Wallace and Vomit

The two biggest stories in America are the pandemic and the current fight for racial justice. But in some ways, they are the same story. “Latino and African-American residents of the United States have been three times as likely to become infected as their white neighbors, according to the new data, which provides detailed characteristics of 640,000 infections detected in nearly 1,000 U.S. counties. And Black and Latino people have been nearly twice as likely to die from the virus as white people, the data shows.” The NYT with The Fullest Look Yet at the Racial Inequity of Coronavirus. The new federal data was “made available after The New York Times sued the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.” (Welcome to the era when you have to sue the CDC for information related to an ongoing pandemic.)

+ Meanwhile, Donald Trump is misreading both stories (at least he’s reading). While some in his party wish he’d throttle the racism, the president continues to press the pedal to the me(n)tal. His latest targets: Bubba Wallace and NASCAR: “Has Bubba Wallace apologized to all of those great NASCAR drivers & officials who came to his aid, stood by his side, & were willing to sacrifice everything for him, only to find out that the whole thing was just another HOAX? That & Flag decision has caused lowest ratings EVER!” Trump is betting that troll position is the new poll position by throwing 110-octane leaded fuel on the fire. But he may need to tweet from a vroom with a view because he’s going the wrong way on a one way track. As he states in his own Tweet, drivers and officials have already picked a side. They’re not going to let Trump debase the oval track like he has the Oval Office. My wise friend Bob summed the up this latest twist in the Trump saga: “It’s a murder/suicide. Trump’s killing the country by actively dividing the population, dismantling govt, mangling relations with our allies, etc. And he’s committing political suicide by choosing the wrong side in the culture war that he’s fostering. It’s crazy.” Translation: It might be time for a pitstop. And P.S. NASCAR’s ratings are up.

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