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While it can be easy to get lost in President Donald Trump’s morass of falsehoods, and his conspiracy mongering can lead you to assume “nothing matters,” two recent events stand out as sober reminders of just how dangerous Trump’s presidency actually is for the American people.
First off, Trump lied to the American people about what he knew about the deadliness and transmissibility of the coronavirus. That’s why so many of his supporters believed for months that COVID-19 is “just the flu” and why the simple act of wearing a mask in public continues to be seen as a form of surrender in the “culture war.”
People died, and continue to die, because Trump is a compulsive liar, an incompetent executive, and a deeply unserious person.
Tapes and transcripts of Bob Woodward’s interviews with the president have been made public to coincide with the release of Woodward’s new book “Rage.” There’s no ambiguity to these tapes. No “out of context” accusations can be credibly leveled against Woodward. They simply show Trump at work.
There’s a lot of available evidence to make the case that Trump bears responsibility for presiding over the developed world’s worst coronavirus response.
Undermining states’ early lockdown orders. Suggesting dangerously unscientific remedies could help eliminate or treat COVID. Putting his son-in-law Jared Kushner and a gaggle of his fellow trust fund babies in charge of procuring sufficient personal protective equipment (PPE) for the country’s medical workers.
But nothing quite compares to Trump’s explicit lies about the threat he knew the coronavirus posed in the weeks before the World Health Organization declared it a pandemic.
“It goes through the air. That’s always tougher than the touch. You don’t have to touch things. Right? But the air, you just breathe the air and that’s how it’s passed. And so that’s a very tricky one. That’s a very delicate one. It’s also more deadly than even your strenuous flus,” Trump said on February 7.
Trump lied to the American public about the coronavirus on that day, and many days after.
A chief executive so rarely gets caught as red-handed as Trump has, but his supporters don’t care that Trump is not only a shameless liar, they also are cool with him being an unhinged conspiracy theorist, a teetotalers’ version of Alex Jones.
Trump is the QAnon president
The second reminder of the dangers posed by Trump as president relates to the recent wildfires consuming large swaths of the West coast.
QAnon supporters — they of the far-right internet movement that baselessly alleges Trump is heroically battling a DC-based deep state Democrat-run satanist pedophile ring — have flooded social media with fake news accusing activists associated with Black Lives Matter and antifa of deliberately setting the fires.
Oregon Gov. Kate Brown said the state is preparing for a “mass fatality incident.” Meanwhile, law enforcement and first responders have been inundated with calls inquiring about these conspiracy theories, and journalists have reported being confronted by armed …read more
Source:: Business Insider