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We Need to Remind Evers that He Represents Us

Vicki McKenna

35:00 min | 6 months ago

We Need to Remind Evers that He Represents Us

"We know the difference. Broadcasting Planet Madison, the Pru City and the world on iheartradio. Vicki McKenna show to be a part of the program called Chongqing. Wisconsin dells toll free at eight, seven, seven to three five thirteen. or Email Vicky W. I. B. A. Dot Com now here's. Good afternoon. Welcome to the program. Sticky mechanics show. What we have coming up on the program Scott. Walker Governor Scott Walker. Going to join me on the show, he's standing by on the phone right now. As a matter of fact, Tony has relieved released. Quote the Badger Bounceback Plan. And I'm not really seeing a plan. That's the problem. It's supposed to be a plan to reopen Wisconsin. But, it's not really a plan to reopen Wisconsin. There isn't anything you can pin. Tony Everts down on. You can't say all right well. Here's a benchmark. We've met this benchmark. Check the box. Supposedly we're supposed to have a fourteen day decline. In cases of covid Nineteen Wisconsin well. Guess what? April fourth. When I look at the graph. It looks to me like April, fourth. Was the peak in Wisconsin. We are well past fourteen days. From April fourth. So. I don't know what Governor Evert is talking about. He also is talking about. Testing. He doesn't define the kinds of tests we're talking about. He said that the state is now going to map the contacts. Of people who have been testing positive for covert nineteen. You. Mean you haven't done that yet? And when it all shakes out, it doesn't look like we actually have a way to say. Here's the date. We're going to open Wisconsin. Also on the program today I'm GonNa talk about those protests? There's a big one coming up on Friday. Don't ask me about the organizers of this. This is really a citizens, ad hoc protest, and it is growing by leaps and bounds, so I don't know the organizers. I'm hoping to be able to get one of them on the air to talk about it, but suffice to say one PM on Friday. And your your. Participation if you want governor everts to be more specific than he's been. is going to be required in some capacity on Friday. Where a mask do whatever you want. But unless we start saying. You do what we say you're not. The King of us. We shows you to represent us, so we'll get to that coming up on the program. I've got some personal and painful stories about the impact of the shutdown. Here in Wisconsin, as we now are are fully. Through our fourth week of this, but let's start with Governor Scott, Walker. I'm glad you're able to come on the program today. A lot of people have been saying governor. This wouldn't happen. If Scott Walker governor so don't WanNa we start there. Would you have? Would you have made these decisions? Similarly. As Governor Everts has. To lack down our state. He's not the only governor doing it. Well the missing Yeah Vicki the missing ingredient all this. Is the why not just the what what I mean by. That is on the onset when when governor and other governors across the country but I talking about this remember. was saying. up until days before he did the order or his administration the order that they weren't GonNa shut down then obviously a bit a shock. When it came to Legislative leaders who felt like they were told one thing, and not the other, but the bottom line is. We need to be explaining not only here Wisconsin mid across the country. Why were doing things in and what they will lead to, and that's been missing out here. I think the coronavirus is real I treat. It seriously tonette night where masks we stay within. A distance of six feet or more from other people were doing all the right things out there, but there's no explanation with this latest order last week as to. Why May Twenty Six people understandably are growing restless because they don't understand why lay out the facts? Lay at the parameters you alluded to I, look at the Hospital Association data, and they showed the beginning of April was when we had the high water mark in terms of new cases. We've had less than that Simpson. It it absent flows a little bit, but it. It has never been since the beginning of has high as it was that first week. We need to know what's the game plan for not just reopening Wisconsin, but I I've argued for weeks in my writings in the Washington times we need to stagger this. We could start with manufacturing in the traits. We can ease into other areas. We can lay out real criteria. Small businesses can say I can do all those things I'll keep my customer safe. I'll keep my employees safe. Cow Me What I. I need to do and I'll go out and do but saying we're not going to be open. Memorial Day is just not the right thing to do. Particularly without an explanation I was up in Marathon, county. They have sixteen cases six teen. Why is Marathon County? Shut Down? You know. Why is Wazzan Mohsen? KNEE SHUTDOWN! Why is northern Wisconsin shutdown? Why is Central Wisconsin? Shut Down? You know if the if the problem is one portion of Milwaukee County Aka the city of Milwaukee. It's not even Madison Scott. I'm looking at I'm looking at University of Wisconsin Hospital data that has total. Confirmed cases now at three hundred seventeen in house meaning hospitalized eighteen in the whole region that you w hospital services so all of Dane County and a little bit beyond eighteen people in the hospital so why? I would even put Dane County then in a list of. Why is Dane County also considered to be to be locked down? Your tickets affirmative ICKY, so it's not understandably people, economy, small business owners, workers, others frustrated, but I would say even the health standpoint, obviously protecting the health and safety of our fellow citizens incredibly important, but we're getting at a point now where you're talking about not opening up the state until memorial. Day weekend, what about all the doctor's office? What about all the clinics? What about all the hospitals where people would normally? Normally going in to get routine checkups corn getting them now for weeks, if not months at a time, what about the impact that has an early detection for cancer and other ailments out there there is a health impact on keeping the state shutdown without any rational explanation for how to get back. That goes beyond just dealing with the coronavirus sorts. It's not even just about the economy. It's about the health impact this. This has there's got to be illogical. Plan unconcerned about coronavirus, no doubt about one to defeat coronavirus I wanted to feed it here. Wisconsin across the country, but I also WANNA. Make sure we find a way to get the economy back going again that we're able to get back to life where we can keep you healthy and other regards and I want to make sure that here in Wisconsin across the nation we're. We're not seeing the kind of encroachment on civil liberties that we increasingly see whether it's shutting down. People were coming in for goodness sakes to a drive-in for a church service or people who are out on a boat fishing somewhere in each instance whether or not doing anything to harm the health and safety of their neighbors out there and dig hand of the government seems to be growing greater and greater. The country those things. You can't pick one you gotta addressed all three of. Economy and the civil liberties of America, and it's not an you said we have not done a rational analysis, and it's true again. Everybody needs to see Al. find the map and put it up online for you. You need to see what the state of Wisconsin looks like. And look where the cases are. It's Milwaukee County. It isn't. Kenosha as much as it's Milwaukee County. It isn't even if you go even further. West, it isn't even Dane. Kelly, it's Milwaukee County where the problem is target Milwaukee County I, but but at the same time Scott. I just got an email from someone. Said took a drive through the freighter. It's a ghost town there. I got an email from somebody else who said that one of the family members one of his family members was just furloughed. Who Works at Milwaukee, area? Didn't want to tell me which one we got. All Across Johnson Under reported stories, some of the biggest layoffs are coming to healthcare professionals who aren't working directly in treating patients with the krona virus that it's defies logic that the press isn't picking up on this. And, again like I said the reason unless you're an emergency room where you're seeing covid nineteen, overwhelmingly, the other healthcare workers are back at home themselves either laid off or just sent home, one way or the other, and think about all the early detection. My mind mother found out years ago. She had breast cancer thankfully, really early through a three D. Mammogram as opposed to a Tutti, she went right in right away got treated. has been healthy. I've ever. Ever since, but that only would have showed up when she went in right away for her scheduled exam. If she delayed it for a couple of months, it could have been far far worse. That's just one of the many programs problems we have. You're not I worry all across America. There's examples of people in government suspending commonsense. There's gotta be a logical way. We gotta lay out of plants. I've been saying this for weeks I. Right People read it in the. The Washington. Times I read about. How do we get the economy? We do it through a staggered process. We that I would tell people if you're upset if you're out whether you're protesting or not show people that you that we can go back. Where usually wear masks stay? A reasonable distance show people. This is the way that we ultimately real on Wisconsin and we can do. We're smart enough. We get this weekend. If you tell small businesses. Hey, we open they're. They're going to understand it as they want customers in their business. They're going to have to show that. It's safe and it's healthy, and it's clean and they can do that. We don't need the government dictate every term lay out the guidelines and lets small business owners again through a staggered process, reopen the economy and get back to not just the economy, but get back to treating people with things other than just crony buyers that will save their lives as well. And that's something else is that? The, there's actually a personal health impact because you can't go see doctors now. There is also the stress level impact of someone who doesn't know if they're going to ever be able to pay the bills again or ever be able to put back the pieces of their lives I talked to a lady who twenty five years ago with her friend. started a nail salon and I. I know nail salons aren't essential businesses right while it was essential to her because she pays her mortgage with that, nail, Salon and her friend pays the mortgage with the Nail Salon, so all of this idea of essential business versus non essential business. You've got small towns around Wisconsin that are ghost towns right now because all of the restaurants have shut down all the local mom and And pop shops have shut down. Many of them are never gonNA. Come back online, so the idea that will. This isn't essential business, but this isn't an essential business. Here's another impact that it has. It's essential for everybody by the way, and as you noticed how bad the economy is doing right now. Clearly, it's essential for the economy, the idea of the non essential businesses a nonsensical. Nonsensical term, but here's the other thing. Schools institutions being shut down or having a drastic impact on our dairy farms in our farms, generally so shutting things down as quote. Nonessential means Wisconsin agriculture is on bended knee, hoping to God. They're going to be able to hang on just long enough to survive before they have to euthanize cows, or or or do something like sell their land. Well you mentioned examples. Here's another one. I was talking checking people all the time, and when individuals telling me his spouse, owns a hair salon. Where everyone of the people that work, there have their own space, not not just a cubicle, literally their own room. They have an individual room. That's your business model. They at least it out from her. She owns the franchise. Every single one of these people's away from someone else i. said whether it's Today tomorrow. May I may twenty six whatever point it is the future obviously for her to bring customers in for people. She works with the bring customers in. She's going to have to prove to them that that safe, but let people like curd. Dude, let let's open the door to say. Yeah here. The things you need to do and then again that's why I stress. When people are making this point, don't feed into the attack from those who want more government who went more restrictions more regulation by going out, and you know not wearing a mask, and and being huddled together with a bunch of the people show how? How logical small businesses are going to operate when they reopened? They're gonNA. Make sure they're safe. They're gonNA. Make the case out there. So that customers coveted business we can do that. The best example I give is, we're already doing it when you go to the grocery store. People do these things right when you go to the drugstore. People do these things. If we can do them safely there, we can over time. Do them in other places. If we follow the proper guidelines and we do things the right way, we don't need the government, the shutdown forever to be able to slowly stagger back in and do. Do It in a way that protects the health and safety of ourselves. Our Families Internet looking at a story here CNN business. Experts say it may be time for grocery stores to ban customers from coming inside. Are you kidding me? This is the they'll never let it go. Here's the thing this has become political. It has become political. This isn't about you know. Let. Can't we just sit down and talk to reasonable Governor Tony Eve irs and have him understand that we are already passed the point of this so-called fourteen day decline, and it's time to start reopening Wisconsin. Because I it is now become abundantly. Abundantly clear that the people who control the power do not want to let go of the power, and the press isn't interested in telling the real story. They're not camped out in front of hospitals and saying how come there's no one here. They're not interviewing people who can't get their medical appointments. They're not trying to find out the stories of those life savings wasted by government action to take away people's ability to live and support their families. They will not let this go until the economy is in such dire conditions. I believe that president trump wouldn't stand a snowball's chance in hell of getting reelected. Sorry situation in we need to demand is that people give us real plans from not just some deferred off timeframe that you know when the? Governor Iverson other governors last week announced times. Although we're one of the farthest back in any states out there, they're even. Talking about a sooner we opening, we are here in the state of Wisconsin, but the let's let's look at the facts. They keep talking about data. Let's look at the data. Let's look at the data right now. Look at it for the next week or two with look at what not just the president, the president last week and the vice-president rolled out a plan. Plan with the full support of doctor, she with the full support of Dr Burks. It's amazing to me. How many in the media gravitate to what they say? Except when it appears as though it's in line with the president, they laid out a reasonable plan of gallons and how to reopen America. Let's hold not only our governor, but governors all across America. Say, what is your plan to live