President Trump announced at his daily press briefing on March 29 that he believed that the national quarantine can be lifted on April 30. He earlier had suggested that it might be lifted by Easter, April 12.
While another month of quarantine is hard to accept, the April 30 deadline is good news. It gives us an endpoint for the Chinese-made crisis. This should be reassuring to Americans and elevate our spirits that there is light at the end of the tunnel when some reports had suggested that the lockdown could drag on for months.
The bad news is that Dr. Fauci predicted that the virus could kill 100,000 and up to 200,000 Americans. This is shocking and it is probably an upper limit on the number of deaths, although deaths do seem to be increasing geometrically as of the writing of this commentary on March 30.
Nikitas3.com does not believe that we will get even close to 100,000, but even if we did this number is relatively small considering that some models show that 2.2 MILLION Americans could have died if the president had not acted quickly.
One of Trump’s life-saving edicts was the shutdown of travel between China and the US on January 31, which Democrats deemed “racist”. This travel ban prevented thousands of infected Chinese from entering the country since then, and making the situation vastly worse.
In short, if Hillary Clinton were president we never would have had the ban and we probably would have tens of thousands of deaths rather than 2,467 today.
Fake News media reports put out worst-case numbers that the crisis could last into Autumn or even well into 2021. They did this to depress Americans and to make the president look bad. This was typical media behavior. They are exploiting this tragedy to the max, without conscience, to harm president Trump.
And so it makes you wonder: What other issues are they exploiting in this way? How about ‘climate change’, which they are reporting as fact when there is no proof whatsoever that it is happening like the media are saying it is. After all, the climate has been changing naturally for thousands of years that we know of.
The April 30 deadline should help the stock market out of its jitters, although globally the virus is going to do tremendously more damage in poorer nations without the advanced medical and communications systems that we are lucky enough to have. That is unfortunate, but these poor countries have no further to look than China to place the blame.
There is other good news. It is being reported that Dr. Vladimir Zelenko from New York state found a chloroquine treatment for coronavirus had a 100% success rate on 699 patients. It also is being reported that 1,000 patients in New York state are being treated with chloroquine, which is a cheap, common and effective drug. There also is success being reported in France. If this drug is as successful as it appears to be, then that will be a major game-changer in the fight against the virus.
Meanwhile Politico reported:
The Food and Drug Administration on Sunday issued an emergency use authorization for hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine, decades-old malaria drugs championed by President Donald Trump for coronavirus treatment despite scant evidence.
The agency allowed for the drugs to be “donated to the Strategic National Stockpile to be distributed and prescribed by doctors to hospitalized teen and adult patients with COVID-19, as appropriate, when a clinical trial is not available or feasible,” HHS said in a statement, announcing that Sandoz donated 30 million doses of hydroxychloroquine to the stockpile and Bayer donated 1 million doses of chloroquine.
Remember that this is the Trump FDA. Hillary never would have allowed this. At the same time two Democrats governors have banned chloroquine in their states as the Fake News media downplay or ignore chloroquine in an attempt to stop a possible cure and make Trump look bad.
Now, here is a quick word about the devils in communist China who gave the virus crisis to the world and tried to cover it up, making everything much worse. This was posted on Twitter:
Zhang Xuandong, owner of Haofeng Electronic Technology Co. in Dongguan, #Guangdong Province in #China, says in a chat group of forehead thermometer producers which has 178 members, “Produce some fake products and sell them to the US. They (thermometers) should read 36.5ºC when the actual temperature is 39ºC. In this way, more and more American people will be infected. Let’s see if forehead thermometer producers which has 178 members, “Produce some fake products and sell them to the US. They (thermometers) should read 36.5ºC when the actual temperature is 39 ºC. In this way, more and more American people will be infected. Let’s see if they still have people left to go to other countries to harm others!”
This is awful and this is why the whole world has despised the Chinese for centuries – they are duplicitous, devious and selfish people. Meanwhile China is selling defective anti-viral masks and virus test kits all over the world. China has been selling defective products for decades. They are not to be trusted.
Don’t believe any statistics put out by the Chinese communist government about the virus inside China. These people are pathological liars.
