This Relationship Is Killing Us

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When we elect a President, we expect him to treat his power with humility and respect. We expect him to be an American President. What we have instead is a selfish, gaslighting narcissist whose only obsession is staying in power.

Perhaps Trump saw the demographic of who was dying and decided to use COVID-19 to purge voter rolls.

April 7, 2020

According to new data about the scope of the coronavirus pandemic in the U.S., COVID-19 is hitting Americans of color especially hard. The CDC has not published racial breakdowns of deaths, but some states are — and they show that patients dying of the disease are disproportionately Blacks and Latinos.”

PBS NewsHour

We know Trump got a heads up about a spreading pandemic in November 2019.

April 8, 2020

ABC reports that in November 2019 the National Center for Medical Intelligence warned the White House and the military about the spread of the virus in China.

April 8, 2020

The dire warning about an out-of-control disease sweeping through China was detailed in November in a report by the National Center for Medical Intelligence.

The oddest sight of the Trump pandemic was that of an American President inciting an armed rebellion against doctors, nurses and governors who were doing their jobs.

April 17, 2020

U.S. President Donald Trump tells protestors to “liberate” three Democratic-run states under stay-at-home orders.

The death toll caused by Trump’s neglect was 34,614 on the day of this tweet:

Liberate Minnesota

The President had not only declined to use his power and resources to stop the spread of a lethal virus, he sabotaged the efforts of state and local governments by politicizing a matter of science.

So here we are, Wednesday, June 24, 2020, day 90 or more of quarantine.

June 22, 2020, day 90 or more of quarantine.

And our President just told us he’s killing us on purpose.

Trump’s Tulsa Rally, June 20, 2020

In a shocking admission during his Tulsa, Oklahoma, rally on Saturday night, President Donald Trump said he had told officials in his administration to slow down coronavirus testing because of the rising number of cases in America.”

Trump’s Tulsa Rally, June 20, 2020

It’s not a joke.

The President of the United States intentionally slowed down testing to reduce the numbers in order to create a false argument to reopen the economy.

We still don’t know who or where the sick are or how many people have died.

The idea that the strong protect the weak is the defining moral premise of who we are as Americans. If you have a gift, a power, and you can use it to save just one life, you have a moral obligation to use it. It is a code of honor at the core of our identity as a people.

Photograph of a sign at the 2019 Women's March in San Francisco
Poster seen at the 2019 San Francisco Women’s March “The American Mission Statement”

Give me your tired, your poor,

Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,

The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.”

Emma Lazarus
“When you can do the things that I can, but you don’t, and then the bad things happen, they happen because of you.” Peter Parker

What does it mean to have an American President who has no sense of common decency?

If I were married to the guy, I’d leave and get a restraining order, but it’s worse: the guy is the President. So I’m more like the hostage of a sadistically abusive father I didn’t choose and can’t leave. There is nowhere to go to; he’s here, every day, with his racist lies and his threats to incite violence, every day, day, after day, after day.

May 31, 2020
June 22, 2020

Update from The Lincoln Project

Photo of “The American Mission Statement” (c) Rob Goldstein 2020
Photo of “You’re on my toe” by Eclair Bandersnatch (c) Rob Goldstein 2020

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