Why seniors aren’t fooled by Joe Biden and Tom Perez

Campaign engages in projection when they say Trump’s thrown seniors to the wolves

In the late-19th century, Sigmund Freud wrote about projection, a process defined as displacing one’s feelings of shame onto another person or object. Were Freud still psychoanalyzing patients today, he would have a field day with Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez.

Mr. Perez and the Joe Biden campaign are ratcheting up a desperate effort to win a greater share of the seniors vote in November. Mr. Perez hit the desperation jackpot July 16, when he said President Donald Trump has thrown seniors “to the wolves,” with his COVID-19 response, which has reportedly led to the deaths of more than 100,000 older Americans. 

Perhaps Mr. Perez is unaware of how New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo ordered thousands of patients hospitalized with COVID-19 to be transferred into nursing homes, exposing untold numbers of seniors to the deadly virus. The results were so devastating that the governor didn’t even want to tell the public which nursing homes were forced to admit those infected patients.

The result? The COVID-19 death toll for New York state exceeded 32,500 as of July 21, the highest in the nation, with an estimated 25% of those deaths happening in nursing homes. The situation in New York is so bad, Mr. Cuomo’s fellow Democrat Ron Kim, a state assemblyman from Queens, called his administration’s reporting on the situation, “a whitewash and coverup.”

Across the river in New Jersey, Democrat Gov. Phil Murphy is taking heat for what an investigation describes as “major missteps and negligence” by his administration. Among other failures noted in the investigation is Mr. Murphy’s delay in conducting nursing home inspections, a paucity of personal protective equipment (PPE) for nursing homes, insufficient COVID-19 testing in long-term care facilities and more. It’s estimated that seniors in nursing home settings accounted for more than 40% of New Jersey’s coronavirus deaths. As of July 21, New Jersey’s death rate per million population stood at 1,779, the highest in America.

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