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This relationship is killing us

When we elect a President, we expect him to treat his power with humility and respect.

We expect him to be an American President.

What we have is a selfish gaslighting narcissist whose only obsession is staying in power.

Perhaps Trump saw the demographic of who was dying and decided to use Covid19 to purge voter rolls.

April 7, 2020, According to new data about the scope of the Coronavirus pandemic in the U.S., COVID-19 is hitting Americans of color especially hard. The CDC has not published racial breakdowns of deaths, but some states are — and they show that patients dying of the disease are disproportionately Blacks and Latinos.

We know Trump got a heads up about a spreading pandemic in November 2019.

April 8, 2020, ABC reports the National Center for Medical Intelligence warned the military and White House about the spread of the virus in China in November 2019.

The dire warning about an out-of-control disease sweeping through China was detailed in November in a report by the National Center for Medical Intelligence.

The oddest sight of the Trump Pandemic was that of an American President inciting an armed rebellion against doctors and nurses and Governors who were doing their jobs.

April 17, 2020, U.S. President Donald Trump tells protestors to ‘liberate’ three Democratic-run states with stay-at-home orders.

The Death toll from Trump’s neglect was 34,614 on the day of this tweet:

Liberate Minnesota
Liberate Minnesota

The President had not only declined to use his power and resources to stop the spread of a lethal virus; he sabotaged the efforts of State and Local governments by politicizing a matter of science.

So here we are, Monday, June 22, 2020, day 90 or more of quarantine.

June 22, 2020, day 90 or more of quarantine.
On June 22, 2020, day 90 or more of quarantine.

Our President just told us he’s killing us on purpose.

“In a shocking admission during his Tulsa, Oklahoma, rally on Saturday night, President Donald Trump said he had told officials in his administration to slow down coronavirus testing because of the rising number of cases in America.” CNN

It’s not a joke.

The President of the United States intentionally slowed down testing to reduce the numbers to create a false argument to reopen the economy.

We still don’t know who or where the sick are or how many people have died.

The idea that the strong protect the weak is the defining moral premise of who we are as Americans.

If you have a gift, a power, and you can use it to save just one life, you have a moral obligation to use it.

It is a code of honor at the core of our identity as a people.

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The American Mission Statement

Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Emma Lazarus.


“When you can do the things that I can, but you don’t, and then the bad things happen, they happen because of you.” Peter Parker

What does it mean to have an American President who has no sense of common decency?

If I were married to the guy, I’d leave and get a restraining order, but it’s worse: the guy is the President. So I’m more like a hostage of a sadistically abusive Father I didn’t choose and can’t leave. There is nowhere to go to; he’s here, every day, with his racist lies and his threats to incite violence, every day, day, after day, after day.

May 31, 2020

June 22, 2020

Update: from The Lincoln Project

Updated August 28 to include the most recent #Covid19 Statistics from the CoronaScanner:

Photo of “The American Mission Statement” (c) Rob Goldstein 2020
Photo of ‘You’re on my toe” by Eclaire Banderstatch (c) Rob Goldstein 2020

21 thoughts on “This relationship is killing us

  1. Unfortunately, the rest of the world follows the USA, Rob. My country has also reverted back to business as usual and our infection rate has doubled over the past two weeks. I have read that BAME’s are more at risk but I can’t seem to discover why. SA is, of course, predominantly populated with people of colour.

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    1. In the United States the people who are getting hit the hardest are also subject to poverty and institutional racism. We also have a wicked class system that is way more static than we like to think it is.


  2. And that the fucking moron Alan Sugar says because he doesn’t know anyone who has died the whole thing isn’t happening. Sound of very loud screaming.

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  3. I thought I’d misheard when he said he wanted to slow down the testing. I couldn’t believe it. Over here it is known there is a much higher death rate amongst BAME people, even a study and report done which concluded? Yes, it’s true. But no action. Most restrictions are now going to be lifted in England from next week – so it’s down to people to be alert and aware and be safe. And if a second wave comes, it’s all the people’s fault. Boris has even abandoned the daily press conference. We live on Planet Lucre – the only important thing is for those who get rich to keep on getting richer. And for a few, brief, days at the beginning of this we actually believed that maybe the pandemic might herald fundamental changes in our policy makers. I get so angry I’m practically incoherent and don’t know what to do with myself!

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    1. We’re on our own. It’s like something out of a dystopian fantasy: a criminal regime covertly infiltrates democratic nations and poisons the political debate with lies and sme,ars which results in a puppet president supported by a corrupt cadre on enemy assets. How would you write this?

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  4. This is heartbreaking, Rob. The worst of it is, so many follow his dictates even though they can see these horrifying numbers.
    On our news channel last night, they showed beaches filled with people- no social distances- and bars loaded with young folks, who are now feeling the effects of the virus, as well.
    Common sense, people. Wear a mask if you must go out. It’s not that hard!

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    1. Absolutely Right, John. I’m not breaking quarantine because I have learned to act on reality. How can an epidemic that is killing over a thousand Americans each day be over? Trump cruelly played gaslight with frightened people who desperately wanted their lives back. It’s unbelievable to me that even now, after more than three years of gaslighting and lies, our press debates the gaslight that trump was joking when he said he decided to limit testing as a political calculation.

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    1. Unfortunately, he’s the president. If this were happening in a different country, the United States would be imposing sanctons for human rights violations. We are an evil empire and it breaks my heart.


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