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New HHS spokesman Michael Caputo

Reprinted with permission from Alternet

Michael Caputo is a former adviser to Donald Trump's 2015-2016 presidential campaign. He is now the brand new spokesperson for the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). A New York Republican operative, you may remember Caputo from his very worried and somber post-Mueller investigation interview in May of 2019. Since the Republican Party is unwilling to do anything to remedy the issue of our treasonously impeached and corrupt president, people like Caputo continue to rise.

CNN reports that Mr. Caputo has all kinds of conspiracy-laden, illogical, and bigoted ideas that we have come to expect from the Trump administration, the Tea Party, and their conservative base. In a series of tweets, which Caputo deleted—but exist forever because it's the internet, stupid—Caputo has all kinds of truly terrifying ideas about the COVID-19 pandemic. According to CNN's KFile, Caputo did away with his entire Twitter history of over 1,300 tweets and retweets. And none of these ideas are good or smart or remotely helpful to the public health in general.


Using an internet archive, some of Caputo's statements have been saved here. So what sort of things does one of Trump's "best people" think? On Feb. 28, 2020, Caputo had this to say about the novel coronavirus:

"Bottom line, a lot of Americans have to get sick and die for coronavirus to tank the Trump economy.
The Democrats' only hope for 2020 victory is a sunk economy. They're talking it down right now.
But their strategy only works if a lot of Americans get sick and die."

On March 8, 2020, Caputo—clearly tweeting his resume to Trump directly—wrote this:

"Coronavirus is the Democrats' new Russia, their new Ukraine. And nobody will believe them except their zombies.
But know this: The Dems' strategy to defeat @realDonaldTrump requires 100s of thousands of American deaths.
Will on of their nutjobs make it happen, a la Hodgkinson?"

"Hodgkinson" here is James T. Hodgkinson, the man who opened fire at a congressional softball practice, injuring Rep. Steve Scalise. The right-wing conspiracy world has floated all kinds of theories about Hodgkinson since he is the only domestic terrorist of the last few decades to reportedly not be an entirely racist right-wing asshole. On March 12, 2020, as the novel coronavirus pandemic became considerably more real and the evidence began mounting that the Trump administration has completely dropped the ball on this, Caputo—clearly feeling a bit testy—attacked people who questioned the administration's racist pivot to calling COVID-19 "Wuhan flu," or "the Chinese virus."

"Sure, millions of Chinese suck the blood out of rabid bats as an appetizer and eat the ass out of anteaters but some foreigner snuck in a bottle of the good stuff. That's it. [frowny face emoji]"

Replying to a tweet by right-wing dirtbag and "Pizzagate" extraordinaire Jack Posobiec, who was attacking Democratic donor and billionaire anti-Semitic conspiracy theory flash point George Soros for not funding coronavirus aid (Soros has directed a reported $130 million in foundation funds to coronavirus aid), Caputo wrote:

"Are you kidding? Soros's political agenda REQUIRES a pandemic."

Caputo is the perfect spokesperson for this administration: He's the opposite of what his job requires.

Jeff Danziger lives in New York City. He is represented by CWS Syndicate and the Washington Post Writers Group. He is the recipient of the Herblock Prize and the Thomas Nast (Landau) Prize. He served in the US Army in Vietnam and was awarded the Bronze Star and the Air Medal. He has published eleven books of cartoons and one novel. Visit him at DanzigerCartoons.c