“I Am Being Serious Here”: Yale Professor Denounces Trump For “Genocide” In Response To The Pandemic

200px-Yale_University_Shield_1.svgIn the last three years, various experts have made what they called dispositive cases for crimes by President Donald Trump ranging from hate crimes to treason to inciting violence.  Now Yale University Professor of Epidemiology Dr. Gregg Gonsalves is adding genocide.  Gonsalves is upset with what he views as the “delayed” response by the Trump Administration to the pandemic. That is certainly a legitimate viewpoint that is shared by many and people of good faith can disagree on when the Administration should have acted.  However Gonsalves insists that such a failure to respond a couple weeks earlier is “awfully close to genocide.”  It is is neither genocide nor close to genocide, but Gonsalves later doubled down to make sure that people understood that this is not just hyperbole but he was “being serious here.” He further suggests that this genocidal strategy could be tied to killing minority voters before the election. Gonsalves has appeared widely as an expert in coverage by CNN, NBC, Politico, Foreign Policy magazine, The Washington Post, and other media outlets.

Gonsalves tweeted “How many people will die this summer, before Election Day? What proportion of the deaths will be among African-Americans, Latinos, other people of color? This is getting awfully close to genocide by default. What else do you call mass death by public policy?”

He then added:

“So, what does it mean to let thousands die by negligence, omission, failure to act, in a legal sense under international law?

And I am being serious here: what is happening in the US is purposeful, considered negligence, omission, failure to act by our leaders. Can they be held responsible under international law?”

Gonsalves teaches on microbial diseases and law at Yale but seems a bit more informed on the microbial than the genocidal.

First, Gonsalves is not the first to espouse the conspiracy theory that this is all part of  scheme to kill “African-Americans, Latinos, other people of color” before election day.  A Rutgers Professor also recently claimed that this was all part of a “gross necropolitical calculus” by the Trump Administration to kill minorities.  Such conspiracy theories are largely brushed over by the mainstream media. Indeed, as we have seen, even a bizarre conspiracy theory by former Joe Biden was largely shrugged off by the media. The Yale faculty in particular seems to have taken a deep dive into the intellectually unsound, as shown by another professor who teaches in both the medical and law schools, Dr. Bandy Lee.

Now, let’s focus on his question of whether Trump and the Administration can “be held responsible under international law.”  The most used definition of genocide is found in the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide , which requires an “intent [by the accused] to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnical, racial or religious group.” What Gonsalves is describing is negligence, not intent.  Moreover, we are discussing a matter of a couple weeks in January or February.  That would be a curious way of conducting an intentional genocidal campaign.  Indeed, it was not until much later that we saw the growing differential among minority groups in the lethality of the virus.

For three years, I have been critical of utter abandon shown by Trump critics in distorting the criminal code and even defending prosecutorial abuses (as is the case with the recent commentary on the Flynn case).  Not only are these unhinged interpretations not challenged in the media, they are replicated in an effort to satisfy the demand of viewers in the age of echo journalism.  Even the clearly false legal statements recently made by President Obama were left unchallenged because such fact checking are largely reserved for Trump and his supporters.

This is a case in point. Imagine if a Yale professor had accused President Barack Obama of genocide.  The response of not just the media, but the faculty and students at Yale would have been overwhelming.  Yet, any attack — no matter how untethered to reality or the law — is considered fair game if it is directed in the right direction.

 

355 thoughts on ““I Am Being Serious Here”: Yale Professor Denounces Trump For “Genocide” In Response To The Pandemic”

  1. Wow!!! that was deep , kill off minority voters before the election, I never thought of that but hey This Is America anything is possible.

  2. Ridiculous and just goes to show you what a degree from Yale is worth these days, if lunatics like this are teaching there.

  3. If there is anyone who should be charged for genocide it should be the likes of Prof Gonsalves. Very soon, it will be “discovered”, there is a reason for the high fatality rates relative to population of ” African-Americans, Latinos, other people of color ” with a higher rate of males to females. The resaon is so simple that it SHOULD HAVE BEEN OBVIOUS to a Professor of Infectious Diseases such as Greg Gonsalves. Also, as he is a lawyer, one would believe he was capable of analysis and reason.

