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Conservative columnist silences Trump’s attempts to blame China for his own bungles

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President Donald Trump has worked harder at trying to defend himself against blame for his careless response to the coronavirus than he did to protect people at the beginning of the threat.

In his Sunday Washington Post column, conservative columnist Max Boot recalled that the Spanish Flu of 1918 actually began in Kansas when soldiers contracted it and brought it to the front lines of the World War I battlefield. Spain was the first country to admit that they had a problem, which is why it was named “Spanish Flu.” In reality, it should have been named the “American Flu.”

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Given the attacks on China and the logic of the China hawks, Boot argued that the U.S. should probably have been punished for its role in spreading the most destructive disease in history.

Trump officials are already looking into ways that they can punish China for some kind of “compensation” for the handling of the pandemic. If that’s the next step, what justice will Americans get from Trump for his lethargic response to the virus?

“He is eager to scapegoat China for a pandemic that has infected more than 1.1 million Americans, killed more than 68,000 and left more than 30 million jobless,” wrote Boot. “More tariffs are likely, because Trump still doesn’t realize the costs are paid by U.S. consumers. ‘[The Chinese] have a lot to answer for, they’re going to be held accountable,’ White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow said on Friday.”

China has indeed had a problematic response to the virus, but even when they and the rest of the world were sounding the alarm in January, Trump didn’t announce any social distancing guidelines until March 16. Even if he had done it two weeks early, Boot said he could have stopped 90 percent of COVID deaths.

“China did a lot wrong, but it’s not China’s fault that Trump didn’t listen to the warnings of the U.S. intelligence community starting in early January,” said Boot.

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“China has been working very hard to contain the coronavirus. The United States greatly appreciates their efforts and transparency. It will all work out well. In particular, on behalf of the American People, I want to thank President Xi!” Trump tweeted Jan. 24.

Now, of course, Trump is looking for someone else to blame as he desperately works to save his presidency from collapse.

“The Chinese regime is no angel — it is a brutal dictatorship that censors information, jails dissidents, commits atrocities against the Uighurs and bullies its neighbors. The United States would be better advised to focus on those genuine abuses rather than playing the pandemic blame game — lest other nations start demanding reparations for the 1918 flu,” Boot closed.

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Expert explains the psychopathology that underlies Trump’s dictatorial behavior

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I’m not being hyperbolic or melodramatic when I say that democracy itself is on the line on November 3. Donald Trump has been on a mission to subvert our democracy and to push it toward an autocracy. No president has ever disavowed democracy like Trump. No president has ever wanted to change our democratic way of life like Trump.

Trump has shown little interest or intent in following our Constitution. He is not abiding by the emoluments clause. He breaks norms and rules at will. He does not recognize that the three branches of government are co-equal. He operates as if the executive branch has total power. Our democracy is not based on the executive branch having absolute power. It requires that the three branches have separate powers in a check-and-balances system. Trump impugns democracy because it limits his power and requires him to be held accountable.

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‘Donald who?’ Presidential historian predicts GOP support for Trump will erode in the face of a ‘blue wave’

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MSNBC's Jon Meacham predicts that President Donald Trump won't be able to count on Republican support through a lengthy vote-counting process.

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Historian details how ‘anti-science’ views of white evangelicals in the South helped fuel the 2nd wave of COVID-19

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When the coronavirus pandemic was killing thousands of New York City residents in the spring, many far-right Republicans in Texas and the Deep South argued that they shouldn’t be forced to practice social distancing or wear protective face masks because of a Northeastern Corridor problem. They failed to realize that pandemics, from the Black Death in Medieval times to the Spanish flu in 1918/1919, can rapidly spread from one place to another. Historian Laura Ellyn Smith, in a blistering op-ed for the Washington Post, discusses the fact that COVID-19 has been hitting the South so hard recently — and argues that the “anti-science” views of far-right white Christian fundamentalists are partly to blame.

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