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But denying a frightening reality is a pattern of behavior for Trump. As the latest recordings from journalist Bob Woodward’s interview with the President reveal the starkest account of the President’s willingness to mislead the public on matters of science and public health. Woodward’s interview reveals that Trump knew just how dangerous the coronavirus was but continued to downplay risks and attack leaders taking action to protect their citizens.
Why This Matters: What the President says matters. Estimates show that over 80% of COVID-19-related deaths could have been prevented in the U.S. through a better response. And now that President Trump is denying the urgency of climate change and supporting conspiracy theories, people are succumbing to fake news and refusing to leave their homes when prompted to evacuate.
More on Woodward:As Vox wrote about the latest recordings from the Woodward interview with Trump, the President said one thing privately, and another thing publicly.
There are many parallels between these actions and how the conservative media ecosystem is amplifying Trump’s lies. Trump apparently acknowledges science in private and denies it in public, which perhaps is a ploy to distract from the fact that he lacks a plan to address both the coronavirus pandemic as well as the climate crisis.
Last Friday, the United States formally reentered the Paris Climate Agreement. This is undoubtedly good news but after four years of total climate inaction on the part of the Trump administration as well as other nations failing to meet their commitments, it’s more urgent than ever that the world comes together and gets it right. […]
by Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer Yesterday, the Senate voted to confirm former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm as Secretary of Energy. Granholm, who has positive relationships with both Democrats and Republicans, has committed to implementing science-based policy as part of President Biden’s “Build Back Better” plan. In keeping with President Biden’s plan to pack his cabinet with diverse appointees, Granholm […]
by Ashira Morris, ODP Staff Writer While some of President Biden’s cabinet nominees have had tumultuous hearings this week, but Tom Vilsack was easily confirmed as Secretary of Agriculture yesterday. Vilsack held the same post for the entirety of the Obama administration and spent the interim years working as a dairy industry CEO. During his […]
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