Ladies and gentlemen, behold, some s*** the president said during the previous week:
“Over the last, long period of time when people have the flu, you have an average of 36,000 people dying. I’ve never heard those numbers. I would’ve said, ‘Does anybody die of the flu?’ I didn’t know people died from the flu.”3/9/2020 at the White House.
Donald Trump is 73 years old and didn’t know people died from the flu? His own grandfather died from the flu.
That was one week ago today. Last night, the CDC recommended the entire country cancel gatherings over 50 people for the next eight weeks. These developments have obviously come quickly, but even at the time it was obvious we weren’t dealing with the flu. It would be nice if the CDC didn’t have to overcome friction from the head of its own government.
“[Coronavirus] will go away, just stay calm, it will go away. We want to protect our shipping industry, our cruise industry – cruise ships – we want to protect our airline industry, very important…but, be calm, it’s really working out.”3/10/2020 at the White House.
If by “working out” you mean “growing exponentially by the day,” then yes it is all working out. Its also pretty astounding that as of last Tuesday, our president was still speaking of this crisis in terms of its effect on cruise ships and expressing the wishful thinking that it would all just go away.
“A lot of good things are going to happen. The consumer is ready. The consumer is powerful in our country with what we’ve done with tax cuts and regulation cuts and all of those things. The consumer has never been in a better position than they are right now. So a lot of good things are going to happen. Thank you very much.”3/10/2020 at the White House.
Again, and sorry to belabor the point, but speaking of the American public as “the consumer” as an impending public health crisis bears down on our country is emblematic of a man that simply cannot grasp what type of problem this is.
I guess that’s the problem with problems. They’re never problems until they’re problems.
Nowhere, but also, China. That’s how it works. What strikes me here is that this isn’t an isolated case of dropping the virus’ country of origin. House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) also recently called COVID-19 the “China virus” for reasons unknown. Is this some effort to point the blame at China, as all great leaders do during times of crisis? Honestly, who knows, but the geographic origin is nothing but trivia now. It’s here.
This was a flat-out lie. Here’s an article quoting more than a few Republican senators that same day stating their frustration about our lack of testing.
The president already admitted to firing the entire U.S. Pandemic Response Team a couple weeks ago, replacing them with no one. Two years later, a pandemic is here and the U.S. response has been inadequate. It seems obvious to wonder why that office was disbanded and what the plan was to fill that gap, if anything. This answer makes abundantly clear there was no plan.
You know what? The president dropping a pen on his clothes and mumbling an F-bomb into a hot mic is the most relatable thing he’s said in over three years. No judgment from me on this.
Obviously. Maybe we should get someone in there who will.
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.