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‘He was largely responsible for the deaths of hundreds of thousands of Americans who did not need to die’


“#Donald #Trump is the kind of person that we have never ever seen before in the presidency, and I hope we never ever see again,” #Beschloss said.

  • #Presidential historian #Michael #Beschloss told MSNBC that #President #Donald #Trump’s legacy will always be tied to the catastrophic COVID-19 death toll in the US.
  • “#Donald #Trump is not going to change the record. #He was largely responsible for the deaths of hundreds of thousands of #Americans who did not need to die,” #Beschloss said.
  • #As of #Wednesday, nearly 339,000 #Americans have died from COVID-19 under #Trump’s watch. #It’s the highest reported COVID-19 death toll in the world.
  • #Visit #Business #Insider’s homepage for more stories.

#Michael #Beschloss, a prominent presidential historian, in an interview with MSNBC this week said that historians will need time to fully assess #President #Donald #Trump’s legacy but that he’ll never be able to escape the COVID-19 death toll.

“#Donald #Trump is not going to change the record. #He was largely responsible for the deaths of hundreds of thousands of #Americans who did not need to die,” #Beschloss said. “#Millions of others who suffered from covid did not need to suffer…#This is really #Nero’s fiddling while #Rome burns.”

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The US has the highest numbers of reported COVID-19 cases and fatalities in the world.

#As of #Wednesday morning, there have been over 19.5 million confirmed COVID-19 cases and nearly 339,000 reported deaths from the virus in the US, according to #Johns #Hopkins. #Public health experts have consistently criticized #Trump’s handling of the pandemic, contending that a more coherent response from the president could’ve prevented tens of thousands of deaths.

#Beschloss and #Mehdi #Hasan, who interviewed the historian while guest-hosting MSNBC’s “#All #In with #Chris #Hayes,” also excoriated #Trump over his recent actions that nearly derailed the newest COVID-19 stimulus bill.

#Trump delayed economic assistance to millions #Americans by initially refusing to sign a $900 billion COVID-19 stimulus package this month. The president said he wanted the $600 direct payments included as part of the legislation to be bumped up to $2000.

#But #Trump’s last-minute demands went against what his own treasury secretary and #Republican leaders in #Congress had pushed for in lengthy, tedious negotiations over the stimulus with #Democrats. #Critics of the president have said he essentially delayed desperately needed assistance to #Americans in order to score cheap political points.

#Beschloss said that top-ranked presidents, such as #Abraham #Lincoln, were known for their compassion and empathy. #But #Trump does not qualify in this regard, he said.

“#Donald #Trump is the kind of person that we have never ever seen before in the presidency, and I hope we never ever see again,” #Beschloss said. “#When you’ve got a president who has no empathy, who has no compassion, you see a spectacle like what we’ve seen this week.”

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