It’s been five weeks since Election Day. And having abandoned his presidential duties, Donald Trump spent most of that time challenging the results of the election because he is too egomaniacal to accept that Joe Biden beat the pants off him. Meanwhile, the American people were suffering from a surging pandemic that Trump appears to have forgotten.
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Trump’s plaintive whining consisted entirely of preposterous allegations of election fraud for which he had no proof whatsoever. That’s why he lost nearly all of the 50+ lawsuits he filed. Then, on Tuesday morning, Trump finally focused just enough of his feeble attention on the coronavirus pandemic to lather himself with undeserved praise. “From the instant the coronavirus invaded our shores,” Trump bragged, “we rushed into action to develop a safe and effective vaccine at breakneck speed.” Of course anyone who was paying attention knows that that isn’t remotely true. In fact, beginning in January, Trump was effusively thanking China and its President Xi Jinping for his “hard work” and “transparency” with regard to the coronavirus:
China has been working very hard to contain the Coronavirus. The United States greatly appreciates their efforts and transparency. It will all work out well. In particular, on behalf of the American People, I want to thank President Xi!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 24, 2020
Trump continued showering praise and admiration on Xi for several weeks thereafter. All the while Trump was lying to the American people that COVID-19 was no more harmful than the common flu, and that “It’s going to disappear. One day it’s like a miracle — it will disappear.” Now, a quarter of a million deaths later, we are suffering through the worst days yet.
In those early days Trump already knew what he was saying were lies. He revealed in tape recorded comments to Bob Woodward – for his book RAGE! – that he knew even then just how dangerous the virus was. So it’s especially grotesque that Trump is now taking credit for moving rapidly to contain the virus. “From the instant the coronavirus invaded our shores,” Trump tweeted, “we rushed into action to develop a safe and effective vaccine at breakneck speed.”
For the record, Trump’s vaunted “Operation Warp Speed“ wasn’t launched until May 15, 2020. That’s five months into the pandemic. That project was intended to “accelerate the development, manufacturing, and distribution of COVID-19 vaccines, therapeutics, and diagnostics,” and to “have substantial quantities of a safe and effective vaccine available for Americans by January 2021.” But as it turns out, the vaccines were developed on a timeline that the scientists and pharmaceutical companies laid out before Trump’s “Warped” initiative. And the companies bringing the first vaccines to market didn’t even participate in the project.
What’s more, the administration’s agencies responsible for managing the pandemic refused to obey Trump’s irresponsible dictates, such as approving products before the election. And as for alleged “presidential leadership,” Trump hasn’t even attended his Coronavirus Task Force meetings in more than five months. But in honor of himself, Trump posted a propaganda video intended to disparage critics of his vision and genius:
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 8, 2020
Most of the quotes in Trump’s screed made one of two points: 1) That his critics were foolish to doubt his goal for a vaccine by the end of 2020. But that was the general consensus prior to his involvement. And 2) That his critics erred by saying that most Americans would not be vaccinated before the middle of 2021. But that’s still the best estimate, even by Trump’s own people. And somehow, Trump seems to think that what took place were superhuman feats that no one but he could have pulled off, despite his virtual absence from any part of the process.
If anything, Trump’s involvement only made things worse. he repeatedly downplayed the serious nature of the threat. He mocked common sense safety protocols such as wearing masks and social distancing. In a recent revelation it was learned that Trump “passed up a chance last summer to buy millions of additional doses of Pfizer’s coronavirus vaccine, a decision that could delay the delivery of a second batch of doses until the manufacturer fulfills other international contracts.”
So in one fell swoop Trump’s incompetence has betrayed both his “America First” and “Operation Warp Speed” initiatives, which were phony to begin with. And that is, in summary, the tale of Trump’s incompetent and negligent mismanagement of what has become the worst human catastrophe in a century. This will be his legacy for all time. Well… this and his fascist, aspirations of tyranny driven by lies, greed, and the unchecked power of a mad cult leader. Historians and satirists are gonna have there hands full for years to come.
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5 thoughts on “Operation Warp Speed: Another Trump Scam That Failed It’s Core Mission”
I want Trump to just go away never to be seen or heard from again! Probably not going to happen but a guy can dream. Fuck Trump, all his supporters and the Russian horse he rode in on!
Operation Warp Speed, a scam from the beginning, isn’t even moving at impulse speed now. Once again, Tyrant has failed, and he can blame no one but himself.
Which won’t stop him from blaming everyone who isn’t him, of course….
Ttump lied & denied, while over 1/4 million American people have, so far, died.
He refused to cooperate with the global coalition of nations that put their money & minds together to defeat this deadly virus & get working on a vaccine for it. (Trump’s school records surely show that, “Little Donnie does not play well with others.”)
Trump also pulled us out of WHO ~ during this pandemic & refused any help offered ~ help that we desparately needed ~ saying he’d go it alone.(?!!) And we all know what a mess he made out of THAT! Health care workers STILL don’t have enuff PPE & they are so worn out – but still out there working hard. (Trump’s been golfing & holding large group functions. No masks required.) But, like any narcissist of such delusional nature as he, now wants to suddenly show up at the end, when the hard work for vaccine is done & outcome looks good…to take credit for it all. Huh! Fitting…Blowhard.
From never even mentioning it at all, to full credit as if he’s the 1 who “saved us all”. Interesting… & quite the delusional little prick. But he cannot change history, nor reality, for those of us NOT among his brainwashed believers. His legacy is secure, just not for what he thinks it is ~ No hero is he!
Just money-grubbing, con artist, lying scum & the WORST U.S. PRESIDENT EVER!! I dare say that with over 22,000 lies & many more each day that he breathes, that’s a record that will be his for eternity.
“2020 — the year that wasn’t.”
While we’re all giving up yet another holiday spent with our loved ones, those in Trump’s federal gov’t are travelling all over the globe, by chartered jets ($250,000 a pop), most/all at our expense, doing frivolous things. Congress, who has been unwilling to pass a 2nd stimulus bill, despite it being ready since May, has taken many recesses (vacays) & cares not 1 bit that millions are without income due to their trashing our economy.
Millions of Ametican workers have used up their savings & are spending up to 5 hrs in line to get boxes of food that charities are working hard to provide, so they don’t starve. Many cannot afford heat & many others are at risk of becoming homeless in the new year… but our Congress DOES NOT CARE! Mitch McConnell & his minions got re-elected anyway & they have lives of the rich & famous, why should they care about any of us? GOP is hard at work doing whatever they can to make Biden’s term the worst they possibly can, fighting everything good for rest of us.
Oh! And what’s Trump doing this month? Why, he is holding 20 (yes, 20) Xmas parties at the White House for his big donor pals! (Cheaper there, using WH staff & food & decor, etc., paid for by us.) “Super-spreader events”, to put MORE $$$ in his fat-ass pockets, then send them all back home, spreading more than just “good cheer”!
WHAT ARE YOU DOING TO CELEBRATE THE HOLIDAYS THIS YEAR?
“MERRY CHRISTMAS”, FROM THE SOON TO BE EX-PRESIDENT & ALL HIS DESPICABLE, LOYAL SUPPORTERS….
It remains one hell of a judgement on the American people that they re-elected almost all those corrupt Repugnicans running for Congress.
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