There’s a lot we don’t know about the legacy Donald Trump will leave behind. And it is, of course, hugely important what happens in the 2020 election. But one thing seems sure: Even if he’s a one-term president, Trump will have caused, directly or indirectly, the premature deaths of a large number of Americans.
Some of those deaths will come at the hands of right-wing, white nationalist extremists, who are a rapidly growing threat, partly because they feel empowered by a president who calls them “very fine people.”
Some will come from failures of governance, like the inadequate response to Hurricane Maria, which surely contributed to the high death toll in Puerto Rico. (Reminder: Puerto Ricans are U.S. citizens.)
Some will come from the administration’s continuing efforts to sabotage Obamacare, which have failed to kill health reform but have stalled the decline in the number of uninsured, meaning that many people still aren’t getting the health care they need. Of course, if Trump gets his way and eliminates Obamacare altogether, things on this front will get much, much worse.
But the biggest death toll is likely to come from Trump’s agenda of deregulation — or maybe we should call it “deregulation,” because his administration is curiously selective about which industries it wants to leave alone.
On Thursday night, MSNBC’s Chris Hayes shared a clip his team dug up of Microsoft founder Bill Gates telling his foundation’s staff that President Donald Trump doesn’t know if HPV and HIV are the same thing, or, perhaps, not. In the footage, Gates recalls that Trump asked him about the difference between the two viruses on two separate occasions, in December 2016 and March 2017, respectively.
“Both times he wanted to know if there was a difference between HPV and HIV,” Gates said. “So I was able to explain that those are rarely confused with each other.” The opportunity of a lifetime! I’m sure Trump forgot both conversations instantly. But why is the President so curious about this hm?
Maybe because Spanky McPornfucker screws pornstars and thinks he’s infected?