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On Sunday, Fox News aired a pre-taped interview with President Donald Trump. At the beginning of the interview, anchor Chris Wallace asked the president about the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

“Let’s start with the surge of the coronavirus across the country in recent months. You still talk about it as ‘burning embers,’ but I want to put up a chart that shows where we are with the illness over the last four months,” Wallace said.

The anchor then displayed a chart showing a peak in April of 36,000 cases a day, then contrasted that with a new peak of 75,000 cases “one day this week.”

Trump countered, claiming that the apparent increase in cases is due to “great testing.”

“If we didn’t test, you wouldn’t be able to show that chart,” Trump stated. “If we tested half as much, those numbers would be down.”

Following a back-and-forth about the pandemic being “burning embers” or a “forest fire,” the president pointed to other countries where the virus is wreaking havoc.

“It’s not just this country, it’s many countries. We don’t talk about it in the news, they don’t talk about Mexico and Brazil, and still parts of Europe, which actually got hit sooner than us, so it’s a little ahead of us in that sense,” Trump noted.

But you take a look – why don’t they talk about Mexico, which is not helping us, and all I can say is thank God I built most of the wall because if I didn’t have the wall up, we would have a much bigger problem with Mexico.

Wallace then brought up to Trump that the United States has “the seventh highest mortality rate in the world … higher than Brazil, it’s higher than Russia, and the European Union has us on a travel ban.”

The president countered, reminding Wallace that the United States had Europe on “a travel ban.” He then seemed to suggest that the mortality rates offered by Wallace were incorrect.

TRUMP: When you talk about mortality rates, I think it’s the opposite. I think we have one of the lowest mortality rates.

WALLACE: That’s not true, sir.

TRUMP: Well, we’re gonna take a look.

WALLACE: We had 900 deaths in a single day.

TRUMP: We will take a look. Ready?

After asking for the mortality rate document, the president said: “I heard we have one of the lowest, maybe the lowest mortality rate anywhere in the world. Do you have the numbers, please? Because I heard we had the best mortality rate.”

“Number one low mortality rate,” Trump said after he was handed a piece of paper. “I hope you show this [scenario] because it shows what fake news is all about.”

Following crosstalk, Wallace jumped in via voiceover to explain the different numbers.

While Fox News was using the John’s Hopkins University data, team Trump was using a “chart from the European CDC, which shows Italy and Spain doing worse, but countries like Brazil and South Korea doing better. Other countries doing better like Russia aren’t included in the White House chart,” according to Wallace.

According to John’s Hopkins, the United States ranks 8th in the world in COVID-19 mortality. Brazil has apparently moved ahead of the U.S. since the interview was taped.

The “observed case-fatality ratio,” meaning the “the number of deaths … per 100 confirmed cases” in the United States stands at 3.8% as of publication, according to John’s Hopkins.

As for deaths “per 100,000 population (this represents a country’s general population, with both confirmed cases and healthy people),” the United States ranks third, behind the U.K. and Chile.

The chart showed by Fox News as the one being used by the Trump administration comes from Our World in Data (OWiD), and it tracks the case fatality rate (CFR). The map allows one to choose which countries to display. OWiD notes: “Raw data on confirmed cases and deaths for all countries is sourced from the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC).”

Looking at the chart from OWiD, in a worst-to-best view of case fatality, the United States sits at 3.82% as of July 18. Countries with worse CFRs, according to the chart, include France, U.K., Belgium, Italy, Canada, Sweden, and Mexico, among others. Countries with better CFRs include Austria, Norway, South Korea, New Zealand, and Taiwan, among others.

Author: Frank Camp

Source: Daily Wire: Trump, After Clashing With Chris Wallace Over COVID Fatality Numbers: ‘Number One Low Mortality Rate’

On Wednesday, Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) reportedly “lashed out” at CNN’s Manu Raju during a press gaggle when Raju asked the senator about his campaign.

In a series of tweets, Raju detailed the alleged encounter:

Sen. Bernie Sanders grew angry when asked about his campaign plans. During a gaggle with reporters in the Capitol, I asked Sanders about his timeframe for making a decision, and he lashed out: “I’m dealing with a f***ing global crisis. You know, we’re dealing with.”

