The fatal flaw of President Trump botched pandemic response has been a yearning for a quick return to normality that is dangerous and unattainable while the coronavirus still lies in wait.
Till now 184,000 Americans are already dead, White House officials are hoping that Trump’s dive into cultural warfare following protests and unrest over police brutality will to some extent cover over his liabilities on the pandemic.
In the last week’s Republican National Convention that largely ignored the virus, Trump is making yet another premature declaration of victory over the worst public health disaster in 100 years.
Trump said, “We have done a great job in Covid but we don’t get the credit.”
Biden asked, “Mr. Trump, you want to talk about fear? Do you know what people are afraid of in America? They are afraid they are going to get covid. They are afraid they are going to get sick and ide, and that is in no small part, its because of you.”
Dr. Tom Frieden, a former director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, told on Monday that “We risk blow-back. We rise one step forward, three steps backwards. That’s what happened with this situation with this administration opening too soon in southern states. That is what is happening in schools opening where there is lots of covid and having to slam shut again. We don’t want that to happen with a vaccine, because vaccines are precious. They are our powerful tools to control a pandemic.
Trump’s growing impatience coincides with multiple reports that the White House is growing receptive to the herd immunity.
Trump’s demands for swift as of state economies earlier this year helped unleash a wave of sickness and death across sunbelt states that had escaped the initial peaks of infection that hammered New York and California.
The President’s initiative, which does not appear to include new measures to solve the issues that caused the season pause, looks like yet another attempt to downplay science in a bid to recreate normality.
While the prospect of no fall foorball is unthinkable, the Big Ten just happens to include several schools in crucial Midwest swing states like Michigan, Minnesota, Pennsylvania, lowa, Wisconsin and Ohio, which may explain the sports-fan-in-chief’s concern.