Fascist, Macho Men Bungled Covid-19, Women-led Governments Didn’t

U.S., Brazil account for almost half of coronavirus deaths

Manny Otiko
4 min readMar 4, 2021


New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has only lost 26 people to Covid-19. (Ulysse Bellier/Flickr)

I often write updates about the coronavirus pandemic and it’s a depressing topic. Every week you’re amending the casualty list. And because of this, I’ve become intimately familiar with the United States’ coronavirus death toll which recently passed the 500,000-mark.

As I’ve written before, America officially has the worst coronavirus casualty list in the entire world. The American people decided to let a reality show star become president. Donald Trump used this opportunity to enrich himself and displayed his cluelessness on how to do the job. Hence, we have the worst casualties from COVID-19.

However, it’s interesting to note that the second-highest coronavirus death toll is Brazil. The South American nation has lost about 250,000 people to COVID-19. Both the United States and Brazil had fascist leaders. Brazil’s president during the coronavirus pandemic was Jair Bolsonaro, a retired army officer. In some ways, he was a lot like Trump. He’s been called “The Trump of the Tropics.”

Neo-fascists fumbled Covid-19

Both presidents also tried to use bravado to get through the COVID-19 crisis and both ended up coming down with the disease. Bolsonaro tried to blow it off, like Trump, by saying it was just the flu. He also claimed his tough physique enabled him to get over the disease quickly. Much like Trump, he viewed succumbing to the disease as weakness.

Maybe there’s something to be said for having smart, compassionate women running the country instead of a bombastic bully.

Trump also downplayed contracting the disease. However, he was a lot sicker than we thought. According to New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman, Trump was almost put on a ventilator and secretly got the vaccine. This situation was ironic…



Manny Otiko

Manny Otiko writes about race, politics and sports. He has been published in Salon and LA Weekly. Follow him on Twitter @mannyotiko.