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Having worked with CDC scientists for 30 years, I can testify that they are scrupulously impartial. The idea that there is a resistance unit in CDC against the US government is ridiculous, insulting, and defamatory.
This is absolutely appalling. The Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs at HHS is peddling conspiracy theories, actively undermining public health agencies within HHS, and stoking fears of an armed insurgency.
"The top communications official at the powerful cabinet department in charge of combating the coronavirus accused career government scientists on Sunday of 'sedition' in their handling of the pandemic."
I have no words. Michael Caputo has plenty.
Yesterday, Caputo publicly + falsely claimed that left wing hit squads forming + urged followers to stockpile ammunition + accused CDC career scientists of sedition. This is top pandemioc comms guy at DHHS, the assistant secretary of public affairs.
Absolutely terrifying. HHS’ Caputo encourages an armed revolt & blames the CDC for the pandemic.
I think they’re gearing their followers up to kill scientists. Scientists are seditious. Left wing hit squads. Public health officers are quitting their jobs over death threats and harassment. The administration cheering it on. Conspiracism is deadly.
Caputo sounds like Kurtz (in both “Heart of Darkness” and “Apocalypse Now”): “shadows on the ceiling in my apartment, there alone, shadows are so long.” He wants bullets to fight imaginary death squads. These people are insane, and they are dangerous.
Michael Caputo, asst sec “When #DonaldTrump refuses to stand down at the inauguration, the shooting will begin. If you carry guns, buy ammunition...” Scientists “deep in the bowels of the have given up science & become political animals.”
What ⁦⁩ doesn’t say is that this is delusional, he’s calling supporters to violence and he’s a top Administration official. This is off-the-rails insanity and we’re still tip-toeing around it.
Scientists at “haven’t gotten out of their sweatpants except for meetings at coffee shops” to plot “how they’re going to attack Donald Trump.” Michael Caputo accuses the scientists of sedition, in this remarkable piece by
Threatening someone who you disagree with isn’t appropriate or effective. I condone this behavior. But Caputo & Atlas have played a sizable role in undermining #publichealth & #science & they should be held accountable. In a #pandemic it’s life or death
Trump must condemn this talk and fire Caputo immediately. This is a real test of he will deal with an election loss.
“And when Donald Trump refuses to stand down at the inauguration, the shooting will begin,” [Trump official Michael Caputo] said. “The drills that you’ve seen are nothing... If you carry guns, buy ammunition,... because it’s going to be hard to get.” OMG
Caputo:"And when Donald Trump refuses to stand down at the inauguration, the shooting will begin,” he said. “The drills that you’ve seen are nothing.” He added: “If you carry guns, buy ammunition, ladies and gentlemen, because it’s going to be hard to get.”
NYT: Michael Caputo, the assistant secretary of health for public affairs, accused C.D.C. scientists of “sedition" and falsely warned that left-wing hit squads were preparing for armed insurrection after the election.
Profoundly misunderstanding the word "venial" (while repeating it for emphasis!) is really the least of the problems here, I know, but I admit that's the part that I can't get unstuck from my craw. This government is genuinely insane. Genuinely nuts.
In this piece, Michael Caputo, a political spinner close to Roger Stone who Trump installed at HHS to coordinate a pro-Trump message on Covid-19, comes across as troubled and dangerous. He should not be in an important position related to a pandemic.
Michael Caputo, the assistant secretary of public affairs at HHS, said without evidence that the CDC was harboring a "resistance unit" determined to undermine Trump and accused career government scientists of "sedition" in their handling of the pandemic.
"Get your ammunition now," top HHS spokesman warned on Facebook Live Sunday night. Accused CDC of harboring a "resistance unit"
Trump DHS appointee Michael Caputo spun conspiracy theories about left-wing hit squads being trained for insurrection and accused CDC scientists of “sedition” on Facebook Live last night. Caputo is a former Kremlin advisor.
