#TheTrumpPresidencyIsOver How many US COVID-19 deaths were caused by Trump’s nativist incompetence

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An article in The Atlantic confirms that Friday’s Trump presser revealed that Trump’s irresponsibility in privatizing the COVID-19 response came from refusing to use many non-US options available earlier. Favoring US firms to produce tests has been part of the “grave costly errors”. Even as there’s an election that needs major GOTV effort to defeat him, Trump has now entered into a lame-duck GOP receivership and they all need to leave office.

“…Trump is fundamentally unfit—intellectually, morally, temperamentally, and psychologically—for office. For me, that is the paramount consideration in electing a president, in part because at some point it’s reasonable to expect that a president will face an unexpected crisis—and at that point, the president’s judgment and discernment, his character and leadership ability, will really matter.”

“The Trump Presidency is Over.” It took a good deal longer than it should have, but Americans have now seen the con man behind the curtain.

It took until the second half of Trump’s first term, but the crisis has arrived in the form of the coronavirus pandemic, and it’s hard to name a president who has been as overwhelmed by a crisis as the coronavirus has overwhelmed Donald Trump.

To be sure, the president isn’t responsible for either the coronavirus or the disease it causes, COVID-19, and he couldn’t have stopped it from hitting our shores even if he had done everything right. Nor is it the case that the president hasn’t done anything right; in fact, his decision to implement a travel ban on China was prudent. And any narrative that attempts to pin all of the blame on Trump for the coronavirus is simply unfair. The temptation among the president’s critics to use the pandemic to get back at Trump for every bad thing he’s done should be resisted, and schadenfreude is never a good look.

That said, the president and his administration are responsible for grave, costly errors, most especially the epic manufacturing failures in diagnostic testing, the decision to test too few people, the delay in expanding testing to labs outside the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and problems in the supply chain. These mistakes have left us blind and badly behind the curve, and, for a few crucial weeks, they created a false sense of security. What we now know is that the coronavirus silently spread for several weeks, without us being aware of it and while we were doing nothing to stop it. Containment and mitigation efforts could have significantly slowed its spread at an early, critical point, but we frittered away that opportunity.

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Yet in some respects, the avalanche of false information from the president has been most alarming of all. It’s been one rock slide after another, the likes of which we have never seen. Day after day after day he brazenly denied reality, in an effort to blunt the economic and political harm he faced. But Trump is in the process of discovering that he can’t spin or tweet his way out of a pandemic. There is no one who can do to the coronavirus what Attorney General William Barr did to the Mueller report: lie about it and get away with it.

The president’s misinformation and mendacity about the coronavirus are head-snapping. He claimed that it was contained in America when it was actually spreading. He claimed that we had “shut it down” when we had not. He claimed that testing was available when it wasn’t. He claimed that the coronavirus will one day disappear “like a miracle”; it won’t. He claimed that a vaccine would be available in months; Fauci says it will not be available for a year or more.

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3 Comments on "#TheTrumpPresidencyIsOver How many US COVID-19 deaths were caused by Trump’s nativist incompetence"

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J. M.
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J. M.

It is trumps fault and his supporters. Killer Klowns Kill.

Nobsartist
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Nobsartist

On the bright side, it’s easy to see why they won’t give him valid nuclear launch codes. COVID-45 is a mentally ill disgrace……

Carsten Söderlund
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Carsten Söderlund

And I am sure he has no insurance in his companies on himself on his buildings etc. Since nothing has happened … Bullshit !!!!