Postcards from the class & culture wars (3.19.20)

Postcards from the class & culture wars (3.19.20) March 19, 2020

“In the moral, ethnocultural world that constitutes their belief system, white evangelicals see themselves losing ground to an American mainstream they once bestrode like a colossus.”

“In a country where many individuals, companies, institutions, and local governments are making hard decisions for the good of the nation, the most important actor of them all — the Trump administration — has been a shambolic bonanza of incompetence.”

“There are essentially two different ways of combating the coronavirus — wide-scale quarantining or widespread testing — and the United States and many states, including Massachusetts, have been doing poorly at both.”

“The White House overruled health officials who wanted to recommend that elderly and physically fragile Americans be advised not to fly on commercial airlines because of the new coronavirus, a federal official told the Associated Press.”

“The German government just placed an order for 10,000 mechanical ventilators. What’s the U.S. government doing about a potential shortage here? Not much, it seems.”

Our response is much, much worse than almost any other country that’s been affected.”

“The United States, whose first case was detected the same day as South Korea’s, is not even close to meeting demand for testing.”

“About 7 in 10 white evangelical Christians approve of the way Trump is handling issues related to the coronavirus outbreak, including 52% who strongly approve of his performance.”

“Keen to defend President Trump from criticism and portray virus-related warnings as politically motivated fear-mongering, conservative organizations, media and Trump loyalists are undermining state and local government efforts to convey accurate information and protect their constituents.”

“After testing positive for COVID-19, Sandi Patty posted a video urging fans to take the pandemic seriously.”

“Concerns were raised that the bill’s language could inadvertently open up federal funds for abortion services, but it’s unclear exactly how. No draft of the legislation had funding for abortion in it. We rate this claim False.”

“Kirk’s repeated “China Virus” tweets, and Trump’s powerful retweet, both connecting the spread of disease with the need to keep immigrants out, are a clear reminder that white Christian nationalism has always connected non-white immigrants with social and biological contamination.”

“Trump was trying to secure the scientists’ work exclusively, and would do anything to get a vaccine for the United States, ‘but only for the United States.’

“Minnesota and Vermont have now officially designated another group of workers as emergency personnel: grocery clerks. This means the workers hurrying to stock shelves and check out customers in those states will also receive free child care.”

“When I walk through the unit now, I cannot help but linger on the faces of the elderly prisoners, some of them who have been like father figures to us younger men, and think about how they are unlikely to survive this.”

“The American Red Cross said they’re now facing a ‘severe blood shortage,’ as blood drives across the country continue to be cancelled as concerns over the novel coronavirus pandemic grow.”

“Howard-Browne said he doesn’t know anybody who has been infected by the coronavirus, nor does he know anybody who knows anybody who has been infected, which he cited as evidence that the entire thing is nothing more than a globalist plot to shut down churches.”

“(Update 3/18/20): Since the publication of this article, Maldonado’s King Jesus International Ministry announced that services are suspended ‘until further notice’ due to the coronavirus pandemic.”

“Before he rebranded himself as a coronavirus expert, Kawcyznski was a notorious white nationalist advocating for a nearly all-white monarchy in New England — with himself as its king.”

“Trump claimed that more than 100,000 people had requested tickets for the Tampa rally, an impossibility since the campaign had not yet announced the event or made tickets available.”

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