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Journalist Bob Woodward has written a new book titled Rage based on personal interviews with President Trump. According to CNN, the book reveals that Trump knew in early February how deadly and contagious the novel coronavirus was. But Trump publicly downplayed the danger, privately admitting he did this to avoid panic; so when the first U.S. cases did occur, he compared them to seasonal flu and said the virus would "just disappear."

Trump's actions ignored the severity of the situation. He delayed recommending economic shutdowns that could hinder the virus' spread; and once some states did close, it wasn't long before he began pushing governors to declare their economies open again.

When masks were recommended to help control the virus, Trump belittled them, refusing to wear one himself. However, in mid-July he did appear masked in public declaring that doing so was "patriotic," although afterward he continued panning their use.

Trump has even falsely suggested that there were already ways to fight the virus such as by taking hydroxychloroquine.

In reality, President Trump has made poor medical decisions for the American people. His prescription to withhold vital information and mislead the public about COVID-19 while simultaneously delaying any action has led to many preventable deaths.

If Trump were actually our doctor, his decisions would constitute malpractice that could lead to the revocation of his license. But he's not our doctor, he's our president, so let's vote him out. We've had enough of Dr. Trump!

Sherman Schapiro, Eureka

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