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In other news, Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt (R) has become the first state governor to test positive for the coronavirus. Stitt attended Trump's recent rally in Tulsa.

Meanwhile, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine estimates that schools will need at least $20 billion from the government to implement proper safety measures for reopening.

“In the absence of substantial financial support from the federal government and state governments, it is likely that the communities most impacted by COVID-19 will see even worse health outcomes in the wake of reopening schools,” says the report. “Schools will not be able to take on the entire financial burden of implementing the mitigation strategies.”

It's not clear how much congressional Republicans will agree to spend.

Finally, Trump is still out there illustrating that he has no idea how literally anything works.

"Think of this, if we didn't do testing, instead of testing over 40 million people, if we did half the testing we would have half the cases," Trump said at a press conference at the White House. "If we did another, you cut that in half, we would have, yet again, half of that. But the headlines are always testing."

Trump said that while coronavirus testing "is a good thing," it has also served as "fodder for the fake news to report cases." He said that if the U.S. didn't test people for Covid-19, then you wouldn't have "all the headlines" because the nation has one of the lowest mortality rate.

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  • Christopher Foxx

    “Think of this, if we didn’t do testing, instead of testing over 40 million people, if we did half the testing we would have half the cases. If we did another, you cut that in half, we would have, yet again, half of that….

    The logical conclusion to this train of “thought” is that if we did zero testing we’d have zero cases. Stands to reason, right?

    Sheesh.

    I know Trump never ceases to smash all out expectations of just how stupid he is. But, seriously, how can anyone be this monumentally stupid? It’s not a difficult concept, and certainly he’s had numerous people point it out to him (Hell, we’ve seen reporters do it several times.) yet he still believes that testing causes Covid.

    Even in the time of Trump, unbelieveable.

  • Draxiar

    Given the average congressional Republican doesn’t care about education and has settled with sacrificing pretty much anyone for the sake of the Dow I’ll be shocked and amazed if they pass $20B for schools to reopen properly.

    • Tony Lavely

      Less cynical than I, who would be shocked and amazed if they pass $1.00 for schools to open properly.

      • Draxiar

        Fair point.

  • Aynwrong

    All of American society is going to adjust to the consequences of not merely the virus but the egregious stupidity of the “response” to it. So much of this was avoidable. As I believe will always be the case in judging the outcomes of Republican leadership.

    “…if we did half the testing we would have half the cases,”

    Sharp as a bowling ball.

    • muselet

      Foghorn Leghorn reference duly noted. *applause*

      –alopecia

      • Aynwrong

        Oh yeah….

        I believe one of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles said the same. LOL!

      • Christopher Foxx

        My favorite remains “Son, I say, son, some people are so narrow-minded they can peep through a keyhole with both eyes.”

        Like the one above, also appropriate for the MAGA crowd.