up to that? What is your plan? You get to that point you can't just be. We're GONNA. Hide our head under the bed. Wait 'til, Memorial Day. It's got to be what are we going to do to safely and certainly prepare to reopen the economy? And what are the steps that we're GONNA? Take right now. The frustrating thing is whether you're a Democrat or Republican or somewhere in between. Nobody really knows what that plan is and nobody knows we to May twenty six. And if it doesn't just get push-back. Until June or July after that that would be devastating again not just to the economy. It'd be devastating for the other healthy on this. We talked about that. People aren't getting access to healthcare providers for. Skywalker, thank you for coming on the program today. Good to have you. With to be well all right? Thank you very much already has been devastating. I'm going to share some of the stories. That I heard over the weekend. From people who aren't able to just go to the doctor aren't able to just flip the light switch on and go back to work. We'll be right back. And welcome back. Where is the me the media? On anything except? Pumping out positive tests, numbers and Deaths! Without actually talking about what the real denominator is of the numerator, but not the real denominated, because we don't know how many people have been exposed to over thousand. It's orders of magnitude larger than the people who've tested positive for it. Where's the media? Where's the media knocking on business doors trying to get hold of people who have? A week or two left before there completely destitute. Where's the media seeking out the stories? We'll tell you where the journal Sentinel was on Saturday. We're covering the Brookefield puck protests, which was quite large, given that it was a very ad kind of protest. They were there. And when they did their story. They decided to make some guy who had a confederate flag. A feature. Incentive walking up and saying hey. Tell us your story. How is this affected you? On their website, I didn't see the paper copy, but on their website they decided to makes one guy I of video of the entire protests I never even saw this one guy, but apparently he was there with a confederate flag, one of the featured pictures why? They wanted to suggest that the only people who are protesting governor governor efforts. Are Republicans, I, guess and then all Republicans are racist. Because one guy had a confederate flag. Do Your. Job Media do your job. You have. You can pick up the phone book. Flip the pages and just start dialing for dollars to get stories of the impact on this. We'll be right back. Well No! Sight Hearing Wisconsin. Unless the legislature does something. Unless somebody can sue this governor into submission. We're just going to sit around and wait until quote. Health experts make the call, and whether we can open up Wisconsin's economy last. I checked health experts. have no idea about economics. And health experts, not the health experts that are out there telling people like me when I was talking to a couple of them over the weekend of these protests that it's high time for us to set Wisconsin free. It's GonNa. Share some stories that I heard over the weekend. Regarding the impact of this shutdown. And I don't know why the media the mainstream press the statewide mainstream press the Journal Sentinel Hey Journal Sentinel. Feel free to contact me I will get you in contact with ways to. To access these people I'm about to share with you. Why why is the media not camped out out front and and asking medical professionals why hospitals are empty. Why aren't you doing that? Why aren't you over at the at the field hospitals that aren't actually servicing any critically ill people and they're not necessary, because all of the other hospitals in the state of Wisconsin have abundant beds and ventilators. Why aren't you doing that story? Why aren't you doing this story on the problem with Corona virus in Wisconsin, being one maximum two areas in the state and the rest of the state, having to essentially live on life, support and government Dole. Because Milwaukee can't seem to get attacked together. Why aren't you doing those stories? ME. Just share a couple of these. This is Richard from Edgerton Wisconsin. My nephew died alone at U.. W. Because they stopped all visitors I have two injections and other health saving appointments canceled myself I have a tooth that needs work to help whole dentures in place, but cannot get the care due to the governor shutdown in two weeks myself employment business, we'll go out of business. Here's Brent from Rothschild Wisconsin. My mom needs to have worked on an a heart valve that's being postponed because of the shutdown. It's unknown at this time when she will be able to have this done. Her Condition Causes Water retention. High blood pressure in her lungs, and causes her to be out of breath just from walking one room to the next in her home. By the way Brent, it also puts her at high risk for corona virus. Not, having these problems addressed here, Shelley and Need Surgery on my elbow, but can't get it right now. So I was given a brace to try I wake up one to everyone to three hours all night long with hurting shooting pain in my arm from my elbow to my hand I can't have surgery done because it's considered elective I need to sleep well to stay as healthy as possible to keep away the virus, but I can't sleep at all. Because my elbow and arm hurts so much, it's frustrating not to be able to go to the doctor and get someone to take care of this. My husband works for the clinic we go to, but it's been furloughed because they can't do elective surgeries. Here is an from Franklin. My mom is in assisted living facility I haven't been able to see her. Since March since March twelfth. Her health is deteriorating in my. My family has to take the word of the facility. She's being cared for I'm afraid that she will die before we can see her again or she won't remember who we are. By the time we get to see her I know people have were situations than mine, but I don't want her life to end this way. Here is I have severe atomic dermatitis. It's never responded well to creams or steroids. My skin blisters, cracks and burns. Because of Governor Ige order have not been able to get my phototherapy treatment. My doctor had me increase the usage of prescription creams, but it's not controlling my symptoms. My skin feels like it's burning or itching. Constantly I was down to one treatment a week once. I'm able to get the phototherapy again. Hopefully soon I'll have to have it three times a week, and that puts me at higher risk for Skin Cancer Here, is Lisa from West in. My friend is dying hospice alone because I can't. Go and hug her and hold her hand. I don't have Kovic. She doesn't have covid. It's unreasonable to make her suffer this way I watch her cry through a window governor. Uber's Lettuce Comfort are sick and help those in trouble. On like this, my eardrum, this is Dave and point at my eardrum ruptured on March seventh as a result of an ear infection I'm still partially DAF is a result, but I may I am unable to see an ent doctor for further treatment as any treatment for this condition is considered elective. Here Sharon abroad head I'm in self quarantine due to the delay in my scheduled surgeries because of the extended shutdown governor. Issued I will be waiting for the removal of a large gallstone and my gallbladder along with needing a biopsy on a growth in my uterus I'm scared to death waiting. These problems were found when I had an emergency appendectomy on February fourteenth. I had the surgery scheduled, but they have been canceled until further notice. Goes on. Why are these stories filling the papers? Why aren't getting? News alerts from television stations? Saying that they've got one of these people they've interviewed for a story. Why is no one talking about this? Why is everybody assuming that the only answer to dealing with this virus is a total and complete shutdown and putting sad and suffering people in isolation and keeping them away from their loved ones doctors. Why has nobody in the media? Ask if this is the only way to do it, you know what you'd be able to doctors like this doctor. Who says let me share some data with you. Data is important and local data's even more important when it comes to making decisions, guys Marathon County as of two PM on April sixteenth in Marathon County there have been a grand total of. Confirmed cove at nine cases in total to date, we are one of the main referral centers for a fourteen county region, and most of the upper. Peninsula of Michigan, Sixteen documented positive patients. The one person who Sitcom to and fifteen was an eighty five year old with many other medical problems. Sad, yes, very unfortunate, but predictable in the hospital system where I work, we are currently averaging less than three admissions a week that have the corona virus, and this is an assistant with over five hundred hospital beds. We have basically shut down our hospital system, and all its working parts for these few admissions. We are now starting to understand that the large majority of people that contract the coronavirus will well recover without ever knowing. They were infected data released Friday by Stanford researchers looking at cases in California suggests that case would tell rates they're likely range between point one two point, two percent similar to that of a bad case of seasonal flu, rather than the initial models Jesse mortality of. Of three to four percent, the constant barrage of media reports certainly doesn't help to interpret the actual reality of what most of us are seeing on the ground especially here in central Wisconsin needless to say a one shoe fits all approach. This problem is inconsistent with what many of us in the medical community see in think. We Are Not New York. We are not even Milwaukee. We're just Wausau Wisconsin. How are we not hearing these stories? Is it secret? Is there a big secret that people can't get their medical care? Is that the big secret that all of these medical professionals are being furloughed? Is it a big secret? That hospital beds are going? UNFILLED is the big secret that doctors doctors who are seeing patients do not consider this. The the Spanish flu pandemic of nineteen eighteen is not a big secret that we're not supposed to have anybody able to processes information and make decisions for themselves whether or not, it's time to open up their business. That is a big secret. I wonder. Because we're treating it like a secret, I saw a story today. That Mark Zuckerberg is going to be shutting down any event pages that are planning protests against the shutdown. Because quote, the event pages are spreading misinformation really because the event pages that I've been seeing are simply talking about people wanting their freedom back. Is that misinformation I? Don't think it's misinformation Mr Zuckerberg and you're a zillionaire so quite frankly i. don't you have felt the impact like the rest of Wisconsin, or Illinois, or Indiana or Minnesota or Michigan or Iowa have fouled. Apparently it's a big secret. Don't WanNA. Let people organized a protest because to get information that there are a whole bunch of people who want to just simply go back to work and want to take responsibility for themselves, and their own health is a secret that is not permitted to be consumed widely by the users of facebook. It's getting crazy. The people who have us under lock and key like us under lock and key. The people who are making these decisions do not care that a man had to. Not lost the ability be with his nephew in hospice or lady can't see your best friend who's in hospice or somebody with a burst? Eardrum can't get surgery to correct the problem where somebody who's got a growth under uris isn't able to have that growth removed and biopsy for cancer. Apparently the quote health experts that we're relying on in Wisconsin. Don't think any of this is a big deal. Don't think the restaurant that can open that had to. That had a family's life saving sunk into it. Never being able to recover the losses inflicted on it by government. Apparently, nobody thinks that's a big deal. Apparently, the media doesn't think that's a big deal. Tony apparently doesn't think it's a big deal. Andrea Palm doesn't think it's a big deal, and quite frankly I'm not sure Republican leadership in the state. Legislature thinks it's a big deal. It's. It's astonishing. There are thousands of personal interest stories that people would click all day on. Click were these stories that are just not being done. Because apparently, it's a secret to let anybody know these people exist. Before I close in this particular segment, let me personally think. Racine County Sheriff Christopher smiling. Who has announced he no longer intends to dispatch his sheriff's deputies to enforce Tony Either. Corona virus rules until May twenty sixth. Thank you sheriffs mailing. Sean County Washington County Taylor County. Some sheriffs are starting to realize. That, this has gone too far. That we have overstepped. Our government has overstepped the boundaries in forcing us into isolation and denying people access to doctors, denying people accessed to access to companionship denying people access. To their own citizenship. Thank, you. Sure smelling and County for putting out a statement. That says you know what that's up to the health department to enforce these rules because I'm not GonNa do it anymore. I'll be right back. This is the Vicki mechanics show. Just three more that just came in. WAS THAT COMMERCIAL? Break this one from Joel. Not only are you not allowed to visit? Your loved one. While in hospice, there are many assisted living facilities were not allowing hospice nurses and aides in unless the person is very close to death, chaplains or social workers, either so really. What's use of hospice right now here? Is David? Thank you for all you do. Our Father passed away on March ninth. Not of the virus. He was ninety six year old World War Two veteran as a large family. He had seven children. We've not been able to gather as A. A family to mourn his passing, no funeral was allowed. His wake was limited to ten people in the funeral home at the time, which meant as a family, we still could not be together. We gathered small group of the family's spread out at Union Grove for his burial and had a twenty one gun salute. We know we are not the only ones feeling loss and confusion at this time, but we're happy that our father who fought major battles in Europe for this country is now in heaven with mom and not able to see this great country. Lose itself. And then here is I'm a flip at one of the freighter clinics, not going to say the name of this person. Obviously my hours along with everyone else's have been cut in half now. A lot of employees are not even getting their unemployment. We're not sure on the unemployment side or the freighter side. Awful bottom is that came in to take the other half of my hours. Today told me she got thirteen weeks last. Thirteen hours last week is a single mom. Wow now. No unemployment, check. What's going on is ridiculous. There is no reason why we we all can't be wearing peas and see patients we get fitted for. All the time when it comes time to use them, we're not allowed. These stories. And you want interested. I am. It's not just about Cova nineteen confirmation numbers. It's not just about you know data on unemployment. It's not just about taught vague talk of problems in the economy and the potential for depression. Is a real people. Through your neighbors. Your kids your friends. That's who they are. They're the people who make that wonderful small town that you live in worth living in. This is the Vicki McKenna show.

