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Donald Trump is set to visit the Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Friday as he tries to calm growing fears about the coronavirus outbreak….BUT!
THE TRUMP PENCE FASCIST REGIME HAS MADE THIS CRISIS WORSE—And the Danger May Only Be Beginning
THIS IS URGENT! We must PROTEST!
In the Name of Humanity-We Refuse to Accept a Fascist America!
This Nightmare Must End
Excerpt from “Thoughts from a Reader on the Coronavirus COVID-19 Epidemic” posted on revcom.us:
The Trump/Pence fascist regime has taken measures that may make the impact of the COVID-19 coronavirus seriously worse. After taking power, the Trump/Pence regime gutted the U.S. infectious disease infrastructure, forced out key leaders, and tried (unsuccessfully) to cut the budget of the CDC. When faced with the COVID-19 crisis, the Trump administration initially announced that it would allocate $2.5 billion for dealing with the possible epidemic in the U.S. This is far less than the minimum experts felt was needed. Even worse, Trump pledged nothing to assist people in other parts of the world who at this point are being vastly more impacted by the spread of this virus.
Even more criminally and fundamentally, the Trump/Pence regime has waged a war against science, the scientific method and scientists across the board. Already there are reports that CDC experts and officials are being told to not give public briefings. Health and Human Services workers were sent without training or protective gear to deal with people who were quarantined on U.S. military bases because of possible coronavirus infection. Then, when they reported the situation, they were accused of not being “team players”!
Trump appointed Mike Pence, the Christian fundamentalist fascist vice president, to head the U.S. effort. Pence is a biblical literalist. Pence does not believe that the theory of evolution is true. He has been a crusader against science. As one international expert on pandemics tweeted in response to his appointment: “OMG!” (“oh my god!”). This is criminal for humanity. At the press conference where his appointment was announced, no one even asked about this.
In her book, The Science of Evolution and the Myth of Creationism: Knowing What’s Real and Why It Matters, Ardea Skybreak made a point about the SARS coronavirus that is very relevant to the situation today with COVID-19: “It is simply the case that no one can come to understand anything essential about the SARS virus and epidemic (and how best to deal with it) without factoring in some basic facts about biological evolution. The basic principles of biological evolution are, first of all, helping to identify the genetic structure of this particular virus, and to uncover what other viruses the SARS virus is related to….This evolutionary knowledge in turn is important for trying to figure out which medications and/or vaccines might or might not have an effect on the SARS virus….”
The Trump/Pence regime’s ongoing demonization of immigrants, on top of the national chauvinism reinforced by imperialism more generally, has created a tinderbox for spreading irrational xenophobic fear, especially of people who have roots in China, South Korea, and other Asian countries where the virus began. In cities like Chicago, Chinatown restaurants are empty for no logical reason! And this can get even more ugly very fast. What we need is people pulling and working together to deal with a public health crisis.
Meanwhile, Trump’s fascist strategists like Steve Bannon and Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross see this as an opportunity to weaken their imperialist rival China from within as the Chinese government struggles to meet the challenges of a serious health crisis.
Members of the fascist Trump regime are on TV accusing his opponents in the Democratic Party and the news media of deliberately trying to create panic to hurt the economy and his administration. Right now it suits their interests to pooh-pooh what scientists generally believe to be a serious threat. But should the virus begin to spread in a serious way in this country, it is not hard to imagine that Trump and the fascists would try to use it to make huge leaps in consolidating fascism in the U.S., taking repressive measures and further whipping up fear of and hatred against immigrants and people from other lands.
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