Secretary Azar’s message to Chuck Todd’s viewers was particularly about massive “indoor gatherings.” That is related as a consequence of upcoming Halloween festivities and Thanksgiving celebrations. Todd remarked that Azar’s assertion was unusual contemplating that simply final week, Azar attended an indoor rally with President Trump—the identical President Trump that also might very properly be COVID-19 optimistic. Azar mentioned that everybody on the indoor rally was socially distanced—form of—and have been all provided masks. After all, this implies nothing in the event you don’t put on mentioned masks. Todd identified that the message being despatched doesn’t appear constant, as states like Wisconsin see surges in COVID-19 circumstances, whereas Donald Trump flies into these areas to advertise massive superspreader occasions.
It’s right here that Azar makes an attempt to advertise misinformation that does two issues: It makes an attempt at justifying the Trump administration’s present anti-public well being farewell tour, whereas additionally absolving the administration’s criminally negligent dealing with of a pandemic that has claimed nearly 1 / 4 of 1,000,000 American lives. Azar says that a number of international locations in lockdown are having massive surges. The implication right here is that you just’re damned in the event you do and damned in the event you don’t.
This isn’t true. The actual fact of the matter is that the US, for the primary time in years, is definitely No. 1 on the planet in one thing: demise charges as a consequence of COVID-19 and demise charges generally in the course of the pandemic. We’re additionally a pacesetter on the planet in circumstances per 100,000 and deaths per 100,000. I suppose Azar is speaking about how locations like Aruba and Bahrain have a worse case charge? Todd asks why it’s been so “troublesome for the president” to advertise a public well being message that may truly save 1000’s, if not tens of 1000’s or lots of of 1000’s of lives.
ALEX AZAR: I believe it is a troublesome message for all western democracies. We’re seeing that in Europe. The American folks have given a lot. Individuals of Europe have given a lot, Chuck. They have been locked down, remoted. However they’re drained. However the level is, we’re so shut. Hold in there with us. We’re so shut …
Azar has been a Trump hack all through this course of and might be justifiably blamed for a lot of the misinformation and confusion amongst sure sections of the American public in regard to COVID-19. He has attacked People and frontline responders as an alternative of the virus. If we lived in a simply universe, Alex Azar would quickly discover himself performing some jail time together with the lots of of Republican operatives and rip-off artists who’ve introduced us to the place we at the moment are.