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An attempt by former Trump administration official Dr. Deborah Birx, a career bureaucrat, to essentially throw former President Donald Trump under the bus in hopes of perhaps scoring some points with the left backfired spectacularly.
Instead of being heralded as a hero by the anti-Trump “resistance,” she wound up becoming a target of its unquenchable rage.
Last week CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta spoke with both Birx and National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Director Dr. Anthony Fauci for a special set to air Sunday.
On Saturday, CNN previewed the special with a clip, and in that clip, Birx, who’d served as a lead member of the Trump administration’s coronavirus task force, suggested that fewer people would have died from the virus had it not been for Trump’s policies.
“I look at it this way. The first time we have an excuse — there were about 100,000 deaths that came from that original surge. All of the rest of them, in my mind, could have been mitigated or decreased substantially,” she said.
Watch the full clip below:
While one might reasonably expect Birx’s remarks to have provoked praise from virulently anti-Trump leftists, they actually triggered anger.
But it wasn’t that critics disagreed with the unproven thesis that fewer people would have died had the pandemic been dealt with differently. Rather, to hear them tell it, because Birx herself had played such a pivotal role in the Trump administration’s coronavirus efforts, she was as much to blame as her former boss.
Like far-left California Rep. Ted Lieu noted, “The malicious incompetence that resulted in hundreds of thousands of unnecessary deaths starts at the top, with the former President and his enablers. And who was one of his enablers? Dr. Birx, who was afraid to challenge his unscientific rhetoric and wrongfully praised him.”
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The malicious incompetence that resulted in hundreds of thousands of unnecessary deaths starts at the top, with the former President and his enablers.
And who was one of his enablers? Dr. Birx, who was afraid to challenge his unscientific rhetoric and wrongfully praised him. https://t.co/PhiSTUtAzv
— Ted Lieu (@tedlieu) March 27, 2021
Shameful that she says this now, after leaving office, after Trump has been ejected from office. She didn’t say this at the time. At the time she defended the WH record and praised Trump as being “attentive to the scientific literature and the details”. https://t.co/uftHjVhgV5
— Mehdi Hasan (@mehdirhasan) March 27, 2021
THEN SHE HAD A DUTY TO SPEAK UP A YEAR AGO.
Sorry, but this sort of report absolutely infuriates me. Deborah Birx was in a position to save literally hundreds and hundreds of thousands of American lives and she looked down at her shoes instead. I don’t see how that’s forgivable. https://t.co/t8pTVvSMTy
— Seth Abramson (@SethAbramson) March 27, 2021
And yet Dr. Birx NEVER went before the cameras and said what you’re being told by Trump is a LIE.
And yet Dr. Birx never quit in protest.
And yet Dr. Birx never wrote an op-ed alerting America to the lies they were being told.
And yet, and yet, and yet.
— Don Winslow (@donwinslow) March 28, 2021
Well thanks for fucking nothing Dr. Birx! https://t.co/AX2xMGaVNx
— Pat Francis (@Pat_Francis) March 28, 2021
Dr. Birx is finally out here saying the things that she had an ethical obligation to say a year ago, she got people killed, to hell with her
— Palmer Report (@PalmerReport) March 27, 2021
Deborah Birx is complicit. She did not have the personal courage, or even the common decency, to stand up *in the moment* and say that the administration was wrong and why they were wrong.
— Brian Caskey (@BrianCaskeyNC) March 28, 2021
This isn’t to say that Birx’s thesis is correct.
As of late March, over 550,000 Americans had died from the virus, making the United States the hardest hit country on a raw number basis.
However, on a per capita basis, only 1,690.61 Americans had died per every million residents, placing the U.S. significantly lower than countries like Czechia where the per capital rate had eclipsed 2,400.
Moreover, thanks to the Trump administration’s willingness to do and spend anything to develop and distribute a vaccine, the United States was outperforming large chunks of the world, including nearly all of Europe.
“The Trump administration’s Operation Warp Speed didn’t worry about the cost of the vaccines or whether the vaccine companies could be held liable for side effects. The Europeans focused on trying to get a low price for the vaccines, and on making sure the vaccine companies could be sued if the vaccines caused problems,” according to The Atlantic.
“The U.S. threw money at the problem, flooding vaccine makers with billions of dollars in subsidies to increase the speed of vaccine testing and manufacturing. Unlike the EU, the U.S. and the U.K. bought millions of doses of various vaccine candidates last summer, without knowing which ones would be effective.”
Months later, much of Europe was still under strict lockdown restrictions as the virus continued to rage, whereas in the United States life was finally returning to normal.
Things returning to normal – luxury cruises starting back up pic.twitter.com/D8Z3Lqlgb5
— John Horton (@johnjhorton) March 22, 2021
Had current President Joe Biden been in charge at the onset of the outbreak, the entire country would have likely been locked down for months on end.
Yet a year later, some of the best performing U.S. states were red ones like Florida that chose to abstain from locking down in accordance with Trump’s now-vindicated belief that the “cure” mustn’t “be worse than the problem.”
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