“I think we should be concerned because of the virus and its viciousness,” said the highest-ranking Democrat, “but also because of the denial that the president is in, saying things like ‘Don’t worry about it,’… ‘Don’t be afraid of it,’ and all that because people have lost their loved ones.”
President Trump, in his Monday tweet announcing that he would be returning to the White House after receiving treatment for his COVID-19 diagnosis, also urged Americans to not “be afraid of Covid” and to not “let it dominate your life.” Many commentators and experts lambasted him for these remarks, saying that they were insensitive to the pain felt by the loved ones of the over 210,000 Americans that have been killed by the virus and that they underplay the severity of the virus.
Throughout the entirety of the pandemic, Democrats and many health experts have criticized the president for his overall handling of the virus. And Speaker Pelosi has joined in those calls and on Wednesday she did so by suggesting that the president’s team should stage an intervention for him.
“I think that there has to be an intervention in terms of people around him just saying ‘For the good of the country, so that no more people get infected and die, we have to have a plan that recognizes the danger [of the virus]’.” she said, “and the danger struck right into the Oval Office.”
President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump announced Thursday evening that they had both tested positive for COVID-19. Immediately after this news, a wave of White House-related officials and other prominent politicians and officials in Washington, DC announced that they have also tested positive and would enter quarantine.
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50-Foot Christmas Tree Outside Fox News Set on Fire by 49yr Old Homeless Man
Just before 12:15 am Wednesday morning, an arsonist set fire to the 50-foot tree in front of Fox News’ Midtown headquarters on 6th avenue. The suspect, a 49-year-old with three prior arrests, was quickly caught and taken into custody.
The man has two previous arrests for drug possession and one for public intoxication. The motive is unclear, and Police Commissioner Dermot Shea said detectives are looking into whether mental illness was a factor.
“The suspect is identified as 49-year-old Craig Tamanaha, who is homeless, with a last known address in Brooklyn” reports ABC 7 New York. Police said the suspect climbed up “the metal superstructure” underneath the artificial tree and lit papers he had brought with him on fire, then shoved the papers into the tree structure.
He then climbed down and watched from the street level as it burned, and he was spotted by building security who pointed the man out to police officers posted in nearby Rockefeller Center,” reports ABC.
A lighter was found in his possession, and he has been charged with criminal mischief, reckless endangerment, arson, criminal nuisance, endangering others, criminal trespass, criminal tampering and disorderly conduct.
Fox says it will rebuild the tree, which took more than 21 hours to assemble and consisted of 10,000 glass ornaments and 100,000 lights.
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