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Thursday, May 14, 2020

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Thursday, May 14, 2020

"On Congress here's two witnesses today. Including a whistle blower who says the trump administration ignored his warnings about the pandemic. What might the testimony tell us about the White House response to covert nineteen? I'm Steve inskeep with Rachel Martin and this is up. I from NPR news. Wisconsin's Supreme Court overruled. The state's stay at home order calling it unlawful. Democratic governor. Tony Iverson condemned that ruler. Go by anybody that people are GonNa get sick and the Republicans to own that. What does the ruling mean for Wisconsin's daily life and in Mexico official cove in nineteen infection? Numbers might team relatively low but hospitals and cemeteries apparently. Tell a different story. Stay with us. We've got the news you need to start your day support for this. Npr podcast and the following message. Come from better help online counseling by licensed professional counselors specializing in isolation depression stress and anxiety. Visit BETTER HELP DOT com slash up first to learn more and get ten percent off your first month rick. Bright once ran the federal agency overseeing vaccine. He did so until the trump administration removed him last month. Brightest one of two witnesses testifying today both of whom say they warned the trump administration about the pandemic in January. Dr Bright says he also resisted the president's effort to promote unproven drugs and that is why the administration transferred him out of the job. Npr's health policy reporter Selena. Simmons Duffin has been following this and joins us this morning. Hi Selena I'm Rachel all right. So some of the story came out last week when bright filed a whistleblower complaint with the Office of Special Counsel? Can you remind us what we already know about? His situation right. Bright was the director of Barda Biodefense Agency. That's part of the Federal Health Department before he was transferred against his will to the National Institutes of health. The complaint details how he warned the trump administration about the seriousness of the corona virus early. He claims he pushed back against the white. House's promotion of Unproven Cove in nineteen treatments like hydrochloric win and that the administration put what he calls cronyism over science and attached to the complainer emails between bright and the other witness testified today. Mike Bowen a businessman with Texas based FACEMASK Company and the documents show and emailing an offer to the federal government to ramp up production of masks in January. An offer bright supported. And how that was turned down by higher ups. I should say. President Trump has dismissed the allegations and painted bright as a disgruntled employee but Lee last week rights lawyer said the office of special counsel had said there were reasonable grounds to believe. He was retaliated against recommended. He'd be reinstated while his complaint is investigated so both of these men right and Mike. Bowen are set to appear separately before the House subcommittee. What do we expect to hear from them right? Both witnesses submitted written testimony to lawmakers. Bowen statement outlines how he tried for years to get the federal government to engage with his company and other domestic mask makers he argued. It was a national security issue and in a pandemic it would be hard to get the needed supplies. He told NPR less. No one took his warning seriously. Everybody ignored reporters ignored it. Panic experts ignored it. Our government ignored hospitals ignored it. Everybody ignored it. I don't want to say I told you. I JUST WANNA help everybody all right and and Dr Bright. What is his prepared testimony? Say well the fact that bright's early warnings went unheeded clearly. Paints him here he is on. Cbs is sixty minutes. Last week. We see too many doctors and nurses now dying and Iowa's thinking that we have done more to get this mask and this applies to them sooner and if we had would they still be alive today for today's appearance though bright writes he wants to be forward-looking. He says there's the need for a clear voice from the federal government that's consistent and truthful even when that truth is difficult and in his view of the truth is incredibly difficult. He writes that the corona virus pandemic could be worse than the nineteen eighteen flu which claimed over fifty million lives and he says the window to prevent things from being worse. Here in the fall is closing reading quote without clear planning implementation of the steps. I and other experts have outlined. Twenty twenty will be the darkest winter in modern history. There's another element to this in that. He's a whistle blower right and not inherently Atlanta kind of political heir to to any kind of testimony absolutely bright is a witness Democratic lawmakers. Want to hear from and they hold the majority in the house which is why he's showing up today. One thing to watch is how Republicans on the committee engaged with bright and whether they use this as a platform to defend the president or not and Selena Simmons Duffin. Thanks Selena. Thanks Rachel all right for many of Wisconsin's five point. Eight million residents life may have just changed overnight because Wisconsin Supreme Court ruled that. The state's stay at home. Order is unlawful. The court found that the administration of Governor Tony Iverson who's a Democrat exceeded its authority when it ordered. Businesses closed without legislative approval. So what rules apply to businesses. Now we're GONNA put that question to Wisconsin. Public radio's Shawn Johnson who joins US now Sean Good Morning. Thanks for being with us. Let's start with what life was like in Wisconsin say Monday. What kind of restrictions were in place before this court ruling? You look back over the past couple of months going back to March twenty four. Th We've had some form of a stay at home order in place and it covered different businesses differently. A lot of businesses like hardware stores. Grocery stores were open. Many businesses were closed though restaurants bars were closed everything but delivery and takeout and Republican lawmakers. Didn't like this latest extension. They brought this challenge before the State Supreme Court saying that the governor's administration should have gone through them. I and this is something that the court which is officially nonpartisan but has a conservative majority agreed with incited with the the legislature. It really is interesting. How Public Health has become so politicized so it's not a free for all opening though right. Tell me what restrictions are in place today so for businesses. It really opened things up pretty quickly. I mean there were businesses bars. That last night in Wisconsin pretty shortly after the order was handed down. There's one key thing to know about Wisconsin's order is that it does not impact schools. They remain closed. So even the rest of this order was struck down. Schools are closed. And then you know what? Wisconsin looks like elsewhere related pens on where you live so for example. I'm talking to you in Madison. That's in Dane. County Dane County issued. Its own stay at home order last night. The city of Milwaukee the same. And so now you could have this patchwork of local orders that cover the state instead of one statewide order. That covers everybody. So there's this clear split between the governor a Democrat and the Republican controlled state legislature. Where are the people in all this? What we know about where Wisconsin residents stand on the matter. We had a couple of polls of Wisconsin residents since all of this started done by Marquette University in late March support for these business closures in the school closures was especially high. Eighty six percent favored them in the poll. That was released just this week. There was still a strong majority of people. Sixty-nine percent who favored the closures? But you've seen slippage among Republican voters who are now kind of divided on whether they support them or not so what now at the end of it well. The Supreme Court ruling says that a new state home order could be issued only with approval of a key legislative committee which is controlled by Republicans. Here's what Governor. Evert said after the ruling they have provided no plan. There's no question among anybody that people are GonNa get sick and Republicans own that chaos. Republicans issue to their own statements. And saying that they're willing to work with the governor but it sounds like they only want to work in case cove in nineteen reoccurs in their words in a more aggressive way. Shawn Johnson. He covers state government for Wisconsin public. Radio we appreciate it. Thank you sean. Thank you all right. Do Mexico's official corona virus numbers. Tell the whole story. Health experts. Say No in fact. The government itself admits its own. Covert nineteen infection. Numbers probably fall far short of reality. There just hasn't been very much testing in Mexico. The available numbers do show a surge in corona virus cases yet. The government is pressing ahead with lifting lockdown measures. Npr's Carrie. Kahn has been out reporting in Mexico. City one of the country's cove in nineteen hotspots and. She joins US style. Good Morning Kerry. Good Morning Rachel. All right so how. Many covert nineteen cases isn't is Mexico officially counting and then how hospitals dealing with well officially. We've been told that we've now passed four thousand deaths and forty thousand cases but you have to start off by saying. There's not a lot of testing done here. Mexico has one of the lowest testing rates in the world. And even the deputy health minister said the real figures could be eight times higher. And like you said. Mexico is the epicenter of the outbreak. I did go to a hospital this week to talk with family members that are outside. They say they didn't have a whole lot of complaints. But they're not allowed in their perspective is very limited nationwide officials. Tell us that they have sixty percent of beds still open but in places like in Mexico City and especially in hard hit areas of the city. That's down to about thirty percent. They even opened an overflow at this race. Track Just yesterday and started putting patients there. I did talk to one doctor who was taking a smoke break outside the hospital. The General Hospital here and he told me was specifically warned not to talk to the president. He said the situation inside. The hospital was reaching capacity and was getting critical. I'm does yesterday. There was a yet another protest by hospital personnel blocking a major thoroughfare just demanding more protective equipment there are frequent protests throughout the country and here of medical personnel buying their own equipment or asking for donations officials. Here tell us. This is the peak of the outbreak expected to last a couple of weeks and this week we've seen about on average three hundred deaths a day so the health ministry said the actual number of cases is probably higher than the official quote. Unquote Count What about funeral homes? Are they reporting? More deaths unusual. Well death figures here are being widely disputed there lot of death labeled suspicion. Cove it or atypical. Pneumonia with a long lag time. So we're not going to get official numbers for for months am I. Did speak with funeral. Directors visited a crematory here in the capital and they say there are at capacity cemeteries are overwhelmed funeral directors. That don't have their own. Crematory are waiting for days to get into the one of the city's public ones and bodies are stacking up at hospitals and the government has ordered more refrigerated storage trucks. The here's Rene Battista Petillo. And he runs a small crematory here in the city and he was describing his dealings with grieving families and said he was just overcome this week with the grief from families. Sheep wound jumped with got which he was telling me about helping one family and just their pain in crying was heartbreaking and seeing their father the whole time he was in the hospital now he can only give them five minutes to a glass viewing with to say goodbye and he's he's been doing this for twenty two years and he hasn't felt this impotent to help grieving families and yet despite all this the Mexican government is planning to start lifting restrictions right. What's going to open up the president's under extreme pressure here to open up the economy unemployment numbers for April or high but a lot of people work in the informal sector and job loss. There has been huge. There's not a lot of economic stimulus but so he's been under a lot of pressure at home to loosen restrictions on top of that s officials politicians and businesses have been pressuring Mexico to open up. Us factories can't reopen without goods from their Mexican suppliers so the President says those industries will now be reclassified as essential will begin opening up next Monday. Npr's Carrie Kahn in Mexico City. Thank you you're welcome And that is up. I for this Thursday may fourteenth. I'm Rachel Martin and I'm Steve. Inskeep join us here tomorrow and since the news does not stop when the podcast does follow us on twitter up. I for your round up the most important stories of the day and if you're ready for more NPR news. There's a radio show for that very thing you can find. Npr's morning edition on your NPR station at stations dot NPR dot. Org and for podcast local news emily headlines take NPR everywhere you go with the NPR ONE APP. You can find that at your abstract Face masks have become the new normal as we continue to grapple with the ongoing pandemic. But when did we start wearing masks for our health and safety this week on through line the origins of the n? 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The Fight Over Wisconsins Election

