Saturday, October 31, 2020

Herd Immunity

The Trump campaign has announced, in a move as unexpected as the sun rising in the east and setting in the west, that the President will hold 11 rallies after the election.

They would create the impression that the incumbent has won re-election and with disputes playing out in both the courts and the streets, be a powerful motivator for both the public and judges to see things their way. That is the major reason that the Trump campaign will continue until he is legally declared President or involuntarily removed from office.

But there is another reason that Donald Trump is likely to continue to hold large rallies of (predominately) unmasked fans, standing close to each other, applauding and cheering. 

In a remark which should go down in infamy,  on February 7, 2020 President Trump told Bob Woodward  that SARS-CoV-2

goes through the air (and is) always tougher than the touch. You don't have to touch things. Right? But the air, you just breathe the air and that's how it's passed. And so that's a very tricky one. That's a very delicate one. It's also more deadly than even your strenuous flus.

And downplayed it he has, a couple of dozen times, including arguing that it is less dangerous than the "common flu." That's still a very popular trope among Trump acolytes.

In a vivid depiction of the depth and breath of the Trump family's empathy, the President in August stated that Americans "are dying, that's true. And you have — it is what it is" and his son on the day casualties topped 1,000 mused that deaths had "dropped to almost nothing." So now that we hear that rallies probably will continue beyond Election Day, and we learn this:

They've created roughly 30,000 victims and claimed approximately 700 deaths. They will continue. That's not "despite" nor even "unrelatedly." It is "therefore."

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