Even as seemingly the coronavirus pandemic is curling around the US — the World Health Organisation (WHO) yesterday reported we could be the new epicenter because of a “very large acceleration” in infections — the T-Rump is bound-and-determined to make sure the moneyed interests of a select few Americans are safe and secure.
Despite the overwhelming facts in the face of a whirlwind of sick and dying, the orange-coated motherfucker is intent on killing us all. As one Texas GOPer believes, losing money can be worse than dying — old people need to step up and sacrifice their lives, ‘“But don’t sacrifice the country, don’t do that, don’t ruin this great America.”‘
These people are genuine monsters.
Although the spreading virus has forced the US into a near-standstill, medical experts contend even more is required to halt the spread, not less. Shit looks bad: ‘There are signs that the U.S. outbreak is outpacing the rate of infections in even the world’s worst-hit countries. Despite limited testing, there are now more new cases per day in America than in any other nation, and the steepness of our upward curve exceeds that of most other countries, including Italy, where more than 6,500 have died.‘
And asshole T-Rump doesn’t give a shit:
Trump on ending social distancing: "I would love to have it opened by Easter." (That's April 12)
"That would be a great American resurrection," host Bill Hemmer replies. pic.twitter.com/G1AhP1biNI
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) March 24, 2020
Total bullshit via BuzzFeed this afternoon:
“I’d love to have it open by Easter,” Trump said. “I would love to have that. It’s such an important day for other reasons, but I’ll make it an important day for this too. I would love to have the country opened up and just raring to go by Easter.”
“So, I think Easter Sunday, and you will have packed churches all over our country. I think it would be a beautiful time and it’s just about the timeline that I think is right,” he later added.
He said he isn’t “sure” that would be the official deadline.
What? Easter ‘an important day for other reasons,‘ what the fuck? And what the shit: ‘That would be a great American resurrection.’
Yet, not all is a happy face: ‘First Lady Melania Trump canceled the White House Easter Egg Roll last week in response to the pandemic.’
Even Bill Gates was a little anxious: ‘“There really is no middle ground, and it’s very tough to say to people, ‘Hey, keep going to restaurants, go buy new houses, ignore that pile of bodies over in the corner. We want you to keep spending because there’s maybe a politician who thinks GDP growth is all that counts,’” Gates said in an interview with TED Tuesday. “It’s very irresponsible for somebody to suggest that we can have the best of both worlds.”‘
And this entire crazed scenario is against the form-fashion of medical/health experts — Tom Inglesby, head of Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security (per Jennifer Rubin at the Washington Post this morning):
Inglesby explained that social distancing must be given time to work.
“To drop all these measures now would be to accept that COVID [patients] will get sick in extraordinary numbers all over the country, far beyond what the US health care system could bear,” he explained.
“Many models report that health care systems will be completely overwhelmed/collapse by the peak of cases if major social distancing is not put in place.”
Inglesby continued, “Anyone advising the end of social distancing now, needs to fully understand what the country will look like if we do that. COVID would spread widely, rapidly, terribly, could kill potentially millions in the [year] ahead with huge social and economic impact across the country.”
Trump’s anti-scientific assertions and encouragement to disregard scientific advice threaten the lives of thousands if not millions of Americans.
But perhaps the problem is that the president simply does not care. For him, it’s always about money — primarily his.
T-Rump and the last solemn word: ‘“Life is fragile, and economies are fragile,” Mr Trump said, insisting he could protect both.‘
Tomorrow, yes tomorrow…
(Illustration: Pablo Picasso’s ‘Agonizing Horse’ (found here),