New York Mayor Bill De Blasio did not take kindly to New Jersey’s former governor Chris Christie’s call to tolerate higher death rates to open up the economy.
Mayor Bill De Blasio calls out Governor Christie on his inhumane statement
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The Right, led by the likes of, the President who wants to open the country up at all cost, the Texas Lieutenant Governor who thinks older people do not mind dying to save our extractive economy, and Glenn Beck who attempts to coerce his base to go back to work, and more recently former governor Christie’s latest statement, display their level of inhumanity.
CNN reported the following.
(CNN)Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said Monday that the country needs to reopen, despite separate key coronavirus models forecasting that thousands may die daily in the United States from Covid-19 and that more than 100,000 may die in total. …
Christie told Bash that “we’ve got to let some of these folks get back to work, because if we don’t, we’re going to destroy the American way of life in these families — and it will be years and years before we can recover.” His comments Monday echoed similar characterizations by other Republicans — including President Donald Trump — that the economic impact of coronavirus is just as devastating to the nation as the virus itself.
When Bash pressed Christie on whether people would be able to accept reopening in light of news of a Trump administration model projecting a rise up to about 3,000 daily US deaths from coronavirus by June 1, Christie responded, “They’re gonna have to.”
“We’re in the midst of a pandemic that we haven’t seen in over 100 years,” he said. “And we’re going to have to continue to do things.
Christie, asked Monday what his messaging would be to the American public if he sat in the Oval Office, said, “The message is that the American people have gone through significant death before.” He pointed to the first and second World Wars as examples of how “we’ve gone through it and we’ve survived it. We sacrificed those lives.”
The lack of humanity and false equivalence is astounding. To the Right and many neo-liberals, it is always money over people.
Bill De Blasio’s statement is prescient.
“I don’t know what governor Christie was thinking when he said that,” De Blasio said. “It reminds me of something we heard from the lieutenant governor of Texas seeming to almost explain away that people are going to die and treating it like a cost of doing business. I think that is unconscionable.
One hopes Americans understand that our economic system was not defined to take humanity into account. We need one that does.
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