The Virus Hasn’t Even Peaked In Most States & Yet Trump Plans To Open States And Relax Social Distancing
According to Johns Hopkins University, there have been more than 1 million confirmed coronavirus cases in the US and over 62,000 fatalities so far — more than any country in the world, and more than the death toll of the Vietnam War — and it still hasn’t peaked! And yet Trump signaled that the federal social distancing guidelines would be relaxed as states begin to reopen their economies.
Trump, who has no conscience, has no problem throwing Americans under the bus for the sole purpose of improving his reelection chances. Case in point: Trump is treating the meatpacking workers as “disposable” by reopening the meat and poultry processing plants — COVID-19 hotspots — endangering the health of some of America’s most vulnerable workers. This is because we have scum in the Oval Office.
On the same day, Trump’s puppet Jared Kushner praised the administration's response to the coronavirus pandemic as a "great success story" — less than a day after the number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the United States topped 1 million, and said that the economy would be “rocking” by June. Impeached Trump called Kushner a “genius.” We have a better phrase to describe both of them. Can anyone say “two f*cking idiots in the same family?” Lunacy runs up and down the Trump family tree. It’s a cesspool of ignorance and brainlessness. Time to fire Jared and Ivanka. We, the American people, would like to thank you for your service.
The one and only “great success story” for America is going to be when we oust Trump and elect Joe Biden in November!
Trump was warned about the coronavirus over a dozen times in January and February and he did NOTHING!
U.S. intelligence agencies issued warnings about the novel coronavirus in more than a dozen classified briefings, called the “President’s Daily Brief (PDB),” prepared for Trump in January and February, months during which he continued to play down the threat. But Trump routinely skips reading the President’s Daily Brief and has at times shown little patience for even the oral summary he takes two or three times per week.
Trump insisted publicly on Feb. 26 that the number of cases “within a couple of days is going to be down to close to zero,” and said the next day that “it’s like a miracle, it will disappear.”
In reality, the virus was by then moving swiftly through communities across the United States, spreading virtually unchecked in New York City and other population centers until state governors began imposing sweeping lockdowns, requiring social distancing and all but closing huge sectors of the country’s economy.
As late as March 10, Trump said: “Just stay calm. It will go away.”
Those are the words of someone who should be removed from office immediately for gross incompetence.
Trump received his lowest marks yet for his handling of the coronavirus outbreak, with net approval of his leadership on combating the pandemic down 22 points, according to a new Morning Consult poll on 4/28/20.
Stop Listening To Trump — He’s a Liar As Well As An Imbecile
Trump’s daily sessions risk indoctrinating the media and the public to a false narrative about the course of the pandemic and the efficacy of the federal government’s response.
Stop listening to Trump. Only reporters should listen, and then relay his major points once they have had a chance to check their veracity, accuracy, and completeness, and to provide essential context. If Trump believes he is entitled to highly visible live coverage, he can earn that right with candid, factual briefings that honestly reflect the dire state of affairs and how it arose.
With a normal presidential administration, there would be no debating the news value of regular official updates amid a national crisis. But Trump’s regular, well-documented lies, baseless and misleading statements, attacks on critics, ethnic baiting, bullying of senior officials, and relentless self-admiration render his briefings like those of no other president. He uses his turns at the podium to needle and insult members of the press, calling journalists who ask tough questions incompetent, malign, and nasty. Trump’s loose talk about a then-unproven treatment led to a run on drugstore supplies of hydroxychloroquine, interfering with the ability of lupus sufferers to obtain needed medication.
Those who still wish to view Trump’s live briefings can go to the White House website and listen to his lies. If Trump wants daily live coverage, he needs to use his bully pulpit in the way it was intended. Daily briefings should not be platforms for delusory political horn tooting. The U.S. — despite its wealth, health expertise, expansive bureaucracy and innumerable other advantages — faces the highest COVID-19 caseload of any nation in the world paired with unprecedented, prolonged and unavoidable economic meltdown. Under these circumstances, self-congratulation by Trump must have no place on the nightly news.
