Trump upset about being outpolled by Fauci over coronavirus advice

Sometimes, President Trump makes writing this blog just so damn easy.

On Tuesday, Trump, at a White House briefing, whined that people like Dr. Anthony Fauci more than they like him.

Fauci, you remember, is a member of the president’s coronavirus task force, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at the National Institutes of Health, a veteran of the battle to find a cure for HIV and AIDS, and a world-respected immunologist. He also has worked for numerous presidents of both parties.

A Quinnipiac University poll released July 15 showed 67 percent of respondents do not trust the information Trump provides about the virus, compared with 65 percent who said they do trust the information Fauci delivers.

“Nobody likes me,” the president said Tuesday. “It can only be my personality, that’s all.” His lament came on the same day that the nation surpassed the grim benchmark of 150,000 deaths as a result of the pandemic.

“Remember, he’s working for this administration,” Trump said of Fauci, who is not a political appointee. “He’s working with us. We could’ve gotten other people. We could’ve gotten somebody else. It didn’t have to be Dr. Fauci.”

No, but he couldn’t have gotten anyone better.

Why doesn’t Trump get it? People trust Fauci for medical information mainly because he is a medical professional. Trump is not.

If you’re having a heart attack, do you call the White House or do you dial 911 for a paramedic? If you break your leg, do you call a politician, or do you go to an emergency room? And if you’re in a car accident, do you call your mayor, or do you call for an ambulance?

People are smarter than Trump gives them credit for. They know that for medical advice, they listen to doctors, not someone who has been consistently wrong when it comes to peoples’ health.

The perfect example is Trump’s stand on hydroxychloroquine, which he said could be used to treat the virus. In fact, on July 1, the Food and Drug Administration put out an update about the drug, warning against its use in treating the virus.

The update includes reports of serious heart rhythm problems and other safety issues, including blood and lymph-system disorders, kidney injuries and liver problems and failure.

Incredibly, Trump recently renewed his call for people to use the disproven drug.

Trump also has touted a Houston doctor, Stella Immanuel, who praises hydroxychloroquine and says that face masks aren’t necessary to stop transmission of the highly contagious coronavirus.

She also has made claims about alien DNA and the physical effects of having sex with witches and demons in your dreams.

Immanuel, a pediatrician and a religious minister, has a history of making bizarre claims about medical topics and other issues. She has often claimed that gynecological problems like cysts and endometriosis are in fact caused by people having sex in their dreams with demons and witches. 

Trump has hailed her as “very impressive” and “an important voice.”

When asked about this person at the Tuesday briefing, he quickly ended the session and left the room.

Just a quick bit of history here. Back in 1973, Trump and his father were being sued by the Justice Department for racial discrimination because they would not rent apartments in one of their developments to Blacks.

Meanwhile, in 1974, Fauci was working for the National Institutes of Health, which he joined in 1968, as a clinical associate in the Laboratory of Clinical Investigation at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases helping to save lives.

And Trump wonders why people prefer Fauci over him?

One more word about masks

Rep. Louie Gohmert — a Texas Republican who has been walking around the Capitol without a mask — has tested positive for the coronavirus, according to multiple sources, the Associated Press reported on Wednesday.

Gohmert attended Tuesday’s House Judiciary Committee hearing with Attorney General William Barr in person, where lawmakers were seated at some distance from one another.

But footage from before the hearing shows Gohmert and Barr walking together in close contact, with neither wearing a mask.

What’s gonna take to convince people to wear masks?

Published by Mike Sturman

I am a retired journalist with nearly 30 years in the field, during which time I was a reporter and held numerous editor positions at local newspapers and a number of magazines. After I retired, I was a sub in my local school district, then did PR for that district. I hold a Bachelor's Degree in journalism, and as for my politics, that's simple: I'm a liberal Democrat. I'm married, and my wife recently retired after 25 years as a teacher. We have one daughter, who has earned her PhD and works at a UC. Through this blog, I hope to pass on some interesting thoughts and ideas, entertain with some lighthearted posts and generally quell my pandemic-induced boredom.

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