Here are some of the disgusting things that Chinese eat – dogs, cats, bats, scorpions, a reptile called the pangolin, shark fins, bear bile, sheep penis, silkworms, turtle shell jelly, etc. Yeechhhh! What is wrong with those people? When are they going to join the civilized world? Answer: Never. ‘East is east and West is west and never the twain shall meet’ – Rudyard Kipling.
Trump Curse Strikes Again… Twice!
The Washington Examiner reported:
A hospital in Buffalo fired a top medical executive after she mocked supporters of President Trump on her Facebook account.
Laura Krolczyk, Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center’s vice president for external affairs, was fired this week by the hospital, spokeswoman Annie Deck-Miller told Buffalo News.
Krolczyk was initially placed on administrative leave by the hospital after conservative commentator Michael Caputo posted screenshots of an exchange between Krolczyk and another top official at the hospital, Lisa LaTrovato.
According to screenshots posted by Caputo, the exchange between the two women began after Krolczyk posted a link to a news article suggesting Trump did not want the federal government to pay General Motors for ventilator production.
“But will waste more than that on a wall and space force,” LaTrovato replied.
“Trump supporters need to pledge to give up their ventilators for someone else … and not go to the hospital,” Krolczyk, who previously worked on Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign, said.
LaTrovato responded again, saying, “I think they should be the only ones in packed churches on Sunday.”
“They should barricade themselves in there and ride this out,” Krolczyk wrote.
LaTrovato has been placed on administrative leave, the hospital said.
Fantastic. One fired and one placed on leave. The Trump Curse strikes again… twice. Let us hope that LaTrovato is permanently fired.
Prediction: Republicans Will Hold Senate, Take Back House
(Nikitas3.com had planned to post this commentary before the virus outbreak, but did not get around to it. Most of it remains true, although the virus outbreak could cause things to change as noted.)
Nikitas3.com predicts that president Trump will win re-election in November and that Republicans will hold majority control of the US Senate and take back majority control of the US House.
Nikitas3.com wrote in this recent commentary about the high likelihood of Trump defeating Joe Biden in the general election in November. Now here is a quick summary of US Senate and House races:
Republicans currently have a 53 to 45 advantage over Democrats in the US Senate. Two other senators are Independents who always vote with the Democrats (total 100 senators).
The Fake News media are reporting that four US Senate seats held by Republicans could be won by Democrats in November in Colorado, Iowa, North Carolina and Arizona. But Nikitas3.com predicts that president Trump will win a huge victory in November and that all of those seats will remain in Republican hands.
We should recall 2014 when the Fake News media breathlessly reported that the US Senate seats of Republicans Mitch McConnell of Kentucky and Pat Roberts of Kansas were threatened. Yet both won re-election easily. So the Fake News media always are anxious to make up stories about Republicans who are going to lose, like Trump was supposed to lose in a landslide in 2016.
In 2020 we are seeing a similar action. Republicans US senators in Georgia and North Carolina, which should both be “safe” re-election seats, have been targeted for defeat with reports of insider trading on their stock accounts. There is no proof that these reports are true; they appear to be part of the Democrats’ ongoing attempt to smear Republicans and steal Senate seats as they did in Alabama in 2017
In that ‘special’ election a left-wing Democrat won a US Senate seat that should have been easily won by a Republican. The seat was vacated when Republican Alabama US senator Jeff Sessions was confirmed as attorney general of the United States on February 8, 2017.
The Democrat, Doug Jones, then won the seat in a ‘special’ election in December 2017 after the Republican candidate Roy Moore was smeared in a vicious slander campaign. The allegations against Moore were never proven and are similar to the outrageous and never-proven charges made against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.
These smear campaigns are similar to the campaigns that are waged every single day against president Trump. They are a common Democrat tactics – lie, smear, deceive and libel.
All rational observers believe that the Alabama Senate seat is going to go back to the Republican candidate who wins a primary runoff between Sessions, who wants his old Senate seat back after resigning as attorney general under withering criticism from president Trump, and Tommy Tuberville, a highly-respected former Auburn University (in Alabama) football coach.
Nikitas3.com expects Tuberville to win the runoff handily with vocal support from president Trump. Tuberville was 12 points ahead of Sessions in one poll. Nikitas3.com then expects Tuberville to win the November election easily.