Knowing Trump, he will never take these steps. But unless and until he does, the news media is not only justified, but obligated, to stop serving as his mouthpiece.
Democracy is increasingly under pressure, since there’s nothing like a crisis to allow an authoritarian regime like Trump’s to toss civil liberties, democratic freedoms and human rights out the window. Part of this tossing is the always popular move toward a totalitarian shutdown of information and debate.
Trump is mentally ill and should be removed from office & institutionalized
In his latest public demonstration of mental illness, Trump actually suggested that people could receive injections of disinfectant to cure the coronavirus! Today Trump tried to backpedal on his statement, which the world has on videotape. Nice try, Donnie, but you’re a friggin’ liar. You know it, and the world knows it! The next day scaredy-cat Trump shortened his press conference to 21 minutes and ran out the door without taking any questions. Coward!
“And then I see the disinfectant where it knocks it out in a minute,” Trump said. “One minute! And is there a way we can do something, by an injection inside or almost a cleaning? Because you see it gets in the lungs and it does a tremendous number on the lungs, so it’d be interesting to check that. So, that you’re going to have to use medical doctors with, but it sounds interesting to me.” There is absolutely nothing of any value that comes out of this a$$hole’s mouth. Maybe Trump should volunteer to be the first guinea pig for his proposed cure!
Dr. Deborah Birx, the task force response coordinator and one of Trump’s puppets, remained silent, afraid to speak out and stand up for what’s right. When a Washington Post reporter pressed further, Trump retorted: “I’m the president and you’re fake news…” Social media erupted in hilarity and outrage at Trump.
Lysol and Dettol maker Reckitt Benckiser Plc has stated that “under no circumstance” should its disinfectant products be administered into the human body, through injection, ingestion or any other route.
“It is incomprehensible to me that a moron like this holds the highest office in the land and that there exist people stupid enough to think this is OK. I can’t believe that in 2020 I have to caution anyone listening to the president that injecting disinfectant could kill you.” (Walter Shaub, former director of the Office of Government Ethics). Absolutely correct, Mr. Shaub. This is living proof that stupidity is not illegal in America.
“Trump’s briefings are actively endangering the public’s health.” (Robert Reich, professor of public policy at the University of California at Berkeley and a former labor secretary)
Let’s stop listening to Trump’s bullshit and call a spade a spade, folks. Trump is mentally ill and should be removed from office and institutionalized immediately. He needs help from mental health professionals. He is unfit to hold any office in this land.
Trump Now Recommending Sunlight, Heat & Humidity to Kill Coronavirus
“Idiocy isn’t an unintended consequence; it’s the whole plan.” (Jill Filipovic, author and NY journalist)
Trump is now suggesting sunlight, heat and humidity could kill the coronavirus, even though his top health officials have not embraced the findings. "The whole concept of the light, the way it kills it in one minute, that’s pretty powerful," Trump said during a White House press briefing. He raised the possibility of hitting a human body "with a tremendous — whether it's ultraviolet or just very powerful light." It is time that Americans tune out and stop listening to anything and everything that comes out of his mouth. How many ways are there to spell “idiot?” Just one: Trump.
A US government expert panel has formally recommended against using a drug combination promoted by Trump to fight the coronavirus, because of its potential harmful impact on the heart. Hydroxychloroquine in combination with the antibiotic azithromycin were "associated with QTc prolongation in patients with COVID-19, increasing the risk of blackouts, seizures and cardiac arrest,” the panel said. Trump has repeatedly suggested that people combine the two drugs, both in briefings at the White House and on Twitter.
Trump tweeted last month that it had "a real chance to be one of the biggest game-changers in the history of medicine." Idiot Trump ought to keep his friggin’ mouth shut about things he knows absolutely nothing about. Unfortunately, that’s most things!
“Shut the f**k up, President Trump.” (Piers Morgan)
Trump abruptly dismissed esteemed Dr. Rick Bright, a vaccine expert and head of the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority, because he resisted efforts to widen the availability of a coronavirus treatment pushed by Trump. Dr. Bright said that “science -- not politics or cronyism -- has to lead the way." This action is par for the course for the Impeached Twitter Toddler. He throws anyone who opposes him under the bus, regardless of their position or credibility.