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24:51 min | 7 months ago

The Fight Over Wisconsins Election

"This episode of what next is supported by Charles Schwab. Staying informed is all about asking the right questions which is why Schwab encourages you to ask questions about the way. Your wealth is being managed. Do you know how much you're paying and do you get your feedback if you're not happy unlike other firms? Schwab offers the industry's only satisfaction guarantee. If you're not happy for any reason the refund your fee and work with you to make things right so go ahead ask your broker some questions. Their answers ask again at Schwab visit. Schwab DOT COM SLASH COMPARIS- to learn more. It's Tuesday April seventh twenty twenty. And if you live in Wisconsin at least at the time we recorded this today. It's election day despite the global pandemic. That's keeping most of us at home right. It said like trying to do the impassable. It's like living a nightmare. Keep asking myself. Am I still alive or possibly be true? Could it Mary Beth whistle bail? She's one of the people trying to carry out this election. She's the city clerk in Madison. I know that you told someone that you're working like a hundred hours a week right now. Yeah how do you even work a hundred hours a week? You become very very grumpy. Mary Beth has been pulling these hours because of what started happening as the election got closer and people are town realized there are going to have to find a way to vote. It's because we were receiving so many absent. He request that it was beyond any of our capacity to process right away by law. Were supposed to have the absence. She in the mail within forty eight hours of receiving the request. So it's like A. It's like a race like you'd get a request and you got two days to get that sucker in the mail. But a couple of Fridays ago our backlog was sixteen thousand emails to process for absentee requests. So Mary Beth had her husband help out at the office. She got her teenage daughter involved. She even trained some out of work librarians to process mail in voter requests. She still couldn't meet the demand by the time. I spoke to Mary Beth on Sunday. Her focus had shifted to getting pulled locations ready. At least the ones she can keep open. She had to shut down about a third of them like the ones in nursing homes because of Kovic nineteen. She was arranging all these work. Arounds like curbside voting an elaborate system involving poll workers and face shields sliding ballots through cracked open car windows then for voters who are entering the polling place. We're asking them to stay succeed apart. We're keeping our poll workers sixteen apart but how many poll workers are going to show up at is the question. Wisconsin's primary election didn't have to be like this. The governor tried to delay it. He proposed mailing ballots to every registered voter so they could vote from home. The legislature rejected these ideas. And that's how Mary Beth got to this point working till two in the morning pressing absentee ballot requests and trying to find plastic face shields for her poll workers. Now she's just hoping those workers actually show up this morning today on the show. We're going to tell the story of how Election Day in Wisconsin got to be such a mess. It's a story about what happens when a pandemic collides with partisan politics. I'm Mary Harris. You're listening to next stick with US after talking to Mary Beth. I wanted to understand why she was still preparing vern election at all so I called up. Slates Marc Joseph Stern. He's been following the pushing pullover Wisconsin's primary when we spoke on Monday afternoon. Things seemed settled. Sort of the election was going forward but there was a dispute about how many people would be able to file absentee ballots. And what would happen if some of those ballots arrived after election day? So let's explain how we got here in Wisconsin. Wisconsin has a democratic governor. But it is definitely swing state with a lot of partisan battles. So how did we get to the point where Wisconsin was even like having this election in the first place because just last month? We're talking about Ohio where I the last minute they were calling the whole thing off so I don't WanNa sound conspiratorial here but I really feel like any realistic conversation about Wisconsin and how it ended up where it is today has to begin with the coke brothers and with and I know I know. Please don't hate me. But what you have to understand is that in the arts the cokes and their allies in their strategist got together and basically decided to pick a state that would serve as the laboratory for all of their ideas and that state was Wisconsin and they needed a governor who would essentially be a puppet for all of their policies. And just do whatever the hell they sat in that puppet with Scott Walker and they needed a legislature that had a sufficiently large Republican majority that Nothing that Walker and the cokes ever proposed would get tanked and they did that by a ruthlessly gerrymandering the state after the two thousand ten census and creating this impenetrable. Gop Wall The the Democrats have not been able to cross over so even when Tony. Eva's won the The governorship in two thousand eighteen. He's a Democrat and he's a democrat. Republicans held fast to the state legislature. Right and their their numbers here were it's like X. percentage of the population voted for Democrats but the legislature. When you look at it looks a little different than not. Yeah so in. Twenty Ten Republicans. Gerrymander the hell out of the state legislature right and they basically pack the blue cities like Madison and Milwaukee. The pact voters into a few districts there and then they spread the rest around the state. So they've got this huge Gerrymander and in two thousand twelve it pays off because in two thousand twelve. Republicans only win forty eight point six percent of the statewide vote in Wisconsin so they don't even win a majority but then that vote translates into sixty out of ninety nine seats and the Wisconsin state assembly. So you've got Republicans winning less than a majority of the vote and capturing a near Super Majority of the state assembly so let's fast forward to now you've got this Democratic Governor Tony Devers. He wants to protect his citizens but at the same time knows that he has to deal with this Republican legislature. Right right and this is where the coke stuff kind of comes back in again not to sound like a conspiracy theorist but after Scott Walker lost his reelection race in two thousand eighteen to Tony Everts the legislature which remained Republican decided that it didn't really think that a democratic governor had a legitimate right to rule and began stripping powers from governor before he took office. I think the way that you put this on the show earlier was Wisconsin is governed by the dead hand of Scott Walker. Yes yes that is exactly correct. Because Republicans basically gave themselves all of the important powers of the governor ship or at least many of the important powers imposing Scott Walker's policies even though Scott Walker himself has no more power and just tweet. Sad pictures of his ham. Sandwich is so in March. Tony vers knows that. He has an election coming up on April seventh. He also knows that. The Corona virus is becoming a major problem and states. All around the country are basically shutting down. So what does he do so either as does not have power to postpone the election that is not a power he has retained and so the Republican legislature is the one holding the cards here and everts decides to try to play? Nice with the Republican legislature. He is a team player. He's a pretty pretty sweet guy and so he sort of goes hand in hand to the legislature and he says look. Why don't we make this an all male election day mostly male election where we pass them? Quick Legislation An implements quick rules. That make sure everyone can easily vote. Absentee people don't have to go to the polls and they won't risk getting the corona virus in order to cast their ballot so we asked the legislature to allow the election to really be all male and like he wanted he wanted ballot sent out to every voter with you know addressed envelopes with stamps on them. So everyone could participate but participate remotely. How did the legislature respond the legislature said in in two words? Hell No. We don't like vote by mail elections. What was their justification? So in the past some Wisconsin officials have been pretty overt about the fact that expanded access to the ballot is bad for Republicans right. You have these occasional stray quips by Republican legislators and operatives in Wisconsin where they say basically we need to suppress votes to make sure we can win but what you have them saying in court. Filings is essentially. This is no big deal. This is a pandemic. But we already had absentee voting. We already had mail in voting mail in balloting. And we don't need to change anything like we can just keep all the rules. The exact same and people can just switch to mail in voting. They want and everything will be totally fine and you could switch to mail in voting pretty late in the process right. Like if I'm Wisconsin voter I could ask for a mail in ballot like last week. I think. Yeah that's right. And if the state had the infrastructure and personnel to prepare for for that possibility then in theory all of this could have been worked out a few weeks ago and I think the state could've run a decently smooth. All male are mostly male election. What happened instead. Oh dear it's still happening. What happened instead. Was that basically. The legislature decided to go to war against both Iverson and a bunch of Democratic officials who were saying we need guidance here and we need some sort of relaxed rules to make sure this all works and Republican said. Everything will be fine. We don't need to change anything with. They weren't thinking about was the fact that a huge number of voters a massive number of voters who had never voted through mail before are now going to be voting by mail and that is going to create a massive titanic backlog of vote by mail applications and there are literally not nearly enough humans in Wisconsin government not nearly enough election officials to