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When President Donald Trump promised that he would only lead the United States with the American approach, he apparently took it literally.
Since mid-April, America has been the world leader in coronavirus mortality, with more than 83,000 Americans dead. As a result, for understandable reasons, the Republicans have placed many hotspots at the centre of the US response to this unprecedented pandemic. Former President Barack Obama has described the Trump administration’s track record as absolutely chaotic. Senator Bernie Sanders, I-Vt, said we should silence this president.
Instead of responding to criticism that the Republican response left too many Americans in the lurch, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky) said the feeling was only attempts by political rivals to damage the president’s reputation.
I think Democrats want to make the president’s handling of all this a political responsibility for him, McConnell said.
During this pandemic, several officials and world leaders asked us not to politicise the virus. And it is true – the political preferences of the state or organizations should not influence the willingness of the government to protect them. However, we should not be afraid to politicise, because this disagreement is directed against civil servants who are unable to guarantee our safety. The renunciation of sincere criticism, described as bias, protects politicians from great responsibility. We should not politicise the virus – we should politicise our response to government inaction.
While Republicans in the Senate have boasted of a $2.2 trillion stimulus package as the centerpiece of their response, critics point out that this plan is nothing compared to the larger, more effective plans being put in place around the world. While the US plan offers a single cheque of $1200 to those who meet strict conditions, the UK, for example, covers 80% of the unemployed’s wages, up to $3,884 a month. Our neighbors in the north receive unemployment benefits of $1,433 per month for up to four months. Denmark proposes to pay 75 to 90 percent of salaries up to $3,488 per month.
These comparisons are not necessarily apples and pears, because the American plan also tries to increase government support by reforming unemployment insurance. However, recent research has shown that archaic unemployment systems prevent most of these funds from falling into US hands. Even with these nuances in mind, the central government mainly leaves the citizens to their fate.
Statistics show that a CFID-19 contractor in the United States is six times more likely to die from the disease than his or her international counterparts – our mortality rate is 232 per million people, compared to a global average of 34 per million. Although the Harvard Institute for Global Health offered the United States the opportunity to study up to the age of fifteen, it did not succeed. Can offer more than 900,000 tests per day, less than 300,000 tests are actually performed.
Nevertheless, the approval rate for President Trump’s work has risen and, according to the Gallup Poll of March 5, it is now higher than ever. May at 49% – a draw for his best score so far. The same poll showed that 93% of Republicans think the president is doing a good job, even though economic and health statistics say otherwise.
The Trump government and its loyal supporters in Congress are not only responsible for the outbreak of the epidemic in the United States. But the idea that this inadequate and frankly irresponsible response will have a positive effect on the President’s approval raises a more important question. It’s not a lack of knowledge, it’s a lack of structure.
The statistics cannot be considered political mumbojumbo, but the president has found a way to convince his supporters that these ghostly figures are a spectacular achievement on his part. He has convinced nearly half of Americans to place his rhetoric above scientific reality and has categorized the real criticism as a sign of a malicious political vendetta.
Trump has long persuaded his supporters to ignore political unrest in the name of economic growth – a strategy he doubles in the event of a pandemic.
Chris McGreal, author and correspondent of the Guardian, interviewed a number of Midwestern voters who tested Trump at the 2016 ballot box. Most of them said their support for Trump is based on their confidence that Trump will support the U.S. economy by stimulating or creating jobs. It can be a tempting argument – but at what price?
At the national level, 49% of Americans think twice as often that a win-win situation is more important than the most basic security of society, rather than focusing resources on public health. This government has denied the statistics showing that it has been unable to prevent or completely prevent a widespread and unstable pandemic.
Behind this asset lurks a dangerous and unnecessary maneuver – proposals to introduce a disinfectant, which led to calls for poison control, recommendations on the use of hydroxychloroquine as a possible treatment, despite its possible effects on the heart, injections to journalists who are not afraid to provoke them – as sarcasm or a joke.
Somehow, the government shirked the responsibility of its own party and convinced Americans to side with the leaders regardless of their actions. But calls for illegal action in the context of an unprecedented public health crisis do not contradict policy preferences – all they encourage is common sense. Because the promise of an asset to the economy is not worth it if no one is healthy enough to know it.
Mr. Trump and his team are pushing the story of Democrats versus Republicans. But in fact, this argument is about science versus speculation, security versus ego, and common sense versus Trumpy’s gibberish. Refusing to politicize this crisis as an unforgivable failure of the Trump administration is not chivalrous loyalty. On the contrary, sticking to the party lines will only drag us deeper into this hell – and it’s going to drag us all down with it.
Julia mainly writes about politics and social issues. Write to Julia at [email protected]