I noted he’s running for president, and he said: “Well right now, right now I’m trying to do my best to make sure that we don’t have an economic meltdown and that people don’t die. Is that enough for you to keep me busy for today?”

The blowup occurred about half way through a five-minute gaggle where Sanders talked about the “unprecedented crisis of our lifetime,” calling for a range of measures that the U.S. government should take in the midst of the economic crisis.

Then @LisaMascaro asked what he’s saying to his supporters, and he sidestepped the question, noting he’s sent out a statement. Then, I asked about his timeframe – and he was furious. Afterwards, he mellowed out and answered questions about the crisis for about two more minutes.

On Wednesday, Sanders also criticized President Trump’s alleged plan to provide many Americans with $2,000 in relief due to the economic difficulties that have come about in the wake of the coronavirus, saying that such a measure “isn’t good enough.”

Sanders is coming off of three bruising primary losses, as Democratic voters in Arizona, Illinois, and Florida chose rival Joe Biden by significant margins on Tuesday.

As of publication, with 88% of precincts reporting, Biden leads in Arizona 43.6% to Sanders’ 31.7%. In Illinois, Biden leads 59.1% to Sanders’ 36% with 99% of precincts reporting. Biden’s largest margin of victory on Tuesday came in Florida, where he took 61.9% of the vote to Sanders’ 22.8% with 100% of precincts reporting.

Prior to the South Carolina Democratic primary, Sanders was on a roll, either winning or essentially tying for first place in the first three caucuses/primaries. Former Vice President Joe Biden performed abysmally during those initial votes, but roared back in the first-in-the-South primary, winning South Carolina with 48.4%, according to The Associated Press.

Then came Super Tuesday where Biden won ten of the 14 states that held their primaries and caucuses on that day.

As of Wednesday, Biden has 1,180 delegates, while Sanders has 884. In order to secure the Democratic nomination for president, a candidate needs 1,991 delegates by the end of the primary process.

Following his Tuesday losses, Sanders said that he is “assessing” the campaign, reports CNN.

Sanders’ campaign manager Faiz Shakir said on Wednesday: “The next primary contest is at least three weeks away. Sen. Sanders is going to be having conversations with supporters to assess his campaign. In the immediate term, however, he is focused on the government response to the coronavirus outbreak and ensuring that we take care of working people and the most vulnerable.”

Author: Frank Camp

Source: Daily Wire: Asked About Campaign, Sanders Bristles: ‘I’m Dealing With A F***ing Global Crisis’

On Friday, a new poll from Las Vegas Review-Journal and AARP Nevada was released showing Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) in the lead.

The poll, which was conducted between February 11 – 13 by WPA Intelligence and has a margin of error of +/- 4.8%, asked “413 likely caucus attendees” the following question: “If the Democratic caucuses for nomination for U.S. president were held today, for whom would you vote?”

25% of respondents said that they would vote for Sanders. In second place with 18% support was former Vice President Joe Biden. Third place went to Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) with 13%. Rounding out the top six were billionaire Tom Steyer with 11%, and Pete Buttigieg and Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) tied with 10% each.

It should be noted that 13% of those surveyed were “undecided” or for “other” candidates.

According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, WPA research director Trevor Smith said that the debate on Wednesday might have some impact, but possibly nothing significant, given the timing and early voting.

The progressive block is pretty locked up, according to Smith.

“He noted that Sanders had a firm grip on voters who identified as very liberal (33 percent for Sanders) and somewhat liberal (31 percent),” reports the Las Vegas Review-Journal. “Warren is competing for the very liberal with 32 percent of their support, but not anywhere else.”

As for Buttigieg, though he is polling at just 10%, his “support in the poll was evenly split among very liberal (14 percent), somewhat liberal (9 percent) and moderate (11 percent) voters,” showing a cross-ideology appeal.

Perhaps the most interesting part of the poll was that for 56% of respondents, stopping President Trump was priority number one, while Medicare for All was in second with just 9%.

Sanders has been able to ride a wave of Democratic voter enthusiasm despite the Iowa Caucus debacle, which initially looked like it could have sucked the oxygen from his campaign.