process all of those ballots and make the election. Run the way it's supposed to. Yeah because I guess it's all finding good for the Wisconsin legislature to say. Listen you can just file for a mail in ballot but if you're the city clerk in Milwaukee or Madison. You're the person who's going to all of the sudden get thousands and thousands of applications at the last minute to vote by mail and I mean that's a low ball number because as of late last week there were already a million more mail in ballots. Sent out then in two thousand nine hundred ninety spring election. So we're not just talking about double or triple like we're talking about exponentially higher number of mail in ballot requests that the state just simply lacks the personnel to process in time for the April seventh election. Wisconsin also. Has this really intense voter. Id Requirement right. Yeah if you're registering to vote by mail and a lot of people are going to be. That are already did that. You have to upload a photo ID and proof of residency and send it over the Internet and once again imagine a senior citizen of a few means who relied on the library to help her use the Internet and now all the libraries are closed. And she's got a few days to figure out how to upload documentation and she's by herself. That's a pretty difficult thing for a lot of people to meets on short notice. You know. It's interesting when I spoke to that city clerk in Madison. Mary Beth wetzel bail. She talked about this voter. Id Requirement and what it was doing to her at the office and she said first of all immense. She was getting just tons of angry angry calls from people who are asking. Why do you need this? What's going on and then with some people who couldn't figure out what to do instead of sending a picture of a photo. Id or maybe. They didn't have a photo ID. They would send sell fees so she was getting these cell fees from people all over Madison. Saying please let me vote. That's so sad. I mean that's really like the tragic human face of all of these Republican voter suppression measures. You know it's all well and good to say. Oh people can just pick up a free. Id from the DMV after they get their birth certificate and all this other stuff but in practice it often boils down to confused people sending selfish to an overworked clerk saying please let me exercise my constitutional right to vote. Can we talk about? Why this election in Wisconsin matters because part of the reason that the governor didn't WanNa postpone the election was that there were so many things up for election wasn't just the presidential primary. We're talking about city councils seeds and may oral seats all these seats. That could have sat empty. And there's a supreme court seat too. So what are these elections about? Yes so they have more than thirty eight hundred seats on the ballots across the state and that includes nearly sixteen hundred county supervisors and officers Five hundred sixty five school district board positions. Then you've got a lot of lower court judgeships that are open and one of the issues that Iverson noted was you know we. We don't know who can exercise authority in these roles. If we don't have an election these people they're filling terms that have a limited number of years their terms are going to expire. And we don't know who can actually exercise that power anymore so that was a big reason why he didn't want to cancel the election. I think a legitimate reason and a rational reason but by far the most important race that will happen in Wisconsin on Tuesday. Is that State Supreme Court race. Why do you say that because there was constant? Supreme Court is probably the Crown Jewel of the folks effort to remake Wisconsin. I mean the cokes and their their network of donors have poured so many millions and millions of dollars into the State Supreme Court races to install very far right. Reactionary judge is on the Wisconsin Supreme Court and they have succeeded. There's currently five to two conservative majority on the court and if this election swings left and the liberal candidate wins this state Supreme Court election that will go down to a four three conservative. Majority a pretty narrow split and that leaves room for a Democrat liberal to win the next race and turn the court blue flip it create a liberal majority and then that liberal majority can start chipping away at a lot of the extreme stuff that Scott Walker and the Republican legislature have implemented over the last decade or so. So what? Is this going to look like today? I just can't imagine going to vote right now. And many Wisconsin nights cannot either so a couple of things I'll be looking at is basically. How many poll workers simply don't show up to the very few in-person polling places that remain open. I think it's GonNa be fascinating to see if places like Milwaukee and Green Bay Madison can even keep a handful of polling places running because I think a lot of people who are supposed to show up to help are going to be scared you know. They're disproportionately elderly people who work the polls in America. They don't get paid very much. They tend to be people with lots of leisure time on their hands. So old people and they're not going to want to go and face thousands of voters who kind of crush into these these voting places and try not to infect other people are going to say. I'd rather stay home so look for catastrophes on the ground and also look at the election officials who are just swimming in piles of absentee ballots marches stern. Thank you so much for joining me. Sorry I don't have better news for you a few hours after I got off the line with Marc Joseph Stern Wisconsin Governor Eve irs announced. He was suddenly postponing the state's election due to the corona virus Republicans legislature immediately appealed to the State Supreme Court and the court ruled. The election had to go on so I called Mark Back. Can you just lay out exactly what happened here? Oh my God so all right. We got off the phone. I nine hours ago but it feels like it was years ago. I was a younger man. Okay we got off. The phone and Governor Evert issued an executive order that officially postponed the election. He said I am drawing on my legal powers to protect the health and safety of Wisconsin Nights and I am going to delay the election. Cancel in person voting tomorrow and call a special session of the legislature again and ask them to reschedule the election for June. And this is a power that governor had had admitted he did not have right. Yeah he he sort of said like basically. I'm not sure if I have this power that he was sort of playing a little real politique here. I think he recognized. The state has a very conservative and hostile Supreme Court and so he had been saying like I want this to be really clear I want The legislature to change the law. So I don't have to rest on my own shaky powers and he called the legislature into session to a special emergency session to to change the date and then the legislature immediately convened in said. Screw you Tony Evers. Were doing no such thing so he just sort of decided I might as well take a wild swing and see if I can make it work. Nothing to lose right or everything to lose depending on your perspective right Really everything because what ended up happening was Just a few hours after everts issued. This order that Wisconsin Supreme Court issued a four to decision blocking the order. Reinstating Tuesday's election and without explaining its reasoning. Basically saying the show must go on so as of this exact moment there is an election. There is in person voting in Wisconsin. Not many people may be showing up but there is a Wisconsin election on April seventh. So the people who decided that the election was going to go on. They have a way. They want the election to turn out quite absolutely absolutely they have. They openly have a vested interest in this election continuing so that the pandemic suppresses democratic votes and they get to keep their treasured colleague. Dan Kelly on the bench and they have said almost as much in public statements. Okay this conversation. It will drop into people's feeds on Tuesday morning. If I'm waking up in Wisconsin what am I doing? If you're waking up in Wisconsin. I sincerely hope that you cast an absentee ballot. More than a week ago. If you have not yet voted in Wisconsin. I have no idea what to tell you because some campaigns are saying put on your your latex gloves and your face mask and go vote and douse yourself enhance. Sanitizer and other campaigns including mayors who are up for reelection are saying. Don't vote like don't risk your life in order to cast a ballot. It is depressing that we have reached this stage. But you should not risk your health and safety. In order to exercise the franchise so it's like a really difficult. Moral DILEMMA FOR WISCONSIN. I it's and I don't know what I would do. But it's just another reason kind of vivid illustration of why this election should absolutely not be happening right now. Marches of Stern covers the courts and the law for slate minutes. After we got off the phone a second time there was one more. Update this time about how. Many absentee ballots will actually be counted in Wisconsin. Today because legally every ballot has arrived by election day pandemic or no a federal judge had tried to extend that deadline give voters an extra week to send their ballots in but on. Monday evening the. Us Supreme Court struck down that decision to give you an idea of what that means the city clerk. I talked to at the top of the show Mary Beth. She told me this right now. We're looking at thirty eight thousand. Five hundred. Sixty nine absentees. The at risk of having no possibility of being returned by election day. So those thirty eight thousand ballots just wouldn't count rate and that is just in Madison during the last presidential primary in two thousand sixteen. Mary Beth says she got four late ballots. And that's the show if you WANNA call and leave us a message. Tell us how you're doing. We'd love to hear from you. Our number is two zero. Two eight two five eight. Your voicemail will strengthen our reporting you can also find me on twitter. I'm at Mary's desk. What NEXT IS PRETTY BY? Daniel Hewitt Mary Wilson Jason Leone and Mara Silvers. Thanks for listening. I'm Mary Harris. I'll talk to you tomorrow.

