As the coronavirus pandemic continues to rampage its way across the country, the Trump administration has all but given up taking any major steps to combat it, preferring to simply roll the dice and focus on painting Joe Biden as a communist instead of doing anything to stop the thousand-plus level daily death toll.
Last night during his ABC town hall, Donald Trump asserted that over time COVID-19 would just “go away” and we’ll develop “like a herd immunity” that is “herd developed.”
“Over a period of time, sure, with time, it goes away,” Trump said, “and you’ll develop, you’ll develop like a herd immunity— it’s going to be herd-developed, and that’s going to happen. That will all happen.”
This is not a man you want to trust with the management of a national vaccine distribution. pic.twitter.com/l6spYTL25H
— The Lincoln Project (@ProjectLincoln) September 16, 2020
Of course, the issue with a “herd immunity” is that in order for that to actually work, anywhere from 70% to 90% of the population has to have been exposed to the virus. Given that the novel coronavirus currently has a mortality rate of around 2.2%, that would mean that achieving herd immunity would lead to the deaths of 3.8 million people.
Such a figure is simply horrifying to even consider, but that’s the grim reality that is hidden in the president’s ramblings.
When questioned about the president’s policy of “do nothing and let people die,” the President’s press secretary Kayleigh McEnany tried to pass it off as “medical terms.”
“Well, the term herd immunity is a medical term, which means that when you have a certain percentage of the population have antibodies, you have herd immunity. And it can be done via a vaccine or via prior illness, you develop the antibodies. It’s a medical term…And what the president said very clearly there with that is that a vaccine gets you there quickest.”
This is an outrageous attempt to muddy the waters and disguise the monstrous implications of the president’s refusal to lift a finger to protect the American people.