Ladies and gentlemen, behold, some s*** the president said during the previous week:
“This would be a combination of a vaccine and also it will – to put it in a different way – make you better, quicker?”3/2/2020 at the White House.
No. That’s not what a vaccine does. Our president knows the difference between a vaccine and Tylenol, right?
“We will confront this challenge together, and we will continue to do exactly what we’re doing, and we’re going to be very successful. A lot of things are happening. A lot of very exciting things are happening and they’re happening very rapidly.”3/2/2020 at the White House.
What does this mean? It sounds like what you might find inside of a crappy, global pandemic-themed Hallmark card. Are the regular White House speechwriters our with coronavirus?
How can someone be 73 years old without ever having heard of someone dying from the flu?
“I like this stuff. I really get it. People are surprised that I understand – every one of these doctors say, ‘How do you know so much about [coronavirus]?’ Maybe I have a natural ability. Maybe I should have done this instead of running for president. But you know what? What they’ve done is very empirical. I know that whole world. I love that world.”3/6/2020 at CDC headquarters in Atlanta, GA.
He really gets it. He knows that whole empirical world, and he loves it, and he doesn’t sound at all like Brick from Anchorman when he talks about it.
“We have thousands or hundreds of thousands of people that get better just by, you know, sitting around and even going to work. Some of them go to work, but they get better.”3/4/2020 interview with Sean Hannity.
It would be nice to hear the president echo the CDC’s advice and urge anyone who has the coronavirus, or unidentified flu-like symptoms, to stay home so as not to spread their infection. But no. Instead, sick people going to work is used to downplay the threat caused by this virus.
“I think the 3.4% number is really a false number. Now this is just my hunch, but based on a lot of conversations…personally, I’d say the number is way under 1%.”3/4/2020 interview with Sean Hannity.
The 3.4% number comes from the World Health Organization (WHO), whereas the under 1% number comes from a presidential “hunch.” He’s probably right, too, because if there’s one guy you can trust when it comes to intuition on percentages, it’s definitely the guy who bankrupted a bunch of casinos.
Here is the tell: when the only description of your “perfect” plan is that you closed some borders over a month ago trying to keep coronavirus out, that’s a problem because coronavirus still got in. Now that it’s in and growing by the day, we don’t have enough test kits to keep up with the demand. If we aren’t testing, we don’t even know where it is. So we can’t stop it from spreading. The plan is not perfect.
“He launched it with a vivor and, with a uh, with a certain splash that nobody’s seen in a long time.”3/3/2020 in Washington, DC.
Speaking of things nobody’s seen: “vivor?” I believe “vigor” is the word you needed. Vigor. With a ‘G.’ I have the best words.
“You know the economy is the best economy we’ve ever had…Oh, we’ll be cutting [social security], but we’re also going to have growth like you’ve never had before.”3/5/2020 Fox News town hall.
What a disaster. Here in one sound bite the President acknowledges that, despite what he claims is the best economy ever (it’s not), the deficit is still growing (if you believed the 2017 Trump tax cut would balloon the deficit, give yourself a point). That’s bad enough, but he then insists he will balance the budget by some combination of cutting social security and achieving faster economic growth (which, again, the tax cut was supposed to do but didn’t). It is as politically damaging an admission as any the president has made.
“We got choice. Nobody thought we were going to get choice. They’ve been trying to get Choice for over 40 years. That’s Veteran’s Choice, where the veteran, if they can’t see a doctor quickly, they go out to a private doctor, we pay the bill.”3/4/2020 interview with Sean Hannity.
No. Veteran’s Choice was championed by the late Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) and signed into law by President Obama in 2014. Trump takes credit for this all the time; it’ll never be true.
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.