“Because You Lefties Would Rather Trump Fail At Any Cost.”

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On facebook, in a discussion about the recent action of the FDA approving limited treatment of Covid infection by using Chloroquine and Hydroxychloroquine, I, and “lefties” in general, were accused of “not want a treatments to be identified”.

Me, the “leftie”: “Why would the lefties “not want a treatments to be identified”?

Righty: “Because you lefties would rather Trump fail at any cost.”

Ummmmmmm…. OK. Let’s first look at the reasons us lefties were being cautious about using the drugs.

First: The evidence that they work for Covid infection is scant. Some research suggests they work in-vitro (in a test tube) but the two main studies on this that show any results are, to put it mildly, crap. The isn’t much of a control group, and the PCR (polymerse chian reaction) tests that indicate Covid infection, are mishandled. This doesn’t mean the drugs DON’T work, but the evidence that they do are anecdotal and further study is needed.

Second: These drugs do have side effects, and the drugs can interfere with other drugs.

Third: There have been several people who were injured and a few had died because this irresponsible President singled out the drugs in a press conference, making them sound like magic bullets to fight Covid. That was irresponsible at best. I’m hoping that the FDA’s approval of the drug is science based and not due to political pressure. It’s not like that hasn’t happened before.

In short; us lefties are not opposed to researching the use of the drugs to see if they’ll work, or even using them in the field under strict supervision. Use whatever tools are needed. But don’t overhype.

Now, on the the charge that “you lefties would rather Trump fail at any cost.”

Here’s the timeline on what us lefties and the horrible Trump-hating news media have been saying since the virus was first identified in China:

  • DEC 30 – This could be bad. We need to take it seriously.
  • DEC 31 – This could be bad. We need to take it seriously.
  • JAN 1 – This could be bad. We need to take it seriously.
  • JAN 2 – This could be bad. We need to take it seriously.
  • JAN 3 – This could be bad. We need to take it seriously.
  • JAN 4 – This could be bad. We need to take it seriously.
  • JAN 5 – This could be bad. We need to take it seriously.
  • JAN 6 – This could be bad. We need to take it seriously.
  • JAN 7 – This could be bad. We need to take it seriously.
  • JAN 8 – This could be bad. We need to take it seriously.
  • JAN 9 – This could be bad. We need to take it seriously.
  • JAN 10 – This could be bad. We need to take it seriously.
  • JAN 11 – This could be bad. We need to take it seriously.
  • JAN 12 – This could be bad. We need to take it seriously.
  • JAN 13 – This could be bad. We need to take it seriously.
  • JAN 14 – This could be bad. We need to take it seriously.
  • JAN 15 – This could be bad. We need to take it seriously.
  • JAN 16 – This could be bad. We need to take it seriously.
  • JAN 17 – This could be bad. We need to take it seriously.
  • JAN 18 – This could be bad. We need to take it seriously.
  • JAN 19 – This could be bad. We need to take it seriously.
  • JAN 20 – This could be bad. We need to take it seriously.
  • JAN 21 – This could be bad. We need to take it seriously.
  • JAN 22 – This could be bad. We need to take it seriously.
  • JAN 23 – This could be bad. We need to take it seriously.
  • JAN 24 – This could be bad. We need to take it seriously.
  • JAN 25 – This could be bad. We need to take it seriously.
  • JAN 26 – This could be bad. We need to take it seriously.
  • JAN 27 – This could be bad. We need to take it seriously.
  • JAN 28 – This could be bad. We need to take it seriously.
  • JAN 29 – This could be bad. We need to take it seriously.
  • JAN 30 – This could be bad. We need to take it seriously.
  • Repeat for February and March.

What was Trump saying during this time???

Jan. 22: “We have it totally under control. It’s one person coming in from China. We have it under control. It’s going to be just fine.” — Trump in a CNBC interview.

Jan. 30: “We think we have it very well under control. We have very little problem in this country at this moment — five — and those people are all recuperating successfully. But we’re working very closely with China and other countries, and we think it’s going to have a very good ending for us … that I can assure you.” — Trump in a speech in Michigan.

