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He Knew Then, We Know Now

Chip Franklin



Trump loves to say “no one saw this coming.”

Jan 22 
“We have it totally under control. It’s one person coming in from China, and we have it under control. It’s going to be just fine.”

Feb. 10
“Looks like by April, you know, in theory, when it gets a little warmer, it miraculously goes away.”

Feb 24 tweeted:
“The Coronavirus is very much under control in the USA. Stock Market starting to look very good to me!”

Feb 28, News conference’
“It’s going to disappear. One day, it’s like a miracle, it will disappear.”
— News conference

March 4
In the news: California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) declares a state of emergency after the state’s first coronavirus-related death.
Trump Briefing with airline CEOs:
“Some people will have this at a very light level and won’t even go to a doctor or hospital, and they’ll get better. There are many people like that.”

“The Fake News Media and their partner, the Democrat Party, is doing everything within its semi-considerable power … to inflame the CoronaVirus situation.”

MAR 10
“We’re prepared, and we’re doing a great job with it. And it will go away. Just stay calm. It will go away.”

Mar 11 the WHO declares a pandemic of Covid-19.

March 15
“This is a very contagious virus. It’s incredible. But it’s something that we have tremendous control over.”

Mar 15:
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention urges a stop to gatherings of over 50 people. Read more

March 17
“I felt it was a pandemic long before it was called a pandemic.”

March 23
“We cannot let the cure be worse than the problem itself.”

March 24
“I’d love to have the country opened up and just raring to go by Easter.”

Mar 29
I’d say we’d be doing a good job if it “can hold” the number of deaths “down to 100,000.”

March 31
CDC says with best mitigation practices the number could be as high as 240,000

In January of 2017, Obama briefed Trump on the CDC’s pandemic plans.
In 2018, Trump fired CDC pandemic team
In 2019, Trump ignored his own Pandemic report which predicted EXACTLY what has occurred up till now.
In 2020, Trump ignored intelligence reports that were real enough for Senator Burr to unload millions in stocks in airlines.

Trump knew, and screwed up the response. Now he blames China, while Asian-Americans are being attacked. But the real monster is those enablers in the GOP and CDC who will not scream bloody hell. People are dying, and with competent leadership, we could have prevented many, many deaths.

Franklin is a 25 year veteran of talk radio, beginning his career in Washington DC during Clinton’s first term. He currently hosts the afternoon show at KGO radio, San Francisco. Chip is also an award-winning filmmaker, comedian, and scribe, garnering seven Edward R Murrow awards, including the National Murrow award for writing. He’s also won The New York Festival honors for his unconventional coverage of The Democratic and Republican conventions, as well as more than 30 AP awards for broadcasting. Chip has made numerous appearances on ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, and CNN.

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