0946 GMT October 22, 2020
In an interview with the Guardian, the radical intellectual argued the US president was stabbing average Americans in the back while pretending to be the country’s savior during the worst health crisis in at least a century.
He said Trump, who will seek reelection later this year, had cut government funding for health care and research into infectious disease for the benefit of wealthy corporations.
Chomsky said, “That’s something that Trump has been doing every year of his term, cutting it back more. So [his plan is] let’s continue to cut it back, let’s continue to make sure that the population is as vulnerable as we can make it, that it can suffer as much as possible, but will of course increase profits for his primary constituents in wealth and corporate power.”
Chomsky also said the president had abandoned his duties by forcing individual state governors to take responsibility for combating the virus: “It’s a great strategy for killing a lot of people and improving his electoral politics.”
Asked to clarify if he viewed Trump as culpable in the deaths of Americans, he said, “Yes but it’s much worse than that, because the same is true internationally. To try and cover up his criminal attacks against the American people, which have been going on all of this time, he’s flailing about to try and find scapegoats.”
Chomsky said Trump’s decision to freeze payments to the World Health Organization would lead to deaths in Yemen and across the African continent.
Chomsky was speaking in an interview to mark the launch of the Progressive International, a global initiative to unite, organize and mobilize progressive forces around the world.