Trumpublicans have failed Americans dying in this pandemic

Covid-19 has created a crisis throughout the world. This crisis has produced a test of leadership. With no good options to combat a novel pathogen, countries were forced to make hard choices about how to respond. Here in the United States, our leaders have failed that test. They have taken a crisis and turned it into a tragedy.

The magnitude of this failure is astonishing. According to the Johns Hopkins Center for Systems Science and Engineering,1 the United States leads the world in Covid-19 cases and in deaths due to the disease, far exceeding the numbers in much larger countries, such as China. The death rate in this country is more than double that of Canada, exceeds that of Japan, a country with a vulnerable and elderly population, by a factor of almost 50, and even dwarfs the rates in lower-middle-income countries, such as Vietnam, by a factor of almost 2000. Covid-19 is an overwhelming challenge, and many factors contribute to its severity. But the one we can control is how we behave. And in the United States we have consistently behaved poorly.

Read it and weep, people. As great is the capacity of Americans to care for their neighbors, our government has been an absolute failure at providing protection against this plague. The responsibility for that lies with Trump and his obedient flunkies in the Republican Party. They shouldn’t even be elected as school crossing guards.

5 thoughts on “Trumpublicans have failed Americans dying in this pandemic

  1. 13 o'clock says:

    “A new Trump campaign ad implies Anthony S. Fauci praised the president, when he was really referring to the workload of the coronavirus task force instead.” (Washington Post 10/12/20) https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2020/10/12/faucis-anger-trump-is-more-damning-than-it-first-appeared/ “In a way, it’s the final insult to the American electorate. President Trump is badly distorting Anthony S. Fauci’s words into praise of his handling of coronavirus — at exactly the moment when Trump himself is emerging as a potential superspreader in his own right, in defiance of the spirit of everything Fauci has represented throughout this crisis.

    …The use of Fauci’s comments doesn’t just pluck them out of context. It also distorts them in a manner designed to rewrite much of the history of Trump’s own depraved and malevolent dereliction of duty during an absolutely critical period. https://www.cnn.com/2020/10/11/politics/fauci-trump-campaign-ad-out-of-context/index.html

    “Those who control the present, control the past and those who control the past control the future.” George Orwell (1984)

    • 4MOREYEARS says:

      “President Donald Trump attacked Dr. Anthony Fauci on Tuesday after the nation’s top infectious disease expert criticized the president’s reelection campaign for featuring him in a political advertisement.
      In a tweet Tuesday morning, Trump wrote that “Tony’s pitching arm is far more accurate than his prognostications,” referring to Fauci’s bungled first pitch on Major League Baseball’s Opening Day in July.
      “‘No problem, no masks’. WHO no longer likes Lockdowns – just came out against,” the president added. “Trump was right. We saved 2,000,000 USA lives!!!” https://www.politico.com/news/2020/10/13/trump-anthony-fauci-campaign-ad-feud-429148

  2. Cassandra says:

    A pandemic of the novel coronavirus has now killed more than 1 million people worldwide. The United States is the worst-affected country, with more than 7.7 million diagnosed cases and at least 214,771 deaths.
    New IHME COVID-19 Forecasts See Nearly 300,000 Deaths in U.S. by December 1 http://www.healthdata.org/news-release/new-ihme-covid-19-forecasts-see-nearly-300000-deaths-december-1
    Up to half of COVID-19 deaths in the United States could have been prevented, according to a research letter published in JAMA Monday. https://abcnews.go.com/Health/live-updates/coronavirus/?id=73558248#73570237
    Journal of the American Medical Association: “COVID-19 and Excess All-Cause Mortality in the US and 18 Comparison Countries” https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jama/fullarticle/2771761

  3. Doc says:

    “Coronavirus pandemic to cost Americans $16 trillion, study finds” (CBS News 10/13/20) https://www.cbsnews.com/news/coronavirus-pandemic-cost-americans-16-trillion/

    “The SARS-CoV-2 (severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2) pandemic is the greatest threat to prosperity and well-being the US has encountered since the Great Depression. This Viewpoint aggregates mortality, morbidity, mental health conditions, and direct economic losses to estimate the total cost of the pandemic in the US on the optimistic assumption that it will be substantially contained by the fall of 2021. These costs far exceed those associated with conventional recessions and the Iraq War, and are similar to those associated with global climate change. However, increased investment in testing and contact tracing could have economic benefits that are at least 30 times greater than the estimated costs of the investment in these approaches.” Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) Oct 12, 2020: “The COVID-19 Pandemic and the $16 Trillion Virus” https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jama/fullarticle/2771764

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