By this point I am pretty tired of hearing evangelicals say that Trump is a pro-life president. We did a post yesterday that referenced a Columbia University study that found that Trump’s failure to act early on COVID-19 led to the loss of between 130,000 and 210,000 lives. I am not a scientist, but I prefer to get my science from Ivy League scholars and researchers and not from Fox News or, sadly, the President of the United States.
Last month, the White House sponsored an event to announce the nomination of Amy Coney Barrett. A lot of people got COVID-19 at that event.
Last night the White House hosted the swearing-in ceremony for Amy Coney Barrett. According to CNN, 200 “socially distanced chairs were spread out across the White House south lawn for the event.” Masks were required.
So let’s get this straight. The powerful Washington insiders (and others) who came to Barrett’s swearing-in have to social distance and wear masks. But the people who come to Trump’s campaign rallies are packed-in like sardines and are not required to wear masks.
So the people at the White House get treated one way, while the people at the rallies get treated another way. Of course most of the people who attend the rallies do not believe in masks or social distancing anyway, but the double-standard here reveals a lot about what Trump really thinks about his base. He’s a rainmaker.
And then there is Mike Pence. The vice-president is also on the campaign trail despite the fact that at least five of his aides, including his bodyman and chief of staff, have COVID-19.
Center for Disease Control (CDC) protocol requires people who have been in close contact with someone with COVID-19 to quarantine for 14 days. The White House claims that Pence does not have to quarantine because he is an “essential worker.” Since when is campaigning “essential work” in a pandemic?
Let’s also remember that Mike Pence leads the White House Coronavirus Task Force. If I understand the task force correctly, its primary job is to make sure CDC guidelines are followed.
The number of COVID cases are rising again. Trump and Pence need to go.