Update, May 27, 11:02 am:

As yet another warning that racist anti-immigrant restrictions and scapegoating go hand-in-hand with dictatorship, Trump his now threatened to shut down all social media because twitter dared to fact check one of his claims. See, AOL:


My earlier comment appears below.

Almost 100,000 people in the US have already died from the coronavirus. Meanwhile, our nation's president is not only refusing to follow the advice of his own administration's medical experts to use extreme caution before "reopening" America for business - and his campaign rallies, complete with a fascist-style planned July 4 military parade - but he sometimes acts as if he actually wants more Americans to become infected. It is difficult to understand Donald Trump's attack on something as basic and essential as wearing face masks in any other way. See, Washington Post , May 27:

Trump calls mask wearing 'politically correct'

But no matter how high the US death toll may rise because of Trump's stubborn refusal - if not outright opposition - to taking the most basic public health precautions against the rapid spread of the most deadly plague that America - and the world - have faced in 100 years, Trump will sure to find no difficulty in targeting is favorite scapegoat for all of America's problems - nonwhite immigrants.

As I have mentioned in previous comments on this topic, Stephen Miller, Trump's to[ immigration adviser, Grand Inquisitor and Torquemada, has been using other normally less lethal diseases, such as the flu and mumps, as an excuse to ban immigrants from the US. But these is also a long and shameful history in America of using fear of disease to promote hatred against unpopular minority immigrants. Trump is no building on and expanding this appalling record.

Vox columnist John Washington decribes this history as follow in his May 15 article:

The Trump administration is using the pandemic as an excuse to target immigrants and asylum seekers


Washington writes

"Baseless reproach, nativist scapegoating and racist restrictions are nothing new when it comes ot the intersection of immigration and disease,Amid a series of cholera outbreaks in the 19th century, Americans pointed the finger at Irish immigrants, even referring to the virus as the 'Irish disease'. In the 1880's, Chinese immigrants were accused of bringing smallpox an the plague, among other diseases, to California - an accusation that bolstered the movement behind the 1882 Chinese Exclusion Act, one of the early and trend-setting pieces of racist and anti-immigrant legislation.

A decade later, the US suspended immigration for two weeks after 'German authorities had blamed Russian Jews en route to America for a severe cholera outbreak in Hamburg...'"

(A small item of fact-checking on Washington's description above is in order - cholera is not caused by a virus; it is a bacterial disease.)


To be continued:

Roger Algase
Attorney at Law