GOP Governor Slammed for Claiming Dr. Fauci Doesn't Have 'All the Information' After He Urged All States to Issue Stay at Home Orders
Given President Donald Trump's propensity for lying and his administration's constant misinformation regarding the current global pandemic, Americans across the country have become selective about which sources they deem as credible in seeking potentially lifesaving information in the face of a national health crisis.
Iowa's Republican governor, Kim Reynolds, is in stark disagreement with most Americans on whom to trust regarding measures designed to curb the virus.
Iowa is one of a few states that still has yet to issue a stay-at-home order to slow the virus's spread. Reynolds has resisted taking the step despite a unanimous recommendation from the Iowa Board of Medicine to do so.
National Institute of Allergies and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) director Dr. Anthony Fauci recently said that all states should institute these orders.
Reynolds's response was...telling.
After calling stay-at-home orders a "divisive issue," the governor said:
"I would say that maybe [Fauci] doesn't have all the information"
Fauci has quickly become one of the most notable figures in the pandemic's response, and one of the few officials in President Donald Trump's virus task force that Americans widely trust to deliver accurate information. He's been an integral part of curbing health crises from the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the United States to Avian Flu to H1N1 and more.
If Fauci doesn't have all the information, then the country is—for lack of a better word—completely screwed.
People were appalled at the governor's defense.
It's safe to say that Fauci has more information and experience in these situations than any governor in the nation—including Reynolds.
The death toll in the United States from the virus recently surpassed 6000.
Information saves lives. Ignorance endangers them.
Trump Administration Edits National Stockpile Website After Jared Kushner Claimed the Stockpile Was for Federal Government Not States
In the face of the global pandemic that's killed over 5000 Americans, President Donald Trump is still expressing reluctance to employ federal powers to assist states hardest hit by the virus.
Among the most urgent of obstacles some governors are facing is a shortage of crucial medical equipment—including ventilators—often needed to treat the highly contagious respiratory virus.
Chuck Schumer Just Perfectly Shamed Donald Trump for Sending Him the Pettiest Letter About the Pandemic Response
Even in the face of a national health crisis that threatens hundreds of thousands of American lives, President Donald Trump has consistently signaled that he's incapable of rising to the urgency of the moment, choosing instead to pick fights with governors over Twitter and to brag about the ratings of his press briefings.
That string of behavior continued with a letter to Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), which read more like one of the President's Twitter screeds than a letter from the President of the United States.
Support Pours in for Navy Captain Who Was Fired for Raising the Alarm After Virus Outbreak on Air Craft Carrier
The internet is flooded with messages of support for Navy Captain Brett Crozier, who commands the 5000 person crew of the Roosevelt, an aircraft carrier that was recently forced to dock in Guam.
Crozier sent a letter to the Navy this week begging for additional supplies and resources to aid the 93 people on the Roosevelt who tested positive for the virus that's become a global pandemic, as well as facilities for the additional 1000 people who need to be quarantined.
Trump Campaign Gets Called Out for Posting Obviously Fake Audio of Joe Biden Seeming to Call the Virus 'a Hoax'
The Trump campaign was roasted recently when it sent a cease and desist order to a PAC called Priority USA for using audio clips of Trump in an ad to highlight the numerous times he dismissed the virus that's caused a public health crisis in the United States.
Now, the campaign's attempt at revenge with a recent tweet may turn out to be ill advised.
New Travel Data Shows Massive Influx of Travelers From China Amidst Outbreak Despite Trump's Claim That He 'Shut It Down'
President Donald Trump and his administration's reaction to the global pandemic has been widely panned for its original dismissal of the virus's threat and the reluctance to use federal powers to assist afflicted states.
Trump responds to these criticisms by reminding people every chance he gets that he suspended travel from China—the epicenter of the virus at the time—on February 2.
Republican Lawmaker Accidentally Admits Why He Doesn't Want Voters to Be Able to Vote Absentee During Pandemic
Georgia's Republican governor, Brian Kemp, recently announced a stay-at-home order for his constituents in the face of the global pandemic.
One of Kemp's measures included limiting gatherings in Georgia to 10 people, but the governor's rightful caution has thrust the status of Georgia's May 19 primary into uncertainty.