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A little comparative politics.

Source: White House photographer

Via WaPo: In a few days, more people in Trump’s orbit tested positive for coronavirus than in all of Taiwan.

More than a dozen White House officials have recently tested positive for the novel coronavirus, including some who are among the at least nine guests and two journalists who tested positive after they attended Amy Coney Barrett’s Sept. 26 Supreme Court nomination event in the Rose Garden.

Meanwhile, Taiwan — the self-ruled island home to 23 million people — reported just eight new cases in the past week.

But, of course, defenders of the administration say that nothing can really be done about the virus and masks are just symbolic.


Update: Even better (source):

“There are now more recorded cases of COVID-19 in the White House than in New Zealand, Taiwan, and Vietnam combined, and they have 124 million people,” Rep. Khanna said. “Let that sink in.”

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  1. James Joyner says:

    I saw the New Zealand comparison on Twitter a couple days ago. The White House has added quite a few cases since then.

  2. Just nutha ignint cracker says:

    But… but… keef was telling us that Covid was erupting everywhere and there’s nothing that can be done to stop or mitigate it. Hmmm…

  3. An Interested Party says:

    This has been mentioned numerous times in the past but it bears repeating…as vile and odious as this president is, at least he also extremely incompetent and openly demonstrates his stupidity on a regular basis…it’s much better to deal with a wannabe dictator rather than an effective dictator…this latest episode is just another example of how foolish this administration is…who could of guessed that in 2020 they were aiming to make America sick again…

  4. Matt says:

    @Just nutha ignint cracker: I’m sure that Keef fellow will be here any moment now telling us how to REALLY is…

  5. mattbernius says:

    And here is was today that PoTUS on Twitter, who thinks he’s immune(?), was reaching back to 1968 (over 50 years ago) to find a case of the flu that killed 100,000 Americans in a year to justify us ignoring how over 200,000 American’s have died under his watch and he started a super spreader event in the White House.

    Cool. cool.

  6. Paine says:

    “Donald Trump. He can’t keep his guests safe. He can’t keep his employees safe. How can he keep America safe?” Blast that ad across WI, PA, and FL.

  7. inhumans99 says:

    @An Interested Party:

    Interesting…Make America Sick Again, MASA, yup…that tracks, a lot of folks in the White House and their supporters would like it if quite a few people in the United States went back to saying things like yes, masa…supper is served, yes masa I have turned down the bed for you, and so on and so forth.