Trump's Rump

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  1. amadeus

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    Trump never said to drink bleach; outlandish and provably false claims like that undermine the otherwise credible argument that he handled it poorly.
     
  2. Lexicus

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    Correct; he actually recommended injecting it into the lungs.
     
  3. amadeus

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    That is also false.
     
  4. AmazonQueen

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    He didn't try.
    The best you can argue for him is that hes an idiot too.
    Not a good qualification for President.
     
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  5. RobAnybody

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    If it helps, here's the quote. It was his usual word salad.
     
  6. Joij21

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    He did Operation Warp Speed. If anything he helped get the vaccines out quicker.
     
  7. RobAnybody

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    I always picture Jared & Don, Jr., after coming up with that name, trying to high five & missing.
     
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  8. Ajidica

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    Applauding Trump for Operation Warp Speed is like applauding me for not pissing myself on the bus; while yes I achieved something it doesn't take any great skill or intelligence to accomplish.
     
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    The actual bit we can use against him is that his salad makes it obvious he doesn't understand the biological science of the crisis he's been hired to handle. Doesn't understand at all.
     
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  10. Ziggy Stardust

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    He gave the go ahead to fund the development. When it was time to get the vaccines out quick, he was more occupied by the Big Lie. The distribution of the vaccines was less important than claiming he won the elections.

    And lets not forget his superspreader events which by conservative estimations caused 30.000 infections and 700 deaths.
     
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  11. AmazonQueen

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    Other countries and companies managed to develop vaccines in much the same timeframe as those that were part of Warpspeed.
    Besides Warpspeed was development, not delivery.
    Delivery of the vaccine was haphazard and chaotic under Trump.
     
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  12. Birdjaguar

    Birdjaguar Hanafubuki Super Moderator Supporter

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    Trumps asks if you can imagine him as president now and the great job he would do controlling the virus, unlike Biden.

    No paywall here!

    Watch the 25 second video first.
    Spoiler :

    The enduring power of Rickrolling: Rick Astley’s ‘Never Gonna Give You Up’ surpasses a billion views on YouTube

    You never expect it, even after all this time.

    Maybe a buddy sends you a link to a video of Steph Curry draining three after three. Perhaps someone excitedly forwards the new “Dune” trailer. Or a friend really wants you to see a clip of a puppy that’s befriended a duckling.

    You get excited. You forget your cybersecurity training. You don’t check the link. You just click.

    ust like that, you’re treated to denim-on-denim, bad lip-syncing and a tidal wave of ’80s nostalgia as your speakers unexpectedly belt: “NEVER GONNA GIVE YOU UP / NEVER GONNA LET YOU DOWN / NEVER GONNA RUN AROUND AND DESERT YOUUUUUUU.

    You’ve been Rickrolled.

    Since 2007, Rickrolling has been one of the Internet’s most enduring pranks. The conceit is simple enough: Someone sends a link that appears to be to a video, news clip or, really, anything, but the recipient is instead treated to the music video for Rick Astley’s 1987 hit “Never Gonna Give You Up.”

    It’s become so popular that on April Fools’ Day alone, the video received more than 2.3 million views. At the end of July, the official version of the video surpassed 1 billion views on YouTube — a rare feat for a pre-Internet music video. It’s only the fourth from the 1980s to reach that rarefied status, alongside Michael Jackson’s “Billie Jean,” Guns N’ Roses’ “Sweet Child O’ Mine” and A-ha’s “Take on Me.”

    Like so many Internet phenomena, it’s impossible to trace the origin of the prank. YouTuber Erik Helwig has claimed that he performed the first Rickroll in 2006, though his was offline. He allegedly called into a local sports radio show and played the song instead of speaking.

    “I only picked that song because I really like the song — it’s a great 1980s song that’s fun to laugh at in the best way,” Helwig later told the online magazine Mel. “There’s nothing more to it than that.”

    Around the same time, Christopher Poole, the creator of the anonymous message board *****, developed a program to change the word “egg” to “duck” on the site as a gag. Every time someone wrote “eggroll,” it would appear as “duckroll.” Eventually someone created an image of a duck on wheels. It soon became a common prank to pull the link bait-and-switch and have it unexpectedly appear on someone’s screen in a practice called “duckrolling.”

    Credit for combining these two ideas generally goes to Shawn Cotter. It was 2007 and the first trailer for the highly anticipated video game “Grand Theft Auto IV” crashed because of too much traffic. The then-19-year-old Cotter, who was stationed in Korea with the Air Force, posted a fake link claiming to be another version of the trailer, but it brought the user to the now infamous song.

