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Two Ways that Trump Spread Covid-19 in U.S.

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Eric Zuesse

1. ENCOURAGING INFECTED WORKERS TO CONTINUE WORKING EVEN IF IT INFECTS OTHERS:

On 12 May 2020, two hundred and twenty five labor organizations signed a letter to Antonin Scalia’s son Eugene Scalia who was Donald Trump’s appointed Secretary of Labor, and it urged his Department to change its policies “that address the standards that apply under the federal U[nemployment] I[insurance] law to determine when workers remain eligible for regular state UI or P[andemic] U[nemployment] A[ssistance] if they leave work or refuse to work due to COVID-19 health and safety concerns.” In more-common language, an economist Jared Bernstein headlined in the Washington Post six days later on May 18th, “The Labor Department is forcing workers back to jobs that could make them sick” and he explained that Scalia’s Department “has issued guidance that virtually ignores health risks and encourages employers to report workers who refuse job offers [while unemployed] so their unemployment payments can be taken away. The agency is busy urging employers to snitch on ‘claimants that have turned down suitable work.’” Trump’s Labor Department ignored the labor-organizations’ letter. Then, a barista headlined at Huffpost on 22 January 2021, “I Work In A Coffee Shop In Montana. Anti-Maskers Have Made My Job Hell.” She complained that the many customers who refused to wear masks were causing her to fear working there — she was blaming those customers, but not Trump. However, Trump and his Labor Secretary were responsible and simply didn’t care about the safety of workers, such as her, and were instead encouraging employers to force these workers to stay on the job, though doing so endangered themselves and their co-workers. Millions of infected workers were infecting others because not to would cause them to become fired and could ultimately force them into homelessness. Maybe the billionaires who funded Trump’s political career profited from such exploitation of their employees, but nationally this policy helped to increase the spreading of Covid-19. Also: since so many of those bottom-of-the-totem-pole employees are Blacks and Hispanics, etc., this Trump policy helped to cause the drastically higher infection-rates that have been reported among such groups.

2. REFUSING TO DEAL WITH THE PANDEMIC ON A NATIONAL BASIS:

On 15 July 2020, the Washington Post headlined “As the coronavirus crisis spins out of control, Trump issues directives — but still no clear plan” and reported that, “health professionals have urged the White House to offer a disciplined and unified national message to help people who are fatigued more than five months into the crisis and resistant to changing social behaviors, such as wearing masks and keeping a distance from others. Trump, for instance, refused to be seen publicly wearing a mask until last weekend, when he sported one during a trip to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. ‘You can get a really strong and eloquent governor who can help at the state level, but it does seem like we need some more national messaging around the fact that for many people, this is the most adversity they’ve faced in their life,’ said Marcus Plescia, chief medical officer with the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials.” Every country (such as China, Vietnam, Venezuela, South Korea, Thailand, New Zealand, and Finland) that has been far more successful than America is at having a low number of Covid-19 cases (and deaths) per million residents has dealt with the pandemic on a national and not merely local basis, but all of the worst countries (such as America, which now is at 76,407 “Tot Cases/1M pop”) have not.

It therefore also stands to reason that

https://theduran.com/the-highest-covid-infection-rate-states/

which ranks all 50 states according to how high is the number of Covid-19 infections per million inhabitants, shows (and links to the data proving) that “In 2016, the top 17 [most Covid-infected states] voted for Trump, and the bottom 5 voted for Clinton. All but 3 of the top 24 voted for Trump.” The correlation of high Covid-infection-rate with Trump-voting was astoundingly high. Trump, it seems, gave the high-infection-rate states what they had wanted. But what he gave to America is the highest Covid-19 infection-rate of any nation that has at least 11 million population. It is the 7th-highest Covid-19 infection-rate among all 219 reporting nations. Trump’s policies produced the type of results that had been expected by well-informed people around the world.

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Investigative historian Eric Zuesse is the author, most recently, of  They’re Not Even Close: The Democratic vs. Republican Economic Records, 1910-2010, and of  CHRIST’S VENTRILOQUISTS: The Event that Created Christianity.

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Dee Cee
January 23, 2021

Oh Zeuss! You honestly think he could have done BETTER? Where is Covid raging? California and New York. Conservative-run states that DID NOT SHUT DOWN are doing fine: Texas, Florida, and my home state of Alaska. Ask our local MSM and they’ll make you THINK we’re all dead and dying of Covid, but we’ve had the lowest number of infections per capita, the lowest number of deaths per infected population, and now we can boast the highest uptake rate of vaccines. Conservative states beat Liberal States hands down with LESS intervention. Not more. So phooey to your TDS problem. We’re… Read more »

Dee Cee
Reply to  Eric Zuesse
January 23, 2021

Zeusse, you’re such a little smarty-pants! You cited your own article, which collates data that you give NO citations for. And how could it be correct? According to Alaska’s state COVID dashboard, we have had 51,204 total cases to date, and we have the highest vaccine uptake per 1,000 people. This state has roughly 750,000 residents.

Here are my sources: https://covid19.alaska.gov ; https://covid.cdc.gov/covid-data-tracker/#vaccinations

Facts matter.

Last edited 9 months ago by Dee Cee
HELGA
HELGA
Reply to  Dee Cee
January 24, 2021

WHY ARE YOU SMEARING PRESIDENT TRUMP NOW? THIS IS SICKENING!

TheDarkMan
January 23, 2021

Ignorant beyond belief. All the lockdown is doing is destroying your economy, which is what the globalists appear to want.

Glocken-spiel
Glocken-spiel
Reply to  Eric Zuesse
January 23, 2021

Covid is a western oligarch-driven farce to cover for the economic theft and accompanying government power expansion ‘reset’. The expensive PCR lab tests are run 30 to 40 times to get a positive response. You continue to be a raging Schwab-Gates Euro-screecher as to Trump and covidiotry. When people receive a ‘positive’ test result, it becomes ‘official’. But if a follow-up ‘test’ is given a few days later, and it shows negative, the positive result is not retracted. Phony science equals a phony pandemic.

Last edited 9 months ago by Glocken-spiel
Dee Cee
Dee Cee
Reply to  Eric Zuesse
January 24, 2021

Whats amazing is the WHO issued revised guidance on Covid diagnosis acknowledging exactly the point that Glocken-Spiel just made about the PCR test! January 20th to be exact!! “Reality denial?” Get real, Dr. Seuss!

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