Readers Write: the Trump 20-20 virus

The Island Now

Let’s get one thing straight. Trump calls the coronavirus the Chinese virus. Yes! It originated in China, but then it came to and spread all over our great country and, as Trump admitted in his interview with Bob Woodward, he knew weeks before the first confirmed United States coronavirus death that the virus was dangerous, airborne, highly contagious and “more deadly than even your strenuous flu.”

He told Woodward that “he wanted always to play it down because he didn’t want to create a panic.” He downplayed it and didn’t want to alarm the American people.

That wasn’t the real reason. He held the information back because he was afraid that he would be blamed for it since it came under his watch and it would have reduced his chance for re-election.

In hindsight, we all know that he was wrong to hold it back even though he had the foresight to know the danger and, from a factual point of view, he did nothing. Therefore, in reality, the coronavirus should rightfully be called the Trump 20-20 Virus.

The number of people in America who were afflicted with the disease is in the millions. The number of deaths exceeds 215,0000 and Trump, by doing nothing, is responsible for most of such deaths.

There is no doubt that Trump is into numbers. With numbers like that he could rightfully be called a mass murderer. And, for most of his fellow Republicans, they should rightfully be called his accomplices.

Instead of taking the blame, Trump and many of them are seeking an additional term. That “term” should not be for an elected office but rather a “term” for prison.

Throw the whole lot of them where they rightfully belong. I’ll close with the sentence of guilty as charged and let’s get our country back to normal — if we can.

Alvin H. Goldberg

Great Neck

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