|Illumination ca, 1413-15 by the Boucicault Master, Paris, depicting the Roman emperor Galerius "on his deathbed, suffering from a horrendous malady that reportedly caused his entrails to decay inside his body and worms to come out of his mouth, ears, and nose... as two servants cover their mouths from the stench of his rotting flesh." J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles.|
"I'm very confident we have all the testing we need to start reopening the country" -- Jared Kushner went on Fox & Friends today and claimed states have "excess capacity" for testing (the country right now is not doing even half as much testing as experts think is necessary) pic.twitter.com/SAd2bYOIjb— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) April 29, 2020
If it was a "fairly widespread approach in the West Wing" then WHY THE FUCK DIDN'T MAGGIE HABERMAN REPORT THAT THE ADMINISTRATION WAS INTENTIONALLY LETTING AMERICANS DIE BY THE LITERAL TRUCKLOAD FOR POLITICAL POINTS? https://t.co/HUghAyAuvt— soonergrunt 🇺🇸 (@soonergrunt) August 1, 2020
President Trump’s major policy moves over the course of his first year in office have had a common denominator: They either overtly favor his base of support – the roughly one-third of voters who solidly back him – or they appear to penalize those states that vote Democratic. (Christian Science Monitor, January 2018)Maybe it had been reported.
One of the challenging dynamics of the spread of the coronavirus in the United States is that the response to the pandemic has varied based on politics. Democrats consistently report more concern about the virus and more shifts in their behavior meant to limit its spread. Republicans are more likely to share President Trump’s view that the scope of the pandemic will be limited....
Part of it... may be a function of where the coronavirus has spread the most. About three-quarters of the confirmed cases in the United States are in states that voted for Hillary Clinton in 2016, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University. About half are in New York alone.
In states that voted for Clinton in 2016, which make up three-quarters of known cases, the number of new confirmed cases from March 17 to March 24 increased by an average of 530 percent. In red states, the average increase was 860 percent.
For months, Trump has treated the coronavirus as something distant, a vague threat that would simply evaporate on its own. His base of support has often echoed that sentiment, regularly expressing less concern about contracting the virus. To some extent, that was rational: Coronavirus cases spiked in blue states but were generally more limited in states Trump won in 2016.
That’s no longer the case.
- the epidemiology (anybody who knows how to read a chart should have seen by late April that the Southeast was going to be struck hard if the governors followed through on their reopening plans)
- and the politics (in the first place because Trump has never had close to a majority, and the constant playing to his base means he never will, and in the second place because the bad planning meant members of the base were going to die)?