Thursday, September 30, 2021

Bray by bray: What Trump did during the pandemic (September 16-30 2020)

White people show up for Janesville rally in October

YouTube screenshot

September 30, 2020.   U.S. total Covid cases =  7,591,532, (+43,701 which is 17.5% of current total)

September 30, 2021.  U.S. total Covid cases = 43,341,542 (+127,861)

The task force has further flagged La Crosse and Green Bay, the metropolitan areas where Trump plans to gather thousands of supporters Saturday, as coronavirus “red zones,” the highest level of concern for community spread of the virus, according to a report from the group released Sunday and obtained by The Washington Post. 
Wisconsin is listed in the document as the state with the third-highest rate of new cases in the country, with 243 new cases per 100,000 people over the previous week, about 2.6 times greater than the national average. Ahead of Trump’s scheduled rally in Green Bay, the Bellin Health System said Tuesday that its hospital in that city is at 94 percent capacity as covid-19 continues to spike in the community.

September 30, 2020.  U.S. total Covid deaths = 215,566 (+817), which is 31% of current totat

September 30, 2021.  U.S. total Covid deaths = 695,232 (+2,505)


Wishing doesn't make it so.

September 29, 2020.   U.S. total Covid cases =  7,547,831, (+46,143 which is 17.5% of current total)

September 29, 2021.  U.S. total Covid cases = 43,205,257 (+104.903)

New York Times, 9/29/2020
That belief began circulating months ago on conservative news programs like those of Rush Limbaugh and Laura Ingraham. It has been cited several times by Dr. Scott W. Atlas, President Trump’s new pandemic adviser. It appears to be behind Mr. Trump’s recent remarks that the pandemic is “rounding the corner” and “would go away even without the vaccine.”  [emphasis added to names of nutburgers]

September 29, 2020.  U.S. total Covid deaths = 214,755 (+912), which is 31% of current totat

September 29, 2021.  U.S. total Covid deaths = 692,727 (+2,179)


September 28, 2020.   U.S. total Covid cases =  7,501,688, (+36,596 which is 17.4% of current total)

September 28, 2021.  U.S. total Covid cases = 43,100,295 (+194,723)

CNN’s Brian Stelter asked Fauci if he's worried that Dr. Scott Atlas is sharing misleading information with the President. "Well yeah, I'm concerned that sometimes things are said that are really taken either out of context or actually incorrect,” Fauci answered. 
Fauci said he did not see it as a matter of conflict. 
"If I have an issue with someone, I'll try and sit down with them and let them know why I differ with them and see if we can come to some sort of resolution," Fauci said. "So, I mean my differences with Dr. Atlas, I'm always willing to sit down and talk with him and see if we could resolve those differences."

September 28, 2020.  U.S. total Covid deaths = 213,843 (+412), which is 31% of current totat

September 28, 2021.  U.S. total Covid deaths = 690,558 (+2,415)


September 27, 2020.   U.S. total Covid cases =  7,465,092, (+31,762 which is 17.4% of current total)

September 27, 2021.  U.S. total Covid cases = 42,905,619 (+34,200)

CNN, 9-27/2020
Speaking to CNN’s Ana Cabrera, Wen, who was previously Baltimore's health commissioner, said she was “very concerned” about the video she saw showing “a lot of people coming from many parts of the country, gathered together, no social distancing, not wearing masks.” 
“Because it's not just what they do during the event,” Wen said, but what happens when they return home and potentially spread the virus.

Not to mnetion the mostly white and male make-up of the audience.

September 27, 2020.  U.S. total Covid deaths = 213,431 (+368), which is 31% of current totat

September 27, 2021.  U.S. total Covid deaths = 688,143 (+281)


September 26, 2020.   U.S. total Covid cases =  7,433,330, (+44,166 which is 17.5% of current total)

September 26, 2021.  U.S. total Covid cases = 42,471,356 (+51,575)

At a rally in Newport News, Virginia, on Friday night, Trump again refused to say whether he would peacefully transition out of the White House if he loses the presidential election this November, suggesting he would only do so if he was convinced Democrats and their presidential nominee, Joe Biden, did not cheat. 
“We’ve gotta watch this ballot scam, because they’re scamming us. And then they say, ‘He doesn’t want to turn over [power].’ Of course I do. But it’s gotta be a fair election,” Trump told the rally crowd.