Any promise of putting "America First" has turned into a laughable punchline -- we are first, yes, in coronavirus infections and deaths. We're No. 1!
But don’t worry, fellow Americans, Trump, the f**king idiot, will be voted out in November, to then be forgotten forever, never to be heard from again. We can hardly wait — that day can’t come too soon.
Trump Blames Governors and says “It’s Like A Beautiful Puzzle”
In his daily news briefing “side show” on 4/19/20, Trump said he believes some governors have "gone too far" in imposing restrictions meant to slow the spread of the coronavirus. The coronavirus has already infected more than 755,000 and killed more than 42,000 people in the U.S., according to Johns Hopkins University data; and the virus continues to spread. However, the impeached Twitter Toddler has been adamant about the need to reopen the economy, which has been a central tenet of his reelection campaign. He insisted on Sunday that the lifting of restrictions would prioritize safety, saying, "There are a lot of great things happening, and we're going to start to open our country. It's like a beautiful puzzle."
A beautiful puzzle? What part of 42,000 Americans dying is “a beautiful puzzle?” What universe is this delusional idiot living in? Trump may not have been tested for the coronavirus, but he’s repeatedly tested positive by the populace for having the lowest IQ of any president in history.
On 4/18/20, Trump both lashed out at Democratic criticism of his response to COVID-19 while hammering former President Barack Obama for leaving a bare "cupboard" of medical supplies for him to pull from. Let’s point out the facts to Trump’s stupid supporters: Trump has been in office for three and a half years and he was warned by the National Security Council (NSC) with a pandemic playbook for how to prepare for such an epidemic way back in 2017, but Trump ignored it. He did nothing. Yet he had no problem stealing $8 billion from the taxpayers to focus on building a worthless wall instead of doing his job to protect the citizens of America.
Trump also suggested it wasn't right for critics to scrutinize his administration's work on testing for COVID-19 because he inherited "broken junk" from the prior administration. Whine, whine, whine. More of Trump’s blame game in his attempt to mask his own incompetence — the typical reaction of a deranged, mentally deficient, schizophrenic, malignant narcissist — deny, deflect, and blame.
Trump is ALL of the following:
- Deranged: mentally unsound.
- Mentally deficient: Lacking in cognitive functioning.
- Schizophrenic: A psychosis, a type of mental illness, in which a person can’t tell what’s real from what’s imagined.
- Malignant narcissisist: The most severe type of narcissism manifested by a person with an extremely evil self-centeredness who has additional impairments including, but not limited to, an exaggerated sense of self-importance, paranoia, aggression, antisocial personality disorder (APD) and narcissistic personality disorder (NPD).
- Delusional: A serious psychotic mental disorder, previously called paranoid disorder, characterized by not being able to tell what’s real from what’s imagined — having unshakable beliefs on something that isn’t true or based on reality.
- Idiot: A stupid or foolish person, formerly a legal and psychiatric technical term for those with profound intellectual disability; a person lacking professional skill; unskilled; ignorant.
Trump also insisted it was an appropriate time to bring up Second Amendment rights in Virginia when asked if linking that to the coronavirus restrictions could potentially cause civil unrest. This is the thinking of a delusional idiot who lives in the altered sense of reality that exists only in his head. Trump should be immediately removed from office for promoting illegal insurgencies!
Trump then claimed to be the “king of ventilators,” and is now considering sending some to other countries while hospitals in America are still begging for them.
With Trump it’s all about deny, deflect and blame! He’s a pathetic excuse for a leader, a loser, and a large number of his previous supporters are finally waking up and realizing this.
Trump’s Stupid Supporters See A Call To Arms
Trump encouraged an anti-lockdown group that is scheduled to protest in Minnesota against stay-at-home orders to prevent the spread of coronavirus and he appeared to back such efforts in other states, arguing that "elements" of some state regulations were "just too tough."
