As a transition takes place in Washington, an exhausted nation continues to cry out for help.
On Friday, western state governors revealed their states were running out of coronavirus vaccines as the pandemic rages on. Operation Warp Speed, as it turns out, had depleted its reserves of the vaccine.
“This is deception on a national scale,” Oregon Gov. Kate Brown tweeted.
Colorado Gov. Jared Polis said he was “shocked we were lied to” and accused the federal government of “gross incompetence.”
Meanwhile, inside a nation’s capital still rocked by a mob-led insurrection attempt, plans continue for the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris as well as the second impeachment of outgoing president Donald J. Trump.
The inauguration ceremony is scheduled for Wednesday with 25,000 national guard troops deployed to ensure its safety. Biden is promising a sweeping COVID-19 relief package with another stimulus check, restrictions on evictions and foreclosures and the building of vaccination centers across the country.
Last week, Biden tapped Dr. David Kessler to take over Operation Warp Speed. Kessler served as commissioner of the Food & Drug Administration from 1990 to 1997 and was part of the government’s efforts to bring HIV/AIDS medications to market.
“We have to have a major antiviral program,” Dr. David Kessler told MSNBC host Rachel Maddow. “We need to do together what we did for HIV. We didn’t do it overnight there. It took time but we changed the course of that epidemic and it’s another very important tool in our armamentarium.”
Elsewhere, Trump will not attend the inauguration and is scheduled to fly to Florida before the Senate takes up his impeachment trial. His social media accounts have all been suspended in an attempt by Big Tech to de-escalate tempers around the transition. Trump continues to push the false narrative that the election was stolen from him.
The attack on the Capitol, however, will not be forgotten.
“This happened for a reason,” tweeted U.S. Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney. “It happened bc Trump, aided & abetted the members of his own party, lied about the election. Our govt. was overrun for the 1st time in our 240-yr history & the confederate flag was flown inside the Capitol. That’s where this led. We need accountability.”
Ritchie Torres, the groundbreaking Black gay Congressman from the Bronx, echoed Maloney’s remarks.
“The impeachment of Donald Trump is not politics but law; not passion but reason; not vengeance but justice.”
Impeachment is not the only trial likely awaiting America’s 45th president. Fraud and defamation lawsuits are pending. The Washington Post reported over the weekend that attorney Roberta Kaplan, a lesbian, is ready to depose Trump on behalf of her clients — Mary Trump, the businessman’s niece, and writer E. Jean Carroll, who alleges Trump raped her in a Bergdorf Goodman dressing room during the mid-1990s.
“One really good job for going after bullies is to be a lawyer,” Kaplan told the Post.
White House Watch is a regular column covering presidential politics. It is authored by John McDonald, who holds a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Troy State University in Troy, Alabama.