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No More Trust

So, I should believe President Trump and put my trust in him when he says there will likely be a COVID-19 vaccine by the end of October, coincidentally just before the November election. Imagine that.

He’s as believable and trustworthy as the guy who knocks on my door promising to give me a new driveway if I give him a downpayment of $5,000 and then leaves never to be seen again. Or the caller who tells me I’ve won a fully paid vacation to Cumbria, England, if I just give him a little information about my bank account. Or that guy from Nigeria who guarantees me a million dollars if I agreed to put money into his account, just for good faith, or the man who emails that he is stuck in Italy where he was mugged and could you please wire him $1,000 so he can return to home coincidentally in the same neighborhood where you live.

Likewise, I should believe Trump, he who refused to wear a protective mask and didn’t urge others to wear masks even while the virus continued to expand exponentially.

He who didn’t consider the pandemic a real threat and said it would magically disappear and that he was doing everything that could humanely be done anyway to fight the virus.

He who pushed and pushed to reopen the stores and businesses despite expert advice that it would result in a spike in COVID-19 cases as it did exactly that.

He who held a political rally in Oklahoma, against the advice of experts who feared the rally would spread the virus and deaths, which it did.

He who promoted taking the anti-malaria drug hydroxychloroquine to treat the virus, when medical experts said it was malarkey, nonsense, drivel, baloney, bosh, bull and bunk, not to mention it being potentially dangerous as evidenced when the Food and Drug Administration quickly withdrew its emergency use authorization for hydroxychloroquine but not before prescriptions for hydroxychloroquine skyrocketed in March and April.

He who said in March that drug companies are going “to have vaccines, I think, relatively soon.” Seven months later, and soon hasn’t come yet.

He who said in April that he was only being “sarcastic” when the day before, he said in a news conference that injected disinfectants could possible help treat the virus.

He who said in early August that a COVID-19 vaccine could be ready by Election Day while he pressed the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to notify public health officials around the nation to be ready to distribute a vaccine to health care workers and other high-risk groups as soon as late October or early November as concerns have been heightened that
Trump is rushing the vaccine distribution for political purposes.

He who repeated a recent conspiracy theory that a plane “loaded with thugs” was headed to Washington, D.C., to disrupt the nation’s capital. The “thugs” have yet to land.

He who said in March that drug companies would have a vaccine ready “relatively soon” despite pharmaceutical experts report that it could take a year to 18 months to develop a vaccine.

I trust and believe Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases since 1984 who Trump has continuously discredited and pushed to the background because he did not hold the same rosy projections about the vaccine as Trump, along with other disagreements and demands of fealty to the president.

Until Fauci gives his endorsement, there is no way I will trust the Trump government to provide a reliable, safe vaccine. No way. Trump has not even a scintilla of credibility and has shown that there isn’t anything that he will not politicize and lie about in order to win in November.

Now that is really scary when we can’t trust the federal agency charged with protecting the citizens to do its job honestly and without political pressures. It’s also nothing new. Trump’s political interference and ineptitude has already cost thousands of lives and it promises more tragedy.

In terms of trust and credibility, I put Trump down there with the likes of Barry Bonds, Mark McGwire, Sammy Sosa, Rafael Palmeiro, Jason Giambi, Alex Rodriguez, Lance Armstrong, Tonya Harding, Bill Belichik, Rosie Ruiz, Bernie Madoff, Charles Ponzi and Abrie Krueger, truthful men and women, all.

Krueger, by the way, is a South African who won the annual World’s Biggest Liar competition in Cumbria, England, for telling a story about how he was crowned King of the Wasdale Valley, a civic parish in Cumbria.

I would not accept a vaccine from Abrie Krueger or Donald Trump.

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Phil Garber

Phil Garber

Journalist for 40 years and now a creative writer