Who do we hold responsible for infecting 881 Secret Service employees?

 

I’ve been working on a story on how the Trump Campaign spread COVID-19 with their rallies. There is evidence of actions Trump knowingly took that endangered his staff and Secret Service employees. Public health laws were broken, people got sick & died. I believe there needs to be an investigation by state Attorneys General and prosecution for violations. But… as someone pointed out to me on Twitter:

This is an great point and one that I’ve been thinking about how to solve. Who else can be held responsible for intentionally spreading COVID in addition to Trump?

In the excellent podcasts by Noel Casler, he points out that Trump knows how to avoid responsibility. Casler describes how Trump is ALWAYS one level removed from being held accountable. in Episode 15, 15:40 he talks about how Keith Schiller protected Trump. Then at 19 :03 he explains how Trump hires NYPD guys because they can flash a badge and get anyone out of trouble, it’s an unwritten rule of white privilege.ges)

Keith Schiller, deputy assistant to the president and director of Oval Office operations talks to President Donald Trump during a ceremony to welcome the 2016 NCAA Football National Champions June 12, 2017. Photo by Olivier Douliery/Abaca(Sipa via AP Images)

Casler doesn’t think Trump will go to prison. Ever. In Episode 16 at 6:00 he talks about how people knew Trump was a sexual predator for decades and he got away with it because he was a wealthy white man and nobody wanted to ruffle feathers. The company might be bankrupted but if no one can bust him for his violent sexual assaults, rape and sex trafficking they aren’t going to send him to jail for tax fraud.

His description of Keith Schiller and what he did for Trump reminded me of something Carol Leonnig said on her book tour. Trump took Tony Oranto, the head of his Secret Service detail, and made him Deputy Chief of Staff in charge of his campaign rallies. He has since returned to the Secret Service.

Then it occured to me, Trump used Tony Oranto like he used Keith Schiller.

Oranto knows what happened and who ordered it. He can be compelled to testify. He can be held accountable for illegal actions that he did on behalf of Trump, just like Michael Cohen. Trump might end up being unindicted co-conspirator 1 again, but at least someone will be held accountable for the willful spreading of COVD-19.

Who could be responsible for actions that lead to 881 infected Secret Service employees? Trump’s Deputy Chief of Staff, Tony Ornato.

It might not just be Oranto, Carol Leonnig in her Book Zero Fail talked about how Trump’s senior protective detail agents told Secret Service officers and agents to take off their masks at Trump’s Bedminster, New Jersey Golf Club.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TzfEUi0nY0c

In Andy Slavitt’s new book Preventable, he said Trump knowingly endangered staffer and his Secret Service personnel.

From my research it appears to me that one or more individuals in the Trump Campaign either intentionally obstructed testing, willfully delayed reporting, or delayed testing. I can make a case for Oranto, but a real investigation is needed.

Oranto would have enormous power over the President’s campaign staff and over current Secret Service agents. In addition, cities and counties ALWAYS defer to the Secret Service when it comes to security and who is allowed around the President. In Tulsa they put the Secret Service in charge of coordinating contact tracing. Did they follow the laws of Oklahoma about immediate reporting? The public can’t know, but IT IS discoverable by the right agencies.

CREW report Nearly 900 Secret Service employees got COVID

 

 

 

In a July 1, 2020 story Josh Dawsey and Carol Leonnig wrote about health care workers doing the testing in Tulsa being told not to test some people vs others and delaying test reporting. Who was giving the orders? Did they follow OSDH rules on IMMEDIATE reporting of results? Why were people suspected of being infected NOT tested?

 In the aftermath, some Secret Service agents returning from the Tulsa trip were directed not to get tested until Wednesday, days after the rally, an instruction that was given without explanation and which some agents found perplexing, according to two people familiar with the instructions.  In wake of Trump’s Tulsa rally, his campaign is still contending with the fallout,   July 1, 2020 by Josh Dawsey and Carol D. Leonnig

Based on my conversations and emails with the Oklahoma State Department of Health, Tulsa’s Department of Health and public health experts, this is a violation of Oklahoma’s Title 63. Public Health and Safety statutes.  Specifically, under §63-6103, The Catastrophic Health Emergency Powers Act, the word IMMEDIATELY is used as it applies to reporting,

I think this warrants an investigation by Mike Hunter, the Oklahoma Attorney General. Based on Dawsey’s & Leonnig’s reporting there is evidence of intentional obstruction and delays, so who orders and investigation?

