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Trump's Big Lie About COVID-19 vs. Grieving Families and a Dying Democracy

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The personal and political anger over the coronavirus dead is going to manifest itself even beyond the nation's obituary pages.

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It's showing up in the obituaries.

People in the throes of agony from losing someone close to them are writing things like, "Instead of flowers, donate to a Democrat," or "Instead of flowers, tell everyone to vote against Trump and the GOP this fall." It's become a national trend.

But not everyone is mourning. Billionaire Rupert Murdoch and the multi-millionaires who comment on his Fox News network every night are very happy with the giant tax cuts and deregulation that Donald Trump has given them.

In exchange for that, they're giving support and publicity to Trump's lies.

Trump's lies about the coronavirus are encouraging older people who watch Fox and believe what they see to take chances and expose themselves to the virus and, as a result, they are dying all over the country.

And as they die, the billionaires and giant polluting corporations that have funded the Republican Party since the so-called "Reagan Revolution" are literally getting rich on the pandemic. Their net wealth has increased by over $1 trillion just since the first of this year.

So, when we read about Trump bringing misleading and nonsensical graphs and charts -- pieces of his Big Lie -- to his interview with Axios' Jonathan Swan, and then showing a complete lack of concern for dead and dying Americans and grieving families with a dismissive shrug and, "It is what it is," we have to keep in mind why he would do that.

First, of course, he doesn't care about the lives of average Americans, but, more importantly, neither do the giant corporations and billionaires who helped put him in the office and keep virtually every Republican at every level of government in office across the country. Instead, their media empires are cranking out propaganda on the airwaves and the Internet to support Trump and his lies.

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Thom Hartmann is a Project Censored Award-winning New York Times best-selling author, and host of a nationally syndicated daily progressive talk program on the Air America Radio Network, live noon-3 PM ET. www.thomhartmann.com His most recent books are "The Last Hours of Ancient Sunlight," "Unequal Protection: The Rise of Corporate Dominance and the Theft of Human Rights," "We The People," "What Would Jefferson Do?," "Screwed: The Undeclared War Against the Middle (more...)
 

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