Trump and his lackeys are guilty of criminal negligence, if not far worse. Who will hold them accountable?
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Last week, the amount of Americans dead from Covid-19 surpassed 150,000. Despite a death toll that surpasses the loss of life observed in some of the best wars of America, we still have no national plan for testing. No plan for contact tracing. Our principles for mask use and social distancing are haphazard at best, and a greedy minority of Americans actively ignore what rules are in place.
More people will die. We have over 4 million cases, and that number is growing quickly. Some of those who are sick will die. A few of those that are sick but do not know it will die. Some who are currently healthy will become infected and die. Consider: The last man to die of Covid-19 this year has not even been infected yet. Someone who has completed all the ideal things thus far–worn a mask, washed their hands, and, if fortunate, spent the better part of five weeks mutually distant and lonely–will nonetheless come into contact with someone who has not been careful, contract the virus, and die before the holidays. People will continue to die needlessly because people could not be bothered to take the threat seriously.
Nobody will cover all these senseless deaths. Nobody goes to jail because they did not put on a mask and infected somebody who had a preexisting condition. No prosecutor is going to be able to make a”reckless homicide” bill stick, because all a would-be defendant has to do is say,”I was only listening to the president of america.”
That presidentDonald Trump, will never cover what he’s done. Oh, he could lose an election. He may even be compelled to leave office after he loses (though that is still kind of up in the atmosphere ). But Trump will never be held liable for the deaths he’s caused. We cannot calculate how many Americans would have died if we did all right versus how many Americans have died and will die because Trump has done everything wrong, but that number is big. The delta is monstrous.
Trump and his government should be treated like mass murderers. Vanity Fair reports which Jared Kushner might have opted to scuttle a federal testing plan since the deaths were, at the moment, heavily skewed towards”blue” states with Democratic governors. If true, that behaviour ought to be regarded as a crime against humanity. No, it isn’t the fields; it is not the Armenian genocide; it is not the gulag or any number of current horrors of history. But I would argue that it could meet all three elements needed to proceed before the International Criminal Court: It’s persecution against an identifiable group, in addition to an inhumane act”intentionally causing great suffering, or serious injury to body or to mental or physical health”; it is a systemic”assault” against a civilian population; also it is done with knowledge of the attack.
But nobody will haul Kushner off to The Hague and the International Criminal Court if that is all over. Neither law punishes inaction. The law does not punish sins of omission. It doesn’t punish the man who fiddles while the city burns; the man who started the flame is only punished by it.
Then again, even in those cases when the Trump government has started the fires, it will not be held accountable. Businessman and former presidential candidate Herman Cain died last week by Covid-19. He was stricken with the disease soon after he attended Trump’s maskless rally in Tulsa. Many people talked about the death waiver attendees signal was chose by Trump, but while that waiver is telling, it is most likely legally unnecessary. Cain, like a lot of others in that rally, acted like Covid-19 was a liberal hoax. He set before and after the rally. There’s literally no way to tell if he got the virus at the rally. Cain is dead because of Trump–if not that particular rally, then his policies–no court would maintain Trump legally accountable for murdering a 74-year-old cancer survivor having a communicable disease, with or without a death waiver.
You can imagine a situation where somebody would be liable, if not criminally, then in civil court, such as infecting others with the coronavirus. I expect as individuals are forced to go back to work and school, these suits to come. Unfortunately, Mitch