Americans Still Want to Know Why Donald Trump Is Letting Us Die

Thom plus logo Back on March 24, when Americans were just beginning to start dying from Covid in substantial numbers, I asked the question, "Why?"

Why did Trump initially procrastinate for two months?

Was he trying to squeeze a few months extra revenue out of his hotels?

Was it that he was watching Fox News and believing their spin, and then echoing it himself which caused Fox to pick it up and feed it back to him even more? Was he creating a deadly rightwing media feedback loop without even realizing it?

Was it so his billionaire buddies could unload all their stocks before things crashed?

Was it because at some weird level Donald Trump actually wants to destroy America? And, if that's the case, why does he want to destroy this country? For who's benefit?

Was it because he knew that it would hit the economy and hurt his reelection chances and he thought maybe, just maybe you could just push his way through this?

Why did Trump delay?

"It's going to cost tens of thousands of lives," I wrote back in March, "deaths that were completely unnecessary, and wreak massive damage to our healthcare system and the people who work in it."

Why, I asked, did he decide to do that, when he could see other countries getting this thing under control at the same time that Italy failed to because they followed policies similar to his? Why?

Here we are four months and 150,000 people dead later, and we're all still asking the same question: "Why?"

America still deserves an answer.

-Thom

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Hephaestus's picture
Hephaestus 12 weeks 3 days ago
#1

Thick as a brick!!!

Hephaestus's picture
Hephaestus 12 weeks 3 days ago
#2

Sorry! Should have mentioned he drags his knuckles as well!

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MacRey 12 weeks 3 days ago
#3

Trump doesn't have a COVID-19 policy. He only has a personal goal that reflects his narcissistic personality in which there is only one person present!

Canul856's picture
Canul856 12 weeks 3 days ago
#4

Did you catch this? The Irony?

Last week Thom reported along with Rachel Maddow that in Texas hospitals have set up committees to evaluate Covid-19 patients to decide which ones are salvageable to be treated and which will be sent home to die. The hospitals are overloaded due to the inept response to the pandemic of Trump and the Republicans.

Think back to 2010 when Republicans trying to prevent universal health care created the soundbyte that Obama Care would create "death panels." These mythical committees would decide which patients get treatment and which go home to die. Now Republican policies have made the meme a reality.

Is it just projection? Accusing the other side of doing what you yourself are doing?

Bad Karma? They are reaping the bitter harvest of their dishonesty.

Or is it just the ultimate hypocrisy?

Hephaestus's picture
Hephaestus 12 weeks 3 days ago
#5

Sad onanist isn't he... of perfection?

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Hephaestus 12 weeks 3 days ago
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Canul856

Criminal... no?

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Slydell 12 weeks 3 days ago
#7

On March 30th, juat four months ago, President Trump said that keeping the U.S. death toll between 100,000 and 2000,000 would be "a very ood job." Things clearly are getting worse and are out of control. Look for that 200,000 mark to be reached before November 3rd.

MagnusReputo 12 weeks 3 days ago
#8

CNN: Minneapolis police have identified a suspect whom they believe helped initiate the riots and destruction in the city. the man is associated with the "Aryan Cowboys"

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alis volat 12 weeks 3 days ago
#9

Trump is a contrarian on top of being a sociopath. He will always think he can win by doing the opposite and going against the grain. He truly has no conscience. He thinks the world begins and ends with him; everybody else is a means to his ends.

What defines being human? No conscience, no humanity.

Thom's questions need an answer for the history that is being written. But, this criminal dereliction of duty will likely go unpunished. Hell, Bush and Cheney got away with starting a war that killed and killed and killed. Their side of the aisle only hold the poor, ill, and disadvantaged accountable. Others are left with the wreckage and heartache the Trump, Bush, and Cheneys of the world create.

We can never stop demanding answers-we can never stop fighting for justice and decency.

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stopgap 12 weeks 3 days ago
#10

Trying to understand the “why” of Trump could be a deep rabbit hole. He’s crazy, seems to be the most logical and plausible answer.

I think a more important question is, how can Trump’s base supporters still be so loyal considering the catastrophic results of his presidency? They remind me of the Black Knight in Monty Python while having one limb after another cut off, he completely ignores the results of of his stubborn pride resulting in being left with no arms or legs.

You really have to wonder how much Trumpers have to lose, before they wake up to what Trump is all about. If history is any lesson, they will never wake up. True, at some point they will go back into hibernation after losing almost everything. But their resentment and anger will fester below the surface until they sense another opportunity to “rise again.”

My old Political Science professor said it best… “advance through crisis.”

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Willie W 12 weeks 3 days ago
#11

From the very start, he decided to push his way thru this. Still trying. If we had no national debt, we could have sailed thru this with ease. Lets blame Reaganomics. Before he cut corporate taxes, corporations were doing good, but they were not filthy rich. Had we kept those taxes in place and managed them properly, (saved for a rainy day) we would be in the clear now.

Legend 12 weeks 2 days ago
#12

This restaurant happens to be near where I live. What the media does not report and you will not hear on Fox News is:

It has a terrible location. It is on a side street in a medical strip mall. Set back from the road where it is difficult to see. Nearby on a main street is a Starbucks and a Starbucks knock off that both have drive thrus. They both always have a line. Restaurants in Colorado could remain open for take out. Recently another new coffee shop opened very near to the C&C and is doing a booming business. Again it has a drive thru. The C&C is a coffee shop without a drive thru. they could deliver to the curb but the poor location made that undesirable to the public.

It opened to the public during the shutdown as a Republican stunt. They tried to organize more restaurants to open to the public but only got 1 failing shop, the C&C. Republicans were brought in by the local state senator to fill the restaurant and all TV stations were called to report on it.

Not mentioned that The C&C had received $6000 in Government aid. Plus the publicity that it got by opening in the middle of the shutdown generated $20000+ on a Go Fund me site. Plus people taped money to the windows of the closed shop as an additional Republican organized publicity stunt. With the media filming it

Their allegation that shops could payoff the Democratic Governor and remain open are totally false. All restaurants were treated the same county by county.

The Republican Government of the County and the city of Castle Rock have both heavily resisted mask mandates by the State Government and Health Department. The County is part of a 3 county organization that shares the same health department called Tri County Health. Now the Republican County Commissioners have resigned our County from Tri County because it does not agree with its mandates. This is at great cost to Douglas County and its health.

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avn013 12 weeks 1 day ago
#13

canul856: The three "or"s at the end of your note do not seem exclusive.To me they are rather "and"s. in my mind, all three are valid explanatory points.Thanks for pointing them out. Presumably,though,such points can be raised for other political prties as well, and they are not restrcted only to USAs history.

Our Superspreader President Has Blood On His Hands & So Does the Republican Party

Thom plus logo A new study from Columbia University lays the deaths of tens to hundreds of thousands of Americans at the feet of the Trump administration and the Republican party.

Comparing the United States to other developed countries, they laid out how our lack of a systemic federal response to the coronavirus has endangered Americans.
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