By George Smith
If you believe, truly believe, that President Trump is saying the right things, making the right decisions and creating and directing a federal response system to battle the COVID-19 pandemic, you are wrong. Sorry, but that’s the truth.
Research. Read. Analyze. Think.
Fact: The president delayed important decisions that could have curtailed or weakened the magnitude of the virus because he wanted to prop up the stock market.
He repeatedly pooh-poohed the seriousness of the growing problem despite evidence of the virus’ potential from other countries and from his own medical experts.
His blatant lies will be his legacy.
Quote: “Nobody knew there would be a pandemic or epidemic of this proportion.”
This is not a misstatement; it is a lie.
There is factual evidence, however, that not only was the Trump administration warned about the potential of a pandemic and its dangers to Americans, it was given a plan on how to deal with it, which it promptly shelved.
Quote: “Anybody that needs a test gets a test. We – they’re there. They have the tests. And the tests are beautiful”
Without basis, Trump has claimed the US has done an excellent job in testing people for the coronavirus. As early as January, the president said the situation was “totally under control”. Just six weeks later the US had emerged as the new global center of the pandemic.
In reality, healthcare providers faced a severe shortage of testing kits as coronavirus hit the US, with the situation exacerbated by faults in the testing system and restrictions on who could actually take a test. A big disparity opened up whereby rich or famous people were able to get
Quote: “I’ve always known this is a real – this is a pandemic. I felt it was a pandemic long before it was called a pandemic. I’ve always viewed it as very serious”
You cannot have it both ways. Trump believes otherwise; he us delusional and truly believes if he says it, it is true. Whatever he says, he believes his troops, his followers will believe him, not facts, but his alternative reality.
Quote: “ lAmericans will have access ‘to vaccines, I think, relatively soon.”
A “bigly” lie.
He was contradicted by Alex Azar, the health and human services secretary, who pointed out: “You won’t have a vaccine. You’ll have a vaccine to go into testing.”
Dr Fauci and others at the meeting confirmed that clinical trials – standard for any new vaccine – would have to take place first. A vaccine is more likely to be a year or 18 months away.
Again: Research. Read. Analyze. Think.
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