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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.

Trump adviser Jason Miller

Screenshot from Lincoln Project "Deadbeat"/YouTiube

Nobody knows how to take down a Republican hack like another Republican (or former Republican) hack. Which is why we clicked instantly when this Lincoln Project video about Jason Miller popped up on the screen. What, you've never heard of Jason Miller, the Trump campaign spokesman? Most days you can find Miller on TV, spouting vicious nonsense about his betters, like Col. Alexander Vindman or Sen. Kamala Harris.

Of course the Lincoln Project team knows their old colleague Miller well – and what they find amazing is that anyone would employ him, invite him as a guest, or listen to him for more than ten seconds. It's even more amazing that he still opens his loud mouth to criticize anyone else after what he has done and confessed.

But you can decide what to make of Jason Miller after watching "Deadbeat." Warning: It's R-rated and extremely funny.