Trump’s tweets today, such as “Liberate Minnesota,” pushed many of his online extremist followers to speculate whether he was advocating for armed conflict, and those uneducated supporters were stupid enough to follow their cult leader and drag out their weapons, put on their camouflage outfits and rally in front of the governors’ offices in Trump’s red states. Gun sales are up over 200 percent in some states since March.
Trump sent three tweets to rally his support base today. “Liberate Minnesota,” “Liberate Michigan,” and “Liberate Virginia, and save your great 2nd Amendment. It is under siege.”
Question: What does opening up the country from the coronavirus have to do with either liberating anything or with the second amendment?
Answer: Absolutely nothing. Trump is only inciting violence to take the focus off of his incompetence. He’s a disgrace to the office, and his supporters are the most ignorant, brainwashed followers on the planet.
Gov. Jay Inslee of Washington condemned Trump's tweets in his own Twitter thread in which he warned the president about encouraging violence.
"The president is fomenting domestic rebellion and spreading lies - even while his own administration says the virus is real, it is deadly and we have a long way to go before restrictions can be lifted," Inslee wrote.
So far Trump has blamed the following for HIS MISTAKES:
- World Health Organization
- The Governors
- White House reporters
Remember, Trump is all about taking credit for what he didn’t do and accepting blame for nothing. This is his modis operandi.
Four takeaways from Trump’s White House press briefing on 4/16/20:
- Trump lost the game of chicken over when to reopen states.
- Officials did not confirm whether there will be enough testing to execute this plan.
- Trump props up people protesting social distancing in states like Michigan.
- The new normal is not going to be normal.
Trump — The Temper Tantrum Tyrant
Trump’s daily White House news briefings have regressed into “reality show performances” and temper tantrums staged for his own self-aggrandizement and as bully pulpit “campaign rallies” to boost his reelection chances. However, they’ve backfired and have instead revealed more of the real character, or lack thereof, of this incompetent president.
While Trump is busy playing the blame game, lambasting the press and calling reporters childish names, as well as erroneously claiming he has “total authority:”
- Over 28,000 Americans have died of the coronavirus.
- The coronavirus continues to spread like wildfire across the U.S.
- Hospitals and first responders continue to be short of personal protective equipment (PPE).
- Retail sales dropped 8.7 percent (in March).
- U.S. jobless claims are at an all-time high with nearly 47 million Americans out of work.
- Small businesses have either closed or are on the brink of bankruptcy.
“Leadership is defined by what a leader does in a crisis.”
What is Trump’s plan? He has none. He adds a new definition to the meaning of the word “incompetent.” Trump has undeniably proven that he is not mentally fit to hold the office of president.
The “It’s All About Me” President Uses the Pandemic News Briefing as a Bully Pulpit to Demand His “Total Authority”
Trump claimed today that he can assert his authority and overrule states on ending the COVID-19 shutdowns.
In the middle of this deadly pandemic that shows no clear signs of abating, Trump made clear that the paramount concern for Trump is Trump — his self-image, his media coverage, his supplicants and his opponents, both real and imagined.
Trump had a total meltdown for all to see on national television.
He claims he has “total authority,” i.e. dictatorial power, over the reopening of states. Wrong! Nice try, Donnie, but you’re very simply not the “king” and our form of government isn’t a kingdom. You’re nothing but a pathetic control freak with a personality disorder characterized by undermining others. In jurisdictions where a governor or mayor had put restrictions in place, tweets or statements from Trump would not supersede those orders. Just read the malignant narcissist’s own words from the press conference:
Trump said, “The president of the United States has the authority to do what the president has the authority to do, which is very powerful. The president of the United States calls the shots. If we weren’t here for the states, you would’ve had a problem in this country like you’ve never seen before. It’s a decision for the president of the United States. Now with that being said, we’re going to work with the states because it’s very important,” he added but emphasized that “they can’t do anything without the approval of the president of the United States.”
The Supreme Court has struck down attempts by the federal government to intervene within states and Trump would not offer specifics about the source of this power when pressed by members of the press.
