Donald Trump sacrifices his own base to secure his hold on power | TheHill
Donald Trump Donald John TrumpTrump says he doesn't think he could've done more to stop virus spread Conservative activist Lauren Witzke wins GOP Senate primary in Delaware Trump defends claim coronavirus will disappear, citing 'herd mentality' MORE’s campaign efforts far surpass the boast he made in 2016. "I could stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot somebody,” he then crowed, “and I wouldn't lose any voters." The worshipful commitment of his followers, he bragged, was “incredible." If their blind faith was incredible then, it is now so far beyond “incredible” that no word can adequately describe it. Perhaps “unfathomable.”
Bob Woodward’s new book has made clear how “incredible” their commitment is. Trump’s followers continue to trust him in spite of what we all now know. As early as February, Trump knew that the coronavirus was transmitted through the air, that it was “deadly stuff,” and that it was “more deadly than even your strenuous flu.” In March he admitted that he sought to “play down” its fatal nature while admitting privately the following month that the virus “is a killer if it gets you.”
Now, beyond question, we know that Trump understood the lethal nature of the virus and repeatedly lied to us about it. He assured us time and time again that the danger was limited, that many were virtually immune, and that the virus would magically disappear in the near future.
The cost of his lies has been devastating. Tens of millions of people have ...
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