This pandemic should not be a revelation of the differences between “red” and “blue states.” Blue states believe in science and accept and respect the advice of medical professionals. More importantly, they believe that the value of human life far outweighs the profits of big business. Red states do not accept scientific fact; Trump knows everything and the profits of large corporations and the one percent wealthiest Americans are priority number one.
“You know, the numbers are coming down very rapidly all throughout the country, by the way,” Trump declared at a Monday news conference. “There may be one exception, but all throughout the country, the numbers are coming down rapidly.”
Leaked White House data shows infections spiking more than 1,000% in rural areas that backed Trump.
I remain a confused man. The men and women who voted for Trump in 2016 must have believed that Trump was intelligent and qualified. But why? Even a cursory investigation into Trump’s life reveals a man who has failed at everything he attempted. Without assistance in the election from the television media, and Russia, Trump would not have been gifted the Electoral College.
This reminds me of our 43rd president, also a Republican. His business failures were also numerous. Without a controversial ruling by a right-wing biased Supreme Court, he would have lost his 2000 election.
“Some parts of the country — rural counties in Tennessee and Kansas — have seen cases balloon by more than 1,000% in a matter of one week. Other counties in Missouri, Nebraska, Minnesota and Wisconsin saw increases of more than 400%.”
The surprise here isn’t that Trump lied, it is more upsetting that Trump’s cult remains in denial. Science can always be trusted. It is extremely sad that this illegitimate president failed so badly when he faced his first crisis. Trump continues to attempt misdirection by creating lies about everyone else from China, medical experts, and even President Obama. He claims that testing for the virus was hampered because “the previous administration left him an insufficient number of tests for Covid-19.” Trump is so ignorant he is unaware that each new virus requires a specific test.
Trump had an opportunity as early as December to plan the creation of medical equipment needed to fight a possible pandemic. In November of 2019, the President’s Daily Brief contained a concern about a possible world health crisis. Instead, Trump ignored the concerns of our nation’s security agencies until mid-March of this year as the coronavirus began to spread across America.
The man defiling our White House today is totally unfit to lead our nation.
Op-ed by James Turnage
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