Who’s in Charge?

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

Trump spoke about his regime's handling of the coronavirus yesterday evening where he made a surprise announcement that couldn't have surprised anyone more than the nation's top health care official.

Trump appointed Vice President Mike Pence to oversee the regime's response to the virus and, according to Politico, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar had no idea that was going to happen.

The leadership change was a shock to Azar and his team, four people familiar with the matter told PULSE, coming shortly after the health secretary returned from a full day of congressional testimony.

Responding to a question from Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.), the secretary had earlier Wednesday dismissed POLITICO’s report that the administration was weighing appointing a czar, saying he doesn’t trust “anonymous sources in POLITICO.” Multiple news outlets, including the New York Times and CNN, later confirmed the administration was considering a shakeup.


Mike Pence has no idea what he's doing and, as you may recall, his attacks on clinics like Planned Parenthood during his time as the governor of Indiana led to an outbreak of HIV.

On the other hand, Alex Azar is sycophant who finds lying to Congress to be just as easy as breathing.

I'm not confident in any of these clowns.

  • muselet

    In case anyone needs reminding, Alex Azar was president of Eli Lilly’s US division and was on the board of the Biotechnology Innovation Organization, which Wikipedia helpfully identifies as “a pharmaceutical lobby,” before becoming Secretary of Health and Human Services.

    He hasn’t been an unmitigated disaster at HHS, but he doesn’t really have the sort of background needed to craft a response to a pandemic.

    Azar would still be a better choice than Mike Pence, who dithered and postured and pouted for two full months before declaring a public state of emergency over Indiana’s HIV outbreak. He refused to consider a needle-exchange program, despite that being an effective way to stop the spread of infections, and—you see this coming, don’t you?—prayed before finally allowing a 30-day exchange program to go into effect.

    Oh, and Mike Pence knows nothing, and cares less, about science. Any science.

    I’m not saying Pence is the worst person Donald Trump could have named to coordinate the administration’s response to Covid-19, but he’s in the top five.


  • mnpollio

    It is debatable if there is a more useless person in this sorry administration than Mike Pence. No doubt his strategy to oversee this will be merely more of the same. Pray it away and if you get sick and die, then obviously you were (1) not praying hard enough, (2) were praying to the wrong God, and/or (3) were a liberal who no one will mourn anyway. Telling people to pray is literally the only thing this jackass seems to do.

    • Nefercat

      Telling people to pray is literally the only thing this jackass seems to do.

      Well, he also likes to gush about trump’s broad shoulders. Go ahead, google “pence trump’s broad shoulders.” You’ll likely see this article right at the top of the list: