Director of the Office of Government Ethics in the Obama Administration:
Trump was not telling a joke when he said he slowed down testing for COVID-19 to conceal its spread. No sensible person can watch the video and think he was joking.— Walter Shaub (@waltshaub) June 21, 2020
The President of the United States killed Americans in an effort to improve his election chances.
A prominent surgeon and researcher:
This is the President admitting on national TV to putting his need to not look bad above American lives. He acknowledges what we’ve seen—active obstruction of testing in a pandemic which claimed 120K lives so far. If I did this for 10 people at my hospital, it’d be a crime. https://t.co/9SbMdtoHF0— Atul Gawande (@Atul_Gawande) June 21, 2020
In early March, with the Grand Princess cruise ship off the coast of San Francisco, President Trump appeared to be more concerned with numbers than with the coronavirus itself when he stated
I don't need to have the numbers double because of one ship that wasn't our fault. And it wasn't the fault of the people on the ship either, okay? It wasn't their fault either and they're mostly Americans. So, I can live either way with it. I'd rather have them stay on, personally.
Three months later, when the President spoke on Saturday night in Tulsa, we learned that he is in fact concerned with the coronavirus, only to encourage, rather than stem, its spread. He stated
When you do testing to that extent, you’re going to find more people. You’re going to find more cases. So I said to my people slow the testing down please. They test and they test….
Gawande, who believes Trump is apathetic about the loss of American lives and Shaub, who thinks Trump is concerned only with his re-election, may be overly generous.
Shortly after Trump won the presidency, an Indiana University president wrote "The US may soon be facing the high noon of social Darwinism in the second decade of the 21st century." Seven months later, the President remarked of his granddaughter Arabella "she's unbelievable, huh? Good, smart, genes."
Who speaks like this? Someone who believes that only the strong will, and should, survive. Someone whose family, as Trump biographer Michael D'Antonio warned us before the 2016 election, believes in the "racehorse theory of human development," wherein "there are superior people and that if you put together the genes of a superior woman and a superior man, you get a superior offspring.”
This family of Drumpf gave birth to a man who may or may not believe that high numbers of casualties from Covid-19 will give him a leg up in the election. But it is a man who yet again has told us that he believes that more death from a pandemic is a benefit, not a bug, to the human race..
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