A Dangerous ‘Promise’

Donald Trump makes lots and lots of ‘promises’ that he cannot keep about things over which he has little or no control.  He promised to “drain the swamp”, but brought in bigger, nastier alligators than we had ever seen before.  He promised to “build a wall” and that “Mexico will pay for it”.  Well, there are bits and pieces of a wall along the southern border, already proven easily scalable, and YOU paid for what’s been built so far, while Mexico sat back and laughed.  He promised to “make America great again”, but has only increased the divisiveness that already existed, driven off our allies, cozied up to dictators, caused the further destruction of the environment, botched the response to the coronavirus, increased racial tensions, and … well, you get the idea.  Thus far he has bungled every promise he made in one way or another, and frankly most of his promises were not things that would enhance our lives anyway.  His latest promise, though, has medical experts concerned.

In May, in one of his “Rose Garden press conferences”, he promised that a vaccine for the coronavirus would be ready by the end of the year.  This, despite the fact that nearly all the medical experts are saying that it’s a pipe dream.  The fear now, though, is that Trump will force rushed testing in order to push through his ‘promise’, which could be disastrous.  We could end up with a vaccine that doesn’t work, or one with devastating side effects.  Obviously, since Trump has made it perfectly clear that our lives do not matter to him, he won’t care, just so long as he looks like a hero to his base and wins the election on November 3rd.

Two professors at the University of Pennsylvania, Dr. Ezekiel J. Emanuel and Dr. Paul A. Offit wrote an OpEd in the New York Times on June 8th, where they imagined this scenario:

Oct. 23, 2020, 9 a.m., with 10 days before the election, Fox New releases a poll showing President Trump trailing Joe Biden by eight percentage points.

Oct. 23, 2020, 3 p.m., at a hastily convened news conference, President Trump announces that the Food and Drug Administration has just issued an Emergency Use Authorization for a coronavirus vaccine. Mr. Trump declares victory over Covid-19, demands that all businesses reopen immediately and predicts a rapid economic recovery.

Far-fetched?  Hardly.  Given Trump’s self-dealing and his lack of both intellect and empathy, I can certainly envision that happening.  And perhaps millions of people rushing to take the vaccine, without any guarantee of its effectiveness.  And, in a few years or less, I can picture a rash of new cancer cases or people suddenly losing their hair or having debilitating muscle spasms or brain tumours, all because the vaccine wasn’t well-tested.

Pharmaceutical companies such as Pfizer and Astra Zeneca are planning to move forward with human (guinea pig) testing in July and August, as is the National Institute of Health (NIH).  They plan to recruit tens of thousands of volunteers (guinea pigs) on whom they will test the vaccine, but results will take many more months before the vaccine can be marketed to the public.  And where will these volunteers (guinea pigs) come from?  Would you volunteer?  I sure as hell wouldn’t.  According to Dr. Fauci, it will likely take months to line up the volunteers (guinea pigs), and then medical experts say it will be between 8-12 months before the efficiency of the vaccine can be determined.  The effectiveness trial for the rotavirus vaccines took about four years and the human papillomavirus vaccine studies to prevent cervical cancer took seven years.

Would Trump be able to force a drug company and the NIH to claim a vaccine was effective before they were comfortable doing so?  Well, remember last month when top vaccine official Rick Bright was demoted because he tried to “prioritize science and safety over political expediency” and raised health concerns over a drug repeatedly pushed by President Trump as a possible cure for coronavirus.  Today, the FDA revoked the use of the drug, hydroxychloroquine, for emergency treatment of coronavirus patients, saying that “it is no longer reasonable to believe” that the drug has any effect on the coronavirus, but it is known to have serious side effects in some patients.

And remember how he has been purging the administration of those whose jobs was to provide oversight?  And remember how he’s planning a big rally in Tulsa on Saturday and telling people not to wear masks?  So yeah, Trump would try anything.  After all, come late October all he needs is a short-term fix … an October Surprise … just enough to boost his polls through November 3rd.  After the election, any vaccine can be recalled, scrapped, or people can start dying and he won’t care.  He only cares about one thing:  winning.  For himself, not for you or I.

Trump-Wants-You

33 thoughts on “A Dangerous ‘Promise’

  1. Jill, good post. We must state two truisms based on documented historical precedence:
    – Trump is a “prodigious liar” so says his former National Economics Advisor, Gary Cohn.
    – Trump often makes statements and accusations without facts. A common news caveat is “The president has asserted without supporting facts…”

    As for the vaccine, just yesterday, a public statement by the FDA was made that hydrochloroquine should not be taken to combat COVID-19, as it is not effective and the risks outweigh the benefits. But, Dr. Donald said this was a cure. Of course, we should not forget the president’s comment about ingesting disinfectant. After the appalling reaction, he said he was being sarcastic, but there are still fans that believe his COVID-19 is a hoax schtick. His lies are dangerous.

    Taking the president at his word is a fool’s errand. Keith

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    • Quite so … I’ve learned never to believe a thing he says, for 99% of the time, it’s a self-serving lie.

      As for the hydrochloroquine … Trump claimed that he was taking it … I’ve got a terrific idea … let him keep taking it and hopefully the risk will, indeed, outweigh the benefit! (Yes, I’ve grown cruel when it comes to Trump and his cronies) But you are so right … we’ve seen how dangerous his lies are and there is a large portion of the population in the country who will believe literally anything he tells them. The comparison to Jim Jones comes to mind often.

