Aug 30: Alexander continues to push Dr. Fauci’s press team to downplay the risk of children contracting and spreading the coronavirus. In emails obtained by Politico, a NIAID scientist refutes Alexander’s claim that the coronavirus poses “zero” risk to children, citing multiple studies indicating that spread occurs among children. Alexander replies by stating that wearing masks would be “traumatic” for children and retorting that there is “little, if any evidence” the children are at risk for contracting or spreading the coronavirus. Someone is shot and killed during protests in Oregon. Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers (D) urges President Trump to “reconsider” his plan to visit the city of Kenosha as protests continue over the shooting of Jacob Blake
Aug 31: HHS Secretary Alex Azar revokes the FDA’s ability to check the quality of tests developed by individual labs. Alex Azar unilaterally changes the CDC’s ability to check the quality of tests used by individual labs, Politico reports. While the move had been supported by universities and private labs in the past, the change was reportedly objected to by FDA Chief Stephan Hahn as well as other experts who believed that the decision risked allowing inaccurate tests into the market during a public health crisis. Politico reports that the tension between Azar and Hahn rose to “screaming matches” over the issue.
Sep 1: The United States says it will not participate in an initiative by the WHO to develop, make, and distribute a COVID-19 vaccine. COVAX, with 172 countries participating, was launched so that an eventual vaccine could be distributed evenly to poor and developing countries. U.S. Health and Human services announces that it will launch a massive, $250m marketing campaign to “defeat despair.” Immediately, pundits on the left speculate that this is a GOP partisan plan to diffuse concern over the virus and amplify support for Trump.
Before he started railing against “cancel culture,” Trump tried for years to get numerous people and entities fired, boycotted or canceled for doing things he didn’t like. My partial list here: https://t.co/wLe1qsajnQ pic.twitter.com/P0zZAQQdIW— Daniel Dale (@ddale8) August 19, 2020
It’s not about Cancel Culture. It’s really Accountability Culture. Cancel Culture focuses on OUR collective reaction to what someone’s done. That’s misplaced. Accountability Culture insists on the unremarkable idea that people bear the consequences of their own actions.— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) August 26, 2020
All this “cancel culture” talk is like manna for those speaking Foxnewsese. But I suspect It leaves the rest of America scratching their heads and also not caring enough to go spend time on the Google machine looking up the definition.— Dan Rather (@DanRather) August 26, 2020
If Tucker Carlson stays on the air after this then everyone needs to stop complaining about cancel culture forever.https://t.co/CUpQ2VbFea— Matt Wilstein (@mattwilstein) August 27, 2020
Everyone seems confused about cancel culture so let me explain: If it's your team getting attacked, it's cancel culture. If it's you doing the attacking, it's speaking truth to power. Hope that clears things up.— Bridget Phetasy (@BridgetPhetasy) August 19, 2020
Cancel culture is when 20+ women accuse a man of sexual assault and he sues them for defamation, leaving them scrambling to pay legal fees. https://t.co/bOoTvLNAsu— Maris Kreizman (@mariskreizman) August 8, 2020
Never cave to the cancel culture!— Rep. Matt Gaetz (@RepMattGaetz) August 22, 2020
Pres Trump delivering a dark, ominous speech in PA says: “They want to cancel you, totally cancel you. Take your job. Turn your family against you for speaking your mind, while they indoctrinate your children with twisted, twisted world views that nobody ever thought possible.”— Yamiche Alcindor (@Yamiche) August 20, 2020
One of the most absurd cancel culture stories I've yet covered: Edward Ball is the author of "Life of a Klansman," in which he reckons with a white supremacist ancestor. It's an acclaimed anti-racism book. Students forced Tulane to cancel his virtual talk. https://t.co/gcyk9tSJQ6— Robby Soave (@robbysoave) August 6, 2020
Voting for Trump is no longer a political choice. It's about preventing the rest of the country from turning into Seattle, Portland or Chicago. It's about saying no to the use of racism and intimidation to ostensibly fight racism. It's about canceling the cancel culture vultures.— Rising serpent 🇺🇸 (@rising_serpent) August 12, 2020