Donald Trump is endangering the U.S. in a number of ways during his final days in office. Two stand out.
The country is moving quickly into a new wave of Covid-19 cases. We suffered 153,496 Covid-19 cases Thursday, the country’s highest daily caseload and the first time the number of coronavirus infections have exceeded 150,000 in a single day. That makes the tenth consecutive day cases have topped 100,000. As I write, the U.S. has recorded almost 11 million Covid-19 cases and nearly 250,000 virus-related deaths, according to Johns Hopkins.
In the midst of the carnage, President Trump does nothing to cope with the pandemic. He has ranged from declaring that Covid-19 would soon disappear to mocking the use of masks, one of the most effective means of curtailing the spread of the virus. Had he pushed preventive practices, such as the use of masks, social distancing, hand washing, and avoiding gatherings, he could have saved as many as a hundred thousand lives. Every day that he does nothing, more people die.
And Trump has become a security threat. He possesses detailed information on U.S. intelligence sources and methods and classified data on U.S. defensive weaponry. He has already disclosed highly classified information to foreign leaders, including Vladimir Putin. In his funk over election defeat, Trump might well decide to reveal the nation’s secrets, perhaps making them public or maybe sharing them with dictators he admires.
And these are only two of the many ways that Trump can inflict severe damage in vengeance for his election defeat.
Beware, Americans. Trouble lies ahead.