Last March, in a conversation with a coworker, I predicted that there would be a half-million deaths in the US due to COVID-19 before we got this pandemic under control, and it looks like I was a bit optimistic... we have hit the 500,000 dead mark, with no end in sight for months. Upon hearing my prediction, my coworker countered, "I think it will be a million deaths." Yeah, he's even more cynical than I am.
Back then, I really didn't foresee the anti-mask movement, nor did I know the extent of the anti-vaccine movement. It really seems as if a sizable minority of people in this country are objectively pro-pandemic. At the time, I also didn't predict that the Occupant of the White House would be the largest source of disinformation regarding the pathogen and the pandemic. I knew the man was trash, but I didn't realize that he was quite that bad.
The sick joke of it all is that the right-wing malinformation complex will now go into overdrive in an attempt to pin all 500,000 COVID-19 deaths on Joe Biden. Right-wingers are comfortable with cognitive dissonance, so they will simultaneously claim that the pandemic is a hoax, that COVID is no worse than the flu, and that President Biden is a mass murderer. I may have been too much of an optimist when it came to predicting the COVID-19 death toll here in the United States, but I don't think I'm too much of an optimist when it comes to predicting what righties will attempt to do.