Ebola, Obama, Covid & Trump

Ebola, Obama, Covid & Trump September 2, 2020

In the run-up to the 2014 midterm elections, Republican David Perdue excoriated President Barack Obama over his handling of the Ebola outbreak — contending that Obama had “failed to lead” and “took a serious threat far too lightly.”…

Before he won his first term in 2014, Tillis railed against Obama over Ebola concerns, as he battled the late Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan in a fiercely contested race.

“It’s just another example of where this President and Sen. Hagan just have not worked on a comprehensive strategy,” Tillis said in October 2014, calling for a travel ban from three Western African nations….

Joni Ernst, a Republican of Iowa, criticized Obama in 2014 for “failed leadership” over Ebola — but she hasn’t gone that far with Trump as she finds herself in a tight race for reelection.

[CNN]

So on and so forth.

During the Ebola crisis, Obama was trounced by a host of Republicans for his supposedly poor leadership. Funny that some of the very good things he did were undone prior to the present pandemic by Trump and his administration. Trump was one of those public critics of Obama.

I just want to point out that the death toll for the Ebola crisis was 2. The present death toll for the pandemic, in the US, is over 180,000 (and that’s a conservative estimate, too).

Trump’s pandemic is 90,000 times worse than ebola and rising.

I was wondering, is the Republican criticism of Trump 90,000 times worse than theirs of Obama?

Rank hypocrisy, I guess.

Trump thinks he is doing well because he claims he has saved a whole host of lives because the weird benchmark he is using is a government that would have done absolutely nothing. He keeps saying he is a success because, compared to doing absolutely nothing, his government has saved X lives.

This is the most ridiculous benchmarking and use of statistics since…Trump last used statistics.

I guess his acolytes don’t care for sensible appraisals of his administration.

Next week, he’ll be comparing his success to a scenario of shooting each firstborn in the head and seeing how many lives have been saved. What a success!

 


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