President Donald Trump speaks during a July 28 interview with Axios national political correspondent Jonathan Swan. (Screen grab courtesy of HBO)
President Donald Trump speaks during a July 28 interview with Axios national political correspondent Jonathan Swan. (Screen grab courtesy of HBO)

President Trump recently spoke with a reporter about the impact of the coronavirus on the lives, health and welfare of the American population. Most people heard the interview which probably didn’t say much that we already know.

But for those who weren’t listening carefully, the skillful method which Trump employed to downplay the number of deaths may have been overlooked. That’s why it’s important to consider the “facts” and then do your own homework and analysis before agreeing with his, or anyone else’s conclusions given the deadly results that COVID-19 has had on our nation.

As Trump pulled out his charts and graphs, he asserted that the U.S. is faring far better than a slew of other countries around the globe including several European nations, Korea and China when it comes to the number of those who have died due to the virus.

But when pushed by the reporter, he used a trick made famous by performing artists in different art forms to entertain their audience or manipulate what appears to be obvious. This fine motor skill, also called “sleight of hand,” is more often associated with close-up magic, card magic, card flourishing and stealing.

In this case, Trump chose to emphasize the total number of deaths recorded due to COVID-19 while refusing to comment on the reporter’s nuanced inquiry about the relationship between the number of deaths compared to the overall percentage of the American population.

In other words, while the number of deaths may “seem” to suggest that we’re on the right track in efforts to ebb the flow of recently surging deaths or infections, that conclusion can only be truthfully stated if one uses statistics in a creative way.

As far as we’re concerned, it doesn’t matter whether he’s talking about raw numbers or numbers compared to the overall American population. America is losing the battle against this insidious virus and unless a national strategy based on science becomes the norm, we’re going to keep recording deaths and infections at unprecedented numbers.

We deserve the truth!

WI Guest Author

This correspondent is a guest contributor to The Washington Informer.

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