The prospect of this man unbounded by the reality of facing of another election is terrifying.
TRUMP: You turn on the news, ‘Covid, covid, covid, covid.’
CROWD: Fire Fauci! Fire Fauci!
TRUMP: Don’t tell anybody, but let me wait til a little bit after the election. pic.twitter.com/qOT0OZnJUE
— Dan Diamond (@ddiamond) November 2, 2020
He follows up the suggestion by saying Fauci has been wrong about a lot of things, like wearing masks early on. Trump firing Fauci for initially suggesting Americans need not wear masks would be like Trump firing James Comey for having treated Hillary Clinton unfairly. It does not quite pass the smell test, does it? Keep in mind that, as Dana recently noted, Trump continues to characterize mask-wearing as “politically correct” — and we all know what he and his followers think of political correctness.
That kind of attitude kills people.
Speaking of which . . .
Meanwhile, a Stanford study estimates that Trump’s recent rallies may have killed 700 people:
A group of Stanford University economists who created a statistical model estimate that there have been at least 30,000 coronavirus infections and 700 deaths as a result of 18 campaign rallies President Trump held from June to September.
The numbers, which will surely reignite accusations from Democratic leaders and public health officials that the president is putting voters at risk for political gain, are not based on individual cases traced directly to particular campaign events.
Instead, the Stanford researchers, led by Professor B. Douglas Bernheim, the chairman of the university’s economics department, conducted a regression analysis. They compared the 18 counties where Mr. Trump held rallies with as many as 200 counties with similar demographics and similar trajectories of confirmed Covid-19 cases before the rally date.
Trump’s path to victory is very narrow. He cannot afford to kill more of his supporters.
I filled out my ballot for Joe Biden yesterday. We’ll walk them to a dropoff point today or tomorrow. I had opportunities to research the Republicans running for state and federal offices. My criterion: have they said they support Donald Trump? Both had.
Neither got my vote. I left those races blank.