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Several Republicans And White House Officials Test Positive For Covid After Amy Coney Barrett Event

Update October 8, 2020

Covid-19 is still a very real threat to American lives and several Republican politicians and President Trump allies are learning the hard way. Since the Rose Garden event to announce Amy Coney Barrett’s nomination to the Supreme Court. The event is now being considered a superspreader and the White House is a Covid hotspot.

This was the scene at the Amy Coney Barrett nomination event in the Rose Garden.

At least ten people have tested positive for Covid-19 after the Rose Garden event attended by more than 200 people. The virus has suddenly torn through the Republican Party and those in President Trump’s close orbit. Thirty-four people connected to the White House have tested positive for the virus.

The number is much higher than originally known according to internal FEMA documents that show a potential coverup of the true number. USA Today is attempting to identify everyone who was at the Rose Garden event for Amy Coney Barrett to help with contact tracing. The White House is not properly contact tracing the superspreader event.

Some of those infected include Sen. Thom Tillis of North Carolina, former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, Sen. Mike Lee of Utah, White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany, First Lady Melania Trump, Kellyanne Conway, President of Notre Dame Rev. John Jenkins, Evangelical Pastor Greg Laurie, Chad Gilmartin, and Karoline Leavitt. Those were just from the Rose Garden event.

Amy Coney Barrett already has a nickname because of the event.

That’s right. People are already calling Amy Coney Barrett the Contagious ACB. The nickname is two-fold as it calls out the event that caused so many people to contract Covid-19 and is in homage to the beloved Notorious RBG.

Original: President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump are now part of the more than 7,000,000 Americans who have contracted Covid-19. The virus, which has killed more than 200,000 Americans, has spread worse in the U.S. than anywhere else in the world. While some have shown sympathy, other Americans are using the president’s words against him.

President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump tested positive for Covid-19.

The news comes after President Trump’s disastrous performance at the first presidential debate in Cleveland Sept. 29. According to reports, President Trump and the first lady tested positive after traveling with senior aide Hope Hicks, who also tested positive.

“This is tragic, it’s very sad, but it also is something that, again, going into crowds unmasked and all the rest is sort of a brazen invitation for something like this to happen,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said on MSNBC’s Live with Stephanie Ruhle. “It’s sad that it did, but nonetheless hopeful that it will be a transition to a saner approach to what this virus is all about.”

Vice President Joe Biden offered sympathetic words to the First Family during this difficult time.

There is concern that President Trump, if pre-symptomatic while at the debate, might have exposed Biden. The two presidential nominees spent 90 minutes debating maskless on stage. The Biden campaign has not released information on whether or not the presidential hopeful has been tested for Covid.

Senator Kamala Harris joined Biden in wishing the Trumps a speedy recovery tweeting, “Doug and I join Joe Biden and Dr. Biden in wishing President Trump and the First Lady a full and speedy recovery. We’re keeping them and the entire Trump family in our thoughts.”

The unsurprising infection of the Trumps is highlighting the need for stricter and better health standards to combat the virus.

Representative Joaquin Castro pleaded with fellow Congresspeople who have had contact with President Trump to stay home. In response to Covid-19, the House of Representatives implemented proxy voting which allows for members to vote without being in the chambers. It wasn’t long until Republican House members joined in a lawsuit to end the practice.

“Remote voting by proxy is fully consistent with the Constitution and more than a century of legal precedent, including Supreme Court cases, that make clear that the House can determine its own rules,” Pelosi said in a statement when a federal judge dismissed the GOP’s case. “The nation is in the middle of a dangerous pandemic, and the House of Representatives must continue to work.”

Critics of the president have come out in force to call out his behavior against mask-wearing.

President Trump has a long and recorded history of speaking out against masks. The president has politicized the Covid-19 crisis and has called on his own supporters to refrain from wearing masks. A narrative has grown that accuses President Trump and his rallies to be superspreaders because the GOP won’t require masks at the rallies.

Some of the president’s staunchest allies are aghast at the responses from some of the president’s critics.

Shortly after the news broke that the Trump were infected with Covid-19, #ItIsWhatItIs started trending on Twitter. The hashtag echoes President Trump’s own words from a recent interview. During an explosive interview on Sept. 3, Trump was asked about the staggering death and infection rates that eclipsed the rest of the world. Trump responded that the 150,000 deaths at the time were unavoidable, despite scientists and health experts disproving that theory.

“They are dying. That’s true. And you — it is what it is,” Trump said defensively when pressed by Jonathan Swan for Axios on HBO. “But that doesn’t mean we aren’t doing everything we can. It’s under control as much as you can control it.”

To counter that narrative, people are sharing a video of Trump mocking Hillary Clinton when she was suffering from pneumonia.

President Trump’s diagnosis has set off concern throughout the Senate. The president recently spent a lot of time with Amy Coney Barrett before and after nominating her for the Supreme Court vacancy. Judge Coney Barrett has then spent a lot of time with various Senators leading up to the eventual confirmation hearing. Many in the U.S. government are urging those who have been in contact with Trump and his team to take the necessary precautions and quarantine until they can be tested.

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Here Are The Executive Actions That President Biden Is Signing His First Day In Office

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Here Are The Executive Actions That President Biden Is Signing His First Day In Office

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President Joe Biden has a lot of work ahead of him and he is hitting the ground running. On his first day in office, President Biden has a series of executive actions he is signing to reverse a lot of the damage created by the Trump administration. Here are some of the things President Biden will do with these actions.

The border wall on the southern border is done, y’all.

President Biden is saving the taxpayers billions of dollars by halting the construction of President Trump’s border wall. The border wall is one of former President Trump’s several unfulfilled promises at the expense of the taxpayers.

