Pick a number….100,000 thousand deaths?  A million deaths?  Five million deaths?  Ten million deaths.  Do you think Trump would never allow (pick your number here) in order to win reelection.  It’s a trick question.  There is no number.  Trump hates to lose and he would sacrifice millions on the alter of his ego to win, whether a business deal or an election.

As for the virus….Trump was warned repeatedly in classified intelligence briefings in December of 2019, and January and February of 2020 about the growing Covid virus threat that was on its way to America.  More than one dozen times, the President’s daily briefings included reports of the virus spreading and China’s efforts to suppress information about the danger.  Trump refused to mobilize his administration during that time and played down the threat of the virus publicly, saying on Feb. 27th, “It’s like a miracle, it will disappear.”

The intelligence briefing classified the threat as the same level devoted to threats of terrorism.

What Trump was doing was evaluating how any action or inaction regarding the virus would affect his chances of reelection.

All the while, the internal reports called the virus an eminent threat.  At the same time many federal agencies also warned of the danger.

Finally, on March 18th, Trump said “the virus snuck up on us.” And, “It was a very unforeseen thing.”

In 2017 and 2018, Trump de-funded or shut down several agencies whose mission was to plan for health emergencies, gather necessary equipment and resources, and coordinate their efforts with the CDC, WHO, and other intentional agencies.  But Trump will tell you that Obama did it.  Or the Chinese released it on purpose.  Or the Russians.

A former top vaccine official filed a whistleblower report this week, claiming he was demoted for raising early warning signs about the Covid-19 in late January.   Rick Bright was removed on April 22 from the directorship of the federal office overseeing Covid-19 vaccine development.  He resisted pressure to make chloroquine and hydroxychlorquine widely available as virus treatments at a time when clinical trials said that not only were the drugs not beneficial, but were found to induce heart arrhythmia in test patients.

On January 18, Bright urged a supervisor to hold disaster planning meetings.  He was told that the White House refused to accept any study showing that the virus would spread or could be a national disaster.

In February, he raised alarms about a massive shortage of masks and other safety equipment but was again told to “not speak to the press or anyone else.”

Further, he said that drug makers with ties to the administration were given special treatment.  Bright said, “I was pressured to let politics and cronyism drive decision that could, and eventually did affect the health of millions of people.”

  • Ignored three warnings, beginning in mid-December, by the CIA that Covid was spreading in China and would soon reach America with the potential to kill millions
  • Did nothing for almost THREE MONTHS while deciding whether or not to announce an emergency.
  • Claimed China created the virus in a lab and released it to kill Americans. Every noted virologist said that it was impossible that the virus was made in a lab.
  • Blamed the World Health Organization for helping China hide the dangers of the virus. Blamed the virus on Democrats for being lax on immigration rules in their states while providing no evidence of that.
  • Claimed he was in charge of how and when the states would reopen. Fact; the constitution endows the power on the states.

Without test kits, without proper protective gowns, gloves, masks, the U.S. was testing 5% as many people as other rich countries.  The U.S. was doing less testing per capita than 25 other countries.  Trump said he did not like the fact that “A country with 5% of the world’s population had 1/3rd of the world’s known cases.  Trump looked at testing as if they were TV ratings.  Testing presented objective truths but Trump did not like objective truth.  He believed in perceptions.  “If we didn’t do any testing,” he complained, “we would have very few cases.”  If test are going to find infected people, why do more of them?””

  • Said test kits were available in large numbers in every state when in fact there were next to none.
  • Trump fired almost all the people in the CDC, and other agencies who did not support his insane ideas (swallow bleach or disinfectant, use ultraviolet light, preferably on the inside of the body).
  • Trump’s only concern during the emergency is how it would affect his reelection chances. I can assure you that if it meant every single person in the U.S. had to contract the virus and if ten times as many people had to die (compared to how many have already died), Trump would have happily accept those numbers.
  • If you still believe Trump is a human being, with normal human emotions, you would be wrong. He is a sociopath, a non-feeling, non-caring, lying, sadist subhuman.
  • Donald Trump claimed that China withheld knowledge of the virus.  True, but that was only from late December to mid-January.  Donald Trump was given notice by the CIA in December about the spreading epidemic in China and did nothing.  Even when Trade advisor Peter Navarro warned Trump that the virus could cause 540,000 American deaths and cost the economy $5.7 trillion, Trump said, “We’ve got it under control.”  For 2 ½ months Trump thought only one thing…not how many Americans could die from the virus, but how his acknowledgment of the virus, or an announcement of the dangers, could affect his chances for reelection.

