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For Memorial Day Weekend, as US Death Toll Nears 100,000: Valuable Commentary

Posted on the 24 May 2020 by William Lindsey @wdlindsy— George Conway (@gtconway3d) May 23, 2020

Martha Pengelly, "Birx: Trump does wear a mask":
Also from Fox News Sunday about its interview with Birx (which airs at 10am ET in New York): "Dr Deborah Birx says on Fox News Sunday she is still concerned with people going outside and not social distancing."  
Here's a picture of Donald Trump shaking hands with a golfing partner in Virginia on Saturday:
For Memorial Day Weekend, as US Death Toll Nears 100,000: Valuable Commentary
Can you believe that,with all of the problems and difficulties facing the U.S., President Obama spent the day playing golf.Worse than Carter— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 14, 2014

BREAKING: Trump is on his way to play golf again today. 100,000 Americans dead under his watch. And he’s golfing. Again. Trump is the biggest fraud and failure ever.— Scott Dworkin (@funder) May 24, 2020

Heather Cox Richardson, "Letters from an American, May 23 2020":
This dramatic cover [i.e., of today's New York Times, "U.S. Deaths Near 100,000, An Incalculable Loss"] does more than mark a stark number. It rejects the toxic individualism embraced by a certain portion of Trump’s base. These people refuse to isolate or wear masks either because they believe the virus isn’t actually dangerous or because they insist that public health rules infringe on their liberty or because, so far, the people most likely to die have been elderly or people of color and they are not in those categories.
"It's a personal choice," one man told a reporter as a wealthy suburb of Atlanta reopened. "If you want to stay home, stay home. If you want to go out, you can go out. I'm not in the older population. If I was to get it now, I've got a 90 percent chance of getting cured. Also, I don’t know anybody who’s got it." Another man agreed: "When you start seeing where the cases are coming from and the demographics—I'm not worried."
The New York Times cover rejects this selfishness and reminds us that we are all in this together… or should be. At least, this has been our principle in our better moments, and some people have taken it quite seriously indeed. On Monday, Memorial Day, we will honor those young men and women who did not believe that being an American meant refusing to inconvenience themselves to help their neighbors. 
Instead, to protect their fellow Americans, they laid down their lives.  

Over the past few weeks I repeatedly read stories coming out of Arkansas suggesting that social distancing wasn't happening there and the virus wasn't being taken seriously by many people (though of course many others did). And now, today, this breaking story has appeared on CNN:— Seth Abramson (@🏠) (@SethAbramson) May 23, 2020

New York Times, "Coronavirus in the U.S.: Latest Map and Case Count":
For Memorial Day Weekend, as US Death Toll Nears 100,000: Valuable Commentary
Arkansas experiencing a second peak, governor says— 𝕎𝕚𝕝𝕝𝕚𝕒𝕞 𝔻. 𝕃𝕚𝕟𝕕𝕤𝕖𝕪 🌈 (@wdlindsy) May 24, 2020

This is what’s happening right now at the Lake of the Ozarks— Nick Dyer (@nicholasddyer) May 24, 2020

A look at the Ocean City, Maryland boardwalk this afternoon. The sunny weather brought out the people. Masks are encouraged but not required. @wjz #memorialdayweekend2020— Mike Hellgren (@HellgrenWJZ) May 23, 2020

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