Honestly, I expected all of this, but it still shocks me to watch in real time. I’ve watched the Trump Presidency from the obvious framing of him scrambling from scandal to scandal simply to try to avoid going to jail when a Democrat gets into office next. Lying about the corruption, election interference, bullying whistleblowers, removing potential threats, hiring only sycophants, etc… all makes perfect sense in that frame. If you lie all the time and confuse people, they won’t believe anything, and that benefits Trump in the long run.
Now he’s spent three months lying about all the COVID-19 stuff for absolutely no good reason. I have to admit, I now realize I’ve been giving this idiot far more credit than he deserves. He hasn’t had some grand plan to jump from scandal to scandal and lie to lie so fast that no one can hold on, he’s just an angry toddler who was lifted to the highest office by a bunch of angry toddlers.
Lets not mince words here, COVID-19 will mostly hurt the Trump base. The data speaks for itself:
For Trump and Wealthy Republicans Collapse due to Coronavirus is a Feature Not a Bug
Let’s take a quick trip down memory lane, back to 2014, as usual Trump says the quiet part out loud:
That’s right, Republicans, especially wealthy ones and evangelicals, having been praying for a collapse for quite some time. Their lack of response, thus, is expected. They want collapse because it gives them power, the wealthy have plenty of cash sitting around to now buy fire-sale stocks and Republicans are using the distraction to push horrifying bills through congress while ignoring & blocking bills that may actually aid the American public.
Now for the scary part, I would not be surprised at all as conditions in the country degrade if Trump were to call upon the alarming emergency powers afforded him to further the misinformation campaign, harm his detractors, who knows what he might get up to. And if he oversteps the bounds? Undoubtedly, the Kangaroo Supreme Court will readily expand his powers.
The Trump Administration Set Us Up for Coronavirus Failure
- Trump fired the entire pandemic response team two years ago and then didn’t replace them
- Trump also cut funding for the CDC, forcing the CDC to cancel its efforts to help countries prevent infectious-disease threats from becoming epidemics in 39 of 49 countries in 2018. China was among the countries abandoned.
- In the spring of 2018, the White House pushed Congress to cut funding for Obama-era disease security programs, proposing to eliminate $252 million in previously committed resources for rebuilding health systems in Ebola-ravaged Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea. Under fire from both sides of the aisle, President Donald Trump dropped the proposal.
- But other White House efforts included reducing $15 billion in national health spending and cutting the global disease-fighting operational budgets of the CDC, NSC, DHS, and HHS. And the government’s $30 million Complex Crises Fund was eliminated.
- In May 2018, Trump ordered the NSC’s entire global health security unit shut down.
- White House National Security Advisor John Bolton pressured Ziemer’s DHS counterpart, Tom Bossert, to resign along with his team. Neither the NSC nor DHS epidemic teams have been replaced.
- Although Congress has so far managed to block Trump administration plans to cut the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps by 40 percent, the cadres have steadily eroded as retiring officers go unreplaced.
- Public health officials have been warning for two years that the United States was in grave danger should a pandemic emerge.
- How testing failures allowed coronavirus to sweep the U.S. The Trump administration’s decision to forgo a World Health Organization test and create its own had fateful consequences, experts say.
- The White House overruled health officials who wanted to recommend that elderly and physically fragile Americans be advised not to fly on commercial airlines because of the new coronavirus.
- Trump reportedly won’t meet with Pelosi on a coronavirus bill, or for any reason, because he’s mad at her
Trump’s Response to Coronavirus
Trump says, “We have it totally under control,” Trump told CNBC. “It’s one person coming in from China, and we have it under control. It’s going to be just fine.”
Senior officials from the CDC brief senators about the latest developments about the virus. Trump posts his first tweet about the coronavirus. He praises the Chinese government for its “transparency” and says, “it will all work out well.”
“Just received a briefing on the Coronavirus in China from all of our GREAT agencies, who are also working closely with China. We will continue to monitor the ongoing developments. We have the best experts anywhere in the world, and they are on top of it 24/7!”
“We think we have it very well under control. We have very little problem in this country at this moment — five. And those people are all recuperating successfully. But we’re working very closely with China and other countries, and we think it’s going to have a very good ending for it. So that I can assure you.”
“Well, we pretty much shut it down coming in from China. … We can’t have thousands of people coming in who may have this problem, the coronavirus. So we’re gonna see what happens, but we did shut it down, yes.”
Trump speaks with Chinese President Xi Jinping. Later, Trump tweets that China “will be successful” in stopping the coronavirus, “especially as the weather starts to warm & the virus hopefully becomes weaker, and then gone.” Scientists reject Trump’s outlook.
At a political rally in New Hampshire, Trump mentions the coronavirus and says it “looks like, by April, you know, in theory, when it gets a little warmer, it miraculously goes away.”
“We have a very small number of people in the country, right now, with it. It’s like around 12. Many of them are getting better. Some are fully recovered already. So we’re in very good shape.”
Trump tweets, “The Coronavirus is very much under control in the USA.”
Trump tells reporters during his trip to India that the virus is “a problem that’s going to go away.”
At a White House press conference, Trump defends his administration and contradicts the CDC assessment that the virus will definitely spread throughout the US. Trump says, “I don’t think it’s inevitable. I think that there’s a chance that it could get worse, a chance it could get fairly substantially worse, but nothing’s inevitable.”
Trump, at a political rally in South Caroline, calls the Coronavirs Democrats’ “new hoax”.
“It’s going to disappear. One day, it’s like a miracle, it will disappear.”
“Some people will have this at a very light level and won’t even go to a doctor or hospital, and they’ll get better. There are many people like that.”
“With approximately 100,000 CoronaVirus cases worldwide, and 3,280 deaths, the United States, because of quick action on closing our borders, has, as of now, only 129 cases (40 Americans brought in) and 11 deaths.”
“The Fake News Media and their partner, the Democrat Party, is doing everything within its semi-considerable power (it used to be greater!) to inflame the CoronaVirus situation, far beyond what the facts would warrant. Surgeon General, ‘The risk is low to the average American.’ ”
“So last year 37,000 Americans died from the common Flu. It averages between 27,000 and 70,000 per year. Nothing is shut down, life & the economy go on. At this moment there are 546 confirmed cases of CoronaVirus, with 22 deaths. Think about that!”
Yes, Let’s Think about that!
Coronavirus by the Numbers
Without adequate testing, it’s almost impossible for US public-health officials to grasp the scope of the outbreak’s spread and determine how dangerous it is. Currently, the US has one of the highest death rates in the world – about 3.6 percent – but that’s probably because so few mild cases have been counted. South Korea, which has the third-highest number of cases behind Italy and China, has a death rate of 0.7 percent.
Marc Lipsitch told CBS News in an interview on Monday that “40 to 70 percent” of the global population could become infected with coronavirus and that it’s “almost inevitable” that the virus will impact the “entire globe.”
What’s that actually look like in the US?
If we take the current best case scenarios of a 0.7 percent death rate and 40 percent infection rate:
327 million US citizens * 40% infected = 130,800,000 infected in the US 130,800,000 infected * 0.7% death rate = 915,600 deaths in the US alone If the infection rate is closer to 70%: 1,602,300 deaths If the infection rate is 70% and the death rate stays at 3.6%: 8,240,400 deaths
For the world:
327 million US citizens * 40% infected = 30,800,000,000 infected in the world 130,800,000 infected * 0.7% death rate = 215,600,000 deaths If the infection rate is closer to 70%: 377,300,000 deaths If the infection rate is 70% and the death rate stays at 3.6%: 1,940,400,000 deaths
Good thing it’s all just some Democrat hoax…