Or ‘nuking the goalposts’ if you prefer. After yesterday’s daily attempt by Il Trumpe to hide the greatest dereliction of duty by a president* in my lifetime (for perspective, I’m not young, and there have been some real doozies during that time), the Trump administration is now hoping that ‘only’ between 100,000 to 240,000 Americans will die from COVID-19.
During yesterday’s pathetic spectacle of national humiliation, he kept referring to the one to two million who could die if we do nothing. That’s not moving the goalposts, that’s nuking them.
The standard should be South Korea. It’s a technologically sophisticated nation of 50 million people that recorded it’s first COVID-19 infection on the same day the U.S. did. So the baseline isn’t the one to two million that would die if we did nothing, it’s multiplying South Korea’s COVID-19 infections and deaths by 6.5.
For anyone tempted to engage in armchair Orientalism, and do the South Korea Confucious argle bargle, they have brawls on the floor of their legislature. This isn’t a nebulous cultural difference we could not overcome. Our failure isn’t due to American Exceptionalism, it’s a result of presidential ineptitude.
By the way, as of yesterday, South Korea had COVID-19-related 162 deaths. Scaled to the U.S. population, that would be 1,053 deaths. The U.S. currently has had 3,789 COVID-19-related deaths, with no sign of abatement anytime soon.
Impeach him. Impeach him now. Our lives depend on it.
*If we’re going to militarize a civilian office, then dereliction of duty is an appropriate phrase.