Tuesday, September 22, 2020

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What did Donald Trump do today?

He called yesterday's Donald Trump a liar.

In a seven-minute appearance at the United Nations General Assembly this morning, Trump devoted most of his time to attacking China on the subject of COVID-19:

As we pursue this bright future, we must hold accountable the nation which unleashed this plague onto the world: China.

In the earliest days of the virus, China locked down travel domestically while allowing flights to leave China and infect the world. China condemned my travel ban on their country, even as they cancelled domestic flights and locked citizens in their homes.

Trump's travel "ban" on China let more than 40,000 Chinese citizens and 430,000 people all told fly from to the United States, but the criticism of China failing to prevent its own citizens from leaving the country is odd. Trump imposed no such travel ban on Americans, even as the outbreak here swelled to much larger proportions than in China. (Most of the rest of the world, however, imposed travel bans on the United States.)

The Chinese government and the World Health Organization — which is virtually controlled by China — falsely declared that there was no evidence of human-to-human transmission. Later, they falsely said people without symptoms would not spread the disease.

It's true that the WHO guidelines changed as the disease spread and the first bits of evidence about how it was transmitted came to light. But Trump himself, as he freely admitted in interviews with Bob Woodward, knew by February that it was a frequently deadly disease that spread through the air—but he told the public otherwise, supposedly to avoid "panic."

All of Trump's remarks today, in front of foreign leaders in a speech that attracted little press attention, contradict what he told a mostly-unmasked campaign rally crowd last night: that it affects "virtually nobody."

More than 205,000 Americans have died from COVID-19. 

How is this a bad thing?

  • Nobody in China is the President of the United States.
  • It's wrong to lie to Americans about an outbreak of a fatal infectious disease, even if you think it will help you politically.
  • Virtually everybody in the United States has been affected by the uncontrolled COVID-19 outbreak here.