Trump denial, incompetence, led to the COVID-19 pandemic


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Trump, late February, explaining COVID-19 with “incoherent” blather

The catastrophe began with Trump’s initial refusal to take seriously the threat of a once-in-a-century pandemic. But, as officials detailed, it has been compounded over time by a host of damaging presidential traits — his skepticism of science, impatience with health restrictions, prioritization of personal politics over public safety, undisciplined communications, chaotic management style, indulgence of conspiracies, proclivity toward magical thinking, allowance of turf wars and flagrant disregard for the well-being of those around him.

…The administration’s overall response is likely to be scrutinized for years to come as a case study in crisis mismanagement. At the heart of the problem, experts say, have been Trump’s scrambled and faulty communications.

“Words matter a lot, and what we have here is a failure to communicate — and worse than that, the effective communication of policies, of myths, of confusion about masks, about hydroxychloroquine, about vaccines, about closures, about testing,” said Tom Frieden, a former CDC director in the Obama administration. “It’s stunning.”

Please RTFA in its entirety. The crap lies from flunkies read as you would expect. Denial of science and scientific methods are the hallmark of Republican incompetence. Trump teaches a Master Class on the topic. While Americans suffer and die.

2 thoughts on “Trump denial, incompetence, led to the COVID-19 pandemic

  1. p/s says:

    ‘Subpoenas are necessary’: House watchdog details extensive meddling with CDC Covid-19 reports : New documents show political appointees sought to influence at least 13 reports as they ignored warnings from career officials. https://www.politico.com/news/2020/12/21/house-watchdog-cdc-covid-reports-449517
    “Top political officials at [Health and Human Services] and [the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention] not only tolerated these efforts, but in some cases aided them,” Rep. Jim Clyburn (D-S.C.), the chair of the House select subcommittee on coronavirus, added in the letter to HHS Secretary Alex Azar and CDC Director Robert Redfield.
    Clyburn issued subpoenas to Azar and Redfield, ordering them by Dec. 30 to produce “full and unredacted” documents that Clyburn said his panel has sought for months.

    Rep. Jim Clyburn’s December 21, 2020 letter to Alex M. Azar and Dr. Robert R. Redfield
    https://www.politico.com/f/?id=00000176-85af-d418-a17f-edbfeedc0000 ]

  2. Post mortem says:

    “Did they have to die? How America’s Covid response left 3,000 health workers dead” https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/dec/23/us-healthcare-workers-died-covid-coronavirus
    In addition to dire PPE shortages. Limited Covid tests. Sparse tracking of viral spread. Layers of flawed policies handed down by healthcare executives and politicians, there’s the impacts of lax enforcement by government regulators.
    For instance: “Health employers had a mandate to report worker deaths and hospitalizations to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (Osha).
    When they did so, the report went to an agency headed by Eugene Scalia, son of the conservative supreme court justice Antonin Scalia, who died in 2016. The younger Scalia had spent part of his career as a corporate lawyer fighting the very agency he was charged with leading.
    Its inspectors have documented instances in which some of the most vulnerable workers – those with low information and high patient contact – faced incredible hazards, but Osha’s staff did little to hold employers to account.”

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