Close To Zero: NOT.

The impeached president raves more than ever, mostly on a Twitter feed that's become a fetid dumpster fire of lies, vitriol, petty grievances and deranged conspirational misinformation. On masks: Michigan Gov. Whitmer "won't let people breath" (sic), mocking mask-wearing journalists is the new two-fer idioicy of the day, and the ugly truth from MAGA land is masks - "So many different viewpoints!" - aren't about public health but a "culture of silence, slavery and social death." On Cowboys for Trump - "Thanks cowboys!" are right "the only good Democrat is a dead Democrat," though of course just politically, except for the treasonous Govs. Whitmer and Northam - “You get to pick your poison: you either go before a firing squad, or you get the end of the rope" - and sure anti-lockdown protesters might get violent, but it's not like they're "some hate-speech murderer.” On Twitter being mean: We should shut down social media for being "un-American and anti-democratic" in their "milquetoast" calling out of two of Trump's over 20,000 egregious lies, because how dare they?

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Meanwhile, in the real world, his catastrophic failures have seen us not just hit the grisly milestone of 100,000 Covid-19 deaths but soar right past it. Wednesday evening, the death toll was 100,047; Thursday afternoon, it was 102,794 and rising fast. The grievous numbers, awful in themselves, also expose the country's "brutal fault lines" of inequality: Of almost 1.7 million cases, the rate of black deaths are triple those of white, older people make up 80% of deaths, and poor people have died at disproportionate rates from lack of health care. It took a day past the gruesome milestone - or what his sociopath spawn called a "GREAT DAY FOR THE DOW!" - for someone to tell Trump to sound vaguely human, which gave us "a very sad milestone" before he pivoted back to finger-pointing - the virus is "a very bad 'gift' from China" - and distraction - "This will be a Big Day for Social Media and FAIRNESS!" In fairness, argues the pesky conservative super PAC The Lincoln Project, Trump is guilty of mass negligent homicide and must be held accountable. To mark the horror of 100,000-plus deaths on Trump's watch, their harrowing new ad savages his "great job" claims with fast-accruing body bags, a chilling echo-chamber of his predicted "close to zero" deaths, and a message more urgent with each, bleak, preventable death: “100,000 dead Americans. One wrong president.”

 

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