Has Donald Trump and his administration made the coronavirus crisis worse?

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Here are links to the stories I relied on for this video:

Where did coronavirus start?

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/apr/28/how-did-the-coronavirus-start-where-did-it-come-from-how-did-it-spread-humans-was-it-really-bats-pangolins-wuhan-animal-market

Coronavirus tracking:

https://ourworldindata.org/coronavirus

“Just like the flu”

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-coronavirus-mixed-messages/like-the-flu-trumps-coronavirus-messaging-confuses-public-pandemic-researchers-say-idUSKBN2102GY

Obama Administration prepared for pandemic

https://www.vanityfair.com/news/2020/05/trump-obama-coronavirus-pandemic-response

CDC cuts in China:

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-coronavirus-china-cdc-exclusiv/exclusive-u-s-slashed-cdc-staff-inside-china-prior-to-coronavirus-outbreak-idUSKBN21C3N5

National Security Council cuts

https://www.businessinsider.com/coronavirus-timeline-trump-failures-undercut-pandemic-response-2020-4

Tax cuts for the wealthy over time

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/americas-richest-400-families-pay-a-lower-tax-rate-than-the-middle-class/

Defense spending

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Government_spending_in_the_United_States

US Constitution:

https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/6/6c/Constitution_of_the_United_States%2C_page_1.jpg

Trump ignored coronavirus briefings

https://www.vanityfair.com/news/2020/04/trump-received-coronavirus-warnings-daily-intelligence-briefings-pdb

Trump muzzled the CDC

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/cdc-trump-administration-muzzled-science-coronavirus-a9524316.html

Trump mixed messages on coronavirus

https://abcnews.go.com/Politics/mixed-messages-trump-marred-administrations-coronavirus-response/story?id=69625769

Bannon and Administrative State

https://www.mcclatchydc.com/news/politics-government/article134553909.html

Pandemic Playbook:

https://www.politico.com/news/2020/03/25/trump-coronavirus-national-security-council-149285

Trump campaign organizing pro-Trump doctors:

https://apnews.com/4ee1a3a8d631b454f645b2a8d9597de7?utm_source=piano&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=morningwire&pnespid=lLEwqPZUBhyN2WomzGkhEdccKKJA8kfm5vVnj6sh

Coronavirus affecting black and brown populations more

https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/health/conditions-and-diseases/coronavirus/covid19-racial-disparities

Trump administration blames people for dying from coronavirus

https://time.com/5837998/alex-azar-greater-risk-profiles-covid-19/

The right says coronavirus numbers are “inflated”

https://www.forbes.com/sites/mattperez/2020/05/10/death-toll-conspiracy-why-conservative-media-and-soon-possibly-trump-are-doubting-coronavirus-mortality-figures/#5b1d4b6f57d5

Florida and Georgia (Republican-run states) deflating their numbers

https://www.usnews.com/news/national-news/articles/2020-05-20/florida-georgia-scrutinized-over-coronavirus-case-data

Coronavirus skeptic warns people to take it seriously after getting infected

https://www.huffpost.com/entry/florida-man-brian-hitchens-coronavirus-warning_n_5ebdc05ac5b66da6b7d5754f

Published by Joe Payne

Joe Payne is a lifelong resident of the Santa Maria Valley who teaches music, performs, and tunes pianos (pianopayne.com). He's also a seasoned journalist who shares his own reporting and opinion on matters local and national (politicalpayne.com).

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