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17-Year-Old Charged In Deadly Kenosha Shootings, Motive Unclear

The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer

52:49 min | 2 months ago

17-Year-Old Charged In Deadly Kenosha Shootings, Motive Unclear

"FACEBOOK has taken critical steps to prepare for the US elections. They've more than tripled their safety and security teams implemented five-step advocation, and launched a new voting information center learn more F. B. Dot? com slash about slash elections. This is CNN breaking news. Welcome to our viewers here in the United States and around the world I will flip through the situation room. We're following multiple breaking stories this hour including the arrest of a seventeen year old male who's now been charged in a shooting that killed two people during protests last night and Kenosha Wisconsin police say his motive is unclear. Another curfew in the city goes into effect just hours in an effort to prevent a third night of demonstrations against the police shooting of Jacob Blake who was another are the Justice Department. Here in Washington just confirmed it sending. Federal law enforcement officers to help with the response, and we've also just learned another major developing story that the NBA playoff games. All three of them tonight have been postponed in protest of the shooting of Jakup like this is a major story will update you on that as well. Meanwhile, there's breaking news involving the coronavirus pandemic. The death toll has now topped one hundred, seventy, nine, thousand people with more than five point eight million cases in our sources telling CNN that the CDC was actually pressured pressured from top down to change guidelines recommended fewer people here in the United States be tested. Following all of that plus Hurricane Laura. Now, a powerful category four storm churning toward the Gulf coast and expected to make a potentially devastating landfall. Later tonight, we have a new forecast that's just out for the National Hurricane Center lots of news unfolding but let's begin with the breaking news and Wisconsin CNN's Omar Jimenez on the scene for his nose Yep Omar very disturbing developments where you are as the city is about to go under an earlier curfew for the third night. That's right wolf well, for starters today was really the first day we've heard from law enforcement in any substantial way since Jacob Blake was, and as you mentioned, we are going to see a curfew put in place an hour earlier than we had seen in previous nights in an attempt as officials tell me to try and deal with some of these demonstrations under more daylight as opposed to purely at night like we've seen in the past as law enforcement here has dealt firsthand with the pain and anger in this community, and in some cases like we saw last night deadly violence a warning some of what you're about to see may be considered. A contentious. And at times violent night in Kenosha Wisconsin for a third night in a row. And in the late night hours. Someone appears to go to the ground and then opens fire. Last. Night police say two people were killed and a third seriously injured. What I can't you is what led to. The disturbance the that led to the the use of deadly force. By this person, a seventeen year old suspect Rittenhouse from a nearby Illinois town was rested. Police haven't confirmed is the same person seen and videos from the scene but he is charged with first degree homicide. Yesterday I had a person, call me and say, why don't you deputize citizens who have guns to come out and patrol the city of Kenosha? And I'm like. Oh Hell No. The And what happened last night and cheapness Guinness is going to talk about it was probably the perfect reason why I wouldn't. And with more demonstrations expected, Wisconsin Governor Tony Verse says he's adding to the amount of national guard. He's authorizing making five hundred of them available to go along with local law enforcement response already bolstered from other jurisdictions. The governor's office saying they denied the president offered to send federal assistance but that the F. B. I. will help support the State response? But at the center of all of this is a family calling for peace and with one of their own clinging to life shot my son. Seven Times. Seven. Like he didn't matter. But my son matters Jacob, lakes. Injuries ranging from the vertebrae two holes in his stomach. I think if it was done at police officer that person would be charged with attempted murder. I don't think there's any question especially with the benefit of a Video Camera. Which shook clearly shows the crime being committed. Meanwhile, the investigations into how this interaction with police ended with seven shots. The back are still ongoing as a federal law enforcement official tells CNN the US Department of Justice and FBI are also reviewing the case. Now as for the suspect still didn't get an explanation from law enforcement why this person wasn't taken into custody at the scene of person that's pending extradition to Wisconsin. Now as for what we may see tonight again, expect more of these demonstrations and the Sheriff said that those who are out past curfew will be met with assertive force while the world watches in real time and reacts in real time even in the NBA, the Milwaukee Bucks centered not far from here in Kenosha deciding to postpone their playoff game against the Orlando Magic as the senior vice president put it for the bucks. Some things are just bigger than basketball. We'll very dramatic develop in fact, all three of the playoff games that have been scheduled for today they've been postponed as well. Omar Jimenez. Thank you very much. Let's get some more on the breaking news the postponement of all three NBA playoff games tonight it began with the sudden boycott by the Milwaukee Bucks of their playoff game against the Orlando Magic are sports analysts USA. Today. Call, Christine Brennan has joining us right now. So Christine, give us some perspective I'm a basketball fan. You're a basketball fan. This is truly an extraordinary protest. Absolutely. Well, if we have rarely seen anything quite like this in the sports world where athletes would go to this extreme understandably. So to make their voices heard for those whose voices are not being heard the NBA has always had. Its fingers on the pulse of it's a our country in the community probably more than other leagues. Certainly the black community and when we see another unarmed black man shot. A we've seen this throughout over the last forty eight hours or so wolf NBA players in particular speaking up Lebron James The coaches the La Clippers Doc rivers within passion tearful press conference where he spoke about loving this country even as it doesn't love back the words of a beloved coach Longtime Nba Star and now we see the ultimate playoffs seven. This is what you play for. Right. This is what sports athletes lift for is that moment and to basically give it up to say, no, we're not coming out of the locker room and then to watch the league. Incorrectly as only the NBA can figure this out quickly and say, that's it. We're not GONNA play Games today it's an incredibly powerful statement by young men who care about their communities, and of course, led by the Milwaukee Bucks, Kenosha some to Milwaukee the speaking out for their community, and for the people there who are hurting in such a such, a difficult and an important. Time. This was supposed to be game five in the playoffs a series between the Milwaukee Bucks. In the Orlando Magic, it's a big deal. It's not just a regular season game. We know they're playing in the so-called bubble down in Florida, outside of Orlando, because of the Corona Virus Pandemic Cup this is a they're making a major sacrifice these players to stand up for what they believe. They are wealth and to me it's no surprise. The NBA has been our North Northstar really throughout twenty twenty if you look at it from cultural and frankly our nation as a whole March eleventh was the date that the NBA decided to suspend operations and that moment I think many of us were not taking the coronavirus seriously and all of a sudden you saw that on your phone you know the NBA is is stopping and within what twenty, four, forty, eight hours, the only sports but many other things the cascading domino effect extraordinary that was started by the NBA and here again, we see the NBA. Throughout the summer and also WNBA wearing the black lives matter shirts all of the. Players and and and their fans. So many of them with the black screen for black lives matter that day on social media, and here it is the NBA. Again leading the way this is a remarkable development. It will be seen I think for what it is as something that's historic that will be studied fifty or one hundred years from now because it is a big part of this conversation and as we've seen over and over again, these NBA players have a conscience that so many. Other athletes really don't seem to exhibit and you may disagree with them. You may say this is wrong but you cannot for one second wolf argue with the fact that they are making a stand the way we saw nine, hundred, sixty, eight at the Olympics the way we've seen with others, but but it has been rare tiger woods would have done something like this Michael Jordan would have done something like this but these NBA players and twenty twenty, they are doing exactly this. Lebron James, just tweeted he's been outspoken on this and I'll put it up on the screen. You can see what he says that first word is the F word we demand change sick of that. A lot of these players are really sick of it. They want to see dramatic change and Christina fits into a long history of athletes on many occasions leading the way when it comes to racial and social justice issues. Exactly. I mentioned nineteen sixty eight Tommy Smith giancarlos. The black clubs salute at the nineteen, Sixty, eight Olympics and there's about the sixties and believe sixty says we've all remarked that we are seeing. Of course in this summer with black lives matter with the with the death of George Floyd and. Of course, grand a Taylor Arboretum. Now, of course, with Jacob Blake and and in this case shooting obviously thankfully, not the death but the paralysis apparently is we're hearing a Jacob Lake. So all of this it's as if we are reliving those late nineteen sixties and athletes that's one of the iconic images. Wolf is no of nine, hundred, Sixty, eight, a turbulent year in this country was the to American. Sprinters with the black loves salute and they were kicked out of the Olympics and sent home, and of course now they are revered now they are heroes. Now they are to the most iconic athletes in names in that time in our history Smith, and Carlos but back, then they were not greeted that way here I do believe that these athletes the NBA players who have boycotted they're saying they're not playing. The entire NBA is going to be applauded by most people for taking a stand at this turbulent time at our history just got a statement Christine from the. NBA, let me read it to you and to our viewers the NBA in the National Basketball Players Association today announced that in light of the Milwaukee Bucks decision to not take the floor today for game five, the Orlando Magic today's three games, bucks versus magic. Houston Rockets vs Oklahoma City Thunder and Los Angeles Lakers vs Portland Trailblazers have been postponed game five of each series will be rescheduled they. They use the word postponed they haven't been completely ending they want this playoff series to continue. But at least it's only been postponed for a now last night Christine Doc rivers the head coach of the Los Angeles Clippers spoke emotionally about Jacob, Blake's shooting in Wisconsin now listen to this. Now trump and all of them talking about fear. We're the ones getting killed. Were the ones getting shot. rhythm ones were denied. To live in certain communities. We've been home. We've been shot. and. Keep hearing a fear. It's It's amazing. Why we keep loving this country. And this country isn't that back. He's vis describing the fear. So many black people live with the fear that any interaction anything you're doing you could wind up. Dead. So you hear that from Doc rivers How powerful was that Christie? Those are words for our times and those will be words that we talk about for many years to come. What a message you know I'm thinking of the comment a few months ago from a commentator saying to NBA players to shut up and dribble. We'd miss if everyone shut up and dribble we've missed that and thank goodness we haven't missed that We need to hear those words and those are the that's that's of course great coach great player Doc rivers of saying those words and of course, athletes can speak out and they're finding their voice wolf as we know in ways that we might not have even imagined a few months ago. So sad that they have to obviously because of these tragic and awful events that are happening and happening in our communities it makes. So much sense The NBA is a predominantly black league. Many of these men have have dealt with these issues, the WNBA predominantly Blackley many of the women there. They have found a voice, my and more helping free a prisoner of from jail I mean these athletes are extraordinary. We should be looking at them listening to them and and here they are right there finding center telling us and showing us the way and and I, think that's that's very, very important. Again, no surprise that it's the NBA light here. Yeah IT'S A. Video of this game that was supposed to take place a little bit more than an hour or so go the Milwaukee Bucks Orlando Magic I. Clearly, Not Take Place Christine Standby I want to bring in Ernie Johnson, and now the host of TNT's inside the. NBA Earning let's talk a little bit about what's going on. I know you you've been doing this for a while for years. You're the best in the business. How does it feel to see the Milwaukee Bucks leading this? Protest. Now, refusing to play game five of of this a series, this playoff series in the aftermath of this horrific shooting. Wolf good to talk to you This is a landmark moment in NBA history in sports history. When I think about the NBA and I've been doing this for thirty years as the host on TNT. But I think back to ninety one. And Magic's announcement about HIV. I think about twenty fourteen and Adam silver in one of his first acts as the Commissioner of the NBA response to the racist comments of Donald. Sterling. The the clippers when he stood at the podium and said that Donald Sterling is banned for life from any association with the NBA. And then I watched today and it wasn't a statement made at a podium it was a statement made by Just. Not Taking the court, the Orlando Magic were warming up on the floor. The Milwaukee Bucks never came out of the locker. Room. And this look if you're if you're saying you know. Social Issues in sports. Keep them separate those days are long gone. Sports and society are intertwined like never before on this moment today. When the Milwaukee Bucks said No after seeing what happened in Kenosha With Jacob Blake. Basketball is a is a game and. This is real life. And real life takes precedence and the bucks of said that Orlando then went with them down that same path and does not surprise me a bit that the other two games tonight. will not be played because. There is a solidarity here. In this league and I don't know when they're going to play again, I don't have that answer but I know that this This was just a statement that resounds through the NBA, but through the world of sports. And a man you know, well, doc rivers we just played the clip. He got so emotional describing the fear of being a black man here in the United States among other things he says that we're the ones getting killed. We're the ones getting shot these players, and we're being seen not only here in the United States but around the world these NBA players as you know there admired around the world but off the court, the fear is that they could be next if they're just walking around. Look, there's a member of the Milwaukee Bucks. Sterling Brown, a wolf who had a story to tell about what happened a couple of years ago in Milwaukee when he made a late night, stop at a drugstore. And had parked illegally cross a couple of handicapped spots in what he said was a vacant parking lot. He was running in for three minutes and came back and was confronted by an officer who then called for backup and he was on the ground with his neck. and. So When you have experienced like that. Obviously, this hits home with Sterling, Brown you heard. George Hill. One of the best three point shooters in the league the other day talking about the situation it's only want to be here, and so you have that Kinda thought process going on with some of these players. In the bubble and I think wolf not speaking for them but there is a feeling of helplessness right now. Because as successful as that bubble has been with. Co vid nineteen positive tests. It's worked perfectly in terms of playing games in the NBA. But. There's this feeling I. 