Crimes Against Humanity: An explosive investigative report shows that the Trump White House abandoned a national testing plan earlier this year “because the virus had hit blue states hardest.”
Talking Points Memo reports:
The COVID-19 task force led by White House Senior Adviser and President Donald Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner reportedly scrapped its plan for nationwide testing for COVID-19 at least partially due to an unwillingness to assist states that did not support Trump.
Vanity Fair reported on Thursday that Kushner’s team ultimately decided to thrust the responsibility of handling the testing shortage crisis upon individual states for political reasons in April, as blue states like New York bore the brunt of the pandemic at the time.
Vanity Fair reports:
Most troubling of all, perhaps, was a sentiment the expert said a member of Kushner’s team expressed: that because the virus had hit blue states hardest, a national [testing] plan was unnecessary and would not make sense politically. “The political folks believed that because it was going to be relegated to Democratic states, that they could blame those governors, and that would be an effective political strategy,” said the expert. That logic may have swayed Kushner.
In short, earlier this year the White House COVID-19 task force led by Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner abandoned a national testing plan that would have saved thousands of lives because they believed the virus would be contained to blue states, and it made political sense to these sociopaths to allow the death and suffering in blue states so they could use the tragedy to campaign against Democratic governors in the 2020 elections.
Commenting on the situation, Josh Marshall of Talking Points Memo opined:
So the White House made the explicit decision that it was a better political call to let people die in the blue states and blame the governors then try to fix the testing situation. https://t.co/1fKA5vhfWa
— Josh Marshall (@joshtpm) July 30, 2020
The White House made the explicit decision that it was a better political call to let people die in the blue states and blame the governors then try to fix the testing situation.
Common Dreams reports that many are now seeking the resignation of Kushner for his part in this “disastrous and deadly” policy failure
In the wake of devastating new reporting by Vanity Fair, a chorus of voices Friday called for the immediate resignation of Jared Kushner, a top White House advisor and the son-in-law of President Donald Trump, for disastrous—and deadly—failures by the administration that appear to have put the political desires of the president above the public health needs of the American people.
This is a total outrage. Jared Kushner commissioned and then abandoned a rational plan for dealing with #COVID19 because it would only affect blue states! Or so they thought. Jared Kushner should resign. https://t.co/Ni3JU1Lw7u
— Claire Finkelstein (@COFinkelstein) July 31, 2020
The following is a sample of reactions to the despicable actions of the White House:
Vanity Fair buried the lead on that Kushner testing expose. Holding back on supplies and relief to “blue states” is a crime against humanity. Trump to the Hague.
— Tom Watson (@tomwatson) July 31, 2020
Imagine the administration had intel on an imminent terrorist attack that would kill over 100,000 people, and chose to do nothing because it was politically easier. That’s what we have here.
We need to be talking about accountability. For all of it. https://t.co/wYt6nUAdU1
— Matt Duss (@mattduss) July 31, 2020
Jared Kushner is more than incompetent – he’s complicit. He was willing to let Americans die in Democratic-led states because it might help his father-in-law’s politics. In any other administration, Jared Kushner would be investigated and fired.https://t.co/Umv34NQYsY
— Elizabeth Warren (@SenWarren) July 31, 2020
when articles say the Trump administration initially felt it could ignore COVID because it was localized in Democratic cities that should also be read as localized among black and brown Americans disproportionately https://t.co/AMm7HTgMnb
— Steadman™ (@AsteadWesley) July 31, 2020
So the plan was changed. They would allow the virus to burn through blue cities and states and then blame the deaths on Democrats as a re-election tactic. https://t.co/9dvrsZVMrG
— Amber Gustafson (@AmberForIowa) July 31, 2020
Yes, this confirms that Jared Kushner is an amoral cretin, willing to murder people solely for politics.
But it also underscores how unrelentingly incompetent he is, thinking a pandemic would observe state lines. There’s a reason daddy had to pay for him to get into Harvard. https://t.co/E2IssrNF6i
— Mrs. Betty Bowers (@BettyBowers) July 31, 2020
How many Americans has Jared Kushner killed? https://t.co/eRqEZmbweS
— Emily Fitz (@FitzVotes) July 31, 2020
Bottom line: An explosive investigative report shows that the Trump White House abandoned a national testing plan earlier this year “because the virus had hit blue states hardest.”