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Former Presidents Step In To Fill The Leadership Vacuum As Trump Ignores Increasing COVID Death Toll

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As President Donald Trump continues to ignore the U.S. rapid descent into a tragic winter and obsesses over his false claims of a stolen election, former Presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush and Bill Clinton are stepping up to assure the country that help is on the way.

As reported by CNN’s Jamie Gangel, “the ex-presidents are volunteering to bare their arms on camera to build confidence in the vaccines that could finally end the pandemic, a move that is sure to infuriate the current commander in chief who is demanding credit for the speed of development of several vaccines — despite his neglect of other aspects of the public health disaster that has killed more than a quarter of a million Americans.

“Obama told SiriusXM’s Joe Madison that he understands why the African American community, in particular, would be wary of getting a jab, pointing to the long history of exploitation by medical establishments, such as in the notorious Tuskegee syphilis study,” said the report. Meanwhile, “President Bush has reached out to Dr. Anthony Fauci, who heads the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, and Dr. Deborah Birx, who coordinates the White House Covid-19 task force, to ‘gladly’ get his vaccine on camera once it is proven safe and given to priority populations,” and “President Clinton’s press secretary confirmed that he, too, would take a vaccine when made available to him according to public health priorities, and would be happy to ‘do it in a public setting if it will help urge all Americans to do the same.’”

The former presidents are stepping up as America plunges into its toughest battle against Covid-19 before the new vaccines, expected to soon be approved by US regulators, bring deliverance.

The recorded daily death toll hit a record of more than 2,600 Wednesday and 100,000 Covid-19 patients — more than ever before — are hospitalized as fears mount of an even worse post-Thanksgiving surge.

“The reality is December and January and February are going to be rough times. I actually believe they’re going to be the most difficult in the public health history of this nation,” US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Dr. Robert Redfield said on Wednesday, warning of a potential total death toll of 450,000 by early next year, CNN reports.

The recorded daily death toll hit a record of more than 2,600 Wednesday and 100,000 Covid-19 patients — more than ever before — are hospitalized as fears mount of an even worse post-Thanksgiving surge.

“The reality is December and January and February are going to be rough times. I actually believe they’re going to be the most difficult in the public health history of this nation,” US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Dr. Robert Redfield said on Wednesday, warning of a potential total death toll of 450,000 by early next year.

Meanwhile, Trump continues to ignore the alarming health crisis while obsessing over the election results. Trump addressed the nation on Wednesday, but only in a lie-filled 46-minute video on social media — on which Facebook and Twitter both quickly posted warning labels — that repeated his bogus claims that the election was stolen.