America was jittery about more than just the pandemic. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a report Oct. 5 that measured national anxiety and depression disorders from August 2020.
While the CDC blamed COVID-19 for the rise in the increases and decreases in the levels in the mental disorders, my hunch is that Donald Trump’s presidential election shenanigans also must have figured into the equation.
For example, the CDC found that the national average anxiety score peaked Nov. 11, which was its first-post election measurement.
Anxiety was high during the month of December as president Trump stepped up his bogus “Stop the Steal” campaign.
National anxiety remained elevated on Jan. 6, the day Trump urged his supporters to storm the Capitol, and began to plummet following the CDC's Jan, 20 measurement, which was taken on the day that Joe Biden was sworn in as president.
The CDC report shows America became more relaxed as Biden settled into the White House.
Mississippi, Oklahoma and South Carolina ranked as the most anxious states from August to December 2020, while New York and Florida had the lowest levels of anxiousness.
Let bygones be bygones, says former VP Mike Pence to the Jan. 6 rioters as they stormed through the US Capitol chanting “Hang Pence” for his part in certifying the election of Biden.
Pence now claims media coverage of the probe into the insurrection is an effort “to distract from the Biden administration's failed agenda by focusing on one day in January.”
Immediately following the riot, Pence had called Jan. 6 “a dark day in the history of the US.”
Pence, who some think will seek the GOP presidential nomination, is apparently seeking the Proud Boys vote.
That’s not going to happen. The New York Times reported Jan. 12 Pence’s master warned that there were two possible outcomes following the certification process.
“You can either go down in history as a patriot, or you can go down in history as a pussy,” Trump told Pence.
Good luck on your campaign, Mike.
Ma Bell loves OAN. The communications giant helped create and bankroll the One America News Network, the right-wing cable TV operation that spreads conspiracy theories about the “stolen” presidential election and the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a blockbuster report in Reuters.
AT&T has poured tens of millions of dollars into OAN, launched in 2013 to outflank Fox News on the right, according to court records.
An OAN accountant testified in 2020 that 90 percent of OAN’s revenues came from AT&T-owned TV platforms including its DirecTV satellite broadcasters.
Without the DirectTV deal, OAN’s value “would be zero,” according to the accountant.
At AT&T spokesperson told Reuters the company “has always sought to provide a wide variety of content and programming that would be of interest to customers, and do not dictate or control programming on channels we carry.”
Reuters reports that Trump plugged OAN to his now former 88M Twitter followers at least 120 times during his final two months in office.
He's hoping OAN will still be around in 2024.