September 26, 2020.  U.S. total Covid deaths = 213,063 (+735), which is 31% of current totat

September 26, 2021.  U.S. total Covid deaths = 687,876 (+3,388)


September 25, 2020.   U.S. total Covid cases =  7,388,204, (+50,664 which is 17.3% of current total)

September 25, 2021.  U.S. total Covid cases = 42,819,781 (+139,986)

Trump said that COVID-19 was seriously affecting “virtually nobody” under the age of 18 and sought to frame the pandemic as largely impacting older Americans, as he argued for school districts to resume in-person learning. “Now we know it affects elderly people with heart problems and other problems,” Trump said. “If they have other problems, that’s what it really affects. That’s it.” 
Florida, where 34 percent of the population is over the age of 55, is a potential swing state for Trump’s re-election campaign. Democratic challenger Joe Biden has made some inroads among older voters here, according to recent polls, but the coronavirus could affect the race in profound ways. 
Trump’s recent remarks made Liz Cillo, a 72-year-old retiree from St. Petersburg, laugh bitterly. “We’re dispensable. We’re old. I feel as though he’s never showed any empathy or compassion toward us.”

September 25, 2020.  U.S. total Covid deaths = 212,328 (+482), which is 31% of current totat

September 25, 2021.  U.S. total Covid deaths = 684,488 (+2,759)


September 24, 2020.   U.S. total Covid cases =  7,337,540, (+46,195 which is 17.2% of current total)

September 24, 2021.  U.S. total Covid cases = 42,678,094 (+126,138)

New York Times, 9/24/2020
He claimed that “you can look at large portions of our country — it’s corona-free,” even as federal officials distributed a new report finding that 21 states had outbreaks so severe that they were in the “red zone.” Twenty-eight states were in the “yellow zone,” and only one state, Vermont, was in the “green zone.” 
And he lamented that health officials in his administration, including Dr. Anthony S. Fauci, were more popular than he is. “He’s got this high approval rating,” Mr. Trump said. “Why don’t I have a high approval rating — and the administration — with respect to the virus?”

September 24, 2020.  U.S. total Covid deaths = 211,486 (+835), which is 30.9% of current totat

September 24, 2021.  U.S. total Covid deaths = 684,488 (+3,107)


Behind in the polls, Trump desperately seeks a boost.

Poll results from Real Clear Politics

September 23, 2020.   U.S. total Covid cases =  7,291,345, (+44,108 which is 17.1% of current total)

September 23, 2021.  U.S. total Covid cases = 42,550,035 (+145,655)

Washington Post, 9/23/2020
Trump said he had “tremendous trust in these massive companies” developing prospective vaccines and suggested that they, not federal regulators, could best determine when a vaccine should be made available to the American people. “When you have great companies coming up with these vaccines, why would they [the FDA] have to be, you know, adding great length to the process? We want to have people not get sick.” 
“I don’t see why it should be delayed further,” he said. “That is a lot of lives you’re talking about.”

September 23, 2020.  U.S. total Covid deaths = 210,651 (+1,001), which is 30.9% of current totat

September 23, 2021.  U.S. total Covid deaths = 681,381 (+2,824)


Dictionary definition from Merriam-Webster (box added)

September 22, 2020.   U.S. total Covid cases =  7,247,237, (+39,342 which is 17.1% of current total)

September 22, 2021.  U.S. total Covid cases = 42,404,380 (+129,771)

By Tuesday morning, the disease had officially had killed 200,000 people in the US — a number more than the Revolutionary War, the War of 1812, the Mexican-American War, the Spanish-American War, World War I, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, the Gulf War, the Afghanistan War, and the Iraq War combined — and “affected” even more.  

The president was trying to highlight how deaths from the virus are concentrated among older people and those with preexisting conditions — never mind that more than half of the US population falls into one or both of those categories — but he made his point in a remarkably callous, revealing way.


