11 July 2020

It Is His Fault

Matt Winkler at Bloomberg wrote an excellent piece on Wednesday (link here) with the title "It Really Is Trump’s Fault" and the secondary title of "the coronavirus pandemic squashed all the advanced economies, but none so dismally as the U.S."

Trump cannot be blamed for the virus itself. But he bears the blame for how bad things have gotten since the virus arrived in the United States.

Winkler brilliantly lays out his argument for why the country's current mess is, indeed, Trump's fault:

"It didn't have to be this grim. Dozens of nations dealing with the same challenges are showing superior infection, death and unemployment rates and quicker business rebounds after shutdowns earlier this year. But Trump's disdain for antibody tests, contact tracing, social distancing and masks, among other prerequisites for containing the coronavirus, enabled the U.S. to lead the world in confirmed cases and deaths (though not in deaths per capita)."

"Instead of peaking in late April with more than 30,000 daily new U.S. Covid-19 infections, the virus is resurgent in July — a stark contrast to such densely populated regions as Hong Kong, where Covid-19 retreated to insignificance within a month of its March high."

The per capita infection rate in the United States is more than twice what it is in the United Kingdom, more than three times what it is in Canada, and more than four times what it is in Germany. All four of those countries have advanced, first-world economies. Why did the United States end up in last place?

Answer: Because this is Trump's fault. And he must be blamed for that every single day until the election. We are all experiencing pain and loss because of his incompetence and corruption. November 3 is coming.

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