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Sunday, July 19, 2020


by James Penha

The New Yorker, July 20, 2020

"The Trump administration is trying to block billions of dollars for states to conduct testing and contact tracing in the upcoming coronavirus relief bill, people involved in the talks said Saturday." —The Washington Post, July 19, 2020

“Once you eliminate the impossible, whatever remains, no matter how improbable, must be the truth.” —Sherlock Holmes

If America were ever
to have a President so
vile and blasphemous
to his oath—to preserve
and protect—he’d seek
at every turn of a poll
by means unfair and foul 
to dwindle rival voters
especially those of color…
should a pandemic come
to rage, like him, against
minorities and raze the poor
particularly, might he not ignore
or even encourage a plague
he deems allied to his future?