Leana Wen identifies six reasons motivating the WH and GOP to reanimate the economy and their logical fallacies seem to follow so easily. They have been and will continue to be reproduced as memes in GOP and Trump tweets.
In reopening against public-health guidance, we have effectively decided to give up on trying to contain #coronavirus.
Here are 6 arguments used to justify this dangerous decision & why they are wrong.
- Instead of preventing covid-19, we should let people infect each other to achieve herd immunity.
- Most cases of covid-19 are mild. We can keep older people at home and allow young, healthy people to go back to school and work.
- People are getting sick and dying from other illnesses in greater numbers than covid-19.
- It’s worth the sacrifice if some people die so that the country has a functioning economy.
- We’ve been in lockdown for more than a month and cases aren’t declining; social distancing doesn’t work.
- We can’t keep the country in lockdown until a vaccine is developed, which could take years.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 10, 2020
Ã°ÂÂÂ Wrote step-by-step pandemic playbook
Ã°ÂÂÂ¬ Created PREDICT pandemic detection program
Ã°ÂÂÂ¨Formed NSC pandemic response team
— Biden War Room (Text UNITED to 30330) (@BidenWarRoom) May 10, 2020
Yet the greatest act of disinformation will be to numb Americans to the death toll up to Election Day.
— Jay Rosen (@jayrosen_nyu) May 10, 2020
Multiple strategists said they believe GOP candidates will recover once the nation — and the presidential campaign — returns to a more normal footing, casting the November elections as a contest between Trump and presumed Democratic nominee Joe Biden. Democratic Senate candidates in the most closely watched races also could be benefiting from a lack of scrutiny and negative ads with the nation’s attention consumed by the pandemic.But a return to normalcy ahead of the elections is far from a given as the death toll continues to rise and economic data paints a grim picture, meaning the president’s handling of the pandemic could be the determining factor not only for his reelection but for Republicans’ ability to hold onto the Senate. In short, as goes Trump, so likely goes the Senate majority.
Republicans grow nervous about losing the Senate amid worries over TrumpÃ¢ÂÂs handling of the pandemic https://t.co/Xp3FNnWLKx
— The Washington Post (@washingtonpost) May 10, 2020
Trump has retweeted, quote-tweeted and tweeted himself 52 messages in around an hourÃ¢ÂÂs time this MotherÃ¢ÂÂs Day morning. A sampling: pic.twitter.com/xDvU87NZoA
— Manu Raju (@mkraju) May 10, 2020
1.3M cases. 80K dead. The epicenter of the pandemic. You are a guileless, malignancy. An ignorant fool immune to logic. No one is giving you Ã¢ÂÂgreat marksÃ¢ÂÂ you pathetic pestilent pustule. People are dying as you tweet. @realDonaldTrump https://t.co/0Fns0Vaxyv
— Brian J. Karem (@BrianKarem) May 10, 2020
Ã°ÂÂÂ¥ Steve Bannon is quietly creeping back into the White House, sources say. https://t.co/kmnuFKED1q
— D.K.R. Boyd (@ReflectingMan) May 10, 2020
Must read: The long list of people who thought FlynnÃ¢ÂÂs lies were material https://t.co/SItqAnL1V6
— Nicolle Wallace (@NicolleDWallace) May 10, 2020