The very definition of kakistocracy, corruption, autocracy, thuggery. Michael Caputo, a key official in the Trump Administration
I used to think that climate denial was a special case because the effects were gradual and invisible, hence easy to deny. But here we have epidemiologists accused of sedition for reporting on a pandemic in progress. So maybe climate not special after all
Impossible to overstate how awful Caputo is. Dealt with him when he was campaign manager in 2010 to Carl Paladino, the GOP nominee for governor and without question the most loathsome character I'd ever covered in American politics.
"When Donald Trump refuses to stand down at the inauguration, the shooting will begin": Trump ally at HHS spins out conspiracy theories, accusing scientists of "sedition," describing a "resistance unit" at CDC and warning of leftist hit squads.
This is an incredibly dangerous situation as a policy matter, but the quotes here sound more like someone who desperately needs help in a personal capacity away from the spotlight
A top Trump health aide, without evidence, accused government scientists of “sedition.” He also warned of a left-wing revolt after the election.
A senior official in Trump's cabinet department in charge of fighting Covid-19 falsely alleges that CDC scientists commit sedition and that left-wing hit squads are preparing for armed revolt after the election. Folks, this is dangerous.
Only the best people.
This is your occasional reminder that in a normal administration would have been out on his ass within two hours of this story being published.
This man is being paid with your tax dollars: Trump Health Aide Alleges Broad Conspiracies and Warns of Armed Revolt
On his weekly live video yesterday, Trump’s assistant secretary for public affairs let his freak flag fly. He said contains a “resistance unit” of scientists engaged in “sedition.” That’s the least crazy bit. 1/5
MICHAEL CAPUTO, a top appointee, has been accused of interfering in coronavirus reports. In a video Sunday, he accused government scientists of “sedition” & said CDC was harboring a “resistance unit” determined to undermine TRUMP
Trump Health Aide Alleges Broad Conspiracies and Warns of Armed Revolt
THIS. IS. CRAZY. The only truthful thing this wingnut says here is that his “mental health has definitely failed.” Word: Trump Health Aide Alleges Broad Conspiracies and Warns of Armed Revolt
The mental health crisis aspect of the pandemic is real and vastly underestimated. People are literally going insane. This one just happens to be a key official in the government response to the pandemic.
Consider the possibility that we are led by psychopaths.
The Trump administration's top health department spokesman: “If you carry guns, buy ammunition, ladies and gentlemen, because it’s going to be hard to get”
Pretty insane stuff here from Caputo, claims he’s at war with ⁦⁩ “resistance unit” who are trying to murder him in addition to making Trump look bad with Covid, forecasts post-election civil war.
Look who’s angling for a promotion
This whole story's nuts but a high ranking Administration official telling political supporters to buy ammunition in preparation for a dispute over election results seems like the most newsworthy bit.
“You understand they’re going to have to kill me,” HHS chief spokesman Michael Caputo says. “[My mental health has definitely failed.... I don’t like being alone in Washington.... Shadows on the ceiling in my apartment, there alone, shadows so long.”
Imagine the reaction if someone in the Obama administration made a similar accusation? Also, Trump does what he accuses his enemies or doing, so this scares the shit out of me.
So, this is we're at: Michael Caputo -- a top official at the federal department in charge of fighting the pandemic -- goes on Facebook live to deliver a stream of dangerous conspiracy nonsense. This will likely worsen as the election approaches
Trump DHHS official Michael Caputo isn't just unhinged from reality, he's actively inciting violence and undermining the COVID response effort. He must resign.
The administration pressuring scientists to modify coronavirus government processes or results to help the President has been a growing concern. An HHS political appointee accusing government scientists of "sedition" makes the concern all too real.
Not sure I can think of anything - ANYTHING - more ominous in a deadly pandemic than one of the top Trump officials leading the nation's #COVID19 response accusing scientists and public-health officials of "sedition."
Head of communications for US federal health agencies and the person in charge of coronavirus PR says people are out to kill him, his mental health is deteriorating, he sees shadows on the wall, and to buy ammunition for election day.
Caputo, the top communications official at HHS, "accused career government scientists on Sunday of “sedition” in their handling of the pandemic." Academics, stand up for your gov't colleagues.
