Letter: Trump was right to downplay Covid

I feel president Trump’s downplaying Covid-19 in January was probably the correct thing to do as we had no vaccine or treatment and knew very little about the virus as China lied about it. What he did do was to get manufactures to ramp up production of face masks, which were in short supply and which Dr. [Anthony] Fauci felt should be saved for medical workers. He got auto companies to start producing ventilators and in New York City, which got hit hard early, he sent a hospital ship and made hospital beds available in the Javits Center. As a result, there was never the predicted shortage of either.

Remember what else was going on then? You couldn’t buy toilet paper or other paper products, bleach, alcohol-based disinfectants were also gone and some food products like flour, sugar and some meats were in short supply. Can you imagine what it would have been like if the president was adding fuel to this fire. We would have had riots in supermarkets.

On January 24, 2020, while all this was going on, what were the Democrats doing? They were voting on the charges in the phony impeachment articles at the same day there were Congressional committee hearing on Covid-19. What was the Democrats’ take on the hearings? They were an attempt by the Trump administration to use Covid-19 as a diversion from impeachment. The simple fact is the only one responsible for Covid-19 is China, which was aided and abetted by the World Health Organization.

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China lied and they swore to it. When we found out how bad it was, thanks to China’s deception, it was already here coming in from China and Europe. Remember when Trump stopped travel from China, the Democrats called him racist, and when he halted it from Europe, he was xenophobi? Now Basement Biden says Trump, not China, is responsible for all the Covid deaths. If he really believes this, I have a couple of bridges and a tunnel I’d like to sell him.

John Habersberger

New Paltz

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There are 15 comments

  1. Kristy Larson

    THIS IS UTTER BULLSHIT!!!!!! 45 IS A BIO TERRORIST!!! 45 Had warnings & a full Pentagon briefing way back in 2017 before this virus even had a name or certain classification. That briefing told him what was expected to happen in detail & what needed to be done to contain the spread. That was 3 years ago, leaving him plenty of time to build our responses & supply stock!!!! His claims of having empty closets & trying to keep the people from panicking are ABSOLUTE LIES!!!!!! Instead he ignored all warnings & advisements & deliberately set out over 3 years to destroy all of our responses & access to pandemic expertise with premeditation! He even disassociated with health organizations & rerouted the reporting of medical information so he could tamper with it! HE’S LIED HIS ASS OFF & THAT COST HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF LIVES!!!! When it got here, he knew early on & continued to do everything he could to spread it with the help of his regime nationwide!!! He intently encourages his cult to not wear masks & gather together & continuously downplays all aspects, now even trying to blame blue states for his own demented, deranged, deliberate, deadly acts!!!. Let’s not forget how he implored his cult to LIBERATE, FIGHT FOR THEIR RIGHTS & FREEDOMS!!! Let’s not forget that he intentionally did nothing, then stalled, lied, called it a hoax & waited while he blamed Democrats & made it about him even though it is a global pandemic. Let’s not forget that he waited weeks to stop international travel knowing it would be too late! He politicized & misrepresented it to intentionally spread it! He then flooded the internet with no masker propaganda & filled people’s heads with utter bullshit, suggesting it would go away & that they should check into ingesting disinfectants! He also turned scientists & experts into political pawns & undermined their knowledge & truth they were trying to get across to the American people!!! That all resulted in misleading even his own cult, endangering other’s lives nationally & around the globe, causing mass unmasked, undistanced gatherings that turned his cult into walking bio weapons of spread!!!! He still holds rallies of unmasked undistanced crowds & he still refuses to set an example by wearing a mask himself & the same for Pestilence Pence & the rapture boys. MY GOD PEOPLE IF YOU CAN’T SEE THESE PROVEN FACTS & HOW THEY ADD UP OR WHAT SOME OF YOU HELPED TO CAUSE, YOU SERIOUSLY DESERVE TO FACE YOUR KARMA!!! WAKE THE FECK UP!!!! THIS VIRUS GOES WHERE WE TAKE IT! WEAR A FECKING MASK & DISTANCE!!!!!!!
    https://www.scribd.com/document/454422848/Pentagon-Influenza-Response?fbclid=IwAR2dFEi55H_OWZfslJULwmHXhXaz7aSocIf9nalqs8eB8UnN7EEpf1hvV4k#from_embed?campaign=VigLink&ad_group=xxc1xx&source=hp_affiliate&medium=affiliate

    1. Diane C

      I couldn’t agree more. Listening to some of these people…well, it is really, really frightening that people can be that deluded and ignorant. What have they gotten from that man but lies, more taxes (because some has to pay for his welfare-for-the-wealthy tax cuts! And it won’t be the wealthy!), EPA cuts so his rich buddies can save some money by dumping manufacturing waste in our waterways or for not abiding by green manufacturing processes, a failing economy (It wasn’t failing when he got it! https://www.forbes.com/sites/chuckjones/2019/02/13/6-reasons-trump-did-not-inherit-a-mess-from-obama/#5c0c3f1075ef ) and, now, COVID. It’s like the person in an abusive relationship defending the person who is abusing them. Do they have Stockholm Syndrome??

  2. A person with a brain and heart.

    This is awful and bloodless and John Habersberger should be made to throw lime on the mass graves of COVID victims. Of what possible journalistic value is this factually incorrect and wildly inciting garbage?

  3. Brett

    Truly embarrassing that this drivel gets published. “Basement Biden”? Is this the rhetoric that we want put on a pedestal? Sad.

