SACRIFICE. THE ECONOMY WAS SAVED!   EXCEPT IT WASN'T! 

TRUMP BOTCH JOB CAUSED DEATH AND ECONOMIC LOSS IN EVERY STATE, IN EVERY CITY IN THE UNITED STATES. AND DEMOCRATS WILL CLEAN IT UP WITHOUT REPUBLICANS HELP. CUOMO WILL CONTINUE DESPITE TRUMP AND HIS FURIOUS.

And now with the vaccines and QAnon? The RNC, and QAnon talk is that there are micro chips in the vaccine and that the vaccines are killing thousands. In all of this Republicans show a complete disregard for the MAIN STREET economy if they refuse to stand with President Biden on his economic package of 1.9 trillion which will immeasurably help the entire country in shoring up those economically hurting. Sadly, there appear to be few if any expressions of grief from Republicans for friends and family and elderly in nursing homes who died. Animals show more grief at loss and death than the former president, most Republicans and uber-right wing news outlets like Fox and NYP.

THE GOP, Trumpers, TRUMP, and a few NY Democrats MAKING AN ISSUE OF THE DEAD in NURSING HOMES is A PARTISAN ONE. IT IS LIKE SATAN AND MICHAEL ARGUING OVER THE BODY OF MOSES. I DON'T HAVE TO TELL YOU WHO WON. AND INDEED, FOR THE RIGHTEOUS, THERE IS NO ISSUE. THERE IS ONLY TRAGEDY AND REMORSE THAT ALL OF US SHOULD FEEL.