“We have it totally under control”
I hate to be writing this on the anniversary of the deadliest attack on our country, which took place on September 11, 2001, but we are being attacked again. Sadly, the guy in charge does not understand the gravity of the global pandemic. He would rather just ignore it. The American COVID-19 death toll has exceeded 191,000 over the last seven months, which is the numerical equivalent of sixty-four 9-11 attacks. We know that lack of communication and a failed airport security system lead to our vulnerabilities and deaths on that fateful day in 2001. Now we have learned another major piece of the coronavirus story, and it’s not pretty. We can easily apply “the deer in the headlights” metaphor to Donald John Trump. He’s damaged goods.
Most caring Americans have heard the tapes of famed journalist and author Bob Woodward as he interviewed the 45th President of the United States. Trump comes across much differently in those recorded discussions when compared with what he has been telling us. We now have confirmation that Donald Trump is two-faced, meaning he’s insincere and acts one way in certain situations and in contrary ways in other circumstances. Trump has been lying, distorting and misleading America about the coronavirus from the very beginning. On one hand, it’s been a cover-up, and on another, fraudulent application of public health and safety information.
You should read the transcripts of the interviews. On February 7, 2020, Trump said that he had confidence that China’s president, Xi Jinping, had the disease under control, but added ominously, “It goes through air, Bob. That’s always tougher than the touch. You know, the touch, you don’t have to touch things. But the air, you just breathe the air and that’s how it’s passed. … And so, that’s a very tricky one. That’s a very delicate one. It’s also more deadly than your—you know, your, even your strenuous flus. You know, people don’t realize, we lose 25,000, 30,000 people a year here. Pretty amazing. This is more deadly. This is 5 per—you know, this is 5 percent versus 1 percent and less than 1 percent. You know? So, this is deadly stuff.”
On the 27th of February, Trump said on national TV, “View this the same as the flu and treat this like you treat the flu.” I could ramble on and on about what the Donald has told us about the COVID-19 crisis and how all of them run contrary to facts, but the simple truth is that he lied, and lied, again and again. Trevor Noah of The Daily Show said, “The good news is that he wasn’t being stupid, he did comprehend how dangerous the coronavirus was. But the terrible news, the President of the United States lied about it over and over.” And I will add, killed people.
Trump cannot even control the messaging of his administration about the worst pandemic in 100 years, so how in the hell could his team possibly have a virus under control? I was angry on 9-11 because people in our government had forgotten to consider possibilities. We learned later that agency rivalries and wretched communication lead to that atrocious assault on our nation. How many Pearl Harbors or 9-11s must we suffer before we grasp the importance of paying attention to intelligence and planning? Trump’s malfeasance in the handling of the COVID-19 global pandemic is equal to the deadly tragedies of December 7, 1941 and September 11, 2001. This President has the blood of American victims on his hands.
Donald Trump’s main excuse for lying is he wanted to keep people from panicking. Well, that was the same lame reason the government offered for not releasing its research on UFOs. You know, better not scare the kids. However, no one we know about has died from a UFO encounter.
Us Americans want to believe our government will provide support when we need it. Many people in power have complained about the government, even when they ran it. I was amused by Ronald Reagan’s open negativity toward “big government,” when he was mainly responsible for its expansion. Trump wants us to believe in him, not the institutions around him. It’s an out-of-body experience for the guy in the Oval Office to complain about so many things while also saying we should reelect him because he is the only one who can fix them. Huh?
If this so-called Law & Order administration thinks that lying to the American people is good governance and a lawful way to protect the public, then they are harmful and need to be removed from office, ALL OF THEM! It’s easy to ridicule Trump for saying he’s a stable genius, and then learning that he provided 19 on the record interviewers to Bob Woodward, a seasoned and strategic journalist. Trump’s move was not that of a “genius,” it was the miscalculated mistake of a dummy.
Woodward is the consummate professional writer. Think about it. Woodward and his partner Carl Bernstein figured out President Richard Nixon was lying. In the end, Nixon resigned in shame. In that case we had a dishonest president whose tapes proved Woodward’s case against him. Now we have Trump doing and saying whatever he can to impugn the reputation of Mr. Woodward. The orange administration has already dismissed the act of lying by excusing such bad behavior as a position to help the American public feel good about a pandemic, you know, so they don’t panic. They now want us to buy the T-shirt that says, YOU MIGHT DIE, STAY CALM. They are saying Woodward’s new book Rage is nothing but a “political hit job.” That’s fucking nonsensical. Our bumbling President totally cooperated with Woodward, on the record! Who is the true idiot here?
The fact is this. The President of the United States lied, and people died. He lied; people died. Keep repeating that mantra because it is the truth. Donald Trump doesn’t deserve to be the president. He’s shown his true, empathy-empty soul. I am sure now that people know he lied about the severity of the virus, his lack of endorsement of social distancing and mask wearing and his neglect in creating a plan to save lives will be taken to court as soon as he gets out of office. I have a concern that the US Department of Justice will defend him because they no longer work for the taxpayers; they work for Trump. Our great nation is surely in a shitty position.
Donald Trump is the worst president in the history of America. Do you need proof of that? Just count the dead bodies. Don’t expect a memorial every year where all the names of those who have died from COVID-19 to be read out loud on TV. The people in this government just don’t care.
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