The #MAGAfiles. It's my little foray into documenting, in graphic form, the horrific improprieties of the #Trump Regime, here at the end of four years of inept despotism and would-be, tin pot, tin foil hat dictatorship. And specifically, the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, and the effects it will continue to have on us even after the #ManBaby is gone.
Not that I expect he's ever going to be gone. I fear he's going to be in our collective faces, one way or another, for at least several more years to come.
Here at the top of the page I will post the latest #MAGAfiles graphic. While I'd love to update this projekt every day, the reality is that it's simply not going to happen. I don't have the time. That being said, I will try to update it frequently, so please check back in.
NOTE: Data for the #MAGAfiles is compiled from the Covid Tracking Project and various other sites and news sources.
The Latest #MAGAFiles Post
Pandemic? What Pandemic?
The Covid-19 numbers continue to mount inexorably, up 15,000 deaths in seven days. Daily death toll averages 3,000, which means we are experiencing a 9/11 every day now, on average.
To say this is heartbreaking and horrifying doesn't even begin to do justice to this national tragedy, to say nothing of the rest of the world. The United States represents about 4% of the world population, but suffers approx. 20% of the fatalities. What does that tell you? I know what it tells me...
It's only further reinforcement of these #MAGAfiles, and the main, over-arching point. To wit: Donald Trump and his criminal crew are directly responsible for the severity of the Coronavirus/Covid-19 disaster. Period.
Which makes them murderers, doesn't it?
Meanwhile, In Stable Genius Land...
Donald Trump and the #TrumpTrain continues careening off the rails. We've had not one word of even fake concern from the #SuperspreaderInChief in many weeks. It's clear he gives not even the smallest of small shits (not that he really ever did) about the devastation being wrought by Covid-19 across the land. The pandemic is not even a "to do" item on his planner.
(Not that the idiot has a planner, or would follow it if he did)
And condolences to a smarting nation? None. Nada. Nil. Fuggedaboudit. Who got time fo' dat?
What is on his tiny, broken, erratic excuse for a mind—because he's afraid and desperate—is running the biggest con of 'em all. That being, staying in the White House as POTUS when he clearly and unequivocally lost the election!
And why not? All of his other scams have—after a fashion—succeeded.
What does one expect from a sociopath so out of touch with reality, his focus is now entirely on subverting the will of the American people and negating an election—perhaps the single most transparent and responsibly run in history—in which he lost handily?
The "big deal" Covid Response Team, ostensibly "led" by Mike Pence, barely functions at all. It's not clear at all that it's doing anything of even minimal merit at this point. And we just heard that Pence will be "out of town" for the foreseeable future...
Tis the Season for Treason....
Which leads us to the latest outrage, and absolute clear evidence of conspiracy, sedition and even outright treason. Real treason. Not that phony-baloney bullshit Trumplicans like to throw about (since the advent of #Trumpism, everybody who doesn't heave to the party line is by definition a "traitor").
No this ain't no joke. It's the real deal.
The following videos from the great Keith Olbermann broke before most of the mainstream media picked up the story of what I'm calling the Friday Night Coup Do.
Besides Trump, present at the seditious session were Rudy Giuliani, pro-Qanon conspiracy lawyer and all around total nutbag Sidney Powell, long-time pol and Chief of Staff Mark Meadows (who damn well oughta know better), the White House Council and, apparently, a few others. One of whom was the ousted right-wing founder and former CEO of Overstock.com, Patrick Byrne. WTF? And for all I know, the My Pillow guy was there too.
Anyway, so it goes in the tragicomic end stage of the Trump Regime...
Anybody who knows me knows I hate Donald Trump. I stipulate to this, and freely admit that my opinion of him colors my evaluation of him. However, I'm a very objective person, so while I know A) my hatred of Trump would make it harder for me to acknowledge any good he does, B) the simple fact is, he's no good and has done little, if any, good whatsoever.
I mean, this is a guy who has the DOJ, which usually argues for the government and existing law, siding with the plaintiffs before the Supreme Court in an attempt to overturn and undo Obama Care—during a freakin' pandemic!
