Donald Trump risked our children’s lives as a prop in his White House re-election reality show. We now know that children are carriers of the coronavirus as they go about their day. We also know not as many children catch the virus, but when they do it is a terrible death.
Trump sacrificed 624,890 kids who caught the disease and up to 16 percent of them died on the altar of his re-election. Due to the commander-in-chief’s incompetence and cruelty, 99,982 little bodies lie in their graves. Did the president care? The short answer is no. Otherwise, he would not have conned parents into believing that their kids would be safe in school. Our children are without a doubt not safe in schools.
In Royal City, Washington, Trump and his gang pushed officials to open the schools. The reason was to give an air of “everything is fine in River Cities across America.” Public health experts worried when senior White House officials manipulated the data, to “play down the risks of sending children back to the classroom.” Naturally, two weeks after schools opened their doors, the number of COVID-19 cases climbed. Cause and effect.
In fact, Trump’s officials tried to circumvent the Center for Disease Control and Protection (CDC). They sought out “alternate data” that supported the president’s case for a weakening pandemic and “little danger to children.”
Even the former head of the Coronavirus Pandemic task force Dr. Deborah Birx succumbed to POTUS’ pressure campaign. The C.D.C. has a strong reputation of being “the world’s premier public health agency.” It was deeply disturbed by the pressure coming out of the White House.
If schools are so safe, how is it that The New York Times reported a “beloved third-grade teacher at Brooklyn’s Public School 9,” died from the coronavirus? Sandra Santos-Vizcaino was the first New York City teacher to die from the disease. She worked to implement “yellow and pink hearts on the pavement” to show her kids where to stand and made certain desks were six feet apart. She said:
‘One day we will look back at this as a moment in time. [The chaos and uncertainty are] not forever.’
A former top Vice President Mike Pence aide quit so that she could speak out. Olivia Troye was pressured by the VP’s Chief of Staff Marc Short to come up with “more reports and charts showing a decline in coronavirus cases among young people,” The New York Times reported:
‘[S]he regretted being “complicit” in the effort. But she said she tried as much as possible to shield the C.D.C. from the White House pressure, which she saw as driven by the president’s determination to have schools open by the time voters cast ballots.’
She said the White House was hurting people’s lives for “whatever political agenda:”
‘You’re impacting people’s lives for whatever political agenda. You’re exchanging votes for lives, and I have a serious problem with that. I was appalled when I found out that Marc Short was tasking more junior staff in the office of the vice president to develop charts.’
White House spokesperson Brian Morgenster said he sought out people “who offer different expertise and views on a variety of issues:”
“President Trump relies on the advice of all of his top health officials who agree that it is in the public health interest to safely reopen schools, and that the relative risks posed by the virus to young people are outweighed by the risks of keeping children out of school indefinitely.’
A former senior public health official remembered Pence wanted:
‘[D]ata that could show the low risk of infection and death for school-age children — “a snazzy, easy-to-read document.”‘
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