It’s been a lot of things, but I think the final straw has been the unmitigated disaster of Covid-19.
A lot of the things he does are pretty transparently to protect his own image and re-election chances. Hearing him say in his own words he was trying to “play it down” was too far for me. I’d known he was playing it down based on other other countries, like Italy, but to find out he knew he was playing down the danger and severity is unforgivable.
This may have a personal element admittedly. I had a cousin who was a nurse during all this. He was young and healthy, but there’s something called “viral load” where the more viral particles you come into contact with, the more severe your symptoms tend to become. This was earlier on too, during the worse part of the PPE shortage, when doctors and nurses were forced to use trash bags in lieu of masks. In any case, my cousin passed away a few months back. His widow contracted it as well and her lung function isn’t back to normal months later.
To have my family go through this and hear out of his mouth he knew how deadly it was before we had any cases in the U.S., even for young people, I can’t stomach voting for him.