Coronavirus

“an effective political strategy”

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

I have written many times that the Trump White House has no plan and has never had a plan for nationwide coronavirus testing, among other things, but that is evidently not true.

According to a long, extensive report from Vanity Fair, the White House has had a plan for a long time. In fact, Vanity Fair even obtained a copy of the plan.

The plan developed by Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner and his former college buddies appears to be somewhat light on promise, but it does call for using the federal government's power to nationalize coronavirus test production and greatly expanding laboratory capacity.

At one point, according to Vanity Fair, officials with knowledge of the plan believed it would be delivered to Trump all the way back in April, but that never happened. Trump himself began to lose interest, which we already know, and one public health expert who worked with the coronavirus task force says members of Jared's team decided they could just let the virus kill Democratic voters in blue states and forget the rest.

Trusting his vaunted political instincts, President Trump had been downplaying concerns about the virus and spreading misinformation about it—efforts that were soon amplified by Republican elected officials and right-wing media figures. Worried about the stock market and his reelection prospects, Trump also feared that more testing would only lead to higher case counts and more bad publicity.

Most troubling of all, perhaps, was a sentiment the expert said a member of Kushner’s team expressed: that because the virus had hit blue states hardest, a national plan was unnecessary and would not make sense politically. “The political folks believed that because it was going to be relegated to Democratic states, that they could blame those governors, and that would be an effective political strategy,” said the expert.

I was going to say this is strategy for literal genocide, not a political strategy, but then it occurred to me that genocide actually is a political strategy.

To say that this "political strategy" backfired would be a tremendous understatement and it illustrates the level of stupidity concentrated inside the White House where officials placed in charge of such things apparently believed the virus would contain itself in Democratic states without intervention.

See, they didn't just decide this was a Democratic problem; they also believed they didn't need to take any action to keep it a Democratic problem.

And you know what? If they had done what they were suppose to, the virus probably would have been contained in mostly Democratic states and liberal cities. But they didn't and now the virus is exploding everything while the Democratic stronghold of New York has moved on in large part.

Refusing to implement a national strategy meant every state was left to fend for itself against a virus that doesn't care where your borders are.

Virtually everyone mentioned in this story looks bad.

  • These people MUST be prosecuted when Biden becomes President.

  • Draxiar

    It’s a tired game to play but Hillary wouldn’t have let this happen. She wouldn’t have looked at the pandemic as way to eliminate people that didn’t or wouldn’t vote for her- deplorable or not.

    And let’s be real here…there are red voters in blue states (and they are crazy obnoxious). So they were sacrificing they’re own voters as an acceptable lose to make blue states hurt. Now today we see this as a widespread situation across every red state but this was back in April when it was blue states being mostly affected. If I was a red voter in a blue state and found this out I’d be super pissed…or more likely, I’d just call it fake news and live in ignorant bliss…at least until I caught the virus.

  • Ceoltoir

    So, Cheetos the Clown made the exact same “mistake” that Ronald “Alzheimer’s in Office” Reagan made decades ago with HIV/AIDS where they thought it would only hurt people they didn’t like. The republican trash have given the American public nothing but incompetence and malice for decades.

    • muselet

      As I keep saying, vote in November as if your life depends on it (it does).

      –alopecia

  • muselet

    The sad—and surprising—thing is that Jared Kushner and his hand-picked crew of unqualified buddies laid out a sensible plan for a national Covid-19 testing strategy (or, less generously, they copy-pasted descriptions of what other countries were doing without any real understanding).

    The plan they came up with was ambitious and, had everything come together, would have given the US a leg up on controlling the pandemic. My guess is the US would still have lagged behind countries like South Korea and Germany, which had acted swiftly and decisively (and are significantly smaller), but it would have been a big improvement.

    Donald Trump and Kushner could have emerged from this looking like heroes. Instead, they chose to make the bad bet that a highly-contagious virus would contain itself within Blue states.

    155,000 Covid-19 deaths in the US, and counting.

    –alopecia

    • Christopher Foxx

      Donald Trump and Kushner could have emerged from this looking like heroes.

      No they couldn’t. I mean, they could have and all it would have taken was them listening to people and doing what they were advised.

      Which is exactly why there was no chance they could have emerged from this looking like heroes.

      • muselet

        One decision.

        Jared Kushner and his Band of Bozos had a plan outlined. It was workable. It could have saved lives.

        Kushner made a purely political decision and 86’d the plan, and Donald Trump agreed.

        One decision. That’s all it would have taken, and that’s why this is such an enraging story.

        Yeah, as a practical matter, Kushner and Trump don’t have it in them to make a decision that’s not utterly hammer-headed. But all it would have taken is for Kushner to listen to one of his running buddies.

        One. Bloody. Decision.

        157,000 Covid-19 deaths in the US, and counting.

        –alopecia