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Turn it up and sing along real loud.

Yeah, they sent the taxman

I lost my job and

You got hooked on oxycodan

They shut the lights off

They took the car and

I bought a sawed off shotgun

Another Trump beautiful theory brutally destroyed by ugly facts.

Trump has made a concerted effort to blame the Chinese for Coronavirus. I should retitle this post because I just thought of something. If Coronavirus originated in China and Trump keeps patting himself on the back for saving trillions of lives for imposing a travel ban with China, then why did the infection still spread like crazy in the US? Huh? Answer me that, oh orange flavored one.

Ok I’ll tell you. There are two reasons. The first is that by the time the travel ban was imposed, we already had a well established outbreak in Seattle. There were also scattered clusters in Southern California and Arizona.

The second reason is because the outbreak in NYC wasn’t caused by Chinese travelers. It was caused by travelers from Europe. Who knows how they got it. I guess Europeans should be savagely and carelessly denouncing the Chinese. Maybe they are. It just seems to me that when you want to see truly excellent blame shifting and cruelty towards others not like you, the US is the place to go, not the world weary Europeans who don’t have time for that anymore.

So, according to the NYTimes, the genome indicates that the NYC outbreak was present in mid February. Trump finally got around to banning flights from Europe on March 12. A real Johnny on the spot is our Donald. But he need not have bothered. The cat was already out of the bag and running around the five boroughs.

In other words, imposing travel bans was never going to be enough or even had that much of a point to begin with. Sure it might have slowed the rate of infection. But by the time you impose one, it’s already here. The only thing the travel ban does is buy you time to get your country in order for the epidemic that is to follow.

Trump thought that all he had to do was stop the airlines from China and then take a victory lap while being praised effusively by his toadying minions. We in the public are so ungrateful to not recognize the brilliance of his single act. Shouldn’t we feel bad for expecting him to aggressively test and isolate like they did in Hong Kong?

I feel so bad for holding him to a higher standard. 🙄