The last surviving prosecutor at Nuremberg trials said Trump's family separation policy is a 'crime against humanity'. Then there’s this COVID pandemic, made worse by the Trump administration’s delay, denial, and dysfunction.
Trump has used his Presidential powers to commit three crimes against humanity: extermination, forcible transfer of population and other inhumane acts. These crimes are prohibited by the Rome Statute – the treaty that created the International Criminal Court (“ICC”).
The Rome Statute defines extermination as “the intentional infliction of conditions of life…calculated to bring about the destruction of a part of a population.” Extermination involves mass killing that is widespread and systematic. Systematic includes crimes that are the result of an official policy. Extermination need not be accomplished directly, in the way that murder must be, but rather, it may be accomplished indirectly by creating a climate or environment where people die in huge numbers.
If the pandemic is a ‘war’, then there is ‘war profiteering’, which explains all the infomercials in the Trump COVID press conferences.
As the Thursday White House press conference demonstrated, though, Kushner is, at best, someone who may have watched a TED talk. When he opens his mouth, it is clear that he genuinely knows nothing at all, and that he has likely never, ever done anything except occupy an office at an organization run by either his father or his father-in-law. Here’s the first thing he said on Thursday: “When the vice president first asked me to help on the task force with different tasks, I asked the president what he expected from the task force and how I can best serve him in the task force.” He went on to say “data” 13 times and issue this baffling misstatement of the purpose of the Strategic National Stockpile:
- You also have a situation where in some states FEMA allocated ventilators to the states, and you have instances where in cities they’re running out but the state still has a stockpile. And the notion of the federal stockpile was it’s supposed to be our stockpile — it’s not supposed to be state stockpiles that they then use.
— PolitiFalse (@badstokpix) April 5, 2020