Saturday, March 7, 2020

Editor's Note

Blogging will return later this evening.


Anonymous said...

We knew, at some point, that it would come to this. President Donald Trump, who has lied to the American people about every facet of his life — his education, his family, his mistresses, his money — is now asking us to believe him about a potential matter of life and death: the coronavirus.

Trump says he's on top of it. But this time, it’s not his life he’s talking about, it’s ours. Should we — and can we — believe him? I hope so. We’re all Americans after all, and while I’m not a Trump fan, he’s our president, and I wish him well in facing down this common threat. If he is able to contain it, with limited damage in terms of lives lost and economic disruption, I’ll be the first to say thanks and give praise.

Yet true to form, Trump has said things that are either misleading or flat out wrong. For example, he has compared coronavirus to the flu and asked if a flu vaccine could be used to fight coronavirus. He has also said that his "hunch" is that the World Health Organization is wrong about the coronavirus mortality rate being3.4% (over 30 times deadlier than the .1% death rate for those who get the common flu).

Anonymous said...

US President Donald Trump (C) holds a picture of the coronavirus with US Health and Human Service Secretary Alex Azar (2nd L), CDC Director Robert Redfield (2nd R), and CDC Associate Director for Laboratory Science and Safety (ADLSS) Dr. Steve Monroe (R) during a tour of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, Georgia, on March 6, 2020. (Photo by JIM WATSON / AFP) (Photo by JIM WATSON/AFP via Getty Images)

For decades, radical conservatives like Grover Norquist sought to reduce government to the point where they could “drown it in a bathtub,” but Donald Trump has done them one better. Trump has produced a government that could drown in a mud puddle, because it lacks even the ability to roll over and save itself. From Kellyanne Conway insisting that the coronavirus is “contained,” even as cases are spreading across the nation, to Larry Kudlow not just repeating that claim, but complaining about canceling large international conferences and people choosing not to travel, to Donald Trump’s absolutely bizarre visit to the CDC, it is impossible that the nation could have been provided less valuable, less consistent, or less accurate advice in dealing with a genuine crisis that threatens every city, town, and individual in the nation.

At some point, everyone has to stop thinking of the incompetence of this White House as a side effect, and start seeing it as the goal. Trump hasn't just built a car that falls apart the first time it encounters a bump, he's built one that is designed to do just that.

Anonymous said...

Trump's grandfather was killed by the flu, but president ‘didn’t know people died' from it

RussInSoCal said...

President Obama Ate a Baby on Christmas

resident Obama shocked his advisers and likely damaged his legacy hopes when, during a photo opportunity in Hawaii on Christmas Day, he became the first and only public official to embrace a “pro-eating babies” position in the ongoing debate over eating babies.