Upon a visit to New York City’s Times Square one expects to have their senses disrupted with the mass of spectacularly flashy, in your face billboards from Coca-Cola to Sony. Now, with the tourist mecca void of life, due to the coronavirus pandemic, there is now a new electronic billboard they are missing out on. From documentary filmmaker Eugene Jarecki, comes “The Trump Death Clock.”
Inspired by the Debt Clock, which has been ringing up our national debt for 30 years, Jarecki crowdfunded the project and had the “clock” installed on the roof of a Times Square building, empty due to the pandemic.
The clock ticks on the assumption that 60% of COVID-19 deaths in the United States could have been prevented had the Trump administration implemented mandatory social distancing and school closures just a week earlier than it did, on March 9 instead of March 16, Jarecki explained.
As of Monday, the counter showed more than 48,000 deaths out of a total of more than 80,000 death toll worldwide.
The New York-based filmmaker, who has twice won awards at the Sundance Film Festival, explained that 60 per cent was a conservative estimate calculated by specialists following remarks made in mid-April by leading US infectious diseases expert Anthony Fauci.
Fauci, who has become the trusted face of the government’s virus response, had said that if “you had started mitigation earlier, you could have saved lives.”
“The lives already unnecessarily lost demand we seek more responsible crisis leadership,” Jarecki says in his YouTube video. Watch below:
“Just as the names of fallen soldiers are etched on memorials to remind us of the cost of war, quantifying the lives lost to the president’s delayed coronavirus response would serve a vital public function.”
There has been no response to the new OOH from the White House. Yet.
SOURCE: Trump Death Clock