Trump yesterday continued to lie and point the finger at others to hide from his own calamitous failure to respond to the coronavirus outbreak. Trump began by claiming at a presser that–
“This plague should never have happened. It could’ve been stopped but people chose not to stop it. It’s a very sad thing for the world…”.
One person who chose not to stop it was Donald Trump, who received many Intel briefings and warnings from senior officials about the approaching catastrophe yet continued to publicly dismiss the risks while jetting off on golf trips and holding hate-rallies. This was just another example of Trump telling the Big Lie to try to shift the narrative away from “Trump failed America” to “other people screwed America, folks!” But lying won’t wash the blood from his hands.
Trump was later asked about his claim that the USA would soon test 5-million people a day for coronavirus but he denied making the claim, insisting, “I never said it.” Problem was, the day before, he said it on camera to a room full of reporters. Asked if he was “confident you can surpass 5-million tests per day?”, Trump replied, “Oh, well, we’re going to be there very soon.” Trump clearly has no moral core and operates from no fixed set of memories or beliefs. He simply says whatever he thinks will make him look good–or at least avoid embarrassment–in the moment. He has no ability to think, “how will a certain answer make me look later, in the cold light of day,” because Trump can’t think ahead. He can only think about the calculus of NOW. Which means that wildly contradictory statements and conflicting lies and incompatible stories flow from Trump in an unrelenting torrent.
But we’re on the cusp of learning just how bad the second phase of Trump’s Covid disaster will be. We still don’t have enough tests by a long shot. Trump claims we’ve conducted more tests than any other country, but on a per capita basis–the only measure that matters–we’re way behind most other countries. In fact, we’re on par with Belarus. And if we want to open up the country and make our stay-at-home sacrifice worthwhile, we’ll need at least five million tests per day, if not way more. The truth is, we’re nowhere near where we need to be to prevent a second wave of infection as soon as we open up. We remain wholly unprepared. Parts of our economy and society will be returning to old patterns without widespread testing and contact tracing, without effective treatments, and without a vaccine. So of course we’ll see a second deadly wave, and if it strangles our health care system again, we could experience another shut-down, which would be even more economically and emotionally destructive. All because Trump failed to ramp up supplies and tests in advance of the pandemic, he failed to take any action to contain the initial outbreak, and he continues to refuse to lead a federal Manhattan project to supercharge our testing capacity–running from his oath to protect American lives and passing the buck to the individual states.
I highly recommend reading a fascinating and comprehensive article in ProPublica by Caroline Chen entitled, “What Antibody Studies Can Tell You — and More Importantly, What They Can’t”. It clears up a lot of misconceptions and myths around coronavirus testing. Here’s an excerpt:
Now let’s talk about the flu. Comparisons to the flu keep coming back like a many-headed hydra, and they roared back last week with a vengeance.
The estimates I’ve seen for influenza IFR range from about 0.14% on the upper end to 0.04% on the lower end. So if the IFR for this coronavirus ends up being around 0.5%, that’s still many times worse than the flu.
But that’s not the main problem. At the end of the day, wherever the coronavirus fatality rate ends up, it doesn’t change the fact that we don’t have any immunity to the virus, which is a critical factor in why we’ve had to behave differently in our response to it.
Here’s the link:
Don’t forget that Rep Delgado will hold his seventh tele-town-hall tomorrow, Friday May 1st, at 4:30pm on the coronavirus. You can join by calling this number: 855-905-3295
Keep resisting Trump and keep working to “vote his ass out of office.”