Monday, October 26, 2020

Trump: "We Want To Be A 'Developing Nation', Too."

Paul Krugman, New York Times, October 26, 2020:
Trump Tells Coronavirus, 'I Surrender'

As we head into the final stretch of the election, Covid-19 is on a roll.

Coronavirus cases keep hitting records — among other things, five aides to Vice President Mike Pence have tested positive. Hospitalizations, which lag behind cases, are soaring. And deaths, which lag even further behind, are starting to rise, too. Put it this way: Just between now and Election Day, we're likely to lose almost twice as many Americans to Covid-19 as died on 9/11.

So how is the Trump administration responding? Actually doing anything about the pandemic is apparently off the table. What we're getting instead is a multilevel public relations strategy: We're doing a great job. Anyway, there's nothing anyone can do. And besides, doctors are faking the numbers so they can make more money. . . .

[Trump's plan is a] combination of denial, declared helplessness and conspiracy theorizing . . .
(my emphasis)

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