New Film Documents Trump’s Pandemic Failures And His Sheer Callousness

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“The scientists sounded the alarm every day. The U.S. government was doing nothing,” a scientist says in the film.

A new documentary from filmmaker Alex Gibney exposes the epic failures of the Trump administration’s coronavirus response and how President Trump’s cavalier approach resulted in thousands of unnecessary deaths.

  • The official trailer for ‘Totally Under Control’, which dropped the same day Trump announced he had tested positive, begins with Trump saying in January that he was “not at all” worried about a pandemic.
  • The documentary was filmed in secret over five months and is the result of “interviews with countless scientists, medical professionals and government officials on the inside,” the trailer states.
  • “We, the scientists, knew what to do for the pandemic response,” one scientist says. “The plan was in front of us, but leadership would not do it.”
  • “The scientists sounded the alarm every day,” adds another. “The U.S. government was doing nothing.”
  • “The truth is that political leaders caused avoidable death and destruction,” another says.
  • Trump shows up in a clip proclaiming, “One day, it’s like a miracle. It will disappear.”
  • “Complete bullshit,” a scientist follows. “He has no idea what he’s talking about.”
  • The scientists faced “real fear of retribution” while they “were watching the number of deaths in the U.S. tick higher and higher,” one scientist said.

‘Totally Under Control’ premieres on demand October 13 and on Hulu October 20.


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