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Dangerous, false statements made by Trump on pandemic

Imagine a crisis situation that threatens the lives of people across our county, including you and your loved ones. Imagine that survival depended on identifying trusted sources of information. Who would you turn to for that life-saving guidance? Sadly, that crisis is here now and an obvious question is should we trust Donald Trump in this literal life and death situation?

Unfortunately, the number of dangerous or false statements Trump has made since the coronavirus pandemic emerged are many. They began with “it’s no worse than the flu,” it’s “under control” and “it’s going to disappear — like a miracle.” Later he claimed that “anyone who wants a test can get a test,” promised a vaccine was coming “soon” and promoted an unproven treatment saying “I feel good about it.” Then he told New Yorkers they don’t need all the ventilators that officials have projected (again based on a “feeling”) and warned that states wanting help “have to treat us well.” Without evidence, he is now suggesting that Easter would be the right time to abandon precautions to reduce the spread of the coronavirus. When asked about missed opportunities, Trump response was “I don’t take responsibility, at all.”

If not Trump, who should we trust? In many cases they will be hard working public servants that we have never heard of before, such as Dr. Anthony Fauci. Experts will tell you what they know and, unlike Trump, what they don’t know. Here’s what Dr. Fauci says about Trump’s misleading statements: “I can’t jump in front of the microphone and push him down.”

So why doesn’t Trump simply get out of the way and let the experts handle things? For Trump it’s all about self-promotion and self-protection. When the economy is great he takes all the credit. When it sinks due to the coronavirus Trump declares himself a “wartime president” who comes to our rescue. He is not standing in front of the camera each day to save you. He is there trying to promote himself. And those who support and enable Trump, including our representative Elise Stefanik, show they are more concerned with their political survival than our welfare.

We will get through this. In this time of crisis many people have and will display intelligence, humility, self-sacrifice and courage. Donald Trump will not be one of them. You trust him at yours and your loved ones’ peril.

BILL DORAN

Broadalbin

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