Heather Cox Richardson publishes a daily news recap “Letters from an American.” She wrapped up the Monday email with this disturbing observation.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, and a voice of calm reason in this crisis, is not on board with Trump’s increasing flirtation with the idea that the country can abandon its isolation policies after fifteen days. Fauci was not at today’s press briefing, and while Trump brushed off his absence, there were signs today that he might be on his way out of his prominent role in combatting the coronavirus. Fauci has advised every president since Ronald Reagan and brings much credibility to Trump’s team, but he has corrected the president repeatedly in public, and his insistence that the coronavirus is more dangerous than Trump says is increasingly unwelcome.
This is not surprising given the long line of responsible “adults in the room” given the boot by Trump - who sheds competent people faster than the coronavirus.
In all my reading today, one thing jumped out. In an interview, Dr. Fauci pointed out that every president he has served, starting in 1984 with Ronald Reagan, has had to deal with epidemic disease: Zika, AIDS, SARS, Ebola, H1N1, MERS. Some have handled their crises better than others, but after Reagan botched the AIDS crisis, they have always prioritized public health so effectively that most of us have had the luxury of forgetting that we live under these grave threats.
Margaret Carlson at The Daily Beast expands: Trump Is Raving, Fauci Is Losing and the Virus Is Winning. The president pushed the doctor off the stage, and dismissed the spreading medical threat as a little thing that we can’t afford to shut down business over.
Also see the post by AZ Blue Meanie, GOP: ‘What’s a couple of million dead Americans, when we are talking about making money?’
Trump is putting American lives at risk, because he built his reelection campaign around the economy, and a recession or even possible depression is not the economic message that his reelection campaign needs right now. So some Americans are just going to have to die, damnit!
So, if Republicans and their propagandists in the conservative media entertainment complex get their way, we will soon see our health care system overwhelmed and collapse, as it is doing in Italy, and hundreds of thousands if not 2.2 million Americans dying, as projected by the Imperial College London, because “the cure is worse than the disease.”
And no, saying “We’re back in business, let’s go” is not going to save the economy or Wall Street. Repeated waves of infection and exponential growth of the virus, with millions of Americans sick and dying and unable to work, or nor permitted to work, is not going to save the economy or Wall Street.
Trump and Republicans are opting for the worst case scenario for both crises.
Dante is going to have to create a new ring of hell in his Inferno for these Republicans.