Trump Admitted To A Crime Against Humanity At His Rally On Saturday Night
President Donald Trump said during his campaign rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma, on Saturday night that he tried to slow down coronavirus testing to keep America’s numbers from climbing higher.
Washington Monthly’s David Atkins noted the implications of Trump’s admission, writing that it is “hard to overstate the sheer evil of it.”
Trump said at the rally: “Here’s the bad part: when you do testing to that extent, you’re going to find more people, you’re going to find more cases. So I said to my people, slow the testing down please.”
Atkins noted that “The only way to stop a widespread pandemic is through mass, universal testing, aggressive contact tracing and isolation measures.”
Slowing down testing “virtually guarantees the deaths of thousands, to say nothing of broader damage to the social fabric and to the economy,” Atkins wrote, adding that doing so “for political reasons is particularly abominable.”
It constitutes a criminal, negligent abuse of power so unspeakable and so unthinkable that there isn’t even a law, federal or international, to adequately cover the case. It is the sort of high crime that impeachment was explicitly designed for, because the potential for abuses of power by a chief executive potentate is so vast and variegated that it would be impossible to write laws for all the potential scenarios.
While “White House trade advisor Peter Navarro claimed that Trump was only ‘joking’ in a ‘light moment,’” listening to audio from the rally reveals no sign that the president was merely playing around.
Atkins wrote that Trump’s admission of trying to “slow walk testing in a once-in-a-century pandemic, just to reduce the number of publicized cases for purely political purposes” and appear less incompetent is the “essence of a high crime.”
Further, Trump’s action “constitutes nothing less than a national and global crime against humanity,” as it opened the potential of “killing literally hundreds of thousands of his own fellow citizens and endangering the entire interconnected world.”