The blatant disregard for human life emanating from the Republican party is not something we might not have expected in an America of yesterday.
But as Donald Trump, right-wing hate media, and deep-pocketed right-wing groups get their supporters protesting Democratic governors’ coronavirus shelter-at-home orders ginned up with Gadsden flags, American flags, swastikas, and rifles, the Republican party is cheering from the sidelines, celebrating impending future deaths.
In an exclusive interview with ABC “World News Tonight” this week, anchor David Muir asked Trump his reaction to the predicted numbers of deaths as virus infections multiply.
“It’s possible there will be some [deaths] because you won’t be locked into an apartment or a house or whatever it is…Will some people be affected? Yes. Will some people be affected badly? Yes. But we have to get our country open and we have to get it open soon.”
Translation: For the Almighty Economy we must sacrifice.
And sacrifice we shall.
Internal projections “based on modeling by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and pulled together in chart form by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (Fema)” indicate we are on pace to sacrifice 3,000 Americans a day to the coronavirus/COIV-19 by next month.
That’s a 9/11 every day.
According to a New York Times and Washington Post report, the model for economic recovery the White House is following originated with an adviser “with no background in infectious diseases,” Kevin Hassett.
The Post reported:
“By the end of April, with more Americans dying in the month than in all of the Vietnam war, it became clear that the Hassett model was too good to be true. ‘A catastrophic miss,’ as a former senior administration official briefed on the data described it.”
On Monday, former New Jersey governor, Trump transition team leader, and current ABC News contributor, Chris Christie, said the American economy needs to reopen quickly and tens of thousands of Americans are “gonna have to” accept that.
“Of course, everybody wants to save every life they can—but the question is, towards what end, ultimately? Are there ways that we can thread the middle here to allow that there are going to be deaths, and there are going to be deaths no matter what?”
He then whipped out the jingoism, equate those dying or may die of COVID-19 to World War Two soldiers:
“We sent our young men during World War II over to Europe, out to the Pacific, knowing, knowing that many of them would not come home alive. And we decided to make that sacrifice because what we were standing up for was the American way of life. In the very same way now, we have to stand up for the American way of life.”
This conforms perfectly with Trump’s rhetoric:
“Our country is now in the next stage of the battle.”
WWII vets were either drafted or volunteered to serve.
They did not sign up to contract and possibly die from a virulent pandemic for which there is no cure, vaccine, contact tracing method, or adequate testing resources, nor were their families who stayed behind on the front lines.
Those who willingly flout social distancing and other protective measures put in place to protect the general public are pawns for Trump and the one-percenters who may grumble publicly about the president’s loose lips, yet are secretly ecstatic about all the grift he’s able to commit for them.
Still not convinced?
Still believe Trump when he boasts “I think we’re doing very well on the vaccines but, with or without a vaccine, it’s going to pass?”
This week, the European Union brought together multiple world leaders, wealthy donors, and organizations to raise $8 billion for the development of a coronavirus vaccine and treatments.
The European Union and Norway each pledged $1 billion.
Canada pledged $850 million.
And the United States?
We shared our conspicuous absence with India and Russia.
Genocide is a strong word.
But if this doesn’t rise to that level, what does?
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