Closing Thought–15Apr20

Those Silly Daily Covid-19 Pressers

Our leader spends about 2+ hours a day railing about his accomplishments and blaming the person/organization du jour…..

First, it was the media that was at fault. Then, Democratic governors came under fire. China, President Barack Obama and federal watchdogs have all had a turn in the crosshairs. And now it’s the World Health Organization that’s to blame.

President Donald Trump is falling back on a familiar political strategy as he grapples with the coronavirus pandemic: deflect, deny and direct blame elsewhere.

As he tries to distance his White House from the mounting death toll, Trump has cycled through a long list of possible scapegoats in an attempt to distract from what critics say were his own administration’s missteps in slowing the spread of the coronavirus on American shores.

His response have been pathetic, petty and juvenile…..and is absolutely what we do NOT need in this time of national need.  He needs to act like the president and not some spoiled brat in the playground.

Even some of his allies see his useless efforts in these pressers….

It’s no big surprise President Trump’s critics don’t like his daily briefings on the coronavirus outbreak. (See this scathing op-ed by a member of the New York Times editorial board.) But now a number of stories suggest that some of the president’s political allies aren’t fans, either. The sentiment from them is that Trump might be hurting himself, and thus his chances for reelection, with his lengthy, wide-ranging comments. Coverage:

  • From Nikki Haley: The former UN ambassador gave the president credit for his willingness to “over-communicate” about the outbreak. “But I also think he needs to let his experts speak,” she told Fox News, per Politico. She said those experts should be the ones to answer questions, not Trump. “I don’t think he needs to feel like he needs to answer everything.” She also warned about the briefings going on “too long.”
  • Graham, others: The New York Times has a lengthy news story about the issue, concluding that “White House allies and Republican lawmakers increasingly believe the briefings are hurting the president more than helping him.” Sen. Lindsey Graham, for instance, worries that Trump “sometimes drowns out his own message” and has advised him to cut back on his comments. Others quoted with similar sentiments include Rep. Susan Brooks of Indiana and Sen. Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia. “Let the health professionals guide where we’re going to go,” suggested Capito, who said the briefings were “going off the rails a little bit.” Advisers quoted anonymously were more critical, voicing worries that Trump was giving daily ammunition to Joe Biden by making errors.
  • ‘Journal’ sniping: The conservative editorial page of the Wall Street Journal faulted Trump for his “outbursts” against political opponents during the briefings and offered ways to improve them, including a 45-minute cap. Trump responded via tweet: “The Wall Street Journal always ‘forgets’ to mention that the ratings for the White House Press Briefings are ‘through the roof,'” and the “only way for me to escape the Fake News & get my views across.” The Journal responded in kind Thursday evening, noting that if ratings are high, it’s only because this is life and death, “not because people enjoy Donald Trump sparring with the White House press corps like a Packers-Bears game.”
  • Polls: A new CBS News poll finds that public support for Trump’s handling of the crisis has declined in two consecutive weeks. The survey found that 47% think Trump is doing a good job on the outbreak, down from 51% last week and 53% the week before that. That jibes with the results of six separate polls out Wednesday, reports Politico. Its headline: “The briefings aren’t working: Trump’s approval rating takes a dip.” A Fox News poll out Thursday night, however, found that approval of Trump’s coronavirus management held steady at 51% from last month. Other figures got higher marks in the Fox poll, including Anthony Fauci (80%) and Deborah Birx (62%).
  • In defense: Democrats should fear the briefings, writes Liz Peek in an op-ed at the Hill. “For all the flaws, the public sees a man unquestionably engaged and energized, relentless in his push for solutions.”
  • On Friday: The criticism noted above didn’t seem to affect the president much on Friday, as he took questions at great length in the afternoon briefing. The event stretched more than two hours. As for his main message: “We’re going to go back to work and we’re going to stay healthy,” Trump said, per NPR. “We are looking at a date. We are hoping to fulfill a certain date. But we aren’t going to do anything unless we know we can be healthy.”

What can we say…..this says it best…..

Trump is playing president on television instead of doing the job.

In the face of the coronavirus pandemic, our federal government, led by Donald Trump, has essentially abdicated its traditional role of spearheading a coordinated response.

Donald the Orange has shown the world how NOT to respond to this pandemic…..and the world chuckles…..

To get a sense of just how much damage Donald Trump is doing each day, by making the daily White House briefings on the coronavirus pandemic mostly about himself, and distracting attention from vital updates on the public health emergency delivered by scientists, it helps to look at how very differently this is handled in other democracies.

In Greece, for example, the nation is briefed at 6 p.m. each evening by Dr. Sotirios Tsiodras, an unassuming professor of medicine who studied infectious diseases at Harvard and now leads the Greek government’s coronavirus task force. Tsiodras, often reading from his notes, has been credited with helping to rally the nation to quickly accept a national lockdown that has, so far, been more successful than most, largely by presenting the science in a calm, rational voice of authority. On the rare occasions when his level-headed facade has cracked — like a moment last month when he appealed to Greeks to protect their elderly relatives by staying at home — the impact has been all the more powerful.

The experts and pros in health care should be handling all pressers around this pandemic…..we do not need more Trump rallies.

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Be Calm…….Avoid Crowds….Wash Hands Often…..Stay Prepared

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“lego ergo scribo”

4 thoughts on “Closing Thought–15Apr20

  1. I suppose the ultimate irony in all this is that he is likely to win again in November, despite everything.
    It seems we are all getting the leaders we deserve, because of decades of political apathy among the young.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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