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Once you come in, you must stay if you leave the bubble, then you have to be tested on a daily basis while you're away. And as long as those tests are negative when you come back to the bubble and players have done this because you know they've had injuries or they've had personal issues to deal with than, they have to come back and wait four days of quarantine before they're allowed to join their team and again be tested every day to maintain integrity of the bubble and so far. It has worked. Just beautifully because as I as I pointed out every time, there are test results delivered. There are no positive. So from that aspect, it's been great but we also heard Paul George of the of the clippers talk night about kind of the toll it's taken on him that he's been in a dark place. Down there and so. You can't just assume that. Hey, you're playing basketball for a living this you know just. Play the Games. These are husbands and fathers who missed their kids missed their families who are. You know isolated from really the rest of the world while they're down there and You're seeing that it can be a difficult thing to deal with, and then when something like this happens in Kenosha. And especially, if you're a member of the Milwaukee Bucks Nets forty miles from Milwaukee. There's a helpless feeling that you know if we were there. What could we do? But again, they're here in the bubble in the playoffs. and. No Way to to relieve, reach out face to face and try to change things or things. These are all the greatest basketball players in the world and we're in this bubble and they're no fans at the Games. No fans in the arenas. It's an extraordinary moment because of the corona virus up I, an executive with the Milwaukee. Bucks just tweeted this. Let me let me read it to you. there. You see some things are bigger than basketball. The stand taken today by the players and organization shows that were fed up enough is enough change needs to happen. I'm incredibly proud of our guys that we stand one hundred percent behind our players ready to assist and bring about real change. That's a very powerful statement for one of the executives top executives of the Milwaukee Bucks. Indeed and last night wolf in our pre game show we had the entire Milwaukee Bucks. Team. Present. As we as we announced the defensive player of the year Yonathan Toco. And so they gave him the trophy and the and his team mates cheered for him and and we all talk Charles and Kenny and check and I talked to Janas about winning the award and. And then I asked Mike Buddha Holzer their head coach. I said look we're hearing things down there from the Toronto Raptors in Boston Celtics who are supposed to start their Eastern conference semi-final series on Thursday that players during their media availability were saying. Look. We've had meetings and we're talking and we're wondering if. If we should play and and. And floating out there the idea of boycotting games over what happened in Kenosha and I asked, Mike Putin Holzer last night. What what has been the nature of the talks with your team? About what's going on forty miles from Milwaukee and he said I want to keep. What we talk about as a team inside the team, but then he reiterated pretty much the same kind of thing that you just read from the Bucks Executive. So I. Don't know when they reach this decision. I. Don't know if they had talked about it yesterday and decided to or if it was just one of those things where it was today when they decided. We just can't do this. When you were you surprised. Surprise today when when when the Milwaukee Bucks decided not to leave the locker room. I I would not I would not say I was surprised I I when I saw that there was a team out there warming up and then we looked in there was no milwaukee team. No I'm not. I'm not shocked by that. Given the fact. The proximity of Kenosha to Milwaukee. And given George Hills comments given Sterling Brown. Situation on that team. So no I I'm not going to say I was shocked by that What I would have been shocked by is if other teams today, it said we'll. We're GONNA play yeah that's not the way it works and that's When I've from all I've witnessed in the NBA. After through all these years and especially in the last couple of years. Just. In terms of Adam, silver's. Openness to allowing NBA players to have a voice. And and so when I when I see something like that happened and I know that the solidarity they have in that Players Association under the leadership of Chris. Paul who's WHO's team was supposed to play the game at six thirty tonight. against. The Houston Rockets That they're looking at this and saying if you're not GONNA play, we're with you and and so I think there's just been so much on the minds of so many players you mentioned doc rivers last night. Wolf, you could feel it was like the emotion was pouring out of the man. It was almost like it was years of of anguish that he wanted to unload at that point it was so powerful and it speaks I think to. To so many players in the NBA who are fed up. and and they just want to say that look here's what we can do. From where we are right now and that's voice our displeasure by saying. Basketball Comes second or third or wherever compared to what's going on in the country right now and I give the NBA players and the coaches and the executives, the owners, a the NBA Commissioner Adam Silver, a lot of credit for what they're doing right now is not easy by any means Ernie Johnson as usual thanks so much for joining us. We'll thank you very much for your time. Thank you. Let's get some more on the breaking news. The mayor of Kenosha Wisconsin is joining us right now. John had Iranian. Thank you mayor so much for joining us. We have a lot to discuss, but let me get your reaction to this protest on behalf of Jacob Blake by the Milwaukee Bucks and these other NBA teams. I think the in hearing the conversation going on I. Think Doc rivers comments are. Remarkable. In the sense of I love this country, this country doesn't love me and I think that becomes something that as a country and have community and I know the Kenosha right now is in the the the spotlight of what has occurred. But when you look at that comment, you have to question what have we done wrong what do we need to do better to make our country strong and to make sure that we have we treat everybody fairly for racial justice I give him a great deal of credit So you know like everyone else I am sure that Our. His heart just was aching when he made that comment. You can see this is facing his is it was so passionate, and so from from the heart as he was speaking, I give them a lot of credit as well. All this mayor started with Kenosha Police Officer Shooting Jacob Blake what seven times in the back leaving him now paralyzed Blake's attorney say he did not have a weapon in his car. When you watch that video mayor, do you see police protocol being violated? You want those officers to be fired there under administrative leave I understand right now. By law. The officers are on administrative leap. The way the State of Wisconsin works is that when a situation like this occurs. The city does not investigate the issue a third party is required to do so and so what is occurred it's now gone to the state of the State Department justice or the Attorney General's office takes charge of the case and we are totally excluded from the case until they come in with your. Answer to what occurred how it occurred, and all that information then is given to the DA and the DA determination. So we have very little information on any of the materials that has been. Looked at so far? The only thing I will tell you as we have requested the Attorney General's office to be as expedient as possible but still being making sure that it's a fair system of what he has to do what he has to follow. So we have been waiting on that just like everyone else and I cannot tell you a timeframe on that because it literally is a state function. I know the the Wisconsin Department of Justice, which is now investigating the shooting is is kid continuing but why haven't they at least we're the Kenosha Police Department for that matter released some basic details of the shooting including the name for example of Police Officer who shot Jacob Blake the other officer who was involved in by now everyone has seen that video. Right and literally the the whole process again is we go to the state and we let them handle everything. So I'm the investigation we do nothing other than the state gives out the information and the state is basically the one who has all information control and there's not much. We can do about that. That is literally the way the state wants to do it and has been doing so. Unfortunately, I said Sunday violence on the streets of Kenosha at least there's Times as overshadow Jacob Blake's fight for justice a suspect is now in custody after two people were shot and killed last night up how did this happen because we see the video mayor of your town of your city. A huge numbers of buildings are completely destroyed. They've been burnt to the ground the looting all this has been awful. And is very discouraging a what is occurred but I do WanNa make a point here because I think it's important. First off the Blake Family Mrs Blake came forward and. Basically made the statement of please stop doing this. You're not doing this for us. Violence that was doing? No. She wanted all the violence absolutely, and so I appreciate that in the city appreciates her stepping up that has to be hard to do and we do appreciate what she's done. What we found is that a lot of the violence that is occurring is not from local folks it is from people coming from outside the area and that is a problem that we're dealing. So we're trying to deal with that issue and making sure that the community is safe but at the same time that the Blake family gets justice and that the business people And the especially the small business people who have been damaged by this tremendously we'll. We'll be working with them trying to recover that but CANOSA resilient community We've gone through a lot of a lot of tough times but we need to rebuild and we will do so but I think in that rebuilding process. What's important is also the deal with racial issues. We have been working for last couple of months with the clergy and setting up committees and creating situations so that we can actually deal with racial issues, but it's not a fast solution. It's a long term solution and I was listening to what just commented about the bucks and you know I'm thrilled that they are willing to participate because we will call them. We're going to need help as we attempt to work with young people especially we need to get. This generation that we're slowly losing because what they're seeing back and we need to give them opportunities and so that they have a opportunity for a good life and that they don't have to be afraid of police they are the police are there to be helpful and so I think that's a piece of what we all need to work on and it's not going to be fast but we need to do it. I'm sure those Milwaukee. Bucks will respond positively to your request that they come in and help deal with this crisis This awful situation as unfolded in your city mayor John Ramian thank you so much for joining us. Good luck. Thank you very much. There's more breaking news that we're following here in the situation room with more of the Justice Department. Now, sending federal law enforcement officers to Wisconsin as president trump vows to crack down on protesters there plus C.. N. N. has learned that the CDC was pressured quote from the top down to recommend fewer people be tested for Corona virus in the United States we have new details stay with us we'll be right back. In preparation for the US elections, facebook has taken critical steps to secure their platforms and provide transparency. They've more than tripled their safety and security teams to thirty five thousand people implemented five-step Berith occasion and launched a new voting information center. Learn more about how facebook is preparing at F. B.. Dot Com slash about slash elections that's F. B. dot com slash about slash elections. Now the latest on the corona virus pandemic. Erica. Hill is working this part of the story for US Erica more than one hundred and seventy nine, thousand Americans more than one hundred, seventy, nine, thousand Americans have now died from covid nineteen the US is leading leading the world in cases with more than five point eight million. Yeah and we'll. Definitely not where. To be as a country you mentioned those deaths we had just seen a couple of days ago for the first time in nearly a month the average reported daily deaths dip below one thousand. But that changed yesterday as they again topped the number, and now there is new confusion questions and frankly exasperation from another a number of state officials and health experts as they try to understand new guidance from the CDC. It doesn't even has a common sense sniff test. This CDC's at testing and travel guidance abruptly reversed without explanation shame on the people in the CDC. These will be indefensible actions in the light of history indefensible. What possible rationale is there to say. You're in close contact with a covert positive person. And you don't need a test the agency. Now recommending even some who may have been exposed to the virus not need to be tested. If we know that fifty percent of transmission could be caused by people who are asymmetric. So why wouldn't we want this population to be tested I? Think it's more likely that this is an intentional effort by the administration to conceal the true extent of transmission and the numbers. The reality testing is already down in a