— Soledad O'Brien (@soledadobrien) January 24, 2021
been so attentive to the scientific literature and the details and the data and I think his ability to analyze and integrate data that comes out of his long history in business has really been a benefit during these discussions about medical issues because in the end data is data and he understands the importance of the granularity and I think he's been really excited about finding the level of detail that we've been able to bring over the last few weeks and to really understand who's at the greatest risk for severe illness, who will have mild and less and asymptomatic disease and really calling on every American to do that social distancing.....
Give the (not so) good doctor some credit. Those are 114 words spoken without ending a sentence, and she wasn't done with the sentence until she had spoken 40 more. It's an impressive run-on sentence.
It also was, presumably, a bunch of hogwash or, as Joe Biden would put it while in his Irish tough guy persona, malarkey. According to Birx, Trump was "attentive to the scientific literature and the details and the data;" had "ability to analyze and integrate data;" and an understanding of "the importance of the granularity."
As a description of almost any other politician, that would be boilerplate fluff. But we've been told by Dr. Anthony Fauci and others that President Trump was not attentive, didn't care about the science, and didn't understand details.
Accordingly, for months after the interview of Birx, Trump would downplay the coronavirus, urge people to attend church (while he golfed on Sundays), ridicule governors for not allowing non-essential businesses to open, appear in public without a mask to discourage mask-wearing, and generally promote spread of SARS-CoV-2.
Yet he did so while the public was unaware that six weeks before Birx's interview, the President had told Bob Woodward
It goes through air, Bob. That’s always tougher than the touch. You know, 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 your — you know, your, even your strenuous flus. … This is more deadly. This is five per — you know, this is five percent versus one percent and less than one percent. You know? So this is deadly stuff.
So maybe, as Birx suggested, Trump did have a good grasp of details and of the nation's calamitous predicament. But this contradicts the view of Fauci, most medical experts, pundits, and Democratic politicians that President Trump was ignorant, intentionally or otherwise, refusing to confront the gravity of the crisis while avoiding science in favor of quick fixes. If they were right, Dr. Birx lied, repeatedly, grotesquely, and dangerously. Alternatively, as she maintained, Trump did understand details and recognized the nation's calamitous predicament- and proceeded to get Americans killed, knowingly and wantonly.
She was a liar or part of a conspiracy to end the lives of hundreds of thousands of Americans. Either way, Dr. Deborah Birx's legacy is one of sycophancy and failure.