Columbia University

Gravesite Hit Job


cjones05252020

Trump supporters always tell people like me that I don’t get it. They tell me I don’t understand how they could become so disenfranchised to vote for someone like Donald Trump. I do get it to a certain point. They’re a bunch of racists so upset that after electing the nation’s first black president, who was very successful for eight years, they had to go and elect a stupid, narcissistic reality TV show host.

Think about it. Remember that entire Tea Bagger, I mean, Tea Party thing that popped up after Obama was elected? The Tea Baggers, er…Partiers, came along between the election and Obama’s inauguration (in case you’re a Republican, that’s BEFORE Obama was president) to scream and hold rallies against Obama’s runaway spending. After eight years of George W. Bush running up this nation’s greatest debt by paying for two wars with tax cuts, they were suddenly concerned about a president’s spending. Hey, where are they now?

But, Trump’s supporters are right in that to a certain extent, I don’t get it. I mean, even if you’re a Swastika-flag waving racist who owns a lawn jockey, why would you want someone as stupid as Donald Trump to be your champion? I guess you gotta be stupid to be that racist…I mean, to fly that flag and to vote for Donald Trump. Here’s the thing, MAGAts: Donald Trump is nothing you say he is. He’s not a great businessman. He’s not smart. He’s not a great negotiator. And most of all, he didn’t create the great economy we had. He’s more a collection of bad personality traits than he is an actual human being.

But what I really don’t get is how anyone could consider voting for Donald Trump after losing nearly 100,000 lives and nearly 40 million jobs. You can argue those jobs will come back (years from now) but those lives are gone forever. I thought it was obvious back in 2016 that Donald Trump was a major-league racist dumbass who didn’t know anything about anything, but now, the results are here.

The presidency of Donald J. Trump kills people. It kills Americans. And what does Donald Trump have to say about this? Anyone who points it out is conducting a political hit job.

Donald Trump had a very slow response to the coronavirus pandemic. He said it was nothing, it was the flu, he could handle it, it was a low number of people, the numbers would go down, it was a Democratic hoax, people could go to work with it, it would disappear, anyone who wants a test can get a test, etc. He was unprepared despite having everything he needed left for him by the Obama administration. He was unprepared despite warnings from his own government about the virus.

Columbia University published a study that said acting earlier would have saved lives. The New York Times published findings from the study that said 36,000 fewer people in the U.S. would have died from COVID-19 if the country imposed restrictions just one week earlier. The study itself says by early May, about 54,000 fewer people would have died from the virus had stay-at-home policies been put in place on March 1.

Instead of focusing on all the lives lost, Donald Trump wailed. “I was so early. I was earlier than anybody thought. I put a ban on people coming in from China.” That’s his only achievement of sorts because he keeps bringing it up. But the truth is, he only initiated the ban after the major airlines enacted their own. And, he only banned incoming travelers who weren’t American citizens as if somehow, the virus was prejudiced. So, he didn’t really enact a total ban. Plus, he didn’t ban travel from Europe at that time. The cases that hit the east coast were from Europe. Donald Trump dismantled the back door to block the front door. He’s an idiot. Basically, his first act was to ban non-white travelers.

Trump also said, “Columbia is an institution that’s very liberal. I think it’s just a political hit job, you want to know the truth.” Facts have a liberal bias and Donald Trump never wants to know the truth. But how can anyone dispute that acting earlier would have saved lives? You would think Donald Trump could accept that truth instead of ignoring the thousands of lives lost and making it all about him.

What surprises me isn’t just that anyone could still support Trump, but that his approval is as high as 41%. An Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research shows that while 58% disapprove, his approval is at 41%. After his job performance handling the pandemic, his approval should be in the teens at best. Even 20% of Republicans say the federal response to the virus has been terrible, but those Republicans don’t think the President (sic) of the United States has anything to do with the federal government. How can anyone still want to vote for a guy who suggests we drink bleach?

Oh, I get it now. I see how Republicans can continue to support Donald Trump. They’re racist, horrible, vile, disgusting, stupid people. Real stupid.

But the virus doesn’t care about your politics. It’s not going to skip you because you “believe” wearing a mask is partisan. It doesn’t matter what you believe. Even if you support Donald Trump, you’re in danger from this virus just as much as the rest of us.

Donald Trump said he could shoot someone on 5th Avenue and not lose any supporters. Looking at how the numbers from his base have not changed, he’s right. But, if you support Donald Trump, what happens if he shoots your grandma?

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