Trump’s failed coronavirus response was on full display last night as he downplayed the virus, dismissed experts, politicized the vaccine approval process, and defended his rallies that put more Americans at risk. Trump failed to respond to the pandemic and he continues to fail to lead or even make a plan to contain the virus. As Biden said to Trump, “It is what it is because you are who you are.”
Trump continues to ignore the experts and puts his ego ahead of public health by holding rallies in dangerous coronavirus “red zones.”
USA Today: “Asked why he continues to hold large rallies against the advice of his own health experts, Trump responded: ‘Because people want to hear what I have to say.’”
Washington Post: “President Trump has scheduled large campaign rallies this weekend in Wisconsin despite recommendations from the White House Coronavirus Task Force that call for increasing social distancing in the state ‘to the maximal degree possible.’ The task force has further flagged La Crosse and Green Bay, the metropolitan areas where Trump plans to gather thousands of supporters Saturday, as coronavirus ‘red zones,’ the highest level of concern for community spread of the virus, according to a report from the group released Sunday and obtained by The Washington Post.”
Trump continues to downplay the importance of wearing masks and has fallen far short of his goal to supply enough masks in time for flu season.
The Hill: “President Trump on Tuesday downplayed the importance of wearing masks, saying the administration’s top scientists have changed their minds about it.”
Yahoo News: “The Trump administration is falling far short of its goal of having 300 million N95 respirators available in time for the flu season, according to internal documents reviewed by Yahoo News.”
Trump continues to politicize the vaccine approval process and undermines the credibility of the FDA, which they need to ensure public trust.
STAT: “Trump’s debate highlights his hunger for a rushed, election-eve vaccine approval”
Washington Post: “7 former FDA commissioners: The Trump administration is undermining the credibility of the FDA”
Trump continues to downplay the threat of coronavirus to young people and children as more evidence comes out that they can spread the virus.
TRUMP: “Now we’ve found that elderly people with heart problems and diabetes and different problems are very, very vulnerable. We learned a lot. Young children aren’t, even younger people aren’t.”
NPR: “When Young People Get COVID-19, Infections Soon Rise Among Older Adults”
Associated Press: “COVID-19 cases rising among US children as schools reopen”
ABC News: “Evidence is mounting that children may play a larger role in the community spread of COVID-19, according to two studies. The American Academy of Pediatrics and the Children’s Hospital Association published a study on Tuesday that showed that the number of children infected with COVID-19 rose sharply from April to September.”
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