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Deace: Scott Atlas' new book exposes those in the Trump admin who screwed the American people during the COVID crisis

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After reading Dr. Scott Atlas’ must-read book, "A Plague Upon Our House: My Fight at the Trump White House to Stop COVID from Destroying America," my first thought afterward was to just post "all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy" repeatedly — or begin screaming “redrum!”

Instead, here's the impression you get about key people in the Trump White House after reading it:

Dr. Deborah Birx, the White House’s coronavirus task force coordinator under Trump, is a loony quack who loses her poop at the first sign of resistance. But she also had the Trump White House, particularly the vice president, wrapped around her bedazzled fingers. She should face a Nuremberg-like trial.

Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, is exactly what you think he is. Either a simp for the Spirit of the Age or something even more directly malevolent. And that's when he's not being a media whore, but I repeat myself. He should face a Nuremberg-like trial.

Former Vice President Mike Pence should never, ever, never, ever, never hold public office anywhere free again. A do-gooder spewer of Bible verses as clichés, but with no discernment and even less courage. He hung the country/truth out to dry so he could play Grover Dill to Birx's Scott Farkus.

Former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows was the biggest disappointment in the book, in that I already had negative integer regard for the previous three names I mentioned. He comes across as a slave to consultant myopia who can't see the forest through the trees.

Trump adviser and son-in-law Jared Kushner is who you thought he was. A smart technocrat, who is also not nearly as smart as he probably thinks he is. He also has no real core, but I already called him a technocrat. Basically a younger Cocaine Mitch, who pretty much hung Trump/the truth out to dry.

Dr. Robert Redfield, former director of the Centers for Disease Control, is more like Renfield from Bram Stoker’s magnum opus "Dracula" – as in a bumbling fool completely played by the malevolent forces at work. If this book were any longer, he would have been in a corner cubicle at the CDC taking the wings off flies because "the blood is the life."

Corporate media really is the “enemy of the people.” This is the one prophetic thing Trump said as president and the most prophetic thing any president has said since Reagan called the Soviets "the evil empire." There's prison soap scum, rusted homeless sidewalk poop in San Francisco, and then there's them.

Which finally brings us to President Trump. He's portrayed as a political prisoner by the very staff he surrounded himself with. His basic instincts were often right, but his craven instinct to hire based on anything other than sincere conviction made him Caesar and too much of the White House staff Brutus.

Trump's staff really thought they were going to win the election without truly confronting the heart of the matter and then could just clean it all up after the fact. Throughout the book they repeat "don't rock the boat" as some kind of magic incantation or pagan mantra. They became slaves to the very enemy media they claimed their boss had defeated, and then Trump neutered himself by following their lead. Never once in the book does Trump pre-emptively overrule his staff, but he just delegates all serious responsibility to total hacks.

Sure, Trump would disobey his staff and go with his instincts once in a while during a meeting or after an event was already under way, but then afterward he just permitted key staff to completely undermine him on both message and policy. This sorry pattern repeats during the entire book. Trump gets rolled, constantly.

Keep in mind, Atlas served in the White House for only about three months, and it was toward the end of the administration. No one had the testicular fortitude to fire anybody whose COVID failures clearly deserved it — starting with Trump.

Which means someone credible needs to run against Trump for the nomination in 2024, just so we can test him, if nothing else. He needs to be asked plainly and clearly what lessons he learned, what vetting process he now has for hiring, etc. Because we simply cannot afford another banal dose of ego and rah-rah talking points. Trump needs to substantively show he can lead, especially because he can serve only one term if he wins again. So why not truly go for broke this time?

But what Atlas depicts, while clearly trying to cast Trump in a favorable light overall, is a president who lacks the will/worldview to lead his staff while also routinely hiring really bad staff. That is a toxic combination, and it's why we've got Dementia Joe and managed decay right now.

Every patriot in America needs to read this book to see how the sausage is made, unless you are prone to self-harm or cardiac arrest, because it is that frustrating at times. There were several instances when I had to pause and gather myself, because I was getting so worked up. It’s an excellent read, but it’s also not for the faint of heart.

Finally, spare me if you think any of this is too harsh. We're about to lose our beloved way of life for good. There is no more time for pleasantries or sanctimonious shilling. We're in the endgame now, and the lines are drawn. You're either a Canadian truck driver or a Trudeau, with no in-between.

Unless you're just a cuck.

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