Donald Trump will end funding and support for 13 local testing sites across a five state region on June 30. Texas, in particular, is up the creek and that might not be such a great idea in an election year. Talking Points Memo:

Local officials and public health experts expressed a mixture of frustration, resignation, and horror at the decision to let federal support lapse.

Texas will be particularly hard hit by the decision. The federal government gives much-needed testing kits and laboratory access to seven testing sites around Texas. But in the state, which is seeing new peaks in cases, people still face long lines for testing that continues to fail to meet overwhelming demand.

In Dallas County, Texas, the federal government will end support on June 30 for two testing sites it has been been supporting since March, Rocky Vaz, the director of emergency management for the city of Dallas, confirmed to TPM.

“Cases are continuing to rise in Dallas County, and we want to continue with the testing,” Vaz said.

The city of Dallas asked the federal government for an extension beyond June 30, but was refused, Vaz said.

Now here’s the bigger picture. The Trump administration tried to pull this in early April, but the outcry was intense enough to give them pause, so they kept federal funding going with a 90 day extension. That ends June 30. Initially there was funding of 41 sites. That got trimmed to 13 in five states, namely seven in Texas, two in Illinois and New Jersey, and one each in Colorado and Pennsylvania. Now these are going bye bye, and the burden of paying for testing falls on the cities and states. This comes as no surprise, because the federal government is kaput under this insane Republican administration.

A FEMA spokesman directed TPM to press releases that the agency had issued about “transitioning” the testing sites from federal to state control.

Save yourself, America, because Donald Trump doesn’t care if you live or die. He made it clear he doesn’t support more testing.

Using Trumpian logic, if we want to stop the over population problem, we just stop testing for pregnancy. Done.

Words fail me at this point to describe the criminality of the Republican party for keeping this man in office. I don’t wish any ill on the good people of Texas, but maybe if it gets out of control down there, they will vote blue in November. A health crisis, a global pandemic, is literally being ignored by the White House, because the incumbent thinks that coronavirus testing is a plot against him.

This is not my imagination, Rush Limbaugh is openly declaring this, “You can’t believe the virus numbers. Limbaugh says that the press is lying about the 2.3 million people infected and the 120,000-plus deaths as part of a mission to “destroy Donald Trump, destroy Trump voters, destroy the Republican Party, re-elect Democrats.”

This is what we’re up against. And it’s only going to get crazier between now and November because a wounded animal is more dangerous and Trump is out of his mind. All he can focus on is keeping the White House.

 

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18 Comments on "Trump Cuts COVID-19 Funding As Cases Skyrocket Across Nation"

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Tin woman1
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Talk about killing your own voters.

p j evans
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At this point, I think everyone supporting Himself is either lying or needs to have their mental capabilities tested. The louder they yell, the more they’re lying or the testing is needed.

Denis Elliott
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Trump seems to have every intention of doing everything in his power to literally whistle, or more precisely “tweet” past the graveyard.

Cherl Harrell
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It is just the perfect storm. The supporters don’t believe the virus is as serious as it is. They don’t think they should have to wear masks. They would seem to most vulnerable to me. Obviously I don’t think as they do.

Bareshark
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And that, Cherl, is why your chances of survival now vastly outstrip theirs.

mae
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Crazy. Double down donny.

beadlady
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45 and his father were followers of Norman Vincent Peale. The Power of Positive Thinking. Problem: it doesn’t work. So 45 thinks less testing, less cases. Uh no. We are in such a world of hurt.

Bareshark
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Positive thinking only gets you so far. You STILL have to put in the work, which Trump has consistently failed to do. It makes outcomes like this predictable.

Joseph
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Anyone think that Trump’s going to quit getting tested? Or making sure the people around him are getting tested?

Bareshark
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Were either of those serious questions, Joseph? But to your point, my mother is convinced that he is, in fact, already infected. My expansion on that hypothesis is that he is one of the unlucky with a case of it that can last for months…78 days, 90 days.

Scott Jackson
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Orangebob shitpants reminds me of the guy who thought his pet rattlesnake loved him. He reached in & got bit. Multiple vials of science produced antivenom to save his life. I blame the Catholic church. June 22, 1633 they were in charge of every damn thing & chose superstition & propaganda instead of accepting Galileo’s proof that we orbited around the sun & that we ARE NOT the center of the goddamn universe. No wonder hypocrisy, arrogance, greed, violence & lies embody our culture. Welcome to the phucking fun house.

p j evans
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Most of what brought that on was that he had ridiculed the Pope.

Daithi
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The born again (strange – nobody ever ‘died again’ first) bible thumpers still believe that (along with the Earth only existing from 4004 BCE, fossils are ‘fake news’ and God is an old beareded Anglo-Saxon who speaks in archaic English)

Bareshark
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My long-time theory on the born again’s increasingly irrational behavior is that they’re getting an end they never saw coming. As T. S. Eliot famously put it in “The Hollow Men”, their world isn’t ending with a bang but with a whimper.

BJeanT
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But why is it that everyone coming into contact with Trump in the White House has to be tested beforehand? Why is testing OK in this case if it is so bad? Perhaps the White House should be defunded as a testing site.

Kay
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The nihilistic narcissist cares nothing for any of us—he only cares for himself. We’re it not for the republican bootlicking senate, we could have been rid of this disgusting remnant of human excrement.

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