Things Said And Unsaid: Commentary on political commentary today

The Damage Report released a video earlier today called “Dr. Fauci Calls Out Blood On Trump’s Hands”.  There were two segments worth noting, emphases mine:

Francesca Fiorentini @ 2:23 –

It makes me think about holocaust deniers and if in real time which we know actually happened. That there were a lot of people denying death camps, that there were a lot of people denying, you know, that anyone was being killed in them? Like, that’s the level we’re at right now.

And it should not be lost on anyone that the majority of people who are affected are Black and Brown americans. I think that the statistics between whether a Black american or a white american is more likely to die of COVID is like, you know, 6:1 or something. I mean, it’s incredible, it is absolutely impacting minority communities and if it was not, if it were mostly white people dying, once again, imagine the outrage. But because the republican party sees these groups as expendable, these groups as people who can be run roughshod over, whose votes that they can take for granted and can suppress, it’s on brand. That’s where we are.

Look, we are going to go into a future where if and when the virus stops, and there are 400,000 or 500,000, there might be half a million deaths. The republican party and a lot of nutjobs will straight up deny that they ever died. “Oh, where are there graves? Where did they go? I haven’t heard of a pandemic.” Dude, you’ve got a vaccine, right now. So the amount of blood on these people’s hands, like, where’s our Nuremberg trials? Straight up.

She’s right.  The republiclowns have been denying the existence of COVID-19 all year, knowing it was disproportionally killing non-white people (and even higher rates in US prisons which are predominantly Black and Brown thanks to a racist “legal system”.  We already know Eric Trump wanted COVID-19 to run rampant in California and New York state.    These are the same scum who said “crisis actors” after school shootings.  They’re absolutely capable of denying that half or more of the COVID-19 deaths will be Black people or People of Colour.  They’ll deny these people ever existed, turn them into “non-persons” and call all their government records “fake” (taxes, SSN, driver’s licenses, etc.).

John Iadarola @ 4:42 –

I don’t want to be cynical, we have to engage, we have to push. But when you have a party that can, on the one hand, make Benghazi the biggest story on the right, for – let’s see, how many years? – well, it’s up to this week. So yeah, still the biggest story, those four deaths, the biggest story ever. A third of a million dying isn’t a story. It’s ‘fake news’. In fact they care more now about fictional dead voters than actual people dying. That’s trouble for a democracy.

He missed the chance to quote Joseph Stalin twice.  The first is usually paraphrased as “It’s who votes that counts, it’s who counts the votes.”

“I consider it completely unimportant who in the party will vote, or how; but what is extraordinarily important is this—who will count the votes, and how.” – Boris Bazhanov The Memoirs of Stalin’s Former Secretary, 1923

And the second paraphrased as “One death is a tragedy, a million deaths a statistic.”

‘If only one man dies of hunger, that is a tragedy. If millions die, that’s only statistics’ in Washington Post 20 January 1947