President Donald J. Trump joined by Vice President Mike Pence, participates in a governors’ video teleconference on partnership to prepare, mitigate and respond to COVID-19 Thursday, March 26, 2020, in the White House Situation Room. (Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead)

By Jon Dougherty @TheNatSent

(TNS) A few weeks ago, President Donald Trump was excoriated by the usual crowd of Democrats and media weenies who hate him so much they can no longer think rationally.



Yes, “Trump Derangement Syndrome” is a ‘thing,’ and all of them have it.



The president dared to suggest that he wanted to ‘open the country back up’ by Easter because he understands that America wasn’t built to be perpetually shut down like it is now.

Speaking of which, instead of locking our county down over rampant TDS, it’s locked down over a virus that does not seem to have any higher morbidity than influenza ‘at this point.’ We keep saying ‘at this point’ because that could change, of course, but it certainly doesn’t look set to change anytime soon.

And yes, we know, ‘the experts’ are telling ‘flu vs. coronavirus’ is a false equivalency because coronavirus is a planet killer or something like that.

Except that it isn’t.

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And when this pandemic is over, we’ll all look back and agree that the actions our states and federal health experts recommended or implemented were built primarily on two things: 1) Bad data/modeling; and 2) Fear.

And we may even discover that both of those errors were intentional and politically motivated.

In any event, back to the president and his ‘outrageous’ suggestion.

You may recall that Trump wasn’t merely concerned about a tanking economy, which has already happened more or less. He was also concerned that the ‘cure could be worse than the disease’ — that perpetually shutdowns could actually cause a spike in violence and death that would be as bad as the virus itself.

Once again, this president has been proven right.

“Our country wasn’t built to be shut down,” he said at the halfway mark of his planned 15 days to slow the spread advice. “America will again and soon be open for business. Very soon. A lot sooner than three or four months that somebody was suggesting. A lot sooner. We cannot let the cure be worse than the problem itself.

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“We can’t turn that  [economy] off and think it’s going to be wonderful. There’ll be tremendous repercussions. There will be tremendous death from that. Death. You’re talking about death. Probably more death from that than anything that we’re talking about with respect to the virus.”

Fox News host Steve Hilton told also viewers last month: “You know that famous phrase, the cure is worse than the disease? That is exactly the territory we’re hurtling towards… You think it’s just the coronavirus that kills people? This total economic shutdown will kill people.”

And it has.

As reported by Business Insider:

A man in Chicago suburb Lockport Township killed his wife and then himself this week, police say. On Thursday evening, police responded to a wellbeing check at the couple’s home, where they found Patrick Jesernik, 54, and Cheryl Schriefer, 59, dead, NBC Chicago reported. An autopsy found that each died from a single gunshot wound to the head.

The couple’s family told police that Jesernik was afraid that they both had COVID-19, the coronavirus disease. Schriefer was reportedly tested for the virus two days earlier after having trouble breathing but hadn’t yet gotten results. 

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Neither of them tested positive for COVID-19.

But wait, as they say, there’s more.

Violence directly related to all of these ‘stay-at-home’ orders is also spiking, as BI reported further:

As the coronavirus spreads across the US and more people are under lockdown orders, experts predicted a surge in domestic violence.

One executive from the National Domestic Abuse Hotline told The New York Times that she expects to see intensity and frequency of domestic violence increase with the pandemic as the organization works to manage an increased caseload and new challenges.

This pattern reflects other disasters, including 9/11 and Hurricane Katrina, which also saw upticks in abuse. Experts connect the stresses and loss of control of disasters like 9/11 or the coronavirus with increases in abusive behavior. Nine large metropolitan police departments, including Portland and Boston, have already seen more than a 20% increase in domestic violence calls.



Soon, this violence will spill into our streets as desperate people become increasingly agitated and frustrated.

The cure, it seems, is quickly becoming worse than the disease, just as the president predicted.

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