Will a Republican governor in a Red State order an investigation into the Trump campaign for possible violations of public health laws? I’ve seen how reluctant states are to prosecute people for willfully breaking public health laws. In Florida Gov. DeSantis is PARDONING people before they even go to court!

The good news is that since this involves Secret Service employees, it warrants an investigation at the Federal level.  I’ve identified who can do this Chairman Bennie Thompson on the DHS committee. Plus the @HomelandDems are already looking into the violation of COVID-19 protocols at ICE.

 

This is not just a Tulsa issue. The Trump Campaign did this all across the country. They even did it in D.C. when they blocked serious contact tracing from the White House Rose garden event. The Trump people SERIOUSLY didn’t want any investigations. Look at how they blocked an inquiry via the DHS inspector General.

WHY NO PROSECUTIONS?

I’ve found other law breaking and public health violations at Trump’s rally during my research, but so far I haven’t found any prosecutions. I’ve listed a number of the reasons why in my piece here Honor the #COVID19 dead, then prosecute their killers

Here’s the deal, the Oklahoma State Department of Health, @HealthyOklahoma, CAN know the details and Mike Hunter Oklahoma Attorney General can investigate. @Okla_OAG But will they?

The Trump people violate norms and don’t tell the truth unless they are under oath. The Trump Campaign’s failure to comply with the Oklahoma law and EOs should have led to criminal charges or civil damages, but they didn’t.

40 Percent of U.S. COVID Deaths Could Have Been Averted If It Weren’t for Trump:

We have definitive proof that people got sick and died because of Trump’s rallies. I have links to the studies. But when I bring them up, i’m greeted with all the reasons that it is impossible to hold Trump (or anyone) responsible.

The spreading of COVID was not an unstoppable act of nature like a hurricane. People got infected because of deliberate actions taken by human beings.

Noel Casler points out that Trump’s methods of lying, obstructing, delaying and blaming others has worked for him his entire life. It’s working for him on this. So what can be done?

Let’s say the investigation found out that people acted on their own based on what they thought Trump wanted. Prosecute those who knowly violated public health laws. Maybe it wasn’t Tony Ornato giving all the orders, maybe it was Brad Parscale, maybe it was someone in Secret Service management. The point is we HAVE the ability to know who did this. What we need is a plan to act. In June 17 of 2020 Dr. Bruce Dart was talking to the Tulsa City Council. said,

My heart’s hurting knowing what’s coming 2 weeks from now. It’s coming and we are not going to be able to stop it.
Dr. Bruce Dart, Executive Director, Tulsa Health Department

Contact Chairman @BennieGThompson in DHS to start an investigation.

My heart’s hurting knowing what’s coming 2 weeks from now. It’s coming and we are not going to be able to stop it.
Dr. Bruce Dart, Executive Director, Tulsa Health Department

Contact Chairman @BennieGThompson in DHS to start an investigation.

Honor the #COVID19 dead, then prosecute their killers

A man protests Donald Trump’s response to the coronavirus pandemic on 23 April. Photograph: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Why is no one trying to prosecute DJT for deaths that can be directly tied to actions he took that led to people getting infected and dying from COVID19? I’ve listed a number of reasons below and what is interesting to me is how often people on the left accept the reasons prosecution won’t happen. There are also many who think that prosecution isn’t a reasonable action to be pursued.

I hear: “It’s a waste of time, energy and political capital. He’ll weasel out of it. His base doesn’t care.” Then finally I hear the grim acceptance of failure, “What’s the point? He’ll never serve a day in jail.”

So here’s a list of just some of these reasons there is no prosecution followed by “What if I could meet this objection?” For each of these reasons I have a specific case in mind that would meet the objection, but i’m not including a link. I know each answer will lead to other objections, but I want people to image that someone could provide an ANSWER to those objections . . . → Read More: Honor the #COVID19 dead, then prosecute their killers

Rep. Thompson: Investigate the Secret Service & Trump’s deadly COVID rallies

I learned many troubling things about the Secret Service from Carol Leonnig’s book and during her virtual book interview with Michael Krasny hosted by Book Passage (Video link) (Where I purchased her book.)

I’ve written about my concern about the spreading of COVID from Trump’s rallies starting in June with: Trump’s Contact Tracing Failure I pointed out that the people at Trump’s rallies were suicide bombers. But because of Trump’s contact tracing failure we may never know how many they infected and killed.

