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Westside Gazette - 12/30/2019

If we hope to improve public health, impeach Donald Trump.

What is the evidence for such an assertion? There is a great deal, including but hardly limited to these examples:

*When the White House interferes with the premier public health agency of the USA, that is poor practice that can redound negatively on public health. For example, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention gets very little funding to study the effects of guns on public health. Literally, the flagship funder for critical public health issues is essentially nulled from funding research into a cause of death for 40,000 Americans every year-while Trump is spreading misinformation about the causes-it’s never the guns, it’s anything else, from his disinformation about video games to conflating mental illness with gun violence. This is clearly a poor path to public health.

*When the White House tells the CDC that the agency cannot say or write seven words or phrases-”fetus,” “evidence-based,” “science-based” “diversity,” “transgender,” “vulnerable,” “entitlement”-without losing funding, that is pure politics, not caretaking public health. Stay in your lane, Trump. You know nothing about (ProQuest: ... denotes text stops here in original.)