Trump Voting And Vaccine Policies In Conflict
Monday, August 10, 2020
President Trump has announced his minimal support for mail-in voting in the upcoming presidential election - only in the most limited of circumstances.
Specifically, the president says he supports vote by mail in Florida and maybe in a very few other states, where the mail-in voting system has been developed and perfected over “many, many years.“
The president does not support mail-in ballots in states that are working right this minute to enable all citizens to vote by mail.
Notwithstanding the fact that individual states all have the benefit of utilizing the advances in voting by mail which have been achieved nationally.
Meanwhile, President Trump is more than happy to push hard and to press ahead, without precedent, hesitation or reservation, in his effort to create an experimental Covid-19 vaccine which will be injected into the bodies of American citizens, after only months of research, development, FDA trials and observation of side effects and unintended consequences.
The prospect of a national voting option which will enable our friends and neighbors, who may be elderly, immune compromised, or who care for someone for whom the coronavirus would be lethal, apparently shows up as an accommodation which our President finds objectionable, because it is rushed, hurried or not created and perfected over the course of many years.
Ironically, the prospect of an injected vaccine which is being rushed, hurried and developed in a “compressed“ time window is perfectly presidentially palatable.
All politics is political.