Totally Under Control

It feels almost mean to be posting this today of all days, when things are particularly “totally under control.”

That’s a direct quote from a certain president, of course, in reference to a certain virus, and you will not believe how many times he can work it into the same sentence. It’s also unbelievable that he can say it with a straight face, that he can so easily, so thoughtlessly lie to the very people he is supposed to protect. Or – so much worse it’s almost inconceivable – does he really believe it himself? He can’t possibly be THAT dumb, can he?

It was a pandemic that swept across the globe in a matter of weeks, with over 48 million now infected and more than a million dead. It was not under control then and it is even less so now, thanks to months of American non-response by its leader. Ignoring it didn’t make it go away. Not testing for it didn’t make it go away. Not reporting the numbers didn’t make it go away. Totally Under Control is an “in-depth look” at how the United States government handled the response to the COVID-19 outbreak, but of course it’s a testament to the lack of appropriate response and will serve as evidence as to how Trump’s actions directly contributed to the deaths of 233 000 Americans and counting.

Film makers  Alex Gibney, Ophelia Harutyunyan, and Suzanne Hillinger are telling a story that’s still unfolding. The camera’s gaze is unflinching, the film devastating and dizzying with the litany of warnings gone unheeded. Viruses can be dangerous. Pandemics can be deadly. But the kind of incompetence and negligence seen in America is a crime. Preventable deaths are a tragedy. This documentary doesn’t bother to point any fingers; it doesn’t have to. Trump’s action speak louder than murder charges.

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17 thoughts on “Totally Under Control

  1. leendadll

    It’s disappointing that instead of providing Cheato with some empathy, covid only made him more convinced that it’s NBD, despite having expert doctors and multiple experimental treatments which are not available to the public.

    I think he really does believe himself. As I keep saying, he’s like a kid caught red handed with chocolate face and cookie in hand, who continues to deny ever taking a cookie and doesn’t understand why no one believes him.

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    1. Jay Post author

      It’s so hard to understand how he is an adult man. It is truly baffling.
      And yeah – when he gets it, he uses every privilege and resource available to him.

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  2. SD Gates

    Not that I am taking away anything from Trump’s ridiculousness, but….the American public should have listened to Fauci, and worn their masks, avoided large gatherings and parties, washed their hands and worn their masks properly (with their noses NOT exposed). I think there is lots of blame that needs to be spread around.

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