When the phone rings, cruel thoughts pass through the mind of many Americans: Who died? Who has coronavirus? Did my test come back? Do I have this terrible disease? I am glad it was not me. Was it a Democratic legislator? After all, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) called the Senators, many elderly, back from across the country — for an outrageous vote. House Intelligence Committee Chair Adam Schiff (D-CA) pulled Americans back on course.
McConnell wanted to have a vote on Wednesday to install his incompetent friend into a lifelong judgeship position. The thing was, during this national pandemic, people have not been Democrats. They have not been Republicans, Independents, Progressives, or Conservatives. Everyone is an American.
As Schiff tweeted, “lives are at stake.” He urged Americans to heed the advice of the experts — physicians and scientists. He stepped over the bodies of people Donald Trump and his ilk have attacked for speaking truth to Trump’s power. Then, the California Representative made a heroic stand. He advised everyone to listen even when the truth was “politically inconvenient” or “contradicts” Trump’s story:
‘We need to listen to the experts and follow their advice, not punish them for speaking the truth.
Even when the truth is politically inconvenient — or it contradicts the story Trump would like to tell.
Lives are at stake. We have to get this right.’
Schiff was tweeting about NBC Correspondent Geoff Bennett’s tweet concerning a thought-provoking whistleblower complaint. Trump demoted this topmost physician to the lowest levels of his department, even though the doctor has been a serious navigator through the dangerous politicalized COVID-19 waters:
‘NEWS: Ousted HHS official files whistleblower complaint on coronavirus response. Dr. Rick Bright’s complaint says Health and Human Services leadership was slow to react and pushed contracts “based on political connections.” My latest w/ @darehgregorian’