Biden Launches Offensive Against Trump For Lying With COVID

Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden called it “disgusting” that US President Donald Trump purposely underestimated the risk posed by COVID-19 knowing its danger, amid a controversy with which the progressive seeks obtain electoral revenue for the November elections.

“We learned this the day we had 190,000 Americans killed [from COVID-19]. And he [Trump] knew it, “Biden recalled in an interview with CNN. On Wednesday, the recordings of some of Trump’s conversations with journalist Bob Woodward for his new book, Rage, came to light, in which the president admitted that in February, he underestimated the danger posed by the coronavirus in order not to create panic, despite the fact that he was already aware of its gravity.

For Biden, the president’s attitude has been “almost criminal.” “The virus is not his fault,” he said, “but the deaths are his fault because he could have done something.” The US is the country most affected by the pandemic, with more than 6.3 million cases detected and more than 191,500 deaths.

During the interview, Biden also criticized Trump for blaming China for the pandemic and at the same time praising “the transparency” of his counterpart, Xi Jinping, and saying that there was nothing to worry about “and that this is going like a miracle.

Meanwhile, Trump insisted in a press conference on the same idea: that he minimized the severity of COVID-19 in his February and March speeches, despite knowing that the disease was especially “deadly” to contain the “panic” and avoid “hysteria” in the markets. “I did not lie. What I said was that we had to remain calm, “he stressed.

President Calls For “Unity” On The 9/11 19th Anniversary

President Donald Trump asked this Friday for “unity” in the ceremony in memory of the almost 3,000 deaths in the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, in New York, Arlington (Virginia), and Pennsylvania. A sober Trump made this appeal from Shanksville, Pennsylvania, where United Flight 93 crashed with 40 passengers and four terrorists.

“We are committed to being as one American nation, to defend our freedoms, defend our values ​​and love our neighbor; to celebrate our country and care for our communities; to honor our heroes and never forget, “she said, according to Efe.

The president, who maintained a solemn tone in an unusual message for him, also wanted to remember the 7,000 lives of “military heroes” that were lost in the war against terrorism that President George W. Bush (2001-2009) started after the attacks and that Barack Obama and now Trump inherited.

The US president said that the passengers on Flight 93 acted like “giant patriots” by deciding to “face pure evil” and save Washington DC, the supposed destination of the hijackers who wanted to crash the aircraft into the Capitol. Shortly after 10 a.m. on September 11, 2001, United Flight 93 crashed over a wasteland in southwestern Pennsylvania, following a revolt by some of its passengers, who managed to reach the cabin and struggle with the hijackers until the aircraft lost control.

Trump took advantage of his speech to show his chest for the particular war against terrorism of his Administration with the death of the leader of the Islamic State (IS), Abu Bakr al Baghdadí, and that of the head of the Guardians of the Iranian Revolution, General Qasem Soleimani, Iran’s most influential military officer.

The ‘Karen’: The New Face Of Racism In The United States

The pandemic and racial tension in the United States popularized this name to refer to a stereotype of a woman who believes herself superior to others. This pejorative nickname used to denounce acts of racism, and bad citizen behavior has its opponents, who consider it misogynistic. In Colombia, it can be compared to “Don’t you know who I am?”

It is becoming more and more common to see videos on social networks of women screaming or making a panic scene because their interlocutor is from a racial minority or points out a violation. These videos of them insulting, threatening, and asking for help have made the ‘Karen’ stereotype fashionable, popularized in memes and comic routines.

How Are They Identified?

‘Karen’ is a stereotype of a white woman, middle-aged, middle or upper class, superficial or hollow, and she often commits discriminatory acts in public against blacks, Latinos, Asians, or any other minority. Generally, she sees them as a threat to her physical integrity and uses her social status to win the favor of the authorities by pointing them out unfairly. During the pandemic, the ‘Karen’ has been given the characteristic of being against any measure to control the spread of the coronavirus. The name also serves to refer to those people who, by their social status, believe that they can do whatever they want.

The Origin Of The Term

‘Karen’ is not a new concept. Historians of popular culture draw attention to common stereotypes to characterize women who behave in this way in recent decades. In the eighties and nineties, they used the name Becky to describe a white woman, blissfully ignorant and unaware of the status her race affords her. She believes that she is not racist because she has black colleagues at work or because she hires a Mexican gardener, although she dislikes his habits and culture. It’s still confusing to know when ‘Karen’ came about. Some claim that the term comes from an American comedian who said in 2007 that “we all have a friend named Karen, and we are ashamed. “

Others think it is the evolution of a cliché that existed a few years ago, in which a blonde woman with short hair and bangs says, “May I speak to the manager?” to demonstrate their class superiority. But this year, the Black Lives Matter movement has used ‘Karen’ to denounce racism. It also serves to point out the ignorance of a certain sector of Americans about COVID-19.