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  2. It seems to me that there should be a small group of volunteers who can be closely monitored by being completely quarantined together for the initial testing of any Covid-19 vaccine. Undoubtedly the person at the top of this list of victims…typo there, volunteers…would be trump, as is his due, since it is his fervent wish for expediency in the creating of a vaccine. Immediately following his lead would be Mike Pence, who will sadly be denied this privilege as there needs to be someone to fill in trump’s vacancy. However, surely some of the most faithful among trump’s enablers will step up to fill the void : William Barr, Mike Pompeo, Andrew Wheeler, Steven Mnuchin, Alex Azar, Betsy DeVos, and lately Ben Carson has earned a space too. Then not wishing to be excluded would be Jared Kushner, Ivanka Trump, Eric Trump, Donald Trump Jr. and Kayleigh McEnany. Next there would be these, who would not want to be overlooked, “Goons On Parade” led by Mitch McConnell and closely followed by Lindsey Graham and Corey Gardner. There are many others in that group that will surely want to volunteer for the good of the country as proof of their devotion to We the People. Should I have inadvertently missed any of the many other trumpists, who will undoubtedly volunteer, my sincere apologies are offered. After all, as trump himself has often said : “What have you got to lose?” Thank-you!

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    • You may have noticed that Melania Trump will in all likelihood not cast her lot with the volunteers…why waste a perfectly good renegotiated and improved prenup?! Thank-you!

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      • You’re probably right, but I’d like to see Melania be a part of that group anyway! In the event of her untimely demise, Barron will be taken care of financially for life, just as his father was. 😉

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    • What a truly brilliant idea you’ve had there!!! And you’ve made a great start on the list of guinea pigs, er, volunteers! Surely they would all be honoured to be a part of such an exclusive group!!! Thank you for your suggestion … I’ll get right on it!

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  3. Predictions? These aren ‘t predictions. They are Trump-fulfilling prophecies. He is the least leader-like leader in the history of leaders. Yet his psychofans worship him. They are the real problem.

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    • Agreed … I’ve long said that Trump is but a symptom of a larger disease, and getting rid of him is only the first step in working toward curing the disease that is destroying this nation. It is a disease composed of arrogance, greed, and perhaps most of all bigotry in all its forms.

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      • I could agree to that. Just wish it wasn’t true.

        On another subject altogether, Habitat for Humanity built a whole community in Edmonton, promising “free” housing to many families below the poverty line in return for just 500 hours of volunteer work. At 2018 minimum wage in Alberta, that would be $7500 per volunteer, while their work was probably more valuable than that. Well, for why I am bringing this up, the Habitat for Humanity in Edmonton has recently changed the rules, and now wants to raise the mortgage payments of the “owners” of these houses above the 30% of earned wages line. This is not doable to the people who thought they were finally able to have decent homes. No, the company is planning to kick out anyone who cannot come up with the new mortgage payments by the end of this month. Some people haven’t even moved in yet. They have started a class action law suit, but it doesn’t sound good. They are being screwed by the charity that was supposed to help them.
        Is this happening inp the States too? I cannot imagine Jimmy Carter and his wife allowing this, but who knows.

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        • I don’t know … hadn’t heard about Habitat for Humanity doing such a thing, and like you, I find it hard to believe that Jimmy Carter would sanction it, but I will check into it and get back to you later today.

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          • Thanks. I only news know what I heard on the news last night, but when we heard it, Gail and I looked st each other with disbelief, anger, and total sadness.I immediately thought I had to tell you, for this is right up your alley.

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  4. It’s like leading sheep to slaughter, i’m sure Trump supporters will line up b/c duh fuhrer said so! A quick google search for rushed vaccinations that led to disaster include:
    The Cutter Incident: How America’s First Polio Vaccine Led to a Growing Vaccine Crisis. Subsequent investigations revealed that the vaccine, manufactured by the California-based family firm of Cutter Laboratories, had caused 40 000 cases of polio, leaving 200 children with varying degrees of paralysis and killing 10.
    Thalidomide tragedy led to birth defects. Horrendous measles outbreak in Somoa due to faulty vaccine.
    Ebola vaccine caused more deaths than the ebola virus! The list goes on and on.
    I can only imagine what harm this covid vaxx will do to the population…. thinning the herd.

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  5. #1) trump’s people are not the majority and his numbers are dropping. #2) if trump is somehow re-elected, then America has much more serious issues than covid-19 to worry about. But I am with you, Jill. Every day the man lowers the bar of decency and civility and tries to slither under it. (😂Chubby Checker – Limbo Rock 😎)

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    • They are not the majority, but … with gerrymandering and the electoral college, their votes are magnified, just as happened in 2016. Hillary won by nearly 3 million votes, but because of the electoral college, Trump sits in the Oval Office (though I refuse to call him a “president”, for he is not). If Trump is re-elected, I’m either leaving the country or the world … I will NOT live another 4 years in this country under a dictator. Sigh. Ah, now you’ve got Chubby Checker going through my head! 😉

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  6. I don’t know about you Jill but I doubt that I would ever get a vaccine that has anything associated with this administration. In fact, if the Brits or Germans come up with one, and it’s blessed by the WHO, I’m much more likely to take a look at it. Nothing coming out of his mouth can ever be believed. He absolutely would do what your hypothetical situation suggested. Not a doubt in my mind.

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    • I would not take any vaccine developed in this country. One developed by a reputable pharmaceutical company in Europe, I would probably take … after it was thoroughly tested! But, I am for damn sure not going to be a guinea pig for the U.S. pharma companies that have made my insulin cost so much that I have to order it from Canada, and certainly not now, not with Trump bullying companies. I trust nothing in this country today. Sigh. I wish we cold hold the election today before he has time to do dirty tricks. Sigh.

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