| Map of COVID SENIOR DEAD VIA INFECTION RATES (courtesy of AARP)|
UPDATES TO THIS POST FIRST PUBLISHED IN 4/2020. UPDATES (2/27/2021)
Worldometer lists US deaths as ranging past 523,000. Trump's COVID BOTCH JOB, and depraved, wanton indifference NOT to keep Americans safe and secure have cost him the 2020 election. The Republican Party have lost the House and the Senate (Kamala Harris is the vote that destroys Senate Republican hegemony). A few other nations have a proportionate greater number of deaths than the US based on their population but their numbers are nowhere near ours which are greater than the combined death toll of those lost in all our wars except the CIVIL WAR.
By far, living in the US has been a liability with regard to COVID. Could Americans sue and hold liable Trump/Republicans for their negligence with regard to spreading COVID wantonly? PERHAPS! It only takes going. However, the evidence is overwhelming if one examines Trump's behavior in the months preceding the epidemic and his rhetoric and tweets all of last year including his policies of herd immunity, holding superspreader events with no masks and his incompetence in not doing all necessary to mitigate the spread.
Trump's behavior shows he was only concerned about winning the 2020 election. He attempted to do this at all costs, defrauding and sacrificing the American people, and especially the older and uneducated populations of Trumpers. Listening to his lies that COVID was a hoax, then the flu and his deception that COVID would disappear, they committed suicide willfully or were killed as casualties of Trump's insane war not against COVID, but against Americans who knew COVID WAS A TERRIBLE VIRUS THAT BECAME A PANDEMIC.
High infection rate and high community spread are correlated with the death of seniors in and out of nursing homes. COVID targeted the old first. Percentages are telling: 80% of seniors who get COVID die of it. 40% of seniors in nursing homes die of COVID. Republicans knew this, yet advocated "herd immunity" to pander to QAnon lies that COVID was an exaggeration; it didn't exist-it was the flu, it was a conspiracy to push Gates'/Fauci's vaccines; it was a hoax to prevent Trump winning the 2020 election and Trump going to jail.
All jumped on the COVID canard train of disinformation along with the Republicans and Red fanatical right-wing media, QAnon and Russian Military Intel online to back Trump's dangerous lies.
For a recap of how this happened and the devastating results to what is now the Trumper Party, read my posts of last year. Trump could have been a hero. Instead, he is a villain and a loser.
President Biden has done all that Trump should have done, gearing up the DPA to fight the COVID war, establishing manufacturing in the US creating millions of jobs to help fight the pandemic and vaccination effort, and making supplies for this future pandemics readily available. Where Trump intentionally "left the cupboard bare," Biden has instituted a massive vaccination effort to supply enough double doses for every American, for free. He is keeping his promise to have the country vaccinated if they wish by the end of July, in the effort to return the country to normalcy and the economy to prosperity as soon as possible.
A photo of the President and Vice President (courtesy of the site)
Well, what does that say about Trump and his WH staff, the evangelical community that supports him and the Federalist Society and Fox News owners and pundits? It would be easier for them to fit through the "eye of a needle" than for them to communicate with God, be with Him and follow God's laws of love and empathy. With the discrimination that evangelicals often manifest, it is obvious that they come short of the Glory of God's love when it comes to various groups. They can't even muster up the Catholic unction to "love the sinner not the sin." They do love, however. They love to condemn. They love money. The bible does say "the love of money is the root of all evil." How do the evangelical pastors reconcile that? Well???
|Trump and associates from the cabinet and senate (courtesy of the media)|
If there is one thing we can count on from Trump, Fox and the GOP it is a shortage of empathy as they run long on culpability and liability for spreading the coronavirus through disinformation and irresponsible reporting. Indeed, their orientation toward death and the coronavirus appears to be one and the same: welcoming its severity and mortality by pretending it doesn't exist initially and then demeaning its virulence, then attacking those on the front lines. (Today, Trump implied that hospitals are hoarding PPE.)
|Expressions of thanks (courtesy of the media)|
This plague has chosen sides. It is welcome in the Red States and that's where it will spread unabated simply because there are many in these states who embrace Fox disinformation and scare mongering in the reverse, that the "Deep State" is anxious to cow the American populace and sensationalize the news. For example, the deaths that happened in Elmhurst Hospital never happened or that they were overblown. Such is the disinformation and fake news that QAnon, et. al are using to diminish what is happening. They, Fox, Breitbart and the alt-right, diminish anything that the Red State governors or Trump do that is death oriented. They embrace canards and myths and decry fake media accounts of virus deaths and lie about who is spreading the virus. An initial lie was that the young people are invulnerable or can't get it. Not only DO they get it, they may spread it asymptomatically as uber carriers.
|Covid 19 on the molecular level (courtesy of the CDC website)|
The virus beat him into the wuss he is and exposed his naked ambition and weakness for putting himself, his reelection and his bank accounts first. Thus, he did not listen to Intel reports in January to put into effect the Pandemic Playbook Plan (reported by Politico). Instead, he held rallies spreading the virus, unwittingly while touting that it was a Democratic plot and a hoax, demeaning the nefariousness and treachery of Covid 19 which if alerted may have stopped the mayor of New Orleans from holding Mardi Gras which has now blown into a whirlwind of cases and the fastest growing percentage of deaths in the world from the virus. (New Orleans learned and cancelled Mardi Gras parades in 2021 instead they celebrated with house floats appreciated in the cold snap via safe walking tours or drive-bys.)
|Donald Trump before his impeachment (courtesy of the media)|
That the virus spread due to negligence and ignorance alone is enough to make Trump criminally liable because he was focused on PR, boasting about himself and demeaning the virulence of Covid 19. He was not empathetic or cognizant of the inevitable deaths that were bound to happen. Thus, the Washington nursing home piled up their dead. The children of parents who died from Covid 19 are left wondering what happened. What happened never should have happened if Trump was the hero that QAnon was touting he is. Instead, this victimization and bullying and bombast and denial was a continuation of the cycle that had begun in 2017. He blatantly ignored the power of pandemics, stole financial assets, giving himself a vast tax cut against the Constitutional emoluments clause, cut medicaid and healthcare systems, and in 2020 allowed Covid 19 to kill whomever in its spread.