In August, after Herman Caine died following the Phoenix rally, I wrote: How To Use The Deadly Results Of Trump’s Rallies Against The RNC I showed how the Trump Campaign avoided proof Trump’s rallies are deadly.

Then in November, when we had proof the rallies spread COVID, I wrote Rallies Led To 30K COVID Cases, 700 Deaths. Make Trump Pay For Holding Them I suggested multiple ways to make the Trump Campaign at least pay a FINANCIAL price for holding their rallies. I even tryed to get cities like Omaha who got stuck with big rally bills to get paid by the Campaign. (As far as I know they STILL haven’t been paid!)

At the . . . → Read More: Rep. Thompson: Investigate the Secret Service & Trump’s deadly COVID rallies

We Must Defeat 2 Vicious Viruses

I’ve been a fan of animated science explainers since “Hemo the Magnificent*” so of COURSE I was going to love this explainer video by Dr. MarkAlain Dery, an infectious disease physician, and Dr. Eric Griggs, a community health specialist. Watch as they journey inside the human body to explain COVID-19 vaccines!

It has the whole Fantastic Voyage “tiny humans in a body” action which I love. It gives visuals for people to lock onto to understand what is happening with the MRNA vaccines. If you want more details watch him on the Majority Report. He answers a lot of questions about what is happening with the vaccines and discusses why we might be needing booster shots.

I’m a huge fan of Dr. Dery because he talks about the science behind viral epidemics and ALSO how society responds to them.

. . . → Read More: We Must Defeat 2 Vicious Viruses

My response to Playteau criticizing my article on getting video of a defeated Trump

A response to my article Where’s The Video Of Trump Admitting Defeat To Biden?

I wrote about how we need to get video evidence of Trump, under oath, admitting his defeat to Biden. Then we rub it in the faces of his supporters. Here’s a link to my comment but I’m reproducing this here because comments sections sometimes go away.

Playteau May 7 Fantasyland hippie sh*t. Delete this dumbass article. I mean really, who the f*ck you kidding? Who snorted some Adderall and cooked this absolutely ridiculous article up?

Please stop treating this sh*tbag traitor like anything less than a Russian asset. That status didn’t magically go away on January 20th.

My god. Smoke meth before you write stupid sh*t like this so you have an excuse, you’re just embarrassing yourself. “Proof” is not something the knuckledraggers are concerned with, or have you not been paying attention for decades?

So, it’s the morning and I’ve read all the comments. I’ve seen a number of people who think i’m naive. I’ve addressed that by pointing out that my piece is a starting place. I did acknowledge how the base would respond, and if they had read the piece they . . . → Read More: My response to Playteau criticizing my article on getting video of a defeated Trump

Where are the photos of a defeated Trump lunching with Biden?

Anyone else notice there are no photos of Biden with Trump since he lost the election? Trump doesn’t want anyone to see photographic proof he was beaten by Biden & that’s he’s a loser.

I think @VP Harris should set up a lunch with Trump to show he was beaten by Biden & a woman!

One of the constructs in the mind of right wingers is the correct way to treat your defeated opponents to prove your manliness. You make them grovel. You boast. You point at them and laugh like Nelson Muntz. HA HA! I won! You lost! It’s what CONAN the Barbarian says is best in life.

In video game parlance it’s teabagging your opponent. (I just found out that teabagging dated back to 1985 NWA World Championship wrestling which makes it even more on brand for Trumpsters. )

Trump has made it clear that he holds grudges and is vindictive. I still remember Richard Branson talking about his lunch with Trump. Apparently he spent the whole time talking about how he was going to spend the rest of his life destroying the people who didn’t help him get out of bankruptcy. (I wonder who those . . . → Read More: Where are the photos of a defeated Trump lunching with Biden?

Who’s linked to the men that killed Officer Sicknick?

Two men arrested and charged for assaulting Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick

Washington (CNN)Two men have been arrested and charged for assaulting US Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick, who died after responding on January 6 to hundreds of rioters who stormed the Capitol, the Justice Department announced Monday.

Julian Elie Khater, 32, of Pennsylvania, and George Pierre Tanios, 39, of West Virginia, are alleged to have worked together to spray police, including Sicknick, with a toxic chemical spray during the Capitol riot. Khater called what was in the cannister “bear sh*t,” according to court records, but the Justice Department on Monday said the spray is unknown.

