Two centuries ago, Luddite workers, feeling exploited by the new assembly lines, tossed their shoes, their wooden sabots, into the machines in order mto to halt production. Since those times, the term has come to refer to acts that “deliberately destroy, damage, or obstruct (something), especially for political or military advantage”.
There are several new words for sabotage nowadays. “Politization” is my current favorite. As in “mask wearing has been politicized”.
For no good reason, the strict social distancing measures that are apparently necessary to fight the corona virus have become identified with the Democratic Party. Hence, Trump feels compelled to take the opposite tack – and has led us down a horrid path of death and suffering. To give the devil his due, Trump immediately denied and minimized the seriousness of the virus. He is fully to blame for the “politization”, and for the deaths. The macho pose, his pitiful vanity, his “temperamental unfitness” for the job led him, along with the whole Republican Party, down a path of sabotage. Initially his primary concerns were with his China deals. And the economy. And his numbers. But the President has put himself on the wrong side of the fence on this one. People are stupid, but they ain’t that stupid.