When White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows said during an interview in October, “We are not going to control the pandemic,” he said nothing that was not yet apparent. It’s been months since Donald Trump even pretended to try to address the crisis. It’s clear that Trump opted out a long time ago out of concern about the virus – aside from bragging about his own survival thanks to a timely dose of a drug that is unavailable to 99.9% of those infected.
The day after the election, Meadows himself tested positive for COVID-19. Then he worked for two days before admitting this to some of his helpers on Friday. At least five other White House officials tested positive during the same period. This includes one of Meadows’ aides, Ben Carson, secretary for housing and urban development, and attorney David Bossie. Bossie spent a hot second denying Trump’s election campaign before discovering the heat was actually a COVID-19 fever. Charlton Boyd, an adjutant to Jared Kushner, also tested positive. Please remember that what you are thinking right now is wrong.
As CNBC reports, that wasn’t the end of the growing White House hotspot. White House Political Director Brian Jack has also tested positive. So did the former White House advisor, Healy Baumgardner, who apparently attended Trump’s “victory party” as a guest of Rudy Giuliani. All of this shows that after the far-reaching effects of the superspreader event in the rose garden in early October, the White House learned … no damn thing.
It was no surprise at all that Mike Pence, alleged head of Trump’s coronavirus task force, responded to the surge in new cases, hospitalizations, and deaths by announcing that … he was going on vacation. That may be the best symbol of the genuine contempt that the entire Republican Party holds for the people. It’s only made better by the fact that Pence has now canceled his vacation, not out of concern about the 1,000-plus Americans dying every day, but because he thought it was a bad look to run away while Trump was still debating about that Election complained.
Pence may have decided to postpone dipping his pale toes into the Gulf (the fact that Tropical Storm Eta is currently blowing up its designated vacation spot may also have played a role) but he hasn’t stepped on the stage to announce any new promotions , Plans or good housekeeping tips. The only thing that came out of the White House in the past week regarding COVID-19 was complaints that Pfizer released good news about a vaccine four days after the election, which apparently means Big Pharma is also part of the Deep it’s on.
On Wednesday, the US reported over 140,000 new cases of COVID-19. That’s more than 30,000 cases more than a week ago. Unfortunately, that rate of growth – and more – is perfectly sustainable for the virus. Regardless of what retired radiologist Scott Atlas may claim, the United States is nowhere near capable of achieving what is probably impossible “herd immunity.” For the virus, Trump built a Disneyland full of people who believe masks are a political statement and science is just an opinion.
He made the country fail. And we are.