Yale Epidemiologist: Trump’s Coronavirus Response ‘Close To Genocide’

Yale Epidemiologist: Trump’s Coronavirus Response ‘Close To Genocide’ May 9, 2020

Speaking Truth To Power: In a series of provocative tweets, Yale epidemiologist Gregg Gonsalves argues the Trump administration is guilty of “genocide by default” while suggesting that the president and his cronies may eventually face charges under international law.

HuffPost reports:

A Yale epidemiologist pulled no punches with his searing assessment of the United States’ botched handling of the coronavirus pandemic, suggesting it is now “getting awfully close to genocide by default.”

The Blaze reports:

A Yale University professor of epidemiology is blaming the Trump administration for the deaths of thousands in the United States amid the coronavirus pandemic, characterizing its “delayed” response “awfully close to genocide.”

Gonsalves’ credentials are impressive: Assistant Professor of Epidemiology (Microbial Diseases); Associate (Adjunct) Professor of Law, Yale Law School; Co-Director, Global Health Justice Partnership; Co-Director, Collaboration for Research Integrity and Transparency

Posting on Twitter, Gonsalves, asked:

How many people will die this summer, before Election Day? What proportion of the deaths will be among African-Americans, Latinos, other people of color? This is getting awfully close to genocide by default. What else do you call mass death by public policy? #COVID19 #coronavirus

The epidemiologist continued:

So, what does it mean to let thousands die by negligence, omission, failure to act, in a legal sense under international law? #COVID19 #coronavirus

And I am being serious here: what is happening in the US is purposeful, considered negligence, omission, failure to act by our leaders. Can they be held responsible under international law?

And in another tweet, Gonsalves took aim at Trump’s daughter:

You, your father and your husband are responsible for the deaths of thousands of Americans. Pray for your own souls today. You are monsters who care only about yourselves. 

As for the charge of genocide, the charge is not so far fetched as some might think. Genocide is defined as “the deliberate killing of a large group of people, especially those of a particular ethnic group or nation.”

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention notes: 

Current data suggest a disproportionate burden of illness and death among racial and ethnic minority groups.

While  according to an Associated Press analysis, nearly one-third of those who have died from the disease in the U.S. are African American:

The latest Associated Press analysis of available state and local data shows that nearly one-third of those who have died are African American, with black people representing about 14% of the population in the areas covered in the analysis.

Bottom line: In a series of provocative tweets, Yale epidemiologist Gregg Gonsalves argues the Trump administration may be guilty of “genocide by default” while suggesting that the president and his cronies may eventually face charges under international law.

Yale Epidemiologist: Trump’s Coronavirus Response “Close To Genocide’ (Image via Screen Grab)
Yale Epidemiologist: Trump’s Coronavirus Response “Close To Genocide’ (Image via Screen Grab)

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