In Iowa, Buttigieg narrowly beat out Sanders by 0.1% (26.2% to 26.1%), and was awarded 13 delegates to Sanders’ 12 delegates, according to the Associated Press, despite Sanders appearing to win the popular vote.

Sanders went on to win the New Hampshire primary with 25.7% of the vote to second place Pete Buttigieg’s 24.4% and third place Amy Klubuchar’s 19.8%.

Prior to this latest Nevada poll (as well as one taken in January), surveys showed Joe Biden with a commanding lead dating back to August 2019. Now, according to the RealClearPolitics average, Sanders sits atop the field by a margin of 3%.

In South Carolina, where Biden needs to do well in order to continue in the Democratic race, new polls show the former vice president falling, with Sanders and Steyer rising. South Carolinians go to the polls on February 29.

Following South Carolina is Super Tuesday, where 14 states and one territory will hold their primaries and caucuses. As of publication (and the polling in many of these states isn’t fresh), Sanders leads in California, Utah, and Colorado. Biden leads in Texas, North Carolina, Virginia, and Oklahoma.

The results in Nevada and South Carolina will certainly have an impact on those numbers moving forward.

Author: Frank Camp

Source: Daily Wire: POLL: Sanders Leads In Nevada By 7%

On Saturday, President Trump sent out three tweets regarding abortion. In these tweets, he implored conservatives and Republicans to stay united rather than divided over the issue of exceptions for “rape [and] incest.”

As most people know, and for those who would like to know, I am strongly pro-life, with the three exceptions – rape, incest and protecting the life of the mother – the same position taken by Ronald Reagan. We have come very far in the last two years with 105 wonderful new Federal Judges (many more to come), two great new Supreme Court Justices, the Mexico City Policy, and a whole new and positive attitude about the right to life. The radical Left, with late-term abortion (and worse), is imploding on this issue. We must stick together and win for life in 2020. If we are foolish and do not stay UNITED as one, all of our hard fought gains for life can, and will, rapidly disappear!

As of publication, the president’s tweets have more than a quarter of a million “likes,” and have been retweeted nearly 36,000 times.

Shortly after the tweets went up, Live Action, an anti-abortion organization founded by Lila Rose, replied:

Hi, Mr. President, please see this powerful testimony from Jennifer Christie, who was raped on a business trip & then discovered she was pregnant. Rape or incest are horrible situations, and abusers need to be held fully to the law — but abortion is not the path to healing.

Live Action then posted two articles, one about women choosing to have their children following rape, and another about how abortion is never “medically necessary.”

Abra Singleton, the Southwest Regional Director for the Center for Bio-Ethical Reform (CBR), another anti-abortion organization, also replied to the president: “Either abortion ends the life of an innocent human, or it doesn’t. What you’re saying is that certain preborn humans are not worthy of life. Humans conceived in rape/incest are still humans.”

The argument being made by Singleton and Live Action is a straightforward one — a fetus has the same intrinsic value regardless of its origin.

If it’s morally unacceptable to abort a fetus conceived by choice or by accident, then the termination of a fetus conceived in rape or incest is equally objectionable as there is no difference among the four. The circumstances surrounding the conception may be different, but those circumstances do not impact the innate humanity of the fetus itself.

They argue that to claim the mantle of “pro-life” while believing in exceptions for rape and incest is intellectually inconsistent and dishonest.

Americans are as divided as they ever have been on the issue of abortion. 48% of Americans identify as “pro-life,” while 48% identify as “pro-choice,” according to a May 2018 Gallup survey.

In the same survey, 29% of respondents said that abortion should be “legal under any” circumstances, 18% said it should “illegal in all” circumstances, and 50% said it should be “legal only under certain” circumstances.

While there is an approximately equal number of individuals identifying as pro-life and pro-choice, the only trimester in which a majority (60%) of respondents said abortion should be legal is the first. Just 28% believe that it should be legal in the second trimester, and only 13% believe that it should be legal in the third trimester, according to Gallup.

[Full disclosure: CBR’s Abra Singleton is my sister.]

Author: Frank Camp

Source: Daily Wire: Trump Sends Out Tweet About ‘Rape’ Exceptions For Abortion, Gets Slammed By Two Pro-Life Orgs

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