It isn’t COVID-19.
It is a political party turned rancid.
How many times does Trump have to do this sort of thing before people realize he is an enemy of the United States? Whether at the behest of a foreign power or not, he is an enemy.
Trump caused the COVID-19 disaster. This can all be laid at his feet without subterfuge, without any smoke and mirrors.
He was briefed in January about Covid-19. He ignored those briefings. Same way that Bush II ignored the report “Al-Queda likely to attack with aircraft.” Same result, except with a far, far more dangerous enemy.
The death toll of his ignoring this has already exceeded the toll of our Bush II loss at 9/11.
Because unlike Bush II, this asswipe tore out our ability to respond to the problem two years before it happened, because a black man created that response team. He also reduced funding of the CDC and public health organizations across the board, to make it look like he was making an accommodation for his gigantic tax cut which still threatens our economy independently of this crisis.
It would be as if Bush II had dismissed all the Special Forces of our various military branches in Feb of 2000.
Trump’s inaction and lying about the severity of this crisis will always hang around his neck, it’ll be his albatross. Sycophantic supporters of him will share that load.
Spending weeks pretending it was a hoax, weeks wearing his idiotic MAGA hat, weeks pretending “our fifteen cases will be zero next week”, “It’ll magically just go away”, and so on, those commissions of fraud and criminal negligence will cost.
This preoccupation with “looking competent” while *being* totally incompetent will cost.
The spewing of lies on camera that fly directly in contradiction with the information from people who actually know something about fighting viruses will cost.
This fumbling about while trying to funnel cash out of the government and into rich people’s pockets will cost.
These actions and inactions will cost LIVES. Thousands, tens of thousands, perhaps MILLIONS of lives.
By the time this is over, this orange shitstain and his enablers will have managed to kill more Americans than every enemy we’ve ever fought a war with – from the British to the Spanish to the Confederacy to the Kaiser to the Axis to the N. Koreans to the N. Vietnamese to every terrorist group there’s ever been.
Today’s Republican party and its supporters have proven to be the worst national enemy the United States has ever faced.
Even today, 25.03.2020, Trump and other prominent Republicans are saying publicly that they want to end social prevention measures in order to get Wall Street moving again. They say that they are willing to sacrifice the lives of the victims of the virus in exchange for that. The Lt. Governor of Texas claims that the old should be willing to die to re-boot our economy.
That’s 8.25 million people. They are willing to let 8.25 million people die. To try to re-start stockholder’s recovery. Never mind that this wouldn’t even work, look at that number.
They mean you. You can die to help their bank accounts. Your mother. Your partner. Your child. They want you to sacrifice your life and the lives of your loved ones. For their money.
Could it be any clearer? If a foreign nation was attacking us, and was threatening to cause upwards of 8 million dead in such an attack, would we not have whipped up enough nukes against them to render their land a radioactive, glassy wasteland?
Then why are we treating the Republicans any differently?
For those of you without access to Twitter:
Well, it’s been almost two years, and the news finally broke today. It turns out that I was right – the Trump administration, and the Republicans behind him, intentionally and knowingly disabled our response to the Covid virus, in the full knowledge that this was a deadly pandemic which would cost thousands upon thousands of lives. And they did so purely because they believed they would gain politically by downplaying the virus.
To date, over 800,000 Americans alone have lost their lives, and many millions more have suffered debilitating – in some cases crippling – illness as a result.
That makes Trump and the Republicans the greatest mass-murderers of people on American soil since Andrew Jackson led the genocide against the Native American tribes. No enemy in all of our history has ever killed as many citizens of the United States as Donald Trump and the Republicans.
They are already well beyond the conditions of manslaughter (gross negligence, said negligence responsible for death or serious bodily injury, thereby causing the death). Here’s the qualifiers for manslaughter:
1. Acted in a grossly negligent way, or had a duty to act and the failure to act was a result of gross negligence.
2. Said conduct/lack thereof was reasonably likely to result in serious injury or death of a person.
3. A person dies as a result.
But this is not manslaughter, it is worse. This is outright murder. Today, the House Oversight committee released a report that revealed the Trump Administration made deliberate efforts to undermine the country’s response to the Covid-19 disaster, motivated by what they perceived as an opportunity to gain politically by doing so.
In most States, one’s conduct and state of mind are what vault you up into murder charges, and that is the case here.
Depending on the State’s laws you take into account, some will be harsher than others, but the general gist of 2nd-Degree Murder is as follows:
- Person A causes the death of Person B. Causation in legal terms being that Person A’s conduct is a substantial factor in the death. (“Conduct” in this context is defined similarly to that of manslaughter, except that instead of negligence, it is intent, in which the accused acted in a way that exhibits intent, or had a duty to act and failed to do so as a result of the intent.)
- The intent referenced in (1) is the form of conduct which resulted in the death must fit with one of the following three qualifiers:
- The conduct which caused the death was done with intention to kill people. (Let’s assume he didn’t care, so “intention to kill” is off the table.)
- The conduct which caused the death was done with intention to inflict serious bodily injury on people (Again, let’s assume he didn’t care, so “intention of bodily injury is off the table.)
- If the conduct exhibits conscious disregard for the extreme risk of death or serious bodily harm which it puts upon others. (This is the big one for which the Trump Administration and the Republicans backing him qualify: Trump and his people, and the Republicans behind him, knew the risk, and lied with the aim of political gain – consciously disregarding the known risk of serious bodily harm or death to the American people.)
He knew as early as Feb 07, 2020 that this virus was both highly lethal, and airborne. He intentionally downplayed this for political gain, intentionally lied to, and thereby misled the American people into believing this was “like the flu” and that it would “soon disappear”. He intentionally lied while claiming “children don’t get this disease.” He admitted to Woodward – on tape – that he deliberately minimized the danger.
Those lies, and his intentional executive action, prevented the American people and its government (whose primary roles include defending the public) from taking life-saving precautions against this deadly pandemic.
He intentionally shut down and diverted production of FFP masks, and in fact arranged with the State department under Pompeo to take our existing stocks and ship them to China. Trump’s admin knew the deadly disease was airborne, and still refused to issue orders to US manufacturers to produce needed PPE.
Using nations that did not intentionally murder their own citizens as a reference, and extrapolating for population size, it could naturally be expected that the United States would have suffered roughly 100,000 deaths as a result of Covid-19.
That means >700,000 of those who have died, did so as a result of the intentional homicide committed by the Trump Administration and the Republicans who back him.
700,000+ counts of Murder-2. It could not be clearer. This is the biggest conspiracy to mass-murder Americans in all of history.
And it isn’t over.