JFC this administration is going to get us all killed
The man who led the process of surveilling and censoring the MMWR thinks that CDC scientists are out to kill him. This is downright delusional
Senior Trump thug spreads lies to incite right-wing violence.
Trump health aide steps up attacks on CDC scientists, accusing them of “sedition” and involvement in deep state conspiracies, by via
He is the one guilty of sedition against truth, reality, logic, reason, science and those whose fealty isn’t the whims of someone who evades reality
Hard to read. As someone who knows and works with colleagues ⁦⁩ these allegations are absurd. His other saber-rattling rhetoric? incredibly dangerous. Trump Health Aide Alleges Broad Conspiracies and Warns of Armed Revolt ⁦
The latest chapter to the expose of Caputo's -meddling from last Friday... For as unhinged as this sounds, this article doesn't even highlight Caputo's Russian/news PR history and Roger Stone connections ()...
This from a top communications official in the Department of Health and Human Services? "The drills that you’ve seen are nothing.” He added: “If you carry guns, buy ammunition, ladies and gentlemen, because it’s going to be hard to get.” #unhealth
"Mr. Caputo on Sunday complained on Facebook that he was under siege by the media and said that his physical health was in question and his 'mental health has definitely failed.'” (I would tend to concur.)
When the going gets weird, the weird go to work for Trump: Trump Health Aide Alleges Broad Conspiracies and Warns of Armed Revolt #COVID19
"The top communications official ... made outlandish and false claims ... that career government scientists were engaging in “sedition” ... and warned that left-wing hit squads were preparing for armed insurrection after the election."
Mr. Caputo complained on Facebook that his physical health was in question and his “mental health has definitely failed.” He also described “shadows on the ceiling in my apartment, there alone, shadows are so long”... Please get this man the help he needs.
Unbelievable. Literally. Astonishing that this level of deceit and abuse of office is tolerated. Frightening that it seems the direction the Trump Administration is taking. Trump Health Aide Alleges Broad Conspiracies and Warns of Armed Revolt
These guys are trapped in the right wing propaganda bubble they've built for themselves. Truly disturbing stuff.
Trump Health Aide Alleges Broad Conspiracies and Warns of Armed Revolt via
It’s terrifying that a man this unhinged has been given a government podium and a $250M public disinformation budget.
CDC employees are 'like monks' who only 'ditch the sweatpants to plot from coffee shops'. Seriously disturbing piece. A #mustread Trump Health Aide Falsely Alleges Conspiracies & Warns of Armed Revolt
Trump Health Aide Falsely Alleges Conspiracies and Warns of Armed Revolt
Holy shit, the whole GOP has gone totally nuts. Trump Health Aide Falsely Alleges Conspiracies and Warns of Armed Revolt
Obviously it's bad when powerful government officials actually believe their own "deep state" conspiracy rhetoric. But is there also an upside in the sense that this becomes a magnet for scandal and limits their ability to do long-term damage?
Just when you thought the Trump Administration's interference into the work of the CDC, FDA, and HHS could not get any more concerning, there is this. THIS. IS. UTTERLY. TERRIFYING.
Trump Health Aide Alleges Broad Conspiracies and Warns of Armed Revolt
This is batshit.
Trump Health Aide Falsely Alleges Conspiracies and Warns of Armed Revolt Top official at department in charge of combating coronavirus made false claims that career government scientists engaged in “sedition” in handling of the pandemic
Interesting times. Someone’s been watching too much SciFi. It’s nice to know he’s 1 of the President’s top and most trusted aids. The movie would be too unbelievable. Trump Health Aide Alleges Broad Conspiracies and Warns of Armed Revolt ⁦
Scary and out of hand, high-level government appointee fomenting violence in attacks on science: Trump Health Aide Falsely Alleges Conspiracies and Warns of Armed Revolt
Trump Health Aide Alleges Broad Conspiracies and Warns of Armed Revolt What. The. Fuck. These are the people in top government positions, omfg.