The 45th President of the United States is pursuing a policy which he knows will injure millions of Americans at a time when, due to his devil-may-care style of "governing" (emphasis on "devil", and definitely not on governing), millions are already in extremis and hurting.
Seriously, need I say more?
(And I could. Pages and pages more. But who has the time/inclination?)
#MAGAfiles: December 15, 2020
New records shattered! The USA surpasses over 300,000 dead for the first time, and averages 2.5 to 3 thousand deaths per day.
Fortunately, the first Pfizer vaccines started going into the arms of front-line workers and those critically in need, even as Trump and his cronies intended to jump the line and inoculate the entire White House staff. Unfortunately, we also learned that Trump—once again proving his wisdom and acumen—did not order enough vaccine to treat even half the country!
How interesting and ironic it is that a group of people who have spent the better part of a year calling the Coronavirus pandemic "a hoax," "fake news" and even worse yet, some kind of Big Lie brought against the President by foreign actors (China), liberals and democrats, or both—and spitting in the eye of science and public health—now want shots.
Suddenly learning shame (or more likely, recoiling from more bad publicity in a year full of it), the White House reversed course on it's "us first" plan, though in typical fashion it did not do so definitively, leaving itself plenty of wiggle room to do so in a very dodgy public statement. The smart bet is that the innoculations are now being conducted in secrecy.
As the Associated Press article said: "The number of dead rivals the population of St. Louis or Pittsburgh. It is equivalent to repeating a tragedy on the scale of Hurricane Katrina every day for 5 1/2 months. It is more than five times the number of Americans killed in the Vietnam War. It is equal to a 9/11 attack every day for more than 100 days."
Jennifer Nuzzo of Johns Hopkins, in the same article, said: "To think now we can just absorb in our country 3,000 deaths a day as though it were just business as usual, it just represents a moral failing."
Without saying in so many words, she is making the same point as these #MAGAfiles. The failing is not ours, it is the nation's so-called "leadership."
Donald Trump and his administration, through it's stunning incompetence, disregard for science and sensible public health practices, willful stupidity and actively malicious behavior (including incessant lying, misrepresentation and deception), is responsible for tens of thousands of deaths—and most likely, in the end, many hundreds of thousands!
#MAGAfiles: December 9, 2020
For the first time ever, the #TrumpVirus kills more than 3000 Americans in a single day. As Jonathan Reiner, Professor of Medicine and Surgery at George Washington University said on December 3: “By this time next week, we are going to be talking about 3,000 deaths a day – that’s 9/11 every single day.” Six days later, on Dec 9, he was right.
#MAGAfiles: December 3, 2020
New single day American records! 2,885 deaths and 100,667 hospital admissions. 276,375 total deaths and 14,216,980 total infections in the USA.
I mean, we can argue about whether some of his less controversial executive orders were "good" or not, but in the main, he has done nothing of significance to help Joe Sixpack, and plenty to do the opposite. In fact, most of the ones which weren't empty gestures were largely good for big business and bad for the American people; for instance, rolling back environmental protection regs to allow American companies to dump toxic waste in public waters. In fact, the Trump administration has sabotaged environmental protection across the board, undoing, reversing and eliminating over 100 important and consequential laws.
And legislation? Tell me how the YUGE tax break for billionaires helped the average American. Oh yeah. Trickle down. Uh huh. That.
We can argue about his role in vaccine production and Operation Warp Speed—as if any President wouldn't have jumped on such a program—but I think it's safe to say most experts consider his role minimal.
The fact is, Trump had little to nothing to do with getting these vaccines into development, production and distribution, as much as we wishes to take credit for them. Market forces, if nothing else, and cutting edge science (which, generally speaking, he sabotages and defunds) brought about the remarkably rapid development of Coronavirus vaccines.
New biotech made it all possible; the Trump administration had little to do with it. And then, when the vaccines were on the horizon, he couldn't even do a little basic math and order enough vaccine for the whole of the population! In fact, "the great negotiator" managed to let other countries scoop up what could and probably should have been the US supply through sheer stupidity!
Well, what does #ManBaby care? He got the absolute best, most cutting-edge treatment possible, and only cares about his class—you know, the folks willing to pay $200,000/year to be near #DiaperDon.
