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Trump continues bogus claim of economic shutdown being more fatal than COVID-19

Trump persists in claiming that the “shutdown” will kill more people. It won’t, despite the logical fallacy of associating the current death rate with curtailing economic activity. 

Q    Mr. President, when you talk about — back to the numbers for a second.  When you talk about the numbers — the jobless claims are going to come out tomorrow.  It’s likely around 5 million more Americans putting their names in for unemployment benefits.  But yet, there are still a couple thousand people, as well, dying a day because of coronavirus.

When you talk about opening up the American economy — or at least in parts — now, how do you balance that decision out, given both of those figures?

THE PRESIDENT:  Well, we are.  There has to be a balance.  You know, there’s also death involved in keeping it closed.  And I’ve gone over this with you, and I believe this so strongly.  When you look at mental health, when you look at suicides; suicide hotlines, which are exploding; people losing their jobs.  When you look at drugs, and people that didn’t take drugs and now they’re becoming drug addicted because they’re going through a problem.  They have no job.  They have no money coming in — other than the money we’re getting them.  We’ve opened up the coffers to a large extent.  We’re helping people.

This is why I wish the Democrats would help us a little bit with it, because they should.  It’s purely partisan what they’re doing, and it’s bad for our country.  But — but, you know, there is death by doing — by having this strongly closed country.  We have to get back to work.

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Never at a loss for words, or half-thought-out arguments, titans of the American right from President Donald Trump to Senator Ted Cruz have latched on to a doozy: You have to reopen the economy despite the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, quickly, lest a wave of suicides, domestic battery and the like overwhelm even the death toll from coronavirus.
 
“That’s gonna cost real lives,” Cruz said in an interview. “Our objective should be to save lives, and that means we need to fight this pandemic and get people back to work.’’

Apparently, the schools where Trump and Cruz studied math have been closed for longer than the 34-day stretch of distance learning we’re soldiering through where I live.

Yesterday, coronavirus killed 2,763 Americans, according to Worldometer. On average, in the US 129 people take their lives each day — almost half using guns that are more lightly regulated in America than basically anywhere on earth. Domestic violence, as unacceptable and pervasive as it is, killed 2,237 in 2017. Again, guns are a major culprit — and Cruz’s opposition to closing the so-called “boyfriend loophole” in the Violence Against Women Act to prevent domestic abusers from owning firearms makes him come to that discussion with unclean hands.

And in the days of coronavirus, we’re all sticklers for clean hands.

The argument that the economic cost of quarantining to stop Covid-19 is too high has already outlived its usefulness. A month ago, when the death toll was only 23, you could make it with a straight face. Thursday’s news that 5.4 million people filed for unemployment insurance last week is a big number — and the 22.03 million who have filed in the last four weeks is even bigger. No doubt about it.

But 2,763 people a day dying is a huge number. A massive number.

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A catalog of capital incompetence: The short list of things Donald Trump did to kill America

TRUMP CANCELED THE PREDICT PROGRAM 

TRUMP IGNORED A “BLACK SWAN” WARNING FROM THE ARMY

TRUMP DISMISSED A CDC REPORT SHOWING AMERICA UNPREPARED FOR THE NEXT PANDEMIC

TRUMP DISMANTLED THE NATIONAL SECURITY COUNCIL’S PANDEMIC RESPONSE TEAM

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TRUMP FAILED TO FOLLOW PLAYBOOK ON HOW TO HANDLE PANDEMICS

TRUMP SHRUGGED OFF HIS OWN TEAM’S FAILURE IN A SIMULATED PANDEMIC

TRUMP SCRAPPED THE ANNUAL DHS REVIEW OF PANDEMIC PREPAREDNESS

TRUMP BLEW OFF A WARNING FROM A SIMULATION THAT CAME JUST LAST FALL

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