I am the very model of a modern Major-General ~Don, the Con’
The item excerpted below, written by David Frum, former GOP speech-writer for President George W. Bush, offers a brisk recounting of the timeline of Trump’s slow-motion disaster, titled THIS IS TRUMP’S FAULT —
“I don’t take responsibility at all,” said President Donald Trump in the Rose Garden on March 13. Those words will probably end up as the epitaph of his presidency, the single sentence that sums it all up.
Trump now fancies himself a “wartime president.” How is his war going? By the end of March, the coronavirus had killed more Americans than the 9/11 attacks. By the first weekend in April, the virus had killed more Americans than any single battle of the Civil War. By Easter, it may have killed more Americans than the Korean War. On the present trajectory, it will kill, by late April, more Americans than Vietnam. Having earlier promised that casualties could be held near zero, Trump now claims he will have done a “very good job” if the toll is held below 200,000 dead.
That the pandemic occurred is not Trump’s fault. The utter unpreparedness of the United States for a pandemic is Trump’s fault. The loss of stockpiled respirators to breakage because the federal government let maintenance contracts lapse in 2018 is Trump’s fault. The failure to store sufficient protective medical gear in the national arsenal is Trump’s fault. That states are bidding against other states for equipment, paying many multiples of the pre-crisis price for ventilators, is Trump’s fault. Air travelers summoned home and forced to stand for hours in dense airport crowds alongside infected people? That was Trump’s fault too. Ten weeks of insisting that the coronavirus is a harmless flu that would miraculously go away on its own? Trump’s fault again. [. . . more. . . ] SOURCE : The Atlantic
SEE ALSO, a detailed timeline article at NYTimes, excerpted far below.
BUT MAYBE, just maybe, it’s our fault for electing someone so incompetent, to lead us. Yes, we’ve hired Fake leadership !!! Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me.
Beneath the cartoon are illustrations from Trump’s leadership logic, and his past.
At his Tuesday circus-like press briefing, ostensibly about the coronavirus crisis, a reporter pressed him on his opposition to voting by mail. While he declared categorically that voting by mail is bad, the reporter pointed out that he, in fact, votes by mail.
Trump had no coherent response.
“I think mail-in voting is horrible. It’s corrupt!” he said.
“But you voted by mail in Florida’s election last month, didn’t you?” a reporter asked.
“Sure! I can vote by mail,” Trump said, refusing to recognize his contradiction.
“How do you reconcile that?” the reporter responded.
“Because I’m allowed to!” Trump shot back. Of course, the whole question at issue is whether everyone should be allowed to vote by mail. [. . . more. . .]
SOURCE : Alternet
Excerpt > > from Nick Kristof (NYT) on Blowhard Contagion :
[In 2009] Donald Trump called into Fox News and dismissed concern about the swine flu, telling host Neil Cavuto that “it’s going to go away.” Trump also cautioned that “the vaccines can be very dangerous.”
Far-right members of Congress like Phil Gingrey and Paul Broun, both Republicans from Georgia, scorned the flu as a case of “panic” and “hysteria” and denounced government plans for spending money on a vaccine for it.
[In 2020] “We’re going very substantially down, not up,” Trump said on Feb. 26 of the number of infections. This was completely incorrect, and he piled on more narcissism: “We have it so well under control. I mean, we really have done a very good job.” < end excerpt, NYT >
NEWS FLASH (cnn) : Trump has just re-tweeted somebody’s call to fire one of the few scientific thinkers in his inner circle, Dr Anthony Fauci, cleary not a “yes man”. Yep, FAKE LEADERSHIP. No expertise allowed.
INSTANT REPLAY of Trump’s slow’mo train wreck, from Rolling Stone :
PRESIDENT PANTS-ON-FIRE ASSIGNS BLAME FOR SLOW RESPONSE . . . TO : IMPOSSIBLE :
PANDEMIC RESPONSE TEAM disbanded in 2018, ON TRUMP’s WATCH :
TRUMP’s VIETNAM : on April 24, (in less than three months) cv-19 deaths surpassed 50,000 Americans — higher than all US combat deaths during the Vietnam war. (He didn’t cause the virus, but he did worse than nothing to contain it, giving it a headstart.)