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“Never gonna lock down again” — Trump panders to maskless supporters at packed Tampa rally

“Never gonna lock down again” — Trump panders to maskless supporters at packed Tampa rally

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With Joe Biden narrowly ahead of Donald Trump in most polling in the swing state of Florida, the president brought his COVID superspreader tour to Tampa today to endanger the lives of his supporters in the state.

A mostly maskless crowd — packed in like sardines in an epidemiologist’s worst nightmare — was treated to an opening act of the First Lady Melania Trump shilling for her soon-to-be-unemployed husband by repeating his loathsome lies.

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While Florida had seen a reprieve in new COVID-19 cases after a massive peak in July, in the past two weeks the coronavirus has resurged with a 47% increase in new cases during the past two weeks. Don’t expect that number to drop after the president’s reckless campaign strategy.

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Somehow the blatant rejection of the recommendations of the CDC and other medical experts on how to protect people from contracting COVID was completely incongruent with the words being uttered by the first lady and the later the president himself.

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The denialism of science-backed lockdowns as an effective solution to help reduce the spread of the virus hardly indicates a focus on “destroying the virus and building back the economy” as Melania Trump claims her husband is doing.

The stock market gyrations of the past few days indicate that even Wall Street is realizing that without effective measures to control the spread of COVID, the American economy is unlikely to recover quickly.

How many of the people in the picture below will soon be the proud possessors of a pre-existing condition that the Trump administration is actively fighting to remove guaranteed coverage for in its attempts to repeal Obamacare in the courts?

Trump’s malicious ignorance of the scope and nature of a disease that he himself fell prey to was evident in his gross misestimation of the number of fatalities that the coronavirus has caused in this country.

Trump’s extreme narcissism only allows him to see the pandemic in terms of how it affects his own political future, judging from these remarks that exhibit a paranoia verging on criminal insanity given the death toll associated with his inaction against the plague.

Trump’s apparent adoption of herd immunity as his only strategy to confront the pandemic — whether he chooses to call his failure to promote and execute the very measures that government scientists recommend by that term or not —  amounts to a death sentence for thousands of Americans who could have avoided contracting COVID if the administration had acted quickly and sensibly at the beginning of the outbreak rather than viewing the entire crisis from the partisan perspective they chose instead.

America cannot afford to continue to let this president destroy our nation and its citizens’ health.

Get to the polls and vote Donald Trump and the Republican party out of office before it’s too late.

President Biden will implement a national plan to fight the disease and a Democratic Congress will pass a stimulus bill that will help ordinary Americans rather than just serve to further enrich wealthy corporate interests.

It may be too late for those Trump supporters who have risked their health by attending the president’s desperate last-minute rallies, but it’s the only way to ensure that our country combats the pandemic and gets back on the right track in every way.

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Original reporting by Aaron Rupar at Vox.

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