In 2017 when Obama's presidency ended, Trump began his non-presidential cycle of ignorance, incompetence, negligence, inaction, abuse of power, browbeating and bullying anyone who disagreed with him. This occurred with his staff and the media if they attempted to guide him to follow the constitution and laws of the land. His behavior was unheroic, unpresidential, divisive, hurtful, emotionally abusive to American citizens. Additionally, his actions were and still are unpatriotic and unconstitutional and absolutely devastating to the country.
|Dr. Anthony Fauci (courtesy of Comedy Central)|
The novel coronavirus is not subject to Trump's dreams or assertions. Another huge mitigation on Trump is from the one who is mentoring him in greatness-the exceptional, superb Governor Andrew Cuomo. Cuomo has become the country's hero for all the right reasons, especially in his cool insistence on following the facts and placing the value of life above any other value, especially money and the economy.
|Governor Andrew Cuomo during a daily briefing (courtesy of Governor Cuomo's Youtube channel)|
What a contrast to Trump and Republicans who ignored Senator Chris Murphy, a Connecticut Democrat, who was forward thinking. Murphy revealed that the "Trump administration officials declined an offer of early congressional funding assistance that he and other senators made on Feb. 5 during a meeting to discuss the coronavirus." This is reported in Yahoo News by Susan Smalley a day ago (for the article CLICK HERE).
|Connecticut Senator Chris Murphy (courtesy of the website)|
Only yesterday did Trump mobilize the Defense Production Act. (This was a lie out of his mouth. He never did. He established Operation Airbridge which flooded Kushner's and his pockets with CASH from quid pro quo deals with their cronies; many of these cronies were incompetent to create supplies needed. And one crony really botched making respirators, though he got millions for it.) DID TRUMP command industry to produce massive tests, PPE supplies and respirators after weeks that medical health care professionals globally warned him of the deadly effects and destruction of the virus on people and unprepared healthcare systems? Turns out we don't know. UPDATE: HE DIDN'T.
Andrew Cuomo, to help New Yorkers and Trump visualize the difference between the respirator which keeps those in a coma alive and its alternative, brought out on camera a woefully inadequate hand pump. To provide a continuous flow of oxygen to the patient, the pump has to be manned 24/7; an exhausting waste and depletion of manpower. Cuomo has ordered thousands of hand pumps in case the president does not send the respirators. Cuomo has shown an incredible good faith effort to save lives, every one of which is precious in his sight. Trump, on the other hand, says he wants to avoid death, but acts to the contrary, is defensive and bullying. If not for Dr. Fauci's wisdom with human nature in how to calm down Trump like a son, and Cuomo's wisdom in negotiating Trump's insecurities, the steps that have been taken in New York and that are revving up in other states would not have taken place.
|Texas Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick (courtesy of the website)|
It remains to be seen if Trump can overcome his bullying of the press and governors and get the job done with the help of the Governor of America, Andrew Cuomo leading the way for other governors. All must collaborate and be on the same page and NOT COMPETE WITH EACH OTHER FOR SUPPLIES. Only the federal government can establish massive production in the billions of supplies, then create a supply chain to immediately distribute ACCORDING TO NEED the PPE and respirators to save lives, especially to safeguard medical personnel. Trump, despite Intel reports ignored doing anything and at rallies, stated it was a Democratic and media plot to stop his reelection. Always the victim, he should have been gearing up. Now his inaction has killed and is victimizing and abusing the entire nation with unprecedented actions to "flatten the curve" so millions do not die. Sucks for us he is our president.
|Hospital workers need our support with enough PPE, respirators, supplies (courtesy of the media)|
It would not be a stretch if relatives in a class action lawsuit held them accountable for the dilatory action, their irresponsible disinformation that the virus was a "HOAX,"the lie that it was a Democratic plot to destroy Trump's chances for reelection and the misinformation that the virus was like the flu which kills more people.. Fauci has repeatedly been misquoted when he says that it is a coronavirus and has 10 times the virulence of the flu. Folks remember the first part of his statement, then go blind, deaf and dumb by forgetting the second part of his quote.
|2017 Women's March, NYC (Carole Di Tosti)|
Frankly, the blindness and stupidity and arrogance of individuals to twist, not hear and believe what they want is immeasurable. Thank you for not taking this seriously and sliming chairs and shaking hands and touching things right after you've coughed and sneezed into your hands. Wonderful. Thanks for congregating in the parks and playing contact sports. You are why if I take the garbage out in the hallway, I wear a mask and gloves and wash my hands repeatedly during the day and alcohol my hands with swabs and wash food containers.This disease is no joke. And though it may be a coronavirus like the flu, it is NOVEL. Humans do not have an immunity to it. It is 10 times more deadly. Dr. Fauci and Governor Cuomo are speaking the truth.