'Vain pursuit of an election victory' has cost lives

Staff Writer
Kent Weeklies

Remember President Trump’s words? “I’m calling the nation warriors!”

But “warriors for what?” “Warrior” language might have been fine if he had used it to inspire Americans to make social distancing sacrifices in support of this pandemic’s real combatants: front line medical workers, first responders, and essential workers, working at great risk to save lives, keep us safe, and supply our daily needs.

But using it as he did: “We have to be warriors. We can’t keep our country closed down for years,” is an outrage.

The president’s tragically delayed and inept response to COVID-19 made those real warriors’ fight infinitely more difficult and cost thousands of lives. His push to reopen the economy as the virus continues to spread, before his own White House guidelines have been met, will make everyone’s life more challenging and cost thousands of additional lives.

From the first days of this pandemic, Donald Trump has been insulated from the real burdens and sacrifices of fighting it. Now he wants to take the burdens and sacrifices being borne by the real warriors — including death itself — and place them on everyone, who will be more at greater risk. For what? To restore the economy, because he believes that’s key to winning the presidency again.

Too many Americans have already died because our country had the poor fortune to face this virus with him as president. No more should have to die in support of his vain pursuit of an election victory.

Sherry McMillen, Cuyahoga Falls