Episode

5/15 The Dems’ Hapless Covid Response & QAnon Explained w/ David Dayen & Matt Binder

May 15, 2020

Sam hosts David Dayen (@ddayen), executive editor at The American Prospect, and Matt Binder (@MattBinder), host of the DOOMED podcast and writer at Mashable.

On today’s show: Whistleblower Dr. Rick Bright says winter 2020 could be “darkest in modern history.”

David Dayen (@ddayen), executive editor at The American Prospect, joins Sam to break down the House Democrats ‘HEROES’ act and the political malpractice it represents. From the bill’s corporate focus to its pre-emptive compromises, it’s clear Pelosi and the centrist Democrats are trying to make sure the crisis does not lead to structural change. Meanwhile, Pramila Jayapal and the progressive caucus have mounted a hapless opposition. And Joe Biden is doubling down on being Joe Biden. What a mess.

Matt Binder (@MattBinder), host of the DOOMED podcast and writer at Mashable (and MR alum!) joins Sam to discuss his televised “discussion” with Brandon Straka (remember him?) and the conspiracy theories driving Boomer politics, from Pizzagate to Q-anon.

On the fun half: Jon from San Antonio wonders if Americans will ever express their anger over Covid politically. Ronald Raygun plugs GoFundMe for striking agricultural workers; donate at GoFundMe.com/didyoueattoday. Dr. Bright shares email correspondence with industry executive saying “we are in deep shit.” Dr. Bright says administration was warned about PPE shortages were coming in January. Trump and Kayleigh McEnany describe Obama pandemic response as “paper packet.” McConnell admits he lied about Obama plan for pandemic. Trump says we have the best testing, but it is overrated, complains he doesn’t get enough credit. Trump says we’d have fewer cases if we did less testing. Trump denies talking to anyone at DOJ regarding Richard Burr stepping down from Senate Intel chair. Biden says he wouldn’t vote for himself if he believed Tara Reade. Indiana Senator Mike Braun objects to demands to release CDC guidelines to reopen country, blames COVID outbreak on bureaucratic stodginess. Plus, your calls and IMs!

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