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HHS Communications Official Pushes Bizarre Conspiracies and Warns of Armed Revolt

Michael R. Caputo told a Facebook audience without evidence that left-wing hit squads were being trained for insurrection and accused C.D.C. scientists of “sedition.”

WASHINGTON — The top communications official at the powerful cabinet department in charge of combating the coronavirus made outlandish and false accusations on Sunday that career government scientists were engaging in “sedition” in their handling of the pandemic and that left-wing hit squads were preparing for armed insurrection after the election.

Michael R. Caputo, the assistant secretary of public affairs at the Department of Health and Human Services, accused the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention of harboring a “resistance unit” determined to undermine President Trump, even if that opposition bolsters the Covid-19 death toll.

Mr. Caputo, who has faced intense criticism for leading efforts to warp C.D.C. weekly bulletins to fit Mr. Trump’s pandemic narrative, suggested that he personally could be in danger from opponents of the administration. “If you carry guns, buy ammunition, ladies and gentlemen, because it’s going to be hard to get,” he urged his followers.

C.D.C. scientists “haven’t gotten out of their sweatpants except for meetings at coffee shops” to plot “how they’re going to attack Donald Trump next,” Mr. Caputo said. “There are scientists who work for this government who do not want America to get well, not until after Joe Biden is president.

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by Anonymousreply 4009/16/2020

I read about this yesterday in the WP; it just goes to show how tits up we are at the moment that this guy goes in this just bizarre rant & it barely makes the news

by Anonymousreply 109/15/2020

The right is getting desperate. It’s going all out of the “the left will just kill everyone” route.

by Anonymousreply 209/15/2020

Agree w r1. Amazing this barely got play. He is off his rocker crazy

by Anonymousreply 309/15/2020

It's a front page story in the NYT today. And it's in the WP. What are R1&3 talking about??

by Anonymousreply 409/15/2020

yes, but he did this on Sunday - a typically slow day - on social media. It initially showed up in the WP as a column on Monday. Back in the quaint old pre-Dump days, a a high level government official have a mental break on social media and threatening violence would've trended immediately.

by Anonymousreply 509/15/2020

Knowing that there is no chance he will be forced to resign is a given.

by Anonymousreply 609/15/2020

And yet he keeps his government job

by Anonymousreply 709/15/2020

CNN used to have him on regularly as a Trump defender, it was obvious he was nuts then. He's a Roger Stone crony, so that's really all you need to know.

by Anonymousreply 809/15/2020

Complete nuts. Basically he's saying everyone will be shot unless Trump is re-elected.

by Anonymousreply 909/15/2020

Bizarre. It's amazing that all these campaign hanger-oners get cushy government jobs when their candidate gets elected

by Anonymousreply 1009/15/2020

These creeps aren’t “ crazy” they are sadistic. They know what they want and they will do what they have to to get it done. This is their war. Respect their sadism and crush them at every turn.

by Anonymousreply 1109/15/2020

We've watched Trump break every law and protocol of the presidency and nothing hasbeen done. Literally violated the Hatch act during the RNC. Nothing will be done to yet another Trump cockroach.

by Anonymousreply 1209/15/2020

has been*

by Anonymousreply 1309/15/2020

R11, you're right. They only say these nutty things because Trump has chosen this route for his campaign and his cult members love it.

If his cult members specifically hated Eskimos for some reason, they would go on and on about how Eskimos were coming to kill them

by Anonymousreply 1409/15/2020

Rachel spent the first part of her show on this.

by Anonymousreply 1509/15/2020

He sees menacing shadows on his ceilings. He's mentally ill, and he has pretty much admitted it himself.

by Anonymousreply 1609/15/2020

Top HHS spokesperson Michael Caputo called an emergency staff meeting on Tuesday to apologize for leveling a series of false accusations on Facebook Live over the weekend, according to three people with knowledge of the meeting.

Caputo told staffers that his remarks — which included unfounded allegations the Centers for Disease Control was harboring a “resistance unit” — reflected poorly on HHS’ communications office. He also blamed his recent behavior on a combination of physical health issues and the toll of fielding death threats against his family.

