The Most Shocking Aspects of Trump’s Big Lie on Covid-19


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Donald Trump is all the rage; now he wants to turn the page…

Watergate journalist Bob Woodward, having waited until after Labor Day, has released a book called Rage which includes transcripts of tapes of Trump telling him back in early February (and those tapes have now been released) that:

  • he knew that Covid-19 was different from and far deadlier than influenza.
    • (“This is more deadly than even your strenuous flus.  This is 5 per—you know, this is 5 percent versus 1 percent and less than 1 percent. You know? So, this is deadly stuff.”)
  • he knew that SARS-CoV-2 (which causes Covid-19) is especially dangerous because it is communicated through air rather than just by touch.
    • “It goes through the air. That’s always tougher than the touch. You don’t have to touch things. Right? But the air, you just breathe the air and that’s how it’s passed. And so that’s a very tricky one. That’s a very delicate one.”
  • that he told Woodward (this on March 19) that he had withheld this information from the public — meaning that he lied about it.
    • “I wanted to always play it down.  I still like playing it down, because I don’t want to create a panic.”
    • (It’s not clear whether he thought that he was worried about panicking the public — who, if panicked, would have stayed home and possibly squelched the virus by now — or panicked the stock markets, which we can guess are not going to like this.

CNN quotes former director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Dr. Thomas Frieden as saying: “What that means is we didn’t start wearing masks when we should have. We didn’t take it seriously, we didn’t shut down soon enough in some places and other places we shut down too soon, too long.”

Putting aside the questions about Woodward waiting this long to publish this material because he had an implicit source agreement (i.e., not any explicit agreement) to delay publications until, um, delay time over) and that he didn’t know whether Trump was telling the truth (which he had probably already figured out long before this week), what are the most shocking things about this disclosure:

  1. That so early on he already knew the truth
  2. That he knew he had told a journalist the truth and lied about it anyway
  3. That so many people still believe that it’s not the truth
  4. That so many people will continue to act like it’s not the truth
  5. That this lie means that, if Trump is re-elected, his credibility is show when he urges people to get a vaccine
  6. That, given U.S. leadership in the world, he probably contributed to the deaths of thousands of Brazilians, Indians, and others worldwide, with many more to come and many deaths from complications as yet unrealized
  7. That, no matter what he did, the Senate would not remove him if her were somehow impeached
  8. That he would happily let 200,000 Americans (and counting) die just for his personal political gain

Sorry — I’ve fixed that last one. This was intended as only a list of what’s shocking.

Anyone still against masks or social distancing or avoiding large indoor crowds — Trump has played you for fools.  Tens of thousands have died as a result.  Get your act together and behave like patriotic citizens.


About Greg Diamond

Somewhat verbose attorney, semi-retired due to disability, residing in northwest Brea. Occasionally runs for office against bad people who would otherwise go unopposed. Got 45% of the vote against Bob Huff for State Senate in 2012; Josh Newman then won the seat in 2016. In 2014 became the first attorney to challenge OCDA Tony Rackauckas since 2002; Todd Spitzer then won that seat in 2018. Every time he's run against some rotten incumbent, the *next* person to challenge them wins! He's OK with that. Deposed as Northern Vice Chair of DPOC in April 2014 (in violation of Roberts Rules) when his anti-corruption and pro-consumer work in Anaheim infuriated the Building Trades and Teamsters in spring 2014, who then worked with the lawless and power-mad DPOC Chair to eliminate his internal oversight. Expelled from DPOC in October 2018 (in violation of Roberts Rules) for having endorsed Spitzer over Rackauckas -- which needed to be done. None of his pre-putsch writings ever spoke for the Democratic Party at the local, county, state, national, or galactic level, nor do they now. One of his daughters co-owns a business offering campaign treasurer services to Democratic candidates and the odd independent. He is very proud of her. He doesn't directly profit from her work and it doesn't affect his coverage. (He does not always favor her clients, though she might hesitate to take one that he truly hated.) He does advise some local campaigns informally and (so far) without compensation. (If that last bit changes, he will declare the interest.)