Which, MAGAts, Trumpers and other cult members—if I need to point this out—DOES NOT mean you!
#MAGAfiles: November 2020 Summary
As of November 2020: 272,270 total deaths and 13,920,038 have been infected. This is an increase of +35,791 in deaths and +13,920,038 infected over October.
I know that Trump and Trumpers want to give the #OrangeMenace credit for the vaccines (even as they vow not to take them), but like the economy he managed to wreck, he tries to take credit for the smarts and hard work of others.
This is nothing new. It's what he's done throughout his whole life.
Seriously, as Jake Tapper of CNN (another coldly objective observer) said of the first Trump-Biden debate—an opinion which could and should properly be applied to the administration across the board—it was "a hot mess, inside a dumpster fire, inside a train wreck."
In my (admittedly caustic) view, the only good thing about being on the #TrumpTrain (long since derailed, set alight and exploding) would be that A) you're dead, so therefore out of your own misery and ours, and B) you won't expose others to Covid-19, because the virus has been purged from your corpse by fire. So yeah, there's that.
Quite seriously, and sad to say, we are now losing thousands of Americans every single day to a disease which never had to be this bad. It never had to be half near this this bad! And it's all on Trump, directly or indirectly.
As of right now, we are on the fast track for 300,000 dead by Christmas and 400,000 dead by the time Biden-Harris take office in January. By the time the pandemic is "under control" (whatever that means), many experts say we're looking half a million dead.
That's more than the total of US casualties in WWII! But hey, we'll have done in one year through incompetence, negligence and stupidity what it took Germany and Japan to do in four. So that must be "winning"—right?
#MAGAfiles: November 29, 2020
USA totals: 256,377 dead and 13,383,373 sick.
Trump's response to Covid-19 has been so willfully indifferent, woefully insufficient and brazenly malicious, future generations of Americans (if there are future generations of Americans) will consider #Trump and his administration to be the standard by which political incompetence and abject viciousness in America is forever judged.
Thankfully, it didn't ever reach the Hitlerian/Nazi outright authoritarian model (which it very likely would have in a second term), but between the white nationalists, the gun-toting MAGA Militias, the neo-Nazis, the Boogaloo Boys, the unrepentant South-Will-Rise-Again pro-Confederacy goons and their KKK brothers, you can sorta see it from here...
To this point, each of the #MAGAfiles graphics has featured a central graphic—The Donald Trump Covid-19 Legacy element. Within it, I list a range of crimes which I believe #CadetBonespurs is probably guilty of. I say "probably," because I'm no lawyer and there's a certain amount of overlap in the terms. But I think the point is made.
If it's not clear, what I'm saying is that I believe President Donald J. Trump willingly chose to do as little as possible for the American people, thereby violating his oath, his sacred duty and the covenant every POTUS has with the public. While no President, no matter how concerned and competent, could have saved every one of us, Trump's toxic combination of inaction and incompetence has cost us tens of thousands of lives and will undoubtedly be in the hundreds of thousands by the time it's all said and done.
I believe he's personally responsible for a significant percentage of American deaths. So call it negligent homicide, manslaughter, mass murder... whatever. IMHO, he and his enablers need to be held to account, prosecuted and convicted.
My fantasy is that Donnybrook ends up celled with Bernie Madoff. One great con man deserves another, right?
Covid deaths aside, there's no telling what, if anything, Trump could be charged with, given that we don't know how tough state and federal prosecutors are going to be. It's unclear, for instance, how aggressively Biden's DOJ is going to go after the #TrumpCrimeFamily and it's associates.
Also, Trump is clearly planning on either A) pardoning himself, or B) resigning before January 20th and having Pence parson him. It's dubious whether the former would work, but everyone agrees the latter would probably stick. One way or another, he's going to try to get himself pardoned, and if successful, this would mean NO FEDERAL PROSECUTIONS could be launched against him.
I somehow think the Founding Fathers never meant the pardon power to be a presidential "get out of jail free" card.
Anyway, I wish I'd started the #MAGAfiles sooner, but it is what it is. I encourage you to weigh in, and please, share, share, SHARE!