Weekend News Bytes — April 27, 2020

Weekend News Bytes — April 27, 2020

(AmericanProsperity.com) – Over the weekend, people have become antsier. Experts expressed concerns about quarantine fatigue. New data validates their worries, which shows that Americans are leaving the house more often in spite of stay-at-home orders.

Aides to Sen. Bernie Sanders’ (I-VT) failed presidential campaign expressed outrage over his silence regarding accusations of sexual misconduct against presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden. Speaking of Joe Biden, he ripped the stimulus packages as corporate greed, suggesting they should’ve been significantly bigger.

Quarantine Fatigue

Some public health experts are expressing concern the public is experiencing quarantine fatigue. In mid-March, governors shut down state economies and implemented stay-at-home orders to prevent the spread of COVID-19. So, they set out to discover if that was true.

Researchers tracked 100 million smartphone movements, which confirmed their suspicions. They said phones that didn’t move one mile a day decreased from 33% to 31% for the week ending April 17. The previous six weeks increased or remained steady, meaning more people had been staying at home up until recently.

Experts believe it was a tipping point as homebound Americans hit a mental milestone entering the second month of quarantine with no clear end in sight.

Bernie Aides Erupt

Sen. Bernie Sanders’ former campaign staffers are expressing anger and frustration over his silence regarding allegations of sexual assault levied against Joe Biden. In 1993, Tara Reade, a staffer for Biden, graphically claimed that Biden sexually assaulted her. Over the weekend, former aides to Sanders became vocal on Twitter after an old video surfaced of Reade’s mother calling into CNN’s Larry King Live show alluding to the accusation.

The Sanders campaign’s National Press Secretary Briahna Joy Gray tweeted in response:

Where Bernie supporters are refusing to support Biden in light of these accusations, not all Democrats are joining their protest.

In 2018, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) tweeted that sexual assault accusations against Supreme Court Brett Kavanaugh should not be overlooked. During Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court hearings, Democrats viciously attacked him over allegations that he acted improperly in college even though there was no proof other than “he said, she said” claims. Unlike Reade’s claim against Biden, Kavanaugh’s accusers had inconsistencies and contradictions to their stories.

On Monday morning, Pelosi endorsed Biden.

Biden Rips Stimulus Packages

On Saturday, Biden aggressively attacked President Donald Trump over the stimulus packages saying the nearly $4 trillion spent over 4 stimulus bills were too small. Regarding Trump, Biden accused the president of wanting no accountability over the funding distribution and that corporate America would benefit the most. The former vice president called corporate America “greedy as hell” and said, “this is the second time we’ve bailed their asses out.”

Biden’s statements are a significant tone shift compared to what he did a decade ago.

In early 2009, then-Vice President Biden and President Obama pushed and oversaw the $787 billion bailout package of the big banks and Wall Street. At the time, they said the financial institutions were “too big to fail.” By October 2009, the unemployment rate skyrocketed to 10%.

While accusing the Trump administration of wasting money, Biden also said the packages should have been “a hell of a lot bigger.” To him, the funding should include aid to states and cities to ensure police officers, firefighters, and teachers don’t lose their jobs.

Despite his criticism of the stimulus bills, Biden refrained from criticizing House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) who tried tacking on countless funding proposals instead of focusing on the core issues.

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