Each time you read a new story about some insurrectionist being arrested, like Khater and Tanios, start looking for the connections to the leaders on the right.

The defense of Khater and Tanios will be,”It was just pepper spray! They didn’t shoot him with a GUN or anything really dangerous!” The defenders of the inciters will seek to distance themselves to any connection with these two. (I wonder which politicians in Pennsylvania and West Virginia will be scrambling to disavow photos of them posing with Khater and Tanios?)

Remember, there are 800 . . . → Read More: Who’s linked to the men that killed Officer Sicknick?

Inciting a mob to invade the Capitol is not free speech

On Jan 6th I knew that incitement was going to be a key issue. I found Lee Rowland, an ACLU lawyer who made a video about incitement and asked what she thought. She said she thought Trump had crossed the line.

Yes, I believe it crossed the line today.

— lee rowland (@berkitron) January 6, 2021

Last week I watched Chris Hayes’ experts praise the Impeachment brief by the house managers, then attack Trump’s. (A typo in the first line! 14 pages of Incoherence!) But attacking Trump’s lawyers’ incompetence isn’t enough. We need to make the case to regular people who don’t understand what incitement is and what it takes to fulfill a legal definition.

On the Feb 4th episode of Stay Tuned with Preet Bharara, he brought up the argument that Trump’s lawyers will make.

-Trump’s lawyers} will make some of these points beyond the procedural points, Donald Trump did not say, “Invade the Capitol.” Donald Trump did not say, “Break windows.” Donald Trump did not say, “Engage in violence.” Donald Trump did not say, “Insurrection.” He did not say, “Riot.” He didn’t say any of those things, does that make a difference? And if . . . → Read More: Inciting a mob to invade the Capitol is not free speech

6 Steps To Defund GOP Seditionists #DefundSeditionists

Last night Brian Williams said “Big corps don’t like to be associated with seditionists.” He was talking about the corporations who have suspended donations to any member of Congress who objected to the certification of the Electoral College vote. This campaign was spearheaded by Judd Legum and his new publication Popular Information.

Popular Information contacted 144 corporations that, through their corporate PACs, donated to one or more of these eight Senators in the 2020 election cycle. Popular Information asked if they would continue to support these Senators in the future. In response, three major companies said they would stop donating to any member of Congress who objected to the certification of the Electoral College vote. – Major corporations say they will stop donating to members of Congress who tried to overturn the election – Jan 10, 2021 by Judd Legum and Tesnim Zekeria

https://act.newmode.net/action/color-change/seditioncaucus Image by @leahmillis via Rueters

1. BREAKING

3 major corporations say they’ll stop donating to members of Congress who tried to overturn the election

BlueCross BlueShield (@BCBSAssociation)

Marriott (@MarriottIntl)@CommerceBank

Follow along for more on these 3 plus 141 other corpshttps://t.co/r4Z4TjJUCe

— Judd Legum (@JuddLegum) January 10, 2021

I jumped on . . . → Read More: 6 Steps To Defund GOP Seditionists #DefundSeditionists

Companies suspend donations to Republicans who challenged Biden’s certification

In the wake of the U.S. Capitol attacks, four major corporations said they are suspending contributions through their corporate PACs to Republican lawmakers they’ve previously backed who challenged the certification of President-elect Joe Biden’s victory. – Jan 10, 2021 Jemima McEvoy – Forbes.

Marriott International @MarriottIntl, Blue Cross Blue Shield @BCBSAssociation, Commerce Bancshares and Citibank @Citi all told Popular Information, a political newsletter run by ThinkProgress founder and editor Judd Legum, that they will stop donating to any member of Congress who objected to the certification of the Electoral College vote.

They listed other companies that are reviewing their donations, but I took those four and looked into their donations record for Nebraska Representative Adrian Smith (R) District 3 who voted to challenge Biden’s certification. (The Guardian lists him as one of the 120 who objected to the certified results in Arizona and Pennsylvania). He hasn’t made a public comment since January 6th.

U.S. Rep. Adrian Smith from Nebraska’s 3rd Congressional District was the only member of the Nebraska congressional delegation to vote against formally validating Joe Biden’s presidential election victory. CHRIS MACHIAN, THE WORLD-HERALD

He got $13,000 from Citigroup 2014-2020 (link to 2020). Blue Cross Blue . . . → Read More: Companies suspend donations to Republicans who challenged Biden’s certification