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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