S.V. Dáte Profile picture
6 Oct, 10 tweets, 2 min read
NEW -- Trump honestly seemed to believe that if he only ever had contact with people who had tested negative, he couldn't possibly get sick himself.

Respectfully, it was an idiotic thing to believe. Obviously.

Instead of using a test with an effective 10% to 20% “false negative” rate as a screening tool, as it was designed, the WH used it as the sole means of determining whether employees and visitors were COVID-free ― and rejected other measures, such as masks and social distancing.
“They tried to test their way out of COVID, and you can’t do that,” said William Schaffner, a professor of infectious diseases at the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. “They were looking for a magical way out, a magic wand.”
That the plan could not work was obvious to him and his colleagues in the field from the start, Schaffner said, but it became obvious to the world in the aftermath of a large gathering at the White House on Sept. 26 to celebrate a Supreme Court nomination.
From a former administration official:
Here is Trump, explaining his logic:

“We get tested. I’m tested. I have people tested. When people come into the Oval Office, it’s like a big deal. No matter who they are ― if they’re heads of countries, they all get tested. So I’m in sort of a different position.”
The big problem: There is a 1-2 day window during which someone exposed to the virus is contagious and spreading it WHILE ALSO showing negative on the 15-min test the White House has relied upon.
Even if they switched to a more precise PCR test that took several hours to get a result, such a window would still exist, although it would be shorter.
Trump, who, during a visit to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta this spring, claimed to have a full understanding of medical issues, appeared not to grasp the implications of how a person could test negative one day but positive the next.

• • •

Missing some Tweet in this thread? You can try to force a refresh

Keep Current with S.V. Dáte

S.V. Dáte Profile picture

Stay in touch and get notified when new unrolls are available from this author!

Read all threads

This Thread may be Removed Anytime!


Twitter may remove this content at anytime! Save it as PDF for later use!

Try unrolling a thread yourself!

how to unroll video
  1. Follow @ThreadReaderApp to mention us!

  2. From a Twitter thread mention us with a keyword "unroll"
@threadreaderapp unroll

Practice here first or read more on our help page!

More from @svdate

3 Oct

1) Never attribute to a conspiracy what can be explained by simple incompetence.
2) BUT -- in this case -- we're getting some deliberate obfuscation about key points regarding Trump's trips to Minnesota and New Jersey, Wednesday and Thursday.
3) If Trump was contagious on Wednesday and Thursday (and it's almost certain that he was on Thursday) then he possibly/likely infected donors at indoor fundraisers in Shorewood, MN, and at his golf course in Bedminster, NJ.
4) Hope Hicks felt ill on the plane heading back from Minnesota, which should have raised a big red flag for him and anyone else who had been around her over the previous days. Not saying she made them sick. There could have been a common source.
Read 5 tweets
3 Oct
Since the Trump cult is losing their mind over the "anonymous" source talking about Trump's condition, some background:

1) When you are the pooler for the day and put out a statement on background, you are not freelancing. That statement is an AUTHORIZED WHITE HOUSE STATEMENT.
2) Given THIS White House's track record for honesty, you as a journalist or news consumer have every reason to question its accuracy and the motive for putting it out.
This appears to be angering all the Christian Patriots with 8-digit numbers in their Twitter names.
Read 4 tweets
3 Oct
Dr. Conley is not inspiring confidence with these answers.

1) He is being evasive about whether Trump ever was on supplemental O2.
2) He is refusing to answer about the testing timeline, when the last negative test was.
Re: Conley. He put out this memo, which lists the president's weight as 243 pounds.

Come on. Image
And here is the one from this year, in which he states that Trump weighs 244. Image
Read 4 tweets
2 Oct
I happened to be print pooler aboard the plane Wednesday for that trip to Minnesota, as I have been several times since the pandemic began.

Some observations:

1) Obviously, the tone for this WH's approach to this has been set at the very top.

2) Trump is endangering not just political staff who want to work for him, but career staff who work in the building and Secret Service agents who have to guard him night and day.
When Trump travels, that anti-mask culture travels with him.
Read 8 tweets
29 Sep
The 5 simple words Biden could use to DESTROY Trump tonight:


(Buzzfeed subhead: Number four will CHILL your spine!)
And while the professional campaign operatives have been trying to sell the idea that Biden is actually a good and experienced debater, Trump himself has undercut that message every day.

He has called Biden stupid, dumb, etc.

This morning, Giuliani said Biden had dementia.
Read 4 tweets
28 Sep
Rose Garden news conference, very triumphant, "historic" language, lots of numbers about testing.

Not ONE one of them has mentioned this number: Image
Now up: The radiologist from a right-wing think tank who has suddenly become Trump's go-to coronavirus expert.

The guy Trump's CDC director believes says only false things.
And the president leaves without taking questions.
Read 4 tweets

Did Thread Reader help you today?

Support us! We are indie developers!

This site is made by just two indie developers on a laptop doing marketing, support and development! Read more about the story.

Become a Premium Member ($3/month or $30/year) and get exclusive features!

Become Premium

Too expensive? Make a small donation by buying us coffee ($5) or help with server cost ($10)

Donate via Paypal Become our Patreon

Thank you for your support!

Follow Us on Twitter!