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Trump's Astonishing Incompetence; The U.S. Leads the World with 5M Cases & 160K Covid Deaths

Donald Trump has accomplished something that he and his Republican supporters certainly never intended; he has made Europe seem great again. While America is leading the world with 5 million Covid-19 cases, just passed 160K deaths, setting new infection records in some states, and suffering economically, Europe is reopening with relative safety and its brick and mortar retail sector is beating expectations.

Froma Harrop, Creators Publishing: "Despite occasional spikes, Europe has beaten the virus down to size. With a public reassured that it could return to the beaches, bars and restaurants in relative safety, it reopened. That's why Europe "is having a much bigger snapback" than the U.S., Berenberg Bank economist Holger Schmieding told The Wall Street Journal, "and there are some indicators that it may be getting ahead."

Forbes: "While American retailers continue to struggle to get back up to speed and get shoppers to return to their physical stores, retail sales in the Eurozone countries have returned to year-ago levels and in fact are beating them."

When Europe, especially Italy, saw their initial spike in Covid-19 cases they locked down tight, with strict mask and social distancing mandates, business closures and vigilant contact tracing. It was tough, people grumbled, but it worked. America had longer to prepare, but we didn't, and we are still suffering because there has been no leadership in Washington and our patchwork of state-level responses have been inadequate to curtail the spread. And, it's not going to get any better anytime soon. During an interview on Face the Nation, Former FDA commissioner Scott Gottlieb warned that the coronavirus death toll in the U.S. will "definitely" end up somewhere between 200,000 and 300,000 by December 31st.

The reason for America's relative failure during the pandemic is Donald Trump, and no history of this era will be complete without detailing his remarkable incompetence. And across the Atlantic, where America was once held in high esteem, Europeans are watching in astonishment as our President blunders through the crisis, injecting disinfectants, hawking fake cures and blathering on about too much testing and mask mandates.

Telegraph, UK: "Had the medical professionals been allowed to operate in the States, you would have belatedly gotten to a point of getting to grips with this back in March," said Scott Lucas, professor of international studies at the University of Birmingham, England." "But of course, the medical and public health professionals were not allowed to proceed unchecked," he said, referring to Mr Trump's frequent undercutting of his own experts."
Froma Harrop, Creators Publishing: "The president denied COVID-19's existence at the beginning and continues to downplay the virus as it rampages through the heartland. He undermined governors who mandated lockdowns (Michigan's Gretchen Whitmer) and praised governors who wouldn't (Florida's Ron DeSantis). He peddled fake cures, some dangerous, and gave moral support to the idiotic campaign against mask wearing. He attacks public health experts. Many blame his failures on incompetence or cognitive inability to understand the threat. Let's just say that if foreign foes had foisted this incoherence on us, we'd suspect them of sabotage."

Donald Trump has accomplished something I never thought I would see in my lifetime; he has caused people from around the globe to look on America with sympathy, with pity. The greatest nation on earth has been brought low, not by a virus, but by a former reality show host, temperamentally unfit and unqualified to be president."

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By: Don Lam & Curated Content

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