Trump’s lack of action on this virus thing has done more damage than just health…..he has damaged his chances of being re-elected…….in the last month the markets has lost all the gains it made during the 3 years of a Trump presidency….and the economy was his bright spot to run on and maybe sway voters to give him another four years.
All that positive campaign fodder is gone baby gone.
To be sure, the president isn’t responsible for either the coronavirus or the disease it causes, COVID-19, and he couldn’t have stopped it from hitting our shores even if he had done everything right. Nor is it the case that the president hasn’t done anything right; in fact, his decision to implement a travel ban on China was prudent. And any narrative that attempts to pin all of the blame on Trump for the coronavirus is simply unfair. The temptation among the president’s critics to use the pandemic to get back at Trump for every bad thing he’s done should be resisted, and schadenfreude is never a good look.
That said, the president and his administration are responsible for grave, costly errors, most especially the epic manufacturing failures in diagnostic testing, the decision to test too few people, the delay in expanding testing to labs outside the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and problems in the supply chain. These mistakes have left us blind and badly behind the curve, and, for a few crucial weeks, they created a false sense of security. What we now know is that the coronavirus silently spread for several weeks, without us being aware of it and while we were doing nothing to stop it. Containment and mitigation efforts could have significantly slowed its spread at an early, critical point, but we frittered away that opportunity.
Trump recently said……that he foresaw this virus coming…..
President Trump has stepped up the administration’s response to the coronavirus outbreak—and he is apparently trying to retroactively step up his level of concern. The president claimed Tuesday that he always knew that it was a pandemic, contradicting months of statements downplaying or even mocking the level of risk, reports the New York Times. “This is a pandemic,” Trump said Tuesday. “I felt it was a pandemic long before it was called a pandemic.” The Times notes that on Jan. 22, when asked if he was worried about a pandemic, Trump said: “No, not at all. 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.”
In recent weeks, Trump has also attacked Democrats and the media over the outbreak, calling it the rival party’s “new hoax,” the Hill reports. On March 9, he tweeted: “The Fake News Media and their partner, the Democrat Party, is doing everything within its semi-considerable power (it used to be greater!) to inflame the CoronaVirus situation, far beyond what the facts would warrant” and quoted the surgeon general as saying “the risk is low to the average American.” When he spoke to reporters Tuesday, the president denied changing his mind about the outbreak. “No, I’ve always viewed it as very serious,” Trump said. “There was no difference yesterday from days before. I feel the tone is similar, but some people said it wasn’t.”
This pandemic and the response has shown the American people what a con man Trump truly is…..and they are starting to realize they have been conned…..and his stupid of idea of “reopen the country” is a perfect illustration of his silliness and making of confusion…..
President Trump is extending federal guidelines recommending people stay home and away from one another for another 30 days as the coronavirus continues to spread across the country, the AP reports. Trump made the announcement during a Rose Garden briefing. The guidelines, originally tagged as “15 days to slow the spread,” had been set to expire Monday. Trump had said last week he hoped to have the country “re-opened” by Easter.
But public health experts sounded the alarm, saying a rollback would speed transmission, making the situation worse. The federal guidelines recommend that older people and those with preexisting conditions stay home and away from other people, and also recommend that all Americans avoid social gatherings, work from home, and steer clear of bars and restaurants.
Knee jerk stupidity.
I believe that we Americans are watching the probable demise of the Trump presidency……a slow burn indeed……but I could be mistaken.
A demise but at what price?
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