When he’s not fomenting violence against black protesters, he’s accusing a media personality of committing murder, retweeting slurs about a black female politician’s weight and the House speaker’s looks, conjuring up conspiracies against himself supposedly organized by Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama, and encouraging his followers to “liberate” their states from lockdown restrictions.
He tweets bogus threats that he has no power to carry out – withholding funds from states that expand absentee voting, “overruling” governors who don’t allow places of worship to reopen “right away”, and punishing Twitter for factchecking him.
Source: Fire, pestilence and a country at war with itself: the Trump presidency is over | Robert Reich | Opinion | The Guardian
“I think that is outrageous,” said Charlene Harrington, nursing professor emerita from the University of California San Francisco, who said the administration was aiding the nursing home industry by “helping them cover up the death rates.”
“Not only do the high death rates look bad for the nursing home industry,” she said, “but also for the administration.”
In the absence of any federal tracking effort of deaths and outbreaks in nursing homes, numerous media outlets, including NBC News, have tracked the deaths using data provided by individual states. The most recent computation by NBC News found that as of May 11 at least 27,000 older Americans who were residents of long-term care facilities had died.
Source: Trump admin won’t require nursing homes to count COVID-19 deaths that occurred before May 6
Health officials have repeatedly warned that could mean the actual death toll is likely to be higher than the official count, as opposed to lower.
Earlier this week, a new study published by Columbia University found that up to 54,000 lives could have been saved had the U.S. implemented social distancing measures and locked down metropolitan areas from the beginning of March
But last week, President Trump said he accepted the official toll and that he expected at least 95,000 people to die from coronavirus in the U.S, but that the figure could reach 100,000.
Source: Trump Administration Backpedals on Official Claim of ‘About 95,000’ U.S. Coronavirus Deaths, Believes Number is Lower
Let’s be clear; this entire theory is a diversion, a predictable move from the Trump political playbook.
When the daily media cycle is going against them, it’s often easily upended with an inflammatory tweet or outrageous press conference.
Source: Donald Trump’s cries about ‘Obamagate’ are a ploy to distract the media from the coronavirus – ABC News
And how will he feel if children and adults die from reopening too soon?
Source: ‘It would reflect badly on us’: Varadkar raises ‘concerns’ over school reopenings
Who could have done something to significantly reduce the number of needless deaths, to date? President Trump could have staid home in January and February and done his job to lead our defense. He did not. 80,000 plus souls on Trump’s plate!