As Politico reports, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy has now issued a press release trumpeting Trump’s very special victory. According to that press release, Trump took “decisive actions to engage scientists.” This fast and fact-based action then led to Trump to “defeat of the disease.”
So that’s it then. Everybody should get out there and enjoy a nice dinner and a show. Maybe stop off at a Trump rally on your way home.
That’s it … except for the part where it’s not. Trump’s failure to address the COVID-19 crisis is not only total, it was deliberate. Trump himself announced a national testing and tracing strategy back on March 13. That’s when he produced the CEOs of six major big box retailers to announce that thousands of drive-through testing sites would be set up in parking lots across the nation, all to be coordinated by a website being constructed by “17,000 engineers from Google.”
Then Trump himself decided to cancel that effort. Not because it was impossible. But because he thought that not instituting a national testing strategy would result in more deaths in blue states, giving him a political advantage.
The nation is not in dire straits because of some inevitable circumstances. The rising toll of illness and death was a strategy; a conscious and deliberate decision that has led to the death of more than 1 out of every 1,000 Black people in the nation. Trump’s deliberate neglect of the population for sick, misguided political purposes isn’t just a tragedy, it’s a crime against humanity.
“Genocide is a denial of the right of existence of entire human groups … many instances of such crimes of genocide have occurred when racial, religious, political and other groups have been destroyed, entirely or in part.”
— UN Resolution 96(1), December 11, 1946
Donald Trump hasn’t “defeated” anything, other than morality, empathy, and humanity. But he’s hopefully about to get a lesson in defeat. Followed by one concerning justice.