Trump HHS Aide Caputo Attacks CDC, Warns of Insurrection

  

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Via:  john-russell  •  one week ago  •  25 comments

By:   Chas Danner (Intelligencer)

Trump HHS Aide Caputo Attacks CDC, Warns of Insurrection
Trump-appointed HHS spokesman Michael Caputo baselessly accused CDC scientists of "sedition" and deliberately allowing COVID-19 to kill people — and warned of an armed revolt against the president.

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Michael Caputo, the former Trump campaign official and Roger Stone associate whom President Trump appointed to be spokesman of the Department of Health and Human Services, spent the weekend defending his efforts to alter the CDC's weekly COVID-19 reports in order to protect the president politically — a defense that included baselessly claiming that scientists at the agency were deep-state agitators bent on taking down the president. The meddling and Caputo's attacks prompted widespread outrage from infectious-disease and public-health experts. Then on Sunday, according to the New York Times , Caputo's paranoid allegations went even further off the deep end.

In a video he posted to his personal Facebook page, Caputo decried the negative attention he was receiving; insisted, "I am not going anywhere"; and claimed that scientists "deep in the bowels of the CDC have given up science and become political animals" who "haven't gotten out of their sweatpants except for meetings at coffee shops" to plot "how they're going to attack Donald Trump." The Times reports that Caputo said the agency "was riddled with anti-Trump researchers who 'walk around like they are monks' and 'holy men' but engage in 'rotten science.'"

The political operative, who has no background in health care or science, accused the CDC scientists of "sedition" and made the outrageous allegation — again without any evidence, because there isn't any — that the scientists were deliberately acting against the country's public health as a "resistance unit" within the agency.

"There are scientists who work for this government who do not want America to get well, not until after Joe Biden is president," Caputo reportedly warned, adding that, "to allow people to die so that you can replace the president is a grievous venial sin, venial sin. And these people are all going to hell."

Furthermore, Caputo predicted an armed insurrection against President Trump, suggesting he himself might become a target and casualty. "You understand that they're going to have to kill me, and unfortunately, I think that's where this is going," the 58-year-old told his Facebook followers, also noting that his "mental health has definitely failed":


"I don't like being alone in Washington," he said, describing "shadows on the ceiling in my apartment, there alone, shadows are so long." He then built a crescendo of conspiracy theories, culminating in a prediction that Mr. Trump will win re-election but his Democratic opponent, Joseph R. Biden Jr., will refuse to concede.

"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."

Caputo also endorsed the baseless conspiracy theory that left-wing groups like antifa were already plotting a revolt and targeting Trump supporters, citing the recent shooting of a far-right activist and Trump supporter by an antifa supporter at a rally in Portland, Oregon:


"Remember the Trump supporter who was shot and killed?" he said. "That was a drill."

The man suspected of the shooting, Michael Forest Reinoehl, was later shot dead by officers from a federally led fugitive task force in Washington State. He "went down fighting," Mr. Caputo said. "Why? Because he couldn't say what he had inside him." He then spoke of "squads being trained all over this country" — a conspiracy theory unsupported by evidence.

In response to the story about Caputo's comments, HHS sent a statement to the Times insisting that "Mr. Caputo is a critical, integral part of the president's coronavirus response, leading on public messaging as Americans need public health information to defeat the Covid-19 pandemic." In his own response, Caputo claimed that:


"Since joining the administration my family and I have been continually threatened" and harassed by people who have later been prosecuted. "This weighs heavily on us, and we deeply appreciate the friendship and support of President Trump as we address these matters and keep our children safe."

The embattled Trump aide also appears to have taken down his Twitter account:

This post has been updated to include additional reporting.


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JohnRussell
1  seeder  JohnRussell    one week ago
He then built a crescendo of conspiracy theories, culminating in a prediction that Mr. Trump will win re-election but his Democratic opponent, Joseph R. Biden Jr., will refuse to concede.

"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."

This is a person who currently holds a position in the Trump government related to reporting on the coronavirus. 

 
 
 
Ozzwald
1.1  Ozzwald  replied to  JohnRussell @1    one week ago
This is a person who currently holds a position in the Trump government related to reporting on the coronavirus.

When all is said and done, he is still fairly mild compared to some of the other Trumpettes in Trump's administration.

 
 
 
JohnRussell
1.1.1  seeder  JohnRussell  replied to  Ozzwald @1.1    one week ago

This idiot Caputo is actually a member of the U.S. government.  He is a friend of Roger Stone's and a tool of Russia. 