Nikitas3.com also predicts that the Senate will remain majority-controlled by Republicans after the November elections. After all, Republicans will have a 54 to 46 majority (assuming a Tuberville victory) going into November, and thus Republicans would have to lose 5 seats to give Democrats/Independents majority control with 51 seats. But Nikitas3.com does not believe that Republicans are going to lose 5 seats, no way no how.
Interestingly Republicans maintained their majority control of the US Senate with president Trump’s 2016 election even after Trump was supposed to lose and bring down the House and Senate with him.
Then in 2018, Republicans maintained majority control of the Senate even after they were expected to lose it. President Trump campaigned vigorously for Republican candidates and the GOP actually picked up two US Senate seats in 2018. On the other hand the party of Bill Clinton (Democrat), George W. Bush (Republican), and Obama (Democrat) lost a total of twenty US Senate seats combined in their first mid-term elections in 1994, 2002 and 2010.
So Trump did an amazing thing – twice. And since the Senate confirms judges and thus is more important than the House, then keeping the Senate in Republican hands since 2017 was much more crucial to the Trump agenda than the House, which has abused its majority power in the last year with the failed attempt to remove president Trump from office.
In the US House, Democrats won majority control from Republicans in the 2018 mid-term elections. This was a blow to president Trump but there were two major factors working against the GOP.
*Democrats running for the House could have been expected to do well in 2018 after the unrelenting media attacks on president Trump and following the normal political cycle in which the party that wins the White House often loses a significant number of House seats in the first mid-term election.
Democrats lost a staggering 63 seats in the first mid-term House elections in 2010 after Obama won the White House in 2008. In 1994, after Bill Clinton was elected in 1992, Republicans won 54 House seats to re-take majority control of the House for the first time in 40 years.
*Democrats won 43 US House seats in 2018 but only after a whopping 55 Republicans said that they would not seek re-election to the House leading up to the 2018 elections. This exposed many of these so-called Republicans for who they really are, i.e., fair-weather Republicans or RepubliCrats who were willing to sacrifice the Republican agenda for their own personal ends (didn’t want to support Trump, wanted to retire, etc.).
Democrats currently hold 232 seats in the House to 197 for Republicans, with one Independent and 5 vacancies. That means that Republicans must take 21 seats from Democrats in November to re-take majority control of the House with 218 votes.
And in one recent bellwether election in Kentucky, a Republican named Richard White won a Kentucky state House seat that had been held by Democrats for more than 30 years.
Thus Nikitas3.com believes that Republicans will re-take majority control of the US House when president Trump wins a big victory in November. He will “bring along” many House members with his ‘coat tails’, as the old saying goes.
Many of the Democrat seats won in 2018 are in conservative/Republican congressional districts that president Trump won in 2016, so those seats are vulnerable to Republican wins. Associated Press reported about races in California:
A pair of California Republicans were leading Democratic incumbents Wednesday in battleground congressional districts as the GOP tries to position itself to win back a string of U.S. House seats it lost (in 2018).
President Donald Trump, who wants the House back under GOP control and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi demoted, has said that with hard work, Republicans “can pick up seven seats in the state of California.”
Tuesday’s primary election set the stage for those November battles, which will play out in a state that is home to the so-called Trump resistance and where the president is widely unpopular outside his core GOP base.
Early returns showed some GOP successes in Orange County, where Republican Young Kim was the top vote-getter, setting up a rematch with Democratic U.S. Rep. Gil Cisneros. And in the 21st District, Republican David Valadao was leading incumbent Democrat TJ Cox.
In the strongly Democratic 53rd District in San Diego County, Democrat Sara Jacobs, a former State Department contractor and granddaughter of billionaire Qualcomm co-founder Irwin Jacobs, advanced to the November election. Among those seeking the second slot: San Diego City Council President Georgette Gomez, who has been endorsed by the state Democratic Party and Sen. Bernie Sanders.
Republicans hold a mere six of the state’s 53 House seats, with two vacancies. But the party wants to show it can bounce back, even in a state where Democrats control every statewide office, dominate both chambers of the Legislature and hold a 4.3-million edge in voter registrations.
Democrats have a stranglehold on California and, as expected, California is losing its younger, skilled, educated, middle class and wealthy populations, as all socialist states repel such people. So perhaps Californians are ready for a change, particularly with the horrible conditions among the homeless in Los Angeles and San Francisco along with sky-high taxes and regulations.