What Is His Fault
May 25, 2020
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A follow-on to yesterday’s post, since I don’t want you all to think I’ve gone soft in the head.
While Trump cannot be blamed for every death, every person who lost his job, and all that has gone wrong over the last few months, he can be blamed for quite a bit. Herewith my list (and I know I’m going to forget things, feel free to add to it in the comments):
- Surrounded himself with toadies, incompetents and buffoons, who are there for themselves and not to serve America. Their inability to understand how to govern for America and not for their own selfish interests renders them incapable of knowing how to do this.
- Ignored briefings and warnings about what was to come. But, I guess, since he is a stable genius, it’s understandable why he felt he didn’t need to pay attention.
- Overstated at best, lied at worst, about how the virus would proceed. We will soon be at zero!
- Set a tone that only President Trump could set — narcissistic, look at me, it’s all about me, me, me, me, me, without a shred of empathy, in which he continues to shatter the conventions of political interaction in this country.
- Suggested on live TV in front of America that they should take unproven drugs, inject themselves with disinfectant, and apparently, shine a light in their orifices to kill the virus.
- Gone so wishy-washy at times, I’m not sure my head has stopped spinning yet. Saying one thing one day and the complete opposite the next day. Over and over and over. For instance, one day he claimed he could force governors to re-open. The next day he said he couldn’t.
- Overstatement and understatement. Overstating what his administration has done while understating the risk before us.
- Failing to use the full power of the Federal government for the benefit of the nation. A national crisis requires a national response and he has never really marshaled federal resources for that purpose. When PPE and test equipment was in short supply, he could have very easily establish the federal government as the responsible party for marshaling resources and ensuring the required products were manufactured and provided at the best price. Instead, he set up the states to compete against each other, and against the federal government, for the purchase of the needed products. There are stories out there also of states ordering PPE only to have the federal government grab the supplies before they got to the states that had ordered them. In a national pandemic, Trump chose to treat the acquisition of PPE and other needed equipment as though it was a version of The Hunger Games.
- Picking winners and losers — notoriously suggesting that blue states and blue cities shouldn’t get federal aid.
- Using the pandemic to again give massive windfalls to the wealthy and corporations, while the lesser amongst us suffer. Was it Mnuchin who famously said that the $1,200 was enough for 10 weeks???
- Turning this entire experience into a divisive, partisan crapfest. What’s become apparent is that he never wanted to take any of the measures he took. He’s made it clear that he only did it because his “experts” told him he needed to, and as soon as he agreed, he has been setting artificial dates by which everything would be “normal” again. Re-opening by Easter, for instance. Then it was the end of April. And most recently, his hurried announcement that places of worship should be allowed to be open this weekend. How he has handled this has played perfectly into the hands of his base. They can look at him and remain confident that he is still the stable genius, anti-science man, who is destroying the deep state and all of those namby-pamby experts who think their shit don’t stink. Trump remains the man because he has remained the same ego-driven, clueless idiot who speaks like the no-nothing bully he is. And his base loves him for it. In other words, rather than leading America, he continues to lead only his base.
I could go on, but let me here from you. What would you add to the list?