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Trump’s Coronavirus CEO Death Panel Backfires Hilariously

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The Trump administration has been torn between a faction that takes public-health concerns seriously, and one that wishes to disregard it. The pro-public-health faction has argued that the country cannot resume normal economic activity until the public has some reassurances of safety, which can only be achieved through a combination of widespread testing, tracing, and perhaps effective remedies. The anti-public-health faction either believes the dangers of the coronavirus have been exaggerated, or that the cost of social-distancing requirements is so high that the economy should simply be reopened, regardless of medical danger.

Trump has gone back and forth, and back and forth again, and is now going back once again to his original posture of downplaying the dangers of the virus. The drama has played out within his administration through a shambolic attempt to conscript business leaders into giving Trump cover, an effort that seems to have finally collapsed last night.

Last week, the anti-public-health faction signaled its intent to form a task force dedicated to prioritizing the economy. Several names circulated as members of the group, including Lawrence Kudlow (the fanatical supply-sider who has been urging Trump to disregard public-health advice from the outset) and both Ivanka Trump and her husband, Jared Kushner (who is already running his own parallel task force).

The task force was designed around a fallacy that has taken hold among conservatives. According to this line of thinking, the economy can be quickly “reopened,” the cost of which will either be minimal (because the coronavirus is just the flu) or at least acceptable (because the cost of a shutdown is higher than the loss of life).........

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