Imagine Trump repeating the claim that if his administration did nothing there would be more than two million deaths. What sense does that make?Would there ever be any possibility that the leader of the United States whoever that was would do nothing? Is there any leader in a first world country who would stand back and do nothing while people were dying around his country?
Why is he saying that absurdity? How does it make any sense that he is putting that out there? And, he keeps repeating it as if doing something by the federal government would only have happen because he was in charge. As if doing something for the American people by the President was something quite novel.
He said some people told him just let the coronavirus take its course. Who are these people he listens to? Doesn’t it send shivers down your back thinking there are advisors to the president who suggested that he do nothing and let millions of Americans die.
i have to think one of them may have been Jared Kushner after reading that he said on Thursday “The notion of the federal stockpile was it’s supposed to be our stockpile. It’s not supposed to be states stockpile that they then use.” Is there anything more absurd than that? Who is the “our” he’s referring to? The Trump family? Isn’t the federal stock pile one paid for by the people in the states and doesn’t it belong to them.
This is a nation “of, for and by the people.” What it owns is the people’s. Thinking there is a difference between the federal government and the people could easily lead to the idea that it need do nothing to help the people during an epidemic.
.The Mengele type approach, also called the herd approach is based on the “do nothing” idea which is to let the virus infect as many as possible and those that survive will be immune from it. That was the first plan of his friend Boris (Johnson) in the UK. I have to think it was the idea behind the British treatment of the Irish during the Irish famine, the Great Hunger, Boris backed away from it when he realized this time it would be killing millions of his own people.
I saw an interview between the guy on CNN Chris Cuomo and his brother the governor of New York Andrew Cuomo. Chris asked him about all the adulation he was receiving “for doing his job” and whether he was thinking of running for president. He said he wasn’t thinking of running. But what struck me about the question was he indicated that he was just “doing his job.” That’s all Governor Cuomo was doing in his daily briefing was nothing more than he should have been doing yet people think he is doing something extraordinary. It shows you how rare that is in America for a government leader to be doing his job.
Clearly Trump isn’t doing his. He thinks he can withhold needed items from the states. He still hasn’t imposed a nationwide lockdown. Seema Vermar on Pence’s Task Force explained the reason saying this is America, we have freedom, we can not order people to do things, we can only recommend. I though “did she never hear of the draft?”
But we really know why Trump uses that two million figure don’t we. Of course it is the most depraved reason one could think of but really something quite expected from Trump. He will be bragging that we only lost 100,000 American or 500,000 rather than the two million because of him. If we lose the 100,000 he’ll be telling us he save 1 million nine hundred thousand lives. Sadly, many will believe him.
All we want from a president is that he do his job and stop listening to Mengele types. He should impose a nationwide lockdown and provide the states whatever they need. His daily mini-rallies – one had as a speaker a mattress salesman carrying a Bible that had nothing to do with the Covid-19 crises – should be focused only on the crises and not him. He should step back and let the experts tell us what is happening and not be telling us he’s number one on Fave Book.