Analysis: Trump And Desantis Choose Politics Over Science As Mask Wars Roar Back To Life - Cnnpolit

Analysis: Trump And Desantis Choose Politics Over Science As Mask Wars Roar Back To Life - Cnnpolit

Analysis: Trump and DeSantis choose politics over science as mask wars roar back to life

The GOP's latest attacks are deeply ironic. Had more Republicans urged vaccines, the Covid surge would likely have been avoided. | Analysis by @StCollinson

7/28/2021 4:30:00 PM

The GOP's latest attacks are deeply ironic. Had more Republicans urged vaccines, the Covid surge would likely have been avoided. | Analysis by StCollinson

A new political war over masks is already deepening the national divides that slowed vaccinations and thwarted what once seemed an imminent victory over the coronavirus pandemic.

As soon as the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention rolled back indoor unmasking guidance on Tuesday for a majority of US counties amid surging new coronavirus cases, the ideological conflagration over face coverings roared back to life.Ex-President Donald Trump, in his latest attempt to damage his successor over a pandemic he himself basically ignored at the end of his own term while pushing his election lies, issued a statement saying,"Don't surrender to COVID. Don't go back!" If Trump's faithful followers accept his advice on ignoring mask guidance again, more of them will likely get sick and die. House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, a California Republican, tweeted that a directive by the House's attending physician that masks now need to be worn again in all interior spaces of the chamber was not"based on science." Instead, he said, the decision was"conjured up by liberal government officials who want to continue to live in a perpetual pandemic state."And in another high-profile clash, Florida Republican Gov. 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Doctor: 'We've all lost patients here in the last few weeks' 03:05The showdown not only augured a new struggle between science and politics -- a disconnect that has plagued efforts to beat the worst public health crisis in 100 years. It also unleashed a face-off with extra partisan dimensions since it could preview a possible 2024 presidential election duel between DeSantis and Biden.The latest GOP attacks were deeply ironic. Had more Republican leaders prioritized public health over politics and urged their voters to get vaccinated, the surge in new cases would likely have been avoided -- meaning no reintroduction of measures to stem an again-accelerating pandemic.Only two months ago, the CDC said vaccinated people didn't have to wear masks indoors with the pandemic apparently in retreat. But on Tuesday, with the highly transmissible Delta variant raging, the top public health agency said that even vaccinated people in areas of"substantial" and"high" transmission of the coronavirus should mask up. And it said that everyone -- staff, kids and visitors -- should wear masks in K-12 schools when the summer break ends.The decision was taken in the context of new data showing that vaccinated people infected with the Delta strain can play a limited role in transmission, even if their chances of getting seriously ill and dying are still very low.The announcement that masking is back for many Americans came as a devastating blow to morale and could have significant political implications for a White House that made ending the pandemic this year its signature goal.New science leads to another CDC update on masks. Even for the vaccinated. Waning patience with vaccine holdouts New tensions over masks are also almost certain to exacerbate the disconnect between the White House, which is urging everyone to get life-saving vaccines, and pro-Trump states, where there is deep resistance to public health precautions even as the virus exacts a disproportionate toll.It will underscore the self-defeating reality that the people least likely to wear masks are often those most resistant to vaccines -- a fact that is driving unnecessary new cases and deaths from the disease and now even restricting the lives of the vaccinated.Political controversy is likely to ratchet up another notch on Thursday, when Biden is expected to announce that all federal employees and contractors must be vaccinated or face regular testing regimens. The sign of a hardening White House line comes amid perceptible societal frustration among vaccinated Americans with those who refuse to get their shots. The most haunting realization after the CDC decision is that America, unlike many other areas of the world, has the means to end its pandemic -- a plentiful supply of highly effective vaccines -- but won't fully utilize it."We would not be in this situation if we already had, now, the overwhelming proportion of the population vaccinated," Dr. Anthony Fauci, the government's top infectious diseases expert, told"PBS NewsHour."In a statement, Biden told the country he had unwelcome news but that he had promised to always level with citizens over the true state of the pandemic. He did offer reassurance that more mask-wearing and vaccinations would mean the country could forestall a full return to the nightmare of last year."Unlike 2020, we have both the scientific knowledge and the tools to prevent the spread of this disease. We are not going back to that," he insisted. 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Republican lawmaker defends fact he isn't getting vaccinated 06:11Biden also said that while masking in schools would be"inconvenient" it would allow kids to be able to learn and spend time with their classmates again.But DeSantis, who has frequently sought to spin political advantage from the pandemic, styling himself as the scourge of health guidance unpopular with conservatives, including on vaccine passports, quickly contradicted Biden's advice."Governor DeSantis believes that parents know what's best for their children; therefore, parents in Florida are empowered to make their own choices with regards to masking," said DeSantis' spokesperson, Christina Pushaw. She claimed that data showed Covid-19 was not a serious risk to healthy children but that they were at risk of bacterial infections from masks and from difficulty breathing. The statement contradicts CDC evidence that shows more children have already died from the disease, 517 so far, than even in a bad influenza year. Pushaw also retweeted a Fox News story in which she insisted the new CDC schools guidance"isn't based in science."Covid-19 cases are shooting up in almost every state, but Florida is seeing a stunning revival of the pandemic, accounting for nearly 1 in 4 of the new infections in the nation over the last week. 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Florida Democratic Rep. Charlie Crist: Yes there should be mask mandates and lockdowns again 05:55DeSantis is a protege of Trump, though his rising political profile might soon get him crossways with the ex-President, who is mulling another White House run in 2024. In resisting CDC mask recommendations, DeSantis is following in well-trodden footsteps. Trump undermined masking guidelines right from the start in the knowledge that there was political advantage for him among base voters who believed him when he downplayed the pandemic. Most notoriously, Trump ripped off his mask in a self-aggrandizing photo op when returning to the White House after his bout with Covid-19 last year.While a masking showdown with Biden runs directly against the government's best health advice, it will likely do the Florida governor no harm as he continues to raise his political profile. A slump into an even deeper pandemic, however, could leave him more vulnerable ahead of his reelection race next year. A new battle over schools Across the nation, the new CDC guidance on masking in schools is likely to mean a highly charged start to the new semester that begins within days in some states. In New Jersey, for example, some parents are going to court to try to prevent the state's Democratic governor, Phil Murphy, from taking any steps to require masks in class.Biden's White House

