Trump’s criminally liable for COVID deaths — Common Sense and Politics
WORD UP: Politico looked through emails and documents released by the House Select Committee on the Coronavirus Crisis and found an incredible amount of evidence that arraigns the previous administration* for its moral responsibility in hundreds of thousands of deaths.
The emails and transcripts detail how in the early days of 2020, Trump and his allies in the White House blocked media briefings and interviews with CDC officials, attempted to alter public safety guidance usually cleared by the agency, and instructed agency officials to destroy evidence that might be construed as political interference.
They gagged their scientists, buried their reports, bullied its agencies, soft-pedaled its data, and created its reality to sell to the country, all at a crucial time when the pandemic could have been fought seriously and at least partly arrested.
Christine Casey, one of the leaders of the CDC team that publishes weekly scientific reports, also known as Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Reports, told the House committee that at one point in August 2020, she received instructions to delete an email reflecting political interference.
Casey said Paul Alexander, the former temporary senior policy adviser to the assistant secretary for public affairs at HHS, instructed her to stop publishing the weekly reports, insinuating her team was trying to make Trump look bad in public. After conversations with leadership at the CDC, including then-Director Robert Redfield, Michael Iademarco, one of the CDC’s leaders overseeing epidemiology and laboratory services, told Casey to delete the email.
Documents and interview transcripts released by a congressional committee shine additional light on how the Trump administration interfered with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, undermining the agency’s efforts to communicate the seriousness of the pandemic to the American people as the virus began to spread throughout the country.
Emails and transcripts of interviews with former senior CDC officials released by the House select subcommittee on the coronavirus crisis reveal just how far administration officials went to tamp down the CDC’s public health communication efforts in the face of an emerging viral threat.
The White House instructed the CDC to soften language giving guidance to meatpacking plants on protecting their workers from getting the virus after the virus disrupted production at several plants. And Dr. Scott Atlas, a special advisor to Trump, abruptly changed the CDC’s testing guidance to recommend that asymptomatic people do not need a test even after they were exposed to the virus.
One only has to look at the public records on Trump’s claims about Covid. Even today is ignorance is getting people killed. More people have died in Trump states as compared to states that voted for Biden. The Democrats need to remind the public that Trump was the wrong President as a human being.
Originally published at https://commonsenseandpolitics.com on November 16, 2021.