“[Coronavirus is] going to disappear. One day it’s like a miracle, it will disappear.”2/27/2020 at the White House.
Pro tip: when a fast-spreading, deadly new virus is ripping around the world and you need to calm the public, tell everyone your plan is to rely on the magical, healing powers of a miracle. Hard to believe this didn’t stop stocks from their worst single-week slide since the Great Recession.
“Now the Democrats are politicizing the Coronavirus, you know that right? Coronavirus, they’re politicizing it. We did one of the great jobs.”2/28/2020 Trump rally in Charleston, SC.
The very night our president spoke of this in the past tense, the first American died of Coronavirus, which is exactly the problem. Mr. Trump seems so concerned with the appearance that everything is under control, he ends up impervious to contrary evidence. So it falls to everyone else – even Democrats – to provide information and sound the alarm, which is then interpreted by the president as “politicizing the Coronavirus.”
Coronavirus is not a hoax. Democrats are wrong to say that President Trump cut the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) budget, but he keeps trying. The only reason the CDC hasn’t seen cuts is that Congress’ Democratic majority won’t let Trump cut it.
“At this moment, we have 22 patients in the United States currently that have coronavirus.”2/29/2020 coronavirus press conference at the White House.
If by 22 he meant well over 60, then I’d say he’s right on top of this coronavirus thing.
“Unfortunately, one person passed away overnight. She was a wonderful woman, a medically high-risk patient in her late-50’s.”2/29/2020 coronavirus press conference at the White House.
That wonderful woman was a man.
This poll was actually from Feb. 3-16, before anyone in the U.S. was known to have the virus and before the president began commenting on how miracles would rid us of it. Since then, polling shows voter confidence has dropped, albeit not as badly as the stock market.
Again, trying to make this “look as bad as possible” here was simply reporting the news, and possibly noting that a month into this crisis, our president hasn’t figured out how the disease is spread, how many Americans are infected, whether the deceased was a man or a woman, or how to spell “coronavirus.”
Transitioning away from coronavirus, I know you’ll be shocked to see our president saved some time this week for tweeting about Fox News. Would you believe he found someone on there who thought poorly of Democrats?
Sunday night, 9:00pm, what were you doing? Getting ready for the impending work week? Winding down with some American Idol or scrolling Facebook? Waiting for the president to tweet a TV recommendation for 11:00 that night?
We’re still doing the “enemy of the people” thing. We’re still asking people to disbelieve what they see and hear with their eyes and ears. We’re trying to sow doubt into every imaginable person and event because when you don’t know what is true, all that’s left is what you want to believe. You choose your truth, and I’ll choose mine. Is it working?
That’s our report for this week. Be sure to check out the links for more info on any particular topic and, as always, thanks for reading.