Donald Trump has spent the past two days screaming on Twitter about how great the United States is doing on COVID, even though the past 7 days have been the worst since the pandemic began. He’s feeling the weight of his failures as the election nears, and the public isn’t happy about the fact that he’s done absolutely nothing to protect us from this pandemic. Ring of Fire’s Farron Cousins explains what’s happening.

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When he hasn’t been leaving his supporters out to suffer from hypothermia, uh, abandoned in the middle of nowhere. Uh, this week, Trump has also been telling us that we have officially rounded the curve, whatever that means with COVID-19. In fact, the white house science office actually declared the pandemic over. There’s this story that came out this morning, they declared they, the victory we won, we did it, we beat it. Trump has been saying for several days on his own, as I mentioned, that we’ve rounded the curve is the phrase that keeps using rounded the curve that you would say rounded the corner, but whatever, um, in COVID cases and we’re, we’re, we’re doing better than ever. We were getting over this, right. Well, there’s literally no data that backs it up. In fact, all of the available data, as I’m sure everyone is well aware of, uh, says the exact opposite. We are having the worst seven days that we have had throughout this entire pandemic, the worst seven days throughout the entire thing. And it’s only getting worse. And there’s a very clear and obvious reason why this is happening. This is happening because we do not have any kind of federal guidelines whatsoever. Hell yesterday, Putin Putin over in Russia, right? Everybody’s favorite, bad guy instituted a Countrywide mask mandate.

Even Putin is like, Hey, look, if you go out of your house, you have to have a mask on, or God knows what they’re going to do to you. I would be terrified to be caught over there without a mask. But even that’s what I’m saying. Like even these like horrible world leaders are like, Holy crap, this is horrible. Let’s do something. And then over here, Donald Trump is like, we won, Oh, well we’ve rounded the curve. We’re turning the, the border. We’re knocking the home touchdown. We’re not folks we’re, it’s worse than ever. And sure there is data that suggests that if you have to go to the hospital for it, you’d have a better chance of surviving today than you did, you know, three or four months ago. Great. But it still causes permanent damage. In many people. If you have a preexisting condition, asthma, diabetes, uh, hypertension, you are more likely to die from it.

This is not okay. And it’s not okay that we do not have any kind of federal guidelines to help us get through this. Um, I know down here in my state of Florida, which is seeing a big spike as well, we’ve, we’ve gone back to everything operating as normal everything’s reopened restaurants, reopened bars are reopened, no mask mandates at all. We never had a statewide. We had city-wides or maybe we had said, I don’t remember. Um, cause I’ve always worn a mask, but we’re acting like, Hey, it’s over. And our numbers are going up. We’re seeing that all over the country. People think that just because an idiotic right wing governor, or even a left wing governor saying, okay, you can go back to restaurants. Now. Most people think, Oh, good. That means it’s over. I just can’t wait to go get a bloomin’ onion.

No, that’s that’s not how this works. That doesn’t mean the virus has gone. Oh, I can’t wait to go stand in a Trump rally and zero degree weather. Hope I don’t get stranded here in the snow and die as happened last night with Trump’s rally. This is nuts. Folks. We have to have a leader. We have to have somebody in Washington, DC. Who’s willing to say, listen up buttercups, suck it up, put on your damn mask. And you’re going to be wearing it for the rest of the year. And if you don’t, we’re going to find you. But if you can’t afford a mask, we’re going to make sure you have one. We’re going to use the post office, which was an initial plan. In the early days of the pandemic, we’re going to send everybody masks and we’re going to keep sending everybody masks. We’re going to use the defense production act. We’re going to take some money out of the military budget.

And we’re going to put that towards making mass for everybody here in the United States. And we’re going to continuously send you some so that everybody has one. If we see somebody on the street that doesn’t have one, we’ll hand them out, we’re going to be out and about. We’re going to make sure everybody has a mask, but if you have a mask and you willingly choose to not do it because you think it impinges on your freedoms, then yeah, we’re going to find you. And we’re going to find you a lot. That’s what has to happen. Trump will never do that. Can you imagine, and how much worse this pandemic is going to be? If this man wins a second term, this is nuts. We can’t live like this. Literally. There’s a good chance. A lot of us won’t be able to live like this. Let’s do everything we can in the next seven days to make sure this guy doesn’t get a second term.

Farron Cousins is the executive editor of The Trial Lawyer magazine and a contributing writer at DeSmogBlog.com. He is the co-host / guest host for Ring of Fire Radio. His writings have appeared on Alternet, Truthout, and The Huffington Post. Farron received his bachelor's degree in Political Science from the University of West Florida in 2005 and became a member of American MENSA in 2009. Follow him on Twitter @farronbalanced