Writing at The Bulwark, Tim Miller and Barry Rubin identify a significant date in the pandemic saga, February 7: A Day That Will Live in Infamy
February 7 is a day that changed the world.
It’s a day that defines the Trump administration’s failures on COVID–19.
A day that will shape the campaign around the president’s reelection.
On February 7, Dr. Li Wenliang, the Chinese ophthalmologist who sounded the alarm about COVID–19, succumbed to the virus. After sending a WeChat message to a group of other doctors about the virus’ spread, he was detained by the Chinese government and forced to sign a statement denouncing his warning as an unfounded and illegal rumor.
His death following this shameful and destructive treatment by the Chinese government should have been a wake-up call to America’s leaders.
Instead, when Trump was asked about China’s handling of the outbreak later that day, the U.S. president delivered Chinese government propaganda. (Again.)
And a few hours after that, Trump’s State Department announced that they were sending 17.8 tons of donated medical equipment—supplies that American hospitals would soon desperately need—to China.
February 7 changed everything.