CNN’s Chris Cuomo has blasted the Trump administration following revelations that one of their appointed science advisors pushed for ‘herd immunity’ as the way to combat COVID-19.
On Wednesday, unsealed government documents disclosed that the appointee, Paul Alexander, used his high-powered position to pitch the idea that young people should be infected en masse so that the coronavirus could eventually die out.
Alexander articulated the plan in emails to another Trump appointee, Michael Caputo, a former assistant secretary at HHS.
‘Infants, kids, teens, young people, young adults, middle aged with no conditions etc. have zero to little risk….so we use them to develop herd…we want them infected,’ he wrote, in stunning emails the House Oversight Committee’s coronavirus select subcommittee obtained and provided to Politico.
On Wednesday night’s edition of his CNN Prime Time program, Cuomo excoriated the Trump administration for even entertaining that idea.
‘We now know a former top Trump appointee repeatedly urged other top health officials to adopt a herd immunity strategy. That would mean intentionally allowing millions to be sickened by COVID,’ Cuomo seethed.
On Wednesday, unsealed government documents disclosed that Trump appointee, Paul Alexander (pictured left), used his high-powered position to push his idea that young people should be infected en masse so that the coronavirus could eventually die out. Alexander articulated the plan in emails to another Trump appointee, Michael Caputo (pictured right)
On Wednesday night’s edition of his CNN Prime Time program, Cuomo excoriated the Trump administration for even entertaining the idea of herd immunity
‘If that’s what they wanted, is that the reason behind what they did? Ignoring the reality of the pandemic, telling you it wasn’t real, mocking masks, telling people to come together, holding the rallies.
‘It’s the stuff of a horror film. Did Trump and co really sabotage safety because they wanted people sick? It’s not me saying it. It’s one of theirs.’
The cable star continued: ‘Your dear leaders, those you honor, they wanted you to get sick!’
‘They lied to you about the reality. They told you it would go away when they knew it wouldn’t. It’s worse than ever. This isn’t wrong. This is a lack of honor. And it hurts. So many are gone. So many lives are forever changed. And for what? Some seats? Some sense of satisfaction in having people divided so you can count on a certain number of votes? There is no honor in this. There is no victory.’
Meanwhile, over on MSNBC, Chris Hayes also blasted the Trump administration.
Hayes told viewers on his All In program Wednesday evening that Alexander’s emails were proof that the Trump administration was trying to pursue herd immunity.
‘The thing to understand about that is it is not an accident and it is not bungling,’ Hayes stated.
‘Donald Trump, his administration as backed by Republicans in his party, in Congress, explicitly pursued a strategy that would lead to more Americans getting sick and more Americans dying, and they did this despite the fact they kept denying they were pursuing the so-called herd immunity approach. It was always clear they were.’
‘They took the side of Covid. They had the same aims as the virus,’ Hayes declared.
‘Through a combination of idiocy and cynicism they thought that path aligning with the virus to infect as many people as possible would be best for Donald Trump’s re-election.’
Meanwhile, over on MSNBC, Chris Hayes also blasted the Trump administration
Further emails from Alexander – obtained by Politico – show that the science adviser defended his push for herd immunity in a July 4 email.
‘There is no other way, we need to establish herd, and it only comes about allowing the non-high risk groups expose themselves to the virus. PERIOD.’
Another July email to Drug Administration Commissioner Stephen Hahn along with other officials and Caputo described the theory.
‘[I]t may be that it will be best if we open up and flood the zone and let the kids and young folk get infected.’ This would allow them to get ‘natural immunity…natural exposure,’ Alexander wrote.
Later, he wrote of his campaign for herd immunity that if young people were infected more ‘who cares?’
‘So the bottom line is if it is more infectiouness [sic] now, the issue is who cares? If it is causing more cases in young, my word is who cares…as long as we make sensible decisions, and protect the elderely [sic] and nursing homes, we must go on with life….who cares if we test more and get more positive tests…’ he wrote.
Alexander also attacked Fauci in the emails, suggesting that he knew more than the veteran leader of the CDC’s National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
Alexander also attacked Fauci in the emails, suggesting that he knew more than the veteran leader of the CDC’s National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.
‘Stop Fauci from talking…he is confusing people… he flip flops the message too much… and the result is now he is not credible…’ he wrote.
On July 3 he raged against Fauci appearing on TV to warn about a mutation on COVID which had been identified.
‘Now Fauci is embarking on the news to scare the world again…we must lock down for 10 years…if he had his way,’ he wrote.
‘He just wont stop!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! He cant keep quiet…and he is just not on the same page of the govn… does he think he is the President?’
Alexander earned a PhD in health research methodologies at McMaster University in Canada in 2015 and was a part-time assistant professor there.
HHS announced in September that Alexander was departing and that Caputo would go on leave after he made unrelated comments calling on allies to get ready for an armed insurrection.
The release of Alexander’s emails came as America witnessed its deadliest day of the pandemic thus far.
The US set a new record for coronavirus deaths reported in 24 hours to Wednesday with more than 3,700 citizens succumbing to the disease.
The harrowing tally from Johns Hopkins University marked the fourth time daily deaths have exceeded 3,000 throughout the pandemic. All four have occurred in the last week.
Hospitalizations also set a new record on Wednesday with 113,069. The number of people hospitalized has exceeded 100,000 for 15 days in a row, with daily increases every day since December 5.
More than 230,700 new cases were reported – an increase of more than 41,000 from Tuesday’s tally. The total case load of more than 16.87 million represents roughly five percent of the US population.