Feb. 10: “Now, the virus that we’re talking about having to do — you know, a lot of people think that goes away in April with the heat — as the heat comes in. Typically, that will go away in April. We’re in great shape though. We have 12 cases — 11 cases, and many of them are in good shape now.” — Trump at the White House. (See our item “Will the New Coronavirus ‘Go Away’ in April?“)

Feb. 14: “There’s a theory that, in April, when it gets warm — historically, that has been able to kill the virus.  So we don’t know yet; we’re not sure yet. But that’s around the corner.” — Trump in speaking to National Border Patrol Council members.

Feb. 23: “We have it very much under control in this country.” — Trump in speaking to reporters.

Feb. 24: “The Coronavirus is very much under control in the USA. We are in contact with everyone and all relevant countries. CDC & World Health have been working hard and very smart. Stock Market starting to look very good to me!” — Trump in a tweet.

Feb. 26: “So we’re at the low level. As they get better, we take them off the list, so that we’re going to be pretty soon at only five people. And we could be at just one or two people over the next short period of time. So we’ve had very good luck.” — Trump at a White House briefing.

Feb. 26: “And again, when you have 15 people, and the 15 within a couple of days is going to be down to close to zero, that’s a pretty good job we’ve done.” — Trump at a press conference.

Feb. 26: “I think every aspect of our society should be prepared. I don’t think it’s going to come to that, especially with the fact that we’re going down, not up. We’re going very substantially down, not up.” — Trump at a press conference, when asked if “U.S. schools should be preparing for a coronavirus spreading.”

Feb 26: “This is a flu. This is like a flu”; “Now, you treat this like a flu”; “It’s a little like the regular flu that we have flu shots for. And we’ll essentially have a flu shot for this in a fairly quick manner.”

Feb. 27: “It’s going to disappear. One day — it’s like a miracle — it will disappear.” — Trump at a White House meeting with African American leaders.

Feb. 29: “And I’ve gotten to know these professionals. They’re incredible. And everything is under control. I mean, they’re very, very cool. They’ve done it, and they’ve done it well. Everything is really under control.” — Trump in a speech at the CPAC conference outside Washington, D.C.

March 4: “[W]e have a very small number of people in this country [infected]. We have a big country. The biggest impact we had was when we took the 40-plus people [from a cruise ship]. … We brought them back. We immediately quarantined them. But you add that to the numbers. But if you don’t add that to the numbers, we’re talking about very small numbers in the United States.” — Trump at a White House meeting with airline CEOs.

March 4: “Well, I think the 3.4% is really a false number.” — Trump in an interview on Fox News, referring to the percentage of diagnosed COVID-19 patients worldwide who had died, as reported by the World Health Organization. (See our item “Trump and the Coronavirus Death Rate.”)

March 7: “No, I’m not concerned at all. No, we’ve done a great job with it.” — Trump, when asked by reporters if he was concerned about the arrival of the coronavirus in the Washington, D.C., area. 

March 9: “So last year 37,000 Americans died from the common Flu. It averages between 27,000 and 70,000 per year. Nothing is shut down, life & the economy go on. At this moment there are 546 confirmed cases of CoronaVirus, with 22 deaths. Think about that!” — Trump in a tweet.

March 10: “And we’re prepared, and we’re doing a great job with it. And it will go away. Just stay calm. It will go away.” — Trump after meeting with Republican senators.

Yes. “Stay calm. It will go away.”

Mar 13: “National emergency, two big words.”

Mar 13: “I take no responsibility at all

And the denial and pseudo-acknowledgement of the true nature of the situation goes on and on through the month, until yesterday, March 31st.

What was Trump doing to stem the spread of the virus? It’s not as if he wasn’t doing anything, but he wasn’t taking the threat seriously. Our Federal leadership have been weeks behind individual states, and countries, that did heed the warning. In both words and action, it’s stunningly clear to all but his cult followers that President Trump was not treating this with the same urgency that us lefties were screaming at the top of our lungs to do.

“Because you lefties would rather Trump fail at any cost.”

No. We DIDN’T want him to fail. We desperately wanted him NOT to fail here. Because failure meant death. Unfortunately, he failed anyway.