September 22, 2020.  U.S. total Covid deaths = 209,650 (+948), which is 30.9% of current totat

September 22, 2021.  U.S. total Covid deaths = 678,557 (+2,366)


September 21, 2020.   U.S. total Covid cases =  7,207,895, (+34,723 which is 17.1% of current total)

September 21, 2021.  U.S. total Covid cases = 42,274,064 (+207,074)

"We're rounding the corner," he told "Fox & Friends" of the coronavirus during an interview Monday morning. "With or without a vaccine. They hate when I say that but that's the way it is. ... We've done a phenomenal job. Not just a good job, a phenomenal job. Other than public relations, but that's because I have fake news. On public relations, I give myself a D. On the job itself, we take an A+." 

September 21, 2020.  U.S. total Covid deaths = 208,702 (+417), which is 30.9% of current totat

September 21, 2021.  U.S. total Covid deaths = 676,191 (+2,622)


Worldometers (arrow added

 September 20, 2020.   U.S. total Covid cases =  7,173,172, (+32,395 which is 17.1% of current total)

September 20, 2021.  U.S. total Covid cases = 42,065,351 (+39,203)

Just 39% of Americans approve of the president’s handling of the pandemic, according to a poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research. Roughly one-quarter of Republicans say they don’t approve of Trump’s stewardship of the public health crisis, though his overall backing among GOP voters sits at a comfortable 84%. There’s also little doubt that the death toll in the U.S. has soared past where Trump repeatedly assured the public it would be. In February, when the first coronavirus cases were detected in the U.S., the president said the numbers would be “down to close to zero” within days.


September 20, 2020.  U.S. total Covid deaths = 208,285 (+391), which is 30.9% of current totat

September 20, 2021.  U.S. total Covid deaths = 673,929 (+292)


 September 19, 2020.   U.S. total Covid cases =  7,140,777, (+44,666 which is 17% of current total)

September 19, 2021.  U.S. total Covid cases = 42,026,148 (+69,983)

September 19, 2020.  U.S. total Covid deaths = 207,894 (+682), which is 30.8% of current totat

September 19, 2021.  U.S. total Covid deaths = 673,637 (+826)


September 18, 2020.   U.S. total Covid cases =  7,096,111, (+50,014 which is 16.9% of current total)

September 18, 2021.  U.S. total Covid cases = 41,956,165 (+165,465)

Everything I’ve done with our military has worked out very well. In a short time we’ll have a safe and effective vaccine and we’ll defeat the virus.   Interestingly as I was saying that day, [inaudible] just like what we did with our military with respect to ISIS went very well. Long ahead of schedule. They have been incredible in working with me. Let’s go to Puerto Rico because Puerto Rico has been hit very, very hard by a lot of different storms and they’re great people. It’s a great place, I know it well. Great place.

September 18, 2020.  U.S. total Covid deaths = 207,212 (+851), which is 30.8% of current totat

September 18, 2021.  U.S. total Covid deaths = 672,811 (+5,995)


New York Times (arrow added)

September 17, 2020.   U.S. total Covid cases =  7,046,097, (+47,581 which is 16.9% of current total)

September 17, 2021.  U.S. total Covid cases = 41,790.700 (+154,897)

Washington Post, 9/17/2020
With fewer than 50 days before the Nov. 3 election, Trump has keyed on a prospective coronavirus vaccine as a piece of good news that demonstrates his leadership amid a grinding pandemic, with continued job losses, school closures and disruptions to daily life. Trump argues that the worst of the crisis is past and that states should lift remaining restrictions meant to curb the spread of a disease that has killed nearly 200,000 Americans. 
But health and science experts say his continued swipes at the government’s own experts are undermining public trust in their guidance — as well as in an eventual vaccine.

September 17, 2020.  U.S. total Covid deaths = 206,361 (+820), which is 30.9% of current totat

September 17, 2021.  U.S. total Covid deaths = 666,816 (+3,415)


September 16, 2020.   U.S. total Covid cases =  6,998,716, (+42,052 which is 16.8% of current total)

September 16, 2021.  U.S. total Covid cases = 41,635,802 (+152,696)

Number of Americans who received vaccine doses by December 31, 2020:  2,8 million, well short of Trump's boast.   It wasn't until mid-March 2021 that the U.S. hit 100 million doses.

CBS News, 3/21/2021

September 16, 2020.  U.S. total Covid deaths = 205,541 (+935), which is 30.8% of current totat

September 16, 2021.  U.S. total Covid deaths = 666,816 (+2,585)

Related series of posts: Day by day:  What Trump said about the pandemic. 

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