The Trump administration’s inability to competently handle the coronavirus pandemic and the impact the growing health crisis is having on the global economy came on full display on Tuesday after the top DHS official fired off a tweet revealing an embarrassing lack of access to basic information about the deadly virus’ spread.
“Has the Johns Hopkins map of the coronavirus stopped working for other people, or just me?” tweeted Ken Cuccinelli, who is the top DHS official on the Trump administration’s coronavirus task force.
His incompetence was further amplified on a second tweet: “I just tried again, and it looks like Johns Hopkins put the information behind a membership wall of some kind,” he wrote. “Seems like bad timing to stop helping the world with this (previously) useful resource. Here’s hoping it goes back up soon.”
With state officials and senators already incensed over the poor communication and lack of coordination between the federal Health and Human Services agency and local health officials over the health crisis, Cuccinelli’s display of cyber-ignorance and his failure to ante up the cost of access to crucial data is a particularly galling example of how poorly this administration is responding to the worldwide pandemic.
I just tried again, and it looks like Johns Hopkins put the information behind a membership wall of some kind. Seems like bad timing to stop helping the world with this (previously) useful resource. Here's hoping it goes back up soon.
— Acting Deputy Secretary Ken Cuccinelli (@HomelandKen) February 24, 2020
Twitter users were quick to respond:
Nick Miroff, The Washington Post reporter on the DHS beat, found the public plea for tech support in the face of an institutional paywall to be embarrassingly noteworthy in an administration that has broadly rejected the importance of scientific facts and research and slashed the funding of important relevant government agencies, such as the Health Resources and Services Administration, the Centers for Disease Control and the National Institutes of Health, that should be in the forefront of protecting our nation from the worst potential impact of the pandemic.
Ken Cuccinelli, the #2 official at Homeland Security, is top DHS official on the Trump admin’s coronavirus task force. Someone please get him a Johns Hopkins membership. https://t.co/YWgezui0GP
— Nick Miroff (@NickMiroff) February 24, 2020
Others were blunter:
I had no idea you were so incompetent. Good god 🤦♀️
— Arriadna🗽 (@Arriadna) February 24, 2020
Have you tried WebMD?
I go there when I have headaches and stuff. I’m sure there’s a “global health emergencies” tab.
— The Hoarse Whisperer (@HoarseWisperer) February 25, 2020
You are fucking joking. Please tell me you are joking you anti-science fascist.
Maybe call the CDC or the other government agencies you’ve sought to dismember and discredit your entire career???
— Jodi Jacobson (@jljacobson) February 24, 2020
You mean you’re looking to science and facts because they matter to humanity? But you’re part of an administration that’s declared war on science & truth.
P.S. If you think coronavirus is bad, wait until you see the map about the impact of global warming.https://t.co/NtDmc16GI9
— Alexandra Chalupa (@AlexandraChalup) February 25, 2020
You’re the one in charge and you’re asking Twitter? Score another one for the coronavirus.
— Ron in Wonderland🌊☮✊ (@decman52) February 25, 2020
Here you go, Ken. The info, not behind a paywall:
I'm always here to help a hapless newbie unfamiliar with the Internet, especially when they're (*checks notes*) Director of Homeland Security.
(When they outlaw sarcasm, I'm so dead.) https://t.co/0Js1oCGYyq
— Dean Gloster (@deangloster) February 24, 2020
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