FACT: Trump Failed to Listen
One of the responsibilities of a free press is spotlighting the truth. Trump keeps using the phrase, “We are seeing a light at the end of the tunnel.” While this may be true, the lies that have been packed into the shit sandwich of federal response is shameful.
As time moves forward, the happenings of the recent past become clearer. The New York Times released an article last night penned by Maggie Haberman. Here’s the headline, “Trade Adviser Warned White House in January of Risks of a Pandemic. A memo from Peter Navarro is the most direct warning known to have circulated at a key moment among top administration officials.” No one at the White House is saying this isn’t true, after all it’s in black and white. According to the story, here’s one of the blazing lines from the memo, “This lack of protection elevates the risk of the coronavirus evolving into a full-blown pandemic, imperiling the lives of millions of Americans.”
This memo was dated January 29th, and perhaps Navarro knew more about what was happening in China than the administration was revealing to the public. According to the story, Trump Economic Advisor Peter Navarro wrote, the “risk of a worst-case pandemic scenario should not be overlooked” given the information coming from China. So, he did know.
And Maggie’s excellent reporting continues with, “A second memo that Mr. Navarro wrote, dated Feb. 23, warned of an, ‘increasing probability of a full-blown COVID-19 pandemic that could infect as many as 100 million Americans, with a loss of life of as many as 1.2 million souls.’” So, they did know.
I read with great interest my Twitter and Facebook feeds this morning. Because of what I write, I get responses from a fair share of far-right and far-left lunatics as well as lots of comments from Russian trolls. One of the pitches of the Trump lovers is a fantasy that Trump never called the pandemic a “hoax.” Much like what Trump did when he changed the words, “I don’t see any reason why Russia would have interfered with election” to the newspeak version, “I don’t see any reason why Russia wouldn’t have interfered with election.” This is what a liar does. He changes things to make it seem like he’s telling the truth after the damage is done.
Just days ago, Jared Kushner shit the bed with his analysis that the federal stockpile of medical gear is OUR stockpile, not THEIR stockpile, as if the Federal government has been magically disconnected from the states. The day after Jared’s distortion of reality, the HHS website was changed to mirror his comments on federal crisis role of government. This is reminiscent of Winston Smith’s character in the book 1984. Smith’s job was to change the archives of public journalism to reflect what Big Brother said happened. How did the writer, George Orwell know that one day we would have Trump, a fat, lying big brother wannabe.
I know, I know, I am disrespectful, but this is America. We don’t have kings, queens, tyrants or dictators. We are one of the most brilliant versions of democracy in the world, and that uncaring buffoon in the White House is not going to screw up my country. He has failed American in so many ways, but when he contributes to the deaths of my fellow citizens he becomes an enemy of the people. We should fear viruses, but we also must guard against the ineptitude of an ignorant President.
I’m tired of Trump’s long and windy press briefings where he complains about everything that challenges him. He is so thin-skinned that if he was in the woods the snake would have already injected his poison. The President wasted time on the federal plan and he’s wasting people’s time with his lengthy diatribes. There is so much bullshit interleaved with the data that people miss major points. It was 90-minutes into the presser before the Admiral on stage added some very good information. Why not provide only information that can help people?
The side effects of lies are things like runs on certain drugs that are talked about as “game-changers.” There is no proof that Trump is right but there is some evidence that Michael Cohen made money from Novartis, a drug maker, and that Trump owns major blocks of stocks in big pharma. This should be disclosed, or at least questioned, during the next press conference. The side effect of Trump’s corruption is the diversion of attention from the biggest problem. How do we keep healthcare workers safe, prevent more death and get to a true treatment and vaccine as fast as possible?
Trump’s effectiveness is diluted by his inability to get out of the way of people who know more than he does. As Mitch McConnell admitted, because of the impeachment trial Trump took his eye off the ball. He doesn’t have the talent to prioritize things. The top of this president’s priority list is a single item, Donald Trump, not the American people. I am most utterly distressed by his consistent distancing from responsibility.
When a reporter mentioned an Inspector General’s report that hospitals are desperately in need of tests, PPE and ventilators, Trump asked the reporter to find the identity of the person who wrote the report. ARE YOU KIDDING? You are the President of the United States. All you would have to do is ask someone in your administration. I’ll lay a small wager that he will fire the person who wrote the report. What a bad president!
Donald John distances himself from his power while doing things that make most constitutional scholars gasp. He says the reason he doesn’t order governors in certain states to issue stay-at-home orders is on moral and constitutional grounds. First, he doesn’t understand the constitution and his excuse for using his power is far-fetched. If the president calls a governor, especially a Republican governor, and “highly suggests” that they should do something, they will do it. Who would say no? If it’s truly a good idea to social distance, then why not ask people to do it? It’s not showing loyalty, it’s saving lives. And if Donald Trump doesn’t understand how to save lives, he should be removed from office right now. Read this Mr. Pence.
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