Despite his unrelenting campaign, Mexico never paid a dime to the wall. President Biden’s action to halt the border wall is a humanitarian and conservationist move that will save billions of tax dollars. According to estimates, there would be $3.3 billion in unused funds in the projects accounts.

The emotionally devastating Muslim ban will finally come to an end.

Former President Trump famously put an end to travel from predominantly Muslim countries. The order arbitrarily excluded a group of people based on their religion. The order that has kept families apart for years is finally coming to an end thanks to President Biden.

President Biden’s ation will bring families together and safeguards the rights of religious freedom. The ban has kept spouses separated, children apart from parents, and caused real damage. There is more to be done to make up for the stain on American history and the action is the first step.

The Keystone XL Pipeline is toast.

We all remember the terrifying scenes of Native people being brutalized by federal officials under Trump’s command. President Biden will make sure that the permit for the pipeline is revoked and put an end to a project that has been devastating the Native community. Activists have been fighting for years to get this done.

Undocumented people will have to be included in census counts.

President Biden is getting rid of the Trump administration’s terrible policy of ignoring undocumented people in the census. There have been several arguments by officials that the move would work to undermine certain states. The policy would take federal money away from states that did not support the former president and have high undocumented populations.

President Biden is going to preserve DACA.

More than 600,000 people benefit from the Obama-era program. Former President Trump waged a war against DACA and Dreamers for political points. Most Americans support DACA and a pathway to citizenship for DACA beneficiaries. With the new executive action, President Biden will instruct the federal government to restore the program to its fullest.

There is still a lawsuit the Biden administration will have to fight. The lawsuit challenging DACA’s legality was filed by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton.

In total, President Biden will sign 17 executive actions that will roll back several issues created by the previous administration.

“Today, hours after taking the oath of office, President-elect Biden will take a historic number of actions to deliver immediate relief for families across America that are struggling in the face of converging crises. He will sign a combination of executive orders, memoranda, directives, and letters to take initial steps to address these crises, including by changing the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, providing economic relief, tackling climate change, and advancing racial equity,” reads a statement from the Biden-Harris Transition Team. “President-elect Biden will take action — not just to reverse the gravest damages of the Trump administration — but also to start moving our country forward. These actions are bold, begin the work of following through on President-elect Biden’s promises to the American people, and, importantly, fall within the constitutional role for the president.”

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President Joe Biden’s And Vice President Kamala Harris’ Inauguration Represented America

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President Joe Biden’s And Vice President Kamala Harris’ Inauguration Represented America

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Joe Biden and Kamala Harris have been sworn in as the 46th president and the 49th vice president of the United States of America. The new administration has been sworn in and the inauguration was a beautiful representation of America with people of color and women taking center stage.

Lady Gaga kicked off the 59th inauguration by singing the national anthem.

In 2017, Lady Gaga famously participated in the Women’s March the day after former President Trump’s inauguration. Four years later, the singer proudly took to the Capitol to usher in the beginning of the Biden/Harris administration. Dressed in custom Schiaparelli, Lady Gaga performed “The Star-Spangled Banner” and left people speechless.

Vice President Kamala Devi Harris was sworn in by Justice Sonia Sotomayor.

This was a special moment. The first Latina to ever serve on the Supreme Court was the one to swear in the first woman, first Black, and first South Asian vice president. It was a historical moment that will forever change the United States.

Justice Sotomayor has made a name for herself in American pop culture because of her blistering dissents. As the first Latina on the Supreme Court, Sotomayor opened possibilities for Latinas. We basically watched one icon swear in another icon and it is everything.

The most exciting moment of the inauguration might have been Jennifer Lopez and her remix of an American classic.

Lopez sang “This Land Is Your Land” but added a special twist. During the song, Lopez stops and says, “Una nacion, bajo de dios, indivisible con libertad y justicia para todos.” Translated, she said, “One nation, under God, indivisible with liberty and justice for all.” That’s right. The Puerto Rican pop superstar used her moment at the nation’s Capitol building to give a shout out to all the Latinos who call the U.S. home.

Of course, the most iconic moment was J.Lo shouting “Let’s get loud.”

We all know that song. We are all singing it now after reading those three words. It was truly one of the most impactful moments of her performance. Only an icon could turn “This Land is Your Land” into a greatest hits medley. We are all better for having witnessed it.

However, it was 22-year-old Amanda Gorman that stole the entire show.

The Youth Poet Laureate was chosen to speak at the inauguration and she youngest inaugural poet of all time. She joins the impressive ranks of Maya Angelou, Richard Blanco, and Elizabeth Alexander. Her poem, written right after the Capitol riot. It was relevant, poignant, and moving.

“We’ve seen a force that would shatter our nation rather than share it,
Would destroy our country if it meant delaying democracy.
And this effort very nearly succeeded.
But while democracy can be periodically delayed,
It can never be permanently defeated.”

And, of course, Joseph Robinette Biden became the 46th president of the United States of America.

“Few people in our nation’s history have been more challenged or found a time more challenging or difficult than the time we’re in now. A once-in-a-century virus that silently stalks the country,” President Biden said. “It’s taken as many lives in one year as America lost in all of World War II. Millions of jobs have been lost. Hundreds of thousands of businesses closed. A cry for racial justice, some four hundred years in the making moves us. The dream of justice for all will be deferred no longer.

“The cry for survival comes from the planet itself, a cry that can’t be any more desperate or any more clear. And now a rise of political extremism, white supremacy, domestic terrorism that we must confront and we will defeat.

“To overcome these challenges, to restore the soul and secure the future of America requires so much more than words. It requires the most elusive of all things in a democracy: unity, unity.”

Welcome to the White House President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris.

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