As the numbers of deaths began adding up, the finger pointing blame on others began.  China showed the world how to deal with the pandemic, while the WHO, at first, took China’s position that there was no clear evidence of human to human transmission.  However, in their favor…when more data came to light, the WHO immediately announced the virus as a pandemic.

Rather than double down on the WHO, Trump withdrew $400 million in yearly funding, 22% of its total budget.  So what if the rest of the world couldn’t get the help it needs.  Stalin (then Trump) said it best; “One death is a tragedy, a million deaths is a statistic.”

Then he pointed blame at Obama, the Democrats and Immigrants.  He also thought about pointing a finger at little green men.

What ever you think about Trump, whatever line you think he wouldn’t have crossed to get reelected, you’d be wrong.

What has been called “America exceptionalism” has, under Donald Trump, been destroyed.  Americans have always believed that our country should lead the world…in space, in science, in integrity, in charity.

But under Donald Trump, America has been a laggard, not a world leader.

All rich nations knew by early February that the Covid-19 threat was real.  Germany, South Korea, Singapore and a few other far-sighted countries began a massive testing program, contact tracing, and masking.  South Korea suffered only 225 deaths compared to over 700,000 in America.

We should not be surprised but Trump’s inaction and lies and pointing blame at others.  He chose to ignore the threat, hoping it would somehow just go away.

Trump ignored warnings by the CDC that there was a severe lack of basic medical supplies, like masks, hospital beds and ventilators.

Trump brushed aside the demands of the governors of the 50 states to release federal funds to prepare for the virus spreading.

In the early stages of the pandemic, Trump’s downplayed the threat of COVID-19 over 200 times.

Trump denied responsibility for his Administration’s disbanding of the US Pandemic Response Team headed by Rear Adm. R. Timothy Ziemer.

Trump made various false, misleading, or inaccurate statements related to the COVID-19 pandemic, such as “We have it under control. It’s going to be just fine” (January 22, 2020); “Looks like by April, you know, in theory, when it gets a little warmer, it miraculously goes away” (February 10), and “Anybody that wants a test can get a test” when in fact only 2% of the population was tested and there were few test kits left nationwide.

On February 24, Trump tweeted: “The Corona virus is very much under control in the USA,” and the next day Trump said, “I think that whole situation will start working out. We’re very close to a vaccine,” when none was near production.

In late February, the Trump Administration stated that the outbreak containment was “close to airtight” and that the virus was only as deadly as the seasonal flu.  The administration also stated that the outbreak was “contained” in early March even as the number of U.S. cases continued to increase parabolically.

On effectiveness of masks, Trump said, “Just the other day (the CDC) came out with a statement that 85 percent of the people that wear masks catch it.”

On June 20, at a rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Trump suggested that America should slow down testing.  In response to the high number of tests, he said that “When you do testing to that extent, you’re going to find more people, you’re going to find more cases, so I said to my people, ‘Slow the testing down, please.”  White House officials claimed that Trump was only joking

On July 4, 2020, Trump falsely stated that “99 percent” of COVID-19 cases are “totally harmless.”  In the same speech, Trump contradicted several public health experts by saying that the U.S. will “likely have a therapeutic and/or vaccine solution long before the end of the year.

When asked on March 13th if he accepted responsibility for the testing debacle, he said, “No.  I don’t take responsibility at all.”

Trump cut the CDC’s funding by 30%.  And the Hospital Preparedness Program within the H&HS was halved.

After wasting weeks on doing little on his “self-congratulatory victory tour,” he said, “We have contained the virus.  I won’t say airtight, but close.”

The steps Trump dismissed or refuses to take:

  1. January, 2018. Barack Obama left a detailed, step by step 19 page report of what to do in the event of a pandemic.’
  2. December 2019. The CIA warned Trump three times, beginning in December of 2019 that a pandemic had broken out in China and was spreading throughout the world.
  3. March, 2020. Jared Kushner came up with a testing / tracing program based on the European model. Had that plan been instituted, it is estimated that there would have been only 10% of the total deaths.  Trump decided against the program, stating “well, there are more people dying in red states than blue states right now, so we’ll put that on hold.”

700,000 deaths and Donald never lost a minute’s sleep.

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