Well, that explains a lot.
Courtesy of CNN:
President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner boasted in mid-April about how the President had cut out the doctors and scientists advising him on the unfolding coronavirus pandemic, comments that came as more than 40,000 Americans already had died from the virus, which was ravaging New York City.
In a taped interview on April 18, Kushner told legendary journalist Bob Woodward that Trump was “getting the country back from the doctors” in what he called a “negotiated settlement.” Kushner also proclaimed that the US was moving swiftly through the “panic phase” and “pain phase” of the pandemic and that the country was at the “beginning of the comeback phase.”
“That doesn’t mean there’s not still a lot of pain and there won’t be pain for a while, but that basically was, we’ve now put out rules to get back to work,” Kushner said. “Trump’s now back in charge. It’s not the doctors.”
The statement reflected a political strategy. Instead of following the health experts’ advice, Trump and Kushner were focused on what would help the President on Election Day. By their calculations, Trump would be the “open-up president.”
CNN has obtained audio of two separate interviews with Kushner, which were conducted in April and May as part of Woodward’s reporting for his book “Rage.” In the wide-ranging conversations, Kushner described the President’s relationship with his public health advisers in adversarial terms.
He also told Woodward, “The most dangerous people around the President are over-confident idiots” and that Trump had replaced them with “more thoughtful people who kind of know their place.”
So apparently Trump stopped listening to the doctors and scientists back when we only had about 40,000 dead, and now we are just under 250,000 dead.
Kind of seems that he should have fucking kept listened to the doctors and scientists doesn’t it?
I guess by now I am supposed to be immune to Trump’s pathological arrogance, but the idea that a reality show loser would trust his own instincts over the advice of trained health professionals when it comes to protecting this country from a pandemic still makes my head throb.
Please get out and vote folks, we simply will not survive four more years of this.