We have not reckoned with our failures in the early days of the AIDS crisis. So many COVID parallels:

- Fear & bigotry (gays/Asians)
- Huge health messaging failures, but easy to prevent the spread (condoms/masks)
- Republican presidents ignored it till their voters began to die
The Trump administration has restricted interviews of its top experts like Dr Fauci, because they don’t want them telling Americans what bad shape we are in.

Sound familiar? In the 1980s the Reagan Administration blocked journalists from interviewing CDC scientists about AIDS.
Reagan’s spokesman on AIDS, in 1984: “I haven't heard [Reagan] express concern.”

Trump on COVID, March 8, 2020: “No, I’m not concerned at all... We’ll have tremendous rallies.”

Neither Republican President listened to the scientists warning them.
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