Do not Say You Weren’t Warned

 The Washington Put up revealed simply the most recent in a rising style, short-term retrospectives on how the Trump administration horrendously mismanaged the coronavirus pandemic.  (See earlier examples right here in Vox and right here within the New York Occasions)  Whereas no nation was in a position to cruise by way of the pandemic, and a few arguably have carried out as badly or worse as the USA, our nation appeared uniquely positioned to battle a pandemic and lead the world in doing so.  We have been the richest, spent probably the most on well being care, and had an enviable file – at the very least previous to the Trump administration – pandemic preparedness.

Nonetheless, to date now we have failed, badly, fatally, and shamefully.

We Warned You

We can not declare any potential to foretell pandemics.  We by no means predicted this one.  Nonetheless, on Well being Care Renewal we revealed warning beginning in early 2016 that have been Donald J Trump to be elected president of the US, he would show to be uniquely badly certified to steer on well being care and public well being.

No Well being Coverage, No Well being Coverage Advisers, Phrase Salads in Response to Well being Care Questions

In February, 2016 we posted that whereas Trump was then a number one candidate, he had “no well being plan” and “no well being care coverage advisers.” 

His one main well being care proposal on the time was to someway scale back the price of medication by $300 billion.  He didn’t appear to then understand that $300 billion was the then estimated complete price of drug spending. When requested in regards to the mandate supplied by the Inexpensive Care Act his response seemed to be a “phrase salad.”  When requested about well being coverage throughout a debate, “Mr Trump solely appears to have repeated the notion of promoting well being
insurance coverage throughout state strains to extend competitors, interrupted by non
sequiturs insulting Senator Rubio and insurance coverage executives.  The
Minnesota Put up author and I might discover completely no different content material.”  

My conclusion on the time was:

We dwell in perilous instances when a candidate with such reckless approaches to important issues continues to draw adulation.

Given this, ought to or not it’s a shock that President Trump had no actual public well being coverage, and undermined customary public well being approaches to pandemic prevention? 

Per the Vox timeline above, as early as on January 22, 2020, Trump stated to CNBC

Now we have it completely beneath management.  It is one individual coming in from China, and now we have it beneath management.  It is – going to be simply high quality.

A Historical past of Selling Well being Care Associated Scams

In March, 2016, we posted in regards to the Trump Community, a rip-off that concerned the promoting of apparently nugatory dietary dietary supplements utilizing equally nugatory diagnostic checks. 

The idea of the rip-off was a “network-marketing” (or allegedly “pyramid advertising and marketing”) scheme during which people bought financial incentives not only for promoting nutritional vitamins and checks, however for recruiting new entrepreneurs. On this case, the corporate offered “dietary dietary supplements” supposedly custom-designed for every buyer based mostly on outcomes of a proprietary urine take a look at.  Nonetheless, 

there seemed to be no publicly out there knowledge on how the checks labored,
what they really examined, or how correct they have been.  Then there was
no knowledge about how the take a look at outcomes might rationally be used to counsel
specific mixes of vitamin dietary supplements.  Additionally, there was apparently no
public knowledge about what nutritional vitamins have been within the potions despatched to shoppers,
their purity, their energy, and many others.

Worse, there was no proof that any of this supplied any advantages to the individuals who ended up taking the nutritional vitamins.

Trump purchased the corporate that originally innovated this scheme and rebranded it the Trump Community in 2009.  He then enthusiastically marketed its merchandise, and careers advertising and marketing them. Advertising movies that embrace Mr Trump are nonetheless available on-line,

Within the video, Mr Trump stated “People want a brand new plan. They want a brand new
dream. The Trump Community means to provide thousands and thousands of individuals a brand new hope.” 

Nonetheless, by 2011 the Trump Community was completed. 

My conclusions then have been:

What harm might such a pacesetter do to well being care?  And what different
harm might a person who so cavalierly fleeced the little folks together with his
doubtful dietary product advertising and marketing scheme  do, particularly to the
little individuals who now so unconditionally help him?

Is there a greater instance exhibiting why we as a society have to fully
rethink who will get to grow to be our leaders?  My solely hope is we are able to try this
rethinking in time to stop a catastrophe.  

How did that work out for you? 

Based mostly on this, is it any shock that President Trump promoted unproved “cures” for COVID-19 corresponding to hydroxychloroquine; employed “specialists” who promoted herd immunity in lieu of a vaccine, which might possible end in thousands and thousands of deaths have been it to be applied; and even advised that folks ought to ingest bleach to stop an infection?

In line with the Vox timeline, as early as on March 19, 2020, “Trump incorrectly claims that the Meals and Drug Administration permitted the antimalarial drug hydroxychloroquine for treating Covid-19.”

Denying Asbestos-Associated Illness, PTSD and Continual Traumatic Encephalopathy, Asserting Vaccines Trigger Autism and Pornography is a Main Public Well being Hazard

In November, 2016, simply earlier than the election, we posted a catalog of medical/ well being care/ public well being nonsense that Donald Trump had disseminated.  

These included denying that asbestos is a crucial well being hazard; that post-traumatic stress dysfunction is a manifestation of weak spot, not a psychological well being downside; that continual traumatic encephalopathy is “somewhat ding on the top,” not a probably extreme neurological situation; and that vaccines trigger autism.  As well as, the 2016 Republican Social gathering platform that Trump endorsed asserted that pornography is a significant public well being hazard.  

My conclusion on the time was:

It’s disturbing when one candidate for probably the most highly effective political
workplace within the US repeatedly disregards one of the best scientific and public
well being proof, and affords in poor health thought of opinions about public well being
that would probably hurt sufferers.

Based mostly on this, is it stunning that in a pandemic, President Trump appeared to declare struggle on biomedical, scientific and public well being science, and on professionals who attempt to implement scientifically based mostly well being care and public well being?

In line with the Vox timeline, as early as on April 17, 2020, “Trump calls on his supporters … to ‘liberate’ Michigan, Minnesota, and Virginia….” These supporters later threatened well being care professionals advocated a extra scientific method. 


The historical past was there.  We have been warned.  We paid an incredible value.  Will we be smarter subsequent time? Will we survive subsequent time?

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