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Sat May 9, 2020, 07:37 PM

As deaths mount, Trump tries to convince Americans it's safe to inch back to normal

In a week when the novel coronavirus ravaged new communities across the country and the number of dead soared past 78,000, President Trump and his advisers shifted from hour-by-hour crisis management to what they characterize as a long-term strategy aimed at reviving the decimated economy and preparing for additional outbreaks this fall.

But in doing so, the administration is effectively bowing to — and asking Americans to accept — a devastating proposition: that a steady, daily accumulation of lonely deaths is the grim cost of reopening the nation.

Inside the West Wing, some officials talk about the federal government’s mitigation mission as largely accomplished because they believe the nation’s hospitals are now equipped to meet anticipated demand — even as health officials warn the number of coronavirus cases could increase considerably in May and June as more states and localities loosen restrictions, and some mitigation efforts are still recommended as states begin to reopen.

The administration is struggling to expand the scale of testing to what experts say is necessary to reopen businesses safely, and officials have not announced any national plan for contact tracing. Trump and some of his advisers are prioritizing the psychology of the pandemic as much as, if not more than, plans to combat the virus, some aides and outside advisers said — striving to instill confidence that people can comfortably return to daily life despite the rising death toll.


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Sat May 9, 2020, 10:07 PM

1. This is trump's re-election strategy:

lie about the virus numbers, to keep public confused about size of the problem.

Force Americans to buy new stuff by outlawing the old stuff.


Use Exec Order powers to "create demand" for...US-manufactured goods by outlawing products & mandating Americans purchase replacements. Example given: Declare it illegal to drive US hwys w/a truck rig >10 yrs old, compelling truckers to "demand" new rigs.
The idea is to force spending to juice the economy

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Sat May 9, 2020, 10:23 PM

2. Everyone

especially near hospitals, funeral services, grave yards. Take as many photos as possible, with good taste to not injure the families.

I still remember the refrigerator trucks park in NYC. The mass graves.

The right photo, in a red state might pop the balloon.

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