number of states but the virus is still spreading areas of the midwest seeing a surge in new cases over the past week, what we were doing with working. The numbers and Johnson County were going down gradually those numbers now on the rise as students returned to campus Iowa one of at least twenty eight states where colleges are reporting new cases among students many universities relying on testing to help fine and control. The spread gives us a sense at a week to week basis. How much? Potential spread of the virus do we have well bars off campus parties and Greek life have played a role in many college cases. Travel is also a factor. One of the reasons at least sixteen states and some local jurisdictions have quarantine orders or recommendations in place worried about people not being safe and then possibly contracting the virus and bringing it to campus in much of the northeast. Those strict measures apply to travelers including students from at least thirty one states and territories. It's the law it's. For everyone's safety and right now we think about twenty percent of the cove in one thousand, nine cases in this city are associated with people who have traveled. But in another reversal, the CDC no longer recommends anyone coming from areas with a high rate of infection quarantine for fourteen days. What's concerning about all this changes in guidelines at CDC US is they don't put evidence to back why the changes do. So again, why change the guidance health experts pointing to the president's desire to move on? Spoken the scientists CDC and they say political the nation's testings are pushing back. Wednesday denying there was any pressure from the trump administration. California Governor Gavin newsom making it clear. These new guidelines will not be followed in his state saying a short time ago Wolf, I don't agree with the new CDC guidance period full stop it's not the policy in the state of California. Hill reporting for us. Thank you very much and there's more breaking news. We're following including the Justice Department here in Washington just confirming that sending federal law enforcement officers to Kenosha Wisconsin want to go to our chief White House correspondent. Jim. Acosta Jim President trump has really zeroed in on the situation in Wisconsin. What's the latest? That's right. We'll president trump is vowing to CA- crackdown on. The violence in Kenosha Wisconsin following the police shooting of Jacob Blake the president and his team are pointing to the unrest in Wisconsin as they build their case for Mr. Trump's reelection at the Republican convention as one trump campaign official put it to me. The president's message on law and order is resonating with voters. That's their belief and moving people in the middle to support Mr Trump. Seizing on the violence in the streets of Kenosha Wisconsin after the police shooting of Jacob Blake. President. Trump is ramping up the Republican convention team of law and order promising to take matters into his own hands tweeting. We will not stand for looting arson, violence and lawlessness on American streets. My team just got off the phone with Wisconsin Governor Evert who agreed to accept federal assistance. Presidents warning follows the first lady's address in the Rose Garden where she called for peaceful protests. People to come together in a civil manner. So we can work and live up to our standard American ideals. I also asked people to stop the violence and looting. Being done in the name of justice. But hold on was the administration that brutally cleared out protesters near the White House for a photo op back in. June ever since then the president has been talking of his heavy handed tactics white into the convention we're saying, let us come in and solve your problem. We will solve it for you in one hour stark warnings echoed by Mr Trump's gun-toting convention speakers they want to abolish the suburbs altogether -gether. Contrast that tough talk with the administration's muddled messaging on the corona virus. The Centers for Disease Control just changed its guidance on testing for covid nineteen sank people may not need to be screened for the virus even after being in close contact with somebody who's been infected before the agency recommended testing for people who suspected they had been exposed. CNN is learn that change came after pressure from top administration officials. Earlier in the summer Mr Trump had asked officials to slow down testing. Slow the testing down please. White House testing coordinator Bratcher defended the change that is baffling health experts we're trying to get appropriate testing not less testing. It really depends on where you are in the outbreak where you are locally what kind of testing you're going to going to support contrast that with the first lady's claim the president is doing everything he can donald will not rest. Until, he has done all he can. To Take Care, of everyone impacted by these terrible endemic few trump supporters and masks for that address earlier in the night economic adviser Larry Cudlow was talking about the pandemic in the past tense. Health and economic impacts tragic hardship and heartbreak were everywhere. But presidential leadership came swiftly and effectively earlier this year he claimed the virus was contained. We have contain this. I won't say Airtight Pretty Close to airtight as did outgoing white, house counselor, Kellyanne Conway who speaks tonight it is being contained. Audie nothing is being contained. President is exploiting his office at this. GOP. Convention walking past Bahrain's uniform. Naturalizing new citizens. Issuing, a pardon, a micro and trotting out his secretary of state white. House claims nobody cares nobody outside of the beltway really cares. Tonight Star traction will be vice. President Mike. Pence, who's expected to lay into Democrat Joe Biden with one campaign official telling CNN pence will take some lumbered. Joe. Now for the CDC changing its guidance for when people should be tested for the corona virus. One of the trump administration's top medical experts Dr Anthony Fauci says he is worried it will send the wrong message found she told CNN our chief medical correspondent Sanjay Gupta He was undergoing a medical procedure and was not aware of the changing guides but he told CNN quote I am concerned about the interpretation of these recommendations and worried it will give people the incorrect assumption that ace symptomatic sprite is not of great concern. In fact, it is wolf is just another example we're Dr Faucher is differing with this administration. when they change guidance on this deadly virus, Wolfe tone to his credit he's doing the right thing Jim Mukasa. Thank you very much. Let's get more on all of this our chief medical correspondent the aforementioned Dr Sanjay Gupta is joining us right now Sanjay a senior official says these changes by the CDC on testing are result of pressure coming in from the top on a call with reporters earlier today you heard Admiral Bridge Urawa say that the changes were made with input from the Task Force you've actually spoken with a member of the Task Force Dr, vouch -I tell us what else he told you. Well, that was sort of the critical issue was that you know there's obviously been lots of discussions about testing. It's it's a huge part of the overall discussion around this pandemic but this most recent change, which is a significant change. Wolf, the changes were put on the website. There was really no alert to it. We had to find this people had to find us on their own despite how significant these changes are. Dr. Fauci when the coronavirus task force met last Thursday to do the final deliberations and whatnot. He was in the operating room under general anesthesia. So the idea that they say, well, he you know signed off on this, he wasn't at that Task Force meeting and I think more importantly regardless of that is that the idea of not testing as symptomatic people? He does not want that to be interpreted as being unimportant we need to test asymptomatic people. Well, if you look at the pandemic overall in the United States about fifty percent roughly, and this is according to data fifty percent of the spread of this, this pandemic is happening via people who either don't have symptoms at all a symptom attic don't have symptoms yet pre-symptomatic. So so if you're symptomatic if you're. Coughing you're sneezing, you're sick. You should stay home. One could make the argument as some have today that it is the a symptomatic people that we should be focusing on. If you truly want to get your arms around this pandemic and the CDC's also no longer advising travellers quarantine when they come back from a trip overseas or anyplace else for that matter last, I spoke to the former head of the. Doctor Tom Friedman. He disagreed strongly with that change. We we know travel does play a big role in the in the transition. Doesn't it? Yeah that's the issue is that if you're traveling from one place to another you start to I. Mean we're obviously a big country but if there's a particular outbreak in an area you become exposed again, you may not know that you were exposed. You may not know that you're not carrying the virus then you come back to a different community. That's the problem I mean. We saw this at at the sturgis Bike Rally Wolf there were. I think four, hundred, sixty, thousand roughly people that showed up there in South Dakota, and then they all go back to their own communities. So you see certainly that there was a there was an impact on South Dakota was about a ten day rally looks like you look at the numbers there was an impact there but then also impact in many other states around the country because people came from so many counties around the united. States. That's what you're trying to avoid. Look. It's not forever. You don't have to think about this sort of situation forever but in the midst. Of a pandemic when you see the numbers that we see on the right side of the screen, you're trying to do everything you can to mitigate the spread I think that's why Dr Freedom was making the point that he was making. You're also saying the CDC's no longer doing daily briefings as they used to over these many years as you and I well know if the CDC Sanjay bowing to political pressure from the top, let's say the white. House on these guidelines, which could potentially save lives how are Americans supposed to sort out the best advice to keep themselves safe? This is this is an unusual time wolf. There's no question about it I mean. You're asking a very important question. You know Dr Afridi during Ebola. You did hear from him daily back in two thousand fourteen rich besser who you know well, we heard from him regularly during each one n one the last pandemic. And we could count on that information and there was there was a lot of communication. So people were sort of generally hearing what was happening and they were generally on the same page right now we're spending so much time. We'll just basically trying to clear up confusion teachers listed as essential workers meaning that they can teach and be in classrooms even if they've been exposed to someone with covert. We we saw what happened over the weekend you and I were covering that live these emergency use authorization for convalescent plasma despite lack of enough data around that, and now this this testing issue testing. People not testing a symptomatic people look wolf. I hope changes. We're going to continue to do our job, but it's important. I think for people to really dig in and be sure that what they're hearing is something that they can count on and I I. I realized that's challenging talk to your doctors, your own local health officials, the National Academy of. Medicine the Infectious Disease Society of America, they're all weighing in on this as well. So hopefully, you can get sources of good knowledge in different places the CDC getting a lot of pressure from the White House. That's awful. The FDA food and Drug Administration they got pressure and yesterday Dr Steven Hahn had to actually apologize for misrepresenting the results of a study. By the FDA that led to the Emergency Usta authorization. All right. Sanjay. Thank you very much as usual. These are serious life life threatening developments indeed there's more breaking news we're following in the situation room too busy Hurricane Laura now has intensified to a powerful category four storm as A. Closer and closer to the Gulf coast and officials are warning of a storm surge of fifteen feet or higher which they say in their word is unservicable. Our meteorologist Jennifer Gray is tracking the storm for us. There's a new forecast just came out from the National Hurricane Center Jennifer. What's the latest? Well. All right. Now, the storm has Wednesday one, hundred, forty, five miles per hour with gusts of one, hundred and seventy five. It is moving to the northwest at about fifteen miles per hour. It's about one hundred and fifty miles from the coast right now, and you can see that I is tightening up it's shrinking a little but the storm is very healthy. It's symmetrical and my fear is wolf. That will have a chance to intensify even more before making landfall I really wouldn't be surprised if this is a strong category four or category five storm when it makes Landfall Wolf Sixteen years ago this week Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans at that point it was a category three just some some perspective. What areas are we seeing now? That are in real danger of this hurricane and the storm surge specifically. Well just as you know, Wolf. From Louisiana it is a very vulnerable state possibly the most vulnerable in the Gulf along the Gulf coast, very low lying areas. It's going to be very easy to get water inundation all the way up to I ten that runs through lake. Charles runs through Beaumont Texas water is going to be able to go very very far inland when you talk about a twenty foot storm. Surge with this storm, we're already starting to see a rain bands come on shore. There is going to be a tornado potential as well. But when this water pushes in this vulnerable area, it's a lot of marsh land, the Bays, the rivers, all of that water is going to push north in that is going to bring an incredibly high storm surge. This is not like a Harvey A. Storm. That's going to sit over an area for a week and dump a lot of rain with this storm. It is going to be the storm surge that is going to be the most deadly part of this storm and that's why the National Hurricane Center has said that this is uncertain of survivable because when you have twenty feet of storm surge along the coast that's going to. Be Higher than a two story house. So we already have four feet of storm surge coming in Wolf in this this storm is already more than one hundred miles away. So we have a long way to go and that is going to continue to rise and the wind is going to continue to get much much stronger. We think it'll hit landfall after midnight at some point later tonight. Right looks like it's going to make landfall. Two and four am somewhere along the southeast Texas Louisiana border. We'll watch it together with our meteorologist. Jennifer Gray this is an awful situation. Thank you very very much. The breaking news continues here in the situation room up next new details of the boycott by NBA players of tonight's three playoff games in protest of the police shooting of jakup blink.

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