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Google tells me that The Irish Independent has published my letter to the Editor (below) but it is behind a paywall and I don't want to give them my money. So for your delectation, I give you:
A Chara,

The Covid-19 outbreak is a deeply serious and tragic event which should never be trivialised or reduced to political considerations, but there is something deeply ironic about the possibility that the Cov-19 outbreak could be the undoing of President Trump.

Not only is he the science denying congenital liar who fired and disbanded the White House anti-pandemic public health team, but he is a germaphobe who uses hand sanitisers incessantly .

His cuts to public services have undermined public US medical services and made individual, insurance led, privatised health care for those that can afford it the dominant model.

This means US public services are unable to address a major pandemic or even provide test kits to test for the disease with the result that the disease may be present largely undetected in many communities.

He has had no concern for environmental degradation, clean water, sanitation and immunisation services and even decried the Cov-19 crisis as a Democratic Party hoax - until it became impossible to ignore.

He tried to lay off responsibility for managing the crisis on his hapless Vice President, Mike Pence, but cannot bear to be left out of the limelight, with the result that he will own the consequences totally.

He frames every issue as a conflict between Americans and foreigners and even tried to imply that his Mexican border wall could have stopped the pandemic.

It will be interesting to see the political fall-out if the virus gradually eats into his older demographic support base. Trump will not be defeated by an anaemic opponent such as Joe Biden in the November polls. But he might just be beaten by Cov-19.

Kind regards,

Frank Schnittger



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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Thu Mar 19th, 2020 at 01:11:34 AM EST

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