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by Anonymousreply 1709/15/2020

Death threats my ass.

by Anonymousreply 1809/15/2020

Voting or supporting trump is essentially like hiring a mobster to do your dirty work. He and his corrupt bully cohorts are using dictator tactics to force a rogue agenda that does not represent the beliefs of the majority of Americans. Trump rules over a gang of incompetent thugs who lie and threaten to get their way, enabled by a poorly educated duped base that cheers on the underhanded tactics. This is not the American way, it's the stuff of third world dictatorships.

by Anonymousreply 1909/15/2020

and the toll of fielding death threats against his family

He's probably the one threatening to kill them! (I keep trying to murder my family, but my job requires me to keep going on CNN! Damn you, Wolf Blitzer!)

by Anonymousreply 2009/15/2020

He's awful

by Anonymousreply 2109/15/2020

He may wind up getting the boot anyway. He got the kind of publicity that makes people laugh at Trump, and that's not tolerated.

It's fine for this administration to be a corrupt asshole, but the "shadows on the ceiling" thing makes him look like he's about to crack up. If you can't take the heat...

by Anonymousreply 2209/15/2020

The crazy isn't that he thinks these things, it's that he's comfortable enough to share it with everyone.

by Anonymousreply 2309/15/2020

[quote] He also blamed his recent behavior on a combination of physical health issues and the toll of fielding death threats against his family.

Yet his recent behavior is completely in line with Trump's campaign message. What a coincidence!

by Anonymousreply 2409/15/2020

[quote] He also blamed his recent behavior on a combination of physical health issues and the toll of fielding death threats against his family.

It may be time to quit your job...

NY Senator Schumer and others called for HHS Secretary Alex Azar to resign if he continues to support this kind of behavior among his staff.

by Anonymousreply 2509/15/2020

Wasn't Alex Azar another religious kook? I remember some comments on his weird looking Children of the Corn daughters.

by Anonymousreply 2609/15/2020

All these foolish yes men are just sucking up to sleazy trump. They say what he wants them to say, whether they believe it or not. Then they come to believe it because they're in the cult.

by Anonymousreply 2709/15/2020

I believe Caputo will now take a leave of absence from HHS. He apologized to his staff and claimed none of what he said was true (yet it somehow seems to align exactly with Trump's message.

by Anonymousreply 2809/15/2020

Those comments are Qanon Talking points. I wouldn't be surprised if he has dipped his toes into Qanon sites and thought that dog whistling to them would help Trump.

by Anonymousreply 2909/15/2020

CBS NEWS:

JUST IN: HHS announces agency spokesman Michael Caputo "has decided to take a leave of absence to focus on his health and the well-being of his family." He'll be out for 60 days, an HHS statement says.

by Anonymousreply 3009/16/2020

So he’ll be out until after the election. If Trump gets re-elected, he’ll be back no matter what batshit crazy thing he does.

That level of paranoia isn’t just mental illness. It sounds like cocaine paranoia. Or maybe meth?

by Anonymousreply 3109/16/2020

Again, there was a time when this would've been big news. In Trumplandia, it's just another day....

by Anonymousreply 3209/16/2020

[quote] That level of paranoia isn’t just mental illness. It sounds like cocaine paranoia. Or maybe meth?

It's not mental illness or paranoia--it's what the Trump campaign told him the message is--scare the fuck out of everyone,

by Anonymousreply 3309/16/2020

Yes, R33, but he went overboard with the shadows on the ceiling bit, where he sounded unhinged and became an object of widespread ridicule. Not part of the playbook.

by Anonymousreply 3409/16/2020

R34, exactly, which is why they had to brand him as "mentally ill."

by Anonymousreply 3509/16/2020

Yes, [R33], but he went overboard with the shadows on the ceiling bit, where he sounded unhinged and became an object of widespread ridicule. Not part of the playbook.

They probably told him: "spew your paranoid BS, but leave out the part about the voices in your head told you to say" - but he did it anyway and went full on Psych Hold 5150. Good help is so hard to find!

by Anonymousreply 3609/16/2020

One less nut in the WH.

by Anonymousreply 3709/16/2020

The Russiapublicans are trying to affect the suburban political races in order to take back the House.

What would the last two years have looked like without the Little Blue Wave of 2018? There would be no Nancy Pelosi. No impeachment (attempt). No hearings for all the crooks. Just Trump being King of America.

by Anonymousreply 3809/16/2020

[quote] The Russiapublicans are trying to affect the suburban political races in order to take back the House.

that's the strategy except for the fact that suburbs just aren't lily white anymore.

by Anonymousreply 3909/16/2020

[quote]He also blamed his recent behavior on a combination of physical health issues and the toll of fielding death threats against his family.

Liar, liar, crazy, hateful pants on fire!

by Anonymousreply 4009/16/2020
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