Rep. Liz Cheney, R-WY., the third-highest ranking Republican in the U.S. House, quoted the 10th Amendment in a tweet: “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.” (United States Constitution, Amendment X)
Jonathan Turley, a constitutional law professor at George Washington University who was the sole witness called by Republicans before the Judiciary Committee in the impeachment inquiry into Trump, refuted Trump's claim in a tweet: "The Constitution was written precisely [to] deny that particular claim. It also reserved to the states (& individuals) rights not expressly given to the federal government."
New York governor Andrew Cuomo responded, saying, "The President doesn't have total authority. We have a Constitution. We don't have a king."
We have Trump’s news conference on video. He can’t claim those weren’t his words or that it’s fake news. Trump’s dictatorial theatrics aren’t amusing when thousands of Americans are dying as a result of his doing nothing of substance early on when he was warned and he had the chance — he has proven that he is not a leader. So after all of the resulting pushback from Republicans as well as Democrats, we can’t wait to see how he tries to tap dance, backpedal, and lie his way out of his statements. But he assuredly will try. We would be willing to bet that he will not apologize nor take any responsibility for his words or actions. Malignant narcissists would never do that.
Let’s focus in on the real truth that cannot be denied and that no one should ever forget about Trump:
- Trump was warned in a 69-page document back in 2016 by the National Security Council about readying the country for a pandemic, which included stocking enough personal protective equipment (PPE), and he ignored it.
- Trump was warned in January, in a written memo by Peter Navarro, his trade advisor, that the coronavirus crisis could cost the United States trillions of dollars and put millions of Americans at risk of illness or death. Trump took no proactive measures, instead denying the seriousness of the virus and not reacting for months.
Click here for more of Trump’s mishandling of the coronavirus.
The people of America know a fake when they see one, and they will assuredly vote this idiot out of office on November 3rd.
When Will The Economy Reopen?
Trump is at odds with the best medical experts in America. He said he’ll reopen the economy “based on a lot of facts and a lot of instincts.” Two of his top public health advisers have taken a different stance on the issue.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, and Dr. Stephen Hahn, commissioner of the Food and Drug Association, have both argued for the decision to be made on scientific facts and not on Trump’s instincts. Dr. Fauci said that had Trump listened to the medical experts earlier, he could have saved more lives. Trump’s response to Dr. Fauci was a childish Twitter post saying, “Time to #FireFauci.” Thousands of Americans have already died of the COVID-19 virus, with tens of thousands more overwhelming health care facilities all across America, and Trump can only go on the attack of our best medical experts through a baby-like Twitter post. Maybe Trump should take a personal tour of the makeshift morgues and the intensive care units in any New York hospital to witness firsthand what he was instrumental in causing by acting too late and not preparing the country with adequate personal protection equipment. Yet he had no problem whatsoever spending billions planning for and building his unnecessary wall.
Trump hopes to begin a return to normalcy by May 1st based on pressure from his non-scientific advisors and his Fox News personalities. Trump’s decision-making process is in stark contrast with expert scientific counsel and is haphazard in its execution. Health officials warn that if people return to work too soon, the country faces a dangerous resurgence of the virus.
The shortcomings of Trump’s performance and the magnification of his mental deficiencies are being played out with remarkable transparency as part of his daily effort to dominate television screens and the national conversation. Hopefully this will prove, even to his current supporters, that Trump is not fit for reelection in November.
I think wearing a face mask as I greet presidents, prime ministers, dictators, kings, queens, I don't know. Somehow, I don't see it for myself. I just don't."
Question: What world dignitaries are out globe-hopping to meet with Trump during a worldwide pandemic? Let’s get real. Nobody wants to meet with Trump on a good day, let alone during a pandemic.
Take a look at what’s really happening here. Under Trump’s watch, the pandemic is running out of control in the U.S., and yet in every press briefing Trump demands praise and appreciation from his specially invited underlings at the podium. As people are suffering and dying in all parts of the country, Trump is more concerned about how a medical mask might spoil his looks. The masks we’re now being asked to wear are not about the individual, but rather about protecting the collective we. Trump, however, was raised to think he is something special, a “king.” He has long regarded his instinct as more valid than the expertise of the real experts. In reality, Trump is delusional.
