February 7: A Day That Will Live in Infamy

April 23, 2020
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February 7 is a day that changed the world.

It’s a day that defines the Trump administration’s failures on COVID-19.

A day that will shape the campaign around the president’s reelection.

On February 7, Dr. Li Wenliang, the Chinese ophthalmologist who sounded the alarm about COVID-19, succumbed to the virus. After sending a WeChat message to a group of other doctors about the virus’ spread, he was detained by the Chinese government and forced to sign a statement denouncing his warning as an unfounded and illegal rumor.

His death following this shameful and destructive treatment by the Chinese government should have been a wake-up call to America’s leaders.

Instead, when Trump was asked about China’s handling of the outbreak later that day, the U.S. president delivered Chinese government propaganda. (Again.)

And a few hours after that, Trump’s State Department announced that they were sending 17.8 tons of donated medical equipment—supplies that American hospitals would soon desperately need—to China.

February 7 changed everything.

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Tim Miller and Barry Rubin

Tim Miller is a contributor to The Bulwark. Barry Rubin is a senior video editor at The Bulwark.