From the earliest days of the deadly coronavirus outbreak, President Trump has been willfully dismissive and brazenly ignorant of the most basic facts surrounding the growing medical emergency. Now a full-blown pandemic, the COVID-19 disease is beginning to wreak serious – and in some cases, fatal – havoc on American lives, a situation exacerbated by the Trump administration's lack of preparedness, astonishing ineptitude, and fundamental disregard of simple science.
On a recent call to Sean Hannity broadcast live on Fox News, Trump cast doubt on the factual figures released by his own administration's Centers for Disease Control (CDC). His source? A hunch. His own hunch. Earlier in the week he opined that the whole thing would just miraculously go away one day.
And in a troubling, eerily autocratic move, he recently ordered the muzzling of American health officials, demanding all public messaging on COVID-19 be handled by the virulently anti-science vice president, Mike Pence.
The president's interference of a disease that his killed thousands is jeopardizing the lives of millions and must come to an end.
We need consistent, cogent, fact-based messaging from the actual experts on the ground, not musings from a president impervious to reality. Demand Trump stop concealing facts regarding the coronavirus pandemic and level with the American people.