 
 
 
Trout Giggles
1.1.2  Trout Giggles  replied to  Ozzwald @1.1    one week ago

He still needs some intervention

 
 
 
Ozzwald
1.1.3  Ozzwald  replied to  JohnRussell @1.1.1    one week ago
He is a friend of Roger Stone's and a tool of Russia.

Most of the Republican Party is a "tool of Russia".

 
 
 
Bob Nelson
1.1.4  Bob Nelson  replied to  JohnRussell @1.1.1    one week ago
This idiot Caputo... 

He's not an idiot. He's a soldier, obeying orders. 

 
 
 
Dulay
1.1.5  Dulay  replied to  Trout Giggles @1.1.2    6 days ago

He needs a rubber room. 

 
 
 
devangelical
1.1.6  devangelical  replied to  Dulay @1.1.5    6 days ago

my thoughts exactly. the executive branch is staffed with mental cases.

 
 
 
Bob Nelson
1.1.7  Bob Nelson  replied to  devangelical @1.1.6    6 days ago
the executive branch is staffed with mental cases.

Who have real power, and are using it. 

 
 
 
Ozzwald
1.1.8  Ozzwald  replied to  Bob Nelson @1.1.7    5 days ago
Who have real power, and are using it. 

May I make a slight change??

Who have real power, and are misusing it.

 
 
 
Bob Nelson
1.1.9  Bob Nelson  replied to  Ozzwald @1.1.8    5 days ago

Be my guest! 

 
 
 
Kavika
2  Kavika     one week ago

We are now officially a ''Banana Republic''.

 
 
 
bbl-1
2.1  bbl-1  replied to  Kavika @2    one week ago

Actually, we've been a civilized Banana Republic since the implementation of Supply Side Economics and the birth of it's bastard baby, Citizens United. 

 
 
 
Bob Nelson
2.1.1  Bob Nelson  replied to  bbl-1 @2.1    one week ago

Once upon a time... we mocked banana republics. Then we learned how opposition was "disappeared"... by the tens of thousands... 

Does anyone doubt that TrumpTrueBelieversTM would "disappear" their opponents?

LOCK HER UP ! !

White vans without markings, abducting people from the streets of Portland. 

 
 
 
bbl-1
2.1.2  bbl-1  replied to  Bob Nelson @2.1.1    6 days ago

Trump admires Erdogan, Duarte, Putin and Orban.  Trump is also a man that lives by the 'opportunity of revenge'.

 
 
 
Gsquared
3  Gsquared    one week ago

"The drills that you've seen are nothing." He added: "If you carry guns, buy ammunition, ladies and gentlemen..."

The drills he is referring to are the drills being conducted by the neo-fascist militias in anticipation of their "boogaloo".

 
 
 
Release The Kraken
3.1  Release The Kraken  replied to  Gsquared @3    one week ago

That's not exactly true, in our local neighborhood Militia we are very diverse, We got Ben the Jewish dude, Tbone who is black, Jesus and Hector who are in charge of our Automatic weapons are Hispanic. Earl and I are white, Roshesh is Indian he is our grenade expert. Phil, is transgender and in charge of weapon modifications. Abdul is our bomb maker and None of us are racists, we simply put a militia together to protect our neighborhood from those who would do us harm.

It happens all over Merica.

 
 
 
Gsquared
3.1.1  Gsquared  replied to  Release The Kraken @3.1    one week ago

Sure

 
 
 
Dulay
3.2  Dulay  replied to  Gsquared @3    6 days ago

If those dumb fuckers haven't stocked up on ammo by now they're not following the program...

 
 
 
cjcold
4  cjcold    one week ago

Is it a rule that everybody in the Trump administration has to be insane? VOTE folks!

 
 
 
Tacos!
5  Tacos!    one week ago
also noting that his "mental health has definitely failed"

Yeah, that is apparent. The fact that it’s coming from him seems like a cry for help.

 
 
 
bbl-1
6  bbl-1    one week ago

The 'installation' of Trump has changed many things.  Some of these changes will be with us for decades, unless...………………………….

 
 
 
Tessylo
7  Tessylo    5 days ago

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freepress
8  freepress    5 days ago

The so called "insurrection" from latte drinking, avocado toast eating, no gun carrying crowd. It has been right wing extremists storming state capitols armed with AK's who suffer no consequences.

 
 
 
Tessylo
8.1  Tessylo  replied to  freepress @8    5 days ago

Yup and the right wing extremists are the ones who have been doing the 'rioting' and the 'burning' and the inciting and the shooting and the killing.  NOT THE PEACEFUL PROTESTERS.  

 
 
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