Opinion: Trump's lies about healthcare staff benefiting from COVID deaths illustrate his assault on staff
While reports from Goldman Sachs, J.P. Morgan Chase and Moody & # 39; s pairing a Biden presidency with a healthier economy and stronger recovery, Donald Trump continues to lie about the economy going to collapse under Biden and fuel fears that the 401K of people may evaporate. He holds on to these lies despite inheriting an economic rebound from Biden and President Barack Obama that saw record-breaking monthly job growth.
Far from destroying the economy, Obama and Biden saved it, just as they saved thousands of jobs by saving the auto industry during the Great Recession, as a sizeable Republican contingent, including Mitt Romney, argued that the stalled US – Car manufacturers should file for bankruptcy.
Furthermore, despite the unemployment that has dropped since the Great Depression and the fact that 8 million more Americans have fallen into poverty since the COVID-19 bailout expired, Trump continues to seek to encourage working-class and middle-class Americans to do so bring to believe him looking for them somehow.
His most recent hideous and daunting lie, broadcast at a super-spreader rally in Michigan last Friday, is an example of his grave economic misconduct and ongoing attack and hatred of American workers. Both are represented by the fact that he refuses to address the real economic suffering and that the working conditions that American workers, particularly health workers, suffer from come from people.
What was the lie?
Now, in downplaying the size and severity of the COVID-19 pandemic again, he slanderously accused doctors and health care workers of increasing the number of COVID-19 deaths in order to fill their own pockets. This is surely one of the most grotesque cases of projection by the president who abused his office to enrich himself and even enabled genocide so that he could make some money.
Here's the unproven slander he spat:
“Our doctors get more money when someone dies of Covid. You know that right? I mean, our doctors are very smart people. So you say, "I'm sorry, but everyone is dying of Covid."
"In Germany and other places, if you have a heart attack or if you have cancer, you are terminally ill, you catch Covid, they say you are dying of cancer, you have died of a heart attack. When in doubt, choose us Covid. It's true, no, it's true. Now they're going to say, "Oh that's horrible what he said," but that's true. It's about $ 2,000 more so you get more money. "
These statements are malicious lies that again indicate that Trump has failed to develop guidelines and take action to address real economic suffering and the job crisis in America.
Dr. Nahid Bhadelia blew up those malicious lies on Joy Reid's MSNBC show Friday night, claiming, "No, doctors don't benefit from having someone positive on a death certificate. In fact, most of the doctors I know have seen their salary cut. . . and their hospitals suffer great financial losses. "
She stressed that the American Hospital Association is forecasting losses to U.S. hospitals that will hit $ 320 billion by the end of 2020, and stated that if hospitals experience an increase, they will close all other parts of the hospital and perform other operations and procedures have to cancel, ie health care workers lose work. Trump's refusal to acknowledge the reality of the pandemic and address it through a nationally coordinated plan, rather than promoting it at his rallies and promoting behavior that is more likely to spread than protect against the virus, actually has the terms and conditions of employment for health care workers and people health care affects their economic well-being.
Dr. Bhadelia's comment followed a section on Reid's show detailing the traumatic working conditions for doctors, nurses and other staff at a hospital in Billings, Montana. We know from numerous media reports and representations, as we see in the recent book A Pandemic Nurse & # 39; s Diary, written by anonymous Nurse T and author Timothy Sheard, that health care workers have the personal protective equipment they as well as the equipment and resources they need to properly care for victims of the virus. As Sister T reports in the diary, these workers are often confiscated from hotels or have to quarantine themselves by their families to ensure they do not carry the virus from their jobs and pass it on to others – in addition to unbearably long hours in extremely dangerous conditions Conditions.
Trump doesn't just ignore this reality.
Nor does he just gloss over this reality as if the economy is doing well, and COVID-19 is not a problem, although he glosses over this reality.
No He has to go the extra mile and insult the injury by actually slandering these workers.
Americans and American workers should realize that Trump will never bring them relief or appreciation.
He's just looking for further oppression, and he gets a good way to get there simply by suppressing their stories and the reality of our collective suffering.
Tim Libretti is a professor of American literature and culture at a Chicago state university. A longtime progressive voice, he has published numerous academic and journalistic articles on culture, class, race, gender, and politics, for which he has received awards from the Working Class Studies Association, the International Labor Communications Association, and the National Federation of Press Women and the Illinois Woman & # 39; s Press Association.