Now confronted with one of American history's most serious threats to civilian lives, Trump’s response has been to avoid a unified national response -- no stay-at-home orders, no rapid mobilization of medical aid -- while hyping whatever whims or unilateral actions he personally feels like taking on any given day. All of Trump’s failures reflect his inability to think of America as a community in need of a responsive government.
Trump has royally screwed up the federal government's coronavirus response, and he knows it. And he's doing what he always does: Instead of fixing any of the many problems he's caused, he's trying to weasel his way out of blame and doing all he can to dodge oversight and responsibility.
As other nations marshaled more effective defenses, Trump denied reality. Peter Navarro, Trump’s trade advisor, warned Trump back in January that the coronavirus crisis could cost the United States trillions of dollars and put millions of Americans at risk of illness or death, but Trump ignored his warning. He now claims he never saw Navarro’s warning, and predictably accepts no blame, but said that he wouldn’t have changed his course anyway! The U.S. had the wealth and the expertise to take advantage of the weeks we had to prepare while Asia and Italy were stricken, but we lacked competence in a leader. Trump has, at every turn, embodied the worst of the impulses of the “entitled” class, including narcissism, greed, and self-indulgent irresponsibility. Now Trump is doing what he normally does — deny, deflect and cast blame elsewhere. Cases in point: he’s threatening to drop funding to the World Health Organization (WHO), is accusing the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services as having produced a "fake dossier" with a report that confirmed hospitals nationwide faced "substantial challenges" including shortages of equipment and staff, and fired Glenn Fine, the acting Pentagon watchdog overseeing the implementation of the $2 trillion coronavirus law. Trump is incapable of accepting the blame for his obvious misdeeds.
Trump’s lifelong commitment to the manufacture of his own myths, which he sold well enough to very stupid people to become president, has brought us to this tragic moment. Trump is unfit for holding any elected office. We citizens must now do our part and oust this malevolent bully in the upcoming election.
Trump Is THE Problem —
He Is Blatantly Incompetent
and Grossly Negligent!
Throughout Trump’s presidency, an ominous question has hung in the air: How would he handle a truly serious crisis? Now we know.
“Leadership is defined by what a leader does in a crisis.”
"We will move heaven and earth to safeguard our great American citizens," Trump said on 4/4/20. But then he signaled his growing impatience with the stringent social distancing measures states had put in place around the country, which he claims have sent the economy spiraling rapidly downward.
"We have to open our country again," Trump said. "We have to open our country again. We don't want to be doing this for months and months and months."
Trump is the biggest part of the problem. It was learned that Trump was warned in January, in a written memo by Peter Navarro, his trade advisor, that the coronavirus crisis could cost the United States trillions of dollars and put millions of Americans at risk of illness or death. Trump took no proactive measures, instead denying the seriousness of the virus and then reacting way too late in the process, and now he’s growing impatient, wanting to send Americans back to work while it’s unsafe. Our National Security Council (NSC) presented Trump with a pandemic playbook for how to prepare for such an epidemic way back in 2017, but he not only ignored it, he then shuttered the the NSC’s global-health unit in 2018. Trump is directly to blame for our country’s lack of adequate medical equipment and supplies now. It’s now been reported that Russia is collecting intelligence on U.S. supply line failures amid this pandemic.
Additionally, the governors of the hardest hit states are begging the federal government for ventilators and personal protection equipment, and Trump is holding back as though he’s a dictator, telling the governors that they’re asking for more than they need. Governor Cuomo in New York had to arrange for obtaining 1,000 ventilators from the country of CHINA because Trump is holding out on the citizens of our own country!
And Jarod Kushner, another unelected, nepotistic Trump henchman with absolutely no public health expertise, had the gall to refer to the federal stockpile of medical supplies as “our stockpile,” saying, "It's not supposed to be states' stockpiles that they then use.”
