In a wide-ranging assessment published on Thursday, the commission said Trump “brought misfortune to the USA and the planet” during his four years in office. The stinging critique not only blamed Trump but also tied his actions to the historical conditions which made his presidency possible.


Guardian: The US could have averted 40% of the deaths from Covid-19, had the country’s death rates corresponded with the rates in other high-income G7 countries, according to a Lancet commission tasked with assessing Donald Trump’s health policy record.

Almost 470,000 Americans have died from the coronavirus so far, with the number widely expected to go above half a million in the next few weeks. At the same time, some 27 million people in the US have been infected. Both figures are by far the highest in the world.

In seeking to respond to the pandemic, Trump has been widely condemned for not taking the pandemic seriously enough soon enough, spreading conspiracy theories, not encouraging mask-wearing, and undermining scientists and others seeking to combat the virus’ spread.

“He was sort of a crowning achievement of a certain period but he’s not the only architect,” said Bassett, “And so we decided it’s important to put him in context, not to minimize how destructive his policy agenda has been and his personal fanning the flames of white supremacy, but to put it in context.”


when the censors don’t get to airbrush Trump…
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Public policy and health in the Trump era

Published:February 10, 2021DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/S0140-6736(20)32545-9
  1. Trump exploited low and middle-income white people’s anger over their deteriorating life prospects to mobilise racial animus and xenophobia and enlist their support for policies that benefit high-income people and corporations and threaten health.
  2. His signature legislative achievement, a trillion-dollar tax cut for corporations and high-income individuals, opened a budget hole that he used to justify cutting food subsidies and health care.
  3. His appeals to racism, nativism, and religious bigotry have emboldened white nationalists and vigilantes, and encouraged police violence and, at the end of his term in office, insurrection.
  4. He chose judges for US courts who are dismissive of affirmative action and reproductive, labour, civil, and voting rights; ordered the mass detention of immigrants in hazardous conditions; and promulgated regulations that reduce access to abortion and contraception in the USA and globally.
  5. Although his effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act failed, he weakened its coverage and increased the number of uninsured people by 2·3 million, even before the mass dislocation of the COVID-19 pandemic, and has accelerated the privatisation of government health programmes.
  6. Trump’s hostility to environmental regulations has already worsened pollution—resulting in more than 22 000 extra deaths in 2019 alone—hastened global warming, and despoiled national monuments and lands sacred to Native people.
  7. Disdain for science and cuts to global health programmes and public health agencies have impeded the response to the COVID-19 pandemic, causing tens of thousands of unnecessary deaths, and imperil advances against HIV and other diseases.
  8. And Trump’s bellicose trade, defence, and foreign policies have led to economic disruption and threaten an upswing in armed conflict.

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  1. Again, remember what Gordon told us back in June, “We have multiple confirmations that a vaccine for COVID 19 not only exists but has existed for some time, since 2019, perhaps as early as 2017. We are also told that COVID-19, as VT reported in March, was deployed against China, then Italy, then France, then Iran and Spain and then the US as a “fund raiser.” COVID-19 is the ultimate “sanction” and ultimate tool to bring about that “New World Order” we have been hearing about. Now we see it as a reality.”

    COVID-19 is a bioweapon, for Pete’s sake. It was designed to attack the elderly, the already infirm, and especially people of color. It’s exactly like what the US did to Native Americans back in the 19th Century, giving them smallpox-infected blankets to keep them warm in the wintertime.

    • I’m sure Carol would take issue with the statement that COVID-19 is no more deadly than any other “flu” virus. Statistics don’t bear that out at all. In fact, COVID-19 deaths in 2020 led to a drop in life expectancy in the USA of three full years. Also, being as how COVID-19 was a bioweapon, of course there was a plan to use it to massively change societies and economies all around the world. It provided cover for the biggest transfer of wealth in human history from the US Treasury to the banksters and the big corpse back in March. That was the “fund raiser” that Gordon was referring to.

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