In Which Trump (Again!) Has Deep And Abiding Trouble… With All Real Science.

Tonight, The New York Times makes plain what we’ve known for a decade, ever since the passage of Obamacare: Donald Trump hates it when pesky, actual facts get in the way of his generally ill-informed. . . superstitions. He’s simply incapable of believing he could be wrong. About anything. Ever.

And tragically, that has already cost us many additional American lives (as he dithered about taking decisive action when it would have mattered most), and caused incalculable damage to our economy (by being late) — once-again now increasing the probability he will cost us many more American lives.

Trump long denied a crisis was brewing; he delayed and hamstrung the response efforts, and now threatens to call off the very measures real scientists say will stave off hundreds of thousands of unneeded deaths. And he’ll do it while taking a bailout for his precious resorts businesses. Dr. Fauci may soon get the General Kelly treatment, for having the temerity to tell him he is, in fact, clueless on almost every sub-topic that matters as to COVID-19, and the science based methods for blunting its mortality rate. Consider this (from the paper, tonight):

. . . . Dr. Fauci and the president have publicly disagreed on how long it will take for a coronavirus vaccine to become available and whether an anti-malaria drug, chloroquine, could help those with an acute form of the virus. Dr. Fauci has made clear that he does not think the drug necessarily holds the potential that Mr. Trump says it does.

In an interview with Science Magazine, Dr. Fauci responded to a question about how he had managed to not get fired by saying that. . .“[Trump] goes his own way. He has his own style. . . on substantive issues, he does listen to what I say.”

But Dr. Fauci also said there was a limit to what he could do when Mr. Trump made false statements, as he often does during the briefings.

I can’t jump in front of the microphone and push him down,” Dr. Fauci said. “OK, he said it. Let’s try and get it corrected for the next time. . . .”

I often wish he. . . would. I am fairly concerned that Team Trump is about to make all of it worse than it needs to be (again). Economy plainly. . . included. G’night. . . .


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