Birx: 130,000 Americans Would Be Alive Today If Trump Hadn’t Been “Distracted” by the Election
As America learned last year, one of the many problems with electing an anti-science megalomanic who doesn’t read, won’t listen, and thinks windmills cause cancer is that when a highly contagious virus comes around killing people with alarming speed, he’s the last person you want in charge. A brief, in no way conclusive list of the ways Donald Trump reportedly made the COVID-19 situation worse in the U.S. includes but is in no way limited to:
And while no moment in his presidency would have been an ideal time for the pandemic, according to Deborah Birx, M.D., the timing of the COVID crisis was extra unfortunate given that it coincided with the 2020 election, which Team Trump was apparently more focused on than saving people‘s lives. How unfortunate? 130,000-people-would-have-been-alive-today unfortunate. Per The Washington Post:
Asked to elaborate on comments she made to reporters earlier this year about the difficulty of dealing with the pandemic amidst the election, Birx told the subcommittee that some administration officials “were actively campaigning and not as present in the White House as previously.” The election year, she said, “just took people’s time away from and distracted them away from the pandemic in my personal opinion.” Asked if the ex-president “did everything he could to try to mitigate the spread of the virus and save lives during the pandemic,” Birx responded, “No,” adding, “I’ve said that to the White House in general, and I believe I was very clear to the president in specifics of what I needed him to do.”
Birx is not the first former Trump official to note that politics took precedence over fighting COVID-19, the Post noted; Steven Hatfill, who was a White House coronavirus adviser, told colleagues that Trump’s attempt to overturn the results of the 2020 election also distracted the administration from dealing with the virus last winter. “The Trump White House’s prioritization of election-year politics over the pandemic response—even as cases surged last fall—is among the worst failures of leadership in American history,” Representative James E. Clyburn, who chairs the subcommittee, said in a statement.
Naturally, Team Trump denies all of this because, like the 45th president, they live in a fantasy world in which his response to the pandemic was “a 10.” In a statement, Liz Harrington, a Trump spokeswoman, told the Post: “President Trump led an unprecedented effort to successfully combat the coronavirus, delivering PPE, hospital beds, treatments, and three vaccines in record time. Unfortunately, this approach was not taken up by the current government, and more lives have been lost from covid this year than the entirety of 2020, which the Fake News media places no blame onto Joe Biden.”
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Published at Tue, 26 Oct 2021 23:14:42 +0000