The Former Guy is at it again. Donald Trump is putting out press releases in lieu of tweets since his banishment from Twitter. He is said to prefer his exile because he thinks these press releases are more eloquent. And besides, he’s plotting his return to social media with his own branded alternative: Qwitter?
In the meantime, Trump has just posted one of his “eloquent” press releases (see below) lashing out at President Biden because the FDA and the CDC have temporarily paused distribution of the Johnson & Johnson COVID vaccine. The action was taken “out of an abundance of caution” due to reports of rare incidents of blood clots affecting literally less than one in a million people.
Trump’s commentary was a typically incoherent run-on paragraph overflowing with hostility directed outward at others and affinity directed inward at himself. He began by saying that…
“The Biden administration did a terrible disservice to people throughout the world by allowing the FDA and the CDC to call a ‘pause’ in the use of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine.”
First of all, Biden didn’t do this at all. Unlike Trump, the Biden administration treats the FDA and CDC as independent health authorities acting in the service of science, rather than an egomaniacal occupant of the White House. Trump continued saying that…
“The results of this vaccine have been extraordinary but now its reputation will be permanently challenged. The people who have already taken the vaccine will be up in arms, and perhaps all of this was done for politics or perhaps it’s the FDA’s love for Pfizer. The FDA, especially with long-time bureaucrats within, has to be controlled, They should not be able to do such damage for possibly political reasons, or maybe because their friends at Pfizer have suggested it. They’ll do things like this to make themselves look important.”
Trump is purposefully trying to alarm people and get them to become “up in arms” because he thrives on fomenting fear and division. His ludicrous assertion that the FDA “has to be controlled” is just the sort of idiocy that resulted in more than half a million Americans dying of COVID on his watch. And his determination to make everything political is further evidence of his inability to grasp the severity of the pandemic and the need for competent leadership. But Trump still wasn’t through making an ass of himself:
“Remember, it was the FDA working with Pfizer, who announced the vaccine approval two days after the 2020 Presidential Election. They didn’t like me very much because I pushed them extremely hard. But if I didn’t, you wouldn’t have a vaccine for 3-5 years, or maybe not at all. It takes them years to act! Do your testing, clean up the record, and get the Johnson & Johnson vaccine back online quickly. The only way we defeat the China Virus is with our great vaccines!”
Paranoia strikes deep! Trump is still trying to peddle the bizarre conspiracy theory that Pfizer and all the health experts throughout the world were aligned against him. He may be right that he is widely disliked, but that’s only because he’s a narcissistic sociopath who has created unimaginable suffering and loss. And he had little to do with the development of the vaccines that he is now claiming credit for. Pfizer didn’t even participate in his vaunted “Operation Warp Speed.”
Ironically, Trump’s Tuesday tirade may serve to get more people vaccinated. He is finally advocating for vaccinations, despite his having downplayed them in the past and received his own in secret. But he still couldn’t resist taking another racist swing at Asian-Americans with his derogatory “China virus” epithet. But then, it wouldn’t be Trump if he wasn’t being offensive, obnoxious, and infantile.
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