Thursday, March 26, 2020

Trump tears into media at coronavirus briefing: They want economy to stay closed, 'would like to see me do poorly in the election'

President Trump doubled down Wednesday on his assertion that the media wants to keep the country closed in order to prevent his reelection during his daily coronavirus briefing at the White House.
After Trump had earlier slammed the "LameStream Media" on Twitter, CBS News correspondent Paula Reid asked the president if his recently announced goal of reopening the economy by Easter was solely a political strategy.

"Just so that you understand, are you ready? I think that there are certain people who would like it not to open so quickly, I think there are certain people that would like it to do financially poorly because they think that would be very good as far as defeating me at the polls," Trump told Reid. "And I don't know if that's so, but I do think it's so that there are people in your profession that would like that to happen."


  1. Confer my comment several posts back which was featured as a standalone post.

  2. Torah thought on this week’s parsha ויקרא. This Shabbat is Parshat Vayikra. Next week’s Shabbat is Shabbat Hagadol, the Shabbat before Passover.
    When any of you אדם presents an offering of cattle to the Lord
    Our prayers to God

    The Corona Virus
    I cite here in full several Biblical passages in the prayer of Tachanun when one puts down the head in the synagogue:
    “O our God, surely You will punish them, for we are powerless before this great multitude that has come against us, and do not know what to do, but our eyes are on You.” (2 Chronicles 20-12).
    “O Lord, be mindful of Your compassion and Your faithfulness; they are old as time כי מעולם המה.” (Psalms 25:6).
    “Do not hold our former iniquities against us; let Your compassion come swiftly toward us, for we have sunk very low כי דלנו מאד.” (Ibid. 79:8).
    “Show us favor, O Lord, show us favor! We have had more than enough of contempt כי רב שבענו בוז.” (Ibid. 123:3).
    “O Lord! I have learned of Your renown; I am awed, O Lord, by Your deeds. Renew them in these years, Oh, make them known in these years! Though angry, may You remember compassion ברגז רחם תזכור.” (Habakkuk 3:2).
    “For He knows how we are formed יצרנו; He is mindful that we are dust זכור כי אפר אנחנו.” (Psalms 103:14).
    “Help us, O God, our deliverer, for the sake of the glory of Your name. Save us and atone for our sins וכפר על חטאתינו, for the sake of Your name.” (Ibid. 79:9).
    All non-Jews may bring offerings but not Israelite apostates
    Chullin 5a
    “An objection was raised: [It is written]. Of you , [ “Speak to the Israelite people, and say to them: When any of you presents an offering of cattle אדם כי יקריב מכם to the Lord, ye shall bring your offering of the herd or from the flock.” (Leviticus 1:2)] but not all of you [of has a partitive meaning, i.e, some of you but not all], thus excluding an apostate. Of you, that is, among you [Israelites] does this distinction apply but not among other nations [from other nations all may bring offerings to the Temple].”
    Midrash Rabbah - Leviticus II:9:
    “Why does it not say ish (man), even as it is written elsewhere “Speak to the whole community of Israel and say that on the tenth of this month they shall take to them every man איש a lamb according to their fathers’ houses, a lamb to a household.” (Exodus 12:3)? Here, too, Scripture should have said When any ish, etc. Why then does it say precisely ADAM?-So as to include proselytes. OF YOU -excludes [an Israelite who became] an apostate; OF YOU excludes a non-Israelite, who may indeed offer a burnt-offering.”
    Hertz Chumash states p. 410:
    “Any man. Heb. Adam. Even a heathen may bring an offering, if he is moved to do so. A man’s faith, not the accident of birth, is regarded by God. An apostate is therefore denied the privilege of bringing an offering at Israel’s Sanctuary (Sifra). God would accept the offering of a heathen who turned to him (1 Kings 8:41 f), but not the sacrifice of a disloyal Israelite.”
    The world witnessed the miracles of the Exodus from Egypt in the time of Moses.
    Throughout history we had friends and enemies among the nations and we had loyal and disloyal among the Israelites.
    Thank God, today we have Trump, President of the US, a friend to Israel. This is much like Hiram king of Tyre was a friend to King Solomon. Hiram loved King David and King Solomon, as written:
    “King Hiram of Tyre sent his officials to Solomon when he heard that he had been anointed king in place of his father; for Hiram had always been a friend of David כי אהב היה חירם לדוד כל הימים.” (1 Kings 5:15).
    Interesting that Jewish law permits non-Jews whether friends or enemies to bring offerings to the Sanctuary in the desert and to the Temple in Jerusalem but not apostate Israelites. We pray to God “Do not hold our former iniquities against us; let Your compassion come swiftly toward us, for we have sunk very low כי דלנו מאד.” (Psalms 79:8). Does this Corona virus come because of disloyal Israelites?

  3. Trump is a narcissist. Everything is about his. The virus? It's an attempt to derail the American economy and hurt his re-election chances. The efforts to stop the spread with their attendant economic consequences? Also all about him.
    Don't worry. America is bigger than Trump.


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