As the President enjoys his taxpayer funded Covid-19 recovery with the best doctors and best medicines available from the comfort and luxury of the White House, Trump and McConnell have essential told the rest of the country to go to hell.
Despite three out of four Americans, including 55 percent of Republicans, wanting the Senate to prioritize Covid-19 relief over the rushed confirmation of far-right judge Amy Coney Barrett to the country’s Supreme Court, Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell have decided to give them all the middle finger.
President Trump decided on Tuesday to order a stop to corona-virus relief negotiations. Mitch McConnell agreed and apparently told Trump that any compromise deal would likely be doomed to fail in the Republican-controlled chamber.
Rather than negotiate with Democrats on relief, McConnell wants to ensure no time is wasted in confirming Coney Barrett. Speaking on Trump’s decision, McConnell said “I think his view was that they were not going to produce a result and we needed to concentrate on what’s achievable.”
Last week, not one Republican House Rep. voted for a $2.2 trillion compromised version of House Democrats’ HEROES Act. McConnell simply dismissed the legislation as a Democratic “political stunt” and refused to allow the bill to reach the Senate floor for a vote.
Meanwhile, the United States is facing an ever-growing economic crisis, hunger, and a mass eviction crisis the likes of which hasn’t been seen in generations. A tweet from the Worker’s Party summed it up by stating “They are telling all working people, no matter who we vote for or what state we live in, to drop dead.”
On MSNBC, progressive champion Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez warned that “if the president and the GOP follow through with walking away from Covid relief, we are staring down the barrel at one of the largest mass eviction crises in this country since the Great Depression.”
“We’re looking at a potential second wave that could be catastrophic,” said New York’s AOC. “We are looking at the potential of hunger in the United States exploding on a level that we have never seen since the Great Depression. And all of it is preventable. All of it.”
The abandonment of the American People won’t come without a cost. Trump and McConnell will face the music in November as voters are increasingly likely to remove Trump from the Presidential office and remove McConnell from his position as Majority Leader of the Senate.
The fact is, even in a country as divided as the U.S., when the President himself guarantees publicly that emergency aid will be withheld from the people, it’s political suicide. It will be the final nail in Trump’s coffin.
The cost may land on the feet of Democrats as well. If Trump and McConnell suffer the defeat that polls are suggesting, it’s not inconceivable that aid doesn’t arrive until late January when Biden and the new Congress are sworn in. By then, the damage could be catastrophic, especially if Covid hits harder over the winter.
At any rate, Democrat or Republican, people are hurting and they’re hurting bad now. Many Americans cannot afford to wait. Still, Trump and McConnell are spitting in the face of the 74 percent of Americans who want the Senate to pass an aid package. How will people react?