It’s not surprising that Republicans have been trying to rewrite history to turn the disastrous, utterly failed Trump era into some kind of golden age of American prosperity, but what is surprising is just how shameless they’ve been about it.
“Gaslighting” doesn’t even begin to describe what pro-MAGA talking heads and politicians have been engaged in since Trump left office. They truly believe the American public — and specifically their base — is so stupid and memory-challenged that they’ll just forget the things they witnessed while Donald Trump was occupying the Oval Office.
For many of us, the defining failure of the Trump presidency was the complete botching of the federal response to COVID-19. The president himself downplayed the risks posed by the virus, regularly spread misinformation, and entrusted incompetent henchmen to handle crucial response efforts. Hospitals were overwhelmed and for a long time, frontline workers didn’t even have access to an adequate supply of personal protective equipment (PPE). Trump and his minions would like us to pretend these things never happened.
Last night, Trump’s former campaign manager and right-hand woman Kellyanne Conway went on Fox News and brazenly lied about the ongoing supply chain problems. In an effort to smear the Biden administration, she claimed that such problems never occurred under President Trump.
“I worked in that White House for four years. We never even heard of such of a thing. There was no supply chain crisis,” lied Conway. Of course, there was a supply chain crisis under Trump. As previously mentioned, the beginning of the pandemic saw healthcare workers scrambling, and oftentimes failing, to acquire a sufficient supply of PPE.
The current supply chain issues are the result of a global economy reopening after a debilitating global pandemic, depressed supplies struggling to meet increasing demand, countless workers deciding to quit their jobs, and disruptions to shipping routes caused by extended inactivity. In other words, the Biden administration is not to blame.
The PPE shortage during the Trump years was a very different story and was in large part caused by the idiotic decision to place the blatantly unqualified Jared Kushner in charge of the problem. Infamously, the president’s son-in-law said that “free markets” would solve the crisis and that it was “not the role of government” to handle it. As a result, people died.
Even by Kellyanne Conway’s heinously mendacious standards, her remarks last night were staggeringly dishonest.
The nurses forced to wear trash bags instead of actual protective gear likely have a different recollection of things https://t.co/QJca5uWcTw
— Kendall Brown (@kendallybrown) November 9, 2021
Cruella De Devil is back with all her cruelty and lies. Understand why daughter had problems with her bc she’s a partisan lying hack. https://t.co/GoQaYv5TyD
— Jackie (@Jakye49) November 9, 2021
Huh. I sure remember. There are people in my household still traumatized by the lack of TP. https://t.co/PCBcDupoPs
— Karoli (@Karoli) November 9, 2021
Maybe because Jared confiscated all the PPE he could find & grabbed them out from under states that ordered them, and then said, “That’s OUR PPE”. And why were we all scrambling for TP, sanitizers, cleaners, meat, masks, Covid tests? Long lines at stores with empty shelves? https://t.co/iNkGL3ZQL7
— Morgan Fairchild (@morgfair) November 9, 2021
— Brian Tyler Cohen (@briantylercohen) November 9, 2021
Satan says what? https://t.co/23QeZzgTlV
— christian stone (@christiandstone) November 9, 2021
The forces trying to hold the airport during the Revolutionary War had some shortages, but they were saved by a caravan from Bowling Green. https://t.co/GGi2O2dP21
— S.V. Dáte (@svdate) November 9, 2021
— Brian J. Karem (@BrianKarem) November 9, 2021
Except in Puerto Rico. No food, water or electricity post-Maria.
Let’s not forget the scarcity of toilet paper, paper-towels and vaccines that affected all Americans. 1st responders had no damn PPE or ventilators.
Oh, and a 4 year supply crisis of truth, morals, & decency. https://t.co/tHmNpYBPN6
— Ana Navarro-Cárdenas (@ananavarro) November 9, 2021
Got toilet paper? https://t.co/tjZnLi9eHj
— Pat Lauber (@lauber_pat) November 9, 2021
The CT techs who did same and over and over again rewore single-use N95 masks for months certainly do. https://t.co/RQRcz7YJPn
— WendyBrown (@WLuna502) November 9, 2021
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Rob Haffey is a writer, filmmaker, and winner of the ScreenCraft Writing Fellowship. He is a graduate of Drexel University.