To the Editor: It isn't a surprise to hear President Trump tell a lie. What has always been a surprise is how little effect the president's lies have on his base support. And that support remains firm even when those lies, as with the coronavirus, have life-and-death consequences.

Here is but a sampling, in chronologic order:

Jan. 22—"We do have a plan...we've already handled it very well."

Jan. 30—"We think it's going to have a very good ending for us ... that I can assure you."

Feb. 7—"As the weather starts to warm & the virus hopefully becomes weaker, and then gone."

Feb. 10—"By April or during the month of April, the heat, generally speaking, kills this kind of virus." 

Feb. 26—"When you have 15 people, and the 15 within a couple of days is going to be down to close to zero, that's a pretty good job we've done."

Feb. 27—"One day it's like a miracle, it will disappear."

Feb. 28—"The Democrats are politicizing the coronavirus... it's their new hoax." 

March 6—"Anybody that wants a test can get a test."

March 21—"Hydroxychloroquine .. one of the biggest game-changers in the history of medicine."

May 11--"We have met the moment (on testing) and we have prevailed."

May 14th—"Could be that testing's, frankly, overrated. If we didn't do any testing, we would have very few cases...it's common sense".

Every single statement is false: no plan, not a good ending for us, neither the Texas heat nor Florida sun has weakened the virus. April saw 58,705 Americans lose their lives to COVID-19—roughly the same number lost during 10 years of war in Vietnam.

Nothing is under control: 15 cases has exploded to over 1.5 million, with 90,000 deaths and counting.

The only people who can get a test on-demand work in the White House. Hydroxychloroquine doesn't cure, it kills. The U.S. ranks 39th in testing per capita, behind Brunei and Belarus.

"Overrated" testing is the only tool we have to combat the disease, and it is only common sense to think we would have very few cases if we didn't test if you are a moron.

Democrats didn't undermine the president by politicizing the virus. Mr. Trump did that all by himself by simply opening his mouth.

JOSEPH CANNISI

Retired 28-year DOT employee


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