It was all for nothing: Trump and the coronavirus shut-down in the U.S.

David Frum of The Atlantic describes today, in succinct but powerful detail, how the United States, which began a 2-3 month shutdown in mid-March at enormous social and financial cost, did so essentially in vain.

Due to the incompetence and willfully malicious actions of Donald Trump and his collaborators, who pushed for reopenings and a relaxation of stay-at-home orders and other coronavirus restrictions far too early, and in willful disregard of the recommendations of the government’s top epidemiological and medical experts, we are right back where we were in mid-April in terms of the spread of the disease.

In short, it was all for nothing.

What is worse, and indeed frightening, is the fact that the nation’s response to the pandemic remains under the control of a president who is perhaps the most incompetent, and the most corrupt, in the nation’s history.

Trump’s policy failures have contributed to the deaths of over 125,000 Americans, a number which grows each day. The prospects are that this number will double or even far exceed 250,000 by the time a newly-elected president is inaugurated on January 20, 2021.


David Frum, “This Is Trump’s Plague Now; The first coronavirus spike in late April can be blamed on the president’s negligence. The second spike in June is his own doing,” The Atlantic, June 29, 2020 (6:15 AM ET).

See also,

“Come back, Governor Cuomo. The world needs you,” The Trenchant Observer, June 27, 2020.

It was all for nothing.

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