I can certainly understand why Trump thought he could win any argument over whether or not to stay or leave the World Health Organization, because for most Americans, the term ‘WHO’ means nothing at all. But how did Trump ever believe he could pick a fight and win against the one professional group that is respected and believed more than any other professional group in the United States?
I’m referring to America’s pediatricians, the 60,000+ doctors who see just about every child in the United States at least once a year. You can’t send your child to school without an annual exam, you also can’t end your kid to school without proof of immunizations unless you’re one of those crazies who believes that immunizing a child against measles is a risk.
The bottom line is that just about every American adults has at one time or another needed advice and specialized, medical help to deal with their kids, and if you can’t trust your child’s doctor, whom can you trust?
So what does Trump do? He announces that every school system better open again in the Fall, and to up the ante a little more, he says that teachers who don’t back school re-openings are basically allied with other groups and organizations that are anti-Trump.
This past week, the President of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), Dr. Sally Goza, whose organization speaks for pediatricians, made some media waves with comments about re-opening schools. And while it appeared that she and the AAP were backing Trump’s demand that school-based education be resumed, that’s not exactly what she said.
Yes, AAP issued a statement on school re-opening which sounded like they were supporting Trump. The statement begins as follows: “Schools are fundamental to child and adolescent development and well-being and provide our children and adolescents with academic instruction, social and emotional skills, safety, reliable nutrition, physical/speech and mental health therapy, and opportunities for physical activity, among other benefits.”
Dr. Goza then gave a lengthy interview on NPR, however, and in explaining the AAP’s position on re-opening schools, she was much more nuanced and realistic than anything Trump or his dwindling band of supporters would like to hear. This is what she said about balancing protection from the virus against the need for students to be in school: “we also recognize that COVID-19 remains a very real, active threat to community health. And we really believe that decisions on when and how to reopen need to consider a variety of factors, but a big one is the level of virus in the community.”
So when September rolls around and school administrators and parents have to make a decision about whether the kids go back into a classroom or stay home, who are they going to believe? Are they going to believe a President who doesn’t even know the difference between tests and infections, or are they going to listen to what their pediatrician says?
They are going to listen to their pediatrician, and no pediatrician is going to tell parents to expose their children to a health threat unless the threat is clearly contained. And if anyone thinks we have gotten past the worst phase of the virus because Trump says that Covid-19 is under control, then they probably also believe there’s a big colony of Martians at Area 51.
I just bet my sister a Franklin that Trump will pack it in and go home by Labor Day. I’m thinking he might even resign. This is a guy, after all, who never stuck with any deal he ever made the moment the business went South. Casino business slows down? Bankrupt the joint.
Trump’s all about making deals, that’s for sure. But he wouldn’t know how to turn around a business in trouble no matter what. And for all those folk who have invested a few bucks in his MAGA deal, right now that deal is going right down the tubes.
Right now today’s weather forecast for Portsmouth, NH is partly sunny, temperature in the mid-70’s all day and into the night. Can’t hold a campaign rally in that tropical storm, right?