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'Dr. Johnny Bananas': The White House is pushing a fraudulent medical petition to let COVID-19 run rampant

Having basically surrendered to the coronavirus, Republican President Donald Trump has increasingly said that he'd like to stop focusing on COVID-19 prevention measures and instead go for "herd immunity." The White House is even backing a petition signed by thousands of doctors around the world who support the idea.

The only problem: Many of the petition's signers are fake, using names like "Dr. I.P. Freely, Dr. Person Fakename and Dr. Johnny Bananas," according to TruthOut.org.

Herd immunity is a term often applied to widespread vaccine use, in this case means "allowing the virus to spread in the general population … so that allowing those least likely to be killed by the virus to return to normal life" while protecting those most vulnerable to the virus' lethality.

While that might sound appealing, the Trump administration has shown how poorly it protects the most vulnerable—the lack of a national prevention strategy, widespread affordable testing, and Trump's refusal to use the Defense Production Act to get manufacturers to make widely available personal protective equipment (PPE) for frontline healthcare workers are just its most glaring failures.


To promote the idea, which Trump has repeatedly mentioned on the campaign trail, the White House has shared a petitioned called The Great Barrington Declaration, promoting the idea. However, anyone can sign the petition and declare themselves as a doctor, including people who work as massage therapists, psychotherapists and homeopaths, a practice with no proven medical benefits.

Furthermore, on Monday, World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus called the herd immunity strategy "scientifically and ethically problematic" because scientists don't know enough about how much immunity a person gains after catching COVID-19 and how long it lasts, especially since some people have been infected by the virus more than once.

"Letting the virus circulate unchecked therefore means allowing unnecessary infections, suffering and death," he said.

Lindsey Graham says Black people are safe in South Carolina — if they’re conservative

On Friday night, Republican South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham debated his Democratic challenger Jamie Harrison virtually because Graham refused to submit to a COVID-19 test.

As a result, both Graham and Harrison were separately asked debate questions. And on a question about whether he'd met with leaders of the Black Lives Matter Movement, Graham said in part, "I care about everybody. If you're a young African-American, an immigrant, you can go anywhere in this state, you just need to be conservative, not liberal."

The context of Graham's horrid sound bite was that anyone can have a safe and secure political career in the state regardless of skin color as long as they're conservative. "You can be an African-American and go to the Senate, you just have to share the values of our state," he said earlier in his response, but his aforementioned closing line seemed to make the Black female moderator stammer as she moved onto the next question.


Graham's response almost sounded like he was saying if you're white, you'll be completely okay in the state, but if you're Black or from another country, you'll only be okay if you're conservative like him.

Of course, being conservative or pro-police doesn't magically protect Black people from being harassed or killed, no matter what state you live in.

Twitter users weren't impressed with Graham's creepy answer:











'Far left radical dead': What right-wingers are saying about Ginsburg’s death

After yesterday’s passing of 87-year-old Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, right-wing pundits were quick to paint her as a slaughterer of babies for her defense of Roe v. Wade and other court decisions protecting women’s access to reproductive healthcare.

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Betsy Devos' Dept. of Education threatens to withhold $18 million from schools that let transgender athletes compete

The U.S. Department of Education (DOE), led by Betsy DeVos (pictured above), is threatening to withhold $18 million in federal funds from three Connecticut school districts unless they stop following the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference’s guidelines allowing transgender athletes to compete in sports.

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Republican state leaders threaten violence in 'coming war' with Black Lives Matter

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James Spillane, a Republican representative in the New Hampshire legislature, encouraged his Facebook followers to burn and loot any houses that have Black Lives Matter signs.

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'I'm not racist' says Arkansas sheriff who used n-word 9 times because girlfriend spoke to a black Guy

Arkansas County Sheriff Todd Wright has resigned after the circulation of a five-minute audio recording in which he called a Black employee at a local Piggly Wiggly grocery store a “f*cking Black-ass [n-word]” and accused a female friend of his of being an “[n-word] lover” just for talking to him.

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'I’m not a racist' says GOP politician who repeatedly uses n-word to discuss Black Lives Matter

Tom Eckerle—a Republican road commissioner for Leelanau County, Michigan—is reportedly resigning after political pressure for repeatedly using the n-word, an anti-Black racist slur, to describe racial justice protestors.

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Revealed: Trump wasted half a billion on 10,000 ventilators that won’t arrive until September 2022

A new report from the U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Reform found that the Trump Administration repeatedly delayed an Obama-era order from the health-technology company Philips for 10,000 ventilators, wasting half-a-billion dollars for machines that won’t even arrive until September 2022.

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Tom Cotton wants to withhold funds from schools that teach lessons based on NYT's 1619 Project

Tom Cotton, a Republican U.S. Senator representing Arkansas, has filed a bill that would withhold federal funding to any schools that teach “The 1619 Project,” a Pulitzer-prize winning piece of in-depth journalism from The New York Times published in 2019 that explores the United States’s legacy of slavery.

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