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StCollinson I’m sure de Santis and is family got their shots early on while he was telling his supporters that it is just like the flu. I feel sorry for the Floridians. StCollinson Wasn’t Biden supposed to be the coronavirus messiah? 🤔 StCollinson The Dems are bringing in 2.2 million illegals with 10% of those tested having active covid cases. They then release them directly into the USA and are saying there’s a pandemic. What the hell is wrong with the Dems? Biden & Dems are literally importing 100k-200k covid cases.

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Donald Trump Jr., Ron DeSantis dominate poll of GOP frontrunnersData: Fabrizio, Lee & Associates. Margin of error: ±3.46%; Chart: Danielle Alberti/AxiosDon Jr. and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis top a poll — provided first to Axios — gauging the popularity of seven key GOP figures.Between the lines: Don Jr. is the Trump child with the strongest connection to the base, and the most political promise should he ever decide to run. And the results reaffirm Ron DeSantis’ rise as an early 2024 front-runner should Trump decide not to run.Stay on top of the latest market 🤢🤮🤢🤮😭 Dont even give them an idea. 🤦‍♀️🤦‍♀️🤦‍♀️🤬🤬🤬

Role of Trump era corruption pondered in delay of arrest of Trump friend BarrackRachel Maddow considers the possibility that a delay in the indictment of Donald Trump friend and inauguration committee chair Tom Barrack, as reported by CNN, could be part of an apparent pattern of corrupt deference to Trump associates by the Department of Justice in the Trump era, or perhaps a stall to wait out Trump's pardon power. maddow 👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻 maddow maddow I love how you keep grasping for ratings. Trump is the only way you are relevant.

'Hitman' Trump: DC officer suggests Trump started MAGA riot as probe kicks offThe first hearing for the House select committee investigating the January 6th Capitol Hill riot featured emotional testimony from four Capitol Police officers attacked by alleged “Trump-inspired” rioters. MSNBC’s Chief Legal Correspondent Ari Melber discusses the need for accountability and the committee’s full subpoena power. AriMelber Why aren’t cops around America NOT supporting the Capital police officers that were attacked 🤔 AriMelber What a joke this has become! AriMelber 'Trump Inspired' TERRORISTS you mean. We need to have the FBI testify next. 'Inspired' is NOT a word I feel we should be associating with an act of war. Re: incitement - was it ordered? I believe at the LEAST, they went there with PERMISSION from Trump, to get Pence & Pelosi.

Questions Jan. 6 Select Committee should ask about Trump mob Capitol attackMSNBC Legal Analyst Barbara McQuade joins Lawrence O’Donnell to discuss why subpoenas should be served at “the front end” of the January 6th Select Committee investigation and what to expect from witness testimony. BarbMcQuade Residents from AShaeTaw,Dawei staged protest on boat against military dictatorship. TELENOR DATAS WILL BE ACCESSED BY SAC WhatsHappeningInMyanmar July27Coup

Carol Leonnig reports that Trump ‘gleefully’ watched his supporters charge the Capitol on Jan 6Washington Post reporters and authors of ‘I Alone Can Fix It’ Carol Leonnig and Philip Rucker discuss Trump’s reaction to the January 6th insurrection and the political ramifications for many of the former president’s staff who ignored the warning signs about the impeding riot This is real incitement to violence. Millions of people-----could become HOMELESS at the end of July Because the moratoriums on evictions ends But the Democrats have chosen to WASTE TIME investing a darn riot that took place 6 months ago This is why people don't vote Please stop calling it a 'riot'. It was a failed INSURRECTION.

'Hell he's created': Trump blasted for lies amid Covid-19 surge'This division, I don't know anything to compare it with because after 9/11, we were united,' Chris Matthews says. 'We saw a common enemy and we faced it down as a country, and I think we're still capable of doing that if we had leaders.' He's right about 'if we had leaders' - we don't have the leaders we need at this point in time ... we need ass kickers not the kumbaya brigade :( Were you? Because while certainly a lot of people thought they were united, behind the scenes you had the PNAC caucus for whom it was nothing more than political opportunity. Ramming through USAPATRIOT while everyone was still reeling, shows the enemy had already snuck in. Ya we have a leader asleep at the wheel and the media chooses to talk about the old guy instead of holding this administration accountable! It’s pathetic!