Trump Fiddles While America Burns

Illustration by Victor Juhasz

Health Editor’s Note: Trump has failed us. Ignoring science, ignoring warnings of what a pandemic would do to America, ignoring warnings from public-health experts from all over the world, ignore, ignore, ignore. 

And do not forget the downplaying of clear and present signs of impending COVID-19 doom. Trump thought/thinks COVID-19 was a plot to sabotage him and destroy his chances in the next presidential election.  Trump thought nothing of the destruction this pandemic virus would wreak on America, let alone the rest of the world. He fiddled and is fiddling still. He assumes no responsibility for how Americans are weathering COVID-19.

Who believes that Trump is very responsible for lack of epidemic preparedness, lack of all the personal protection equipment that is essential to stop the spread of the virus, for lack of concern for human lives?  I do!  Trump has had at least two COVID-19 tests.  How about the rest of you?  Have you had one? I have not! …..Carol

The President and the Plague

by Jeff Goodell/Rolling Stone

This story appears in the May 2020 issue of Rolling Stone, on newsstands May 5th.

While Americans died of the modern plague, President Trump sang happy birthday to a fading Fox News personality. On March 7th, a who’s who of the Republican establishment gathered at Mar-a-Lago, Trump’s lavish retreat in Florida, for the 51st-birthday party of Kimberly Guilfoyle, one of the former co-hosts of The Five, and now the girlfriend of Donald J. Trump Jr. All the usual suspects were there, including Trump’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani and Sen. Lindsey Graham; Tiffany Trump; Ivanka and her husband, Jared Kushner; and Trump’s younger son Eric and his wife, Lara. They sang happy birthday to Guilfoyle and lit a big sparkler. At the end, she pumped her fist and shouted “Four more years!” This is what passes for a cozy family celebration in Trumpland. But out in the real world, darkness was falling fast.

There were already 100,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, around the world, and 3,600 people had died. In the U.S., more than 100 new cases had been reported that day, a rate that was doubling every three days. Other nations knew how serious this was: By that time,….read more:

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