  4. Andy Andersen

    There’s a lot of middle ground between downplaying and frightening and to presume that these were the only two options Trump had to work with is absurd. Informing the public can take on many different tones and it ultimately comes down to the charisma and choices of the leader on whether the approach is effective or not. That he “downplayed” the threat while actively hosting events that encouraged its spread shows the truth behind his words. Trump has failed – and he lied – and he lied about failing. How many are dead as a result of this? If you support Trump, that’s fine, it’s certainly a right, but please stop trying to present a fabrication as if it is genuine. The problem with fantasy is that it can be whatever you want, but just because you believe it, it doesn’t make it real.

    1. Diane C

      Well written, Andy. I feel as though I’ve been living in some twisted version of reality the last three years because of comments by people who will twist events to make their version of reality true. Just the fact that people still see the impeachment as unnecessary or ‘fake’ is appalling and, even more so, is the fact the Senate allowed trump to forego testifying and to keep the original, unredacted call from being submitted as evidence. Innocent people don’t hide evidence pertinent to a case. How can you truly say you want what’s best for this country, for your community, when you support and defend a liar and a criminal (last time I checked, fraud was a criminal offense, as is tax evasion…great example for our younger generations).

  5. TIM HUNTER

    I normally ignore these silly, partisan, lacking-in-logic-or-fact letters, but….
    The conditions that the writer describes as a reason for downplaying, happened BECAUSE the President not only did not take decisive steps that would have lessened the severity, but in a callous politically motivated way, called it a Democratic Hoax, and worsened the spread.
    The President, and this writer are accomplices to mass murder.

  6. Diane C

    Tim, I couldn’t agree more. The current state of our country is not an arbitrary occurrence; it is due to lack of leadership. The feds had to prop up the economy three times last year by lowering rates and that was before COVID made it to this country. A true leader takes responsibility and does turn in circles pointing his finger when he/she makes a mistake. I have never seen a leader, an adult, act so poorly or unethically and clearly have no conscience in doing so.

  7. Ian

    I don’t think Trump can take credit for limiting the panic-buying by ignoring the crisis. I think some bog-standard, mildly competent leadership could have done a lot to quell the panic.

  8. Diane C

    I couldn’t agree more. Listening to some of these people…well, it is really, really frightening that people can be that deluded and ignorant. What have they gotten from that man but lies, more taxes (because some has to pay for his welfare-for-the-wealthy tax cuts! And it won’t be the wealthy!), EPA cuts so his rich buddies can save some money by dumping manufacturing waste in our waterways or for not abiding by green manufacturing processes, a failing economy (It wasn’t failing when he got it! https://www.forbes.com/sites/chuckjones/2019/02/13/6-reasons-trump-did-not-inherit-a-mess-from-obama/#5c0c3f1075ef ) and, now, COVID. It’s like the person in an abusive relationship defending the person who is abusing them. Do they have Stockholm Syndrome??

  9. Capt. Trips

    He is the poster child for the seven deadly sins. What an imbecilic, Lying piece of hot steamy crap. I remember, when the President of the United States, was considered the worlds top leader, of the greatest nation. A man (or, some day soon, a woman) of great fortitude and restraint, full of wisdom and courage, who gave their own lives, both figuratively and in JFK’s case, literally, too our great nation. A person for both the young and old too respect and admire, hoping someday too emulate. Someone who has esteem, gravitas, and veneration around the world. So sad too say, not this guy, he is just plain ol’ dogsh*t, and anyone who backs him is either an ignorant idiot, or evil themselves. Most likely church goers, and christians, and the like, you know the “in Jesus name” nuts. They love trump.

  10. Adge

    I found this, some opinion letter he wrote in the NY Daily News back in early April. Wow. Just wow.

    Can’t stop, won’t stop
    New Paltz, N.Y.: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced she will appoint a special House committee to investigate the response to the coronavirus pandemic. While people are dying, getting sick and losing their jobs, she can’t resist playing politics. Couldn’t she wait until things are getting back to normal? I think it is entirely appropriate that the Democrats have a jackass as their party’s symbol. Of course Nancy, being a female, is just an ass. John Habersberger

  11. Celine

    Yes, indeed, he is a peculiar American creation, an unloved boy taught to “win,” to avoid being a looser, at any cost. Better the world should crash down around you than for you to lose face or be seen as less competitive or aggressive than another. Vain because no one taught you to love yourself for who you are, so others must always admire you and serve your interests to prop you up. Seeing money as the symbol of success, hallow and pointless, but a reason for being. And not having been accepted by old money, you go crazy seeking the most lavish, shiny things you can for yourself, and for your properties, to show what “class” you have.

    No moral compass. Amoral, at best.

    And capable of feigning some sort of spirituality, not to be confused with anything resembling spirituality or being a loving, caring, generous, grateful person. We hoist our bibles and wear our flags pinned to our labels in case someone forget which nation we serve.

    Your con is all you are, suited, apparently, to star in an unreal, demeaning, reality TV show based on worship of the golden calf. Virtually biblical. You wheel and deal property, leave subcontractors and lenders in the lurch, and count among your crowd oligarchs and money-laundering international mafia types. You feel yourself rich and famous enough to take liberties with women without repercussions. Nice.

    He’s the moneyed version of the lower middle class suburban high school junior who plays football fairly, knows how to joke around about the girls he gets, makes uncomfortable those who come from normal families, and brags about all the things he gets away with. He thinks (wants to believe?) that all the “chicks” are in love with him. Some are flattered that he looks at them, but then he calls them “dogs” to his buds. He’s probably often looking for get himself close to any seemingly hot looking body, the younger the better, reflecting well on him. As we used to say in high school: “Gross.”

    That’s as far as I can tell — about him.

    But some of us love him. The reasons appear to be many. The causes of the reasons have not all been diagnosed, but they’ll only be hard to heal if we aren’t mostly pretty good people able to tell the difference between the fake and the real, heart and no heart.

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