How can we hold Trump legally accountable for COVID deaths?

Yesterday Mehdi Hasan raised the question. “Why aren’t we holding Trump legally accountable for COVID deaths.”

When I saw this segment I was excited because I’ve been working on this and wrote about it recently at Crooks & Liars.

.@ElieNYC I want legal accountability for Trump for his role in the death of 100's of thousands.How do we make that happen?We can start by busting Trump & campaign staff for violating public health laws at the Tulsa rally. @glennkirschner2 @mehdirhasan

— Spocko (@spockosbrain) December 14, 2021

Elie said our legal system has a problem with prosecuting politicians and their policy issues. He suggested that the Catholics created hell to punish people like Trump. I’m a big fan of Elie and I wish I had the chance to talk about this with him and discuss all the reasons why it’s hard to do. Then, as an activist, I’ll ask.“Okay Elie, what CAN WE DO to hold them legally accountable for all this sickness and death?”

For the last 18 months I’ve been trying to figure out ways to hold Trump and his administration accountable for the infections and deaths directly related to their actions & non-actions spreading . . . → Read More: How can we hold Trump legally accountable for COVID deaths?

How Rep. Massie will raise money on the bodies of dead school kids

When Rep. Thomas Massie of Kentucky put this photo of him posing with his family & their guns, my friend Jeff Tiedrich tweeted. “Every single one of these guns cost more than a Le Creuset pot.” So I asked some of my friends in the Gun Violence Prevention movement if they knew what all these guns were, how much they cost and the cost of the ammo to fill their magazines.

$84,000 of AR15s, Thompson & Uzi submachine guns shown.These donors gave @RepThomasMassie $60K @Masimo @SFGiants @CUNA @MarathonPetroCo @NAHBhome @airportscouncil @AtlasAirWW @UPS @ford @DoreenBrasseaux @ATT @lathamwatkins @PitneyBowesPls give equal amounts to #Oxford victims.

— Spocko (@spockosbrain) December 6, 2021

I expect this photo will be discussed on the cable shows and late night comedy because this is the kind of sick trolling that the GOP engages in and is easy to talk about. “That’s disgusting! What a horrible person!” But that will be the end of it. So I wanted to know if there was anyone whose opinion Massie cared about he would listen to. So I looked at his donors. It’s filled with right wing PAC money from right wing donors & gun rights groups.

. . . → Read More: How Rep. Massie will raise money on the bodies of dead school kids

Who in Trump’s campaign leadership ordered COVID-19 testing stopped at the Tulsa rally?

In Jonathan Karl’s new book Betrayal: The Final Act of the Trump Show, he wrote,

“According to two senior campaign officials, after the eighth person tested positive, two of them with the Secret Service, word came down from the campaign leadership: STOP TESTING.”

My question is: Who specifically in campaign leadership issued that order? Give me a name. Was it a medical professional? Was it Sean Conley? Who was in charge of the White House Medical Unit in Tulsa at that time? Who was in charge of making sure Federal, state and local public health laws and emergency orders were followed?

Karl didn’t use that person’s name in the excerpt I read in Vanity Fair. Why not? Why is he protecting them? Because they were a source from his book?

The name is important because that person’s order led to multiple violations of Federal CARES act laws and Oklahoma’s public health COVID reporting laws that were in effect at the time. Specifically, §63-6103, The Catastrophic Health Emergency Powers Act,Those violations meant that state public health officials could not do their job to protect the health of people in their state. Thousands of people in Oklahoma got sick and died . . . → Read More: Who in Trump’s campaign leadership ordered COVID-19 testing stopped at the Tulsa rally?

FEC failed, so Giffords sues NRA directly

Earlier this year the FEC was presented with evidence that the NRA illegally coordinated with GOP campaigns to use the same personnel and vendors to run ads for GOP candidates, claiming the vendors were “functionally indistinguishable.” That’s illegal. But the FEC didn’t act. So a federal judge granted the Giffords’ nonprofit the right to sue the NRA.

It calls for the court to prevent the NRA from “violating the law in future elections” and for the gun rights group to pay a fine to the Treasury Department equal to the alleged total in the donation scheme.

The lawsuit alleges as much as $35 million in “unlawful” and “unreported in-kind campaign contributions” went toward a scheme that goes back as early as 2014, with $25 million allegedly going toward Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign. 

NRA ran shell companies to illegally fund Trump and other Republicans, Giffords group alleges in suit Washington Post 11/3/2021

This is an important development, because it shows what can be done when one of the institutions that is supposed to keep the blatant corruption in check, fails to act. I’m a big fan of civil lawsuits because in America money is power. And when you get in the way . . . → Read More: FEC failed, so Giffords sues NRA directly

When anti-vaxxers get fired, employees cheer

My niece works at a hospital. The day that they announced on the intercom that every employee had to get a vaccine or would be terminated, she said a cheer went up that could be heard throughout all the corridors.

Don’t feel bad about cheering when one of these crackpots gets sacked. It’s only human to want to survive.

sandyhh, Oct 24 Crooks & Liars

I love to hear stories like this. It more accurately expresses how the vast majority of the public feels toward anti-vaxxers than what you see in the media. In Eric Boehlert‘s excellent newsletter Press Run titled, Sorry Chuck Todd, America is not hopelessly “divided” over Covid he pointed out that the press continues to push the nonsense 50/50 split narrative about the vaccinations and support of vaccine mandates. We are not. The press uses fuzzy math and headlines that focus on a tiny percentage who are embracing rabbit-hole conspiracies about a vaccine that nearly 200 million Americans have safely taken.

