25 March 2020

A deadly mistake -- but for whom?

Trump is talking about phasing out the current covid-19 precautions fairly soon -- perhaps by Easter -- in hopes of reviving the economy (and his re-election hopes along with it, though he isn't saying that part out loud).  This in spite of the fact that the epidemic in the US is still spreading at an explosive pace, something which the end of the current precautions would exacerbate still further.

This is madness, even from Trump's own selfish viewpoint.  If he thinks a recession will be bad for his re-election, that's nothing compared to the effect of vast numbers of dead and an overwhelmed health-care system which won't have the resources to take care of all the "normal" non-covid-19-related things we normally use it for.

Fortunately, the current shelter-in-place orders have been issued on the state and local level, and sensible governors will keep them in place no matter what Trump says.  Electoral-Vote points out the likely result:

The second, and more obvious, political problem is what happens if Trump encourages people to resume their daily lives, some of them do so, and then the epidemic gets noticeably worse. This is, in essence, what happened in Hong Kong. Indeed, one can very well envision a scenario where Trump gives the "all clear!" order, (some) red states play along while blue states ignore him, and all of a sudden there is a spike in infections in Dallas, Tampa, and Nashville, with no spikes in Seattle, San Francisco, and Boston. It would be as close to a scientifically controlled experiment as you can get in politics. Those spikes would be (with good reason) laid at the President's doorstep.

In other words, natural selection in action, with (in many cases) the death penalty for going along with Trump's stupidity.  The same is true of his expressed desire to see "packed churches" by Easter -- which would lead to a surge in infections among devout Christians.  It's almost as if he's trying to spread sickness and death among his own supporters.  If he starts holding mass rallies again, that will create yet another cauldron of infection for Trumpanzees.

Electoral-Vote is, by the way, right about the example provided by Hong Kong.  The pandemic appeared to be subsiding (something which is decidedly not the case in the US yet), and precautions were relaxed too soon -- allowing it to flare up again.

In the name of safeguarding his re-election, Trump is pursuing a course which will actually hurt his chances.  In fact, his whole strategy of downplaying this was a mistake.  He'd have been smarter to play it up, yammer about impending catastrophe, emphasize the "foreign virus" angle, claim we need to build the wall and keep out all foreigners and ban everything or we're doomed.  Then if the actual epidemic turned out to be less serious than he had portrayed it, he could claim he saved everybody.  That would have been smarter.  The guy can't even get selfishness right.

Don't listen to him.  Stay safe.  Stay home.


Blogger Sixpence Notthewiser said...

On the one side, I would not be really sorry if the wingnuts, bigots and racist assholes get sick, but I’m afraid that they’ll become walking Petri Dishes and then make tons of people sick.
Jerry Falwell -of poolboy notoriety- is opening his university and tons of bigots in training are gonna become a twisted Darwinian experiment. That’s done probably in support of IMPOTUS to own the libs by getting a ton of college coeds sick,
I don’t understand the fundie mind. At all.


25 March, 2020 16:28  
Blogger jenny_o said...

I have thought all these things - how can he not realize his BASE, for crying out loud, is going to be laid low . . .

25 March, 2020 17:14  
Anonymous Marc McKenzie said...

@Infidel "It's almost as if he's trying to spread sickness and death among his own supporters."

And the crazy thing is...I sure as hell would not consider Trump a Christian. He certainly believes in nothing except himself as the Lord of all. But I would never, ever insult friends who are Atheists by claiming that Trump is one. Nope.

@Sixpence: I would not be sorry either. There's a line from a Daffy Duck/Porky Pig cartoon that's essentially, "Well, not trying to sound harsh, but the damned fool asked for it."

Stay healthy and stay indoors and stay healthy, you two. We will get through this.

25 March, 2020 17:20  
Blogger Debra She Who Seeks said...

Good post!

25 March, 2020 17:59  
Blogger Mary said...

Pastors want to keep their churches open because god will look out for them since they are so special...soi I say good, keep them open and go people go.
Glenn Beck would rather die than let the economy fail. Good..no one is stopping you.