Well, Trump needs to be reminded that he’s a public servant who was put there to SERVE the people, not to rule over them. He is a disgrace not only to the United States, but to all of humanity.
In all of its 244 year history, America has never seen such incompetence in the White House. Trump has set the bar so low that it’s now dragging on the ground. But what more can we expect from an impeached, mentally deranged, malignant narcissist who cares only about himself at the expense of everyone else in his path?
Crisis reveals character, and this pandemic has proven that we lack the leader we need. November 3rd is going to be a glorious day when we vote Trump out of office; and January 20, 2021 will be an even greater day of celebration — the inauguration of the new Democratic president — and the day when they exterminate the White House from Trump’s memory, and all that he represents! Only then will we begin to Make America Great Once Again!
Trump cannot face the stubborn reality that he was wrong about the coronavirus!
White House economists published a study last September that warned a pandemic disease could kill a half million Americans and devastate the economy. That warning went unheeded by Trump and his administration. Trump then fired the entire NSC pandemic response team! Why would he do that? The answer seems clear: Certain things stand in the way of Trump’s making America great again, including science, facts, hard questions, truth-tellers, and dissenters. So no one should be surprised by the fact that Trump, when asked why he did it, said: “Nasty question.” “I know nothing about it.” “I don’t take responsibility for any of it.” Trump never takes responsibility for anything.
Since declaring the novel coronavirus outbreak a national emergency, Trump has delivered a dizzying array of rhetorical contortions and pinballing statements, sowed confusion and repeatedly sought to cast blame on others. He claims that America is winning its war with the coronavirus, while the death toll still rises, and in the best-case scenario more Americans will die than in the wars in Vietnam, Korea, Afghanistan and Iraq combined. He also claims the economy is the strongest ever and will rebound in no time — yet stock markets have cratered and in the past few weeks millions of people filed for unemployment insurance. Trump is completely out of touch with reality.
At the daily coronavirus press conference on 3/30/20, CNN’s Jim Acosta asked Trump about his past comments that downplayed the threat posed by the coronavirus.
Trump said, "If you look at those individual statements, they're all true. Stay calm, it will go away. You know it -- you know it is going away, and it will go away, and we're going to have a great victory."
OK! Let's do just that! Let’s review Trump’s individual statements.
In late January, Trump, in an interview with CNBC, said this: "We have it totally under control. It's one person coming in from China, and we have it under control. It's going to be just fine." The US did not, in fact, have it totally under control. As of 3/31/20, there were almost 161,000 confirmed cases in the United States and 3,000 deaths.
In early February, Trump told Sean Hannity this: "We pretty much shut it down coming in from China." He had not, in fact, "shut it down." Again, almost 161,000 confirmed cases in the United States and 3,000 deaths.
In mid-March, Trump said this: "This is a very contagious virus. It's incredible. But it's something we have tremendous control of." We did not have "tremendous control" of the virus.
In January, February and even earlier in March, Trump was downplaying the virus because a) he wanted it to be not that bad and b) he didn't want people to freak out, for fear that it would send the economy, on which he has based his entire campaign for a second term, to spiral downward.
Trump's attempts to undersell the virus to the public had real-world consequences -- including a very slow start to testing for the virus in this country and our current shortages on masks and ventilators.
What Trump is doing now is what he always does about everything: Attempting to rewrite history so that it looks like he was always the smartest guy in the room, the one person who saw this all coming from a mile away.
Trump didn’t see this coming even when it hit him in the face, but he doesn't care. Because his political career has proven to him that if he simply repeats the fake history in his demented brain that he wants to be true, plenty of his supporters (i.e. the really stupid people in this country) will follow his lead. He'll blame Democrats or the media (or both) for twisting his words or making things up. Remember that this is a man who said this out loud: "Stick with us. Don't believe the crap you see from these people, the fake news. ... What you're seeing and what you're reading is not what's happening."
Oh, really? This isn’t happening? What is happening is that the voters are getting ready to vote Trump out this November — and not a minute too soon!