Former Australian PM Embodies Trump With New Term To Describe Him

Kevin Rudd, the former Prime Minister of Australia, has come up with a new way to describe President Trump. Rudd penned an op-ed in Foreign Affairs criticizing Trump’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic. Kevin Rudd pulled no punches in describing the Trump Administration’s mishandling of the crisis.


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The title of the op-ed is called, “Coming Post-COVID Anarchy.” Rudd called President Trump, “quack apothecary.” The term describes Trump’s pushing of false cures for COVID-19 which is the disease caused by the coronavirus. Last month, Trump wondered if injecting disinfectants could cure people of the virus. This line of thinking was meant with much criticism and many memes on social media. Following the backlash, Trump claimed that he was being sarcastic. He has also pushed drugs that have proven to be dangerous and unable to cure the virus.


Rudd was PM of Australia from 2007 to 2010. He led again in 2013.  Rudd wrote in his op-ed, “The world has watched in horror as an American president acts not as the leader of the free world but as a quack apothecary recommending unproven “treatments.” It has seen what “America First” means in practice: don’t look to the United States for help in a genuine global crisis, because it can’t even look after itself. Once there was the United States of the Berlin airlift. Now there is the image of the USS Theodore Roosevelt crippled by the virus, reports of the administration trying to take exclusive control of a vaccine being developed in Germany, and federal intervention to stop the commercial sale of personal protective equipment to Canada. The world has been turned on its head. ”


Rudd is not the only world leader to off criticism of Trump’s coronavirus response and he will not be the last. The internet was quick to react.


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