Because the November election approaches, the American media nonetheless haven’t wrapped their heads round a necessary proven fact that possibly, simply probably, may inform their considering somewhat; particularly, that when the final polls shut on the night of November 3, 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic will come to an abrupt halt, so far as Donald Trump is worried.
The entire pleased speak about a vaccine “simply across the nook,” the entire half-measures trumpeted by this administration, the entire vociferous push to reopen companies, will come to a screeching halt on November 4th. From that second on the Trump administration will all of a sudden go darkish on any additional efforts in any respect to halt the unfold of the SARS-CoV-2 virus. And that would be the case whether or not Trump wins or loses the election.
If Trump loses the election, there may be completely no purpose to imagine he (or any of the federal companies now completely underneath his thumb) will elevate a finger to do a lot of something to assist Individuals dig themselves out of this public well being disaster, as a result of Trump will not have any “pores and skin within the recreation.” As much as this time his deal with the pandemic– as dismal and negligent as that focus has been—is solely a consequence of his determined need to be re-elected. If he loses, all the purpose for consideration to the pandemic disappears so far as he’s involved. His solely concern at that time will likely be methods to make his exit, methods to revenue in any manner he can, and methods to set himself up for a life that he doubtlessly hopes won’t embrace an infinite collection of prosecutions by the Southern District of New York. The COVID-19 pandemic, which has been—let’s face it—a nagging thorn in his aspect for the final seven months—gained’t simply be placed on the “again burner.” It will likely be forged away, out of his ideas endlessly.
On this respect his habits will likely be no completely different than he has exhibited up to now when his on line casino companies failed: he habitually takes the trail of least resistance, submitting for bankruptcy after bankruptcy, strolling away and leaving others to clean up no matter ashes are left.
If, nevertheless (God assist us) he wins the election, there may be likewise no motivation remaining for him to take care of any effort to fight the pandemic. Once more, his utter lack of concern in regards to the virus when COVID-19 was barely a blip on anybody’s radar was based mostly on a perception—improper, as turned out—that it might by no means have an effect on him personally. If he had thought of the pandemic to be the existential risk to his re-election that it in the end turned out to be, he would probably have taken the suitable steps to get it underneath management on the outset. After the unfold of the virus turned too ubiquitous to disregard, he turned his consideration to not combating by instituting any protecting insurance policies for Individuals however by making an attempt to ameliorate the financial injury it was inflicting to his “numbers”– by recklessly pushing for reopening of companies and faculties. However (and that is the crucial half to know) this wasn’t finished out of any concern for Individuals well-being—both their bodily or financial well being—however for sole function of protecting himself in energy.
As soon as the clock strikes midnight on November third, none of these issues will stay a priority for him. He’s both a lame-duck, headed out the door on January 20, or he skates by means of one other 4 years of corruptly enriching himself and his cronies on the expense of Individuals. Both manner, he not has that motivation in getting re-elected, and due to this fact no motivation to do something to cease the pandemic. It may well burn itself out endlessly, for all that he cares. Russia nonetheless has a tower ready to be constructed for him, in any case, and there are various favors he can do for Vladimir Putin between now and 2024.
In the meantime, as Juliette Kayyem, writing for The Atlantic, observes, this nation will likely be getting into a much more harrowing section of the COVID-19 pandemic. As a result of winter is coming:
Individuals pissed off with Trump’s mishandling of the pandemic have skilled their eyes on the November election, however even when Joe Biden wins, the established order is basically locked in till no less than early subsequent 12 months, if not later. Trump owns the winter. If he loses the election, he might lose any lingering curiosity he had in preventing the pandemic—and exit of his technique to make Biden’s job harder. If Trump wins, he’ll take it as validation of his strategy to the disaster.
Joe Pinsker, additionally writing for The Atlantic, set forth intimately final month simply how dangerous issues might get for Individuals this winter, with the twin inflow of seasonal flu virus coupled with the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic threatening folks cooped up of their properties. Pinsker interviewed Dr. Ashish Jha, Director of the Harvard International Well being Institute, for that article, concluding that two potential eventualities had been looming:
The U.S. should be capable to avert essentially the most dismal predictions for winter. “I’m extra optimistic that November, December, January, February should not going to be some sort of apocalypse that appears like what life felt like in March or April,” Jha mentioned. “I believe we are able to do higher than that. However it’ll require coverage intervention.” Specifically: widespread, reasonably priced, and fast testing; strongly enforced masking mandates; and improved air flow in lecture rooms and different indoor areas.
However Jha also can envision a “nightmare state of affairs” taking part in out, with folks cooped up indoors, faculties closed, a still-weak testing regime, and a nasty flu season. Individuals may very well be residing like that for months. “I believe it’s wholly avoidable, however 150,000 deaths later, lots of this was avoidable,” Jha mentioned. “So I don’t put it previous our nation to botch the subsequent phases of the response.”
Sadly what Jha doesn’t take note of is that this administration can have no motivation to do something besides “botch the subsequent phases of the response,” due to the wholly self-absorbed character calling the photographs from the highest.
Within the final week we now have all been allowed to revisit the thought processes of Donald Trump within the context of his crass attitudes in the direction of our fallen servicemen. The media focus has been on Trump’s characterization of servicemen captured or killed in motion, as “losers” or suckers.” However there was one thing much more revealing about these disclosures, something even more telling about how Trump views everybody and the whole lot round him. Talking at Arlington earlier than rows of gravestones marking the lifeless, Trump’s phrases spoke volumes about his perspective:
When Trump and Kelly, who served as secretary of homeland safety earlier than turning into the White Home chief of workers, visited Arlington on Memorial Day in 2017, the 2 males stopped at Robert Kelly’s grave. Standing there, Trump reportedly turned to Kelly and mentioned: “I do not get it. What was in it for them?”
Whether or not Trump wins or loses, Individuals are going to undergo the implications this winter of getting a sociopath, with no concern about American lives, nonetheless steering on the helm of state. The one query Individuals have to ask themselves at this level is whether or not they wish to endure these penalties just for a number of months, or 4 extra dismal years.
As a result of for Donald Trump, this pandemic ends on November 4th, win or lose.