Many have found it funny or useful to name the ‘Karen’ to denounce racism. But feminists, in addition to being pejorative, consider the word misogynistic and sexist. For them, there are many videos of men doing the same things as the ‘Karen,’ and there is no name to identify them. They also argue that ‘Karen’ is related to a way of seeing women as the only ones who star in scenes of hysteria.

Some Famous Cases

Amy Cooper
This has been one of the most famous and probably the one that made the term viral. In this episode, Amy Cooper, a white woman walking her dog through Central Park, called the police because, allegedly, a black man was threatening her. The man was Christian Cooper, who only claimed him because the dog was not on a leash. Thanks to the fact that the man was recording, the event went viral, and people verified that it was a false complaint. Amy Cooper was fired from her job and faced charges for false reports. This case occurred the same day George Floyd was murdered.

Amber Lynn Gilles
She became known when she had an altercation with a barista at a Starbucks in San Diego. The employee, of Hispanic origin, told her that he could not attend her if she did not put on a mask, to which the woman responded with shouts and insults and recorded the episode to denounce the barista. The video went viral, but against her, because people did not hesitate to call her ‘Karen.’ Later, on social networks, they promoted a petition to ban him from any Starbucks.

Debra Hunter
This woman was also rebuked and recorded for not wearing a mask. The person who filmed it was Heather Sprague, a cancer patient. Hunter, upon being exposed, decided to deliberately cough into the other woman’s face. The video served for the authorities to arrest her.

What is known about the US attack that killed Qasem Soleimani?

A bombing by the United States today killed the powerful Iranian general Qasem Soleimani , head of the Quds Force of the Guardians of the Revolution, the entity in charge of the foreign operations of the Islamic Republic. The attack raised global alarm over rising regional tensions and calls for “revenge” from Tehran.

What happened in Iraq?

The airstrike took place early today (local time) near the access to the Baghdad airport, after General Soleimani got off his plane and got into a car with other people, said a senior Iraqi security official. The Iranian commander came from Lebanon or Syria.

The bodies of Soleimani and Al-Muhandis were destroyed, according to official sources. A high-ranking politician pointed out that the general was identified thanks to a ring.

The origin of the attack on Iran

Last Tuesday and Wednesday, pro-Iranian militiamen stormed the US embassy in Iraq after a bombing by Washington forces on the Kataeb Hezbollah militia , founded by Muhandis, which left 25 dead.

The attack is part of the growing tensions between the United States and Iran. Tehran shot down a US military drone and detained oil tankers last year, while the United States blames Iran for several attacks on tankers, as well as a September attack on the Saudi Arabian oil industry that caused a temporary reduction in production. to the half.

The tensions stem from Trump’s decision in May 2018 to withdraw the United States from the nuclear deal between the Islamic Republic and world powers during the administration of his predecessor, former President Barack Obama.

Who died in the attack on Qasem Soleimani?

The main target of the attack was the powerful 62-year-old General Qasem Soleimani, one of Iran’s most popular figures and a feared adversary of the United States and its allies.

Soleimani, head of the Quds Force, was the key man of Iranian influence in the Middle East, where he reinforced Tehran’s diplomatic weight, especially in Iraq and Syria, two countries where the United States is militarily involved.

Also killed in the operation was Abu Mahdi al Muhandis, deputy commander of the Popular Mobilization Forces (FMP), a paramilitary group backed by Tehran.

Jamal Jaafar Ibrahimi, his real name, was the number two of Hashd Al Shaabi, a pro-Iranian paramilitary coalition that is part of the Iraqi state apparatus and that led the assault on the US embassy this week. He was known by the name of Al-Muhandis (engineer in Arabic) and was Soleimani’s advisor and friend.

The successor of Qasem Soleimani

The Iranian Supreme Guide today appointed Esmail Qaani as the new head of the Al Quds force. Ayatollah Khamenei described Qaani, until now deputy head of the Al Quds Force, as “one of the most decorated commanders” of the Guardians of the Revolution, the Iranian ideological army, since the war between Iran and Iraq (1980-1988) .