COVID-19 Will Be Remembered As Donald Trump’s Greatest Failure
COVID-19 will ultimately be remembered as Trump and his administration’s greatest failure.
The U.S. is still in the midst of a pandemic. At the time of writing, there are over 260,000 confirmed COVID-19 deaths and the U.S.
The holidays have, understandably, unnerved health experts as millions of American’s travel to see loved ones across the country.
While Trump supporters are still buying into his deep state conspiracy theories — including the conspiracy theories as to why he lost the election; the pandemic still rages on and things aren’t getting any better.
It can’t be understated how SARS-CoV-2 isn’t some unexplained phenomenon which took the world by storm.
In fact, coronaviruses have been well-documented. Doctors first identified coronaviruses in the 1960s.
The Domino Effect
There was misinformation circulating on social media earlier this year in regards to the restructuring of the the Global Health Security and Biodefense Unit —established by Susan Rice, Barack Obama’s National Security Advisor at the time — which operated under the National Security Council (NSC).
The initial claim was that Trump dismantled the two former organizations which was mostly untrue according to Reuters. Basically, the NSC was actually streamlined with two or three directories combining. Cuts had to be made, but they weren’t needlessly done.
In spite of that, however, one thing is absolutely certain: Trump’s administration was warned about the threat of a respiratory illness as far back as 2017 despite Trump saying it “came and out of nowhere”.
In a report by the Pentagon, it was well documented that a coronavirus (or other respiratory illnesses) could leave even the most developed countries e.g. the United States vulnerable without the proper masks; enough ventilators and hospital beds.
The report can be read here to understand that this was something which demonstrably shows Trump’s administration took no action even after the Pentagon warned of the severity of being unprepared.
So it’s understandable why people thought the restructuring in the NSC was problematic.
This huge oversight is the only context and narrative we need to solidify that Trump’s meltdowns, temper-tantrums, conspiracy theories, gaslighting, abrasive attitude, psychological manipulation, and failure to take responsibility led to something inevitable.
It took a virus, something undetectable by the human eye, to bring Trump down.
It’s like watching a movie and secretly thinking about what could’ve been different if certain characters made better decisions.
But we know how the story ends.
The Pandemic Is Far From Over
Despite Trump taking credit for promising vaccines for COVID-19 — states like Florida are removing the mask mandate. And with increased traveling, things will only get worse. It’s very possible we’ll reach 300,000 deaths going into the new year since we have to account for delays.
President-elect Joe Biden has assured American’s he is committed to correcting course after he’s sworn in next year. His plan — which includes state compliance from all 50 states to avoid conflicting advice; a Nationwide Pandemic Dashboard which will display numbers in regions so more people are informed; and other measures which addresses mask shortages, inequality, etc. — was approved by disease experts.
But while the transition takes place and Trump is still at the helm — American’s continue to largely do as they please aside from some states bringing back restrictions.
Trump hasn’t tried to redeem himself once during this pandemic. His presidency is coming to an end and he continues to go by his playbook of self-congratulatory; blaming democrats; and gaslighting his supporters into believing the election was rigged.
No one is expecting accountability this late in the game, of course.