What are the chances you'll see it?: Speaking with Jonathan Swan of Axios, Donald J. Trump went on and on about his success at controlling the virus.
No, it won't make any difference. But here's the main thing Trump said:
TRUMP (8/3/20): Under the circumstances right now, I think [the virus] is under control. I’ll tell you what—"It’s under control as much as you can control it." Thus spake Donald J. Trump!
SWAN: How? A thousand Americans are dying a day.
TRUMP: They are dying. That’s true. And it is what it is. But that doesn’t mean we aren’t doing everything we can. It’s under control as much as you can control it. This is a horrible plague that beset us.
Almost surely, that was Trump's most remarkable statement about the virus during his session with Swan. It's also the simplest statement to rebut in the whole of human history.
Do we have the virus under control as much as you can control it? All a journalist or news org has to do—and they ought to do it—is respond with this:
Deaths from coronavirus in the past seven days,Germany's population is one-fourth of ours, Japan's a bit more than one-third.
as of August 5:
United States: 7,550
South Korea: 2
That's a blindingly simple rebuttal. For that reason, you'll never see an upper-end journalist make it. In most cases, they've spent their whole day in wardrobe, make-up and hair, not to mention the showmanship lessons.
Our species' upper-end braynes donnt reely werk reel gudd! Anthropologists say that basic fact is undeniably true, but it's so counterintuitive that there's really no point in stating it.
It's true, these despondent experts all say. But we humans aren't built to believe it!
You'll never see that rebuttal made. We flounder ahead in the dark.
Responses to tear your hair by: For Linda Qiu's fact-check, just click here. Be sure to dress for high weeds.
As for Swan, his next statement was this:
SWAN: You really think this is as much as we can control it? A thousand deaths a day?The bafflegab continued from there. As we've told you many times, it's all anthropology now!