This, in Slate, is devastating. The Trump Pandemic: a blow-by-blow account of how the president killed thousands of Americans.
The story the president now tellsâ€”that he â€œbuilt the greatest economy in history,â€ that China blindsided him by unleashing the virus, and that Trump saved millions of lives by mobilizing America to defeat itâ€”is a lie. Trump collaborated with Xi, concealed the threat, impeded the U.S. governmentâ€™s response, silenced those who sought to warn the public, and pushed states to take risks that escalated the tragedy. Heâ€™s personally responsible for tens of thousands of deaths.
This isnâ€™t speculation. All the evidence is in the public record. But the truth, unlike Trumpâ€™s false narrative, is scattered in different places. Itâ€™s in emails, leaks, interviews, hearings, scientific reports, and the presidentâ€™s stray remarks. This article puts those fragments together. It documents Trumpâ€™s interference or negligence in every stage of the governmentâ€™s failure: preparation, mobilization, public communication, testing, mitigation, and reopening.
Trump has always been malignant and incompetent. As president, he has coasted on economic growth, narrowly averted crises of his own making, and corrupted the government in ways that many Americans could ignore. But in the pandemic, his vicesâ€”venality, dishonesty, self-absorption, dereliction, heedlessnessâ€”turned deadly. They produced lies, misjudgments, and destructive interventions that multiplied the carnage. The coronavirus debacle isnâ€™t, as Trump protests, an â€œartificial problemâ€ that spoiled his presidency. Itâ€™s the fulfillment of everything he is.