Trump isn’t thinking about whether the lifting of restrictions harms his base or not, but it’s all about the money he is losing with his closed hotels and golf courses and his investments in the market. He knows whomever is left from his base, will vote for him regardless with their last dying breath.

Trumps wants his base to be able to go to his rallies..yes go, please..crowd in there...

25 March, 2020 18:24  
Blogger Mike said...

Hong Kong was the first thing I thought of when dumbshit said Easter. This could lower the church population considerably.

26 March, 2020 00:47  
Blogger Jack said...

I hadn't thought of it quite like this before (i.e., that his actions were counterproductive in the ways you described). I think you are right, though. Thanks for the thought-provoking post.

26 March, 2020 04:47  
Blogger Martha said...

I don't understand how anyone listens to him. Let's hope people do stay home and stay safe.

26 March, 2020 04:49  
Blogger seafury said...

He still wins in a walk. There are so many ways. Declares himself president until 2024( as some wing nuts are saying) declares states of emergency in blue states, (no voting) I'm sure there are more ways that I'm not thinking of. Now imagine this in Mitch McConnell 's voice
" the umm president has every right to declare himself president for any length of time as he see fit since we can't get the democrats to the table for any meaningful election security measures and various other ummmm things so the umm American people are demanding we take these measures. This will include the president selecting members of the senate and House of Representatives, governors of every state etc.... we can no longer take a chance on voting given the current situation. His first appointments will be that of Sarah Palin as secretary of America, and Ted Nugent as secretary of the United States Militia. The Red Brigade." Sorry it started writing itself.

26 March, 2020 09:59  
Blogger Mary Kirkland said...

I hope things are better by Easter but I don't see that happening. I think once he sees that things are as bad as they're about to get near Easter that he'll change his mind. Or at least I can hope he will if things are really bad still and I think we both know they will be. This is going away anytime soon.

26 March, 2020 13:37  
Blogger Infidel753 said...

Sixpence: I don't much care about them either -- except that they'd overwhelm and crash the health-care system on the way to the cemetery.

Jenny_o: It's very odd. He may really believe the virus will just go away and nothing much will happen.

Marc: Trump has been existing on lies for so long, I wonder if he even knows what he really believes or doesn't believe.

Debra: Thanks!

Mary: Already one church has served as a covid-19 amplifier. There will be more.

26 March, 2020 16:38  
Blogger Infidel753 said...

Mike: I guess they'll have the chance to get right with their God one last time.....

Jack: Thanks! I guess I'm always thinking in natural-selection terms.

Martha: If people still do listen to him after all the bullshit he's spewed over the last three years, they kind of deserve what they get.

Seafury: He couldn't legally or constitutionally do any of that. If there's no election, for example, the president's term still ends on January 20, even if there's no successor.

Mary: It seems obvious things will get much worse by Easter. As you say, hopefully he'll change his mind.

26 March, 2020 16:42  
Blogger Green Eagle said...

"Those spikes would be (with good reason) laid at the President's doorstep."

By people who already know what he is. His supporters will lay the blame at the Democrats, China, the Blue States, Obama, George Soros, the Illuminati, the deep state, Adam Schiff, and anyone else that isn't Donald Trump.

26 March, 2020 22:15  
Blogger RO said...

Sadly, there's no timeline on illness, but I agree we should be safe and stay home. Sending hugs your way. RO

27 March, 2020 04:37  
Blogger Infidel753 said...

Green: It's true that a lot of the Trumpanzees have plunged so deep into conspiratardia that they'll never get out. The best we can hope for is to wake up some of the more borderline ones who still have some connection to reality.

RO: And to you also. This isn't going to be easy for any of us, but the important thing is to stay healthy.

27 March, 2020 04:57  
Blogger Shaw Kenawe said...

I’ve been saying “Ignore Trump” for weeks. Do the opposite of what he says. Stay safe everyone!

28 March, 2020 06:33  
Blogger Infidel753 said...

We're lucky to be among those who have indeed been ignoring him.

28 March, 2020 07:35  

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