    But why that song? In a 2011 Reddit AMA, or Ask Me Anything, Cotter — who referred to himself as “the one who inadvertently became the biggest troll on the internet” — suggested that choosing Astley’s hit was arbitrary. “I was downloading hits from 1987 (my birth year) from America and Britain,” he wrote. “This one was currently playing and I decided it had the wow-factor to pull people in.”

    It swept through the Internet with astounding speed, leaping from ***** to more mainstream social media websites. Eventually, the concept of Rickrolling smashed through its digital boundaries and entered the real world.

    Days after a video featuring Tom Cruise promoting Scientology appeared on YouTube in 2008, masked protesters gathered outside Scientology buildings in Seattle, Hollywood and London, where they held up boomboxes and blared Astley’s hit. Eleven years later, the San Diego Padres tricked visiting Red Sox fans into thinking Petco Park was having a singalong to the Fenway Park anthem “Sweet Caroline,” only to have a video of “Never Gonna Give You Up” pop on the stadium’s digital billboard.

    But what, exactly, makes this funny? Part of early Internet humor’s appeal is its absurdist nature. That it’s impossible to describe why it’s funny is the entire point.

    For his part, Astley seems to have taken the prank in stride, pointing out to Rolling Stone that the meme helped introduce him to a new generation while reminding an older one of his glory days.

    “It’s done me a lot of good, probably. The thing is it’s not personal to me, even though I know it is me and it’s my name in the title of Rickrolling. It’s that video that I’m in, it’s that song that’s mine, but it could have been anybody,” he said. “If someone had messed around with it and cut it all up and made me look stupid — I mean I look pretty stupid anyway in that video — if it was nasty, then I’d be probably a bit pissed off, but it’s not.”

    He’s also taken to real-life Rickrolling, the crowning moment coming during the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in 2008. A float, themed after the Cartoon Network series “Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends,” ambled to a stop. The puppets began singing. Then comes a record scratch. And who pops out in a fitted peacock and black gloves but Astley, singing, well, you know.

    I got paid a bunch of money to do it. I’m honest enough to admit that,” he later told Yahoo News of the parade. “I’ve tried really hard not to embrace the Rickrolling thing, but, to be crude about it, there have been times when people have just offered me so much money. And maybe I had a leaky roof that week or whatever, so I’ve just gone [with it].”

    He’s kept at it, appearing with the Foo Fighters at 2017’s Summer Sonic Festival in Japan and performing a mash-up of his famous tune and Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit.”

    After the music video reached a billion views, he released a limited-edition 7-inch record of the song (which is, unfortunately, much harder to Rickroll someone with). He also posted a video on Twitter, dubbing the accomplishment as “mind-blowing.”

    “The world is a wonderful and beautiful place, and I am very lucky,” he added.

    You can see his reaction here.
     
  13. Joij21

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    And how do you even know he botched the delivery? Remember it was the American vaccines that came out first a few months before the foreign ones.
     
  14. Joij21

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    I'm pretty sure if it was a liberal president who did the same thing you'd be showering them with unlimited praise.
     
  15. AmazonQueen

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    Moderna was 1 month before Pfizer. Astra Zeneca and Sputnik were a little longer.
    I know he botched the delivery and has done his best to botch Biden's delivery of the vaccine because he sent out mixed messages about the effectiveness of vaccines that discouraged takeup.
     
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    Trump did everything he could to down play the pandemic in order to get re-elected. He pretended it wasn't a problem and the best path was just to re-open. He downplayed his own near death experience and hid the fact that he got vaccinated. He encouraged not wearing masks in the White House and held super spreading rallies as part of his re-election efforts.
     
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    He also threatened to withhold aid to states whose governors said mean things about him, such as Michigan & Washington. Trump “If they don’t treat you right, I don’t call.”
     
  18. Farm Boy

    Farm Boy The long wait

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    Literally nothing changed except how people felt about it going on, unchanged. If you happen to be the sort that was watching the military start rolling out the boots on the ground.
     
  19. Joij21

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    Most of it was inept governors who were panicking to roll out the vaccine and came up with botched schedules.

    As for Trump making comments on the effectiveness of the vaccines, you might have a point, but it would be difficult to prove people died as a result considering anti-vaxxers have existed here long before Trump began making such comments.
     
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    Republican governors who opposed effective measures, Trump's attacks on governors who were trying to take effective measures, the list goes on.
     

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