    But this does not seem to be the case with Gonsalves. I would NOT have expected for Trump to have heard of the medical condition, G6PD Deficiency. HOWEVER, Gonsalves should have known about this condition. An inherited blood disorder that primarily expresses itself in persons descended from African, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern and South Asain origins. As it is a X-linked gene, it shows up roughly 60%-65% male to 40%-35% female. It serves to protect red blood cells from oxidative stress, especially when the Immune Sytem “fights” a serious viral infection, such as SARS-CoV-2.

    Products generated by the Immune System, to counter such a virus, causes lysis in G6PD Deficient Red Blood Cells, creating an Intravascular Hemolysis. The resulting Free Hemoglobin in the blood plasma “overruns” the protective protein Haptoglobin and sets off a chain reaction effect. Basically causing EVERYTHING you see with serious COVID-19 patients.

    Prof Gonsalves should have used his time going thru the medical journals and finding out the above information, instead of tweeting useless comments. Contray to his tweet to Ivanka Trump saying ” You, your father and your husband are responsible for the deaths of thousands of Americans.”, he should be tweeting ” I, Greg Gonsalves along with everyone else in the medical community are complete morons and our inability to see the obvious makes us responsible for the deaths of thousands of Americans and any other person in the world who died from COVID-19 ”

    I look forward to see if the likes of Prof Gonsalves has ANY humility at all, when this “discovery” is made. The least he should do then, is to apologise for his comments, immediately resign from his professorship, turn in his medical licence and go silently into the night. Perhaps with all other such persons……..

  4. https://althouse.blogspot.com/2020/05/a-little-more-than-year-after-its.html

    Did you catch this? More failure theatre in the welfare apparat. Liberals want to give people things, especially the people who are on their client list. The trouble is, what they want to give them is not what’s missing from their lives. One thing public authorities should give them but do not is order. That means hiring police officers and deploying them properly and imposing community standards on their mascots, which is a no no.

    1. Absurd, the theme of your post seems to be that government should make no effort to provide housing for low-income groups. Like your post should be Exhibit A for the argument that government should do as little as possible.

      1. That’s right, Peter. Private enterprise is perfectly capable of providing any good or service bar those fro you cannot exclude free riders from benefits and cannot exclude third parties from experiencing costs. (Those are There are some markets bedeviled by information imperfections and others wherein there is community sentiment or a civic object in favor of consumption baselines for all. These sectors often have a vigorous history of provision by philanthropic enterprises or having abiding guild organizations. See medical care, long term care, schooling, and legal services. Even in these cases, no provision by public employees is strictly necessary as vouchers, insurance, and allowances are available alternatives.

        In the housing market, information imperfections are modest, the service is frequently replenished via monthly rent, and the level of consumption is sensitive to considerations of amenity. No purpose is served by public provision of anything but emergency shelter and garrison housing. Landlords can serve just about any income strata where people can afford a bedsit in a building which meets contextually sensible health-and-safety standards. The vagrant population does not exceed 0.25% of the total population and can be Put in eMergency shelters run by charities.

        Of course, landlords need to earn a living and to enforce order. If you want that done, you need streamlined procedures for effecting evictions and you should give landlords plenary discretion over decisions to whom to rent. Leases are inappropriate in some circumstances. Month-to-month should be the order of the day.

      2. If you are concerned about income levels among the impecunious, that can be addressed through wage subsidy via tax rebates, which will be adapted to each family’s consumption preferences and thus give you more bang for the buck. Of course, fewer jobs for people who want to work in the welfare apparat.

      3. As for the disorderly tenants in this place, give the landlord the tools to evict them in rapid process and have ample police patrols to detain and imprison the criminal element.

  5. Trump’s Mad Orgy Of Conspiracies

    On a day when coronavirus deaths passed 80,000 and top government scientists warned of the perils of loosening public health restrictions too soon, President Trump used his massive public platform to suggest a talk-show host he has clashed with committed murder.

