The reason Trump ‘sabotaged’ and botched our coronavirus response—he is an anti-science anti-vaxxer

  • 03/01/2020 12:10 pm ET Shaan Chagan
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Trump’s anti-science views have put the United States in danger of a pandemic. He continues to lie about coronavirus and call it a “hoax.”

“Trump has sabotaged America’s coronavirus response,” as one leading expert has explained.

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This isn’t the first time he has ignored the facts. Check out these 18 times he has advanced anti-science views:

1. Denounces vaccines

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Trump has recently changed his tune but was once on board with the anti-vax movement. He once stated that autism in children comes from vaccinations.

2. “It will disappear”

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Trump said that the coronavirus would disappear, even though it has been moving quickly across Asia and Europe. Does Trump not realize what a virus is?

“It’s going to disappear. One day it’s like a miracle, it will disappear.”

3. Same same, but different

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Bill Gates flat out said that Donald Trump didn’t know the difference between HIV and HPV. Gates met with Donald Trump in 2018 to discuss the option of him becoming a science advisor.

In an interview, Gates said that Trump asked if there was a difference between HIV and HPV in that conversation. Twice.

4. You can’t see me

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Trump said that a Stealth Aircraft was “literally” invisible in an interview with The Guardian in 2017.

“You can’t see it. You literally can’t see it. It’s hard to fight a plane you can’t see”

5. Let there be light

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Trump tweeted in 2012 that there were environmentally friendly lightbulbs out there that could give you cancer. Can you believe that? He also called the creators of these cancer-causing lightbulbs “idiots.”

6. Asbestos would have saved the Twin Towers

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It is widely known that asbestos causes cancer and other health problems. Many parts of the world banned asbestos by the 1990s.

Trump believed the removal of asbestos from the World Trade Center was why the Twin Towers burned down.

“If we didn’t remove incredibly powerful fire-retardant asbestos & replace it with junk that doesn’t work, the World Trade Center would never have burned down,” Trump tweeted in October 2012.

7. #RakeGate

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During the California wildfires, Trump addressed the media saying that we needed to get better at raking leaves.

“You gotta take care of the floors. You know the floors of the forest, very important,” Trump told reporters “I was with the President of Finland and he said: ‘We have, much different, we are a forest nation.’ He called it a forest nation. And they spend a lot of time on raking and cleaning and doing things, and they don’t have any problem.”

Finland’s President Sauli Niinistö stated that he doesn’t remember talking to Trump about raking forests at all.

8. Maybe, probably, probably not

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When a landmark climate change report was released in October 2018, Trump disagreed with the report.

He said, “I think something’s happening. Something’s changing and it’ll change back again. I don’t think it’s a hoax, I think there’s probably a difference. But I don’t know that it’s man-made.”

9. Raise your hand if you want the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency job

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To lead the EPA, Scott Pruitt was appointed by Trump. The problem is that Scott Pruitt long opposed environmental regulations and has also questioned the science behind climate change.

Trump stated that his administration “strongly believes in environmental protection, and Scott Pruitt will be a powerful advocate for that mission while promoting jobs, safety, and opportunity.”

Pruitt resigned two years later.

10. I was a scientist in my past life

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Trump nominated the former Texas Gov. Rick Perry as Energy Secretary, which is a science-heavy job. Perry, is in fact, not a scientist by any means. He is actually a climate change skeptic.

“I think Rick Perry probably is smarter than Lindsey Graham,” Trump said.

11. He chose an energy company executive for secretary of State

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Trump appointed former Exxon CEO Rex Tillerson for Secretary of State. Although Tillerson acknowledges that climate change exists, while he was at Exxon he was accused of hiding climate change research from its shareholders for years.

Rex did recently say that Trump was a “f@@king moron,” though.

12. What in the wind?

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After Trump won the Electoral College vote and sat down with The New York Times, he mentioned “a problem with wind.”

He went on to claim that “the wind is a very deceiving thing,” then started ranting about wind turbines, which ruin golf courses and kill some “not all” of the birds.

13. Snow in NYC

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Back before he was elected president, Trump exclaimed on Twitter that the snow in NYC negated the climate change theory.

14. Bring in the nukes

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Apparently, when the topic of hurricanes comes up in the White House, Trump’s go-to response involves nuclear weapons.

Axios reported back in 2019, that Trump asked, “Why don’t we nuke them?” during one of his hurricane briefings.

15. Sharpiegate

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One of the most ridiculed anti-science moments in the Trump presidency is likely to be Sharpiegate. The President mistakenly claimed that Hurrican Dorian would hit Alabama.

Instead of admitting he made an error, Trump used a sharpie to alter the path of the hurricane on an official weather map.

16. Mars and the moon

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In 2019, Trump complained on Twitter that NASA was putting too much focus on going back to the moon. He suggested the new target should be Mars…but then he added the weird bit about the moon being a part of Mars.

17. Rewriting FEMA plans

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The Trump administration is also spreading its anti-science agenda to other government agencies. In 2018, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) removed the words “climate change” from its strategic plan.

18. Going after Al Gore

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In 2010, Trump wanted the Nobel committee to take back Al Gore’s Nobel Prize because it was a snowy winter. While speaking to guests at his National Golf Club in Westchester, Trump reportedly said:

“With the coldest winter ever recorded, with snow setting record levels up and down the coast, the Nobel committee should take the Nobel Prize back from Al Gore.”

BONUS Pence: “Smoking Doesn’t Kill”

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Vice President Mike Pence wrote a piece in 2000 stating that, “Despite the hysteria from the political class and the media, smoking doesn’t kill.” He added, “In fact, 2 out of every three smokers do not die from a smoking-related illness and 9 out of ten smokers do not contract lung cancer.”

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