Trump’s Inaction Was ‘Like Criminal Negligence And Murder,’ Son Whose Dad Was Early COVID-19 Death Wrote To POTUS
Does the president deserve blame for people dying from coronavirus? At least one grieving son believes so.
Nathan Lambrecht, whose father Douglas was among the first to have died in the United States from coronavirus, wrote a letter to President Donald Trump last weekend in which he explained that he held the White House and the commander-in-chief at least somewhat responsible for the passing of his dad.
“I personally hold the current administration directly responsible for the untimely death of my father,” Lambrecht wrote. He elaborated on why he felt as much:
“I’ve always assumed one of the main functions of a government is to provide for and protect its citizens. Instead, what I have seen is blatant disregard for our nation’s safety and our government’s inability to proactively respond in the face of a global pandemic.”
Lambrecht noted that “experts vocalized their concern over what was coming” months ago, and yet the president didn’t act in the early days of the crisis to do much to prepare for it’s arrival in the U.S.
“In any other scenario, this would sound like criminal negligence and murder,” Lambrecht added. He signed his letter, “A Grieving Son.”
Last Sunday, Woodinville resident Nathan Lambrecht wrote a letter to Trump, letting him know about his family's loss, and rebuking the administration for what he saw as inaction and carelessness. (via @nicolebrodeur)https://t.co/IZXF9cupyK
— The Seattle Times (@seattletimes) April 10, 2020
Speaking with the Seattle Times, Lambrecht insisted his letter wasn’t meant to be political in nature, describing himself as non-partisan. After news of his writing the letter spread, he was asked of his political leanings. “I won’t pick a side,” he said.
He admitted, too, that his letter was a cathartic exercise to help him “wrap my own head about how I felt,” he said.
But that didn’t mean he didn’t believe Trump didn’t bear at least some responsibility for his father’s death.
“I am obviously grieving and directing it in a specific direction. But I still feel there are people who are directly responsible, mostly in inaction,” Lambrecht said.
Trump’s early response to the coronavirus pandemic, in the eyes of many, was lacking in many ways. The president downplayed the urgency, and suggested that the virus itself would not be that harmful.
In mid-February, for instance, Trump suggested that COVID-19 would disappear by April, due to warming temperatures across the nation. “There’s a theory that, in April, when it gets warm — historically, that has been able to kill the virus,” he said.
On February 23, he claimed that he and his staff had “it very much under control,” and three days later, when there were 15 documented cases of the disease, said it would “be down to close to zero” in a couple of days.
On March 7 — six days after Lambrecht’s father’s passing — Trump said he was “not concerned at all” about coronavirus, adding that he thought he had “done a great job with it.” On March 10, he said “it will go away.”
When it was clear that the disease was more than what he had said it was, Trump changed his tone completely — and tried to say he had always known it was a serious threat.
“I’ve felt it was a pandemic long before it was called a pandemic,” he said in mid-March. “I’ve always viewed it as very serious.”