With out his Twitter account, Trump’s conspiracy theories discover little traction
WASHINGTON – The former President of the United States offered one of his wild conspiracy theories when he received news that federal health officials are recommending a hiatus on Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 vaccine.
Johnson & Johnson’s hiatus was announced “for politics,” Donald Trump said in a statement released late Tuesday morning. Or maybe it was done to help a rival vaccine maker like Pfizer, he added.
In the same statement, he then complained that Pfizer did not disclose the results of the phase 3 study until after the decision on the 2020 presidential election. “They didn’t like me very much because I pushed them extremely hard.”
And guess what: Few have heard Trump’s unsubstantiated conspiracy theories.
You didn’t run the evening news programs. You didn’t make big headlines in the New York Times or the Washington Post.
And while some news outlets covered his testimony, it was more background noise for the breaking news – than for the main event.
So when the political, technical, and legal world debates Trump’s social media ban on Twitter and Facebook following his post-election conspiracy theories and false claims, the result is pretty telling.
Without Twitter, Trump no longer drives the news, even on the most explosive and sensitive topics.
Tweet of the day
“I think this will take days to weeks … I think we’ll hear of a decision pretty quickly.” -DR. Anthony Fauci on Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccination break pic.twitter.com/nRuSwkqJfZ
– TODAY (@TODAYshow) April 14, 2021
Biden announces the complete withdrawal of Afghanistan by September 11th
At 2:15 p.m. ET, President Biden is due to make a comment on Afghanistan in which he is expected to announce that the United States will withdraw its troops entirely from that country by September 11.
“Troop withdrawal will begin before May 1, the deadline for full withdrawal as set out in an agreement the Trump administration has made with the Taliban,” said a senior government official. The US says that around 2,500 soldiers are deployed in Afghanistan, ”report Carol E. Lee and Kristen Welker from NBC.
“‘We went to Afghanistan to bring justice to those who attacked us on September 11th and to disrupt terrorists who want to use Afghanistan as a safe haven to attack the United States,” the official said believe we achieved this goal a few years ago. “
On the one hand, you will hear arguments that the US, announcing its full withdrawal, is removing any leverage in the search for peace between the Afghan government and the Taliban.
On the other hand, there is the argument that after 20 years of US involvement, the Afghan government could not still bring the Taliban to a stalemate without US help.
Prominent sports columnist calls for a boycott of the Beijing Winter Games
One of the country’s most influential sports columnists, Sally Jenkins of the Washington Post, argues that the West should boycott the 2022 Winter Games in Beijing and hold it in Canada instead.
“What do you do with an invasive constricting snake? You’re fucking stepping away from it, that’s something. You don’t send your most ambitious children down the gullet asking them to shut up and just breathe shallowly for two weeks while they are squeezed by it. Isn’t that the most harmful thing we could do to a Mikaela Shiffrin? “
Data Download: The Numbers You Need To Know Today
31,481,525: The number of confirmed cases of coronavirus in the US, according to the latest data from NBC News and health officials. (That’s 80,362 more than yesterday morning.)
567,525: The number of deaths in the US from the virus, according to the latest data from NBC News. (That’s 880 more than yesterday morning.)
192,282,781: Number of vaccine doses given in the United States
20.5 percent: The percentage of Americans who are fully vaccinated
fifteen: The number of days Biden has left to reach his 100-day vaccination goal.
ICYMI: What else is happening in the world?
First Lady Jill Biden is undergoing “general medical procedure” this morning.
Three GOP senators want to withdraw their antitrust exemption from the MLB because of their all-star protest.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has officially invited Biden to address Congress on April 28th.
A general report from the inspector states that prior to January 6, Capitol police were ordered not to use their most aggressive tactics.
Arkansas is the latest state to pass a ban that is effective in preventing voters waiting in line from being given food and water.
The Washington Post looks at the bigger picture of Biden’s Afghan retreat.