As COVID-19 Spreads, Can Biden Borrow Some of Cuomo’s BDE?
On this episode of democracy-ish Touré and Danielle are live on IG and speaking truth to the powerful arbiters of “alternative facts.”
Trump’s daily briefings have become infomercials for donors like the uber-conservative founder of MyPillow. Nevertheless, Yamiche Alcindor persists.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is modeling what crisis leadership should look like –– fueled by abundant BDE.
Meanwhile, Joe Biden seems unwilling to criticize Trump too harshly. Isn’t he supposed to “beat him like a drum”?
It’s the first of April. As confirmed cases of COVID-19 surge past 1 million, rent is due and 10 million Americans are newly unemployed. But “we are stuck with the worst possible leader for this moment,” says Touré.
While refrigerated trucks line up outside hospitals in cities around the country because the morgues are full, Donald Trump touts his TV ratings and enlists MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell to heap him with praise.
“The proximity of death is coming closer and closer to my life and to all of our lives,” Touré says. “And this president goes up to the microphone and talks about companies, about tax breaks. He never talks about a family that is dealing with death ... He doesn't care about people.”
“I deeply feel your frustration,” says Danielle. “I deeply feel your anger. I go through a series of emotional waves on a regular basis. My therapist tells me that that's normal.”
She’s been abstaining from the administration’s daily press conferences in the name of self-care.
“Kudos to you and the rest of America,” Danielle explains. “But I don't need a fucking infomercial. If I wanted that, I would turn on QVC. If I wanted to buy a fucking Mr. Pillow, then maybe I would go to Bed Bath and Beyond in the ‘As Seen on TV’ fucking aisle, but I sure as hell don't want him to be the person talking to me about what is going on with the coronavirus.”
Enough with the reality show antics.
“I know why no one ever asked me to be a White House reporter. My tolerance for bullshit is probably at a negative 150,000 at this point. I would just raise my hand and be like, why are you such an asshole?”
It’s the eternal question.
Episode Highlights –– Where’s the BDE?
A beacon of hope in the White House briefing room
“As much as I would love to see DM in the White House briefing room, ripping the president in a new one,” Touré says, “I deeply respect and admire the dignity and the restraint that Yamiche Alcindor has shown in the briefings.”
Alcindor, a PBS White House correspondent and NBC contributor, is a model of professionalism and persistence despite Trump’s repeated attempts to embarrass her on national television.
“She will not be deterred by the personal attacks and insults,” adds Touré. “It's not an ego gesture for her … it takes a lot of gumption and guts and self-belief to continue pressing forward.”
Danielle agrees: “look, he ain't embarrassing anybody but his fucking self. Let's just be clear about that. Because Yamiche is asking the questions that more reporters should ask him.
“You're supposed to be commander in chief of the greatest military in America? A black woman who knows her worth and is intelligent, asking you a question, is somehow threatening? Go fuck yourself.”
The abortion red herring
The White House briefing room feels more like a circus tent every day, due to the Trump administration’s penchant for giving press credentials to “right-wing nutjob organizations,” Touré notes.
“He knows who's in the room. So he knows that if he's getting a hard time from Peter Alexander … he can point to someone from OANN.”
Touré says his “jaw dropped” when OANN’s Chanel Rion countered the COVID-19 death toll with statistics on abortion. Then she asked Trump if he thinks more states should suspend “elective abortions.”
It’s red meat for Trump’s base –– particularly evangelicals who think a woman’s right to choose “is worse than anything,” he adds. “It makes them feel like they are right and liberalism is completely wrong.”