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In a briefing featuring his galling contradiction of the CDC director’s claims about vaccine development, President Donald Trump also made a startlingly callous comment about the deaths of his fellow Americans.

Referring to the COVID-19 death count in the United States, Trump claimed: “If you take the blue states out, we’re at a level I don’t think anybody in the world would be at.

It was yet more evidence that Trump isn’t concerned about the deaths of his political opponents, and that he’s incapable of feeling true empathy for those who have been affected by the virus. He only cares about boosting his own ego and personal standing, so he twists the numbers around however he thinks will reflect best on him.

“This is quite simply one of the most appalling and inhuman statements ever uttered by an American President,” said Democratic Rep. Don Beyer of Virginia.

MSNBC’s Chris Hayes noted: “The deaths in the blue states don’t count is one probably the sickest and most honest belief I’ve heard Trump express.”

And while it’s true that Democratic leaning states have been hit harder than Republican leaning states, Trump’s claim that the GOP portions of the country have been performing remarkably well by a global standard is just false, as Charles Gaba pointed out:

Its also wrong anyway. Heres how the US would rank in deaths per capita if split into blue, red and swing states vs. other countries.

The US is currently 11th in mortality.
The blue states only would be 4th.
The red states only would be 16th.
Lower? Yes…but not impressive.

— Charles Gaba (@charles_gaba) September 16, 2020

And of the top 10 U.S. states with the highest COVID-19 death totals, four are led by Republican governors and six are led by Democrats. The partisan split is just not as simple as he wants it to be. And even if it were, it’s his obligation to be president for the whole country. His repeated failures to provide the necessary leadership in the country have been extensively documented. Moreover, while Democratic states were hit hardest initially, it’s Republican states that have recently been experiencing the worst toll from the outbreaks:

Contrary to Trump’s attempt at deflection, most coronavirus deaths since mid-June have been in red states. Now, nearly three-quarters are.

Take out blue state deaths and we still have the second-highest death toll globally.

— Philip Bump (@pbump) September 16, 2020

“Trump much more explicitly dismissing “blue states” as not really part of America is a super worrying development, if you’re counting,” said Farhad Manjoo. “We get inured to this sort of stuff — once it was a scandal when he called it the China virus, now it’s just a Wednesday — but this is bad.”

Christine Pelosi noted: “Trump can’t pit blue states against red states; we are the UNITED States. Imagine if a governor said ‘blue counties in my state are OK not red ones so we are OK’ — that would be ridiculous and unacceptable. The truth is, ALL of us are in this together.”

Some suggested that Trump’s urge to divide the country into red and blue states while discussing the death rate from a pandemic showed the pernicious influence of the Electoral College:

should be said that “deaths don’t look so bad if you remove blue states” is cousin to” trump won the popular vote if you remove california.”

whole lot of right-wing discourse rests on the idea that if your state elects democrats you’re outside the legitimate political community.

— b-boy bouiebaisse (@jbouie) September 16, 2020

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U.N. Chief Guterres Calls for Improved World Governance

U.N. Secretary General Antonio Guterres on Monday called for “improved world governance” as one solution to constant geopolitical upheaval, with the globalist body central to his appeal for the revival of multilateralism.

The Por­tuguese socialist spoke as the U.N. marks its 75th anniversary and the coronavirus pandemic continues its deadly toll.

AP reports Guterres said, “Today, we have a surplus of multilateral challenges and a deficit of multilateral solutions” before pointing to coronavirus and saying it has “laid bare the world’s fragilities,” which can only be addressed together.

“Climate calamity looms, biodiversity is collapsing, poverty is rising, hatred is spreading, geopolitical tensions are escalating, nuclear weapons remain on hair-trigger alert,” Guterres conceded, without specifically adding just what the U.N. has done to alleviate those problems – if anything.

Emphasizing instead the need for a new “multilateral society,” Guterres said,“no one wants a world government — but we must work together to improve world governance.”

This is not the first time Guterres has sought to garner support for more power.

U.N. chief Antonio Guterres called for the world to “urgently redistribute power” so as to end gender inequality which he said “should shame us all in the 21st century because it is not only unacceptable, it is stupid.”

— Breitbart News (@BreitbartNews) February 28, 2020

In June he said the world needs an overarching level of multilateral governance that can sideline problematic “national interests,” as he lamented existing U.N. instruments such as the Security Council have teeth but “show little or no appetite to bite.”

In response to questions as to exactly what the U.N. has achieved over three-quarters of a century, Guterres said, “at least the Third World War so many people have predicted was avoided.

“We had what many called the ‘long peace’ with many small conflicts, but conflicts in which the big powers did not get involved against each other.”

Now the future must be addressed. To that end U.S. President Donald Trump and China’s President Xi Jinping are scheduled to address the U.N. General Assembly on Tuesday.

The body marked its actual 75th anniversary — the charter’s signing in San Francisco on June 26, 1945 — at a scaled-down event Monday with the rest of the week due to be taken up by representatives sending video messages to the organization.

Monday’s mainly virtual official commemoration was a less than stellar assessment of the state of the world, the impact of the 193-member world body over seven decades and the struggles ahead.

Some leaders appeared in native dress and in unusual settings, adding some color to prerecorded speeches.

The commemoration was finally suspended with 58 countries waiting to speak, primarily because many leaders spoke far longer than the three minutes they were allotted.

No date has been set for the speaking to resume.

AP contributed to this report

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