Why Trump’s Protesters Risk Their Lives Choosing Beliefs Over Facts
We begin with an analysis of why Trump’s shock troops of white nationalists and nativists sporting assault rifles and waving Confederate flags demonstrating against lockdowns by Democratic governors, are putting their lives in danger in choosing beliefs over facts. Joining us is Jonathan Metzl, professor of sociology and psychiatry at Vanderbilt University and Director of its Center for Medicine, Health, and Society whose new book is Dying of Whiteness: How the Politics of Racial Resentment is Killing America’s Heartland. We will examine the sad fact that these protesters, backed by right wing plutocrats like the DeVos family, are risking their lives in the service of a demagogue only interested in himself and his reelection. But as irresponsible as they are, governors in Red States like the two dimwitted Trumpsters in Georgia and Florida who are opening up their states before the pandemic peaks, are even more culpable for the sick and dying that will follow. And while for months we have seen the deadly consequences of Trump’s war on science, today it got worse with the president forcing the head of the CDC to revise his prediction that there will be another possibly more deadly surge of the coronavirus in the winter so that Trump can go ahead in May to open up the country to more infections.