This past weekend, Donald Trump lashed out at his own government, accusing them of spreading “fake news” about the COVID death toll in the United States. The President is still in full denial about how badly he has mishandled the pandemic, and he can’t stand the thought of people realizing what an abject failure he has been. Ring of Fire’s Farron Cousins discusses this.


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This past weekend, Donald Trump lashed out at his own government, specifically the centers for disease control and prevention claiming that it was fake news that the United States this past Sunday had surpassed 350,000. COVID 19 deaths here on our soil. In fact, Trump tweeted out to that. He doesn’t believe their numbers. And he said, when in doubt, call it COVID Fe news suggesting here is that we haven’t actually had 350,000 people die from COVID, which is a common, uh, claim among Republicans. No, no, no, no. It’s just that every time somebody dies of something, we call it COVID, you know, if somebody had COVID and then they die in a car accident, we classify it as COVID. Uh, no, we don’t folks. We really, truly do not do that. But Republicans are also trying to say, well, this person had heart disease and they had COVID, but the heart disease is what got, yeah, because much like climate change, let’s put it this way.

It’s a threat multiplier. It makes current situations that may not be fatal into fatal ones. Just like climate change makes hurricanes worse. Hurricanes are already bad as it is. But climate change comes along, creates conditions that make those hurricanes even deadlier. That’s kind of what COVID does to these existing conditions. Like heart condition, diabetes, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, COPD. Yeah. All of those things COVID can make worse. So yeah. Of death would in fact be COVID-19, but here’s why Trump does this. Obviously this is his legacy. You know, the last year of his administration is nothing but COVID, and of course all the, you know, potential crimes committed. Uh, but mostly COVID right.

I mean, this is what the guy’s really going to be remembered for. There’s a lot of things that happen during this administration that people have already forgotten about most people, honestly, up until this past week, when we talked about impeaching him again, forgot, he had even been impeached. Like that’s how quickly people move on from these things. But COVID, it took 12 months. It disrupted our way of life. It sent us into a recession, tens of millions of jobs lost during this. It changed the way we live. He will forever be known for this, this isn’t something he can escape 350,000 dead Americans. We’re talking about more than 10 9/11. Yeah. You can’t escape that he can’t whitewash that. And no matter how powerful the conservative media machine is, you know, the disinformation churning out from that nonstop, it’s not going to change the fact that this is his legacy. People will not forget this and it will forever be what defines the entire Trump presidency. And he deserves nothing less.

Farron Cousins is the executive editor of The Trial Lawyer magazine and a contributing writer at 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