Coronavirus

He Wasn’t Joking

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

Trump held a sad, sparsely-attended rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma over the weekend where he revisited his habit of saying all the quiet parts out loud and admitting to things his staff wishes he wouldn't.

More specifically, Trump boasted that the reason we still don't have a serious coronavirus testing and contact tracing program is because he told his regime to "slow down"

"When you do testing to that extent you're going to find more people, you're going to find cases," Mr. Trump said. "So I said to my people, 'Slow the testing down, please.' They test and they test. We got tests for people who don't know what's going on."

White House staffers say Trump was 'joking,' but we know he wasn't. We know he wasn't because, well, most people reading this probably haven't been tested and some never will be.

And it's not as if this is necessarily new information. Trump has made numerous comments to the same effect over the past several months. He has always been opposed to widescale testing, but this is the first time has has openly admitted to ordering his staff not to test people.

We don't have to trust our intuition, however, as congressional Democrats have now exposed the truth of the matter.

The Trump regime is sitting on billions that was appropriated by Congress.

The top Democrats said in a letter Sunday to Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar that the Trump administration has "still failed" to distribute more than $8 billion out of $25 billion appropriated by Congress to expand testing and contact tracing. The letter indicated that Congress passed these funds as part of a coronavirus relief bill in April.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also hasn’t awarded nearly $4 billion for surveillance and contact tracing at the state and local levels and tribal territories, they said, and little of $2 billion set aside for free testing for uninsured people has been disbursed.

Trump and his regime's primary goal from the very beginning of the coronavirus pandemic has been to obscure, minimize, and cover up the true extent of it.

They have never stopped and asked themselves what the most prudent course of action would be. Absolutely everything they've done has been viewed through the prism of Trump's reelection and what does or does not look good for him.

  • muselet

    Donald Trump was not joking. Neither was being sarcastic or any of the other words he habitually misuses.

    He might have been inaccurately reporting on what happened—he is the classic unreliable narrator, after all—but it’s hard to believe he didn’t want testing to be reduced, since he is a toddler and hasn’t learned object permanence (the realization that things exist even when they can no longer be seen or otherwise sensed). Fewer tests mean fewer cases are recorded, and Trump believes he wins (not just the election, but in some sort of cosmic sense because that’s the way his brain functions) if the number of new cases is low.

    Not disbursing appropriated funds meant to mitigate a deadly pandemic is monstrous, and in a just universe would end with everyone responsible in the dock for crimes against humanity.

    –alopecia

    • Draxiar

      He only ever cares about how the numbers look- not how they are but how they look.

  • Draxiar

    Remember, this is the jagoff that bragged about having the tallest building in Lower Manhattan before the dust settled from 9/11. Oh, and he was, of course, wrong about that.