For example, on October 13, 2021 United announced that 99.7% of its 67,000 employees were vaccinated, the 232 who weren’t were going to be fired. Now check out the headline used by Forbes, Newsbreak, Business . . . → Read More: When anti-vaxxers get fired, employees cheer

Death threats must die!

The right wing harasses, intimidates and threatens people online. They aren’t going to stop, because it works for them.

When you watch someone screaming and punching a flight attendant when they are asked to wear a mask, it changes what you might do when you see someone not wearing a mask.

When people show up with guns at school board member’s house they aren’t there using their 1st Amendment rights. it’s not a conversation about an issue. It’s a threat. In today’s House hearing on Justice Department oversight AG Merrick Garland was asked to re-edify Jamie Raskin’s colleagues on what the 1st Amendment protects and what it doesn’t protect. He said, “What they are not allowed to do is threaten people with death or serious bodily injury.”

I admire the school board member who spoke out about her death threats, but how many people think, “I’m not going to be on a school board if it means getting death threats & people coming to my house with guns.”?

I’ve noticed that the media is very reluctant to push for any consequences for threatening speech. They get all balled up into questions of, “What is free speech?” and . . . → Read More: Death threats must die!

Spocko’s Top 5 Video Meeting Commandments 


Download and USE THE Zoom Desktop app and close Chrome after clicking on the link(Chrome hogs memory even when closed! To fix thisGo to SETTINGSADVANCEDSYSTEM then TURN OFF running background apps when Google Chrome is closed) It should be GREY


FIND and use a good quality Ethernet cord and run to your ethernet port from your router to your laptop or desktop.Most home WIFI routers suck when it comes to video.

3) START the process of getting connected 30 minutes early. Something WONDERFUL is bound to happen.

And by wonderful I mean terrible. Prepare a 2nd way to communicate with the host via phone, or text, email or message ahead of time to tell them of your problems.

4) Turn your computer off and on again 15 minutes before you start

Especially if you have been using your laptop all day. This resets the memory and other application problems.I say 15 minutes because you will need 5 to start it up and 10 for the new Windows patches to run that you didn’t know were installing. MACS are . . . → Read More: Spocko’s Top 5 Video Meeting Commandments 

Send prosecutors advance copies of all Trump-staff books

Yesterday Stephanie Grisham was on CNN pushing her new book. She said she thought it was a coup. That Trump was fomenting violence. Jake Tapper asked her if she had talked to the 1/6 commission. She said no, but that she would if they, “reached out.”

Grisham thinks Trump was trying to stage a coup. She's ready to say this under oath. She might have hard evidence of that.The 1/6 committee should have her testify under oath against the mobsters she worked with. @BennieGThompson @AdamSchiff

— Spocko (@spockosbrain) October 7, 2021

Brazilians of books are being written by former Trump staff. They’ll be careful not to incriminate themselves, but they might incriminate others. If they didn’t commit the crime, they might have witnessed others committing them. People like Grisham and Omarosa aren’t experts on the law. They likely witnessed multiple crimes. They might have been told what was happening was legal. Or, they knew it was illegal, and looked the other way hoping the entire admin would never be prosecuted.I think the DOJ, state AGs and various committees investigating the Trump White House should get early copies of the books. Someone should be reading these books . . . → Read More: Send prosecutors advance copies of all Trump-staff books

Who knew Trump had COVID & when did they know it?

Oct 2, 2020 Trump tweeted he had COVID. When did Sean Conley, Trump’s doctor, know he had COVID?

White House physician Sean Conley gives an update on the condition of US President Donald Trump, on Oct. 3, 2020, at Walter Reed Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland.  Screengrab Guardian

Trump tested positive with the Abbott rapid test at least one day before he announced it. At that point Trump should have started quarantine and contact tracing should have started. Did Dr. Conley immediately report the results to the D.C. Department of Health? If he didn’t, that’s a violation of state and federal law. The media can’t know without an investigation.We do know a PCR test was ordered, which typically takes 24 hours. During that time Trump traveled to multiple states. Trump didn’t tell his staff nor the people he was meeting with he had tested positive.

Washington Post Graphic How soon after the results of the positive PCR test came in did Dr. Conley report it to D.C. Department of Health? Did Dr. Conley inform the state health departments in the states Trump was visiting so they could alert the public that a know infected individual would be . . . → Read More: Who knew Trump had COVID & when did they know it?

How to use social media to help enforce vaccination mandates

On Chris Hayes’ show he discussed how the Republicans are fighting Biden’s vaccine requirements and why.

Incentives don’t work. Mandates work. These people are behaving like irrational children and therefore what do you do with children? You have to what’s best for children. Now a right winger watching this will say, “Look at that paternalistic, tyrannical person on MSNBC!” But that is the reality in a public health crisis going all the way back to George Washington.

Mehdi Hasan, All In with Chris Hayes 9-20-2021

I’ve developed 6 steps people can take to help make the vaccine mandates happen using the power of social media, existing national corporate HR policies, Federal OSHA reporting methods and local news coverage of the conflict over mandates. 1) Find videos and social media stories of people publicly saying, “I won’t get vaccinated!” Look for them at school board meetings, protests or of people in public places telling others about their intent.2) Alert their employer via email, Facebook and Twitter. Let the company know you will be filing a complaint with *OSHA (I’ll do a piece on the process and issues of contacting OSHA later, but from “anyone who knows about a workplace . . . → Read More: How to use social media to help enforce vaccination mandates