A bioethicist's pre-election 2016 blog post warns about Trump and a fictional pandemic

Generally, the subject of how a presidential candidate or newly elected one would handle a global pandemic once in office has not been a front burner issue for media types covering a crucial election.  But Donald Trump's candidacy must have rattled the global health elites enough to cajole their medical experts and press pals to begin a fear-mongering campaign even before Trump beat Hillary Clinton on November 8, 2016. Long before COVID-19 came ashore this past January, Trump's enemies began politicizing the possibility of a Trump-era pandemic. In 2017, a Clinton-supporting Dr Fauci warned of a "surprise outbreak" during the Trump administration. Earlier, a month after Trump won in 2016, The Atlantic published an article entitled "How a Pandemic Might Play Out Under Trump."  The Atlantic writer depicted Trump as a "flying off the handle, rambling" authoritarian isolationist with "zero experience” dealing with future...(Read Full Post)
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