Mass COVID graves outside New York City. Photo by Lucas Jackson/Reuters. Front photo of bodies in New York. AP photo
So there are tapes. The new book by Bob Woodward confirms what we all surmised but couldn't prove - the thug whose campaign strategy was mass reckless homicide knew COVID was deadly, but for months repeatedly, willfully lied, denied, deflected, prattled "hoax," "under control," “totally harmless,” "will go away," and played golf as hundreds of thousands unnecessarily died, alone and frightened and struggling for breath. "I wanted to always play it down,” Trump told Woodward in March. "I still like playing it down, because I don’t want to create a panic.” From social media to the guy who's spent weeks hysterically ranting about mobs of anarchists burning down suburbs: "Take your didn't-want-anyone-to-panic and shove it up your ass." He knew. He got multiple warnings this was a “once-in-a-lifetime health emergency,” the "biggest national security threat" of his so-called presidency, another influenza pandemic of 1918 in the making. "There was a duty to warn," wrote Woodward - who's culpable for sitting on proof in the name of making a buck. Still, because Trump's an unfit, inept, ignorant sociopath, he did nothing but lie and stall and gaslight. It was, says Carl Bernstein, "one of the great presidential felonies of all time." And right behind him are all the loathsome sycophants who've kept their mouths shut and carried his vile water: Mattis, Tillerson, McConnell, Press Barbie Kayleigh McEnany, who on Wednesday declared straight-faced Trump "never downplayed" the virus and “never lied to the American public.” These people are monsters. May they all rot in prison.
"He let us get sick and die, because he thought it was better for him." - CNN's Chris Cuomo
“The President never downplayed the virus.” -Kayleigh McEnany
“I wanted to always play it down.” -President Donald Trump
— Ken Jeong (@kenjeong) September 9, 2020