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Opinion: Donald Trump's other, tragic big lie

February 22, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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This week the US will surpass half a million deaths from Covid. The Greek tragedian Aeschylus wrote, "In war, the first casualty is truth." When the history of the American war against the coronavirus is finally written, historians will note that Donald Trump's big lie about masks -- repeatedly injected into the body politic -- was the original sin.

But there was another big lie in 2020, also propagated by former President Donald Trump, involving the coronavirus pandemic.

On January 22, 2020, the day the US reported its first case of Covid-19, President Trump said he wasn't worried about the outbreak becoming a pandemic.

In his book "Rage," Bob Woodward reported that six days later, National Security Adviser Robert O'Brien unambiguously told Trump: "This will be the biggest national security threat you face in your presidency.

On March 9, with US coronavirus deaths mounting, Trump again likened the coronavirus to the flu, tweeting, "So last year 37,000 Americans died from the common Flu. It averages between 27,000 and 70,000 per year.

Despite Trump's public nonchalance, in private he had known for months precisely how easily the virus was spread, and the rationale for wearing masks.

For Trump, however, there was no going back, and it would be another three months before he agreed to wear a mask in public.

During a July 12 visit to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Trump told reporters, "I've never been against masks, but I do believe they have a time and a place. " But the damage had been done, and like wearing a red MAGA hat, refusing to wear a mask in public became a sign of fealty to the president.

Two days later, Cain tweeted support for Noem's decision not to require masks at Trump's planned visit to Mount Rushmore.

"Masks will not be mandatory for the event, which will be attended by President Trump.

As he stood facing the South Lawn, the former president dramatically removed his mask, saluted Marine One, and then turned and, actively infected with the coronavirus and unmasked, he entered the Executive Residence.

Dr. Christopher Murray, the Institute's director said, "We think the key point here is that there's a huge winter surge coming. " Murray and his colleagues were spot on, but still there was no Trump administration push for universal masking.

The Greek tragedian Aeschylus wrote, "In war, the first casualty is truth. " When the history of the American war against the coronavirus is finally written, historians will note that Donald Trump's big lie about masks was the original sin.

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