    His baseless charge capped a 48-hour stretch in which he accused scores of perceived opponents of criminal acts ranging from illegal espionage to election rigging.

    Since writing “HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY” at 8:10 a.m. on Sunday, Trump has used his Twitter account to make or elevate allegations of criminal conduct against no less than 20 individuals and organizations. Since Sunday, he has tweeted more often about alleged crimes by his perceived opponents than he has about the pandemic ravaging the country with mass death and unemployment.

    The list of purported culprits Trump has charged include two television news hosts, a comedian, at least five former officials from the FBI and Justice Department, the state of California, a broadcast television station and at least five top national security officials from President Barack Obama’s administration.

    ‘You know what the crime is’: Trump doesn’t explain his ‘Obamagate’ claim

    After tweeting about what President Trump called “Obamagate,” Trump was unable to name which specific crime he was accusing his predecessor of having committed.

    Trump tweeted multiple times about alleged criminal activity against him by Obama but struggled to elaborate beyond his frequent references to “Obamagate.”

    “And if you look at what’s gone on, and if you look at, now, all of this information that’s being released,” Trump said during a Rose Garden news conference Monday. “And from what I understand, that’s only the beginning — some terrible things happened, and it should never be allowed to happen in our country again.”

    Edited From: “As Coronavirus Roils The Nation, Trump Reverts To Tactic Of Accusing Foes Of Felonies”

    The Washington Post

  6. Letting the CPUSA take over education and making all of the worthless degrees was a strategic error of huge magnitude.
    We haven’t even begun to pay the cost for this blunder.

    1. The CPUSA was never that consequential and has been completely inconsequential for 60+ years.

    2. Most academics along with Hollywood and the media are untethered from reality and have been so since the cultural temper tantrums of the sixties. They are corrosive and a threat to an informed and engaged citizenry

      1. Fred, if you think everything went wrong in the 60’s, you dont like Civil Rights. And the likelihood of us getting back to the 50’s is totally nonexistent.

        1. Nothing that happened during the years running from about 1963 to about 1972 had anything to do with civil rights, properly understood.

  7. Monday morning quarterbacks are always correct. What are this guy’s qualifications? Other than years in an ivory tower disconnected from reality.

  8. COVID-19 is not a global pandemic.

    COVID-19 is a democrat election tactic.

    COVID-19 was released by democrat HQ in China because Trump was on his way to an historic landslide victory.
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    “The end justifies the means.”

    – Leon Trotsky
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    The end = 2020 election victory.

    The means = COVID-19.

      1. maybe in you had graduated from a bona fide accredited university, instead of beautician school, you would understand. Going on the reviews of your Fuchsia color scheme, it appears you ranked at the bottom of your beauty school

        Fuchsia? Seriously?

  9. “The Same Global Warming/Climate Change/Global Vaccination Wack Jobs Are Running The COVID-19 Hoax”
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    Bill Gates funds “fake news” and fake “models” from Imperial College London then he publishes the “fake models” around the world.

    The numbers are always wrong; as wrong as the false, fraudulent numbers supporting wack job “global warming” coming out of the University of East Anglia in 2009.

    In an election year, the “globalists,” which are communists, have published false numbers on the “flu” in order to terrorize the people into submission and shut down the capitalist economy – stay-at-home – quarantine. It worked.
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    “There ain’t no time to wonder why,

    We’re all gonna die!”

    – Country Joe and the Fish, 1968
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    “Global Warming” was promoted (then evolved into “Climate Change) not for actual environmental anomalies but for political purpose of subjugating the entire world under communism. That has failed so the One-World, Globalist communists released the “flu” to clamp down on the global population and further its efforts at subsuming the world under the Communist Manifesto.

    Democrats had their communist masters in China release coronavirus from its multiple-redundant security facility, the Wuhan Institute of Virology, in order to reduce President Trump’s popularity in this election year. Democrats they screamed, “The sky is falling” as Henny Penny in the folk tale Chicken Little causing widespread fear and panic among the American population.

    It’s all a hoax.

    COVID-19 deaths globally are 0.00004% – 300,000 of 7,800,000,000.

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