Dr. Birx is absolutely right here -- hundreds of thousands of Covid deaths in the US were preventable. But what she hasn't acknowledged is her own complicity. pic.twitter.com/rzl8rwW2IU— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) March 28, 2021
Six weeks after her guy was defeated in November, we were told
Dr. Deborah Birx’s rapport with President Donald Trump is “respectful in public and very clear in private” when it comes to discussions about the coronavirus, she said on ABC News’ “Powerhouse Politics” podcast Wednesday.
Birx faced some backlash following White House coronavirus task force briefings for not loudly correcting the president on claims he made about how to treat the virus, like using bleach or sunshine, but she told ABC News Political Director Rick Klein and Chief White House Correspondent Jonathan Karl that her "interpretation of the epidemic" was “very clear” behind closed doors.
“I think no one really knows what I've done inside the White House,” she said. “That will all come to light because -- this data -- I write a daily report, so it's very clear, my interpretation of the epidemic.”
Those daily reports have not come to light and there is no way without- or perhaps even with- these reports that we'll know how Dr. Birx interpreted her role inside the White House. We do know, however that Dr.
Birx is now chief medical and science adviser of ActivePure Technology, a company that counts 50 million customers since its 1924 start as the Electrolux vacuum company and does nearly $500 million annually in sales. Its marketing includes photos of outer space, a nod to a 1990s breakthrough with technology to remove a gas from NASA spaceships. The company’s own studies show that, in its effort to create the “healthiest indoor environments in North America,” it leveraged something less impressive: the disinfecting power of ozone — a molecule considered hazardous and linked to the onset and worsening of asthma.
Dr. Birx's apparent interest in cashing in also does not prove that she was a mere "yes" man- or "yes" woman- to Donald Trump. However, it appears likely from her own words because she maintained
I served in the military for 29 years and I've always been very respectful in public and very clear in private. And having come out of the military, our one rule is you're a soldier, and you follow command until it's an unlawful order. And I have to say, in my time in the White House, which is 10 months out of my 40 years in public service, I never received an unlawful order. And so I never had to break with that chain of command.
It's comforting to know that Dr. Birx was never ordered by President Trump to commit a crime, though as we know from Michael Cohen, Trump always preferred the nod and a wink method.
Nonetheless, Birx indicts herself with her own statement. Unless it's an unlawful order, she claims, "having come out of the military, our one rule is you're a soldier and you follow command." She was willing to do anything suggested by the President, it seems, unless there was an official document staring her in the face asserting the directive was illegal. It appears she was conveniently unaware that she no longer was a member of the armed forces serving the Commander in Chief but a civilian serving the people of this nation.
If hundreds of thousands of deaths were preventable and Dr. Birx could do little about it, she could could have resigned but decided silence was professionally more advantagious. As Chelsea Handler quips, "The best time for Dr. Birx to bring this up is definitely after 500,000 people have died of covid."
"You get what you pay for" is the old adage. In Dr. Deborah Birx, ActivePure Technology is likely now getting what it paid for. Similarly, Donald Trump got what he paid for- a proud military veteran who would speak only when spoken to, do as she was told, and carry out her mission loyally whatever the harm this loyal soldier would be doing to the country.
Another way to paraphrase Dr. Birx words: ‘I could have helped save 400k American lives but I chose not to, I didn’t want to risk hurting a 74 year-old drug addicts feelings so I went along with his lies...and yes, this is Hermès, thanks for noticing.’— NoelCaslerComedy (@CaslerNoel) March 28, 2021