Will COVID-19 Decide Trump’s Fate in the White House?

Either Way, It’s Time for Trump to Step Away from the Mic

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Trump’s Oval Office Address on Coronavirus

Trump and his right-wing media pundits — that universe of alternative truth, which Trump has systematically cultivated as an echo chamber since 2016 — had insisted that coronavirus was no worse than the seasonal flu. They repeatedly dismissed criticism from Democratic leadership that the Trump administration’s response to the outbreak was inadequate. Such was “their new hoax;” a left-wing media conspiracy to destroy Trump’s presidency; “a ‘fraud’ by the deep state to spread panic in the populace, manipulate the economy and suppress dissent.” Dispatches from the White House press communications office and Trump’s MAGA sycophants insisted: Pay no attention to fake-news fearmongering. Everything was ‘perfect.’

Rachel Maddow shares a litany of instances in which Donald Trump made bold false statements about the novel coronavirus and his administration’s response to its spread only to be contradicted later by members of his own administration. Aired on 3/12/2020.
  1. The Pelosi-Schumer statement indicated that, on Thursday, they would introduce the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, which they were hoping would pass with bipartisan support. The bill includes “free coronavirus testing, paid emergency leave for workers, food security assistance, help to states overburdened by Medicaid costs, and strengthened Unemployment Insurance, among other much-needed measures to keep the American people safe.”
  2. There was no illumination on the expected trajectory of the virus — no estimates on how many people may be infected, no forward planning regarding hospital capacity within the United States to handle the additional load from COVID-19. However, let it be known, there are only 1 million hospital beds in the United States, servicing over 36.4 million annual admissions. At any given time, 700,000 of these beds are already occupied with people who are otherwise ill. Equipment like ventilators, which would be required for use in COVID-19 cases, are already being utilized at near full capacity. In a closed-door briefing on Wednesday, the attending physician of Congress, Brian Monahan, reportedly advised Senate staffers that between 70 million –150 million people in the U.S. will contract the virus. A 15–20% serious illness rate among those who will get infected would require additional capacity to service 30 million more people within America’s healthcare system.
  3. Travel from Europe to the United States — with the exception of Britain — would be restricted for 30 days, beginning Friday. That is bizarre. Britain currently has 798 confirmed cases, and 10 reported deaths. British carriers of the virus have been clearly identified in the global spread. Therefore, why the exception? The Department of Homeland Security scrambled to clarify that the restrictions would exclude US citizens and permanent residents, but not why the exception was being made for Britain.
  4. Trump described efforts to confront a “foreign virus.” Viruses have no nationality. The virus is here—that makes it local. But the xenophobic dog whistle is Trump’s signature, and historians immediately recognized the remark as Trump’s continued push, even in a crisis, to perpetuate racist thought. Likely, it was also a nod to Rush Limbaugh’s latest conspiracy theory. On his Wednesday program, the new recipient of Trump’s presidential Medal of Freedom, insinuated, “This coronavirus? Nothing like wiping out the entire U.S. economy with a biothreat from China, is there?”
  5. Trump’s intended words of comfort, presumably to spooked Wall Street investors: “This is not a financial crisis. This is just a temporary moment in time that we will overcome as a nation and a world.” Try to grasp that stream of consciousness: Disease and death cannot compare to the greater significance of a financial crisis. Sure, it’s a temporary setback — collateral damage. This virus undercuts my numbers. But fuck, how does this constitute a financial crisis?
Ron Klain, who led the U.S. response to the Ebola crisis, talks with Rachel Maddow about how the expected surge in coronavirus cases in the U.S. will quickly outnumber the available hospital beds and what the government should be doing to prepare for that possibility. Aired 03/11/2020.

‘We Have Met the Enemy and He is Us’

Without widespread coronavirus testing, we are fighting the most dangerous kind of enemy — a real Trojan horse virus we cannot see, until it is too late. Americans are not safe with Trump at the helm — literally. His “best people” are imbeciles, already in over their heads, totally incapable of leading this country. And the Republican Party, where are they? Haven’t they explicitly colluded with Trump in the “deconstruction of the administrative state” — so much so that our esteemed and once viable institutions are incapable now of rising to the challenge of this epidemic? There is no excuse for their negligent — almost criminal — endangerment of the entire population of this country. They must be held to account.

Donald McNeil, science and health reporter for the New York Times, talks with Rachel Maddow about how China handles a person who may have contracted the novel coronavirus, with an eye on breaking the chains of transmission and protecting hospitals from being overwhelmed, and with a process that stands in stark contrast with the U.S. for its competence. Aired on 3/12/2020.

Contributor to HuffPost and Medium; Author of the upcoming book, EVERYTHING CRASH: The Search and Rescue Mission for America.” https://donnakassin.com 🇺🇸 🇯🇲

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