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The astonishing deadly circus that is the Trump presidency is like the Grand Canyon. Standing at the abyss, one person’s two eyes are incapable of comprehending the vastness. It can be perceived only through the big picture of reading books and consuming media reports throughout his tenure. Sadly, the average person can’t or won’t do this. So the lethal clown show lumbers on.
With both raccoon eyes focused firmly upon reelection — and only reelection — President Trump is allowing Americans to die needlessly:
1) He’s forcing massively infected meat plants to reopen or stay open, without safety rules.
2) But he’s (still) refusing to mandate national testing production.
3) He’s castrated the CDC and OSHA, handcuffing safety rule authority.
4) He’s influencing states to reopen economies prematurely, “rapidly.”
5) He’s dangerously lying: “the worst is behind us”; it’ll “soon go away.”
6) He’s refusing to extend social distancing guidelines past April 30.
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COVID-19 Deaths

2/06/2020 — U.S.: 1  |  World: 620
2/17/2020 — U.S.: 2  |  World: 1,873
2/29/2020 — U.S.: 3  |  World: 2,976
3/05/2020 — U.S.: 12  |  World: 3,293
3/12/2020 — U.S.: 38  |  World: 4,717
3/19/2020 — U.S.: 150  |  World: 9,115
3/26/2020 — U.S.: 1,046  |  World: 22,030
4/02/2020 — U.S.: 5,137  |  World: 48,284
4/09/2020 — U.S.: 14,808  |  World: 89,435
4/16/2020 — U.S.: 30,985  |  World: 138,008
4/23/2020 — U.S.: 46,785  |  World: 184,372
4/30/2020 — U.S.: 60,999  |  World: 228,057

(COVID-19 Dashboard by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University; approximately 8 a.m. each day)

Trump Presidency Is Deadly

The astonishing deadly circus that is the Trump presidency is like the Grand Canyon. Standing at the abyss, one person’s two eyes are incapable of comprehending the vastness. It can be perceived only through the big picture of reading books and consuming media reports throughout his tenure. Sadly, the average person can’t or won’t do this. So the lethal clown show lumbers on.

With spray-on tan, million-dollar comb-over, and both raccoon eyes focused firmly upon reelection — and only reelection — President Trump needlessly is allowing Americans to die in the following ways:

1) He’s forcing massively infected meat plants to reopen or stay open, while refusing to order workplace safety rules implementation and enforcement.

2) But he’s (still) refusing to mandate national testing production and implementation. He wants to keep the “numbers” down. (48 days after declaring a national emergency, 77 days after his partial China travel ban, the U.S. per capita testing rate is still at the bottom among developed nations.)

3) He’s castrated the CDC and OSHA, handcuffing their influence and rule-making authority that would enforce life-saving safety measures at U.S. workplaces.

4) He’s blatantly and tacitly influencing states to reopen their economies prematurely, “rapidly,” almost guaranteeing a second deadly wave of the pandemic.

5) He’s threatening to withhold aid to states with Democratic governors and has played favorites with PPE shipments.

6) He’s telling dangerous lies, saying “experts say the worst is behind us,” the virus will “soon just go away,” and that the U.S. has done sufficient testing. This provides fodder for the Diamond-and-Silk-anti-deep-state crowd pushing for premature reopening and elimination of social distancing.

7) He’s refusing to extend the White House social distancing guidelines — even though they’re only weak suggestions — past April 30, though U.S. deaths have exceeded 60,000 and are still climbing.




Trumpism Kills

“On Tuesday, [President] Trump showed support for commentators Diamond and Silk after they were dropped by Fox News over their repeated nonsense about the virus: suggestions that the ‘deep state’ is to blame, that the virus is ‘engineered’ and that people should go ‘out in the environment,’ not shelter in their homes. Most recently, the pair hosted a scientist — part of the fire-Anthony-Fauci crowd — who argues that the coronavirus can be cured not with vaccines but with vitamin supplements.

“‘I love Diamond & Silk, and so do millions of people,’ Trump tweeted in their defense.”

(Milbank, Dana; “Trump Tests His Most Promising Coronavirus Antidote: Lies”; The Washington Post; 4/28/2020.)

Complicating truth and critical thinking are the president’s tacit messages to cult members. He states publicly that COVID-19 is a serious tragedy, and he is doing more to fight it than anyone on Earth could: a “beautiful job,” a “success story.” Then he winks to MAGA devotees while tweeting his love for the comedy duo masquerading as political pundits, Diamond and Silk.

Donald’s evil genius lies in his ability to send two completely conflicting messages simultaneously. This is apart from the galactic fire hose of blatant mendacity. Trump can say in the same press briefing: 1) that testing is important, and that’s why he’s responsible for the U.S. conducting the most testing on Earth; and 2) but it is states’ responsibility to do testing and, besides, more testing is not that important to opening up the economy.

The result is that cultists hear one thing: the importance of testing is overblown, probably even a lie perpetuated by the “deep state.” Critics hear another thing: Trump is playing down the importance of testing, while the U.S. per capita testing rate is dismally low. Then when they call him on it, he can say, “Testing is important. Testing is not a problem. We’re testing more — twice as much — as any other country in the world, combined.”

Meanwhile, every credible scientific and epidemiological expert in the country says that testing, testing, testing is the only way out of this crisis, and U.S. per capita testing is still woefully inadequate.

President Trump implies at his briefings: 1) there is no virus conspiracy, it’s real; 2) people should continue social distancing; and 3) he has no intention of firing Dr. Fauci.

Then he tweet-throws love at Diamond and Silk — who even Fox News thinks are over-the-top conspiracy nuts — who: 1) say the “deep state” has “engineered” the virus to topple Trump; 2) encourage people to ignore the safety guidelines and go “out in the environment”; and 3) host a fire-Anthony-Fauci-crowd scientist who advocates vitamins not vaccines.

Confession

I have a confession to make. I pose on Facebook as a liberal, anti-Trump evangelical Caucasian man. (There are a few of “us.”) I started this about a month ago, and even I was shocked, thunderstruck at the venomous invective hurled by “my fellow Christians” as I respectfully pushed back on their phantasmagoric conspiracy theories and — still to this day — Hillary Clinton vitriol. Donald Trump is their man, a true Christian, and they will walk through rhetorical and maybe even literal fire for him. The cult mentality is frightening.

And while I was in a coma or something, Microsoft co-founder and world-class philanthropist Bill Gates has become a boogieman for the right and Christian right. Instead of being lauded as a man donating 95% of his many billions of dollars to help citizens of Earth not die, he is pummeled falsely for A) having decided the world is too populated, B) conspiring to secretly engineer the coronavirus, and C) spreading the virus to cull the herd and depopulate the planet. Oh, and Bill is the chief architect of the coming one-world government. Christian ladies hate him the most.

Whatever happened to Ten Commandments enthusiasts? ■

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