Next stage

Trump is ok with it if lots more people die because he tries to “re-open” the economy.

President Donald Trump said in an exclusive interview with ABC “World News Tonight” Anchor and Managing Editor David Muir on Tuesday that “it’s possible there will be some” deaths as states roll back restrictions aimed at stopping the spread of the novel coronavirus, acknowledging that it was the choice the country faces to reopen and jumpstart the economy.

In addition to the president’s acknowledgement directly to Muir that it’s “possible there will be some” deaths as a cost of reopening the country, the president also acknowledged during his visit to Arizona that there will be some who are “affected badly” by the decision.

“Will some people be affected? Yes. Will some people be affected badly? Yes. But we have to get our country open and we have to get it open soon,” Trump said, directly acknowledging there will be a real, negative human cost in prioritizing an economic revival over a more cautious approach in favor of public health. But even as the president advocates for a return to normal economic business, the nation’s governors remain in control of decision-making for their respective states.

The president’s cost-benefit analysis is exemplified in his decision to move forward with disbanding the task force of medical experts in the weeks ahead, as he declares that “our country is now in the next stage of the battle.”

Except that it’s not. Nothing has changed. There is no effective treatment, there is no vaccine. This is not the next stage, this is the same stage – the one with a virus that we can neither prevent nor treat, that spreads with shocking ease, that kills some of its victims and leaves some with permanent damage to lungs and other useful bits. The only “next stage” here is the next stage in Trump’s stunted attention span.

Even as the president sought to prepare Americans that “more death” is ahead, he expressed optimism that the virus will go away, regardless of whether a vaccine is achieved.

“There’ll be more death, th[en] the virus will pass, with or without a vaccine. And I think we’re doing very well on the vaccines but, with or without a vaccine, it’s going to pass, and we’re going to be back to normal. But it’s been a rough process. There is no question about it,” Trump said.

That’s not “optimism,” it’s just making shit up. It’s just childish assertion. “It’s going to pass because I want it to, the end, by Donnie Trump age 4.”

The president’s optimistic outlook stands in contrast to the consensus of opinion among public health experts in warning that the virus will continue to pose a major risk until the time that there is effective treatment and vaccination.

It’s not an “optimistic outlook”; it’s heedless reckless lying for the sake of his own desire to hold rallies and win the next election.

Also, he’s still insisting that anyone who needs a test can get one. That’s not true. At all.

The president was dismissive of two new analyses that offered cautionary tales against a premature reopening, one from Johns Hopkins University that warned the daily death rate could nearly double by June and a model from the University of Washington model that warned the U.S. death toll could increase to nearly 135,000 by Aug. 4.

“These models have been so wrong from day one. Both on the low side and the upside. They’ve been so wrong, they’ve been so out of whack. And they keep making new models, new models and they’re wrong,” the president said.

Again: this is just Trump making shit up.

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