Donald Trump Is a Murderer

 

President Donald Trump is committing murder on an unprecedented scale, and the Republican Party is his accomplice in this criminal endeavor.

Two charges are apt against Trump for his role in the burgeoning spike in new COVID-19 cases. First, as the number of cases — and hospitalizations and deaths — soar, the president has abdicated all responsibility for curbing the spread of the virus. Second, his refusal to begin the transition to the incoming Biden administration means the president-elect’s team is flying blind, ignorant of government plans, to the extent they exist, for the distribution of promising vaccines.

The statistics are grim: An average of more than 150,000 new coronavirus cases a day over the past week, an increase of 81 percent from the average two weeks prior. More than 11-million Americans have contracted COVID-19 since the pandemic began, and nearly 250,000 have died so far. Current models predict the mortality number will reach nearly 440,000 by March 1, 2021, if nothing is done to control the infection rate and the nation simply maintains the current use of masks, social distancing, and closings. If all that is eased, the total deaths could reach 600,000 by the end of February of next year. 

Dr. Scott Atlas

And, what does the president do? Nothing, except pout about his election defeat and spin wild conspiracy theories about how many votes President-elect Joe Biden stole. Oh, and Trump finds time for golf. The medical adviser to whom Trump listens, Dr. Scott Atlas, who is not an epidemiologist, embraces the controversial “herd immunity” strategy to allow the coronavirus to spread through most of the nation’s population to build resistance to the virus. Most public health officials and infectious-disease experts call this approach reckless. 

Dr. Anthon Fauci

The Trump administration has ramped up testing and has made more equipment available to health care practitioners, though supplies likely will be stretched to the breaking point if the pandemic continues to worsen as cold weather approaches. But, the president himself apparently has lost interest in trying to stem the infection rate. Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s leading expert on infectious diseases, told CNN Sunday, “The last time the president was physically at a task force meeting was several months ago.” Trump also contributed to the infection rate by holding potentially super-spreader rallies before the election and by staging two dangerous White House events recently: The introduction of Amy Coney Barrett as his nominee as associate justice on the Supreme Court and an election night gathering.

At campaign rallies, Trump predicted the media would stop talking about the pandemic as soon as the election was over, frequently citing the constant print and television stories as proof “the fake news” was out to get him. It was all part Trump’s schtick of playing the victim. But, it turns out, no one is ignoring the spread of the coronavirus more than Trump himself. 

Ron Klain, incoming White House chief of staff

Equally serious is the president’s refusal to begin the transition to the next administration. In his interview with CNN, Fauci said, “Of course it would be better if we could start working with” the Biden team that will take office on January 20. “It’s almost like passing a baton in a race — you don’t want to stop and then give it to somebody,” Fauci  added. ”You want to just essentially keep going. And that is what transition is.” Ron Klain, named by Biden as his chief of staff, said on “Meet the Press” Sunday, “There has to be a seamless transition. We now have the possibility— we need to see if it gets approved — of a vaccine starting perhaps in December or January. There are people at [Health and Human Services] making plans to implement that vaccine. Our experts need to talk to those people as soon as possible so nothing drops in this change of power we’re going to have on January 20th.”

Cooperation between the outgoing and incoming administrations on the worst public health crisis since the great flu epidemic of 1918 is not happening. No one, apparently, can convince Trump his time in the Oval Office is about to end. Republicans in Congress, with only a few exceptions, fear informing the “king” he lost because they worry about angering his loyal followers. Senator Chuck Schumer, the Democratic leader in the upper chamber, blamed his colleagues on the other side of the aisle for not telling the president the truth. “Every day Senate Republicans continue to indulge the president in the delusion he didn’t just lose the election, they are undermining faith in our democracy, putting our national security at risk and impeding the response to the Covid-19 health and economic crises,” Schumer said. The president-elect put it simply, “More people may die, if we don’t coordinate.”

Senator Lisa Murkowski of Alaska is one of the few Republicans to criticize Trump for interfering with the transition, saying the president should share vaccine plans with Biden to ensure “there is that flow of information that we typically see when we have transitions.” The current lack of cooperation is the reverse of what happened four years ago when President Barack Obama directed his team to provide Trump’s aides with detailed briefings and simulations of crises, including a possible flu pandemic. Trump’s assistants refused to accept Obama’s help, the repercussions from which the nation now suffers. 

Pfizer says its vaccine is 90 percent effective

The pandemic will end one day. Therapies are being developed and vaccines are on the horizon. Pharmaceutical giant Pfizer announced last week the development of a vaccine found to be more than 90 percent effective in participants in a study. Drugmaker Moderna reported Monday that its vaccine is nearly 95 percent effective, based on early results from a large study.  Unfortunately, until those vaccines are widely available to the public, tens of thousands of people will die, many of whose lives could have been saved if the Trump administration had taken appropriate, timely steps to mitigate the crisis.

The president’s willful abdication of responsibility for taming the pandemic, his refusal to model appropriate behavior, such as mask wearing, his holding of massive rallies and White House events, and his unwillingness to allow his team to cooperate with the incoming administration has resulted and will result in needless deaths. Trump faces myriad legal problems when he leaves office on January 20, 2021 — violation of the emoluments clause, tax problems, business fraud, allegations of sexual assault, and possibly more. He also should be held accountable for his murderous behavior during the coronavirus pandemic.

Posted November 17, 2020

One Response to “Donald Trump Is a Murderer

  • Patricia Collins:

    I hope all the high school history teachers in the US use your blogs to encourage their students on how to focus on current events and the importance of the best of factual writing.

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