This letter is a response to Ric Mayle, who complained that his “Trump hater” friend couldn’t name even one thing that Trump should have done that would have helped control the coronavirus.

You asked to be “enlightened” so I’ll help you out.

Despite being told in the days before he took office and at least once a year since that a pandemic was possible, Trump failed to listen or prepare. Obama’s administration even left a playbook for dealing with a pandemic. In January, when it was clear the pandemic had reached the U.S., Trump downplayed it.

Trump had three years to replace the stockpile of ventilators and PPE but instead, he complained about the prior administration leaving the “cupboard bare.”

Despite advice from the CDC and other experts, the president refused to promote mask-wearing and set a horrible example by refusing to wear one himself (ditto Mike Pence).

Trump promoted ridiculous and dangerous “treatments” such as ingesting bleach.

He promoted hydroxychloroquine, which is used by sufferers of lupus and rheumatoid arthritis but has not been shown to be effective in treating COVID-19. Thanks to him, the people with lupus and rheumatoid arthritis now have trouble getting their medicine.

Trump has repeatedly lied to the American people about the extent of testing being done and the status of America versus the rest of the world in testing and number of deaths.

Patricia Currie Blume

Pinehurst

Publisher’s Note: This is a letter to the editor, submitted by a reader, and reflects the opinion of the author. The Pilot welcomes letters from readers on its Opinion page, which serves as a public forum. The Pilot is not in the business of suppressing public opinion. We are a forum for community debate, and publish almost every letter we receive. For information on how to make a submission, visit this page: https://www.thepilot.com/site/forms/online_services/letter/

(11) comments

Ken Owens

Mr. Roman, I suggest that PTS (Psychotic Trump Supporter) might fit those that just don't get it. Psychosis is a mental disorder characterized by symptoms, such as delusions or hallucinations, that indicate impaired contact with reality.

Sally Larson

I know, it's frightening people refuse to acknowledge the truth when it's been documented by recording!!! They just don't want to know the truth and comfort themselves with conspiracy theories.

Mark Hayes

Sally, do not be frightened, I doubt you have anything to worry about, rural residence, Pinehurst, and surrounding areas are currently safe from the protesting, looting, shootings and chaos, for how long remains to be seen. I do wish you would discontinue using the term " they ", but if you must do so, explain who " they " are ? I do not watch " any " televised news, I do read several other sources. I realize that you and several others believe there is only one source for truthfulness, all others are lies, so it would be futile to delve into that subject. If you are of the belief that this is all about Trump you are mistaken, he will come and go like those before him, it is what comes after this election, it won't be pretty. BTW stop judging others, you are in no position do so, this little group you have aligned yourself with are mostly discontented with their own lives and find solace in demeaning others.

Sally Larson

Yes, I will judge people who choose to be stupid. Stupid is just stupid. It's very concerning when people don't want to admit to the truth when it's been recorded and documented right in front of them. I really question the character of people who chose to ignore the obvious. The manipulations, cheating, and lying of our leader have certainly pointed out the lack of character of his followers.

Mark Hayes

Put a sock in it Sally, you are not qualified to judge anyone, least not me, you are as phony as a Chinese Rolex.

Sally Larson

Mark, sorry you don't like what I'm saying, the truth hurts doesn't it.

Peyton Cook

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Kent Misegades

Another TDS sufferer for which their will never be a vaccine.

Peyton Cook

Absolutely fiction. It was the previous that did not replenish the ventilators and other safety equipment. The Trump Administration did so as it was providing the New York Governor and others all they needed

Dan Roman

Kent Misgades The Pilot/Pinehurst Pinocchio, suffers from DTS (demented trump suporter) syndrome. The Trump administration had three years, three years, to rebuild the PPE inventory and did not, thus the scramble at the beginning of 2020.

The letter is factual, unfortunately some are willfully blind to reality.

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