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MIT professor Noam Chomsky attacked President Donald Trump, claiming he is responsible for the deaths of thousands of Americans as he used the coronavirus crisis to increase his chances of winning re-election, The Guardian reports.

  • Chomsky told The Guardian that the president is harming the interest of average Americans, while pretending to be the savior of the country.
  • He accused Trump of cutting government funding for healthcare and research on infectious disease, so that his administration could continue to support big business corporations.

Chomsky said:

That’s something that Trump has been doing every year of his term, cutting it back more. So [his plan is] let’s continue to cut it back, let’s continue to make sure that the population is as vulnerable as we can make it, that it can suffer as much as possible, but will of course increase profits for his primary constituents in wealth and corporate power.

The left-wing intellectual continued to criticize the president’s coronavirus response:

It’s a great strategy for killing a lot of people and improving his electoral politics...To try and cover up his criminal attacks against the American people, which have been going on all of this time, he’s flailing about to try and find scapegoats.

Chomsky’s interview with The Guardian was part of a larger conversation about the launch of the Progressive International, a global initiative initiated by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and Yanis Varoufakis, former Greek finance minister, to organize and mobilize progressive forces around the world. The council will hold its inaugural summit in September if the pandemic would no longer be an issue.

See the full report here.