If I was a U.S. prosecutor, I would charge Trump with involuntary manslaughter. In case you don’t know what that is; charges of involuntary manslaughter is defined as an unintentional killing that results either from negligence or recklessness. An example is a motorist driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs resulting in a deadly car crash killing another individual.
Trump realized that if the body count from COVID-19 in the U.S. reached pandemic levels during 2020, his re-election bid could be in serious jeopardy. On Jan 21, the first American was diagnosed with the virus. A day later in Davos, Trump was asked if he was worried about a global pandemic.
“No, not at all” he stated. “And we have it totally under control. It’s one person coming in from China, and we have it under control.
On Jan 30 during a campaign rally in Michigan, Trump provided an update on the spread of the virus in the U.S. to a rowdy crowd of supporters.
“We have it very well under control. We have very little problem in this country at this moment with 5 and those people are all recuperating successfully.”
On Feb 2, Trump bragged about his China travel ban on Fox News. He told Sean Hannity and a national audience that:
“We pretty much shut it down coming from China.”
Trump wasn’t quite ready to give up on his number strategy throughout February as he continued to claim the situation was improving. There are plenty examples of Trump being irresponsible. Here are just a few:
- On Feb 26, he said “We are going down, not up. We’re going very substantially down, not up.”
- On Feb 27, he bragged: It’s going to disappear one day, it’s like a miracle, it will disappear.”
- On Feb 29, he said a vaccine would be available “very quickly and very rapidly” He praised his administration’s actions as “the most aggressive taken by any county.”
The case for Trump’s negligence is the mishandling of the test kits that were sent to laboratories around the country that had a technical flaw and didn’t work. Trump and his team weren’t worried and ordered the CDC to find a work around. The Trump administration also didn’t turn to the World Health Organization for its perfectly functioning test, nor did it remove regulations that prevented hospitals and labs from developing their own tests. Why? Trump remained intent on keeping the U.S. body count low.
Despite mishandling the production of test kits, Trump continues to make dangerous false statements.
On Mar 6 Trump said “Anybody that wants a test can get a test.”
I could go on and on but this sums things up:
The mishandling of this crisis is reflected in the raising death count that was in the hundreds and now over a thousand. Why hasn’t he used the Defense Production Act to force companies to produce masks, protective equipment and ventilators which are in short supplies? Does Trump even care how many Americans are going to die? He just wants businesses to re-open in time for Easter hoping that a strong economy and raising stock prices will get him re-elected. He should resign!!!
All state and local governments should ignore Trump’s call to re-open businesses! If not, then what is happening in Italy is only a few weeks away from happening in America.