This Day in Failure: March 27

2020: President Donald Trump says he will not adhere to the portion of a $2 trillion Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES) that authorizes an inspector general within the Treasury Department to oversee how $500 billion in business loans is spent.

In a signing statement, Trump claims that the provision raises “constitutional concerns,” adding that his administration would not comply with any request for documents. Trumps also notes he will not adhere to a second provision of CARES that calls for congressional committee consultation for expenditures made by the State Department, the Department of Veterans Affairs, and U.S. Agency for International Development.

Even before the CARES bill was signed, Trump declined to commit to exempting his business interests from bailout funds, telling reporters, “Let’s just see what happens.”

2020: Amid reports that the United States has reached 100,000 confirmed cases of the coronavirus—the most in the world—U.S. President Donald Trump bashes state governors he claims aren’t “grateful” enough for federal assistance, and tells the media he has directed Vice President Mike Pence not to call such governors unless they “treat him right.”

In particular, Trump calls out Washington Gov. Jay Inslee—calling him “a failed presidential candidate”—and Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. During a briefing, Trump says, “I say Mike [Pence], don’t call the governor of Washington; you’re wasting your time with him. Don’t call the woman in Michigan. It doesn't make any difference. You know what I say? If they don't treat you right, don’t call.”

On the same day, Gov. Whitmer reports that medical supply vendors have informed her they’ve been told “not to send stuff” to her state amid the battle against coronavirus. And that the state’s shipments of personal protective equipment are being “canceled” or “delayed”—and sent instead to the federal government.

2020: Republican congressman Thomas Massie of Kentucky—nicknamed “Mr. No” for his opposition to bills in Congress—forces members of the House of Representatives to race back to Washington, D.C. in the midst of the COVID- 19 pandemic to block his effort to threaten passage of a $2 trillion coronavirus relief act by demanding a recorded vote instead of a voice vote.

In response, Rep. Peter King, a fellow Republican, tweets: “Because of one member of Congress refusing to allow emergency action entire Congress must be called back to vote in House. Risk of infection and risk of legislation being delayed. Disgraceful. Irresponsible.”

In other tweets, former presidential candidate John Kerry writes: “Congressman Massie has tested positive for being an asshole.” And President Donald Trump calls Massie “a third-rate Grandstander.”

2020: Sen. Chris Murphy of Connecticut, tells Yahoo News that Trump administration officials declined an offer of early congressional funding assistance that he and other senators made seven weeks earlier during a meeting to discuss the forthcoming threat of COVID- 19.

The officials—including Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar, responded that “they didn’t need emergency funding, that they would be able to handle it within existing appropriations. What an awful, horrible catastrophic mistakes that was,” says Murphy, who notes that the emergency funding would have paid for essential preventative measures, including hiring screening and testing staff, researching a vaccine and treatments, and stockpiling medical supplies.

2020: Fox Business announces that it has “parted ways” with primetime anchor Trish Regan, after she called the COVID-19 coronavirus a “scam” on-air March 9, 2020. Regan’s firing is part of a larger effort to limit the network’s legal liability in the wake of putting viewers at risk by dismissing the seriousness of the coronavirus pandemic.

2020: Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington—a 501(c)(3) organization that aims to ensure accountability for those who abuse the political system—issues a press release highlighting its letter to White House counsel, one that takes issue with Jared Kushner (the son-in-law of U.S. president Donald Trump) , who the president put in charge of handling the business side of the country’s response to the coronavirus pandemic.

The press release argues: Jared Kushner’s shadow coronavirus task force appears to be violating both the Presidential Records Act (PRA) and Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA) by using private email accounts with no assurance their communications are being preserved and by meeting in secret. The failure of the White House to comply with any of the PRA and FACA requirements leaves the public in the dark about the work the shadow task force has done and the influence of private industries on the administration’s response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Kushner & Co.’s practice of conducting government business via private email accounts is especially rich in light of the fact that the Trump Administration rode into office on chants of “Lock her up!” and similar complaints about Hillary Clinton.

2014: The Philadelphia 76ers lose to the Houston Rockets 120-98, the team's 26th straight loss, which ties the 2010-11 Cleveland Cavaliers for the longest single-season losing streak in NBA history. Philadelphia's average margin of defeat during the streak is 16.6 points.

2010: Louise Chavez—a $12,000 a year home assistant—wins a $43 million jackpot at a penny slot machine at the Fortune Valley Casino in Central City, Colorado, only to be informed by an attendant that a technical glitch had occurred and she was not entitled to the money. The posted prize limit on the machine: $251,000.

2009: The University of Kentucky fires men’s basketball coach Billy Gillispie just two years after choosing him to replace Tubby Smith. Gillispie posts a record of 40-27 in two seasons and finishes 22-14 in 2008-09, missing the NCAA tournament for the first time since 1991 and tying for the second-most losses in the program’s 106-year history.

1980: One of five legs breaks off the Alexander Kielland oil rig in the North Sea. The resulting collapse kills 123 of its 212 occupants.

1977: Two Boeing 747’s (KLM Flight 4805 and Pan Am Flight 1736) collide on the runway at Los Rodeo airport at Tenerife in Spain’s Canary Islands, killing 583 people.

1964: Alaska is hit by The Great Alaska Earthquake, magnitude 9.2, the second-largest earthquake ever recorded by instruments.