Trump Infects People & Process
Rick Wilson, who is a Republican strategist and strong critic of our President, wrote a book titled Everything Trump Touches Dies. The truth of the title has been proven by Trump’s policies, provocations, pronouncements, and putrid vindictiveness throughout this crisis. He is more worried about what a governor says about him than helping people. The Trump touch right now is killing people.
In the beginning, we saw President Donald Trump put Mike Pence in charge of a COVID-19 Task Force that permitted experts such at Dr. Anthony Fauci and Dr. Debra Birx to come to the foreground to educate the public about the global pandemic. Soon Trump came to realize that they were getting all the media coverage and it looked like he wasn’t involved. As much as this was okay for most of the country, little Donnie couldn’t bear being upstaged. Like a movie diva of the golden age, he pranced to the front of the press room platform to take over and use critical briefing time to push his political dogma. That was the day the coronavirus task force died.
Even though Trump is taking up all the oxygen in the room, if you hang in long enough you can still learn. We realize that hardly anything is made in America. Just like there is only one laboratory in the US to do certain genomic cancer tests, there is only one factory that makes the long swabs needed for coronavirus testing. The factory is in Maine. Can you believe it? A country of 328 million people is not making things we need to stay alive. We have learned that much of what the medical and healthcare systems need, comes from China, Korea, or Southeast Asia. Why?
While Donald Trump blasts out a tweet saying he has suspended all immigration, the country will shortly face a food shortage. One of the little secrets uncovered during this crisis is that many of our crops are harvested by undocumented workers, or as Trump calls them, “illegals.” They are too afraid to come to work because they have no healthcare insurance. Produce is being ploughed under dirt because there is no way to get the vegetables harvested and sent off to market. While we watched footage of dairies dumping milk down the drain, we also learned of hundreds of food processing workers were testing positive for the COVID-19 virus. Some meat processing plants have stopped production. THERE WILL BE A FOOD SHORTAGE NEXT.
Whatever faith we had in the Task Force and the federal government, has been demolished by the outrageous comments and actions our inept President. We now can clearly see the COVID-19 task force has been coopted by the insanity of the ship captain aiming his craft straight at an iceberg. The members of the task force, no matter what their rank, are simply members of the band, urged by the President to keep playing while the ship is sinking.
Tony Fauci is almost always straightforward and has received death threats because of his candor. Radical right-wing Fox News devotees have called for Fauci to be fired. Trumpets of ignorance! Dr. Birx, a skilled politician and ambassador, uses statistics to cloud an issue or back up a Trump pronouncement. Both Birx and Fauci cannot push back hard enough to clear the noxious gas that Trump blows out his big, fat ass. Why can’t they plainly say that protests to reopen the country are bad for public health?
Last Thursday, the Task Force published a plan called OPENING UP AMERICA AGAIN, which outlined what the group believed to be necessary to safely reopen certain parts of the country. As I pointed out previously, the vague language and lack of specifics basically said the states could do whatever they wanted, and they did. Tennessee, South Carolina, and Georgia are set to throw caution to the wind and let the germs fly. None of those states met the guideline’s Phase One requirements.
Georgia’s Governor Brian Kemp will open fitness centers (gyms), bowling alleys, body art studios, barbers, hair and nail salons and massage therapy businesses this Friday. On Monday, April 27, 2020, Georgia theaters and dine-in restaurants will be permitted to resume activity. Kemp’s decree supersedes any local law or order. Most of the mayors of major cities in Georgia disagree with Kemp but can do nothing.
I am not an infectious disease expert, but I see no way to execute social distancing when inking tattoos, cutting hair, painting nails, or rubbing another to give a massage. Governor Kemp doesn’t understand human contact and how it spreads the deadly virus. He said that workers and customers would be required to follow social distancing. Really? Of course, we learned how unaware he is when he admitted last week that he didn’t know asymptomatic people could spread the virus. I’ll stop short of saying he’s dumb, but he does have a degree in agriculture and should have studied the asymptomatic spread of diseases at the University of Georgia. It appears as if the governor of Georgia used a dart board to determine what kinds of businesses would open.
Kemp admitted his states lags in testing and has not met the 14-day decrease in cases recommended in the Task Force guidelines, but he needed to move the economy sooner. Was he bragging or complaining?
According to an April 20, 2020 interview on CBS, Dr. Anthony Fauci warned again that resuming business too soon risked a fresh spike in infections. And there you have it, folks. Trump put together a Task Force to fight this “invisible enemy” and then he cut their balls off, neutering their effectiveness. It’s a damn farce force and every expert, doctor, healthcare worker and thinking American knows it is a giant failure. Why did the White House publish guidelines that no one is following? Why are the medical experts not stepping up to the microphone and telling the truth right now? TRUMP IS WRONG ABOUT THIS CRISIS.
I hate to say this, but I must. If the number of cases doesn’t go up in those states like Georgia with these new, loose policies, I am going to be really pissed at the Task Force for not understanding the coronavirus. If the cases and death increase in Georgia, where most of my family lives, I am going to be more than angry. The governors who have been hypnotized by Trump’s rhetoric and buffoonery should be removed from office immediately. If more people die because they opened their states too early, they should be criminally charged with endangerment of their citizens and the COVID-19 Task Force should be disbanded for not being more forceful. We need to give an independent panel of doctors and experts total control of the effort against the virus. In effect, the Pentagon of Healthcare. The Federal courts should take Trump out of the picture. He’s hurting us with his words and actions. He needs to be kept away from the decision-making process as far as possible. Short of that, we’re doomed.
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