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The President’s jaw-dropping speech stirred fear of cultural change and flouted basic scientific evidence as Covid-19 skyrockets in the US

On a very different Fourth of July holiday, when many Americans are wrestling with the racist misdeeds of the country’s heroes and confronting an unrelenting pandemic with surging cases, their commander-in-chief is attempting to drag America backward — stirring fear of cultural change while flouting the most basic scientific evidence about disease transmission.

Dr. Gupta: America, I hoped never to have this conversation

Back in the middle of May, I wrote an essay titled “If the United States were my patient,” pondering what it would be like if the United States were a flesh-and-blood person who had gotten sick with an ongoing infection.