Larry Kudlow
Larry Kudlow

Thanks for the heads-up, Larry. President Trump’s economic guru Larry Kudlow let the cat out of the bag during the alternate reality show that is the Republican convention when he declared that COVID-19 is over.

“It was awful,” he said. “Health and economic impacts were tragic. Hardships and heartbreak were everywhere. But presidential leadership came swiftly and effectively with an extraordinary rescue for health and safety to successfully fight the COVID virus.”

Kudlow spoke on Aug. 25, the day 1,147 Americans died from the virus and the US death toll headed for the 180,000 mark. A second wave of COVID-19 is expected during the fall.

You can bet Donald Trump is ready to jump on Larry’s bandwagon. He desperately wants to move on from his disastrous handling of the virus.

Though science has made great strides in developing a vaccine for COVID-19, a cure won’t be available until after the presidential election.

That’s too late for Trump, which is why he pressured Food and Drug Administration chief Stephen Hahn to join him at the White House on Aug. 23 to exaggerate the benefits of plasma therapy in treating COVID-19.

After a barrage of criticism from the scientific community, now-disgraced Hahn apologized for overstating the facts.

But the damage is done. Trump will now hype plasma therapy as a cure-all for COVID-19. It’s his version of George W. Bush’s “Mission Accomplished” aircraft carrier speech.

The snake oil salesman-in-chief already has told more than 20,000 lies since he took office. What’s one more lie about plasma therapy? His cult-like followers will lap it up.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which has been totally politicized by Trump, is doing its part to downplay COVID-19.

The agency has modified its COVID-19 testing guidelines to exclude people who don’t have symptoms of the virus, even if they were exposed to it.

Infectious disease doctor Krutika Kuppalli told the New York Times the CDC’s revisions are potentially dangerous and only going to increase the spread of the virus.

She’s missing the big picture.

The president doesn’t give a fig about stopping the spread or saving American lives. It’s always only about him.

Trump has been hammering away at the need to slow down the rate of testing because he believes the way to get the overall number of infections down is to keep your head in the sand and deny reality.

The CDC is just being a good foot soldier on Trump’s war on the truth.

Melania Trump contributed her part at the alternate reality festival when she made up a story about Americans coming together in unity to fight COVID-19.

“I have been moved by the way Americans have come together in such an unfamiliar and often frightening situation,” said the First Lady. “It is in times like this that we will look back and tell our grandchildren that through kindness and compassion, strength and determination, we were able to restore the promise of our future."

What is Melania thinking? Americans can’t even get it together when it comes to wearing a mask, which is the most effective way to stop the spread of COVID-19.

A Gallup poll released Aug. 7 found that only 47 percent of Americans wear a mask while outdoors. Less than a quarter (23 percent) of Republicans don masks while outside, compared to 64 percent of Democrats and 43 percent of Independents.

Masks have gotten so toxic that the CDC has issued guidelines for shop keepers, urging them not to argue with customers who refuse to mask up.

The agency warned retailers about the threat of physical and verbal assaults from irate customers told to put on a mask.

It suggests limiting contact with customers via curbside pickups, home delivery or personal shoppers; having employees work in pairs; setting up “safe rooms” for employees who feel endangered and installing security systems.

Whatever happened to that “We are all in this together” slogan from the early days of the pandemic?

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos is delivering some very bad news for the beleaguered US Postal Service.

The online retailer has been buying up real estate and opening facilities to handle online orders. The Post Office currently delivers a third of Amazon’s packages.

Consulting firm MWPVL International predicts that Amazon could handle about 85 percent of its volume by the end of 2022, which would be a terrible financial blow to the USPS.

It would be sweet revenge for Bezos, whom Trump has accused of ripping off the Post Office.